Word of Mouth

Reader: Finalists in Best Brewery for Beer Are a Joke!

The Best of Denver 2015 is just a week away, and voting in our Best of Denver Readers' Poll ends tonight. We're down to the five finalists in almost two hundred categories, and busy counting all the votes. It's enough to drive you to drink....but at what brewery? Says Justin:
The Best Brewery for Beer category is a joke of selections. Who composed this list and why? As someone who's been to over a hundred Colorado breweries, I find these selections laughable. Hogshead is the only one with enough merit. Where's Comrade? Renegade? Cannonball Creek? Who's so obsessed with Living the Dream, Joyride (very average) and Mockery for ambience, beer and new taproom selections? There are over 270 breweries in this state and you've managed to name three of the same breweries in each category. Three! None these breweries stack up even close to those I mentioned, and there are plenty of others. Especially in the beer quality category. These selections seem hastily slapped together.
Don't blame us, Justin! The finalists on the Best of Denver 2015 Readers' Poll were decided by readers, who came up with their own nominations — we did not provide a list of breweries (or anything else) from which they could choose in the first round of voting. We counted those votes, and the five nominated most often by readers made the second round of voting — and the one that comes out on top in each category will be revealed next week, when the Best of Denver 2015 hits the street. (It's not too late to jump in — you can vote for your favorites here until 11:59 tonight).

And remember, not only does Westword highlight its own pick in each of the poll categories, but we present several hundred more awards. Watch for them all when the Best of Denver 2015 hits the streets on March 26. 

KEEP WESTWORD FREE... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Patricia Calhoun co-founded Westword in 1977; she’s been the editor ever since. She’s a regular on the weekly CPT12 roundtable Colorado Inside Out, played a real journalist in John Sayles’s Silver City, once interviewed President Bill Clinton while wearing flip-flops, and has been honored with numerous national awards for her columns and feature-writing.
Contact: Patricia Calhoun