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Thursday, July 31,2014

Crossfaders

Boulder bars must now balance booze and bud

By Hudson Lindenberger
Colorado is blazing the trail as the state works to set the standards for legal marijuana use in America. As the first state to roll out legal pot, Colorado is now under a magnifying glass as we create laws to deal with recreational use of what was once an illegal drug.
Thursday, July 24,2014

The saga continues

Signs of political evolution appearing on Boulder’s flawed alcohol licensing process

By Josh Gross
“I’ve heard from enough restaurants — and ones that are not considered to be problem establishments — that the process isn’t fair,” says City Council member Andrew Shoemaker. “If somebody loses their business for a week or two, the markets are low enough that can kill them.”
Thursday, July 17,2014

The apple doesn’t fall far

Enjoy a drink your great-great-great-great grandfather loved

By Hudson Lindenberger
With the temperatures rising, Coloradans are reaching for unlikely refreshment: ice-cold cider. Yes, cider; a drink that was last popular when America was fighting the Civil War.
Thursday, July 10,2014

Pairing chocolate and beer is art and science

By Amber Erickson Gabbey
When The Very Nice Brewing Company in Nederland decided to do their first-ever beer and chocolate pairing in May, they enlisted the help of their newest neighbor in the shopping center, The Candy Man. A novice chocolatier, Dan “The Candy Man” Harrower was entering uncharted territory and was nervous about getting it right.
Thursday, July 3,2014

The Magical Ingredient

Hops farms are struggling to keep up with the growth of craft brewing

By Hudson Lindenberger
Last year, thirsty Americans enjoyed almost 9.5 million barrels of beer. That’s a lot of beer! Every time one of them cracked a can or popped the top on their favorite brewski, they unknowingly paid homage to the side effects of Humulus lupulus.
Thursday, June 26,2014

Fate Brewing Company floats a summer special

By Benjamin Roberts
Many breweries are ushering in the season with lighter summer fare, like Boulder Beer’s Hoopla, their dry-hopped festival beer. Others are planning to celebrate the season with one-off events like Avery’s Four on the Fourth 4K race, in which runners can compete before enjoying beer and breakfast burritos.
Thursday, June 19,2014

Pucker up

Are sour heads the next hop heads?

By Cody Gabbard
Recently, New Belgium Brewing in Fort Collins added Snapshot to their year-round lineup, which is billed as a citrusy and tart wheat beer. Although not listed on the bottle, Snapshot utilizes a mixed-fermentation which includes lactobacillus (a yeast strain which can impart “tart,” “sour,” and “barnyard” characteristics). As far as sours go, Snapshot is quite tame compared to some of its mouth-puckering counterparts.
Thursday, June 12,2014

Boulder Beer turns 35

By Josh Gross
Between wacky recipes, oddball marketing and all manner of shenaniganry, it isn’t just the alcohol that makes the corporate identity of most breweries seem fairly adolescent. But can you blame ‘em? It’s not quite The Children of the Corn, but only a handful of breweries are out of their teens. The elder statesman of Colorado breweries, Boulder Beer, is only 35. And barely 35 at that. Its birthday is this weekend.
Thursday, June 5,2014

Colorado’s beer scene is getting crowded

By Hudson Lindenberger
When Upslope brewing opened its doors in 2008, it was the first new brewery in Boulder in over a decade. Its approach was simple: wellcrafted approachable beer served in cans; the labels simply stated the style: pale ale, IPA, craft lager, etc.
Thursday, May 29,2014

Barley, hops and gluten

Gluten is a protein in some grains, like wheat and barley, commonly used in pasta, bread and, yes, beer. Gluten-free diets started because of Celiac disease, a serious condition in which people can’t tolerate gluten. Currently, 1 in 133 people have Celiac and 7 percent of people report having non-Celiac sensitivity.
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