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Wednesday, December 31,2014

Winter’s miracle cocktail

The hot toddy is worth revisiting and personalizing this winter

By Matt Cortina
Flying 2,000 miles across the country back into Denver on Monday, I started to sniffle. Maybe it was the recycled air of the airplane, or the holiday snot-wipings from my three-year-old niece, but warmth and stuffiness were rising somewhere in my respiratory system, like tacky pink insulation getting shot between walls.
Tuesday, December 30,2014

Holiday beer guide

Unique brews for your holiday feasts

By Cody Gabbard
Why is it that most holiday beers are as dark as the early nights of winter, contain warming spices and have alcohol levels approaching that of wine? It’s likely because these complex-flavored beers pair well with the heavy meals and endless desserts we enjoy around the holidays.
Thursday, December 18,2014

American agave

Tatanka American Agave stampedes into new realm for tequila drinkers

By Cody Gabbard
Tatanka is an American alternative to Mexican tequila, which uses the fermented sap of the agave plant. Agave — a large succulent not to be confused as a type of cactus — is similar in appearance to aloe with its long, flat leaves covered in spines. Blue weber agave, or Agave tequilana, is responsible for the production of tequila.
Thursday, December 11,2014

Maptastic

Eighth edition of the ‘Beer Drinker’s Guide to Colorado’ has it all

By Josh Gross
The newly- 21ers out there may not believe it, but there was once a time when those of us aged more than 25 years — you know, “old farts” — didn’t have a fully interactive, voiceactivated GPS in our pocket at all times.
Thursday, December 4,2014

Tempting FATE

Local brewery looks next door for more space to meet demand

By Hudson Lindenberger
“When we built our brewery, we had an eye on the future, we set it up to be able to add fermenters and holding tanks as needed. Well, that day is upon us much sooner than planned,” says Lawinski. “When the opportunity came to take over a space right next door, we knew we had to jump on it.
Monday, December 1,2014

Old school

By Cody Gabbard
Everything old is new again, including ancient herbal beers regaining popularity in the craft beer world after about a 250-year hiatus. They’re called gruits, which refers to a mixture of oldfashioned herbs and spices used to bitter and flavor beer prior to the prevalence of hops (although hops began being used in gruits around the second century).
Thursday, November 20,2014

Where is your beer from?

Breweries adjust as craft brewing grows

By Hudson Lindenberger
Attitudes are changing in the craft beer community as consumers’ insatiable thirst for new beer drives constant brewery expansion. There are now more than 3,000 breweries operating in the U.S. — the most since 1870 — and the tide of opening shows no sign of slowing.
Thursday, November 13,2014

Nitro-fueled funny cans

Left Hand’s Nitro Fest invites drinkers to take a walk on the dark side

By Hudson Lindenberger
The trendsetting brewers at Left Hand Brewing Company are rolling out a unique event to celebrate their 21st anniversary: Nitro Fest.
Thursday, November 6,2014

Choose your festival

Avery IPA Fest versus Upslope’s Sixth Anniversary

By Josh Gross
But if bitter beer face ain’t yo thang, then you can still beerfest it up this weekend. The upstanding slopers at Upslope are celebrating their sixth year in the brew game, also on Saturday, Nov. 8. From 2–8 p.m.
Thursday, October 30,2014

Digging for gold

The Old Mine is filled with treasure

By Josh Gross
Erie may not be the correct spelling, but it’s the perfect word for the experience. On a chilly, October evening, the dark storefronts and empty sidewalks of this old town strip of the small East Boulder/Weld County town didn’t need much in the way of Halloween decorations to evoke the feel of a western ghost town.
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