<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Boulder Weekly Beer Tour]]> <![CDATA[The edge of heaven]]> Yo, America: Stop making beer worse.]]> <![CDATA[Upslope kicks into high gear]]> Upslope is trying to get their beer to the people with a just-announced list of upcoming spring and summer events. Boulder teetotalers will be tempted with a music festival, beer and food truck pairings, the chance to make earrings out of cans and tutorials on bike mechanics.]]> <![CDATA[Turning green with beer]]> Beer lovers rarely need an excuse to toss back a few pints. But if you’re looking for one, Saint Patrick’s Day (Monday, March 17) generally qualifies. And there’s some decent happenings this week to toast the patron saint of green on green outfits and bad decision making.]]> <![CDATA[A walk in the Woods]]> We aren’t quite done yet, but it’s hard not to think of Wild Woods Brewery as dessert.]]> <![CDATA[Touring Colorado's beer community]]> A taproom bartender at Denver’s River North Brewery, Nikki is also a writer for Denver Off the Wagon website and when she saw my notebook I imagine she felt the surge of “That guy’s probably terrible!” that all journalists feel about other journalists.]]> <![CDATA[Saddle up for a trip to Boulder's newest taproom]]> Louisville is the newest outer province of Russia, if new Louisville brewery Crystal Springs Brewing is any indication. Crystal Springs brews a Russian imperial stout, Black Saddle, along with about a dozen other beers at any given time.]]> <![CDATA[Old school]]> 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).]]> <![CDATA[Tempting FATE]]> “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.]]> <![CDATA[Maptastic]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[American agave]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[This hat is money]]> At face value, the Bourbon and Bacon Fest, which was held at the McNichols Civic Center in Denver on a late January Saturday afternoon, is what shows up in the dream catcher. It’s two hours of unlimited samples of about 50 bourbons, and variations on bacon ranging from pulled pork belly to bacon cupcakes to bacon pizza.]]> <![CDATA[Extra special]]> West Flanders is in this bold new group of breweries that’s making a specialty out of a particular style. While the recent addition to Boulder’s beer scene does produce an IPA, a stout, a pale ale and a few other standards, it’s all about the Belgians here. When we stop by for a Monday lunch, there are four Belgian styles on tap, along with actual Belgians from actual Belgium in bottles and on a guest tap.]]> <![CDATA[Pumpkin beer is here]]> Pumpkin ales are as highly anticipated as any seasonal beer, neck-and-neck with Christmas ales. But it’s a style fraught with problems.]]> <![CDATA[Why breweries shouldn't make Super Bowl bets]]> After a drubbing so severe that Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart called it “the Seahawks ‘bring a Bronco to work day,’’’ Downtown Boulder’s West Flanders Brewing has to make good on the Super Bowl bet it made with Seattle’s Elysian Brewing.]]> <![CDATA[Choose your festival]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[Water, water everywhere]]> After four days, six breweries and 13 beers, my conclusion on Northeast Ohio beer is that there’s something in the water. I’m not a chemist, but I am blaming the water for the little differences in the taste of the beer.]]> <![CDATA[Whiskey straight up]]> Whiskey, the spirit that fueled the Wild West, is hot again, with global sales topping $3 billion last year, creating a run on all styles of the spirit. Fortunately for Coloradans, distillers are popping up across the state creating their own unique versions of this American staple and helping fill demand across the Rockies.]]> <![CDATA[Cask-conditioned ales: Keeping it real]]> I can remember the feeling, not so long ago, of sitting down at a bar with a decent craft beer selection and being bewildered.]]> <![CDATA[Anatomy of a collaboration]]> Let’s put a pair of leather chaps in the mash, or cactus or tumbleweed.” That was the first idea Jason Buehler, head brewer of Oskar Blues in Lyons, had for Hi*Beams Honky Tonk Ale, a collaboration beer made not with another brewery, but a honky tonk band.]]> <![CDATA[Football, beer and construction]]> But seriously Mr. Manning, with a Colorado/ Washington matchup coming only months after pot legalization in both states, we’re going to have to change up the nature of the “Bud Bowl,” for this year. Get with the program.]]>