<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Boulder Weekly Beer Tour]]> <![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[Prince-worthy findings at Smiling Toad]]> It was as though we had arrived in the living room of a welcoming friend — a friend who happens to have six craft-with-a-“c” beers on tap, a really beautiful blonde wood bar and well-padded bar stools.]]> <![CDATA[Fort Collins Beer Week is nigh]]> Longmont’s Left Hand Brewing has started a run’n’chug series of its own, the “Beer Run” Running Club, which will be going down every Saturday from noon-1 p.m. “Each runner is encouraged to go at their own pace (if you want to walk instead of run, that is absolutely fine!),” Morgan Zamora, administrator for Left Hand Brewing wrote in a press release.]]> <![CDATA[The apple doesn’t fall far]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[Colorado’s beer scene is getting crowded]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[The saga continues]]> <![CDATA[beer tour]]> A new milestone in Bro-dom has been reached: California runner James Nielson set a new record in the “Beer Mile,” in which a runner runs a mile, whilst chugging. Four laps and four beers.]]> <![CDATA[beer tour]]> big local news in beer this week is that Denver — OMG that’s like totally in Colorado! AAAAAAH! — is playing host to the biannual International Beer Cup, which has been going down this week as part of the Craft Brewer’s Conference at the Colorado...]]> <![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[Pairing chocolate and beer is art and science]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[Ale Satan]]> Boulder, Boulder, Boulder. You have a lot of catching up to do. Yes, even in craft brewing.]]> <![CDATA[A column about beer]]> Savor, dear readers, the rare industry that doesn’t require constant branding and marketing. There are tons of opportunity for branding in the craft beer industry, of course, but there isn’t a pathological need for it like with cars or cookies or coffee or most everything you can think of.]]> <![CDATA[Beer beyond Boulder County]]> Yes, with last week’s visit to Front Range Brewing Company, Boulder Weekly staff had spent an afternoon — and in many cases, a lot more than that — in every Boulder County brewery that has a tasting room.]]> <![CDATA[Hello, happy place]]> Five minutes into my visit to Our Mutual Friend, the bartender takes the needle off the record and switches the stereo input to his Mac laptop. The first hi-hat clicks and falsetto wails of “A Life of Possibilities” come out, and I love this bar.]]> <![CDATA[More malt magic]]> This time around, when the Boulder Weekly gang heads to Liquids & Solids, I’m surprised again: Not only does Oskar Blues do malt, about half the OB beers on tap are dark and delicious.]]> <![CDATA[Arvada ales]]> I’ve been going solo recently for the beer tour, because we’ve wrapped up Boulder County and nobody else on this staff has the journalistic integrity to drive 20 minutes to drink beer.]]> <![CDATA[Tiny bubbles]]> It’s easy enough to name the most obvious trends in Boulder County brewing. Three breweries are planning to open this summer in Lafayette; Boulder loves beer that’s heavy on the hops; barrel-aging is big.]]> <![CDATA[Boulder Weekly beer tour]]> Oskar Blues’ latest venture is, at first glance, a rather odd mash-up: Bikes, tacos and tequila. Oh, and beer, of course. And yet somehow, in OB’s typical Midas touch fashion, it all works.]]> <![CDATA[At Longmont's Oskar Blues, a malty mea culpa]]> I am sorry for not liking Oskar Blues. I am sorry to you, the reader, and to the beer itself.]]> <![CDATA[Fate Brewing Company floats a summer special]]> 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.]]>