There's a new brewery in Boulder County, and it's filling the Niwot brewery gap. "Well, Niwot was kind of random,” Kelly Buenning admits, explaining that she and her husband, Cory, were taking their son to the Niwot Children’s Park when they saw the “For Lease” sign up at Bootstrap Brewing’s former location. The two were … Continue reading This week in Drink — New in brew: Fritz Family Brewers
We opened Oskar Blues April 25, on a Friday night, 1997, in a four-foot snow storm." That's Dale Katechis talking, and that's what we call a Colorado welcome. I spoke with Katechis in depth about Oskar Blues Brewery's early days when I wrote Boulder County Beer and no place captures that spirit quite like OB's … Continue reading This week in DRINK — Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
The Death of an Heir: Adolph Coors III and the Murder that Rocked an American Brewing Dynastyby Philip JettSt. Martin's Press, 306 pp., Hardcover, $27.99Available now Yes, Colorado may be the state of craft beer, but when one thinks of Colorado breweries, one towers over the rest like a snowcapped peak on a Silver Bullet … Continue reading Philip Jett on THE DEATH OF AN HEIR
I’ve always been excited about West Flanders. We go the extra mile to try to bring some authenticity. … Especially when you’re trying to do a style that’s been done a million times over.” That's Brian Lutz, brewmaster of West Flanders Brewing Co., Boulder County's purveyors of Belgian-style ales. Lutz and Belgian brews go way … Continue reading This week in Drink — Brian Lutz of West Flanders Brewing Co.
Breweries are very resilient,” Bob Baile says. “We all had this absolute fucking determination, for some reason or another, and it probably came to play in it all.” Baile and Twisted Pine go way back—the brewery turns 26 this month. Not that Baile and "Chief Drinking Officer," i.e., co-owner Bill Marshall are throwing a huge … Continue reading This week in Drink — Bob Baile and Bill Marshall of Twisted Pine Brewing Co.
I think [startabrewery.com] will be a good way to disseminate information about consciously building a culture,” Laura Lodge says. “In light of this whole #MeToo craft beer reckoning that we’re going through right now, the need for information and resources is very apparent. And so to have a platform that is free and open and … Continue reading This week in Drink — Laura Lodge on StartABrewery.com
People have been like: Why do you want to open a brewery right now?” Sam Scruby says. “But if you looked at all the momentum in 2019, it was experience-driven. It was on-premise neighborhood spots. … We’re trying to pick back up where we left off before the pandemic.” Now open in Lyons, Colorado, MainStage … Continue reading This week in Drink — Eric Kean and Sam Scruby of MainStage Brewing Co.
Every Thursday, KGNU's Morning Magazine welcomes food writer John Lehndorff to the airwaves with Radio Nibbles. This past Thursday, Lehndorff welcomed me to talk about Boulder County Beer. Let's listen in: You can find Boulder County Beer: A Refreshing History wherever fine books are sold. As for John, find him on Facebook and at his … Continue reading Radio Nibbles Chews on Boulder County Beer
Ed Sealover knows a thing or two about beer. In 2011, he published Mountain Brew: A Guide to Colorado Breweries. In 2016, he followed that up with Colorado Excursions With Hikes, History and Hops—both from Arcadia Publishing and both heavily consulted by me while working on Boulder County Beer. Sealover also covers beer and brewing … Continue reading 3 Questions with the Denver Business Journal
It can sometimes be foolish to simplify the entire ups and downs of a large movement by looking at one individual business. It can also illustrate broad stokes succinctly. With that in mind, I give you Boulder’s third brewpub: Oasis Brewer Pub. Helmed by George Hanna, the Oasis Brewer Pub began its journey on Oct. … Continue reading “Lunchtime at the Oasis”—An Excerpt