Beer is one of the most successful engines of social interaction that provides widely accessible avenues to innovation and opportunity for everyone everywhere,” Dr. J Jackson-Beckham told the audience at this year's Craft Brewers Conference. “But the thing is, for the most part, we haven’t been innovating when it comes to the people part of … Continue reading This week in Drink — Dispatches from the Craft Brewers Conference
Let’s bring cannabis to the people in a way, a format, that’s easy to consume and that’s familiar to them,” Keith Villa recounts. “Beer has been with us for thousands of years. People know how to drink it. Our Western culture is such that we almost always have a drink in our hands as we’re … Continue reading This week in Drink — Cannabis pro Omnibus
Few people get to be at the forefront of something special. Keith Villa has been there twice. “They said I was one of the major disruptors in the alcohol world,” Villa says, reading from a past interview now framed on his office wall. “They said, ‘He was instrumental in bringing non-craft beer drinkers to craft.’” … Continue reading This week in Drink — Keith Villa, Ph.D.
One of the most anticipated openings this year in Boulder County is the Lafayette outpost of Westbound & Down Brewing Company. “Lafayette is coming along well,” Eric Schmidt of Westbound & Down says in an email. “Brewery is up and running and the tanks are full. We brought down the canning line last week and … Continue reading This week in Drink — Westbound & Down Brewing Company
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