Without Boulder Weekly there would be no Boulder County Beer. Longtime Boulder Weekly contributor Michael J. Casey has written a definitive history of the local craft beer scene, Boulder County Beer: A Refreshing History. Packed with firsthand accounts from adventurous brewers, Casey recounts the tale of those who turned Boulder County into ground zero for craft beer in … Continue reading This week in Drink — “It got crazy.”
Whenever you feel an impulse to perpetuate a piece of exceptionally fine writing, obey it—whole-heartedly—and delete it before sending your manuscript to press. Murder your darlings.—Arthur Quiller-Couch, On the Art of Writing ...or, just cut out the stuff that doesn’t work. My example: Mountain Sun Pubs & Breweries’ Stout Month—an annual tradition and highlight of … Continue reading Stout Month
The Boulder Beer Co. is dead, long live Boulder Beer. To the press release: Founded in 1979 (a year before Sierra Nevada Brewing opened, and 9 years before Colorado's first brewpub, Wynkoop Brewing opened), Boulder Beer is ready to reintroduce itself to the public!Shortly after reaching the milestone of its 40th anniversary in 2019, it … Continue reading Boulder Beer Co.
Beer to make you feel better (about the planet) On Tap: Asher Brewing Co. 4699 Nautilus Court S., Suite 104, Boulder, 303-530-1381. Most people headed down to Boulder’s Twin Lake Open Space in search of craft beer are destined to Avery’s large and impressive new digs. That behemoth features two dining rooms, a slew of taps, and a … Continue reading Asher Brewing Co.
A visit to a mad scientist in Longmont On tap: 300 Suns Brewing. 335 First Ave., Unit C, Longmont, 720-442-8292. For years I worked a tasting counter at a winery in Los Angeles. It was a fairly sizable operation with a strong output, and I was the man with the corkscrew who poured it all for … Continue reading 300 Suns Brewing
Louisville’s Main Street is now a place where no cars go. Barriers have been erected, coffee shops, breweries and restaurants have cordoned off sections, and al fresco dining welcomes the hungry and the thirsty. Is there a beer more appropriately named than Ready to Mingle? It’s 12Degree Brewing’s version of a Belgian single—a tamer and … Continue reading 12Degree Brewing’s Ready to Mingle
Drinking Belgian in Louisville On Tap: 12Degree Brewing. 820 Main St., Louisville, 720-638-1623, 12degree.com. The holidays aren’t here yet, but the temperature has dipped, lights decorate Louisville’s Historic Downtown District, and the ice rink is chilled and ready to go. With this atmosphere, an evening stroll down Main Street is a pleasant way to spend an … Continue reading 12Degree Brewing
Ales from Oskar Blues, Sierra Nevada and Upslope Like Enstrom Almond Toffee and Hershey’s Kiss cookies, it’s just not the holidays without a few signature ales. Here are four to get you started, but your local liquor store probably has 40. Dollars to donuts says your taproom down the street has a few as well. … Continue reading New in brew: Holiday beers
Behind the beer that launched a thousand breweries It was 5 a.m. on November 15, 1980, when Ken Grossman flipped on the lights in his small converted warehouse in Chico, California. Before him wasn’t much to look at: a mill, a brewhouse, a fermenter, a bottling line, all acquired secondhand and all piecemealed together by … Continue reading This is 40: Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
For this month's profile in brew, we look back at one of Boulder's pioneering brewers, Gordon Knight: Knight’s legacy lives on in the brewery he founded and the connections he forged. And if you ever need proof, head down to your favorite liquor store and pick up a sixpack of G’Knight Imperial Red IPA from … Continue reading This week in Drink — Gordon Knight and Hoppy Boy