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Archive for the ‘ Beer ’ Category

Ratio: Cultivating Carrot Craft Brews

October 20th, 2017

Bopping my head to the easy beats of Twin Peaks’ “Making Breakfast,” I entered my first Colorado brewery, Ratio Beerworks. Entering a Colorado craft brewery was a moment I had been waiting for since the first time my lips touched the unique flavor of a brewmaster’s craft. It was the beginning of my road trip, last September, and I was just high off of life, driving as free as one could be through our chaotic, yet magnificent country. From Boston to Denver, it was pretty much a straight shot, so I was definitely ready to get a brew in me. I stepped into a cluster of 80s vibes... Read More

A Brief History of the Beer Boot

October 6th, 2017

Drinking beer is not the only thing I do, so the other day, I decided to go on a lovely jaunt through downtown Boulder. Where was I walking, do you ask? To the Bohemian Biergarten, of course! I was on a quest to discover the history behind the beloved beer boot, or Das Boot, as many of us fondly refer to it. I arrived at my destination, but to my disappointment, their Bavarian chef, Martin König, was away, and my question could not be answered. I actually think my curiosity may have sparked the same questioning surrounding Das Boot in others. Anyways, I am not the most patient person, so instead... Read More

Left Hand Knows Nitro

September 29th, 2017

Anyone out there wondering what makes a nitro, a nitro? You are? Alright, well let me give you a little lesson with the help of the Left Hand Brewery. It’s no secret that Left Hand Brewing Co. is Number 1 when it comes to nitros, so I made my way up to Longmont to learn from the best. They sure did teach me a thing or two about these bodacious beers, and of course I had to test a few to grasp the full experience. After talking to a few employees, I came up with a quick guide to nitros: Basically, a regular beer uses 100% carbon dioxide during the carbonation process, while nitros do not.... Read More

Autumn Ales are in the Air

September 22nd, 2017

Leaves are crunching beneath your feet, the air’s a little crisper, and you’re dreaming of apple cider and pumpkin pie – Fall is here. Truly my favorite time of year, I couldn’t be more excited to taste some seasonal ales in the Boulder area this Autumn. So, with the help of the amazing team at Hazel’s Beverage World, I went to picking and found some sweet pumpkin and malty local Oktoberfest flavors. Here’s a few that I’d definitely recommend to you seasonal beer lovers:   Pump Action by 4 Noses Brewing Co.: An Imperial Pumpkin Ale that’s sweet... Read More

Boulder Beer: Bold Since 1979

September 15th, 2017

Founded in 1979, on a farm just northeast of town, Boulder Beer has come a long way since it planted its roots in the Boulder Valley 38 years ago. As Colorado’s First Craft Brewery, Boulder Beer quickly took off, giving beer lovers an extraordinary change. After expanding their product, the brewmasters realized that they needed to expand their space as well, moving to the Pub on Wilderness Place in 1994. There are now two Boulder Beer locations – the one on Wilderness Place, and the other just off the Pearl Street Mall on Walnut. The Pub on Wilderness has to be my favorite location,... Read More

Something’s Brewing in September

September 8th, 2017

Happy September everyone! Who’s excited for this months brewery events? I know I am, and there’s quite a list to chose from! Here are a few upcoming beer events in the Boulder area, to get you through this busy month: Taproom Yoga @ Left Hand: Venture up to Longmont this Saturday morning for some free all-levels yoga, which happens to pair perfectly with a complimentary beer. So grab your yoga mat, fill that stomach (before downing a brew), and stop by Left Hand’s taproom at 11:15am this Saturday, September 9th! Also, be sure to check out Left Hand Brewing’s Longmont Oktoberfest... Read More

Cheerful & Beer-Full at the Bohemian Biergarten

September 1st, 2017

Sunday’s can sometimes be a bit of a drag – a day to sleep in, run errands, and dread work the next morning. Therefore, when it comes to finding something fun on a Sunday night, the struggle is real. On Sunday nights the majority of Boulder is a quiet community nestled in the foot of the Flatirons. Little do we know, the Bohemian Biergarten is booming every Sunday night with their gut-busting Comedy Show. That’s right, the Bohemian Biergarten is turning those lazy days into Sunday Funday. The laughs come at a $5 entrance fee, and begin Sunday at 7pm, and continue for a 2nd show at 9:15pm.... Read More

Grab a Brew & View Mayweather vs. McGregor

August 25th, 2017

Throw back some brews and get pumped up for the big fight this Saturday night! We all know what I’m talking about – Conor McGregor v.s. Floyd Mayweather. It’s a boxing match for the ages that we’re all anxiously awaiting to see. Who will win? Mayweather, the undefeated longtime pro-boxer, or McGregor, the Irish charmer/MMA master? I guess we’ll have to wait and see; but where is a fan to watch the Mayweather/McGregor showdown in Boulder? Well, after spending tedious amounts of time calling the most prominent bars in Boulder, I realized the hard way, that watching boxing fights is just... Read More

The Rayback Community

August 18th, 2017

Ask me one of my go-to spots to grab a beer in Boulder – I’d say the Rayback Collective every time, and not just because of Mountain Monday’s (All Upslopes=$4). Not only does it have 30 taps, but you are flooded with good vibes the second you enter the park. Known as Boulder’s Backyard, the Rayback is an old warehouse converted into a bar, which opens up into a food truck park. The park is a quick bike ride for North Boulderites, just off the Goose Creek bike path. The food trucks are on a rotating schedule, but they keep you updated @therayback. Sounds pretty amazing, doesn’t it? Well,... Read More

Aquarius: An Artisan Ale

August 11th, 2017

While perusing the aisles at Hazel’s Beverage World, I stumbled upon a local brewer that I had yet to try – Cellar West Artisan Ales. Their unique funky packaging popped, immediately catching my eye. Out of all their wonderful brews, it was the Aquarius, a recent addition to the Cellar West family, that peaked my interest. The Aquarius, a Saison whose Belgian roots truly represent in this aged ale, was introduced just this past April at Cellar West’s very own Tasting Room. As I took my first sip of this craft beer centered around Spelt Malt, I was quickly drawn in. The fruit fizzled... Read More

24 Years of Avery!

August 4th, 2017

Looking for something local to do this Saturday? Celebrate the Avery Brewing Company’s 24th anniversary with some good tunes and plenty of beers. Avery Brewing has been around since it was established in 1993 by Adam Avery and his father, Larry. Their beers have pleased the mouths of locals for years, but now they have spread beyond Boulder. Just when I was living in Boston, I was introduced to what is now my go-to beer, Avery’s White Rascal. They’ve even crossed U.S. borders, selling their Boulder brews in Sweden and Japan! Clearly, there’s a lot to celebrate, so why not... Read More

Grab a Beer for Game of Thrones

July 28th, 2017

Love watching Game of Thrones, but feel a little parched after routing for your favorite house all episode? Well, fear not, Hazel’s Beverage World has you covered! Hazel’s employee, Liz Ali, came up with the brilliant idea to pair each major house of GOT with a beer that compliments the qualities of each family name. Paying close attention to detail, Liz chose beers that perfectly reflect each GOT family sigil. For example, she pairs House Targaryen (sign of the Dragon) with Dragon’s Milk stout. A creatively awesome idea, much appreciated by Game of Thrones fans! Without further... Read More

BRU Brings Craftsmanship to All Menus

June 23rd, 2017

When you’re feeling peckish and craving a quality beer, BRU Handbuilt Ales and Eats has you covered. Still one of the newer-comers on the craft beer scene, BRU has built an excellent reputation for both its food and beer since its inception in 2012. They’re known for their unfiltered, naturally carbonated ales and made-from-scratch sourdough. I have to admit to some favoritism among those ales. My number one from BRU is the Solus Patersbier. This easy-drinking beer packs a spiced flavor, with bitter orange and coriander used during the brewing process. It owes its hazy golden color to being... Read More

Enjoy Smoked Pork and Brews at Boulder Beer for Father’s Day!

June 16th, 2017

Don’t forget, Father’s Day is this weekend! There might still be enough time to get that card in the mail if you’re like me and procrastinated, right? Maybe. But, if you’re lucky enough to have your dad in Boulder with you this Father’s Day, there’s definitely still time to make some fun plans. My recommendation? Boulder Beer’s Father’s Day Pig Roast! You read that right, starting at 1 PM this Sunday, Boulder Beer is going to be smoking pork and feeding families BBQ style. It sounds like it’ll be best to come hungry too because one $14 plate comes with smoked pork, BBQ black beans,... Read More

Live Music and Beer: A Perfect Pairing

June 9th, 2017

Hiking and beer. Pilates and beer. Macaroni and cheese and beer. These are some of my favorite beer pairings this time of year (though mac and cheese with beer is more of a year-round delight). But there is one more pairing that I just can’t get enough of when the patios are open and corn hole is on the yard. That is live music and beer, particularly a little jazz, folk-rock, and bluegrass. Well, lucky for me and for you, Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery has a live band lined up for every Sunday night this summer as well as Monday nights at their Southern Sun location and Wednesday night open bluegrass... Read More

Oak Aging and Brettanomyces Help This Brewery Stand Out From the Crowd

June 2nd, 2017

Even in a saturated craft beer market, there are still niches to be filled. Cellar West Artisan Ales found one for themselves in creating oak barrel fermented ales using a particular blend of wild yeast—Brettanomyces. This particular yeast can be intimidating to work with, as it can be aggressive and overpowering, but Cellar West has made an art of the challenge. Each beer is forged in a small batch and released in 500 ml bottles. That’s right, no six packs from this experimental little brewery. That doesn’t mean you’ll be left wanting, though because these brews pack smooth, fulfilling... Read More

Get Strong and Flexible While Drinking Beer

May 26th, 2017

Being such a healthy, active city, Boulder is one of those places that makes you want to get out there and try new activities. For me, the most recent addition to my fitness routine has been pilates. I’ve been on the mat doing yoga for a few years now but pilates is a whole other beast, focusing more on intense workouts for the core rather than the overall strength and flexibility associated with yoga. You know what makes an intense core workout all the more bearable? Rolling off the mat and immediately getting a fresh pint of Sanitas beer. That’s right. Sanitas has added craft pilates at the... Read More

Fill Your Calendar with Avery Events

May 19th, 2017

Summer is just around the corner even if mother nature threw some cold, wet weather at us this week and it’s shaping up to be a busy season for the folks over at Avery Brewing Company! Starting the summer off right (even if the ground is still wet from the late season snow day yesterday), the Real Peel IPA is being released today. Promising to be a crisp, refreshing twist on the classic IPA, tangerine peels used during the brewing process will add some citrus and zest. Sounds perfect for warm evenings grilling out on the patio! For those of you who are as excited as me about all of the new sour... Read More

Saying Goodbye to Walnut Brewery

May 12th, 2017

A well-loved brewpub in downtown Boulder, Walnut Brewery, announced Thursday that they will be closing their doors on June 4th after 27 years of business. Where Boulder Beer Co. gets to claim its place as Boulder’s first brewery, Walnut Brewery was Boulder’s first brewpub; a contribution that I, for one, greatly appreciate. If you haven’t (or even if you have) had their chicken friend chicken n’ waffles, I highly suggest giving it a try with the Buffalo Gold ale. The current owners of Walnut Brewery report that ownership of the brewery will transfer to Frank Day, owner of the Boulderado... Read More

Get Outside with Wild Woods Brewery

May 5th, 2017

Warmer temperatures finally brought us a rainstorm instead of snow and that makes me think summer must be right around the corner. And what does summer bring with it? The chance to get outside for long day hikes, rides, climbs, and camping trips. Now, I know that some people are into snowshoeing or cross-country skiing into the mountains and bearing the low temperatures for winter camping trips but I am not one of those people. Summer is my season and I don’t consider a camping trip complete without a small growler of seasonal craft beer to wash down a mediocre freeze-dried meal. Luckily for... Read More

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