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A Brief History of the Beer Boot

September 21st, 2020

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

7 Best Year-Round Boulder Beers

September 17th, 2020

Happy Friday, fellow beer enthusiasts! Since I’m new around here, I thought I’d give you all a taste of what my go-to choices are from a few of Boulder’s best microbreweries. When I was conducting research for my undergraduate Anthropology thesis about Colorado craft beer culture, these were some that I discovered early and still stand out in the sea of rotating taps. So, when you’re looking to learn what a particular brewery is all about, you can’t go wrong with one of these classic options! 1.  Avery, White Rascal Don’t let the devilish rascal on the can scare you away because this... Read More

West Flanders Brewing Company : A Truly Intercontinental Tale

September 6th, 2020
West Flanders Brewing Company Boulder

At this point, I realize it’s rather passé, but I just have to talk about this month’s unusual weather one more time. Notably, the daily gloomy forecasts remind me very vividly of my time spent in the city of Amsterdam. As a young and impressionable collegian, I can’t imagine a better crash course in beer culture. Every day would greet us with thick fog, the occasional drizzle, only to be replaced with an onslaught of rain and grumpy attitudes. So, along with some of the other Americans on my study abroad semester, decided to seek out Amsterdam’s best bar for beer. While... Read More

What Classifies a Craft Brew?

August 16th, 2020

“What makes a craft brew, a craft brew?” I innocently asked. The man looked at me, as if I were still in high school, barely old enough to drink a soda, let alone a beer. He replied, with a perplexed look on his face, “As long as you produce less beer than Sam Adams, you’re considered a craft brewery.” I thought to myself, “Seriously?” Now, I don’t recall where I was (it was one of those nights), but I was speaking to a Boulder beer aficionado, or so I thought. This idea of what classifies a craft brew slipped my mind, until a recent argument over... Read More

Feelin’ Fine, Springtime, Twisted Pine (Rhyming is Hard)

August 2nd, 2020
Twisted Pine Brewing Co Boulder

To be fair, the “rhyme” in the title of this post is indeed a slant rhyme, which totally counts. What are you, the rhyming police? Does such an organization exist? If they do, I want to humbly thank them for their service in smugly correcting poets all across this land. Anyway, welcome to this week’s editorial in which Max drinks a few beers, and tells other Boulderites what he thinks of them. On tap this week? Twisted Pine Brewing Company, a major-league brewery in the middle of Boulder, Colorado. Before I get started in today’s beer experience, I want to tell all you... Read More

Cheerful & Beer-Full at the Bohemian Biergarten

June 27th, 2020

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

How Do Your Job Perks Stack Up Against These Startup’s Fun Perks?

June 7th, 2020

  Generally speaking, most companies offer a multitude of benefits for their employees. Benefits can range anywhere from local bus passes to health and dental benefits or 401k matching. But nowadays, with startups and new businesses placing such a heavy emphasis on engaging company cultures, new and unique takes on employee perks and benefits are popping up all over, it’s not just your average health insurance coverage anymore. Major companies like Eventbrite offer employees weekly massage, acupuncture and chiropractic sessions covered by the company; Thrilllist and Foursquare allow their... Read More

Get Strong and Flexible While Drinking Beer

June 3rd, 2020

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

Colorado’s Oldest Craft Brewery is Saying Goodbye

January 7th, 2020

With the craft beer landscape across Colorado continuing to change, Boulder Beer Co. is the next brewery finding ways to adapt to stay alive. This means they will be shutting down their brewpub and facility this year. Fortunately for the many fans of Boulder Beer Co., they have reached an agreement with another brewery in Denver that will continue to make Boulder Beer, so you’ll still be seeing your favorite pours on shelves and in restaurants around Colorado and the US. As Seltzer has continued to eat up market share in the alcoholic beverage industry, the craft beer surge has slowed significantly,... Read More

Big Beer Brings Protest to Mexicali

February 2nd, 2018

Water is a basic human right, correct? Even within our society’s divided climate, I think that is something we can all agree upon. No person should go without water. I mean, after all, an adult human body consists of about 60% water. It’s safe to say, we need it. Now, let me ask you another question: It’s not a shock to anyone that California, and southwestern states in general have been suffering from a drought, correct? So, why would Baja California be any different? Wouldn’t they be suffering from the same drought as us? The answer is, yes, they are suffering from severe drought, causing... Read More

Savor the Flavor at Avery

January 26th, 2018

Searching for a place to down some incredible beers, all while savoring a succulent meal? Then you’ve got to check out the Avery Brewing Company. I’m sure you’ve already had a taste of their two most popular beers, White Rascal & Avery’s IPA – they’re in just about every bar in town! Well, they’ve got plenty more brews on tap, offering a diverse variety to pair with any entree on their menu. Let’s take a look at a few of Avery’s finest beers, beginning with the Maharaja IPA. An employee favorite at the brewery, Maharaja offers a flavorful... Read More

Order Organic at Asher: The Sustainable Brewery

January 19th, 2018

Meet Chris Asher, the brain behind Colorado’s first all-organic brewery, the Asher Brewing Company. Chris, an east coaster at heart, moved to Colorado after graduating from Wesleyan University, and his career as a brew master began to flourish. As an east-coaster myself, I was already familiar with Chris through the crazy 6 degrees of separation. Oddly enough, my mom, back in Mass, happens to work at Chris’s high school alma mater, the Noble & Greenough School. So, of course, I had to meet Chris upon moving to Colorado. I mean, come on, he went from teaching home-brewing classes in college... Read More

Brew Review: Boston Cream Pale Ale

January 12th, 2018

As most of you know, if you’ve read my bio, I migrated West from Boston just this past June, and now reside in beautiful Boulder. Well, during the holidays I made the trek back to frigid New England, and couldn’t be happier to be back in sunny Colorado! Since I’ve returned to the Craft Brew Capital, I’ve made quite a few trips to Hazel’sBeverage World, but one beer in particular called out to me. It was a sort of Boston Calling (no pun intended), made by the brewers at Bull & BushBrewery. Their Boston Cream Pale Ale caught my eye, and no matter what other beers I perused, I felt... Read More

Drink Your Fate in 2018

January 5th, 2018

Wondering what your fate might be for the 2018 year? Will you follow your diet, layoff your vices, drag yourself to the gym? Chances are, if you didn’t stick to your guns in 2017, a New Year’s resolution isn’t going to change a thing. In that case, I dare you to drink your fate! You might as well save yourself the hassle, relax, and pour a pint. So, let’s kick the New Year off right, celebrating Boulder’s finest: Beer. Our celebration begins with the birthday of FATE Brewing Company, which was incorporated just 6 years ago this month! FATE, founded in 2012 by Mike Lawinski, is a staple... Read More

Christmas Crafts

December 15th, 2017

Looking for that perfect buzz to get you through the hectic holiday season? Look no further because we’re going local! I’ve got plenty of Boulder beers for you that have just the ABV percentage you’re looking for, with that seasonal taste to boot! I’ve come up with a collection of Christmas craft brews for you to bring to all your ugly sweater parties this year! Take a look: Cellar West Artisan Ales—New to the Boulder beer scene, Cellar West has already crafted their very own Christmas Ale, jam-packed with all the flavors of the holidays. Dry at the finish, but loaded... Read More

Backcountry Pizza: Pints & Pies

December 8th, 2017

What goes better with beer than pizza? I don’t know about ya’ll, but when I’m scarfing down a cheesy scrumptious slice, dripping with that orange grease, I’m in need of something strong to wash it down. Those bubbles and hops seem to tone down the greasiness of the pizza, making a nice cold one all the more refreshing. Backcountry Pizza & Tap House does it right with that perfect pairing of a pie and a pint. With 68 beers on tap and 350 bottled beers, Backcountry Pizza is Boulder’s largest selection of draft microbrews. Not to mention, they have dozens of pizzas... Read More

The Rocky Mountain Toad

November 30th, 2017

In this part of the state, where the Rocky Mountains tower over the prairies, the mountain toad is a symbol of health. The mountain toad, an adaptable amphibian, is able to survive on both land and water, so when their population is flourishing, the overall ecosystem is as well.  These little creatures that call the Rockies home, represent vitality to the people of Golden, and a sense of togetherness, working to build a better community. Mountain Toad Brewing has chosen this symbol of health to represent their brand, bringing together locals and wanderers alike to share a brew.   Mountain... Read More

Give Thanks to Beer

November 24th, 2017

I hope everyone had a terrific Turkey Day and gave thanks for what they love most. Personally, I am extremely thankful for the wonderful city of Boulder, and all of the beer that comes along with it! But what is it that makes the beer in Boulder so delicious? Well, Boulder is a booming mecca for the craft beer industry, and happens to be home of the highly regarded Brewer’s Association. The Brewer’s Association is an organization that was implemented in order to protect independent brewers and their craft. In the name of protecting craft beers, the Brewer’s Association has launched their... Read More

New Terrain: Curiosity Crafts Community

November 17th, 2017

Wondering which craft brew to try next? Just follow your curiosity, wander down the road to Golden, and you will be greeted by the New Terrain Brewing Company. Located just up Table Mountain Parkway, this new-aged brewery is surrounded by breathtaking views and even better beer. When I first stepped foot in New Terrain, my immediate thought was, “I’m home.” Not only are their beers exquisite, but the vibes are unmatched. I wouldn’t even describe it as a brewery, but rather a meeting place for those struck by wanderlust and on the search for a good beer. They boldly blend... 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