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Thursday, April 23,2015

A new wine frontier emerges

Stunning wines on the edge of American viticulture

By David White
Finger Lakes’ wine pioneer Hermann Wiemer released his first wine 35 years ago. While his wines helped the New York region gain critical acclaim, he never curried much favor with local winemakers. And he had little patience for collegiality. In a 1985 interview with the New York Times, he described most Finger Lakes wine as “rubber hose” quality.
Thursday, April 16,2015

Vapor Distillery is going big time

Out with the old and in with the new

By Hudson Lindenberger
Boulder County lost one of its most highly decorated distilleries at the beginning of April, and that is a good thing. Roundhouse Spirits, distilling since 2008, has ceased to exist due to naming rights for their products and overall company. But don’t despair, because in its place is Vapor Distillery, and things are about to get bigger and better.
Thursday, April 9,2015

Go big or go home

The new Avery Brewery impresses in size and style

By Hudson Lindenberger
Like a proud father Adam Avery would be justified in bragging about his new brewery. After 22 years bumping into walls and struggling to brew enough beer to keep up with the public’s unquenchable thirst for his signature products, the opening of his new state-ofthe-art brewery calls for.
Thursday, April 2,2015

Much ado about poison

Worry about wine, not arsenic

By David White
In late March, two couples filed a class-action lawsuit in California alleging that some of the nation’s top-selling low-cost wines contain unsafe levels of arsenic. “Just a glass or two” of wine from producers like Cupcake, Charles Shaw, Franzia, Rex Goliath and Korbel “could result in dangerous arsenic toxicity,” according to the suit.
Thursday, March 26,2015

Big air and bountiful beers

Hops Handrails comes to Longmont

By Hudson Lindenberger
Part beer festival and part snowboarding competition, it is certainly unique — it’s kind of like a spring version of The Boulder Cup Cyclocross race with highly specialized professional athletes doing athletic feats you could only dream of while you quaff delicious beers.
Thursday, March 19,2015

Rest easy, wine lovers

Perception is easily fooled

By David White
A few years ago, Adrian North, a psychology professor at Heriot-Watt University in Scotland, tested the impact of music on taste perception by pouring wine for 250 students.
Thursday, March 12,2015

Bucca-nerd

Geek Spirits in Gunbarrel opens first rum distillery in Boulder County

By Matt Cortina
The more of his rum I drank, the more he looked like Bill Gates. Greg Starr leads our little group of reporters around his new distillery in Gunbarrel, eagerly explaining the process by which he produces white rum. Starr has a Ph.D. in electrical engineering, owns 25 patents and has coauthored two books on “semiconductor design methodologies,” a term that so rattles the intelligence of the layman by its mere existence that centuries ago Starr surely would’ve burned at the stake by the order of John Proctor.
Thursday, March 5,2015

This hound will hunt

Out of the flood, Spirit Hound moves on

By Hudson Lindenberger
Some people just don’t know when to stop; they keep on trying despite the roadblocks that are tossed in their path. Spirit Hound Distillers in Lyons is full of people like that.
Thursday, February 26,2015

The booze boom in entertainment

Craft distillers take the small and big screen

By Spencer Blohm
Craft brewing has been around for 500 years. In the past decade, though, it’s taken off — especially in the United States. The appeal is obvious. Smaller batch sizes and creative recipes lend the craft brew flavors (and identities) that Budweiser can’t match.
Thursday, February 19,2015

A drink to celebrate

It’s the perfect time of year to enjoy the sazerac

By Matt Cortina
The lore is that the sazerac is the oldest American cocktail. The story goes that in the mid-1800s, the owner of the Merchant Exchange Coffee House in New Orleans sold the place to start importing liquor. One of his imports was a cognac called Sazerac-de- Forge et Fils.
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