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Thursday, December 18,2014

American agave

Tatanka American Agave stampedes into new realm for tequila drinkers

By Cody Gabbard
Tatanka is an American alternative to Mexican tequila, which uses the fermented sap of the agave plant. Agave — a large succulent not to be confused as a type of cactus — is similar in appearance to aloe with its long, flat leaves covered in spines. Blue weber agave, or Agave tequilana, is responsible for the production of tequila.
Thursday, December 11,2014

Maptastic

Eighth edition of the ‘Beer Drinker’s Guide to Colorado’ has it all

By Josh Gross
The newly- 21ers out there may not believe it, but there was once a time when those of us aged more than 25 years — you know, “old farts” — didn’t have a fully interactive, voiceactivated GPS in our pocket at all times.
Thursday, December 4,2014

Tempting FATE

Local brewery looks next door for more space to meet demand

By Hudson Lindenberger
“When we built our brewery, we had an eye on the future, we set it up to be able to add fermenters and holding tanks as needed. Well, that day is upon us much sooner than planned,” says Lawinski. “When the opportunity came to take over a space right next door, we knew we had to jump on it.
Monday, December 1,2014

Old school

By Cody Gabbard
Everything old is new again, including ancient herbal beers regaining popularity in the craft beer world after about a 250-year hiatus. They’re called gruits, which refers to a mixture of oldfashioned herbs and spices used to bitter and flavor beer prior to the prevalence of hops (although hops began being used in gruits around the second century).
Thursday, November 20,2014

Where is your beer from?

Breweries adjust as craft brewing grows

By Hudson Lindenberger
Attitudes are changing in the craft beer community as consumers’ insatiable thirst for new beer drives constant brewery expansion. There are now more than 3,000 breweries operating in the U.S. — the most since 1870 — and the tide of opening shows no sign of slowing.
Thursday, November 13,2014

Nitro-fueled funny cans

Left Hand’s Nitro Fest invites drinkers to take a walk on the dark side

By Hudson Lindenberger
The trendsetting brewers at Left Hand Brewing Company are rolling out a unique event to celebrate their 21st anniversary: Nitro Fest.
Thursday, November 6,2014

Choose your festival

Avery IPA Fest versus Upslope’s Sixth Anniversary

By Josh Gross
But if bitter beer face ain’t yo thang, then you can still beerfest it up this weekend. The upstanding slopers at Upslope are celebrating their sixth year in the brew game, also on Saturday, Nov. 8. From 2–8 p.m.
Thursday, October 30,2014

Digging for gold

The Old Mine is filled with treasure

By Josh Gross
Erie may not be the correct spelling, but it’s the perfect word for the experience. On a chilly, October evening, the dark storefronts and empty sidewalks of this old town strip of the small East Boulder/Weld County town didn’t need much in the way of Halloween decorations to evoke the feel of a western ghost town.
Thursday, October 23,2014

Liquid Mechanics and the art of location, location, location

By Josh Gross
Being far too aware of how fun drinking and driving seems at first, I have always preferred to avoid its potential pitfalls and manslaughter charges by frequenting bars that I can walk to. That’s why I wouldn’t have thought of Liquid Mechanics’ new digs at the corner of Baseline Road and U.
Thursday, October 16,2014

Explosive combinations

By Matt Cortina
Learning about beer flavor isn’t limited to the monthly “Niwot Drinking Buddy” classes, however. Powder Keg’s Haystack Hopback is a class in a glass.
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