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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


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.
Thursday, February 12,2015

Let them drink wine

Thank Crete for your nightly glass of red

By Matt Cortina
Gutenberg’s printing press brought religion into the homes of millions. Copernicus, Galileo and Newton put science into the minds of even more. Fleming’s penicillin saved countless lives. But the island of Crete gave the world something much more valuable than all three combined: cheap wine.
Thursday, February 5,2015

Sports and wine

A new drinking crowd takes over

By David White
Two of the beer company’s commercials were widely praised. Bud Light’s spot made virtually every viewer hope for an epic evening in a life-sized Pac-Man maze. Budweiser’s tale of a lost puppy finding his way home melted millions of hearts.