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Thursday, May 23,2013

Summer of suds

New breweries opening across the county

By Steve Weishampel
Boulder County’s craft beer explosion isn’t done yet — or that’s the assumption for the owners of a new wave of breweries-in-planning that are shooting to open this year. We count at least eight breweries that have made some degree of progress toward opening.
Thursday, May 16,2013

Extra special

West Flanders joins craft brewers specializing in one style

By Steve Weishampel
West Flanders is in this bold new group of breweries that’s making a specialty out of a particular style. While the recent addition to Boulder’s beer scene does produce an IPA, a stout, a pale ale and a few other standards, it’s all about the Belgians here. When we stop by for a Monday lunch, there are four Belgian styles on tap, along with actual Belgians from actual Belgium in bottles and on a guest tap.
Thursday, May 9,2013

Brewery burnout

The crew begins to wear down at Walnut

By Steve Weishampel
At some point, I think we all lost the ability to identify beer flavors.
Thursday, May 2,2013

A column about beer

At Upslope, we learn the value of plain names

By Steve Weishampel
Savor, dear readers, the rare industry that doesn’t require constant branding and marketing. There are tons of opportunity for branding in the craft beer industry, of course, but there isn’t a pathological need for it like with cars or cookies or coffee or most everything you can think of.
Thursday, April 25,2013

The cucumber crisis

Salad/beer mashup from Twisted Pine inspires, alleviates fear

By Steve Weishampel
But when Baile came by, we couldn’t help but ask whether the Cucumber Cream Ale was ready. Soon it was sitting in front of us, and I was, as I said, filled with fear, dread and doubt. And you thought writing about beer trips was all fun and games.
Thursday, April 18,2013

Magic is in the air at Shine

By Steve Weishampel
Much is made of Boulder County, and particularly the city, being different from the rest of the country. I can’t speak to that as a whole, but I can say it’s pretty different from my hometown in Northeast Ohio. And nowhere was that more apparent than Shine Restaurant & Gathering Place.
Thursday, April 11,2013

Honey and history

Redstone Meadery pours ancient alcohol concoction

By Steve Weishampel
We have a tendency here to be fascinated with the new. Uh, we’re journalists. This whole beer tour was inspired by the explosion of new breweries in the county in the last few years. But celebrating Boulder’s beer is just as much about the long-standing as the new, and we’re certainly not ignorant of history.
Thursday, April 4,2013

The beer battles

Internal strife hits at Longmont’s Pumphouse Brewery

By Steve Weishampel
There’s a lot of sharing on our beer tour. When I describe six of a brewery’s beers in this column, I didn’t order six beers. I just brought five people. We pass everything around, and even trade or give away beers we don’t care for.
Thursday, March 28,2013

At Longmont's Oskar Blues, a malty mea culpa

Asking forgiveness of the kings of canning

By Steve Weishampel
I am sorry for not liking Oskar Blues. I am sorry to you, the reader, and to the beer itself.
Thursday, March 21,2013

Go east, young beer drinker

Left Hand kicks off our three-week Longmont brewery jaunt

By Steve Weishampel
The beer tour launched its Longmont leg last week, heading up the Diagonal to longtime standout Left Hand. For the next two weeks East County is our home, as we hit Oskar Blues this week and the Pumphouse the next.