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Thursday, November 14,2013

Drink what you love — and what you don't

By Steve Weishampel
Brewery taprooms are one of the very few places — dentists’ offices being the other I can think of — where people often ask for things they won’t like.
Thursday, November 7,2013

Arvada ales

Craft beer and curry at Yak and Yeti

By Steve Weishampel
I’ve been going solo recently for the beer tour, because we’ve wrapped up Boulder County and nobody else on this staff has the journalistic integrity to drive 20 minutes to drink beer.
Thursday, October 31,2013

Saddle up for a trip to Boulder's newest taproom

Big, velvety stout is Crystal Springs' star

By Steve Weishampel
Louisville is the newest outer province of Russia, if new Louisville brewery Crystal Springs Brewing is any indication. Crystal Springs brews a Russian imperial stout, Black Saddle, along with about a dozen other beers at any given time.
Thursday, October 24,2013

The need for speed read

Backcountry’s big menu means taking a big risk

By Steve Weishampel
Read carefully. Always ask your server. And maybe bring a dictionary. Those are the hard lessons Jeff learned in a visit to Backcountry Pizza & Tap House.
Thursday, October 10,2013

Hello, happy place

At Our Mutual Friend, a moment of beer bliss

By Steve Weishampel
Five minutes into my visit to Our Mutual Friend, the bartender takes the needle off the record and switches the stereo input to his Mac laptop. The first hi-hat clicks and falsetto wails of “A Life of Possibilities” come out, and I love this bar.
Thursday, October 3,2013

’Ello gov’nor

British pub Bull & Bush delivers on atmosphere

By Steve Weishampel
Crossing into the dim, lantern-lit interior of the Bull & Bush Pub & Brewery is like stepping back in time.
Thursday, September 26,2013

Cask-conditioned ales: Keeping it real

Creamy and smooth, cask ales are heating up

By Steve Weishampel
I can remember the feeling, not so long ago, of sitting down at a bar with a decent craft beer selection and being bewildered.
Thursday, September 19,2013

Pumpkin beer is here

We taste-test the much-loved seasonals

By Steve Weishampel
Pumpkin ales are as highly anticipated as any seasonal beer, neck-and-neck with Christmas ales. But it’s a style fraught with problems.
Thursday, September 12,2013

Secrets at Sanitas

How a $2 discount can go to your head

By Steve Weishampel
We all enjoy being in on a good secret. I mean, if it’s a harmless, fun kind of secret, not the other kind. We all like knowing about the shortcut home, the secret menu item, the password, where the unmarked door will lead.
Thursday, September 5,2013

Trouble brewing

A volunteer shift at Twisted Pine means science and strain

By Steve Weishampel
I mean, I knew I wasn’t in the best shape. I’m basically built like Animal from the Muppets, with the strength of Animal from the Muppets, my weird, fuzzy arms flopping about wildly.