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Thursday, December 19,2013

Farewell, Planet Porter

Boulder Beer kills Planet Porter and Avery releases Mephistopheles

By Josh Gross
Fare thee well, sweet Planet Porter. But when one brave soldier falls by the wayside, others arise to take its place. Here are some of the most interesting beers being released at local breweries this week or this week adjacent.
Thursday, December 12,2013

So long, Boulder, and thanks for all the beer

Farewells at Avery as fall fades

By Steve Weishampel
On a Friday afternoon, the tasters stretch out for a lot longer than necessary — and yes, lunch hour beers are necessary. We’re working here, after all.
Thursday, December 5,2013

Touring Colorado's beer community

By Steve Weishampel
A taproom bartender at Denver’s River North Brewery, Nikki is also a writer for Denver Off the Wagon website and when she saw my notebook I imagine she felt the surge of “That guy’s probably terrible!” that all journalists feel about other journalists.
Wednesday, November 27,2013

Lots to learn: The beer tour hits Wynkoop Brewing Company

A look back on returning to Wynkoop

By Steve Weishampel
I can’t talk about Wynkoop Brewing Company without talking about history. But enough has been written already about Wynkoop’s history, and anyway when I think of Wynkoop and history I’m really — as I am so often — talking about myself.
Thursday, November 21,2013

More malt magic

Dark beers reign on a second trip to Oskar Blues

By Steve Weishampel
This time around, when the Boulder Weekly gang heads to Liquids & Solids, I’m surprised again: Not only does Oskar Blues do malt, about half the OB beers on tap are dark and delicious.
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.