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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.
Thursday, March 14,2013

Tiny bubbles

J Wells among a new breed of super-small breweries

By Steve Weishampel
It’s easy enough to name the most obvious trends in Boulder County brewing. Three breweries are planning to open this summer in Lafayette; Boulder loves beer that’s heavy on the hops; barrel-aging is big.
Thursday, March 7,2013

Big beers and food fixes

At Louisville’s Gravity, another clever cuisine workaround

By Steve Weishampel
We didn’t have much hope for food in Gravity Brewing’s Louisville warehouse. They’ve got a billionfoot-long bar and pool and pingpong tables, but there’s no sign of dining until we smell someone else’s fries.
Thursday, February 28,2013

All together now

FATE collaborates its way into the beer scene

By Steve Weishampel
In Northeast Ohio, where I’m from, Great Lakes Brewing Company is pretty much the beginning and the end of the craft beer conversation.
Thursday, February 21,2013

Basement BRU

Brilliant nanobrewery deserves new digs

By Steve Weishampel
Clark, one of Boulder’s biggest beer nerds, needs a bigger, more beer-centric stage for a nanobrewery that should be ranked among the state’s best.
Thursday, February 14,2013

The edge of heaven

Mountain Sun’s Stout Month pushes boundaries of black beer

By Steve Weishampel
Yo, America: Stop making beer worse.