Drink

Gemini’s first is an impressive start

Sometimes we throw around this word “unique” and it ends up being more self-congratulatory than anything else. Uniquely self-congratulatory, that is. And we do...

Raspberry Provincial from funkwerks works

Forget one-day blizzards that drop over a foot of snow and knock out power across Boulder County. If we drink summer beers, it will...

Avery’s tequila barrel concoction

In the mood for something different, I grabbed one of the latest releases from Avery Brewing Co.’s barrel-aged series, the Fiel al Estilo, a...

Australia is regaining its mojo

Australian wine has fallen out of fashion. In the late-1990s, Americans became obsessed with wines from the Land Down Under. For most of this millennium’s...

Hops + Handrails returns to Longmont

For the fourth consecutive year, Left Hand Brewing will bring its joint beer festival and snowboard competition, Hops + Handrails, to Longmont this Saturday,...

Upslope’s bacon grätzer is weirdly good

Is it possible to create an elegant bacon beer? Should we, as consumers, even want an elegant bacon beer? The answers to these questions...

Chocolate and coconut porter is a good detour

We’re in the heart of dark beer season. Every so often, it’s pleasant to come across a beer that both honors the season with...

Odell’s newest release hits at the right time

This week, Odell Brewing kicked off their “cellar series” by releasing The Meddler, an oud bruin ale. There will be six more releases in...

How wine idealizes reality

Sixteen years ago, Stephen Tanzer, one of the world’s leading wine critics, described the cabernet sauvignon from Ridge’s 1991 harvest in Monte Bello Vineyard...

Here’s to stout

Stout Month is upon us. One of Boulder County’s most beloved celebrations of dark beer only seems to grow year after year at the...

New Zealand: more than hobbits and sauvignon blanc

Americans are fascinated by New Zealand. Thanks to The Lord of the Rings franchise — and the tourism board’s “100% Pure New Zealand” marketing...

Rethinking the tasting note

This first wine is a fighter; he’s loud. The second wine is pensive; she has a dark side.” As I led a recent seminar,...
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