<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Boulder Weekly Beer Tour]]> <![CDATA[More malt magic]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[Extra special]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[Ale Satan]]> Boulder, Boulder, Boulder. You have a lot of catching up to do. Yes, even in craft brewing.]]> <![CDATA[Boulder Weekly beer tour]]> Oskar Blues’ latest venture is, at first glance, a rather odd mash-up: Bikes, tacos and tequila. Oh, and beer, of course. And yet somehow, in OB’s typical Midas touch fashion, it all works.]]> <![CDATA[Crossfaders]]> Colorado is blazing the trail as the state works to set the standards for legal marijuana use in America. As the first state to roll out legal pot, Colorado is now under a magnifying glass as we create laws to deal with recreational use of what was once an illegal drug.]]> <![CDATA[Crafty crafting]]> “If you’re gonna do it, you do it right,” Huber says at one point in the tour of the brewery. It’s a theme that Kettle & Stone seems dedicated to.]]> <![CDATA[Magic is in the air at Shine]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[Water, water everywhere]]> After four days, six breweries and 13 beers, my conclusion on Northeast Ohio beer is that there’s something in the water. I’m not a chemist, but I am blaming the water for the little differences in the taste of the beer.]]> <![CDATA[All together now]]> In Northeast Ohio, where I’m from, Great Lakes Brewing Company is pretty much the beginning and the end of the craft beer conversation.]]> <![CDATA[Summer of suds]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[So long, Boulder, and thanks for all the beer]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[Barrel racing]]> America has a history of trying to one-up the rest of the world. Maybe it has something to do with our rebellious origins. Maybe that explains monster trucks, KISS and deep dish pizza. So it only makes sense that when the craft brewing revolution started more than 20 years ago it was driven by American brewers.]]> <![CDATA[Pumpkin beer is here]]> Pumpkin ales are as highly anticipated as any seasonal beer, neck-and-neck with Christmas ales. But it’s a style fraught with problems.]]> <![CDATA[Why breweries shouldn't make Super Bowl bets]]> After a drubbing so severe that Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart called it “the Seahawks ‘bring a Bronco to work day,’’’ Downtown Boulder’s West Flanders Brewing has to make good on the Super Bowl bet it made with Seattle’s Elysian Brewing.]]> <![CDATA[Tiny bubbles]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[Touring Colorado's beer community]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[Big beers and food fixes]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[The Magical Ingredient]]> Last year, thirsty Americans enjoyed almost 9.5 million barrels of beer. That’s a lot of beer! Every time one of them cracked a can or popped the top on their favorite brewski, they unknowingly paid homage to the side effects of Humulus lupulus.]]> <![CDATA[Boulder Beer turns 35]]> Between wacky recipes, oddball marketing and all manner of shenaniganry, it isn’t just the alcohol that makes the corporate identity of most breweries seem fairly adolescent. But can you blame ‘em? It’s not quite The Children of the Corn, but only a handful of breweries are out of their teens. The elder statesman of Colorado breweries, Boulder Beer, is only 35. And barely 35 at that. Its birthday is this weekend.]]> <![CDATA[The cucumber crisis]]> 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.]]>