<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Boulder Weekly Beer Tour]]> <![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[Five hours of sour]]> On the heels of last week’s sugary-sweet trip to Wild Woods, things turned sour. Avery Brewing Company once again hosted the Boulder SourFest, a massive, packed and tart five-hour celebration of the nation’s sourest brews.]]> <![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.]]> <![CDATA[Colorado Craft Beer Week]]> The real, honest, fo’ realsies, no fooling, super-special one and only official Colorado Craft Beer Week runs Friday, March 21, through Saturday, March 29, and it’s packed to the beer-breathing gills with craft-brewed events for you to woot about from atop the most conveniently located 14er.]]> <![CDATA[Football, beer and construction]]> But seriously Mr. Manning, with a Colorado/ Washington matchup coming only months after pot legalization in both states, we’re going to have to change up the nature of the “Bud Bowl,” for this year. Get with the program.]]> <![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[Farewell, Planet Porter]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[A drink to celebrate]]> The lore is that the sazerac is the oldest American cocktail. The story goes that in the mid-1800s, the owner of the Merchant Exchange Coffee House in New Orleans sold the place to start importing liquor. One of his imports was a cognac called Sazerac-de- Forge et Fils.]]> <![CDATA[This hound will hunt]]> Some people just don’t know when to stop; they keep on trying despite the roadblocks that are tossed in their path. Spirit Hound Distillers in Lyons is full of people like that.]]> <![CDATA[New beard-themed brewery in Longmont]]> On a below-freezing Tuesday evening, half of the taproom at Großen (pronounced ‘grossen’) can-shaped glasses adorned with your pictures of various facial hair styles and sampler trays in the shape of mustaches.]]> <![CDATA[Winter’s miracle cocktail]]> Flying 2,000 miles across the country back into Denver on Monday, I started to sniffle. Maybe it was the recycled air of the airplane, or the holiday snot-wipings from my three-year-old niece, but warmth and stuffiness were rising somewhere in my respiratory system, like tacky pink insulation getting shot between walls.]]> <![CDATA[Fort Collins Beer Week is nigh]]> Longmont’s Left Hand Brewing has started a run’n’chug series of its own, the “Beer Run” Running Club, which will be going down every Saturday from noon-1 p.m. “Each runner is encouraged to go at their own pace (if you want to walk instead of run, that is absolutely fine!),” Morgan Zamora, administrator for Left Hand Brewing wrote in a press release.]]> <![CDATA[Old school]]> Everything old is new again, including ancient herbal beers regaining popularity in the craft beer world after about a 250-year hiatus. They’re called gruits, which refers to a mixture of oldfashioned herbs and spices used to bitter and flavor beer prior to the prevalence of hops (although hops began being used in gruits around the second century).]]> <![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[Yeast on Main Street]]> Louisville’s Main Street is such an ideal small-town drag that it looks like it was pulled from The Truman Show. But it now has full credentials as a Colorado Main Street, as on June 26 it picked up the missing ingredient: a craft brewery. Belgian-centric brewery Twelve Degree Brewing Company, founded by head brewer Jon Howland, has popped up in the Main Street Marketplace next to the Empire and across from the Rex.]]> <![CDATA[Tempting FATE]]> “When we built our brewery, we had an eye on the future, we set it up to be able to add fermenters and holding tanks as needed. Well, that day is upon us much sooner than planned,” says Lawinski. “When the opportunity came to take over a space right next door, we knew we had to jump on it.]]> <![CDATA[Sports and wine]]> Two of the beer company’s commercials were widely praised. Bud Light’s spot made virtually every viewer hope for an epic evening in a life-sized Pac-Man maze. Budweiser’s tale of a lost puppy finding his way home melted millions of hearts.]]> <![CDATA[Let them drink wine]]> Gutenberg’s printing press brought religion into the homes of millions. Copernicus, Galileo and Newton put science into the minds of even more. Fleming’s penicillin saved countless lives. But the island of Crete gave the world something much more valuable than all three combined: cheap wine.]]> <![CDATA[The booze boom in entertainment]]> Craft brewing has been around for 500 years. In the past decade, though, it’s taken off — especially in the United States. The appeal is obvious. Smaller batch sizes and creative recipes lend the craft brew flavors (and identities) that Budweiser can’t match.]]> <![CDATA[Pucker up]]> Recently, New Belgium Brewing in Fort Collins added Snapshot to their year-round lineup, which is billed as a citrusy and tart wheat beer. Although not listed on the bottle, Snapshot utilizes a mixed-fermentation which includes lactobacillus (a yeast strain which can impart “tart,” “sour,” and “barnyard” characteristics). As far as sours go, Snapshot is quite tame compared to some of its mouth-puckering counterparts.]]>