<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Boulder Weekly Beer Tour]]> <![CDATA[Craft Sabbath]]> Beer and heavy metal are pretty obvious bedfellows. When one pictures the average headbanger, there’s usually a tall boy in his or her hand. While wine and spirits often have a pretentious veneer around them, beer is refreshing, satisfying and cures what ails you.]]> <![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[D-Day at The Post Brewing Company]]> The official concept for The Post is simple: “beer and chicken.” Buckets and buckets of chicken.]]> <![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[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[Anatomy of a collaboration]]> Let’s put a pair of leather chaps in the mash, or cactus or tumbleweed.” That was the first idea Jason Buehler, head brewer of Oskar Blues in Lyons, had for Hi*Beams Honky Tonk Ale, a collaboration beer made not with another brewery, but a honky tonk band.]]> <![CDATA[Maptastic]]> The newly- 21ers out there may not believe it, but there was once a time when those of us aged more than 25 years — you know, “old farts” — didn’t have a fully interactive, voiceactivated GPS in our pocket at all times.]]> <![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[Pairing chocolate and beer is art and science]]> When The Very Nice Brewing Company in Nederland decided to do their first-ever beer and chocolate pairing in May, they enlisted the help of their newest neighbor in the shopping center, The Candy Man. A novice chocolatier, Dan “The Candy Man” Harrower was entering uncharted territory and was nervous about getting it right.]]> <![CDATA[Beer scene out of balance]]> Boulder breweries have a gender problem. From the brewers to the bartenders to the beer drinkers themselves, craft breweries are dominated by males. My estimate on the crowd at Niwot’s Bootstrap Brewing on Jan. 24 was 90 percent male.]]> <![CDATA[Barley, hops and gluten]]> Gluten is a protein in some grains, like wheat and barley, commonly used in pasta, bread and, yes, beer. Gluten-free diets started because of Celiac disease, a serious condition in which people can’t tolerate gluten. Currently, 1 in 133 people have Celiac and 7 percent of people report having non-Celiac sensitivity.]]> <![CDATA[Lots to learn: The beer tour hits Wynkoop Brewing Company]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[It’s medal time]]> The first Great American Beer Festival (GABF) was held in the Harvest House Hotel in Boulder in 1982. The motley collection of 22 breweries brought 40 beers, and the 800 people in attendance can say they sampled the beginning of the craft beer revolution.]]> <![CDATA[Drinking pink]]> As a kid, I was aware that a pink wine called white zinfandel existed, but my dad considered it crap. That memory lasted well into my adulthood: Don’t buy pink wine because it’s garbage. Fast forward to five years ago or so, and you’ll find entire rows of rosť in liquor stores and a deep craving for it by wine enthusiasts as we approach summer.]]> <![CDATA[Where is your beer from?]]> Attitudes are changing in the craft beer community as consumers’ insatiable thirst for new beer drives constant brewery expansion. There are now more than 3,000 breweries operating in the U.S. — the most since 1870 — and the tide of opening shows no sign of slowing.]]> <![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.]]> <![CDATA[Summer sipper]]> With warmer weather and longer days well on their way, we start to crave beverage options that are lighter, fruitier and more refreshing. That’s right where Decadent Saint Sangria from What We Love The Winery comes in.]]> <![CDATA[Honey and history]]> 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.]]> <![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[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.]]>