<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Boulder Weekly Beer Tour]]> <![CDATA[Looking for a wine list bargain?]]> One recent Saturday morning, a friend sent me the wine list for Green Zebra, one of Chicago’s top vegetarian restaurants, and asked for my advice. He was dining there that evening with friends who enjoyed wine but weren’t obsessive about it. So he would be tasked with ordering for the table.]]> <![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[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[Fort Collins Beer Week: Un-festival for local businesses]]> The Festival, timed to coincide with American Craft Beer Week, features discounts and specials at venues across the town, 10 collaboration beers and several highlighted events.]]> <![CDATA[Over a barrel]]> Sam Green of Boulder Beer would love to make sure everyone got to taste the brewery’s wine barrel-aged beers, Xena Warrior Princess and Patchouka Sunrise. He really would. But it’s just not that easy anymore. “Those were extremely popular when we released them at the [Great American Beer Festival],” says Green.]]> <![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[Colorado beers get royal treatment out of state]]> Colorado beers that are “common but a little pricey” in the Centennial State are “so expensive they’re delicacies” here in Chicago.]]> <![CDATA[Explosive combinations]]> Learning about beer flavor isn’t limited to the monthly “Niwot Drinking Buddy” classes, however. Powder Keg’s Haystack Hopback is a class in a glass.]]> <![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[Hello, happy place]]> Five minutes into my visit to Our Mutual Friend, the bartender takes the needle off the record and switches the stereo input to his Mac laptop. The first hi-hat clicks and falsetto wails of “A Life of Possibilities” come out, and I love this bar.]]> <![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[Straight from the brewer’s mouth]]> In the summertime, people drink more beer, and we drink more session beers. Session beers could be any style, but have relatively low alcohol (usually around or below 5 percent ABV), and therefore, they make it easy to toss back a few. Many of our local breweries have been kind enough to offer up session beers for us to sip on all summer long.]]> <![CDATA[Classic refreshment]]> When the stars of the tennis world battled it out on the courts of Wimbledon a few weeks ago, viewers not only be turned their heads left and right following the action on the court, but up and down as well, as gallons upon gallons of Pimm’s No. 1 Cups were thrown back in the stands and at home.]]> <![CDATA[Make it stop]]> Saturday morning in Boulder. Your eyes are bloodshot. Your mouth tastes like the venue. When you try to stand up, it feels like food poisoning on a ship in bad weather. But you promised yourself you wouldn’t waste this Saturday, given last weekend’s take out-and-Netflix-filled bacchanal.]]> <![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[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[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[Beer for dinner]]> Food and wine go hand in hand. While perusing the wine aisle at the liquor store, you’ll think about what you’ll be having for dinner, and make your selection based on what would pair best. But when it comes to food and beer, pairing beer with dinner is oftentimes an afterthought — or, at least, not as apparent. While craft beer is increasingly gaining respect in the culinary world, there’s a long way to go toward making food and beer pairings second nature, like we think of wine and food.]]> <![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[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.]]>