<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Boulder Weekly Beer Tour]]> <![CDATA[Tour de drink]]> Memorial Day weekend, to many, represents the start of summer. In Boulder and eight other cities, it also means the start of a summer of imbibing all across town with a pocket-sized booklet, or “Passport,” that invites you to explore bars, restaurants, wineries, distilleries and breweries, old and new, downtown and around town.]]> <![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[Go big or go home]]> Like a proud father Adam Avery would be justified in bragging about his new brewery. After 22 years bumping into walls and struggling to brew enough beer to keep up with the public’s unquenchable thirst for his signature products, the opening of his new state-ofthe-art brewery calls for.]]> <![CDATA[Trouble brewing]]> I mean, I knew I wasn’t in the best shape. I’m basically built like Animal from the Muppets, with the strength of Animal from the Muppets, my weird, fuzzy arms flopping about wildly.]]> <![CDATA[The great forgotten Italian red]]> Far be it from me to dispute that. I don’t know how, and I’m scared to. But in that due bluster around nebbiolo and sangiovese, and their subsequent products, it’s hard to find on Boulder County menus what some of us hiding over in the corner consider Italy’s finest red: amarone della Valpolicella.]]> <![CDATA[Much ado about poison]]> In late March, two couples filed a class-action lawsuit in California alleging that some of the nation’s top-selling low-cost wines contain unsafe levels of arsenic. “Just a glass or two” of wine from producers like Cupcake, Charles Shaw, Franzia, Rex Goliath and Korbel “could result in dangerous arsenic toxicity,” according to the suit.]]> <![CDATA[Brewganic]]> For one, organic hops are a somewhat new presence in the organic beer scene. It wasn’t until January 2013 that the National Organic Standards Board required organic beer to have organic hops, since the product wasn’t readily available.]]> <![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[Dispatch from the loud table]]> Weeks before we even conceived of a tour of Boulder County’s breweries, I made an uncomfortable discovery: When the Boulder Weekly staff goes out to eat — which is pretty often as we’re all wealthy and have tons of time — we’re the loud table.]]> <![CDATA[Out front at Front Range Brewing Company]]> Artisan craft brewers have wider interests than their audience.]]> <![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[New brews in brew news]]> The first Friday of every month will be a people’s choice brew, in which Upslope will announce a basic style of beer on its Facebook page and then take suggestions from commenters about how to gussy it up. For example, they’d say stout, and you could comment with “blood of thine enemies,” and they could then choose between brewing it for Friday night’s party, or calling the FBI and reporting you.]]> <![CDATA[Gluten-free and nationwide]]> Gluten-free New Planet Brewing recently announced a joint venture with United States Beverage LLC, the national distributor responsible for beers like Murphy’s, Black Dog Ales, Czechvar and more, meaning New Planet Beer is about to get its shot at the big time.]]> <![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[A column about beer]]> Savor, dear readers, the rare industry that doesn’t require constant branding and marketing. There are tons of opportunity for branding in the craft beer industry, of course, but there isn’t a pathological need for it like with cars or cookies or coffee or most everything you can think of.]]> <![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[Big air and bountiful beers]]> Part beer festival and part snowboarding competition, it is certainly unique — it’s kind of like a spring version of The Boulder Cup Cyclocross race with highly specialized professional athletes doing athletic feats you could only dream of while you quaff delicious beers.]]> <![CDATA[Upslope kicks into high gear]]> Upslope is trying to get their beer to the people with a just-announced list of upcoming spring and summer events. Boulder teetotalers will be tempted with a music festival, beer and food truck pairings, the chance to make earrings out of cans and tutorials on bike mechanics.]]> <![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[Secrets at Sanitas]]> We all enjoy being in on a good secret. I mean, if it’s a harmless, fun kind of secret, not the other kind. We all like knowing about the shortcut home, the secret menu item, the password, where the unmarked door will lead.]]>