<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Boulder Weekly Beer Tour]]> <![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[The beer battles]]> There’s a lot of sharing on our beer tour. When I describe six of a brewery’s beers in this column, I didn’t order six beers. I just brought five people. We pass everything around, and even trade or give away beers we don’t care for.]]> <![CDATA[The other alchemists]]> Stout Month. Sourfest. Rocket in My Beer Fest (yes, that’s a real thing). Even when they’re almost comically hyper-specific, Colorado isn’t exactly short on beer festivals.]]> <![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[Liquid Mechanics and the art of location, location, location]]> Being far too aware of how fun drinking and driving seems at first, I have always preferred to avoid its potential pitfalls and manslaughter charges by frequenting bars that I can walk to. That’s why I wouldn’t have thought of Liquid Mechanics’ new digs at the corner of Baseline Road and U.]]> <![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[Drink what you love — and what you don't]]> Brewery taprooms are one of the very few places — dentists’ offices being the other I can think of — where people often ask for things they won’t like.]]> <![CDATA[Arvada ales]]> I’ve been going solo recently for the beer tour, because we’ve wrapped up Boulder County and nobody else on this staff has the journalistic integrity to drive 20 minutes to drink beer.]]> <![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[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.]]> <![CDATA[Fate Brewing Company floats a summer special]]> Many breweries are ushering in the season with lighter summer fare, like Boulder Beer’s Hoopla, their dry-hopped festival beer. Others are planning to celebrate the season with one-off events like Avery’s Four on the Fourth 4K race, in which runners can compete before enjoying beer and breakfast burritos.]]> <![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[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[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[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[Greenhouse gas]]> About the only thing Boulderites like to flaunt as much as the city’s plethora of microbreweries is its interest in sustainability. Too bad then that the brewing process creates a butt-ton of carbon dioxide (approximately 100 tons for a 10,000 barrel-ayear brewery), which means that enjoying a nice barrel-aged porter like a boss also means contributing to climate change like a salaried worker.]]> <![CDATA[Custom fit]]> Miss the 34-minute window to snag a Great American Brew Festival ticket this year? Still lamenting its move from Boulder to Denver 30 years ago? Fear not, for Boulder Downtown, Inc. is introducing the inaugural Boulder Craft Beer Festival, going down Aug.]]> <![CDATA[Taste this]]> John Frazee, founder of Louisville’s Gravity Brewing, anticipates a laid-back atmosphere, indicative of the city itself, and says the fest will be a good way to give people a glimpse of what’s available at their brewery. Gravity will be pouring their summer seasonal favorite, Coolship, a pomegranate Belgian Wit; SIPA, a Session IPA that, at 5.]]> <![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[Belgian bliss]]> While we Americans like to think we are leading the world toward a new golden age of brewing — and we are in some respects — there is still much we can learn from the Old World masters. For example: The Trappist monks have been brewing beer since the Middle Ages, helping perfect brewing techniques still used.]]>