<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Boulder Weekly Beer Tour]]> <![CDATA[Cheers]]> Since, it has become a welcoming and beloved watering hole; one of the oldest brewpubs in the county. A person walks into an inviting atmosphere filled with smiles and tantalizing aromas.]]> <![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[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[Mastering the craft]]> As I pulled up to City Star Brewing, under heavy clouds and light rain on an early Friday morning, people were out hanging their flags, running their errands and opening the many small businesses that line the center of town. This town’s pride and character persisted as I entered the brewery.]]> <![CDATA[Rest easy, wine lovers]]> A few years ago, Adrian North, a psychology professor at Heriot-Watt University in Scotland, tested the impact of music on taste perception by pouring wine for 250 students.]]> <![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[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[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[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[This hat is money]]> At face value, the Bourbon and Bacon Fest, which was held at the McNichols Civic Center in Denver on a late January Saturday afternoon, is what shows up in the dream catcher. It’s two hours of unlimited samples of about 50 bourbons, and variations on bacon ranging from pulled pork belly to bacon cupcakes to bacon pizza.]]> <![CDATA[Trendy]]> The short answer is that we do it on a case-by-case basis. Butter coffee combined with a trendy restaurant concept (as seen in this week’s cuisine review) is good. Posting photos of avocado on toast on Instagram is bad (and also the sign of the apocalypse in Etruscan lore).]]> <![CDATA[Beer beyond Boulder County]]> Yes, with last week’s visit to Front Range Brewing Company, Boulder Weekly staff had spent an afternoon — and in many cases, a lot more than that — in every Boulder County brewery that has a tasting room.]]> <![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[The dead travel smashed]]> People who blow off Halloween as a kids’ holiday are doing it wrong. A celebration of darkness, madness and, most of all, excess, All Hallows Eve is as much about swinging from the rafters as it is about going from door to door. And isn’t getting a little sloshed always more fun when everyone’s dressed like monsters and cartoon characters?.]]> <![CDATA[Autumn alternates]]> Like the leaves on the trees outside, beer aisles have turned orange over the last few weeks with every Tom, Dick and Harry’s take on pumpkin beer. I’ve got nothing against pumpkin beer and enjoy it to excess like everyone else, but the ubiquity of the variety seems to overshadow any number of excellent autumnal beer makes and models.]]> <![CDATA[Boulder Weekly beer tour]]> Oskar Blues’ latest venture is, at first glance, a rather odd mash-up: Bikes, tacos and tequila. Oh, and beer, of course. And yet somehow, in OB’s typical Midas touch fashion, it all works.]]> <![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[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[Good beer is no accident]]> Boulderites love to travel, but I think it’s fair to say the North Denver suburbs aren’t typically a prime destination. Northglenn and Thornton probably have a few undeserved negative associations around Boulder, whether for being too suburban or too flat or too monotonous or just not being Boulder.]]> <![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.]]>