<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Boulder Weekly Beer Tour]]> <![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[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[Colorado’s beer scene is getting crowded]]> When Upslope brewing opened its doors in 2008, it was the first new brewery in Boulder in over a decade. Its approach was simple: wellcrafted approachable beer served in cans; the labels simply stated the style: pale ale, IPA, craft lager, etc.]]> <![CDATA[Digging for gold]]> Erie may not be the correct spelling, but it’s the perfect word for the experience. On a chilly, October evening, the dark storefronts and empty sidewalks of this old town strip of the small East Boulder/Weld County town didn’t need much in the way of Halloween decorations to evoke the feel of a western ghost town.]]> <![CDATA[Go east, young beer drinker]]> The beer tour launched its Longmont leg last week, heading up the Diagonal to longtime standout Left Hand. For the next two weeks East County is our home, as we hit Oskar Blues this week and the Pumphouse the next.]]> <![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[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[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[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[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[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[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[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[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[The edge of heaven]]> Yo, America: Stop making beer worse.]]> <![CDATA[Boulder Weekly beer tour]]> A proposal in the state legislature from Rep. Crisanta Duran (D-Denver) to allow municipalities to extend bar hours to as late as 4:30 a.m. was withdrawn by Duran herself.]]> <![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[Fort Collins Beer Week is nigh]]> Longmont’s Left Hand Brewing has started a run’n’chug series of its own, the “Beer Run” Running Club, which will be going down every Saturday from noon-1 p.m. “Each runner is encouraged to go at their own pace (if you want to walk instead of run, that is absolutely fine!),” Morgan Zamora, administrator for Left Hand Brewing wrote in a press release.]]> <![CDATA[Ale Satan]]> Boulder, Boulder, Boulder. You have a lot of catching up to do. Yes, even in craft brewing.]]> <![CDATA[Nitro-fueled funny cans]]> The trendsetting brewers at Left Hand Brewing Company are rolling out a unique event to celebrate their 21st anniversary: Nitro Fest.]]>