Mountain towns aren’t typically known for their culinary ambitions. Ridgway (population: about 950), which is located in the San Juans, is bucking that trend: In the past year alone, this little town welcomed a food truck, a late-night cocktail bar, and a fine-dining Asian fusion restaurant. Other local eateries serve global staples such as Thai, Chinese, Mexican, and Costa Rican. Across the town’s eight square blocks—only some of them paved—you’ll find locally brewed beer, on-site coffee roasters, upscale brunch options, farm-to-table fare, and even creative tacos. [...]
In a former VFW post on the edge of downtown Lafayette, about 30 miles north of Denver, The Post Brewing Co. is making a name for itself with its exemplary brews. [...]
Be it a mindful pleasure or a necessary crutch, coffee is a staple for many of us. Great news: There's a new brew in town. In collaboration with the Crafty Ladies Beer Club (an all-female collective of beer aficionados and home brewers), Epic Brewing Company just released Kaffeina, a nitro brew that is sure to give you a buzz. [...]
Amanda M. Faison
Oysterette... just what is an oysterette? For Kevin Morrison, chef-owner of Tacos Tequila Whiskey (which most still refer to as Pinche Tacos), it’s a small, unassuming oyster house and fish shack plush with fresh seafood and a hearty beer list. Fish N Beer, Morrison’s ode to the oysterette, opens today in RiNo at 4 p.m. [...]
On the last day of the 2016 Great American Beer Festival, the vibe inside the Bellco Theatre was subdued. Halfway through the awards ceremony, the packed house of industry representatives pushed through their hangovers to offer applause for their award-winning brethren. But the mood changed the moment the winner of the Session IPA category was announced: out of 118 entries, Cannonball Creek Brewing Company‘s Trump Hands Session IPA emerged as the victor, and the crowd erupted with laughter and raucous cheers. [...]
Alicia M. Cohn
Could there be anything better than the profusion of pies at Thanksgiving? We’re glad you asked, because it turns out that craft brews and pie can be symbiotic dessert partners: Beer has residual sugars that often pair better with seasonal slices than most wines. “In pie and beer pairings, take into account three things: harmonies, flavor elements, and intensity,” says Julia Herz, craft beer program director at the Boulder-based Brewers Association. What does all that mean? Similar flavors in the pie and beer result in harmony. [...]
Upslope Brewing Company is one step closer towards its goal of becoming a zero-waste brewery. The Boulder beer-maker has partnered with the ever-resourceful Boom Algae, a Boulder startup that repurposes the CO2 byproduct released in the brewing process as food for algae. [...]
Amanda M. Faison
Denver is a brunch town and on November 5, HotChocolate's award-winning pastry chef Mindy Segal and New Belgium Brewing are going to test that theory. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., they will join forces for Bagels & Brews, a pop-up at RiNo Yacht Club inside the Source. [...]
THE DRAW: Kyle Mendenhall’s kitchen turns out rootsy, often inventive dishes that go well with a terrific wine, beer, cider, and cocktail program
THE DRAWBACK: Has yet to live up to its vaunted goals of blending traditions into a new definition of American cooking
DON'T MISS: The toasts, trout, lunchtime chicken salad sandwich, lemonade [...]
Another year, another exceptional showing from our brilliant breweries and awesome attendees.
Give yourselves a hearty pat on the back!
Let’s do it again next year, shall we?
Meeting place: Denver. How about the convention center? Good.
Let’s say October 5-7, 2017.
We’ll announce ticket sale dates in the spring.
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See you in less than a year!
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As anyone who was lucky enough to attend this year’s Great American Beer Festival surely knows, Colorado brewers are at the forefront of the ever-increasingly popular trend of infusing their suds with all manner of unusual ingredients. And while GABF has come and gone, many of these eyebrow-raising brews can still be found at local breweries, bars, and liquor stores. Embrace the unexpected and toast to Halloween with these five weird Centennial State brews. [...]
The phrase “brewery food,” likely evokes pizza, wings, and nachos smothered in cheese sauce. But here on the Front Range, there are more than a few dynamic brewery menus that offer standout vegan-friendly fare. Here, eight spots where vegans can find meat-free food that's as good as the beer. [...]
There are more than 4,000 breweries in the U.S. today, which means that players in the ever-growing craft beer industry are constantly working to find ways to creatively stand out from the pack. The same was true at the sold-out Great American Beer Festival last weekend, where around 800 breweries poured some 3,500 brews for thousands of attendees. [...]