While Colorado has long been known as a craft beer hub, over the past several years, it’s become fertile ground for small-batch distilleries, too. “Colorado has jumped from something like 30 distilleries to more than 50,” says Chuck Sullivan, Denver native and mastermind behind Dstill. [...]
Denver’s rapidly transforming River North neighborhood is becoming a cultural hot spot, with new galleries, restaurants, and shops popping up in restored buildings and warehouses. The vibe in this ’hood is more relaxed than LoDo, its slicker, louder southern cousin. Maybe that’s why so many breweries, cideries, distilleries, and winemakers are settling here—and the best part is you can between them all. So line up a designated drive or get your Uber app ready and embark upon the ultimate brewery tasting tour through RiNo. [...]
Seconds after the Denver Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50, gold confetti burst out of cannons and fluttered high above the turf at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Amid a celebratory buzz that reverberated all the way to the Rocky Mountains, photographers and TV cameramen swarmed Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, who had finally won a second championship two months shy of his 40th birthday. [...]
Amanda M. Faison
Fried chicken, always a classic picnic staple, has risen to trend-worthy status in the last couple of years—right about the same time that Dave Query and his restaurant group Big Red F opened the Post Brewing Company in Lafayette in January 2014. [...]
A healthy-ish root beer float? Indeed. But if you’re expecting anything resembling the sweet and bubbly soda fountain treat of your youth, stop reading now. [...]
Katie de la Rosa
Karla Baise just wanted to build a house, not start a movement. But somewhere along the way, she ended up doing both. [...]
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It’s the 35th anniversary of the Great American Beer Festival, y’all!
The first GABF took place in 1982, and there were 24 breweries, 47 beers and 800 attendees. In 2016, we expect more than 800 breweries, 3,800+ beers and 60,000 attendees! (It’s no wonder GABF was voted best festival in the country.)
Here’s what’s new for 2016:
“I’ve got a Golden Ticket!”
During each evening session, two rock-star craft brewers will pluck a lucky attendee + their friends from the queue in Hall A for a special, private tasting tour of GABF—30 minutes before the doors open to the public. Each brewer will use their own criteria—the chosen posse might be rocking their GABF pride, some brewery apparel, or costumes that can’t be beat. We think attendees will be excited about this opportunity to talk and to taste with some of the best known and loved names in craft brewing, all before the festival official opens. Confirmed brewers include Vinnie Cilurzo of Russian River, Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head, Matt Brynildson of Firestone Walker, Garrett Oliver of Brooklyn Brewery and Tomme Arthur of The Lost Abbey and Port Brewing.
Let There Be Games
Once the line moves in from Hall A, that area will be opened up and filled with games in celebration of the 25th anniversary of GABF. Expect a brewpub courtyard feel, with free games like cornhole and KanJam– and perhaps some ‘80s tunes, hearkening back to the first festival. (Olivia Newton-John, anyone?)
Meet the Brewer – Back Again!
New last year, the Great American Beer Festival dedicated roughly 30,000 square feet of hall space to a section called Meet the Brewer. Around 100 breweries filled this area, where each brewery’s booth was staffed entirely, exclusively, by their employees. Meet the brewer is back in 2016 with more participating breweries, totaling 120 in 2016.
Meet the Brewer is a great opportunity for passionate beer fans to start conversations with brewers, learn more about their beers and talk shop. The section occupies the heart of Hall B, which was a new addition to the festival in 2015.
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Kathryn Roethel Rieck
Is there such thing as a girly beer? New survey data says yes—and they’re some of the fastest-rising brews on the market right now.
A Harris Poll published in late 2015 asked men and women to select their favorite types of beers from a list of 37 styles. Seventy-five percent of the brews listed were more preferable to men, but a few landed more frequently on the ladies’ lists. They include sour/American wild ales, fruit/vegetable/pumpkin-flavored beers, herb or spiced brews, shandies/radlers, Hefeweizens, blonde/golden ales, and Saison/farmhouse blends. [...]
Every day that a person with gluten sensitivity can enjoy a beer should be a holiday, says Karen Hertz, founder of Holidaily Brewing Company. Now, Holidaily drinkers have even more to celebrate: The gluten-free brewery, which opened for business in Golden last January, recently began distributing 16-ounce cans of its flagship brew, the Favorite Blonde Ale, to area liquor stores and restaurants. [...]
Here, a few of our favorite brewhouses—newcomers and stalwarts alike—to grab a pint at this summer:
Renegade Brewing CompanyArt District on Santa Fe [...]
We’ve all been there: After ordering your third 16-percent barrel-aged quad at the local craft brewery, your stomach begins to growl, demanding food. The only options available for sustenance? Packaged popcorn at the bar or stale, greasy fare from the food truck parked out front. [...]