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For You For All – Station 26 Brewing

February 16th, 2018

Chances are, even if you have never found yourself in the actual converted firehouse that houses Station 26 Brewing, you’ve most likely had their beer. Station 26 is one of the widest distributed local breweries around town, with their cans finding ample shelf space in local and major liquor stores alike. The Juicy Banger IPA is their flagship IPA, and the Tangerine Cream their award-winning fan favorite—both brews canned and drank in large quantities due to their well-deserved popularity. If you are still reading this and have never had the privilege to visit Station 26, read on! There’s... Read More

Guanella Pass Brewing Company

February 9th, 2018

Each and every fall, right when the colors start to turn, I head for the hills—more accurately, for one of the best aspen-viewing routes in the state, through Guanella Pass scenic byway. In the summer, the road to Mount Evans summit opens, and provides a prominent 14er—the highest summit in the Front Range. In the winter months, however, Mount Evans summit is closed for the season, and despite more warm sunny days than snowy ones (especially this year so far), the road does not get nearly as much traffic than it does when the Rockies are ablaze with fall colors or warm weather welcomes summer... Read More

Makin’ Noise V.5

February 2nd, 2018

It’s one of the greatest months of the year in the beer world in my opinion: February is official stout month. And while the Makin’ Noise V.5 Pussy Riot beer release was technically in January during their first anniversary celebration, we still have all month to enjoy each and every delicious stout on tap at various breweries. It was almost as if their timing of this special release was prophetic. As usual, these “great beers for a great cause” do just that: at the release party at Woods Boss Brewing that featured an art auction, over $950 was raised for Colorado Coalition for the Homeless.... Read More

Beyond the Pale: Trve Brewing

January 12th, 2018

In a world of basic, Trve Brewing stands out.  There’s a secret trick, it seems, when it comes to being different, but not coming off as trying too hard. And that trick is being genuine: something Trve nails. From their own words, Trve “represents being part of a counter culture without immersing yourself to the point of taking it too seriously.” As a result, Trve is not your biker aunt’s heavy metal bar; it’s also not an elaborate gimmick spinoff of some concept engineer from Hard Rock Café. It’s a heavy metal brewery that embraces chaos, but it’s the real deal. From the ornate... Read More

New Year, New Beer

January 5th, 2018

I hope everyone had an excellent holiday season! I was in London, and seemed to have missed the Christmas snow and few days of sub-freezing temps, but I’d be lying if I didn’t admit I am a little jealous—there’s just nothing like our crisp, blue, Colorado winter days. (PS if you ever find yourself in Dover, UK, do yourself a favor and have some beers at Breakwater Brewery!) Alas, it is 2018 and as far as the eyes can see, this is going to be a pretty exciting year for beer in Denver. I know, hard to believe, right? Rather than try and break down the dozens of first-of-the-year events... Read More

Ratio Beerworks: Denver’s Punk Rock Brewery Gives Back

December 16th, 2017

If you haven’t visited Ratio Beerworks yet, then I’d be bold to claim you haven’t really experienced the true Denver beer scene. Though not the only brewery inspired by music (for our resident heavy metal brewery, there’s Trve), Ratio is Denver’s own punk rock brewery, located in the heart of the RiNo arts district on Larimer Street in Five Points. The idea is 90’s DIY, stemming from the founders’ own backgrounds in the music scene, carries through in everything from the names of the beers to the constant events. Events like comedy nights, quiz shows, and of course, a ton of... Read More

Joyride Brewing and a Little Sip of History

December 8th, 2017

On a busy corner of Sheridan Blvd with views of Sloan’s Lake lives a neat little brewery rooted in some interesting history. This side of Sheridan is technically the city of Edgewater; a bright-lighted arch welcomes you to this quaint sandwiched suburb, a literal stone’s throw from Denver proper across the street. In recent months, developers have sought to build up the Sloan’s Lake area into another hot Denver neighborhood, with the ever-popular Highlands and Lo-Hi areas bordering all the other sides of the lake. The businesses of Edgewater only serve to benefit from this potential... Read More

Brewery Rickoli: Where Everybody Knows Your Name

December 1st, 2017

In the quiet suburb of Wheatridge off 44th and Wadsworth, lives a brewery that embodies the bordering community: laid back, friendly, unpretentious, and true to itself. Wheatridge is unlike the other surrounding suburbs of Denver; there are no large plots of track developments, in fact, no construction at all (talk about a breath of fresh air!). You won’t find a Chili’s or Olive Garden; it is as if someone cast the city in a time-freezing protection bubble and somehow, all the mom-and-pop establishments operating for the past thirty years are still thriving, nestled in still-full... Read More

Drinking Consciously This Holiday Season

November 24th, 2017

I hope everyone has survived their Thanksgiving or Harvest holiday meals yesterday, or are pushing through if yours lasts through the weekend! For me, Thanksgiving marks the first day of the holiday season—a period of time at the end of the year for self-reflection, closure of the previous year, spending time with family, and giving a little extra back to the community at large. Taking the time to recognize one’s own little privileges and blessings in life and expressing gratitude can actually go beyond just donating money, toys and food, or volunteering time over the holidays with those in... Read More

New Image Brewing: Beer With a Purpose

November 17th, 2017

New Image Brewing has caught my eye for a while now, with nothing more than their sleek, classy branding on well distributed cans throughout local shops around the greater Denver area. Their product is always a solid choice, and bringing a six pack of New Image beer to a get together as my kind contribution has been a choice I’ve made more than once, the beer itself never disappointing. Which is why I was pleasantly surprised to learn after my first visit to their taproom in Olde Town Arvada recently, that their passion and purpose expands beyond the borders of a craft beer and just another... Read More