About- Laura VandeZande
Will Travel for BeerJune 12, 2013 | Laura VandeZande
This summer is busy with travel for me. I live and work in Colorado, but my out of state adventures will have brought me to San Diego, Minneapolis, Maine, Montana, Portland (Oregon), and Seattle by the end of the summer. I do not normally travel this much in one season, but sometimes life just keeps you busy like that. While I don’t look forward to being gone so often, I am looking forward to my new favorite hobby in a new place-drink the local beer.
Ultimate 6er for the Macro ConvertFebruary 20, 2013 | Laura VandeZande
I recently decided to buy only craft beer, but sometimes I still get in the mood for something yellow, bubbly and light in alcohol. If you’re trying to kick PBR for a better option, try some beers that always work for me. Here is my Ultimate 6er for the Macro Convert.
Why I Don’t Drink “Shitty” BeerFebruary 4, 2013 | Laura VandeZande 1
The term “beer snob” is being thrown around these days to talk about a superiority complex around the beer one drinks. A beer snob might only drink craft beer and even be particular in the brewery or type of beer. I have recently decided that I will not spend my money on any beer but craft beer. I guess I’m a beer snob, but let me tell you my reasoning.
12 Beers of Christmas: Day 5 | New Belgium’s Snow DayDecember 18, 2012 | Laura VandeZande
Growing up in Wisconsin, I am familiar with snow days. The anticipation as I went to bed wondering if it would be my alarm to wake me up or my mom coming in to unplug my clock and tell me school was cancelled. Putting on layers of waterproof clothes that would be enough to keep me warm as I played in the yard with my siblings for as many hours as my body could handle. Snow days have a special place in my heart, and as I open this cold bottle, warm memories come back to me. Read More
Denver Bicycle Cafe- Beer and BikesDecember 6, 2012 | Laura VandeZande 3
I’m supposed to put together an article and my mind races for something to write about. A beer I’ve tried recently? Rantings from a brewery taproom? Perhaps a well put-together article about beer laws around the country and how the affect the beer-culture in those states. None of the above really gets me going and I continue to search for a topic until I realize what I really feel like writing about: beer and bikes.
Waste your time at the Great American Beer Festival: The Strong Ale RouteOctober 11, 2012 | Laura VandeZande
The Great American Beer Festival has so much to offer. Below is a tasting from all over the country of exceptional beer. There’s just one problem: this route is a strong beer tasting. Though beer is poured one ounce at a time, these little droplets will mess you up. Honestly, I would not recommend tasting all of these in the same day but the options are available … well, maybe. I cannot guarantee these beers will be poured, but these are popular, so there’s a chance. Read More
A first-timer’s experience at Great American Beer FestivalOctober 10, 2012 | Laura VandeZande
I walked into the largest room I’ve ever been in and it was empty. As the volunteer group started to move about the Convention Center floor, I just stopped to take it in. I made it to the Great American Beer Festival.
Ultimate 6er | Fall PreviewAugust 22, 2012 | Laura VandeZande
Fall is my favorite season. As a kid, fall was filled with great fun like hay rides, apple orchards, birthday parties and trick-or-treating. Today, I continue to love fall for other reasons—the temperature cooling, leaf colors changing and the emergence of flavors that just aren’t quite appropriate for the summer months.
How to not look like a douchebag about beerAugust 16, 2012 | Laura VandeZande
For starters, I apologize for anyone offended by my use of the term douchebag to describe people of unsatisfactory behavior. In all honesty, I thought long and hard about … Read More
What is Craft Beer?July 10, 2012 | Laura VandeZande
As I walked out of Coors Field after a Rockies game, I saw a sign: “Craft Beer in 500 feet”. On this sign there was a Blue Moon logo … Read More
It’s a Man’s WorldJune 26, 2012 | Laura VandeZande
As I walk up to the porch, I often find myself wishing I would have used my predictably clean bathroom before I came. I step over misplaced socks on the … Read More
Flavorful Female Ultimate 6erJune 20, 2012 | Laura VandeZande
As a woman who enjoys beer, I would like for other women to enjoy beer as well. Looking back at my journey from Natural Light to Pliny the Younger, a few beers have stood out to me along the way. The ones I have selected for the Flavorful Female 6er highlights six styles: Wit, Pilsner, Sour, IPA, Quadruple and Stout. I would recommend trying each of these styles to appreciate new and different flavors, but the ones on my list are some of my personal favorites and what I find to be good representations of the style.