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First Look | Ratio Beerworks Opens Overland Location

January 21, 2022 |

It’s been nearly a year since it was first announced that Ratio Beerworks had acquired the space formerly occupied by Declaration Brewing. And while a lot of growth has taken place both within that space and with Ratio, three core values still remain unchanged: Beer. Music, Party.

While its previous tenant never seemed to coalesce around a consistent theme, consistency might be the best way to describe Ratio’s second taproom and production facility. It’s still the same great beer the city of Denver has grown to love featuring several fan favorite seasonals such as King of Carrot Flowers, their iconic carrot and elderflower Saison, Major Nights Lime Gose, as well as beloved flagships such as Domestica American Standard Ale, Dear You French Saison, and Hold Steady Scotch Ale, while also featuring a few new entries such as Smoked Helles, a Smoked Lager made with Laws Whiskey and Colorado Malting Company and Sneak Peek, a Hazy IPA produced exclusively for the Ratio’s Overland location.

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Downhill Brewing | Saturday Nut Fever Peanut Butter Brown

January 19, 2022 |

Peanut butter fans will find a lot to love in Downhill Brewing Saturday Nut Fever Peanut Butter Brown. This brew packs in a strong dose of nutty flavors along with complementary chocolate and roast notes. The overall experience is much like peanut butter on dark chocolate. Read More

The PorchCast | Ep 89 Laird Mulderink – SweetWater Brewing

January 18, 2022 |

In episode 89 of The PorchCast, Tristan, Korey, and Bryant hit the road and headed up north to chat with Laird Mulderink VP of Operations for SweetWater Brewing’s new Fort Collins location. We dove into all of the ins and outs behind SweetWater’s massive arrival in Colorado including their new DIA taproom, everything that went into the transition into the former Red Truck Brewing space, their acquisition of Breckenridge Distillery as well as everything involved with their parent company, Tilray, and how their cannabis background plays into some of the strategies behind these moves.

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Colorado Beer Beat | Bi-Weekly Beer Release Guide 1/13

January 14, 2022 |

Welcome to the Colorado Beer Beat, a bi-weekly roundup of all of the new can releases around the state. From Denver to Grand Junction and everywhere in between, we have you covered. Be sure to check back on Thursdays (usually!) to find out what’s new in the Colorado beer scene.

We made it to 2022! Hopefully, you all had a great New Year and have been making it through the start of January fairly smoothly at this point. As we take a look at the new canned/bottled releases coming out around Colorado, we’re definitely seeing the number of new beers pick back up, and we can’t wait to try them!

Keep an eye out in the coming weeks for a new version of the Colorado Beer Beat. We may have a few surprises for those of you that want to know about the new releases even further in advance!

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Implications Behind Monster Energy’s Acquisition of CANarchy

January 13, 2022 |

2022 is already off to a wild start for craft beer and today it got a little wilder as it was announced that Monster Beverage Corps, the holding company whose subsidiaries include Monster Energy Drink has agreed to purchase CANarchy Craft Beverage Collective for $330 million in cash.

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2021 Colorado Best in Beer Year-End Honors

January 11, 2022 | 1

It’s been another bizarre year as the global pandemic continues to rear its ugly head. While the beer world is typically abuzz when it comes to adjunct variants, I think we’re all ready to bid adieu to spinoffs when it comes to Delta and Omicron.

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New Belgium Brewing Interview | Sustainability & Future Goals

January 11, 2022 |

Given the continued craziness of COVID-19 and its impacts on the craft beer industry, how are breweries’ sustainability goals progressing? Did breweries have to abandon these goals in 2021 or were they able to meet their objectives? To answer these questions, I recently interviewed two sustainability leaders in the craft brewing industry, Brewery Vivant and New Belgium Brewing.

Below is my interview with Katie Wallace, Director of Social and Environmental Impact at New Belgium Brewing. You can read the interview with Kris Spaulding, Owner and President of Brewery Vivant, here.

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Dry Dock Brewing | New Year, New Brut

January 7, 2022 |

Just in time for the new year, Dry Dock Brewing in Aurora, Colorado, has released their New Year, New Brut Champagne-style beer. This clear and fresh beer offers hope that maybe 2022 can start with a clean slate. Read More

Winter Brew Fest in Denver Kicks off 2022 Beer Festival Season

January 6, 2022 |

The holiday haze has passed. It’s time to start planning for the best beer events of 2022. The annual Winter Brew Fest presented by RightOn Productions at Mile High Station in Denver kicks off the 2022 festival season on Saturday, January 22. This year’s Winter Brew Fest is shaping up to be a memorable occasion to kick start the new year with new beer. 

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A Bit Twisted Brewpub Brings Texas Smoke to Aurora

January 5, 2022 |

The smell of barbecue is about to get a lot stronger in south Aurora, CO. A Bit Twisted Brewpub is having its grand opening party this weekend, bringing with them an irreverent sense of humor, approachable atmosphere, and some down home Texas-style barbecue.

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The PorchCast | Ep 88 Year End Recap to Close out 2021

January 3, 2022 |

In episode 88 of The PorchCast, Tristan, Korey, and Bryant took a look back at 2021 to talk about their favorite beers, biggest industry news stories, and bold predictions heading into 2022. As usual, our year-end recap episode had plenty … Read More

Colorado Beer Beat | Bi-Weekly Beer Release Guide 1/3

January 3, 2022 |

Welcome to the Colorado Beer Beat, a bi-weekly roundup of all of the new can releases around the state. From Denver to Grand Junction and everywhere in between, we have you covered. Be sure to check back on Thursdays (usually!) to find out what’s new in the Colorado beer scene.

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Shades Brewing | Kveik 1 American-Style Golden Sour Ale

January 3, 2022 |

It’s not a stretch to say yeast helped Shades Brewing make its mark. Specifically, the South Salt Lake, UT brewery utilized a strain of kveik — an ancient Norwegian farmhouse brewing yeast — to cement its place in craft beer.

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How Colorado Breweries Are Supporting Marshall Fire Relief Efforts

December 31, 2021 |

On the afternoon of December 30th, high winds coming off the foothills near Boulder, Colorado interacted with a grass fire, causing reported 40-foot flames. Those same winds pushed the fire forward at a rapid pace, causing an emergency evacuation of the nearby town of Superior, and later on in the day, Louisville.

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Six MORE Colorado Beers to Ring in the New Year from Molly’s Spirits

December 30, 2021 |

While the collective humankind would likely agree that 2022 can’t arrive soon enough, we’d be remiss if we didn’t blow the doors off of 2021 with one final calamitous she-bang. As we reflect on this past year’s highs and lows, we can all cheers toward looking forward to better circumstances and hope.

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Launch Pad Brewery | Joint Activities Baltic Porter

December 29, 2021 |

It’s the season for big, robust beers and Launch Pad Brewing Joint Activities Baltic Porter certainly fits that bill. With rich, dark roast-malt flavor and an ABV of 9% this brew will see you through the coldest days of January.

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Ursula Brewery | Xocolatl Mexican Hot Chocolate Stout

December 28, 2021 |

It can be hard to stand out amidst the endless number of breweries in Colorado. Ursula Brewery in Aurora may not be on your beer radar, but it should be. They have been working since 2016 to perfect their brews. They boast a dog-friendly taproom and give back to the community through events like clothing drives. In the taproom, you will find a variety of beers, but one that deserves extra attention is the Xocolatl Mexican Hot Chocolate Imperial Stout.
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Big Beers Belgians & Barleywines Launches Craft Your Own Celebration

December 22, 2021 |

It’s been no secret around these parts that the Big Beer Belgians and Barleywines Festival is widely regarded as one of the most celebrated beer fest experiences in the country. However, with this past year and 2022’s back-to-back cancellations, both as a result of COVID, it’ll likely mean a full three-year hiatus before attendees will get an opportunity to enjoy rare high ABV beers at even higher altitudes.

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What’s a Kettle Sour All About?

December 21, 2021 |

What’s the difference between a Kettle Sour and a traditional sour? Is there even a difference? It’s a question that I hear frequently as breweries continually explore new beer styles. The answer is that yes, there are critical differences in the flavors of the beers and in how they’re made.

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4 Noses Brewing Co. | El Jefe Con Leche

December 21, 2021 |

As the days grow thin and our waistlines grow out, is there anything more synonymous with winter than dark beer? Love them or hate them, the dark malty goodness of Imperial Stouts are a staple for cold weather indulgence.
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