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The Empourium Brewing Co. | Atari’s Lantern Jasmine Rice Lager

August 19, 2022 |

After earning a Bronze medal at this year’s World Beer Cup, Atari’s Lantern, a Jasmine Rice Lager, is back on tap at Denver’s The Empourium Brewing Co. First released in January 2022, The name Atari’s Lantern is a reference to Wes Anderson’s film, Isle Of Dogs. The name also serves as a nod to the taproom’s dog-friendly environment.

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Seedstock Brewery | Imperial Saison

August 16, 2022 |

Seedstock Brewery Imperial Saison introduces a shot of Belgium into what has traditionally been an eastern-European-focused taplist. Under its original owners, the Denver brewery was a bastion of German and Czech-style beers. However when the McIlvenna family took ownership in late 2021 they began to put their own mark on Seedstock. Read More

After 28 Years Tommyknocker Brewery Undergoes Complete Overhaul

August 11, 2022 |

After 28 years as a pioneer in the Colorado craft beer scene, Tommyknocker Brewery located in the mountain town of Idaho Springs, CO, is undergoing an extensive overhaul. With the introduction of a branding refresh, new core beer offerings and a $100,000 remodel of their brewpub, Tommyknocker is looking to reinvent itself in today’s competitive craft beer market. 

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This Weekend’s Vail Wine Classic Offers Three Days of Tasting Experiences

August 11, 2022 |

While we’ve all likely grown accustomed to big over-the-top beer festivals that bring out some of the industry’s biggest names and most hyped beers, the truth is that the wine industry tends to go even harder. This weekend’s Vail Wine Classic is the ultimate example, offering three jam-packed days of programming featuring master winemakers, special pairing dinners, wine hikes and much more.

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Colorado Beer Beat | Bi-Weekly Beer Release Guide 8/11

August 11, 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.

It may not seem like fall is close yet, but with September just around the corner, we’re starting to see an influx of your favorite fall beers being released. Whether you’re a fan of a more traditional Oktoberfest German-style Lager or you’re already looking out for the beginning of pumpkin spice season, you’ll find what you’re looking for down below!

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The PorchCast Ep. 95 | Ranking the Best IPA Styles

August 11, 2022 |

In episode 95 of the PorchCast we kicked it back to the old school with a guest-free edition featuring just the core team of Korey David, Bryant Vander Weerd and Tristan Chan. With Bryant now located in Madison, WI, the team reconvened debated some hard hitting topics ranging from: whether it’s fair or foul to sneak in snacks into a movie, to whether Oktoberfest beers should be released in August. We also touched on the CO2 shortage and what that means for the beer industry. However the big topic of the show was ranking our favorite IPA styles.

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Colorado’s Best Pilsners Blind Tasting Presented by On Tap Credit Union

August 9, 2022 |

In the third edition of PorchDrinking’s Blind Tasting Series presented by On Tap Credit Union, we called on all Colorado breweries to submit their best Pilsners to help beat the summer heat. From classic German and Czech-styles to Italian and … Read More

Wild Blue Yonder | Cellar Reserve: Tropical Storm

August 5, 2022 |

When is a Pastry Stout not a Pastry Stout? At what point does a barrel-aged 11.2% beer become refreshing to drink? These were questions I pondered while drinking Wild Blue Yonder Cellar Reserve – Tropical Storm, a rum barrel aged Imperial Stout with bananas, toasted coconut and macadamia nut. Expectations were exceeded and stereotypes were broken with this unique concoction brewed in Castle Rock, Colorado.

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Colorado Beer Beat | Bi-Weekly Beer Release Guide 7/28

July 28, 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.

It looks like we finally have some cooler temps ahead for this weekend, and you know what that means! Time to sit out on the patio at night—maybe even by a fire if you’re out in the mountains—while you sip on a refreshing brew. Well, our local CO breweries are making sure that you can find what you’re looking for, whether it’s a high ABV Barrel-Aged Stout or a crushable summery Ale.

Don’t forget, GABF tickets are on sale to the general public now, and as I’m writing this, there are still tickets available for Thursday and Saturday! Don’t miss out on the spectacle that is GABF. Get your tickets while you can!

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Waldschänke Ciders Celebrates Swiss National Day

July 27, 2022 |

In honor of Swiss National Day, Aug. 1, we’re taking a closer look at Denver’s Waldschänke Ciders, which blends family traditions of Swiss cider-making with modern and innovative flavor pairings. Waldschänke gives craft beverage lovers a reason to expand beyond typical malt-and-hops drinks with a whole range of sweet, tart and savory flavors. Read More

Wibby Brewing | Double Dunkel

July 25, 2022 |

Wibby Brewing is a craft lager brewery located in Longmont, Colorado. Their taproom has an impressive amount of outdoor seating and an overall relaxing and welcoming atmosphere. But most importantly, they have some amazing beers.

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Get Discounted Tickets to the 2022 Denver Burger Battle

July 22, 2022 |

Over the last decade, the American craft beer movement brought innovation and experimentation to an entirely new level, by rewriting our definition of what beer is and can be. Much like beer drinkers have refused to accept the status quo, American foodies have also proven to share a similar hunger for more inventive, experimental versions of their familiar staples. And no event better exemplifies that evolution of tastes quite like the Denver Burger Battle.

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Colorado Beer Beat | Bi-Weekly Beer Release Guide 7/14

July 15, 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.

As expected, now that we’ve gotten clear of the 4th of July, we’re seeing a little lull in new packaged beer releases. But don’t fret! There are still plenty of brand new releases along with a few surprise returns for you to enjoy. Take your pick to help you beat the heat this summer, but make sure to keep it local as always!

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2022 Great American Beer Festival Tickets Go On-Sale TOMORROW

July 12, 2022 |

It’s finally BACK! That’s right folks, after two years of shifting to a virtual format, the Great American Beer Festival returns this October 6-8, 2022 for a fully in-person festival experience yet again.

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Spice Trade Brewing Co. | Palm Springs: Iced Tea & Lemonade Kolsch

July 6, 2022 |

Summer is heating up, and the competition for the most crushable hot weather beer is fierce this year. With the hottest days of summer yet to come, the parade of pilsners and lagers will only last so long. For that crisp beer on a hot day craving, Spice Trade Brewing Company’s Palm Springs: Iced Tea & Lemonade Kolsch, is a refreshing and unique spin on a classic non-alcoholic summertime favorite that won’t disappoint.
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Westbound & Down Opens Taproom in Denver’s Dairy Block

July 5, 2022 |

Idaho Springs brewery, Westbound & Down, is now serving its beer inside the Free Market building in Downtown Denver’s Dairy Block. Patrons will have ten beers available on draft and seven beers available to-go in four-packs.

Excitingly, the opportunity to have an opening in Denver started with an invitation by id est hospitality and BRUTØ. The new taproom exists in the BRUTØ space.

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Recapping the Best of the Best from 2022 WeldWerks Invitational

June 30, 2022 |

There are few things better than an unseasonably cool day in the middle of Colorado’s scorching summer. In fact, only one thing better comes to mind: the divine providence of a barrel-aged-centric beer festival like the 2022 WeldWerks Invitational falling that day.

After two years of COVID postponements, a crowd of excited festival-goers stretched around the block eagerly awaiting the opportunity to hit their favorites early. The WeldWerks team was once able to quickly usher folks in within minutes welcoming craft-beer enthusiasts from across the country flocking to Greeley, CO to enjoy a much-needed return to normalcy. It felt more like a family reunion than a line for a beer festival as drinking buddies met up with their out-of-state friends, some for the first time in years.

Once the doors opened, though, it definitely felt like a beer festival.

This article included input from Jaclyn Menendez, Britt Antley, Brian Phipps, Tristan Chan, and photography from Karen Mills.

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Colorado Beer Beat | Bi-Weekly Beer Release Guide 6/30

June 30, 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.

The holiday weekend is starting a little bit early because of the Avs Championship Parade going on today! Now it’s just a matter of finding the perfect spot to watch from and the perfect brew to sip on while you’re there. Keep the suds flowing all the way through the 4th of July to make it one of the best weekends in Colorado this summer!

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MobCraft Dee Tacko Denver Partnering with Falling Rock for GABF Week Blowout

June 29, 2022 |

Denver’s Curtis Park neighborhood is certainly not devoid of craft beer options with its close proximity to RiNo’s hotbed of breweries, nearby options like Spangalang and Cohesion, as well as standout beer bars like Finn’s Manor, First Draft Taproom & Kitchen, Goed Zuur, and the recently opened Ephemeral Rotating Taproom. Despite this bounty of options on the periphery, the historic North Denver neighborhood has technically been without a proper craft brewery to anchor its community since Liberati announced its closure over two years ago.

However, as we reported last September, Milwaukee’s MobCraft Beer has announced that it will be filling the void left by Liberati at 2403 Champa Street with a full brewpub featuring a partnership with Pueblo’s Dee Tacko serving as the partner food purveyor. And while construction and renovations have been more extensive than anticipated, Curtis Park residents can rest assured that MobCraft Dee Tacko will be open soon.

Today, the MobCraft team announced that it officially plans to open in Summer 2022, and while that designation still remains vague, they have also announced more concrete plans for beer fans to etch onto their calendars.

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Event Recap | Vail Craft Beer Classic 2022

June 24, 2022 |

A beer fest set in the middle of the Rocky Mountains is bound to be beautiful, and the Vail Craft Beer Classic did not disappoint in that regard. Along with the wondrous mountain scenery is a laid back mountain vibe enjoyed by patrons and vendors alike. No long lines, no crowded bottlenecks, and plenty of time and space to casually have a conversation with a brewery worker or a random attendee, the Vail Craft Beer Classic is ideally set up for enjoying a couple hours worth of various brews.

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