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Fort Collins Part 1: New Belgium, Baby!

In Exploring Colorado, Featured Brewery by Chris

The weekend plans started innocently enough. We’d registered for the G’Knight Ride, a 10 mile ride around Longmont sponsored by Oskar Blues Brewing. It combined our love of biking with our love of beer, so it was a no-brainer. Then, as the big day approached, we decided it might be fun to make a weekend out of the trip and …

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Drinking on School Nights

In Beer by Chris

Yep, this week we broke all the rules and went out for a few beers during the week. Usually we need those days to recover from our brewery stops on weekends, but things just worked out this week that we were able to revisit two breweries near our home: Lone Tree Brewing Company and Rockyard Brewing Company. Lone Tree was …

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Oops, We Did it Again

In Featured Brewery by Chris

We had to visit the Brew Hut this past Sunday for some brewing supplies.  We decided to go to Dry Dock Brewing for one beer.  Just one.   Jeff had to try the Hop Abomination, after all.  I stuck with a Breakwater Pale Ale.  One for each of us, then we were going to head out to get some Sunday errands …

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River North Brewery, we like you. We really like you.

In Featured Brewery by Chris

River North Brewery is one of Denver’s newest breweries, and when we visited on a Saturday afternoon they proved to be one of the friendliest we’ve visited so far.   As soon as we walked in we were greeted warmly and asked if it was our first visit.  When we told them that we were, in fact, River North virgins, they …

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Our Love/Hate Relationship With Lowry Beer Garden

In Beer News by Chris

Lowry Beer Garden opened last week, and we couldn’t wait to get there to check it out!   Early reviews and teaser photos had us really excited about this place.   Who doesn’t love a beer garden, right?   And why should we have to wait till Oktoberfest to visit one?   We decided to visit for Happy Hour with our friends Jessica, Shawn …

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Kicking Off Memorial Day Weekend at Vine Street

In Featured Brewery by Chris

For Memorial Day weekend, we were headed up to the mountains to spend time with family, and figured a brewery was not likely going to be part of the plans.  What’s a beer lover to do?  It seemed obvious that we had to make at least one brewery stop on the way out-of-town, but where to go?  Well, we needed …

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Rainy Days and Renegade

In Featured Brewery by Chris

Here’s a fun fact about Jeff and me:  We live 33 miles outside of Denver, but we both work downtown.  With Denver traffic this is not ideal, to say the least.  The only nice part is that we work within a few blocks of one another, so although the commute is horrible, at least we get to spend time together.  …

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Colorado Springs Beer Tour, Part 3 of 3

In Exploring Colorado, Featured Brewery by Chris

After a whirlwind tour of the Colorado Springs brewery scene, we woke up Sunday with only one thing on our mind:  breakfast!   Lucky for us we found a cute (and pretty popular) local place for some grub, the King’s Chef Diner.   If you’re in Colorado Springs for breakfast, I highly recommend this place.   Just be warned:  their portions are HUGE.  …

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Colorado Springs Beer Tour, Part 2 of 3

In Exploring Colorado by Chris

After a Saturday afternoon sampling a few of the Colorado Springs breweries, we were ready to hit it even harder for Saturday night!   Our first stop:  Bristol Brewing Company.  Bristol is one of the few Colorado Springs breweries we were actually familiar with before our trip, and we were pretty excited to check out their tap house.   What made this a …

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Colorado Springs Beer Tour, Part 1 of 3

In Exploring Colorado by Chris

There’s something to be said for getting away from it all, even if you’re not getting away very far.   Even a brief night away can help you recharge your batteries and reconnect with what’s important to you. Of course by important, I’m talking about beer. We decided this weekend to make some real progress on our Colorado Beer Tour by …

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Hello Again, Rockyard

In Featured Brewery by Chris

It’s so very convenient that our favorite local liquor store, Bubbles Liquor World, is just across the street from our favorite (and only) local Castle Rock brewery, Rockyard.   We hadn’t planned on drinking beers, but instead went to Bubbles to pick up some cervezas for a little Cinco de Mayo shindig we were having.   However, stocking up on cervezas and …

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Lone Tree Brewing Brings Great Beers to the ‘Burbs

In Featured Brewery by Chris

Our visit to Lone Tree Brewing Company was more about meeting up with friends than sampling all their beers, so we both stuck with one variety the whole night.  Jeff stuck with the Hoptree IPA, and I had the Puddle Jumper Pale Ale.  Both were good, with strong hop aromas and flavors.  Of course the Hoptree was much more aggressively …

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Reminiscing over Beers and Burgers at Pints Pub

In Featured Brewery by Chris

Pints Pub holds a special place in our hearts.   Jeff and I visited Pints on our first date more than 13 years ago.   After meeting at happy hour, I told Jeff I was pretty new to the area and hadn’t gotten out too much.  He offered to take me out on the town, and that first night out we stopped …

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It’s Friday and We’re In Love…. with Arvada Beer Company

In Featured Brewery by Chris

Today was full of surprises.  We started the night with a BBQ class we took because of a great Groupon offer.  The class at Ruff’s Barbecue Shoppe was great.  Not only did we learn a lot, but after the class we got to grub on a seriously amazing barbecue dinner!  We really hadn’t planned on a full dinner being included …

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Copper Kettle Brewing 1 Year Anniversary

In Featured Brewery by Chris

We visited Copper Kettle Brewing Company this weekend, just in time for their One Year Anniversary celebration!   Apparently however, though our timing was right, we really blew it (according to a friend) by not having the best beer on their menu, the Mexican Chocolate Stout.  I mean, it was only a GABF Gold Medal Winner.  Ugh.  I guess we already need …

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All Hopped Up at Bull & Bush

In Featured Brewery by Chris

I’ve known about Bull & Bush Pub and Brewery for years, but not only have we never visited, I hadn’t even driven been by the place.  It’s kind of off the beaten path in Cherry Creek.  Maybe they like it that way, so that only those smart enough to come looking will find this hidden treasure of a pub.  It’s …

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Frikin Friday at Dry Dock

In Featured Brewery by Chris

We celebrated the end of the work week at Dry Dock Brewing for happy hour for their Friday firkin. Firkins are hit or miss with us. I like the experimental brews and will try them whenever and wherever they’re offered. Jeff on the other hand, doesn’t really like messing with a good thing. Since he’s not a big fruit or flavored beer …

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Spontaneous Brewery Crawl Stop 3: Strange Brewing Company

In Featured Brewery by Chris

The third and final stop on our Spontaneous Saturday Pub Crawl was to Strange Brewing Company in Denver.   After our first two stops, we used the same logic to find brewery number three – what is nearby?   We were so happy to see that Strange Brewing was close, since we’ve been wanting to visit for a while.  We’ve had Strange Brewing …