Diebolt Brewing: Your Local Brew – Part 1

Your Local Brew is a mini-series charged withThe Sunday Crowd at Diebolt Brewing catching-up on all the incredible new breweries that opened in 2013.  A year ago, we could make the claim that we’d visited every brewery in the state, but with the fury of grand openings during the last ten months, and several more openings between now and early 2014, we have a lot of Colorado Craft tasting to complete.

While exploring some of the newest spots in the state, a theme emerged early on, and it’s a theme that we’ve observed many times before: there’s quite possibly room for a small brewery to open up in your neighborhood, in every neighborhood. Like the local dive bars of yesteryear, once made hip again by the hipsters and the DINKS, a new brewery has the potential to quickly become a gathering place for the after-work crowd, the post-dinner social, and the Saturday pint. Continue reading

The Tasty Privilege of Maui’s Local Variety

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Beer List at Maui Brewing (by KRoark)

We recently enjoyed a little beach vacation time in Hawaii, which meant the good fortune of checking out the Maui Brewing company facilities first-hand, (both their brewery and their brew-pub).  We heard the owner speak at a GABF event two years ago and have been intrigued by the company’s deep commitment to local production and sourcing ever since.  Maui-made is something in which the islanders have a great deal of pride and they should, especially since many “Hawaiian” products are brewed or manufactured on the mainland.

The biggest surprise though during our visit was the shear quantity of beers the brew-pub had on-tap. In took three visits, but we managed to sample all 22 of their ales, lagers, and specialty beer.  They’d organized their menu into the categories of “hoppy,” “regional releases,” “dark and malty,” and “lagers,” which made each visit and tasting flight distinct.

This diversity was astounding for the obvious reason that here in Colorado, we don’t benefit from the vast array of delicious beer that Maui Brewing Company creates; shelf space, limitations on distribution, and the volume of production make this impossible and understandably so. While we enjoy a few of their brews via can (Coconut Porter and the Big Swell IPA), their most exciting and interesting beer demands a long flight and some dedicated beer tourism. Continue reading

An Old Favorite: Odell

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Anybody know the current count of breweries in the state?  Continue reading

A Roadside Reprieve: Suds Brothers in Fruita

So much of food and beverage writing is focused on criticism, whether it be high praise or brutal, honest disgust. From Yelp to Wine Spectator we are saturated with other people’s perspectives about what we are going to eat or drink. And there’s nothing wrong with this. In fact, it’s quite helpful.

But another category of writing interests us a bit more here at Colorado Brewery Days: the story.  Not is something good or bad, or worth a 10 hour drive or not worth a second of our time, but what happened while you were there? Why did you go? What did you see? Who did you meet? Continue reading

Peak to Peak Scenic Byway

This Week’s Featured Drive

Okay, sure, there’s snow on the ground this morning, but rumor has it that we might have a little warmer weather this weekend, and November is known for quick changes in temperature.  So why not get out and enjoy some final fall sunshine and good beer while you’re at it!

Along with our hopes for a change in the weather, we finally finished updating all the content of our drives . . . this Peak-to-Peak page is the last to be written, and maybe one of the finest and most accessible sojourns into the mountains. Continue reading

Fall Leaves Worth Seeing

There’s no doubt about it, the Aspens south of I70 are in full blazing gold.  Following up on last week’s post about scenic drives and breweries to enjoy along the way, these photos might inspire a weekend trip:

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Your Neighborhood Brewery: Denver’s Newest Spots

Series on New Breweries

While the posts earlier this week focused entirely on new breweries outside of Denver, the Mile High City has also seen some great spots open this summer.  We’re doing our best to get out there and try everyone’s beer and see everyone’s new brewery. Fortunately, with the craft beer explosion in this state, it’s becoming almost impossible to keep up with new beer and new openings.  Poor us: so much beer, so little time.  Keep brewing Colorado! But until even more open, here’s a couple of breweries that should keep your interest: Continue reading