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

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Neighborhood Breweries: Loveland Aleworks and Berthoud’s City Star

Someone recently asked me why I spend so much time writing about the craft beer scene, particularly focused on a brewery’s ability to build community. A recent article in Rocky Mountain Brewing News titled, “The Intersection of Craft Brews and Society,” outlines the many ways that breweries give back to their local community. In addition to breweries offering a wonderful gathering place for locals, they also donate significant time and money to environmental and humanitarian causes, contribute to the local economy, support artists and musicians, and inspire customers to do all of the same.

So my answer to that person?  How could I not write about an industry that exemplifies corporate social responsibility and makes such a strong, local impact, particularly in Colorado? We drive around the state with breweries as our destination, because we enjoy good beer, and it’s also exciting to see each brewery’s approach to their interaction with community and to the craft of brewing beer. We write about all these adventures to encourage craft beer enthusiasts to responsibly support breweries all over Colorado.  City Star Brewing in Berthoud and Loveland Aleworks are two more must-visit spots. Continue reading

Building Community, One Craft Beer at a Time

Originally from Matt’s graywanderings.com blog on November 12th, 2011:

After visiting the Arvada Beer Company (ABC) last night, I am once again convinced that hometown breweries are restoring community to our neighborhoods.   I watched for over an hour as friends gathered for their TGIFs and children enjoyed homemade rootbeer and board game classics such as Sorry and Checkers with their parents. One group continued to grow and grow and grow into such a boisterous party, that it seemed like their whole neighborhood had showed-up to celebrate friendship, family and good beer. Located in the heart of Olde Town Arvada, families can enjoy food from a variety of local restaurants (including a Belgium Fries place right next door) with their choice of well-crafted ales in ABC’s well-lit taproom. Continue reading