The Small Town Brews

“If your town doesn’t have a brewery then it’s not on the map.” We heard this quote somewhere down the line in our travels and it certainly rings true as far as we can tell. There are very few towns in this state without a brewery or two to draw in locals and travelers alike. We’ve prided ourselves on making our way to all of the breweries in the state, big or small, from Ft. Collins to Alamosa. One thing we’ve noticed is that breweries, especially the smaller operations in small towns, have created a space for folks to gather and build community. Local breweries generally offer a low-key vibe and there are always friendly craft connoisseurs eager to strike up a conversation. Oh, and one other thing is absolutely sure, the beer is always good. So because of this pleasant community atmosphere, spots like Dolores River Brewery in Dolores, Colorado have quickly become our favorites. Continue reading

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Silverton Brewing: Trailblazing for Women in Beer

The topic of women and beer is near and dear to my heart. I’ve been examining the ways women are included and excluded from the exploding craft beer world over the past several months, and have found that though women are engaged, there is still a gap between where and how we find men and women involved in the scene. However, when I am presented with a place that blows these notions of typical gender roles out of the water, I want to celebrate it. Silverton Brewing did just that during a recent visit.

When I walked into Silverton Brewing in Silverton, Colorado, a small mountain town of about 530, I was expecting a standard brewery experience: walk in, order some tasters, and chat a little about the beer with the male brewer or owner. That was until I met Kate Harvie, owner of Silverton Brewing.   Continue reading