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Libations: Getting pumped for October

October 10, 2019

The best part of fall is that you have a brief window to enjoy the two best seasonals in the beer horoscope: Oktoberfests and pumpkins. They’re basically the non-dairy equivalent of eggnog: chug enough to...

Libations: Ballz to the wallz

August 29, 2019

Editor’s note: Drink with a modicum of responsibility. I am a professional. You may have seen them before, taunting you in the liquor store checkout line like a National Enquirer at King Soopers. They’re BuzzBallz,...


July 25, 2019

Wienerstube is truly a haven for meat and potato lovers. The Bavarian-inspired eatery in Willits picked up the mantle and a couple other pieces when the original Aspen restaurant closed in 2011. And now, some 25...

Libations: A brewed awakening

April 11, 2019

Six weeks had passed since I stuck a Mr. Beer keg of water, wort and yeast into a drawer and hoped it would magically turn into an alcoholic beverage. It was time to bottle this...

Libations: What are you gonna brew about it?

February 14, 2019

My father hates craft beer. “I can’t stand how they put coffee in all of it,” he’ll shudder, while drinking an amber ale. He’s not a fan of hard liquor, either. It once took minutes...

Gear Review: Pull the trigger

January 24, 2019

I look for three qualities when selecting my annual pair of new winter gloves: 1. Are they warm? 2. Can I hold and drink a beer? 3. Am I able to make finger guns at...