Joe Meilen

About Joe Meilen

Joe is a transient Boulder-ite. A student of viticulture and enology at Cornell University in New York, he spends summers and the occasional year off living, eating, drinking, and generally causing mischief in the Boulder community. He has worked in wine production, restaurant wine service, and wine and spirit retail. His services have been employed at wineries from Paso Robles to Gaillac France and he is fluent in French as well as quasi-poetic cynicism (also perhaps narcissism, after all he wrote this whole bio in the third person.) Currently he works for a Wine and Spirits shop in Boulder county educating local enthusiasts on the large world of wine and the booming craft beer and spirit bounty in our backyard.
Posts by Joe Meilen

Ella Recaptures Her Audience

  There is a rebirth happening in (almost) North Boulder.  Modest; yet noteworthy.  If you live or work or spend an extended amount of time in downtown Boulder (let’s say the 4 square miles surrounding the pedestrian mall) the pace of interaction in North Boulder may feel foreign.  To my taste it’s a bit calmer, […]

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A Parliament of Good People

Lets do it.  Lets try to put our finger on the je ne sais quoi, try to define the intangible.  Wait, reverse that.  Since my first intimate encounter with Sanitas Brewing back in December of 2013, this brewery has worked its talons into my life and many of my close relationships.  A former employer and […]

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Pairings from a Pro

2020 – not just an address (2020 Ionosphere Street, Longmont), not just the name of a great new establishment … but the gold standard for vinous acuity in wine pairing.  So lets dive in with some imagery: Owner, chef, buyer, GM, and generally gregarious and sweet individual Matthew Koury is electric. 2020 volts of culinary energy […]

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Only On Tap: Treasure From the Sanitas Brewing Taproom

With a veritable sea of beer descriptions and reviews available on rate beer and beeradvocate.com, my two cents on the locally produced six-pack seems somewhat less valuable by virtue of inflation.  Thus inspired my search for beers available only in the tap houses of our lovely Boulder County breweries.   This is the first installment […]

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Asher Brewing: A Passion for Organic Taste

Though Asher Brewing Company is the only certified organic brewery in Colorado it is a markedly ungilded shade of “green.” From the unapologetically jerry-rigged “lab” to the head brewer Chris greeting me with a beer snifter in a koozie, it was clear that Asher is much more about substance than style. Chris is a brewer […]

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