Rachel Dugas

About Rachel Dugas

Rachel Dugas is a craft beer writer and photographer from Lafayette, Louisiana. Now living in Old Town Lafayette with her husband and daughter, Rachel can be seen snapping her camera incessantly while enjoying craft beers throughout Boulder County. Rachel was an official Beer Geek for GABF 2015. Follow Rachel on Instagram @boldtowngirl or on Twitter @R_Worthy
Posts by Rachel Dugas

4 CO breweries + East Coast IPA + Juicy goodness + Haze = Robot Librarian

It sounds extremely complicated but it isn’t. Four Colorado brewing aficionados of the sometimes hazy, always fruit-forward or tropical style of IPA that was popularized in New England are bracing themselves for a craft beer collab of epic awesomeness. Robot Librarian is the output of the brain activity of Lafayette’s Odd13 Brewing Company owner Ryan Scott, […]

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Quick Buzz: Boulder County Craft Beer Pours May – June

Welcome to QUICK BUZZ – where we highlight upcoming craft beer releases throughout Boulder County. Note: We will continue to update this page, so please check periodically to receive the most current info.   Now Pouring (May 23, 2016) Liquid Mechanics, Lafayette: New England Sucka Punch (NE Style American IPA), Merica (Session IPA, gluten reduced) […]

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How to Boulder your way through BrüFrou: Craft Beer + Culinary Pairing Event

Want to navigate your way through BrüFrou, making sure you have time to enjoy everything Boulder County has to offer, whether a delicious craft beer or a gourmet small plate? We’ve put together a cheat sheet of craft beer + culinary pairings below that you won’t want to miss! What: BrüFrou: Craft Beer + Culinary Pairings […]

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Redstone Meadery delivers ‘Mead for the Masses’ for past 15 years

There is no denying that Boulder’s craft industry is thriving. People are willing to support local, specifically in regard to “craft” wines, beers and spirits, but what some aren’t discussing are the thriving cideries and meaderies who are gaining popularity in the arena, as more folks explore alternatives to beer in the modern craft movement. […]

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Boulder’s West End Tavern delivers big, bold flavors on BBQ & Bourbon

Spring is here and beer and bourbon are flowing at The West End Tavern, a great place to start if you’re looking for a stiff drink and a piece of meat in Boulder. With 25 taps and 75 whiskeys on the menu, ordering can be a bit overwhelming. Luckily for you, we’re here to walk you […]

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Countdown to Collaboration Fest

We can guarantee one thing: the beers of Collaboration Fest are sure to be some of the most unique, delicious and limited offerings you’ve ever tasted! Join us on Saturday March 19th in Denver! – Festival Organizers Tomorrow brewers from across the country and some 2,000 beer lovers will land in Denver for the third […]

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Hops + Handrails: Most Epic Beer Pairing Ever

Longmont’s Left Hand Brewing Company hosts the epic snowboard and beer festival featuring Bluegrass legend Sam Bush Thursday, March 12 at Roosevelt Park. Get ready to freestyle hardcore with this year’s Hops + Handrails, hosted by the wildly entertaining Left Hand Brewing of Longmont. The festival returns for its fourth year and features beer, snowboarding and bluegrass […]

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Man v. Mollusk meet again at Jax Boulder’s High West Oyster Fest

The festival, presented by Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar, returns next Wednesday, March 2 at Boulder Theater. There is sure to be a whole lotta Shuckin’ goin’ on during the biggest oyster celebration in Boulder County. The fourth annual High West Oyster Fest (#HWOF2016) is said to bring forth “an Intergalactic Shucking & Eating […]

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The relentlessly unpredictable world of barrel aging with Avery’s Andy Parker

This is the exhaustively intricate tale of Lunctis Viribus as told by the amazingly talented mad scientist Andy Parker of Avery Brewing Company. Avery’s reigning “barrel herder” explains the ups and downs of blind tastings, and what it takes to make the cut from barrel to bottle. It began 13 years ago when Parker, still a […]

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Ball Aerospace engineer fights the battle of the fizz so you don’t have to

How many aerospace engineers does it take to keep a beer from spilling? This question is answered by one microbrew-loving Ball Aerospace engineer, who took his frustrations with flat beer and developed a product that is saving countless beers with his product, Pop&Stop. Pop&Stop is a handy 2-in-1 beer opener and sealer that CEO Joe Hackel […]

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GoodBird Kitchen serves “Supreme Casual” at Longmont location

Restaurateur Dave Query has another victory to add to his ever-growing quest to dominate the restaurant – and the fried chicken – scene in Boulder County. The newest feat for the Big Red F founder includes trademarking the concept “Supreme Casual” – which is being executed at the first standalone location of GoodBird Kitchen outside […]

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Boulder County Year in Beer Review

It has been one for the books as craft beer continued to get bigger and better in Boulder County in 2015. As January 1 nears, we decided to take a look back on what has proven to show all the markings for an amazing Year in Beer. In 2015, we saw the opening of the $30 […]

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Make way for “the New Popcorn” with Boulder’s ‘Popped Lotus’

A new snack food has Popped onto the Boulder scene. It’s healthy enough for the most selective eaters; it’s organic, gluten free, Non-GMO and contains only a few basic ingredients (one ingredient is purified butter so it is not Vegan), and it’s created from a plant which symbolizes purity and beauty in both Buddhism and […]

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BRU Boulder Beer Dinner pushes all boundaries with ‘Brewed Food’ meal

Chefs Ian Clark of BRU Handbuilt Ales & Eats and Jensen Cummings, an experimental chef who founded “Brewed Food”, performed a balancing act of epic proportions as the pair collaborated on a six-course paired menu exhibiting “fermentation at its finest”, where beer meets food at the most recent Beer Dinner at BRU Boulder. Beer Chef Clark, who oversees […]

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Finkel & Garf (Gunbarrel) teach us how to ‘Play’ with our beer

“Play Often.” This is the motto or modus operandi for the Gunbarrel brewery Finkel & Garf established by father-and-son duo Eric and Dan Garfinkel. Drawing on themes from his childhood in the D.C. area, where his father ran a toy company, Dan and his father Eric set out to create beers they enjoy drinking – […]

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Film & culinary buffs together for 3rd Flatirons Food Film Festival in Boulder

Unite your passion of all things slow food through the lens of documentary and short films at this year’s Flatirons Food Film Festival happening Monday, Oct. 19 through Sunday, Oct. 25 in Boulder. The film festival is the initiative of film and culinary buff Julia Joun, whose passion for the International Film Series at UC-Boulder […]

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A conversation with Crystal Springs’ Doc Shredder in Louisville

Every brewmaster has a story, and so do the beers they create. Adopting this philosophy of community and storytelling, I spoke to Tom Horst, who has become a new type of local celebrity – small town boy turned Ph.D. symphony percussionist turned high school band instructor turned brewmaster and founder of Crystal Springs Brewing Co. […]

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EDB Spirit Awards of GABF 2015 – Now with BEER GEEKS!

The Great American Beer Festival (GABF) wasn’t just about the beer, it was about the festival. In the process of copious amounts of beer tasting, I came to a few conclusions of my own and would like to share them with our Eat Drink Boulder readers for entertainment purposes only. Here are the unofficial Eat […]

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Boulder breweries dominate at GABF Pro-Am Competition

Boulder County breweries took home 2 of 3 medals awarded to this year’s Pro-Am competition at the Great American Beer Festival this past weekend. Lafayette’s Odd13 Brewing took home the silver, and Boulder’s FATE Brewing Company took home the bronze in the competition, beating out the other 93 entrants. The GABF Pro-Am competition pairs established […]

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Lafayette’s Liquid Mechanics’ CEO talks GABF medal and more

The magic of the Great American Beer Festival may be over, but a few lucky brewers in Lafayette are just beginning to relish in the glory that comes with being a GABF medalist. Lafayette’s Liquid Mechanics has proven that it can compete with the country’s best, making that trek to the East County brewery even […]

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Longmont’s Left Hand claims 3 of 8 GABF medals in Boulder County

Saturday was a great day for Colorado, but an even better day for Boulder as Boulder County breweries took home 8 medals at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival in Denver this past weekend. While Colorado took home 36 medals, Boulder County dominated the Pro-Am competition, with Odd13 Brewing taking the silver and FATE Brewing […]

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Upslope announces plans for S’PARK brewery and restaurant in Boulder

Boulder-based Upslope Brewing Company announced today that the brewery plans to open an all-new experimental facility in east Boulder in conjunction with central Boulder’s S’PARK development. The 11,000 square foot brewpub at 34th Street and Valmont is scheduled for completion Fall 2017. The new facility will be home to all of Upslope’s experimental brewing and […]

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Hoppy Happenings around Boulder

The biggest weekend in beer is coming up right after Labor Day. Aside from the upcoming Great American Beer Festival in Denver Sept. 24-26, this weekend is going to be one of the busiest for beer yet. If you are looking to get out and enjoy some great Boulder County beers, this is a perfect […]

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5 Reasons You Gotta Have “FATE”

Boulder’s FATE Brewing Company hits all the high notes The story behind the name FATE is essentially the same story told across many cultures. According to Wikipedia, Moirai is a name of the 3 sisters – or fates – who in Greek Mythology were said to have the power used to control the destiny of […]

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Boulder Craft Beer Fest returns Saturday

It’s that time of year in Boulder – a time when craft beer enthusiasts (present company included) will gather in Boulder for the second year of the Boulder Craft Beer Festival. With some 26 breweries in attendance, as well as plenty of food, games and music, this year is sure to be even better than […]

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Best of Boulder County IPA 2015

Who made US the judge of the American-style IPA? You might be asking yourself this question, as we asked ourselves when we set out for the first-ever blind tasting to see who we at Eat Drink Boulder would pick as Best of Boulder County IPA 2015. ‘How do we judge so many great beers?’…’I’m giving […]

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Unicorns, rainbows and rarities expected at Avery’s 22nd Anniversary party

Avery Brewing Company is brewing up quite a celebration in honor of their 22nd Anniversary at their new facility this Saturday, and CEO Adam Avery is pulling out some 50+ beers from the past to celebrate this new venture in Gunbarrel. After 21 years of piecing together 6- and 8-car-garages in an industrial alley off […]

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Old Town is about to ‘Funk’ you up at Odd13’s ‘Funk’-y anniversary

Who? All sorts of funky homosapians who enjoy great tasting funk-ti-fied sour beers in the company of other fun cats who also enjoy the wonderful beers created at Odd13 Brewing in Lafayette.   When? Next Saturday, August 8 from noon to 11 p.m. What? “It’s All Funk and Games” at the highly anticipated block party […]

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FATE Brewing’s Drink-For-Good Release Party Aug. 8

Join us noon Saturday, August 8th at FATE Brewing Company for our 2nd Annual brewed-for-good collaboration release party. Here’s the story. Each year firefighters nationwide raise money for MDA, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, with their Fill The Boot campaign. For the second year in a row we teamed up with our local fire department, Local 900, to participate. On July 7, […]

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Tickets on sale now for 4th Annual Jack’s Benevolent Bash

It is a gathering of friends and family over food and drinks to benefit the Autism Society of Boulder County. Not only are some of the best chefs from around the country all going to get together in one place, and for a good cause, but anyone in the country has an opportunity to win […]

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Music in the Yard: Friends, food, brews at The Post

“Sarah-bbean Queen, now we’re sharing the same dream…and our hearts they beat as one.” No, this isn’t Billy Ocean’s “Caribbean Queen,” it’s a parody that’s been stuck in my head ever since I heard it sung from the ever-so-entertaining group, Jethro Codeine & The Stool Pigeons, who put on a spectacular show last Sunday at […]

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Quick Picks for Summer Brews

Summertime fun is here. Just as you’re about to heat up the grill for some delicious summer fare, you’re probably wondering what you should drink while you sweat the day away with friends and family. Have no fear; here are some highlights of what’s brewing in the realm of light and fruity easy-drinking (or sipping) […]

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Odd 13 Breathes New Life Into Old Town Lafayette

It is not every day a lifelong hobby realizes itself into a dream-come-true. That’s just what happened when Odd 13 Brewing Inc. co-creators Ryan Scott and his wife Kristin decided to take a plunge into the unknown by turning Scott’s home brewing hobby into a now-booming beer-brewing business. A fixture in the adorable and quiet […]

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