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The Frothy Five: Beer in Boulder’s Weekly Craft Brewery Events

It’s a clash of the seasons in this week’s Frothy Five brought to you by Beer in Boulder! The mornings have turned crisp but the days are still sunny and warm and, as summer transitions to autumn here in Boulder, we can’t help but get excited for cooler days, sweater weather, football season, and some hearty seasonal beers. Boulder could, of course, always surprise us and keep the summer weather going throughout September, but for now we’re dreaming of fall. Here are Beer in Boulder‘s picks for five noteworthy craft beer events happening in Boulder County over the next week.
On Tap Now!
Tapped this Thursday, the Banana Walnut Hefeweizen at Wild Woods Brewery is giving us major chilly morning, wrapped up in a cozy blanket, and enjoying a slice of banana bread with our A.M. coffee vibes! Both on tap and available in 22oz bombers as part of the Wild Woods Switchback Series, this German-style wheat beer was conditioned with a whole lot of toasted walnuts and is a must-try brew.
Friday, August 26th, from 5:00 – 8:00 PM
The coming of the local Oktoberfest seasonal brews is a sure sign of fall. Whether you think it’s a bit early to start indulging in them or not, what can’t be denied is how delicious the Left Hand Brewing Company Oktoberfest Marzen Lager is and how fun the release party promises to be! Tonight, stretch your stein-gripping muscles and stop by Left Hand to enjoy this malty harbinger of autumn to ring in the (almost) return of our favorite season.
Saturday, August 27th, from 12:00 – 4:00 PM
Yet another unique beer release on this week’s list, the Powder Keg Brewing Company Lettre Rouge bottle release this Saturday hasn’t quite succumbed to the pressure to get into the fall spirit, and instead features refreshing and citrus-y summer ingredients. A golden sour ale aged with hibiscus flowers, this beer will be available in 750ml bottles. Powder Keg will also have some limited quantities of their recent beer and bottle releases on hand, such as the Fruitful Union and Quartet, so be sure to stop by and enjoy them all.
Opera on Tap at Upslope Brewing Company Flatiron Park Taproom
Saturday, August 27th, from 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Live music is a staple at Boulder County craft brewery taprooms in many varied forms. We have to say, though, that we’ve never heard of opera in the taproom, which is exactly what patrons will get at Upslope Brewing Company‘s Flatiron Park Taproom this Saturday! Opera on Tap is an organization that has created a strong network of artists and creatives looking to bring about recognition of and appreciation for opera as an art form, and they will be performing Suor Angelica by Puccini this Saturday. Take advantage of the opportunity to enjoy this amazing classical craft while also indulging in staple local craft beers. Tickets are available for advance purchase or at the door night-of.
Sunday, August 28th, from 4:00 – 8:00 PM

Ah, autumn, a time of hooded sweatshirts, pumpkin everything, football, and tailgating! Get a head start and practice perhaps the most classic of tailgating games, cornhole, and throw some bags at the Asher Brewing Company 3rd Annual Cornhole Tournament this Sunday afternoon. Enjoy great beers from Colorado’s first all-organic brewery and warm up your throwing arm during an afternoon of friendly competition and dreaming of parking lot parties.

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The Frothy Five: Beer in Boulder’s Weekly Craft Brewery Events

Here in Boulder, we’re in a bit of a seasonal limbo. For many, school is back in session, giving us major fall vibes. At the same time, craft breweries continue to concoct and release delicious, refreshingly fruity summertime brews, but hints of pumpkin and hearty spices are starting to creep closer and closer to taprooms […]

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The Frothy Five: Beer in Boulder’s Weekly Craft Brewery Events

It’s a high-energy week at Boulder County’s craft breweries! In this week’s Frothy Five, presented by Beer in Boulder, we have live music, Pilates, a samba party, and more, all events that will get local craft brewery patrons up, moving, and grooving while they enjoy their favorite Boulder brews. Here are Beer in Boulder’s picks […]

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The Frothy Five: Beer in Boulder’s Weekly Craft Brewery Events

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The Frothy Five: Beer in Boulder’s Weekly Craft Brewery Events

What sounds, sights, smells, activities, and tastes instantaneously transport you to a summertime state of mind? This week’s Frothy Five, presented by Beer in Boulder, is a collection of a few of these quintessentially summer sensations. From explosions of refreshing fruity flavors to barbecues to live backyard music and more, Boulder County’s craft breweries are giving […]

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The Frothy Five: Beer In Boulder’s Weekly Craft Brewery Events

Welcome to this week’s Frothy Five presented by Beer in Boulder! Just because we’re into the second half of summer doesn’t mean that there aren’t still plenty of refreshing and outdoor craft beer events ready for you to enjoy here in Boulder County. Whether you’re craving summery treats like ice cream and s’mores or are looking to […]

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The Frothy Five: Beer in Boulder’s Weekly Craft Brewery Events

We’re saying a big happy birthday to multiple Boulder County craft breweries in this week’s Frothy Five presented by Beer in Boulder! From longstanding Boulder staples to new and exciting breweries, every craft brewery anniversary and birthday is a celebration of and testament to the innovative and thriving craft culture of our county. Cheers to many […]

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The Frothy Five: Beer in Boulder’s Weekly Craft Brewery Events

Welcome to the inaugural Frothy Five presented by Beer in Boulder! Boulder County is home to over 40 craft breweries that put on over 60 events each week, from beer festivals to live music to new beer releases and tappings to game nights and much more. Here are Beer in Boulder’s picks for the five […]

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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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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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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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Ella, a New and Decidedly American Style Eatery Looks to Transform North Boulder

This June, Ella, a refined and devotedly American diner, will open in the heart of North Boulder. The spot currently occupied by Radda Trattoria will soon be home to the new eatery. Edwin Zoe, the restauranteur and mastermind behind the beloved Zoe Ma Ma on Pearl Street channels his “love of rooted, regional dishes” into […]

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An Interview with Ande Anderson, Creator of Super Shrink Me

I was recently invited to attend a screening of the film Super Shrink Me by Boulderite, nutritionist and filmmaker Ande Anderson. After the somewhat uncharacteristic but delicious spread of mainly salamis and cheeses and some mingling, the movie started playing. The film is a response to Super Size Me, Morgan Spurlock’s documentary about the horror […]

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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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Don’t Fret Folks, There’s a New Laughing Goat!

Boulder’s much-beloved coffee house, the Laughing Goat, recently opened a new location. Perched amidst the warehouse start-ups and commuter traffic of east Boulder, Baby Goat, as the new location has been affectionately nicknamed, shares a space with the Green Garage on 55th and Pearl. The new cafe is smaller and more intimate than the original […]

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Boss Lady Pizza is Here to Stay

In the true fashion of restaurants on the hill, Boss Lady Pizza popped up out of nowhere this last December only to enjoy the immediate patronage of hoards of undiscriminating CU students. I first went to Boss Lady a few weeks ago after having heard the two best pieces of news I had heard all […]

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A Search for the Perfect Gyro

One of my favorite foods, which is actually a very common preamble for me, is the gyro sandwich. Everything about them is perfect, from the warm squishy pita bread to the insanely delicious and flavorful gyro meat itself, to the universally enhancing feta cheese. So it’s my intention to go on a mission to find […]

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Dishcrawl: Uniting a Community Through Taste and Shared Experience

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Dishcrawl Tours Pearl Street for Boulder’s Tastiest Eats

It’s not surprising that Dishcrawl decided to set its sights on Boulder’s Pearl Street for an upcoming foodie safari. The international start-up visits renowned food-centric cities, guiding a walking tour through some of the most innovative and delicious eats that they have to offer. Having visited cities like San Francisco, Toronto, New York and Philadelphia, […]

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Deerhammer Distillery Will Leave You in Good Spirits

In case you missed it, spirits are back.  There was a dreary period, let’s call it the 80’s and 90’s when it seemed to be all about beer and wine.  Who doesn’t love beer and wine, right?  But sometimes you hanker for something more sophisticated, potent and exotic.  Hell, beer and wine are doing just […]

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Aji

A riddle wrapped in a mystery topped with ceviche, Aji continually satisfies even as it fails to transport.   We hold them utterly blameless while searching in vain for the source of our tepidness in response.   It cannot be the ocean fare (Brazilian seafood stew, grilled scallop, crab stuffed tiger shrimp, whole Branzini) for it is well-imagined […]

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Hapa

Of the three sushi restaurants within a two block stretch in downtown Boulder, Hapa is the one that fronts mall-side with the anime robot logo and the young waitrons dressed in black featuring, invariably, ample decolletage on display at the hostess dais.  If all that is not annoying or enticing enough, the white cube that […]

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Ras Kassas

Hearing that Ras Kassas offers “Boulder’s finest Ethiopian fare” (as their website proclaims) may strike one along the lines of “ the Buffs are Boulder’s finest college football team” or “those three sandstone slabs are Boulder’s finest flatirons.”  So, to avoid the faint praise attendant upon tautology, let us stipulate that Ras Kassas’s fare is […]

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Chez Thuy

A visitor tootling down Route 36 with a yen for Asian may be unable to distinguish the Golden Lotus mid-strip from Chez Thuy a half-mile north.   But you can, and must.  While both have long thrived in Boulder despite drive-by locations that would murder any upstart without an Apple or a Bee in its name, […]

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Brasserie Ten Ten

One enters the Brasserie with mild trepidation. Will my jeans, my two-day stubble, and my Midwestern wife find our place amidst the fine tableware, the liveried waitstaff, and the Choux-fleur (milk roasted cauliflower…) and Caneton Saisonneir (maple leaf duck confit…)?  Will, for that matter, the “French-inspired” cuisine find its place within ours, the Western faux-sophisticates’, […]

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The Corner Bar

The Boulderado’s conflict-averse middle child, it strives to bridge the considerable gap between the more interesting, innovative Q’s across the lobby and the more interesting, darkling Catacombs in the basement.   As an unabashed house joint for the headlining historic hotel in which it’s embedded, the Corner Bar can rightly claim to be weighed on different […]

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Murphy’s

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North Broadway Coffee Shop (NBC)

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The Mediterranean

It takes a whole lotta falafel balls to think you can fill 10,000 square feet of primo downtown real estate and not go bust in ten weeks, but The Med’s been doing it for 17 years, so they must be onto something. In fact, they’re onto a lot of things, starting with that expansive interior […]

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Foolish Craig’s

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Sherpa’s

Ill-advised under most circumstances, billing your business as an  “Adventurers’ Restaurant and Bar” is a safe play in Boulder, where high-altitude sportsmen and physical extremists of all stripes are local heroes.   The Nepalese/Indian fare here is authentic, aromatic and tasty, and if it comes borne on the arms of half-distracted but genial guys who sometimes […]

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Bacaro

If, as they say, restauranting is all about “location, location, location,” then Bacaro has three things going for it. An original tenant in the attractive Shonkwiler Building on West Pearl, Bacaro has become a fixture in the city’s hip west end on the strength of its unavoidable front patio and it’s spacious, photogenically well-appointed Northern […]

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The Trident

An anthropologist hoping to capture the essence of today’s Boulder could do worse than spend a day in the Trident with dark glasses and a notepad. This coffee shop cum used bookstore is everything our more Starbuckian javajoints aspire to be but aren’t: a meeting place, a haven, a place to debate the morning’s headlines, […]

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George’s (At the Boulder Theater)

For the sake of argument, let’s assume the goal here was to create a space that, in addition to serving pre-show audiences, could attract a small crowd of diners on a couple of off-nights with a food board a notch or two above normal nightclub fare.  Now (since we have established that we are arguing) […]

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‘Round Midnight

Masterfully schizophrenic, Round Midnight starts each evening as a neighborhood bar, darkly larval to the more seeking barflies and pool obsessives. Not a place you would want to die in, but a place to consider death, objectively. The corner booths are a frequent site of brilliant loquacity, spewed by pool sharks or any of a […]

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Walnut Brewery

A fine middle-brow entrant in a CraftWorks Restaurants line-up that also features Old Chicago (low-brow) and the Chop House (high-brow), the Walnut Brewery steps up to bat on hundreds of design elements and hits a solid base hit each time. Dark wood decor, comfortably deep booths, and a kind of aimless and vaguely yuppie clientele […]

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The Rio – Mountain Mex

Attractively committed to the myth of its own relevance, the Rio has for close to a decade found a popular niche on the corner of Walnut and Eleventh downtown. Quality Mexican-inspired fare that strives to rise above the level of your average burrito shack, the Rio barely succeeds, but really, that’s not the point. The […]

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Illegal Pete’s

A scrapping contender for burrito heavyweight Chipotle’s belt, Pete’s skews more undergrad, with a less tucked-in vibe — chalk on the specials board, tap beers at the back bar, the occasional rasta dread spilling out of a tortilla-roller’s hair net, and a mild undertow of grit and grease throughout.  The twenty-something staff are less likely […]

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George's at the Boulder Theater

George’s (at the Boulder Theater)

For the sake of argument, let’s assume the goal here was to create a space that, in addition to serving pre-show audiences, could attract a small crowd of diners on a couple of off-nights with a food board a notch or two above normal nightclub fare.  Now (since we have established that we are arguing) […]

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