It takes a stout man to run an Irish pub

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The Guinness contest, now in its fifth year, sounds like a dream come true.

Write a short essay romanticizing the wonders of serving stout in Ireland, compete in a few bar games and the winner gets his own pub in some rustic village on a verdant hillside.

Sounds like something out of a Daniel Day-Lewis movie.

But get past all … Read the rest

All in the details: Labels tell a lot about a brew

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Next time you’re sitting at the bar, spacing out as you peel the label off your bottle, consider the breadth of info at your fingertips. Your average beer label is full of facts, both trivial and pertinent.

Check out the newest bottle on local shelves, from Yards.

* Yards Brewing Company is owned by Tom Kehoe … Read the rest

12 Yuletide brews bring you foam for the holidays

Only six more drinking days until Christmas. That means you’ll have to double up on Joe Sixpack’s annual 12 Beers of Christmas.

Cooked up by happy brewers as a gift to beer fans, these holiday beers typically contain added malt and spices like nutmeg and cinnamon.

Each is a satisfying alternative to eggnog and hot toddies, perfect for a cozy … Read the rest

These gift idea will bring a round of cheers for beer lovers

Dear Santa,

How’s it going, geezer? Betcha didn’t think I’d catch up to you after that little stunt you pulled last winter at our annual poker game. You walked out of the club after running five straight pots and didn’t give the rest of us – the Easter Bunny, St. Patrick, the Tooth Fairy and me, Joe Sixpack – a … Read the rest

Premium taps? Old City pours it on

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Tonight is First Friday, Old City’s uniquely loathsome evening of crowded galleries and cheap wine.

Yo, Joe Sixpack enjoys contemplating naked sculptures as much as the next art lover. But when you get tired of rubbing elbows with people dressed in black, find an excuse to slip out the door and head off to one of the neighborhood’s plentiful taverns.… Read the rest

Denver fests’ prize-winning brewers headed our way

The best part about attending the Great American Beer Festival in Denver is sampling brews from faraway points that, unless you had an unlimited travel expense account (hint, hint), you’d never otherwise taste. The worst part is knowing that, unless you can somehow make a road trip to East Japip, you’ll never get to taste ’em again.

That’s because many … Read the rest

A few beery, bleary notes from GABF

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DENVERĀ  – Now we know why they call it the Mile High City.

Sample a few dozen one-ounce servings of America’s best beers and you, too, can reach a deceptively altered state of consciousness.

Thanks to my steel-trap memory and some barely decipherable notes, however, here are Joe Sixpack’s personal high points from the 16th annual Great American Beer Festival:… Read the rest