The country’s craft beer industry is growing at a tremendous rate. Last year, more than 400 breweries opened nationwide. In some states, like Colorado, there are so many craft breweries they’re beginning to blend together. As Harvest Public Media’s Luke Runyon reports, in such a crowded field, startups are trying a more unique approach.

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Two children have died from flu in Colorado, one in El Paso County…El Paso County Commissioners gave final approval to an ordinance that bans recreational marijuana businesses in unincorporated areas of the county…Fort Collins-based New Belgium Brewing is now completely employee owned.

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Hyped as the “Worlds Best Beer” by many, Westvleteran Xll will be available for a very short time.

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Colorado cantaloupe growers are promoting new safeguards as Rocky Ford melons begin returning to grocery stores a year after a listeria outbreak killed 30 people nationwide…Senator Mark Udall toured two Boulder craft breweries today using the opportunity to tout his long-stalled bill that would cut in half the federal excise tax on beer.

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What with all the hoopla surrounding the USA Pro Cycling Challenge we thought it’d be fun to offer, as a comparison, a couple of videos featuring the zenith of Colorado cycling in 1980, The Klunker Classic.

It’s hard to imagine Colorado without mountain bikes. The knobby-tired bicycles are so ubiquitous now that it seems [...]

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Mike Bristol, founder of Bristol Brewing, was kind enough to walk us through his brewery, explain the process and wax philosophical about the merits of local beer culture. [Full Disclosure: Bristol Brewing underwrites with KRCC & The Big Something]

 

Cheers!

 

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When Klunkers Were King

On July 27, 2010 By

It’s hard to imagine Colorado without mountain bikes. The knobby-tired bicycles are so ubiquitous now that it seems almost impossible that there was a time when trails were mostly for hiking. It may also be hard for you to believe that mountain bikes were once called “balloon-tired klunkers” and that the people who rode them wore t-shirts and jeans or shorts instead of spandex/”Tron suits”.

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How Beer Is Born

On April 14, 2010 By

We fully expect the fund drive to be over today and hope you will help us reach our $200,000 goal if you haven’t already joined or renewed your membership. In celebration of all our collective hard work and community spirit, we offer you this toast to local beer and brewing. Mike Bristol, founder of Continue Reading


(“Colorado-Evading the Liquor Law in Colorado Springs,” 1877. Wood engraving by Harry Ogden. Courtesy of Special Collections, Pikes Peak Library District. Image number 257-6587.)

Full-page wood engraving on front page of Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, July 7, 1877. Paper masthead is at top of page. Image shows four men and one dog [...]

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