Three Boulder tap rooms in a day

Jeremy Short · November 23

Even though Boulder is a short half-hour drive from my home it’s rare that I take the time. And there’s several great breweries there that have been beckoning me to make that short trip. Recently a group of us made the journey and checked out three of Boulder’s great tap rooms: Boulder Beer Company, Avery, and Twisted Pine. As you can see from the map above, all of these fine breweries are rather closely congregated which gave us the option of walking ...

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Red Stripe beer cans are cooler empty than full

Jeremy Short · November 18

Here's a rather interesting use of used Red Stripe beer cans: a sound sculpture. It's worth watching the whole video, thought it does run a little long, to see the creation of this crazy collection of beer cans. It looks like they did a pretty good job cleaning out the cans before putting them to use here. Good thing, I suppose. This might be the start of several other creations of Red Stripe beer can sculptures from the looks of their facebook page. 

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Cyborg yeast do what you tell them

Jeremy Short · November 7

Can you imagine being able to talk to your yeast? What if you could tell the billions of cells in your carboy to do this or to do that? While this might sound like fantasy it’s actually being done at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich. By using light the reserachers were able to impact the yeast’s ability to produce a specific protein. "upon shining red light in, they could track how much a population of yeast cells was expressing the gene ...

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PintFight: Oktoberfest

Jeremy Short · November 4

Just in time for November the Pintwell tasting panel takes on seven Oktoberfest beers. Sure, we're a little late, but on the bright side some of the beers might be on the bargain rack. Before we dive into the beers selected for the panel, it would probably be appropriate to say a few things about the style.

First, what's the name again? Confusingly, I've seen Oktoberfest, Octoberfest, Fest, Marzen, Marzen-Oktoberfest, Ur-Marzen, Marzen Fest, Amber Marzen, Fetival Lager, Amber-German-get-you-hammered-lager, and so on. Basically ...

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Calculate Specific Gravity from Plato

Jeremy Short · November 2

Every now and then you may run into a beer or beer recipe that give Plato instead of Specific Gravity. And there's an easy calculation to convert between the two:


( Plato / ( 258.6 - ( ( Plato / 258.2 ) * 227.1 ) ) + 1 = Specific gravity


Well maybe easy isn't the right word, but to make it easier I made a little calculator to help with the math:




Or, if your just looking for a cheat sheet, here is a quick conversion reference:


Plato Gravity ...
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GABF 2011, A Trip Down Memory Lane

Jeremy Short · October 29

This year’s Great American Beer Festival was my seventh, which means I’ve been going long enough to start feeling nostalgic. And this year, more than before, made me feel particularly nostalgic; Perhaps it was the 1982 GABF Pavilion, or watching as some breweries grow while other seemingly diminish, or was it the massive popularity of the whole thing? Either way, GABF seems bigger, bigger, and… wait there’s more than 450 breweries at this thing now? Damn that’s a lot of beer ...

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Yeah, this is kind of like my homebrew setup

Jeremy Short · June 10

If you've ever wondered what goes into the making of Hahn Super Dry, you should check out their very imformative commercial. I also use a life sized panther shaped tank for my hopback. I mean, I wish I used a life sized panther shaped tank for a hopback. Who wouldn't? Now if you're looking for a more practical approach to making beer you may want to check out Sapporo. Although it looks like you need to enlist a lot more help to ...

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Pintfight: Mikkeller vs. Mikkeller vs. Mikkeller

Jeremy Short · June 4

A tragic battle is about to unfold. A battle that will leave you weeping in despair and crying out why oh why must it end this way? This Pintfight features three Mikkeller hoppy brews struggling for revenge and power. With Mikkeller being from Denmark, what better place to set this fight than the final moments of Shakespeare’s Hamlet?  Something is rotten in the state of Denmark and it’s not the beer (at least not these three).

Our Persons Represented

Hamlet – Played by Simcoe ...

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Denver and Aurora Craft Beer Restaurants

Nathan Reynolds · May 13

A new trend is cropping up in our fair city of Denver and it is exclusive taps for our favorite craft beers. There is a growing number of restaurants that cater to the ?beer connoisseur and the adventurous. I thought it'd be nice to help our faithful followers get a head start on where they should start to head for some great beers (the pun is there to show off how smart and clever I am). This isn't a list of brewpubs, but ...

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Blind Tasting: Standard American Lager

Jeremy Short · May 12

The ubiquitous beer that is the American Lager, it’s hard to avoid this "domestic" beer. Even the most proud tap-houses carry Budweiser, Coors, and/or Miller. Why? Because people everywhere prefer lager over ale, and it's hard to argue the drinkability of these beers. You know what else is very drinkable? Water. Anyway, it's easy as a craft beer drinker to demonize these mass produced beers, but is there something more to these lagers that we should appreciate and acknowledge? I think ...

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Homebrewing with a recipe kit

Jeremy Short · April 30

I’ve been all-grain homebrewing for a while and have almost forgotten what it’s like to brew up an extract beer on the kitchen stove. And it’s awesome—the smell of malt and hops throughout the house. Who doesn’t love that? Oh yeah, my wife isn’t a fan. Anyway, one thing I’ve never tried: making a homebrew from a recipe kit, and I got a chance to do just that with my sister-in-law and her boyfriend—who have just entered ...

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