It has been an amazing first year and we met so many wonderful people on the tours! Special thanks to all of the distilleries, breweries, bars, and food trucks hosting us in 2016. Looking forward to a banner 2017. Cheers!
Courtesy of bustle.com’s MEGHAN BASSETT
The ULTIMATE tailgating gift is right here for your biggest fan fanatic friends! Now the cooler is right at your fingertips with this belt holster. Plus it comes in camo. Can you say “hey there bad*ss!”?
Don’t let your friends become suburban moms and start throwing ice cubes in their wine. Make sure the wine stays cold, undiluted, and classy with these oh-so chill wine glasses.
With the Star Wars release just around the corner, your geeky Jedi-loving boozy friends are going to flip out over this rad Death Star Ice SPHERE Mold. I can already hear Darth Vader’s theme song… Bum bum bum bum, bum bum bum bum bum bum bum…
Got a boozy girlfriend who loves her accessories? She’ll be extra stylin’ with this bracelet flask the next time she hits the town. Plus you’re saving her money on drinks — it’s the gift that keeps on giving!
Wheel of Fortune ain’t got nothing on this Wheel of Shots game from Urban Outfitters. Gather your friends, and get ready to spread some serious holiday cheer after a few rounds. You might even be brave enough to go caroling!
Nothing can warm our spirits quite like the fiery passion of pyrotechnical performers. Circus artists like Katie Mesmerie have been providing intensely hot entertainment for beer festivals and local events, helping Colorado raise the bar on drinking entertainment.
Don't try this at home! These performers have decades of combined experience with circus props and controlled flames.
We're on the road this weekend! @mesmerie_entertainment heads to Nebraska for a big event including new group fire choreography, dazzling aerialists, stilt walkers, contortion, and more! #giglife #aerialist #fireperformer #contortion #performerlife #travelingperformer #travelgirl #denver #nebraska #nightlife #roadtrip #travelbuddies #ontheroad
It doesn’t take the most discerning eye to notice that Denver is thriving with beautiful people. Most of our guests are quite stunning, and we spend a lot of time drinking at some of the most popular singles venues, so we thought maybe it was time to create a Singles Party Bus Experience. We’ve got the best craft booze, and a fun bus, so let’s make some matches!
Stay tuned for up-and-coming dates, and let us know what you think!
Denver Brews & Booze was founded with the founder’s love of beer, and let’s be clear, this company will end with a focus and love of beer. Back in the 80s we watched Smokey & the Bandit, which was all about smuggling Coors and Bud across a middle-point in America that was forbidden. Just the other day a guest on our tour was recalling some of the crazy trips they took across that line to acquire the illegal brew, and realizing in hindsight how ridiculous that was. It all seems silly now that we are 30 years into the age of craft brewing.
The big brewers are getting killed by the craft brewers, and American drinkers are winning. It is a true testament to competition. It is hard to believe the little guy has overcome the anti-competitive pressures of big money. This is America, land of the free, but there is still a lot of anti-competitive activity in this country.
Take Denver for example. Did you know until Uber & Lift came into the market we had not had anything resembling a cab company enter our market since 1927. This is because driving passengers around Denver requires a special license, and anyone that has a license can fight anyone that applies to get a new license, and they can do so just because they don’t want competition. This almost kept us from existing. Anti-competition is disgusting,
So, craft brewers have not had an easy road, and the fight is not over, but they have changed everything, and made beer interesting. In fact, it’s almost amazing boring Bud, and Cautious Coors are still in business. A new article just came out about the recent assault by the mass producers of beer on the small craft brewers. Surely you saw the Superbowl commercials where the big brewers pick on craft for having more than barley in their recipe. I really don’t get it. This is like saying I prefer water over all the other drink creations we have in this world, because it’s unadulterated. Don’t get me wrong we need healthy water, but people, we have invented better beverages for enjoyment, and those inventions have made life better, and more interesting.
I sat down at the bar with some good ol’ boys from Oklahoma the other day, and I love those southern folks. I am one , myself, but these guys drank Coors all night. I asked them why they didn’t try some of the good craft on tap, and they said “nope, I don’t like that fancy stuff; it’s not real beer.” Craft beer can be stronger, sweeter, heavier, hoppier. It can have chocolate, pumpkin, rose buds, honey, agave, blueberries. There is a craft beer for every palette and every season, and these guys are just saying: “nah, I’ll take my Coors, thank you.” It makes me wonder if this is one of those “man things,” like you know, “a real man doesn’t drink beer with fruit in it.” Maybe it is fear of change. Don’t be scared guys, it’s called flavor, and it won’t hurt you, I promise.
Budweiser, Coors, and all of those producers have been losing market share for years, and their only solution is to buy out the most successful craft producers, after they have already lost part of their soul, and much of their creativity.
This drives us bonkers! The big boys are acquiring the successful producers just as their beers get boring. Breckenridge is an excellent example in Colorado. Breckenridge was built on interesting and tasty beers, but the creativity was crushed by their success. Budweiser just bought them out, made some people rich, and now all they have is a nice restaurant in Littleton. They traded passion and creativity for dollars.
The big boys have one goal, and that is to make beer that is simple, consistent, affordable, low in alcohol, and less filling. It doesn’t matter that the beer completely lacks in creativity, strength, and hops. When is the last time you saw a Coors (or affiliates) Imperial IPA with 8+ ABV, and 70+ IBUs? We probably never will, and until they realize this, and spend that money to do so, they will keep losing market share.
We have had guests on our tours that were Coors employees, and they suggested we should all work together, and be nice. They claimed we are all in it together. Not true. They are in it to make money first, craft brewers are in it to make interesting beer first. Customers want variety. Affordability is less important for the craft lover. Age the beer in a whiskey barrel, and customers will pay the extra $5 for it.
The big boys think that buying up the $10-20-million breweries will allow them to weather the storm. It won’t. Most of these newly acquired breweries will be negatively affected by the acquisition, and all the fun and creativity will be sucked out of them, if it hasn’t already.
When is the last time you had an exciting sour, or IPA from a big brewer? Budweiser is so proud of their Shock Top. Who are they kidding. The bottom line is the big boys can never compete with the local, craft breweries and distilleries. We should all support our local brewer/distiller, because they are the ones that are creating. They are the ones hiring the majority of beer employees, and they are the ones growing our economy. It is not the fat cats. They are just trying to maximize profits.
As small business owners we appreciate the desire of the business owner to grow, and to reduce the tax demands in their infancy, but we have little sympathy for the multi-millionaire that just wants to line the pockets of their shareholders. For all you big brewers trying to figure out what the problem is, and those of you that think you’re so smart, well, it is really simple: make interesting beer. Forget about margins for one second. I don’t think they can.
Working in the brewing industry, I can’t help but notice that beards abound. Many of you have probably noticed the same. So what’s the deal anyway? Does facial hair in some way lead to better beer, or does the genetic disposition for facial hair growth someway line up with the aptitude for brewing well? It all sounds silly, I know, but maybe the article below holds the answer:
On a related note, for all of you looking to land the next brewing job, or promotion, the contestants in this year’s National Beard and Mustache Championship might be able to help you out.
It is possible we have gone a little overboard making GIFS (learn more here)
We have taken some of the video libraries from Denver Brews and Booze, from our various brewery tours and distillery tours, and created a hodge-podge of fun 10-second clips. These load quickly, share easily and be turned into some really fun background videos. Let us know what you think.
Made in collaboration wtih Rick at Centennial Tours
Thanks for reading
Our little business has been growing rapidly since inception just five months ago. As the first company in Denver to bridge the gap between barrel-aged spirits, and barrel-aged beer, we are always looking for new and exciting ways to marry locally crafted libations with entertainment, and now we are excited to announce the debut of Denver’s first Comedy/Drinking Bus Tour.
David is a great Tour Director, and up-and-coming comedian, so come enjoy some funny, and get some insight into the wonderful world of Mile High comedy. Be the first to beta test it with us, by emailing David. We will put you on the stand-by list, and let you know when it’s scheduled. Did we mention the test run will be free? Like the Denver Brews & Booze on Facebook, and get $5 off your next Craft Beer Bonanza Tour.
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