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Beer Culture

  • Dispatch

    A Can-Do Culture

    By David Staton

    Here’s a tip for beer lovers: Next time you land at Denver International Airport, get in a car and head north. The Front Range looms on your left as you pass the strip malls and big-box stores, the bedroom communities, the Republic of Boulder. After 44 miles, you’ll be in Longmont, Colo., where Sal in Jack Kerouac’s On the Road slumbered in a verdant patch at a roadside gas station. Off the boulevard (there’s just one), hard by the tracks, follow the gray ribbon past schools into an ashy industrial area. A single red door marks your destination.

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    Three Belgian beers (on the wall …)

    By Xania V. Woodman

    Hoegaarden Available on draught at Yard House Red Rock ($6.25 pint, $13.50 half-yard) and $6 by the bottle at Freakin’ Frog.

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    Oktoberfest: It ain’t over till November

    By Xania V. Woodman

    The Hofbräuhaus will celebrate with all the pomp and circumstance befitting this faithful reproduction of the world’s most famous beer hall. Keg-tappings, every Friday and most Saturdays, are led by local celebrities, so bring a camera. 4510 Paradise Road. Keg-tapping starts at 7 p.m. No cover. Rockhouse Bar & Nightclub will rock Octobeerfest with Das Boot, a 48-ounce, boot-shaped souvenir mug for $27 with $16 refills. Or, spring for the über-size 64-ounce “Super Beer,” $27 with $20 refills. In front of Imperial Palace. Open 10 a.m. to 5 a.m.

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    Hop to It!

    By Xania V. Woodman

    Since 1997, the Stella Artois World Draught Master Competition has been dubbing champions who can best adhere to the strict nine-step pouring ritual. In August, Hard Rock Hotel bellman Scott Ast took first place in the 2010 regional competition, then went on to take third in the nationals in Boston. Step 1. The Purification Begin with a cleaned and rinsed Stella Artois-branded glass. Step 2. The Sacrifice Open the tap in one quick action and let the first drops of beer flow away.

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    Two Wild and Crafty Guys

    By Xania V. Woodman

    Since 2009, Brian Chapin and Chris Grimes of MotleyBrews.com (tag line: “Get hopped up!”) have sought to promote craft beer culture. “Our events are designed to expose people to the vast amount of beer styles that exist domestically and internationally,” Chapin says. To find out more about craft brewing, Vegas Seven tapped into their expertise. Related stories

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    Three to Fall For

    By Xania V. Woodman

    Rockin’ Chair Red Ale by Backyard Brewing Co. Imperial Amber, 8 percent ABV, $4-5 on tap, $8.99 for a 750-millilter bottle at Khoury’s Fine Wine, BJ’s Brewhouse, Aces & Ales and the Freakin’ Frog.

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    Brew It Yourself!

    By Xania V. Woodman

    What you’ll need to get brewing (total initial investment): Related stories Two Wild and Crafty Guys Three to Fall For

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