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Colorado’s craft brewers are stuck with the tab as global can shortage shakes up beverage industry

Talbott’s Cider Company used to package its hard cider mimosas in colorful cans purchased for 12 cents each from a Westminster supplier. But a monthslong supply crunch has forced the Palisade cidery to get creative: Now, the cans  come blank from Korea and are wrapped by hand in a waterproof label — more than doubling […]

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Can televised Russian face-slapping save Denver’s sports bars?

When cardboard cutouts filled the stands and the real fans were at home on their couches, Tom Ryan and his team were plotting the rebirth of Denver’s sports bar scene. Banking on corked-up demand, they prepared for this summer’s launch of a new 14,000-square-foot pub in downtown Denver, with high-definition video screens, immersive, room-size video […]

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Small liquor stores in Colorado felt pinched by new alcohol laws. Now more changes are coming.

Days into the new year, the owner of Morgans Liquor in Denver sat down with his financial  books. The pandemic gave him a small boost in 2020 sales, but a troubling slide continued: His customer count continued to decline. “My dollars were up, the rings (on the register) were bigger, but my customers were still […]

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Colorado lawmakers want to keep your to-go quarantinis flowing beyond the coronavirus crisis

There’s a lot Coloradans would rather forget about quarantine 2020, but here are a few things they might want to keep: the Rio’s carry-out margarita “survival kit,” the five-cocktail “Dr. Manhattan” from Post Brewing Co., and to-go bottles of Asahi beer via patio pickup at Sushi Den. Take-out cocktails, bottles of wine and growlers of […]