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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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To make beer slushies and beer ice cream, one Colorado brewery is breaking all the rules

GREELEY — On a recent hot summer day at a brewery in an old warehouse perched along the railroad tracks, the drink of choice is pink, slushy and served with a Slurpee straw. Wiley Roots Brewing calls it a beer slushie. And if it doesn’t look or taste like a traditional beer, they don’t mind. […]

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Colorado beer makers are expanding to cannabis beverages: “Down the road it could be as big as beer.”

DURANGO — The evening before its 24th anniversary party, Ska Brewing invited friends and brewers from across the country to celebrate with a toast as the sun set behind Perins Peak. The Durango brewery brought a special keg to the event held earlier this month: a pomegranate-flavored CBD seltzer set for release later this fall […]

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A Colorado icon and father of craft beer steps away. Here are Charlie Papazian’s parting words.

Forty years ago, when Charlie Papazian founded the American Homebrewers Association, the idea of a homebrewer in every neighborhood and a brewery in every town seemed unreal. Now, it’s essentially reality with more than 6,000 breweries in America — thanks, in large part, to Papazian. He founded the homebrewers association in 1978, launched the Great […]