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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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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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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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Craft beer is at a “precipice.” Colorado can relate after Boulder Beer closure and New Belgium sale.

BRECKENRIDGE — A beer festival, by its nature, is festive. And the 20th edition of the Big Beers festival that attracted many of the nation’s best brewers to Breckenridge was no exception. This year, however, the mood seemed less merry. In between sips of barrel-aged stouts, blended sours and boozy barleywines, the conversation at the […]