Hey everyone, happy Friday! We know that you don’t want to be at work today, so why not check out our roundup of this week’s beer news. We’ll even throw in a bonus update on what’s been up with your pals at Bottle Makes Three… not that you asked. Enjoy!
What’s Up With BMT
You may have noticed we’ve been pretty quiet around here. Or maybe you didn’t. Either way, the past few weeks your BMT team has been hard at work on the website, albeit in a way that you may not have noticed. We decided it was high time to do some site maintenance and update a few security features. Long story short, we broke our site. Well, it wasn’t really our fault, our hosting provider takes some of this blame. They recommended some services and optimizations that went sideways. Then they tried to help fix things, only to have other things break. Yeah, it’s been fun. But on a positive note, we did learn something important. That our hosting provider sucks, big time.
We always knew that they had a bad reputation. Our friends tried to tell us that we deserved better. I guess we were just too comfortable. Maybe we were just lazy. After all, it’s much easier to ignore the warning signs and stay than it is to start over. But, like with any bad relationship, eventually we reached our breaking point. After two weeks of stressful nights and ugly phone calls, we had to face facts. It’s time to move on.
Don’t expect us to drag their name through the mud, we’re way too classy for that. Nah, you know that’s not true! However we haven’t officially moved to a new host yet, so it’s probably best not to rock the boat. Let’s just say it’s time to GO… if you know what we mean.
Beer News 6-Pack
In other news, here’s roundup of 6 of the top beer stories of the last week (or so.)
Et tu, RateBeer?
This week Good Beer Hunting broke the news that back in 2016 Anheuser-Busch InBev became investors in RateBeer, one of the largest and (previously) most well-respected beer rating sites in the world. It’s safe to say that it didn’t go over well with many craft breweries.
KUSA – Craft breweries in Colorado want big beer to stay out of their business. Owners of Joyride Brewing and Black Project are asking that their products be removed from RateBeer.com, a popular online forum where users talk craft beer, consumers rate the products and people discover new beer to try.
Another Reason to Celebrate at Falling Rock
Just in time for their 20th anniversary, Falling Rock Tap House was recognized by CraftBeer.com for their role in changing the Denver beer landscape. Falling Rock was one of the 6 national beer bars recognized for improving their local beer scene. Check out the story to read about their impact, and learn about the 5 others.
Breweries and craft beer bars have a symbiotic relationship. Pubs have been community centers of social activity for hundreds of years. Over the past 30 years or so, a growing number of bars and pubs have focused on bringing beer drinkers a better variety of beers, especially those from small and independent brewers.
Good news everyone! River North Brewery is back in their old ‘hood.
We for one are happy to see River North Brewery back in RiNo. More River North beer is a good thing!
Already well established as the country’s most densely populated craft beer neighborhood, The River North Art District (RiNo) will soon add another brewery to its ranks, however, this newest addition will be a familiar face.
Because without good water, you can’t make good beer.
Cheers to the Colorado Springs breweries and other entities who joined together to protect their local watershed. There is really no more important beer ingredient than good water.
We sometimes get too caught up on hops, malt and even yeast when we’re talking about brewing great beer, but we tend to overlook that it takes great tasting water to make great beer. A group of local entities and breweries concerned with the health of our local watershed are joining forces-forming the Fountain Creek Brewshed Alliance.
And they were worried about craft beer hurting their profits…
It seems like Anheuser-Busch InBev has a little un-friendly competition happening in China. Karma, is that you?
A factory in Dongguan, China was caught producing and canning fake Budweiser beer early in May, according to The Daily Meal . The fraudulent beer peddlers were discovered via a video of their counterfeit canning production went viral on the social media platform WeChat.
This isn’t ‘new’ news, but somehow we just found out. We’ll miss you, Fadó. We hope you really do return soon.
For many Denverites, the name Fadó is synonymous with trips to Coors Field and the original party-atmosphere allure that made LoDo one of the hottest Denver destinations in the 1990s. But the Irish pub that opened some twenty years ago in a refurbished building that was once the Union Pacific Head…
That’s it for this week. Have a great weekend, and we’ll see you next week! (Assuming our site is still here…)