This Week in Beer News

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. 9News reports that Colorado craft breweries are asking to be taken off of the RateBeer website after they learned of the AB-InBev investments.


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. Then head over to Falling Rock for some beers and enjoy how lucky we are to have such an awesome craft beer bar in town.


Good news everyone! River North Brewery coming back to their old ‘hood.

We for one are happy to see River North Brewery will be opening a location in RiNo. More River North beer is a good thing. Plus it just seems wrong that the brewery that used RiNo as their name had to move out of the neighborhood. As reported from our pals at PorchDrinking.com, River North Brewery’s upcoming location will be at 3400 Blake Street, and will serve as a small batch, 5-7 barrel experimental brewhouse and taproom. We can’t wait for them to open!


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. Read about the new Fountain Creek Brewshed Alliance from our friends at Focus on the Beer.


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. A factory in Dongguan, China was caught canning fake Budweiser beer. As reported by Drink Denver, “A video surfaced that shows factory employees dunking opened Bud cans into a tub of mysterious beer with their bare hands.” Even crazier, is that it’s reported they distributed up to 600, 000 crates of fake Bud to local establishments. Yikes.


Slán, Fadó.

This isn’t ‘new’ news, but somehow we just found out that Fadó Irish Pub is closing after 20+ years in LoDo. We’ll miss you, Fadó. We hope you really do return soon. You can read all about the closure on the Westword.


That’s it for this week. Have a great weekend, and we’ll see you next week! (Assuming our site is still here…)

Cheers!