Declaration's New Patio Now Fit For Fido
- September 15, 2017 -
Rules, schmules. If you're a brewer, there's plenty of em. If you serve food, there's even more. And if you invite dogs, you better have your poop together in more ways than one.

Declaration Brewing in Denver loves dogs, but county health rules are strict about where dogs can roam, vis-a-vis food and beverage service. Declaration wasn't as dog-friendly as they wanted to be, so they went above and beyond: redesigned their patio area into a dog-legal and dog-friendly place to hang.

So they're celebrating their new dog digs with a party:


"Declaration Brewing Co. is proud to announce the grand opening of our renovated beer garden equipped with a legal dog patio. Now your best buddy can join you for a cold one! Declaration Brewing is a certified green brewery and now can legally accommodate dogs! The dog patio is wrapped with donated bicycle parts making an artistic custom brewer-welded fence and includes a pet clean up area. To celebrate we are throwing a patio party and have teamed up with the Denver Dumb Friends League in honor of this grand occasion. Saturday, September 30th will kick off with press brewery tours, dog adoptions booths, Gyros Kings food truck and even a dog treat cart by Smart Cookie Barkery! Live music begins at 2pm with Zack Maruniak and Kindred Soulz at 4pm. Several beers will be designated to the Dumb Friends League (DFL) and $1 of every designated pint sold will go directly to benefit the DFL and our adoption partner."

Bring your thirst, bring your dog (or your desire to adopt one), and be prepared for a dog-good time.
Texas Brewers Hurricane Harvey Update - August 30
- August 30, 2017 -
Alvin, TX
Fetching Lab Brewery -- Closed as of August 23
"Fetching Lab Brewery is dry but are still an island, surrounded by water. The water is back over the road today and we are inaccessible right now. Thank you to all of you who have checked in on us."
Gordon Street Tavern -- Safe, open as of Aug 30

Bellville, TX
Huff Brewing Co -- Safe, closed as of Aug 27 to clear debris

Brenham, TX
Brazos Valley Brewing Co. -- Closed as of Aug 27

Brookshire, TX
Baa Baa Brewhouse -- Raising funds for Hurricane Harvey at

College Station, TX
BCS Zoigl Brewery -- Closed as of Aug 26. Filling water jugs for people who need it.
"If you need water we can fill jugs for you tonight. On the house."
Blackwater Draw Brewing Co -- Open as of Aug 28. Filling water jugs for people who need it. "Our offer is still very open if you need to fill your growlers, jugs, (or whatever other container you can find) with our reverse osmosis water in preparation for potential flooding! Be safe out there y'all! (At our Northgate location & our downtown Bryan location)."
New Republic Brewing Co. -- Open as of Aug 30. Giving people who come to donate money, as well as donating $1 for every beer purchased. "To encourage you to get out and donate we will be offering a complimentary 6-pack of our Dammit Jim variant Dammit Harvey to anyone dropping off a donation. We will be donating $1 for every beer purchased in the taproom to the American Red Cross​ for hurricane relief."

Conroe, TX
B-52 Brewing Co. -- Safe. Closed as of Aug 28
Copperhead Brewery -- Open as of Aug 30. Will hold event to raise money. "So far, we've been lucky at the brewery. Everything here is ok for now. Our tap room has flooded multiple times in the last 2 years though. We know the terrible feeling of watching water rise and not being able to do anything to stop it. We want to help where we can though. So, sometime in the next few weeks we will be putting together a special event at the brewery to raise money to donate to the Houston Flood Relief Fund that was setup by JJ Watt. Everyone stay safe out there!"
Southern Star Brewing Co. -- Open as of Aug 28. Holding event for donations "Those of us who live in the Conroe area would like to provide assistance to those affected by the storm. To help our fellow Texans the taproom will open at 5pm Wednesday night. We will be taking donations to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Caleb Boles will be playing an acoustic set from 6-8 and we will also have Sarges Burgers serving up the food."

Corpus Christi, TX
Lazy Beach Brewing -- Open as of Aug 30. "This Thursday we will be organizing Hurricane Harvey Help in Port A please come help out if you can! We will be meeting at Lazy Beach Brewing at 8 am Thursday and heading out to Port Aransas."
Lorelei Brewing Co -- Offering free beer to anyone involved in disaster relief efforts. Holding a cleanup event (check FB page)
"Meeting at Lorelei Brewing Co for disaster relief clean-up:
-Wednesday at 9 am to Port A
-Thursday at 9 am to Port A
-Friday at 9 am to Port A (Tentatively, we would like to put focus on Rockport as they desperately need the help as well. Anybody who has information on accessibility into Rockport please advise, thank you)
*Bring good shoes, hat, sunblock, water and food."
Railroad Seafood Station Brewing Co -- Open as of Aug 29
Rebel Toad Brewing Co. -- Open as of Aug 30. "Beginning Thursday August 31, Rebel Toad Brewing Co. is donating $1 from every pint of its beer sold to hurricane relief efforts throughout the weekend. We'll also have a keg waiting to get filled up with donations."

Dickinson, TX
Galactic Coast Brewing -- no posts since July
Texas Beer Refinery -- Open as of Aug 30. Providing shelter. "The brewery (1825 Dickinson Ave) is open from 2-6 again today for grower fills and fellowship. The Taproom is being used as a shelter for our neighbors who were flooded out. We hope to repair damages and open in a few days."

Galveston, TX
Beerfoot Brewery -- Open as of Aug 30
Galveston Bay Beer Company -- Will try to open Aug 30 at 4pm
Galveston Island Brewing -- Closed as of Aug 29

Goliad, TX
Goliad Brewing Co. -- Safe but closed as of Aug 28

Houston, TX
Buffalo Bayou Brewing -- Distributing water. "We have filtered water available at the brewery for those in need that can travel here safely. Bring your water containers from 10am - 5pm through Friday and Saturday 12pm - 3pm. We ask that you enter through our office instead of the brewery to make sure we are getting water to you the safest way possible."
City Acre Brewing -- Closed as of Aug 27 while they assess flood damage.
8th Wonder Brewery -- Open as of Aug 30 at 11am.
11 Below Brewing Co -- Open as of Aug 30
Eureka Heights Brewing -- Open on Aug 30, 4pm-9pm
Karbach Brewing -- Open as of Aug 30, free meals to first responders. "Karbach Brewing Restaurant and Patio will be back open today at 11AM. We will be serving free meals to first responders until closing! We appreciate everything you all have done for the city!"
Moon Tower Sudworks -- Open as of Aug 30
160ft. Beerworks -- Closed indefinitely until they can assess the damage.
The Phoenix on Westheimer -- Open as of Aug 29
Platypus Brewing -- Open as of Aug 30, taking donations for neighbors. "We will be open at 11am tomorrow - beer, drinks and kitchen! Houston spirit! You certainly came through today. Come on down tomorrow and continue to show your generosity with donations for our impacted neighbors."
Saint Arnold Brewing -- Open as of Aug 30, will be updating this page:
Sigma Brewing Co. - Closed as of Aug 29
Spindle Tap Brewery -- Open as of Aug 30 and accepting donations. "We are accepting donations at the brewery. Anything that you can offer will be accepted at this time. We are also opening our taproom. The first pint is on us with any donation."
Town In City Brewing -- Collecting donations on location as of Aug 29 "We'll be accepting donations Tuesday from 11am-5pm and the rest of the week during normal Taproom hours. You can drop off your items in the Taproom."
Under the Radar Brewery -- Open as of Aug 30
Whole Foods Market Brewing Co. -- Closed as of Aug 28

Katy, TX
No Label Brewing -- Open as of Aug 30 and taking donations.
"UPDATE : We are loaded up on clothes. We do need toiletries, formula, baby items, & bottled water. Thank you for your incredible generosity!"

Magnolia, TX
Lone Pint Brewery -- Collecting donations as of Aug 29
"We will be collecting donations for flood victims at Lone Pint Brewery today from 1:00 to 5:00. We will take them to one of the shelters this evening. 507 Commerce St., Magnolia, 77355"

Montgomery, TX
Cycler's Brewing -- Open as of Aug 29.

Pasadena, TX
Brigadoon Brewery -- Closed as of Aug 29.
"Just a quick update. We where able to get to our Pasadena location finally. It has no damage. It is not open but has no damage. We will attempt a visit to our Texas Renaissance Festival location later this week once it is"

Pearland, TX
BAKFISH Brewing -- Open as of Aug 30
Vallensons Brewing Company -- Taking donations as of Aug 30
"Our prayers continue for all affected by Hurricane Harvey. The Vallensons' family and facility fared well but our hearts go out to those less fortunate. We are opening our doors from 2 to 5pm today to raise money and collect donations for the Pearland Neighborhood Center. A 100% of our net proceeds from today's taproom sales will be donated to the Pearland Neighborhood Center. Items needed are hygiene items, cleaning supplies, food, baby items, linens, and toilet paper (clothes or furniture are not needed). Please show your support! Please take caution and remain safe as you venture out."

Port Aransas, TX
The Brewery -- No news

Port Lavaca, TX
O'Neil and Sons Brewing, LLC -- Will try to be open Aug 31. "We are going to try to open up tomorrow. We will update w times as soon as we know when we can open. Hopefully a cold craft beer will help alleviate some Harvey stress."

Port Neches, TX
Neches Brewing Co. -- Closed until further notice as of Aug 29

Porter, TX
Back Pew Brewing -- Brewery is okay, but closed as of Aug 28

Shiner, TX
Spoetzl Brewery -- Open as of Aug 29

Tomball, TX
Bearded Fox Brewing Co -- No recent updates

Webster, TX
Saloon Door Brewing -- Closed as of August 30 "We hope everyone is safe and dry. Members of our crew live in Dickinson and were hit hard. We are focusing on getting them situated before anything else. We will be closed today and tomorrow with a tentative reopen Thursday or Friday depending on what the weather does. More information to come. God Bless Texas."
AB InBev Buys Its Way Into Internet Site
- June 09, 2017 -
For the past few years, AB InBev has been on a buying spree. They've purchased established craft brewers around the country, including Breckenridge Brewing in 2016. That sale precipitated an acrimonious split in the Colorado Brewers Guild, which was sort-of resolved six months later. But AB InBev's various acquisitions have inflamed craft beer drinkers who decry the buyout and co-opting of craft beer by multinational, industrial-scale beer producers.

So it is with concern and alarm that craft drinkers learned only recently about AB InBev's purchase of an ownership share in the once-respected RateBeer website. GoodBeerHunting released a story last week that the deal had actually been done last year, but only last week acknowledged by RateBeer's boss, Joe Tucker.

Many brewers are not happy. Suspicious of AB InBev's investment and potential meddling in the user-generated data at, a growing number have requested that RateBeer remove their breweries and beer ratings from the site, like James Howat at Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales in Denver.

We'll be following up with this in a new feature story soon, and if you have an opinion about this, we'd love to hear from you. Drop us a note at, and stay tuned.

For the record, The Beer, Wine, & Spirit Drinker's Guide is not owned even a tiny bit by any beer, wine, or spirit producer of any size. Also: We are not affiliated with any other mainstream (or backwater) media operation, although if National Geographic came knocking, we might consider a merger of equals.
River North Returns to, well, River North
- June 08, 2017 -
River North Brewery is returning to the neighborhood where it all began.

From River North -

"We're coming home!

We are beyond ecstatic to announce that we have finally locked in a location back in our namesake neighborhood, RiNo.

Just this morning, we finalized the deal on a new space at 3400 Blake Street exactly 10 blocks up the street from our original home.

And oh how we've missed the 'hood."

Check out the full story on Westword.
Craft Breweries are Changing Ownership
- May 05, 2017 -
Changes are brewing in craft beer. Some breweries have closed, and others are changing ownership. Right here in Colorado, Pug Ryan's old owners found the perfect couple to carry on their vision. This is a great article on the transition.

Outside of Colorado, Anheuser-Busch is making some more moves. They recently swooped in and purchased Wicked Weed Brewing. Brewbound wrote a great article.

HEINEKEN acquired the remaining stake in Lagunitas Brewing Company this week too. Global Wire News wrote an article.

So many changes happening...
Lost Highway on Colfax Closes Tonight
- April 01, 2017 -
Tina and James Pachorek know a thing or two about moving. Their beer-focused food, beverage and brewing businesses have migrated around town for years - first Aurora, then Denver, and next Centennial.

It's not their fault, and just ask: moving is a pain in the ass.

But when the landlord says "go", you gotta go. In their case, it was a $3.75M purchase in 2016 of their Colfax Avenue building by Dallas investors. First the Cheeky Monk closed last year, and tonight (we wish it were an April Fools' joke) they close their Colfax Lost Highway Brewery location for good.

Find your way to the Lost Highway out while you still can. Their f-book post tells you the basics.

A new Centennial location is in the works, and plans are to open there in the next two or three months. We'll advise on progress, and look forward to getting back on the Lost Highway again.
3 Fort Collins Breweries Evolve
- March 21, 2017 -
Jonathan Shikes at Westword (aka ColoBeerMan) wrote another nice piece about Colorado's ever-evolving beer universe. Check it out for the details and real-deal story, but the bare basics:

C.B. & Potts is looking for a new brewery location, 1933 Brewing will be resurrected by new owners and open under a new name soon, and Pateros Creek will close next month, due to short-notice development changes at their current location. April 1st is their last day - landlord says gotta go by the 15th - and they are planning one last hurrah:

Pateros Creek says, "We have been here for six years and hope to continue to have taps around town while we pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and rebuild. We are throwing a party April 1st noon to 7pm (no foolin'), and we truly hope that you all can be there to celebrate with us. We will drink up what is left of the beer and have some old favorites on tap. So, mark your calendars and be here." Good luck, Bob and Steve.
Funkwerks Has Big Beer Plans for 2017
- January 18, 2017 -
Funkwerks continues to make great beer at their Fort Collins brewery, in greater quantities than ever. Over the last five years, beer production increased over 600%, to 5700 barrels of golden goodness made in 2016. You can find the Funk in five states right now, with another nine "destined for funk" according to a recent posting from the four-time GABF award-winning brewery.

They released a production schedule for their flagship and specialty beers in 2017, part of which is shown here, and the rest of which can be seen here. Thanks for all the info,and we're ready for all the funk we can get.
Lost Highway Finds A New Home
- January 04, 2017 -
Belgium's Oldest Tradition On America's Longest, Wickedest Street - aka Lost Highway, located (for now) at 520 East Colfax - has found a new home. Their historic building was sold in July, 2016, and owners Tina and James Pachorek were forced to find a new location for the brewery, deli and taproom. Their legendary Cheeky Monk beer bar next door was shuttered after the sale, too, but it won't be making the move.

They plan to begin construction this month on a new facility at 12741 E. Caley Avenue, Unit 140, in Centennial. In an announcement today:

"We are very excited about the opportunities the new location will provide to us. We look forward to working with the City of Centennial and being part of the community." owner Tina Pachorek said. The new facility will house a taproom plus production facility. In the new facility they will begin canning their products for expanded distribution. Lost Highway recently partnered with Colorado Craft Distributors to distribute kegs and cans to on and off premises retailers throughout the state.

The new facility is expected to open in Spring, 2017, and the current Colfax taproom will remain open, brewing and serving their delicious Belgian-style beers until the new digs are complete.
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