The Ten Most Promising New Bars of 2016 — So Far
Westword, Cafe Society, July 7, 2016

Earlier this week we brought you our list of the most promising restaurants to open in Denver so far this year. But we'd be remiss if we didn't also steer you toward our favorite new watering holes. This year has seen a surge of creative new bars offering seemingly endless rows of beer taps, shelves filled with gleaming bottles of artisan spirits, and menus overflowing with remarkable bites far beyond standard wings and burgers. Here's our list of the ten most promising watering holes to open so far in 2016. Hope to see you on a bar stool at one of these soon!

1. The Crafty Fox Taphouse & Pizzeria
3901 Fox Street
Kyle and Angelique Moyer opened the Crafty Fox in February on the same corner as their liquor store, Bogey's Beer & Wine. The couple is putting their industry connections to good use by bringing in rare, seasonal and one-off kegs from top breweries not just in Colorado, but from all over the U.S. — so you'll find your favorite local brews next to beers that are unavailable anywhere else in town. The selection is constantly rotating, so there's always something new to sample; a menu of pizzas, sandwiches and other snacks made with beer ingredients (hops, barley malt, wort and yeast, for example) gives the food beer-friendly appeal. Spacious outdoor patios offer an unobstructed view of downtown and are perfect for a summer evening with beer in hand.

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9 Hottest New Bars in Denver
, June 2016

Be it a watermelon kölsch or an iced-coffee julep, a mezcal margarita or a spot of chilled sherry, these nine Mile High watering holes (which all opened within the past six months) are ready to raise your spirits with summer sippers galore. 

Crafty Fox Taphouse & Pizzeria

Beer appears all over the menu at this lively Sunnyside taproom pouring a huge selection of craft brews complemented by creative pizzas made with dough using spent grain, wort and yeasts from two local breweries. The bi-level, industrial space features floor-to-ceiling windows and patio seating with city views.

Kyle Moyer's Sunnyside shrine to craft brews provides (yet) another excuse to beer-hop your way around Denver. While satisfying the demand for familiar IPAs, porters, stouts, sours, strong ales and barley wine via more than 60 craft taps, Moyer makes it his mission to tap several drafts that, even in a city that bleeds beer, are rare finds. The menu is brew-centric, too, with an emphasis on pizzas made of dough from the spent grain, wort, hops and yeasts from two local breweries. 

Must-order: The selection is ever-changing, but keep your eyes peeled for seasonal picks like Diebolt Hawaiian Saison and Weldworks Cherry Gose.

Insider tip: The rooftop beer garden boasts panoramic views of the city skyline, picnic tables and porch games, including cornhole.

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27 Best Things to Eat and Drink This Summer in Denver
, Ruth Tobias, June 6, 2016

Some of these 27 dishes and drinks whisk you off to exotic, faraway lands, while others transport you to backyards and ball parks from coast to coast. Some help you beat the heat with sweat-inducing spice, others with loads of ice. But in one way or another, they'll send you on mini-vacations all summer in the Mile High City.

Happy hour wings and beer at The Crafty Fox
It isn’t summer until that first afternoon you spend sucking down wings and suds on a hopping patio. Our current pick for fulfilling the rite of passage? This Sunnyside taphouse, where wings in flavors like smoked chile go for 50 cents a piece during multiple happy hours, and the beer deals are sweet too.

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These Are Denver's Best Rooftop Patios
Eater, Gigi Sukin, May 2016

With an idyllic blend of mountain and urban views for your viewing pleasure and more than 300 days of sunshine each year to top it off, a bite or drink on a restaurant patio is the perfect way to spend a meal out on the town. Luckily, Denver has its fill of rooftop dining and drinking options, and with spring in full swing, now's the time to check them all out.

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North Denver’s Best Beer Bars
North Tribune Denver, Kelli Schermerhorn, May 2016

NORTH DENVER — The face of North Denver is changing all the time, with new restaurants, attractions, and bars on every corner.   Like most parts of the booming city of Denver, the neighborhoods of Sunnyside, Berkeley, and Highland boast a lovely mix of seasoned establishments and brand new digs. What we can expect?  More change.  Keeping with that theme, these beer bars feature tap lists that rotate all the time, because, let’s face it, sometimes, it’s hard to commit yourself to just one brewery.  Luckily for North Denver residents, there are some excellent choices within a stone’s throw, to whet your whistle and try a broad range of brews.  There are places to go, and beers to drink!

Crafty Fox – 3901 Fox St – Denver, CO 80216

I have been anxiously awaiting Crafty Fox’s opening day for some time.  Tucked away on 38th and Fox, the Crafty Fox is a brightly-lit, modern space with one of the most extensive tap lists I have seen.  Crafty Fox features a draft list from around the globe, and a number of hard-to-find domestic breweries hailing from the entire United States.  With more than 60 beers currently on tap, Crafty Fox uses the website Taphunter to keep patrons in the loop on the freshest pours.   Bonus: Rooftop Patio!

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12 Hottest New Restaurants in Denver
, May 2016

From not one, but two destinations inspired by retro diners – plus our very own Nobu outpost – these are the 12 hottest openings in the Mile High City.

Beer appears all over the menu at this lively Sunnyside taproom pouring a huge selection of craft brews complemented by creative pizzas made with dough using spent grain, wort and yeasts from two local breweries. The bi-level, industrial space features floor-to-ceiling windows and patio seating with city views.

Must-Order: The French onion pizza topped with caramelized onions and beef short ribs.

Insider tip: The beer list is tremendous, and there are a number of craft drafts (including the Blind Pig IPA from Russian River) that you won't find anywhere else in the city.

3901 Fox St.; 303-455-9666

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16 Hottest Spots for Beer in Denver
Zagat, Lori Midson, April 4, 2016

Sure, some highbrows balk when Denverites brag about the city's beer culture. But make no mistake: The swagger isn't shtick. The Mile High City, nicknamed the Napa Valley of beer, hosts the Great American Beer Festival every fall. It elected John Hickenlooper — former brewer and founder ofWynkoop Brewing — mayor and then governor. Denver parades more than 140 craft breweries and a seemingly endless swarm of bars. In essence, you could say that beer is the liquid root of Denver's existence. Read on for our favorite spots for imbibing.

Perfect for: the culinary hophead

While beer is a staple at just about every bar, food isn't always a guarantee. And even when there is a food menu, it's highly unlikely what you're eating is also of the beer-centric persuasion. But that's precisely the formula for success at Crafty Fox Taphouse + Pizzeria, where 60 craft drafts dominate the damn good drink lineup, and the pizza dough is made with the spent grain, wort, hops and yeasts from two local breweries. You never really know how that crust is going to taste, because those ingredients are dependent upon which beers are being brewed at the time. And while traditional toppings are available, the French onion pizza (surfaced with braised short ribs and Swiss cheese) also comes propped with onions caramelized in wort.

3901 Fox St.; 303-455-9666

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Coloradans consume craft beer at twice the rate of the rest of nation
Craft-brew now accounts for 12 percent of beer sales nationwide, compared with 26 percent in Colorado

The Denver Post, Alicia Wallace, March 22, 2016

Craft beer sales continued to bubble over in 2015, another year of double-digit increases that added up to a 12 percent stake of the U.S. beer market, according to Brewers Association data released Tuesday.

Craft brewers — independent producers that brew 6 million or fewer barrels annually — churned out 24.5 million barrels of beer last year, representing a 13 percent jump in production volume.

The craft segment has seen double-digit growth for eight of the past 10 years, Brewers Association statistics show.

Retail dollar sales climbed 16 percent to $22.3 billion, according to the Brewers Association, a Boulder-based trade group for craft brewers.

"I do think there's a ceiling, but I don't think there's anything in the data that was released today to show that we're anywhere near it," said Bart Watson, the trade group's chief economist.

The production growth is starting to slow in some craft-beer markets such as Colorado, where it accounts for 26 percent of suds sales.

"Certainly, it becomes harder to grow at the same percentage rate when that base gets larger," Watson said.

U.S. brewing operations hit a record 4,269 in 2015, up 15 percent from the year before. Small and independent breweries represent 99 percent of the total in operation, the Brewers Association said.

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The Guide to Denver's Essential Pizzerias
Denver Eater, Andra ZeppelinMar 14, 2016

Universally loved, pizza comes in many variations, most of them round, some of them square, deep or thin, with any topping one can come up with from meatballs to Nutella. The Mile High City has a serious selection of pies and these 17 are the best ones.

With a fabulous selection of beer and dishes beyond pizza, this new spot offers pies like the Baconator, featuring bacon 3-ways, sour onions, jalapeños, red sauce.

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The Crafty Fox Taphouse + Pizzeria: Now Open!
Colorado Beer Girl, Mar 4, 2016

The Crafty Fox Taphouse + Pizzeria opened its doors on Saturday, February 20th, to a crowd of curious and excited customers. Among those eager to see what this brand new establishment had to offer was–of course–me. The moment I first heard about The Crafty Fox I knew it was a place I’d likely fall in love with, given that its name contains two of my favorite words: “Taphouse + Pizzeria.” I stopped in a few days after it opened to experience it for myself.

I was immediately impressed with the beer selection. With 60 taps, there are plenty of local options from breweries such as Crooked Stave, Epic, Avery, Black Shirt, Caution, and Fiction (just to name a few), plus numerous others from all across the country, including Ballast Point, Breakside, Jolly Pumpkin, Russian River, and far too many others to mention in this post. For all the details check out theirlive beer list for up-to-date information on what’s currently available. I ordered a custom flight of 6 tasters, as it was impossible to pick just one. Once I had a few minutes to try out my beers, it was time to order some food.

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From modern Thai to humble pie: our restaurant roll call for February 2016
Westword, Cafe Society, March 3, 2016

February was a tumultuous month for established Denver restaurants, with name changes, rebrandings, moves and closures both temporary and permanent. We lost longtime favorites in Jus Cookin's Restaurant, DaLat Vietnamese Cuisine and the Trinity Grille downtown. Meanwhile, quaint Cherry Creek cafe So Perfect Eats went on an extended hiatus while its building is redeveloped, and Boone's Tavern got a fast identity switch to become the Rosedale.

Big openings for the month included the long-anticipated Humble Pie Store on East Colfax Avenue, which closed in the Baker neighborhood more than a year ago; Aloy Modern Thai on Larimer Street, which took the place of Trillium; The Crafty Fox Taphouse & Pizzeria, which set up shop in the hinterlands of the Sunnyside neighborhood; and the Tavern Platt Park, which barely sneaked into February thanks to Leap Year.

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5 Things to Know About The Crafty Fox Taproom & Pizzeria
ZAGAT, By Lori Midson,  February 25, 2016

The gist: Kyle Moyer has had an interesting career, zigzagging from bowling alley boss to doggy daycare entrepreneur to liquor store owner and, now, bar and restaurant proprietor. Welcome to The Crafty Fox, a pizza and craft-beer emporium. "I really wanted a place that pushed craft beer –– rare, wild and hardy beers –– in a restaurant setting that offered beer-and-food combinations that are tasty and delightful," says Moyer, who owns the Crafty Fox, as well as Bogey's, the beer, wine and spirits store next door, with his wife Angelique. Here's what to know before you go.

The food: The menu is beer friendly with an emphasis on pizzas baked in a deck oven. But these aren't your ordinary pizzas: Moyer sources the spent grain, wort, hops and yeasts for his dough from two local breweries, Epic and Diebolt. You never really know how that crust is going to taste, because those ingredients are dependent upon which beers are being brewed at the time. Traditional toppings are available, but the French onion pizza, for example, is surfaced with braised short ribs, onions caramelized in wort and Swiss cheese. There's also a starter section featuring chicken wings, calamari in a dry-hopped pepper sauce and bruschetta smeared with grilled eggplant. Just about every dish –– desserts included –– incorporates beer in one way or another.

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Mega Pizzeria with 60 Taps Now Open on Fox Street
Denver Eater,
 Gigi Sukin February 22, 2016

The Crafty Fox Taphouse + Pizzeria arrived in North Denver.

The 60 taps are now flowing and the pizza ovens cranking at The Crafty Fox Taphouse + Pizzeria. Located at 3901 Fox Street, near the new Gold Line light rail station, this collaborative concept brings together Colorado craft brews and other domestic beer with beer-centric food (or brewed food) in a 6,000 square-foot industrial chic space.

This eatery-meets-beer-bar feels relaxed, filled with wooden benches, faded iron detailing, primary color paint-jobs and metal staples and accents. In one section of the space, group benches rest atop an astroturf flooring. Fun design elements like Colorado maps and custom keg light shades add to the vibe.

The large beer selection available on tap will be rotating every so often. The food menu, curated by chef and cicerone Jensen Cummings, includes a short list of appetizers – from wings and ribs to calamari and vegetarian-friendly bruschetta. Fresh salads, sandwiches and specialty pizzas – both pre-imagined and build-your-own also make appearances on the menu.

Owned by Kyle and Angelique Moyer and led by executive chef Joaquin Aldaco, the Crafty Fox will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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The Crafty Fox Taphouse & Pizzeria Opens This Weekend
By Mark Antonation, February 19, 2016

When Kyle and Angelique Moyer decided to open a craft-beer bar on Fox Street, they had no problem coming up with a name: the Crafty Fox. And now the Moyers are set to open the Crafty Fox this weekend on the eastern edge of the Sunnyside neighborhood near what will soon be a light-rail stop on the new gold line. While the location is a bit off the beaten path, the couple has operated Bogey's Beer & Wine in the same building for more than two years.

There will be plenty of artisan brews to draw customers to the area, with sixty tap handles that will pour a rotating selection of beers from around the country. Kyle says that as a liquor-store owner, he's managed to build great relationships with beer distributors, which will show in the rare, seasonal and one-off batches he'll highlight.

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