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Daily Meal taps into must-visit breweries in Denver

The Daily Meal published a roundup of must-visit breweries in Denver, including Black Shirt, TRVE and Former Future.

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As the largest city in Colorado, which is ranked number one in total beer production in the U.S., Denver's breweries are a must-see when you're visiting the Mile High City. From artisan craft beers to suds from the largest breweries in the country, it's easy to find a brew that suits your flavor profile preference. Pair your beer with barbecue at Breckinridge Brewing or belly up to the taproom bar at Great Divide Brewery before touring the largest single-site brewer in the U.S.

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NPR covers marijuana real estate boom in Denver

National Public Radio covered the marijuana-fueled real estate boom in Denver.

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

When a state legalizes marijuana, as Oregon and Alaska did this month, it can spark a real estate boom. That's what happened in Colorado. State law there says the drug has to be grown indoors. But layers of regulation and tight zoning have made property hard to come by for pot growers. 

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TIDAL IDs Denver's next big bands

Local music scribe Tom Murphy wrote a piece, "5 Denver Bands to Watch," for TIDAL, a streaming service with editorial content.

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Rubedo

Ever since Rubedo appeared on the scene, you knew you were seeing something a little different.

For one thing their name refers to a concept in alchemy. And while possessing serious technical chops as musicians, Gregg Ziemba, Kyle Gray and Alex Trujillo take their music in a decidedly fun direction, crafting strange pop songs informed by a kind of prog rock sensibility -- not in a stilted, overthought manner but in a loose, even playful way without making a joke of the music.

Following their 2010 debut EP Lapis Sephorum, Rubedo connected with the late genius Isaiah "Ikey" Owens (keyboardist for The Mars Volta, Jack White) who produced the group's two full-length albums, 2012's Massa Confusa and 2014's Love Is The Answer. Thanks to the affability of its members, Rubedo has fallen into some fortuitous opportunities such as a month-long stint playing at Denver International Airport, putting together Blackboard Music Festival in downtown Denver and becoming the unofficial house band for the now-defunct, much-beloved DIY venue Unit E. Rubedo's connections have also helped the band independently book national touring gigs.

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Denver rents increase at fourth-fastest rate in U.S.

Apartment List Rentonomics reported Denver's rents increasing at the fourth-fastest rate of any U.S. city in the last year. Aurora was no. 1.

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  • Aurora and Denver: Aurora saw the largest year over year rent increase of any major US city. 2 bedroom rents in this Denver suburb have increased 10.4% since October 2013. Denver has seen similar rent growth with a 6.5% annual increase in 2 bedroom rents. One factor driving this is a strong local economy. Unemployment in the Denver/Aurora metro has dropped from 6.2% to 4.0% over the last year – a 35% decrease. By contrast, national unemployment stills stands at a much higher 5.9%.
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CNN names Crawford top business hotel

CNN called The Crawford Hotel at Union Station in LoDo one of the top 11 business hotels on the planet.

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The Crawford Hotel (Denver, Colorado)

Denver's Union Station is home to 13 businesses. In July, The Crawford Hotel opened -- right inside the station -- after a $54 million renovation.

Added extras that make this hotel special include complimentary car service within a two-mile radius and in-room iPads.

"The Crawford is my top choice because it's located in a beautiful, landmark building," says Steve De Marco, vice president of sales for Xactly Corp.

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2014 Denver Startup Week breaks records, 2015 dates announced

The 2014 Denver Startup Week drew nearly 8,000 participants to 180 events. The 2015 edition is scheduled for Sept. 28-Oct. 2.

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Denver Startup Week came to a close September 19, 2014 after five action-packed days where expectations were exceeded for the third straight year and the highest level of participation was achieved. Over 7,800 startup community members engaged in over 180 events celebrating everything entrepreneurial in the Mile High City. With over 700 companies involved in events, seminars and panels over a period of five days, this year’s event saw even more energy, community engagement, enthusiasm and collaboration.

Dubbed the largest free entrepreneurial event of its kind in the entire country, Denver Startup Week 2015 plans are already underway with the event scheduled to take place September 28 – October 2, 2015.

As Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock stated at the Kickoff Breakfast, "Denver has quickly become the 'Startup Capital of the World.' Places like Galvanize, Industry and others have really created this space, along with all of you, and that says Denver is simply the place to be. If you are entrepreneurial, if you are innovative, we want you to bring your humble and creative energies to our great city."

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Event: Syncopating the Urban Landscape

The Detroit Collaborative Design Center is putting on an event at RedLine in Curtis Park on Wed. Nov. 19 at 5:30 p.m.

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Join us November 19, as we welcome Dan Pitera, the Executive Director of the Detroit Collaborative Design Center in Detroit, Michigan. He will be talking about their new book, Syncopating the Urban Landscape: More People, More Programs, More Geographies. Syncopating the Urban Landscape looks in a creative way at the City of Detroit through the work of the Detroit Collaborative Design Center at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture. 

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Thrillist pegs Osteria Marco best pizzeria in Colorado

Thrillist named Frank Bonanno's Osteria Marco at Larimer Square the best pizza place in Colorado in a 50-state roundup.

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Osteria Marco (address and info)
Denver
One of Denver's premiere restaurateurs opened up this pizza place, and it's a passion project. Mozzarella is made in-house, and pizzas don't conform to any particular style -- it's all his own.

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Denver writer goes viral in Sweden

John La Briola penned some of Westword's most memorable music features. Now he's in Sweden and gone into acting as an eccentric Italian artist, Mr. Alanzo, with a vision for a "human love volcano" in a joint advertisement for Clas Ohlson and Osram.

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Nanowerk reports on Denver company making taller wind turbines

Nanowerk covered Denver-based Keystone Tower Systems in their quest to make 400-foot wind turbines taller.

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Keystone's system is a modification of spiral welding, a process that’s been used for decades to make large pipes. In that process, steel sheets are fed into one side of a machine, where they’re continuously rolled into a spiral, while their edges are welded together to create a pipe -- sort of like a massive paper-towel tube.

Developed by Smith, Takata, and Slocum -- along with a team of engineers, including Daniel Bridgers SM '12 and Dan Ainge '12 -- Keystone’s system allows the steel rolls to be tapered and made of varying thickness, to create a conical tower. The system is highly automated -- using about one-tenth the labor of traditional construction -- and uses steel to make the whole tower, instead of concrete. "This makes it much more cost-effective to build much taller towers," says Smith, Keystone’s CEO.

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Seattle's SunBreak dishes on foodie trip to Denver

The SunBreak of Seattle took a three-day trip to Denver to sample local food.

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Day 2

Especially if you’ve been "battered" by too much beer, make haste to El Taco de Mexico in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. A bigger-than-your-head burrito will help your hangover blues, but even better, if it’s the weekend, is a large bowl of menudo. Doctor up the bowl as you see fit with onion, cilantro, oregano, and lime, but be prepared for the powerful punch of strong chili flavor. What a great way to wake up in the morning. (The restaurant opens daily at 7am.)

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Rock band uses Hyperflesh baby masks in video

Circa Survive used Denver-based Hyperflesh's ultra-realistic baby masks in a new music video.

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Circa Survive are streaming "Schema," the lead single from their upcoming fifth full-length album, Descensus. You can check out the song, along with an accompanying music video, below.

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Fangoria names 13th Floor in Denver creepiest haunted house in U.S.

Fangoria put the 13th Floor in RiNo at the top of its list of the country's scariest haunted houses.

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This year, we enlisted our own Marketing Manager and noted haunted attraction enthusiast Rebekah McKendry to pick the official FANGORIA Top Ten Haunts. 

"When I was a kid, I pleaded with my parents until they took me to every haunted house within a 100 mile radius of our home," says McKendry. "I now pride myself on having toured some of the best haunts in the country, traveling the states to visit as many haunts as I can find. This list is the result of extensive, fright-filled FANGORIA-sanctioned research."

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BodeTree CEO blogs on VC strategy at WSJ

Chris Myers, CEO of Denver's BodeTree, blogged about his capital-raising advice strategy for the Wall Street Journal.

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Despite all the talk about excess capital in the tech investment sector, many young but growing companies find themselves in a no-man's land. I spoke to dozens of investment firms during our last capital raise and the story was almost always the same -- they've been following our business and love what we're doing, but their "minimum check size" is about $5 million. These firms can't (or won't) invest any amount below their minimum. When I explain that we're not seeking that much capital at the moment, the conversation defaults back to the standard "let's keep in touch" response. The truth is that more and more venture-capital firms are acting like private-equity businesses, seeking to back established concepts that already have significant revenue. This is a totally understandable strategy, but it isn't all that helpful for businesses at our stage of growth.

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Chicago Sun-Times reports on Denver pot farmers looking to expand to Illinois

The Chicago Sun-Times covered Denver pot farmers looking to expand to Illinois.

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A Colorado company called beMindful that built the vast Denver pot farm and helped lobby for the legalization of medical marijuana in Illinois, hopes to be one of the players bringing industrial scale marijuana farms to Illinois.

Along with a group of Illinois partners, beMindful is competing to win one of 22 coveted state licenses to grow marijuana in Illinois, so patients with serious health problems can use the medicinal plant next year.

The partnership, called Illinois Plantco, has drawn up plans for an 160,000 square-foot plant, half of which will be given over to a huge greenhouse, in Will County, where it hopes 125 local workers will one day tend pot plants.

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