“La Calavera”

With the Halloween festivities well underway for almost a week now, we are one night away from a highly anticipated event.  Rio Grande will be having a release party for their La Calavera Black Ale, which translates to “The Skull”.  Rio and Odell’s worked together to create this chili pumpkin stout that will only be offered at Odell’s, Rio Grande Fort Collins and El Monte Grill and Lounge.  There will be a limited supply of what we are sure will be another amazing collaboration, so we aren’t going to miss this event!

Odell’s is getting the party started at 4pm, releasing the beer in their Tap Room.  Accompanying the chili pumpkin stout will be live music from the local band Lee Holiday and The Time Off. As if the beer isn’t enough, we are really excited about the pairing of the beer with delicious pulled pork sliders from Hog Wild BBQ.  Then to enjoy seconds of the beer, Rio will be hosting their very own tapping party beginning at 6pm and will have the band The Constant Tourist performing on their patio outback.  Live music, good food, fun and costumes, all come together for this first time collaboration.  Sounds like the best release party and we can’t wait!

Warren Miller at The Lincoln Center

Last night and tonight Outpost Sunsport brings Warren Miller Entertainment’s 63rd film, Flow State, to northern Colorado!

Outpost Sunsport is the only private shower of the Warren Miller film in northern Colorado. The film will be shown at the Lincoln Center, 417 West Magnolia St. tonight at 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

Tickets are $16 per person and can be purchased at Outpost Sunsport or the Lincoln Center.

Local sponsors of this showing include Otterbox, Bank of Colorado, Ed Carroll Motor Company and Orthopaedic & Spine Center of the Rockies. National sponsors of the film include GoPro, SKI Magazine, Icelantic, Spider, Kastle, K2 Skis, Helly Hanson, Columbia and Shred.

Attendees of the showings will receive a 2-for-1 lift ticket to Winter Park Resort, a voucher for up to three FREE days of skiing when you book a lodging stay at any Crested Butte Mountain Resort lodging property and $25 off of any purchase of $100 or more at Outpost Sunsport.

What is the Flow State?
The Flow State is a place of such singular focus and connection with the environment that, here, the faster you ride, the slower time passes. Enter the Flow State with host Jonny Moseley and other world-class athletes like Colby West, Jess McMillan and David Wise as they throw down some of the most impressive action that Warren Miller Entertainment has ever captured.

This year’s session guides you to the top of the world’s most striking peaks in Japan, Norway, Austria and beyond, where Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety takes on Alaska’s mighty Chugach, and Julian Carr bombs down Utah’s famed Wasatch. You won’t see ski or snowboard action of this magnitude anywhere else.

Warren Miller\’s Flow State Official Trailer

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A Frightening Weekend and Now Another

Last weekend the streets of downtown Fort Collins looked like a scene from the popular show “The Walking Dead”, with herds of the undead dragging their feet and groaning at those who passed by.  As vampires have become a thing of the past, zombies have become ever more popular, so much so that an entire day was dedicated to Zombie Fest.

On Saturday zombies of all ages came out to enjoy a variety of events and festivities to help raise money for Turning Point, which offers therapeutic services to the community through classes, counseling and treatment programs.  This zombie crawl had over 50 stops that included all kinds of bars, restaurants and shops.  After purchasing a wristband the walking dead were entitled to four specials at participating locations like Beach House Grill, Cranknstein, Restaurant 415 and Ben & Jerry’s. Businesses were overrun all night with zombies in search of bandanas, free coffee or zombie beer, and other treats.

For those that wanted to continue shuffling their feet after they were done crawling all over town, the Aggie Theatre hosted a 21+ Zombie Ball that included ghoulish music by Mama Lenny, the Remedy and Fierce Bad Rabbit.  A coronation was held for the Ball’s King and Queen and “bloodthirsty libations” were had by all.  Teen Scream, as it was called, was held for the younger undead and offered instructions for Michael Jackson’s dance moves and the best dressed male and female were awarded prizes.  ZombieKidz was held in the afternoon for families and kids and included face painting, games, snacks and an inflatable slide.

As the night came to a close zombies staggered back to where they came from, at least for the time being.  With Halloween fast approaching we are sure they will be back soon.

GABF: Bringing Home the Hardware

The Great American Beer Festival, or maybe you know it as GABF, took place this past weekend in Denver and many of the local breweries made the trip to show off their latest creations.

The three day festival invites industry professionals from all over the world to sample and judge a panel of beers relying solely on their expertise to award the breweries with medals.  Judges use five separate tasting sessions, each lasting three hours, to taste the beers in a specific category and at the end of the third day unveil the winners of the gold, silver and bronze medals.  These medals are some of most sought after in the industry, bringing great recognition to each brewery that receives the honor.

That being said, hats off to the seven local breweries that participated in the event!  A total of seven medals were brought back to town, six of which were gold.  Funkwerks had the best showing, earning two gold medals, one for Deceit and the other for Saison.  New Belgium brought home some hardware too, gold for their More Fun Blonde and a bronze for their Love Felix, German-Style sour ale.  Downtown brewery Equinox, won gold in the European-Style Dunkel category for their Knight Ryder Munich Dunkel.  CB & Potts and Fort Collins Brewery also came back decorated with gold for their 6X Helles and Bambastic, respectively.

We knew we had some great breweries in town but wow, what a great showing!  Now the task becomes trying to taste all the award winning beers ourselves.  With such a supportive community it’s not hard to find these beers around town that’s for sure.  Places like The Mayor of Old Town, Ace Gillett’s, Choice City Butcher, Elliot’s Martini Bar and Crown Pub house these award winning beers or you can always stop by the breweries to enjoy a beer in their tap rooms.  And we suggest stopping by CB & Potts Clubhouse to fill up a growler of their 6X Helles before it runs out, you won’t regret it.  Again, great job this year at GABF by the Fort Collins breweries!  Can’t wait to see all the hardware we can bring home at next years festival!