Welcoming the New Year!

Now that we have all made it through the end of the world it is time to start firming up those New Year’s Eve plans!  Whether you plan on dressing up in your Sunday’s best or just throwing on whatever you can find on your floor, you should celebrate with your closest friends and family!

Still trying to figure out your plans for New Year’s Eve?  Well, there are lots of great local options right here in Northern Colorado!  Paying for overpriced hotel rooms and bar covers can take the fun out of the whole celebration, so staying in town allows you to save some money and make it home safe and sound to your very own bed.

Fort Collins:

  • You can head to Ace Gillette’s if you’re looking for something a little more upscale, for just $45 you can eat, dance to live music by Soul Proprietor, and win door prizes!
  • The Rio Grande in Fort Collins will be hosting a party upstairs in their Agave Room.  There you can enjoy appetizers, live music and a complimentary champagne toast, all for $25.
  • TI’s Lounge and Du’ Tell Events are hosting an evening of dancing, celebrating, light Hors d’oeuvre, champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight. 1st well drink on them, $10 dollars in advance $15  at the door, FIRE and ICE theme dress attire is encouraged …… Ladies, red or white….. Gentlemen black slacks.
  • Washington’s Sports Bar & Grill is hosting a party with Nufusion Productions, there will be all kinds of party favors, cash drop, and of course a champagne toast at midnight.
  • If you’d rather head to a show, check out Elephant Revival at the Aggie Theatre or Fierce Bad Rabbit at Hodi’s Half Note.

Greeley:

  • Cactus Canyon in Greeley is hosting a huge New Years Even Time Machine party with $1.75 longnecks and wells until 9 pm! They are currently taking table reservations and tickets to their party are on sale for a discount now!
  • Whiskey River in Greeley has FREE drinks and drafts until 11 pm, a FREE champagne toast at midnight and all of the party hats and noise makers you could ask for!

Know of a good party this NYE up in Northern Colorado? Be sure to tell us about it on Facebook, www.Facebook.com/NoCoNightlife!

If you plan on hitting the bar scene sans RSVP,  be sure to head out a little early so you don’t get stuck counting down the New Year while freezing outside in a line!  Be prepared, while most bars will be operating as usual, some will have covers for the festivities so be sure to have a little extra cash to get in.

Does the looming “fiscal cliff” and tighter budget after the holidays have you second guessing your New Year’s Eve celebration plans?  You can still ring in the New Year in your own grand fashion by throwing a house party!  Instead of spending money on a cover, or buying drinks at the bar, pick up a couple cases of seasonal beer (there are still quite a few great options on the shelves), a few appetizers, party hats and noise makers, and a celebratory bottle of champagne to pop at the stroke of midnight.

When all is said and done, be sure to plan ahead and figure out a safe and sober ride to and from all destinations!

Happy New Year everyone!

It’s that time of year again, when our schedules are packed to the brim with end of the year meetings, holiday shopping, travel plans and lots of holiday parties!  Those of you who have saved all your vacation days, job well done.  You can sit back and relax and enjoy your free time, while the rest of us try to fit it all in before the end of the year (or world).

For those not so lucky, we’d like to focus on the brighter side of things.  Time spent at holiday parties with friends, family and coworkers (even those you aren’t fond of), reminiscing about the “pits and peaks” of the last 365 days.

There are a few must haves when it comes to holiday parties:

First, depending on the party, you may or may not need an ugly sweater.  If so, it is likely that mom and dad, or grandma and grandpa, might have the most perfect ugly sweater waiting for you in their closet.  Ask politely to borrow it and definitely don’t use the word “ugly”.

Food is next.  Every party has to have some amazing food, whether it is an assortment of finger foods to nibble on, or a feast of prime rib with grilled veggies and mashed potatoes.  Don’t skimp here if you are put in charge of this task, be sure to have something for everyone, especially the kids, those with allergies or vegetarian needs.

Next on the list would have to be those holiday treats that help us insulate ourselves for the upcoming wintery months.  Little sugary cookies all decorated with sprinkles, no bake peanut butter cookies with Hershey’s kisses punched in the middle, and homemade fudge are just a few that should line the dessert table.

Now, for maybe the most important part, libations.  For some, if not most of us, this is the time of year to splurge a little.  Whether it be your shopping habits, eating all those treats we talked about above, or maybe it’s enjoying those nice beers that only come out for a few months out of the year.  Winter seasonal beers are created to reflect the traditional tastes, smells and flavors of this time of year.  Often they include spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, or ginger and contain toasted malts giving them a caramel-like appearance.

As the host of the party has worked hard to cook, clean and set up this sure-to-be-wonderful party, you to stop at the liquor store and pick up a few refreshments to enjoy as a way of saying thanks.  We promise that it will be appreciated by all who are there!

Here are a few of our favorites that we enjoy sharing with others!

  • Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale
  • Boulder Beer Killer Penguin
  • Boulder Beer Never Summer Ale
  • Coors Winterfest
  • Leinenkugel’s Snowdrift Vanilla Porter
  • New Belgium Snow Day
  • New Belgium Frambozen
  • Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale

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Black Bottle Brewery Open for Business!

Looking for a place to try some new craft beers?  Or maybe you want to sip on 40oz of Old English?  Whatever your preference may be, Black Bottle Brewery surely has something for you!

The husband and wife duo, Sean and Erin Nook, put years of talks and planning into full swing this past Saturday when they opened the doors to Black Bottle Brewery.  Sean, the head brewer and having been brewing his own beer for years, is now sharing his brewing talents with the public.  Currently BBB is showcasing four of their very own beers on tap; Hipster IPA, Bitches Get Stitches and Black Bacchus which are both sours, and Kentucky Waterfall, a Belgian Blonde Ale.  At this point in time distribution is fairly limited and your best bet to enjoy these amazing beers is to stop in to the brewery itself.  Chances are you’ll get to meet the man who created them!

Located on the corner of College and Prospect, this little gem has a lot more to offer than just their own beers.  With 40 taps that will be constantly rotating craft beers, plus an assortment of bottled craft beers, this is the place to be if you are craving something out of the ordinary.  But let’s say you are looking for something a little more “classic” if you will, they have you covered there too.  They will be serving Old English 40’s, minus the brown bag, so that all can see you are enjoying a delicious malt liquor.  Maybe you are not that thirsty and want something in a 12oz can?  Order a Busch in a camouflage can and it will be delivered to you with a red Solo cup, taking you back to your house party days, pure genius!

Once you have made the tough decision as to what beer you are going to try, another tough decision lies ahead.  What to eat?  If you are looking for something light so you have room for an extra beer or two, they have appetizers, soups and salads, as well as cheese and sausage plates, that pair perfectly with their craft beers.  Maybe you have an appetite while watching the Broncos play on one of their large flat screen TV’s and you are craving wings, pizza, sliders or something from the seafood department, they have that too.  Another little secret, they have managed to incorporate beer into many of the dishes, like their mussels that are cooked in Old English!

We strongly suggest that you check this place out sooner than later because it sounds like they are already building up a steady customer base, leaving few seats unfilled!  And if you are lucky, you might get the table with a window view of the brewery in the basement!

Beer in a glass