1st Annual BruFrou, a craft beer and culinary pairing event

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Foodies and beer lovers will unite as one at this inaugural event that will pair craft beers with spectacular culinary dishes!

On April 19th food and beer will be served side by side at Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum in the 1939 WWII airplane hangar.  Forty craft breweries and over 30 unique Front Range eateries have come together to perfectly pair beers with divine creations.  A live DJ will be on site playing selections that will enhance and add to your overall sensory experience.  This will be a sensory overload that you won’t want to miss!

Two four hour sessions will be held, 11am to 3pm, and 4pm to 8pm, and you can choose to enjoy the “Full Pairing” or “Dining Only”.  The “Full Pairing” will include 40 featured beers, accompanied by small plate dishes, the opportunity to tastes other beer samples from participating breweries, a special “BruFrou” Belgian beer tasting glass, and Party Plate with tasting glass holder.  “Dining Only” option is perfect for those who are the designated driver or someone who is solely interested in trying the fine cuisine.  Wine and soft drinks may also be purchased onsite.

Here are just a few of the pairings you can expect to see!

  • Boulder Beer + Glazed and Confused
  • Black Bottle + West End Tap House
  • Oskar Blue (Self pairing)
  • Tommy Knocker + Crock Spot

Click here for more details.

Colorado Craft Beer Week is here!

CO-Craft-Beer-Week-2014-480x276Join in the nine day celebration with Colorado breweries, restaurants, and pubs, March 21st through March 29th!

There will be events all over Colorado celebrating craft beer and its booming industry for nine whole days.  The events will showcase brewers, educate the public, and of course, showoff the amazing talents and creations of Colorado’s brewing world.

One of the biggest events that will kick off CCBW is the Collaboration Festival on March 22nd from 3pm to 7pm at the Curtis Hotel in downtown Denver.  Join hundreds of people and enjoy special collaboration beers from breweries all over.  The event will showcase over 35 different collaborations during the four hour festival.  Oskar Blues has teamed up with at least three other breweries to create three different beers, and both Black Bottle Brewery and New Belgium have teamed up with other breweries to create some amazing collaborations.  Some of the collabs have over five different breweries involved, and the participation from out-of-state breweries is a first for Colorado Craft Beer Week.  Official Site.

Black Bottle will also be attending the New Kids on the Block party that is going to be held at The Lobby (Denver) on Thursday, March 27th, pouring their Carlos (American Brown) and Social Insecurity (Belgian Session Ale).  This event features Colorado breweries that are less than two years old and has an 80’s theme to it.  Come wearing your best 80’s gear, as there will be a costume contest, and be ready to dance to hot 80’s jams all night while enjoying unlimited beer tastings and a beer themed buffet!  Official Site.

Visit our NoCo Nightlife or WestCo Nightlife Facebook pages for other awesome events!

Check with your local bars, breweries, and restaurants, to see if they have anything big planned for Colorado Craft Beer Week!

Lucky Joe’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Lucky Joe's St. Patrick's Day Parade

 

It doesn’t matter if you’re Irish or not, head to downtown Fort Collins for the Lucky Joe’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade and party this Saturday!

Throw on your green attire and your lucky charms and head down there early to find the perfect spot to watch the parade which will start at 10am.  Beginning on Walnut and turning south on College, the floats will make their way down to Magnolia where the parade will take a left and head to Remington for the last little stretch.

After the parade head to Old Town Square and enjoy the rest of the festivities!  This year’s lineup includes Celtica (bagpipe rock band), McTeggart Irish Dancers, The Commoners (Irish Rock), and U2 tribute band, TribU2.  While taking in all the Irish happenings of the day, indulge in a Guinness, which will be served on from a nitro tap.  After you get your Guinness fix, grab a green beer in the Old Town Square to help you get further into the spirit of the day.  Entertainment and fun for the whole family starting at 10:30am and finishing up at 5pm, there’s no better way to spend a Saturday!

Lucky Joe’s will be ditching their usual menu on Saturday to offer patrons a full Irish menu.  If you’re looking for green beer this isn’t the place for you, but their bartenders are experts at drawing four leaf clovers in your Guinness!

If Lucky’s is too crowded and you’re not in the mood to wait you can head to other places around downtown like, Choice City Butcher and Deli, Crown Pub, and Coopersmith’s, to try some traditional offerings.  Their supply will be limited so stop in before they run out.  Keep your eyes open for great Irish beers like Guinness Black Lager, Harp Lager, and Smithwick’s, to pair with your meal as well!

Click here for more details about the parade!

3rd Annual Colorado State University Beer Pairing

CSU 3rd Annual Beer Pairing

Friday March 7th, will mark the third year of the CSU Alumni Beer Pairing held in Fort Collins.  Join as breweries from all over Colorado ascend on the Lory Student Center Theatre to share their beers while they are paired perfectly with everything from appetizers to desserts.

Thirteen different breweries have decided to participate this year, including New Belgium and Black Bottle Brewery, and each will be showcasing two of their beers.  A variety of fermented malt beverages will be on hand, saisons, porters, reds, and more, so be sure to venture out of your safety zone and try something new!

Chefs have prepared a clever menu that will feature beer infused items, cheese balls, shrimp, chicken, salad, you name it, they have thought of it all.  Black Bottle Brewery’s Hipster IPA has been used to make buttermilk chicken with a Sriracha glaze, served atop Naan with a blue cheese garnish.  New Belgium’s newest Lips of Faith release Gruit, which uses ancient bittering techniques, will be found in a hot beer shrimp dish that will be served in a wonton cup with a bed of kimchee.  These are just two of the amazing dishes that you will be able to enjoy, there will be plenty more to try don’t worry!

This unique event will be a great time and fun for all!

Official Site / Details:

  • When:  Friday March 7th, 6pm-9pm
  • Where:  Lory Student Center Theatre
  • Cost:
    • Alumni Association Members – $40

Nonmembers – $50

Great Plates of Downtown is back!

Great_Plates_Logo_2013_171_150Beginning today, March 1st, restaurants all over downtown Fort Collins will be running their Great Plates specials!

For two whole weeks diners and food enthusiasts can enjoy amazing food and drink specials at over 30 different downtown locations.  Participating restaurants, like The Melting Pot and Jax Fish House, will be offering up dinner specials for $25, allowing you to try some of their unique dishes.  If you’re a morning person you’ll want to take advantage of the $2.50 breakfast specials at various locations, including places like The Crooked Cup and Snooze A.M. Eatery.

Great Plates of Downtown has teamed up with the Larimer County Food Bank once again.  Last year diners generously donated over $35,000 (over 140,000 meals) to help feed the local community.  If you feel it in you, find the donation envelope before, during, or after your meal, and help the Larimer County Food Bank provide meals for those in need!

High Country Beverage is a proud sponsor of this annual food celebration!  Bringing together the community and food enthusiasts alike, to share and enjoy time out in historic Downtown Fort Collins.

For a list of all participating restaurant and their Great Plates specials click here!

Great Plates of Downtown

Dates: Mar. 1st – Mar. 14th

Where: Downtown Fort Collins