Greeley Arts Picnic, July 24-26

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Whether you’re redecorating your home, shopping for a friend’s birthday gift or just looking for a fun way to spend the weekend, the Greeley Arts Picnic has it all. Not only does the picnic feature original art pieces from more than 175 artists’ booths, but live entertainment, delicious cuisine and fun family activities can also be experienced throughout the weekend. Here are the details:

Logistics:

Dates and Times:

Friday, July 24 – Kick-off concert 7 p.m.

Saturday, July 25 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday, July 26 – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Location: Lincoln Park, 802 10th Ave., Greeley

Art Booths

From jewelry to textiles, paintings to sculptures, pottery to wood creations, the Greeley Arts Picnic has more exquisite creations than an art museum! The vast array of artist styles is sure to accommodate the taste of nearly every collector that visits the picnic.

Entertainment

The picnic will be live with entertainment from 20 Colorado bands that are performing all weekend. FUNKIPHINO will do the honors of kicking off the event Friday at 7 p.m., and other Colorado favorites such as Bonnie & The Clydes and Wendy Woo Band will keep the beat going on Saturday and Sunday. See the full lineup here.

Food and Drink

The picnic wouldn’t be complete without plenty to eat! The food court features treats from around the world including French, Greek, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Italian and American BBQ. There will also be a beer garden hosted by Greeley Chamber Orchestra.

Children’s Activities

Throughout the weekend, kids can enjoy crafts and shows at various booths. Old Town Puppet Company will be putting on shows, Greeley History Museum’s Build! Children’s Corner will have fun crafts, and Greeley Central Key Club will be offering temporary tattooing, just to name a few.

For more event details, visit http://greeleygov.com/activities/festivals/arts-picnic.

High Country Beverage is a proud sponsor of the Greeley Arts Picnic.

 

 

43rd RockyGrass Festival

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Calling all blue grass fans! The 43rd RockyGrass Festival, an internationally-known blue grass festival, is the place to be July 24-26. The charming mountain town of Lyons, Colo., will be alive with more than 20 bands, food and craft vendors, instrument contests, outdoor activities and more all weekend long. We’ve got everything you need to know about the festival:

Logistic Details:

The event will be held along the St. Vrain River at the Planet Bluegrass Ranch, 500 W. Main St., in Lyons. Gates open at 10 a.m. Friday the 24th (9 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday), and the festival continues through the last concert around 10:30 p.m. See the full lineup of bands for the weekend here.

Camping and Lodging:

There are four campgrounds with varying prices and accommodations that are available for festival-goers to stay at throughout the weekend.   If camping isn’t your style, there is lodging available at Stone Mountain Lodge & Cabins and Aspen Leaf Motel, as well as several hotels in Longmont and Boulder.

Activities Overview:

Aside from the fantastic bands that will be hitting the stage throughout the entire festival, there will be numerous other activities (onsite and offsite) for attendees to enjoy:

  • Youth-oriented demonstrations presented by Colorado Mountain Club, including slack lining and mountain safety
  • Hands-on music demonstrations presented by Swallow Hill
  • Instrument contest
  • Mountain biking at Hall Ranch
  • River sports in the Meadow Park whitewater course
  • Hiking in nearby National Forest lands

DO Bring:

  • Chairs to set up at the concerts
  • Sunscreen
  • Clothing layers (Lyons weather can be unpredictable!)
  • Water
  • Inner tubes for river activities (inner tubes can also be purchased at the festival)

DO NOT Bring:

  • Dogs
  • Alcohol (beer will be available for purchase from various food vendors)
  • Anything glass
  • Video cameras
  • Matches (there are no campfires permitted in the campgrounds)

For more festival details, visit https://www.bluegrass.com/rockygrass/.

High Country Beverage is a proud sponsor of the 43rd RockyGrass Festival.

Thursday Night Live – The Patti Fiasco July 23

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The Thursday Night Live concert series in downtown Fort Collins jams on with The Patti Fiasco July 23. Rock and blues with a Wyoming twang, this band exemplifies the diverse music that defines the northern Colorado band scene.

A variety of instruments gives The Patti Fiasco their unique and powerful sound. Lead guitarist Dee Tyler, bass player Niles Mischke, percussionist Peter Knudson, and Ansel Foxley with his handmade dobro all combine for the perfect accompaniment to front woman Alysia Kraft’s astounding vocals.

Although they were only formed in 2008, The Patti Fiasco’s popularity has boomed since its creation with fans and radio plays across the nation. Their achievements include Wyoming Public Radio’s Best Regional Album award and FoCoMA’s Best Album award for their Small Town Lights album released in 2013. They have played onstage with well-known performers such as Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Justin Townes Earle, Great American Taxi and Grammy-nominated Feufollet.

The Patti Fiasco has also graced the stage of several prominent music festivals in recent years. It’s no wonder they have garnered more than 3,600 Facebook fans after appearing at Lafayette Louisiana Downtown Alive, SXSW twice, The WYOmericana Caravan tour and more.

Come see why they’re turning heads across state lines and musical genres Thursday, July 23 at 7 p.m., 354 Walnut St., Old Town Fort Collins.

High Country Beverage is a proud sponsor of the Thursday Night Live concert series.

 

 

 

Thursday Night Live – Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams July 16

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Bohemian Nights is excited to welcome Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams to the Thursday Night Live concert series. Although they are classified in the country music genre, Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams break the barriers of traditional country to bring audiences an exhilarating music experience.

Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams hail from Denver and are no stranger to the limelight. Having played at venues including Red Rocks, the Filmore Auditorium and various rodeos, this band knows how to wow a crowd.

Their unique blend of rock, honky-tonk and western swing is created by five band members – Halden Wofford, Bret Billings, Greg Schochet, Ben O’Connor and Damon Smith – pouring their heart and soul into a double-neck electric guitar, steel guitar, mandolin and drums.

Fast Facts on the Band Members:

Halden Wofford – Acoustic guitar, vocals

  • He was born in Los Angeles
  • He has been performing in Denver since 1995
  • His musical influences include Cindy Walker, Jim Lauderdale, and Gillian Welch

Bret Billings – Steel guitar, dobro, harp, vocals

  • He is a Denver native
  • He was taught by locally-renowned steel guitar player Dick Meis
  • He has played on stage with Willie Nelson

Greg Schochet – Lead guitar, mandolin

  • He is from Boulder
  • He is well-known as a performer, producer, teacher and session musician in the Front Range music scene
  • He has played with several bands, including Runaway Truck Ramp and All Night Honky Tonk All-Stars

Ben O’Connor – Bass, vocals

  • He was born in New Mexico
  • His musical influences include Merle Haggard, Buck Owens and Gary Stewart
  • He also teaches web design at Colorado State University

Damon Smith – Drums

  • He was born in Japan
  • He lived in Africa during his childhood, where his family had a country band called The Buffalo Chips
  • He has toured the U.S. with punk rock groups such as Abaisser

See Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams July 16 at 7 p.m., 354 Walnut St., Old Town Fort Collins.

High Country Beverage is a proud sponsor of the Thursday Night Live concert series.

 

Best Patios in Fort Collins

There’s no denying it, some days an adult beverage on a patio does the body good!

Beating the summer heat can be a tough task, but when you’re properly set up on a nice patio with your beverage of choice, even the heat can’t keep you down. A cold beer pairs well with the hot afternoons and warm evenings, so if you’re struggling to overcome the dog days of summer, pick up your favorite and grab a seat on a patio.

Now, with that being said, we must narrow it down because let’s be honest, there are tons of great patios to choose from in Fort Collins. Finding the perfect one, well that is up to you, but we are here to at least help get you started in the right direction. Use our suggestions to pick out your favorites.

Road 34 – Here you’ll find a wide selection of beers on draft and in bottles, and often times you’ll be able to catch a special beer event throughout the week. Their patio features large picnic tables, shuffleboard, a pool table, and TV’s so you can catch the baseball game while sipping a beer outside.

The Rio Grande – A water fountain, and a Mexican lager served with a lime. Do you not agree that that is what a hot summer night should include? Those two things put it up there on our list for sure!

Lucky Joe’s – Peanuts. A handful (or four) of this bottomless snack keeps you coming back for more. Order up a beer of your choice, sit back, and crack peanuts until your heart is content. You’ll enjoy the prime location for people watching as well.

Crown Pub – Front or back? Take your pick; they both have their advantages. Perfect for people watching, enjoy the hustle and bustle along the busy sidewalk out front. Or, sit on the back patio and enjoy getting away from everything.

Black Bottle Brewery – They recently brought in an L-shaped lounge sofa and wild pink flamingos to their perfectly shady patio, making it a great spot to snag a quick bite to eat and sip on their always-creative beers. All they ask is that you please don’t feed the flamingos.

Illegal Pete’s – Rooftop. Need we say more? Any beer you have while up on the rooftop patio tastes 100 times better. Even on cooler days earlier in the year their patio was a nice place to escape and look over the rest of Downtown Fort Collins. Sunsets can be quite a treat up there; we suggest you take a look for yourself.

Now get out there and find your perfect patio and beverage combination!

Loveland Loves BBQ, Bands & Brews

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Follow up your Fourth of July holiday weekend with another big weekend full of the best BBQ in Northern Colorado, spectacular bands, and cold beers, all at the 2015 Loveland Loves BBQ, Bands, and Brews!

On Friday July 10th and Saturday July 11th, Downtown Loveland will be flooded with mouthwatering BBQ and lots of live music for all to enjoy.   Two days worth of delicious eats from all of your favorite barbeque joints, with an assortment of live music from the likes of Soul School, Dixie Leadfoot, Amplified Souls, and other great performers.

Stop by beginning at 3pm on Friday afternoon to get your taste of some good eats from local barbeque spots and stick around for live music that will last from 5pm to 10pm. If you can’t make it Friday, you’re in luck because the BBQ fest starts back up on Saturday at 11am. Take the day, enjoy some finger licking good BBQ and relax while taking in some country and rock on Railroad Avenue in Downtown Loveland.

You’ll have your hands (or plate) full with this big lineup of local BBQ favorites, that will include Hog Wild BBQ, Bottle Cap BBQ, Famous Dave’s, Rat’s Woodshack BBQ, and many more. With over 17 different BBQ and food vendors there you’ll have plenty to choose from. And, don’t worry, there will be plenty of napkins when you’re ready to throw in the towel.

Come for the food, come for the music, come for brews, or a combination of the three, whatever you choose to enjoy, we bet you’ll leave happy and with a belly full of the best BBQ you’ve ever had!

Event Details:

  • When: Friday, July 10th (3pm-10pm) & Saturday, July 11th (11am-10pm)
  • Where: Downtown Loveland – Railroad Avenue (Between 4th & 5th Street)
  • What: Celebration of BBQ, accompanied by live music, and great beers
  • How much: Entry is FREE, food and drink priced by vendors

View their website for more details.

26th Annual Colorado Brewer’s Festival, new and improved!

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The longstanding festival, taking place June 26th-28th, has seen a variety of looks and locations over the years, and vows to impress in its 26th year with new additions, improved glassware, and shorter beer lines, hooray!

Fort Collins plays host to this beer event, which attracts thousands of patrons over the course of the weekend, bringing together over 50 different Colorado breweries and 100+ beers to one convenient location. The largest brewing festival in Colorado has gained national attention over the years and continues to bring brewers and beer lovers together to partake in beer tastings, classes, and various events.

Get started on Friday night at The Summit, an event put on in collaboration with The Colorado Brewer’s Guild and caters to the connoisseur minded beer folks. Guests will be treated to 40+ rare/specialty beers, poured by the brewers themselves. A string quartet will play to your ears delight, as you sip on your beer and nibble on complimentary far from local food trucks, cheese from The Welsh Rabbit, and Kilwin’s treats.

You’ll need a good breakfast to get your Saturday off on the right foot, so why not go to Breakfast & Brews at The Mainline. In its second year, you’ll get to enjoy a specially prepared breakfast paired with carefully selected beers. Sign up for breakfast and you’ll receive your glass and tasting tickets early, as well as access to will-call entry without a wait.

After you’re fed, its time for the real fun to begin!

Saturday and Sunday festival sessions will take place in Downtown Fort Collins, Washington Park and Civic Center Park, from 11am-5pm each day. Entry to this event is FREE, however, in order to consume beer you’ll need to purchase a tasting package. The tasting package can be purchased in advance for $25 ($30 day of) and will include a commemorative Govino “Go-Anywhere” 16oz beer glass and 10 taster tickets, which can be used to redeem beer OR food.

With live music, tasty beer and food options, and lots of fun activities, this event is one you won’t want to miss this summer!

Find out more at the 26th Annual Colorado Brewer’s Festival website.

Fort Collins Beer Week, full of beers, events, and fun!

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When you live in an area like Northern Colorado, almost every day can be a celebration of beer, but in case you needed another excuse to enjoy it there’s Fort Collins Beer Week!

A full week, June 20th – 27th, of beer dinners, tastings, special tours, rare tapping’s, and beer related events are planned all over Fort Collins. Various venues all over town will be hosting their very own events featuring all kinds of great beers for to enjoy. Stop by your favorite local restaurants or watering holes to see what fun they have going on throughout the week.

The 4th Annual Brewer’s Olympics will be held on Saturday June 20th, from 12pm-5pm at Go West T-Shirt Co. This event features teams from local breweries competing in unusual challenges, in hopes of taking home the brewer’s gold medal. Show up with friends and family, enjoy a local brew, grab a bite from a local food truck, and let kids bounce around in the bouncy house. Your $10 admission includes a beer token and allows you viewing pleasure of all the fun events planned! All proceeds from the event will benefit Save the Poudre, so come have a beer to do your part to preserve the community’s most valuable water source.

Not to worry, there’s still some fun to be had if you can’t make it to the Brewer’s Olympics. The Fort Collins Beer Week Scavenger Hunt will take place throughout the entire week, sending you out to various locations across Fort Collins. Tagging yourself at the locations on social medias (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) with the hashtag #FCBWHunt will give you the chance to win prizes and swag every day, with a chance at the Grand Prize if you complete the entire scavenger hunt.

High Country Beverage is a proud sponsor of this year’s Fort Collins Beer Week and encourages the responsible and safe enjoyment of the brewer’s and brewery’s hard work.

Here’s to a week long celebration of the beer industry that supports our community!

It’s American Craft Beer Week, find your favorite craft

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In case craft beer happens to escape your mind during any other week of the year, American Craft Beer Week is here to remind you to enjoy one of the thousands of craft beers created throughout the year.

Celebrated May 11th through May 17th of this year, American Craft Beer Week celebrates all the hard work and endless hours that American craft breweries and their staff put in each and every year. As the ever-growing popularity of craft beer continues to rise, the industry sees new breweries and brewpubs pop up all over in what seems like the blink of an eye. Many of these spots open up after months or years of planning, and days filled with sweat, heart, soul, and a good beer every now and then.

That being said, it’s time to pay our respects to those who work so hard to create these craft beers for our enjoyment. Show your support and visit your favorite brewery, brewpub, liquor store, restaurant, bar, or venue, and get yourself a special craft in your glass (or 6-pack). Branch out, try something new, be it brewery or style, you’ll never know if you like it if you don’t try it.

Breweries and places that serve up craft beers will be catering to craft beer lovers throughout the week, hosting events, special tapping’s, and beer dinners and pairings. Now is the time to check your favorite craft beer watering holes event calendars, you’ll find lots of great things available for you to try. Get out there and enjoy some rare creations!

And to those who work in the craft beer industry, thank you. Your hard work is greatly appreciated. Cheers to you!

America On Tap Beer Festival Is Coming to Colorado!

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One of the premier beer festival producers in the nation, America On Tap, has decided to bring their crew to Fort Collins, CO to have a little bit of fun, and beer of course!

Be lovers, experts, connoisseurs, beginners, and everyone in between, will gather in Washington Park on Saturday, May 2nd. From 2PM to 5PM America On Tap will showcase over 100 different beers from all over the place. Attendees will be able to experience some of America’s finest craft beers from all over the nation, as well as a few specialty imports.

A few local breweries that you should be sure to try are AC Golden, Batch 19, Breckenridge, Black Bottle Brewery, Blue Moon, Boulder Beer, New Belgium, Oskar Blues, Prost Brewing Company, and Tommy Knocker. Oh and don’t forget national favorites like Alaskan Brewing, Big Sky, Lagunitas, and Leinenkugel’s. Don’t be shy, branch out and try something that you don’t often see on tap or on store shelves!

Those in attendance will also have the pleasure of taking in live music while sipping away on their tasty beer samples. Don’t worry, you might be thinking that all this beer and dancing to music might make you a bit hungry… They’ll have you covered with some of your favorite local food vendors on site as well.

So kick back, relax, take in the live music while you taste a few beers that you might not get to have all the time, and enjoy the first Saturday in May!

Event details:

  • What: America On Tap Festival
  • When: Saturday, May 2nd 2015
  • Where: Washington Park, 301 Maple Street, Fort Collins, CO 80521
  • How much: $35 ticket includes ~ 3 hours of beer sampling, souvenir sampling glass, and live entertainment

To find out more visit America On Tap!