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!

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!

Beer and Good Times, it’s Colorado Craft Beer Week

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Join craft brewers and craft beer lovers all across the state as they celebrate Colorado Craft Beer Week with special beer releases and events between March 21st and March 29th.

Many local breweries have a little something special planned throughout the week, with everything from beer releases, collaborations, live music, beer pairings, and much more. Some might even be cracking in to their cellars to bring out some of their delicious goodness that’s been stored away for quite some time. So pay your favorite local craft brewery a visit and enjoy their hard work!

If you can’t make it to a brewery, don’t worry. You’ll find plenty of events all over Colorado, at liquor stores, restaurants, and bars that will have your craft beer palette entertained. Shelves will see new and old favorites, tap lines filled with special collaborations or a brewery’s rare barrel series, and restaurants and cheese shops will have choices perfectly paired with beers.

Don’t be shy to try something new, our taste buds often change and what once was “not your favorite style” could now be your “thing”. Be it kolsch, brown, porter, IPA, barley wine, Lambic, or bourbon barrel aged stout, try as many as you can to find your new go to.

Enjoy Colorado Craft Beer Week and support your local craft breweries!

Visit our NoCo Nightlife page for the latest events.

New Belgium’s revival and newly released 2015 beers are a must

If you haven’t already, you should check out the latest from one of Fort Collins’ biggest craft breweries. New Belgium recently released two new beers and brought back a fan favorite that have slowly been taking over taps all over northern Colorado.

Chances are good you’ve seen these three on store shelves or tap handles at your favorite watering hole. And if you’ve held off on trying them, you’re really missing out!

Let us introduce to you Portage and Slow Ride, and reintroduce you to Porch Swing.

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As winter moves a long the desire for those strong heavy stouts dissipates along with the cold weather. Enter Portage. With aromas of chocolate and nutty almonds, and flavor that is on the slightly sweet side, you’ve now found a beer that helps ease your transition to the lighter beer months.

As the temperatures inevitably rise outdoors those heavy hitting stouts will begin to hibernate to make way for lighter, easy sipping beers like Slow Ride, a session IPA. Recent trends have ABVs (alcohol by volume) falling this year and at 4.5%, Slow Ride is no exception. This tropical IPA is concocted using 8 different hop varieties, perfectly balanced, and created to be extra refreshing.

And if you’re picking up a Folly Pack, you’ll soon find an old friend, Porch Swing, mixed in with your other New Belgium faves. If you haven’t had this one before, you’ll want to find it while it lasts. A single ale, that pours a perfect golden color and has a perfectly light body, is best sipped on while escaping from your daily grind.porchswing_l

Keep your eyes open for these and give them a try when you have a chance, you won’t be mad about it that’s for sure.

Oskar Blues hits 40, States that is

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One of our favorites out of Colorado is spreading themselves out a little further.

Oskar Blues, based out of Longmont, CO, is one of the largest breweries in Colorado.  They recently announced plans to add four more states to their distribution territory including Iowa, Nebraska, Maine and Vermont.  With distribution already set up in the Chicago, IL area, they also plan to expand to the southern portion of the state as 2015 gets underway.

This gives them a firm position across two of the major territories, the Midwest and the Northeast, and will bring their total number of distribution states to 40.  Residents of these new territories CAN expect to see Oskar Blues beers hitting shelves and draft systems soon, as the trucks have been loaded and sent on their way.

We’re happy to see that more people will be getting the chance to enjoy a long time local favorite!

Click HERE to find Oskar Blues near you.

Oskar Blues 12th CANiversary!

One of the Colorado’s best brewery’s, Oskar Blues, plans on ringing in their 12th year this Saturday, November 22nd at the Original Oskar Blues Grill & Brew in Lyons.

HCB - Oskar Blues Caniversary finalTheir 12th CANiversary, as they have dubbed it, will feature an all day OB tap takeover, a Silent Disco that starts at 7:30pm, and a fully loaded buffet dinner from 6-9pm.  Tickets for the OB 12th birthday extravaganza are only $15 and can be purchased in advance through the Oskar Blues website or by clicking this link.

If that’s not enough, patrons can count on listening to the likes of Judge Roughneck and Euforquestra live starting at 8:30pm.  Judge Roughneck has been voted Denver’s best ska/reggae act and is one of Colorado’s premier bands.  A bit of funk can be expected as Euforquestra takes the stage and keeps the party going well in to the night with their blend of dub, funk, soul, and reggae.  The dancing will go all night, that’s for sure!

Long time Oskar Blues lovers, and new fans too, CAN expect some specialty cans to make an appearance as well.  The likes of Chaka (Belgian Pale), Velvet Elvis (Stout), Station 3 (Hefeweizen), Home Skillet (Black IPA), Pollen Buzz (American Adjunct Lager), and Pinner Throwback IPA (Session IPA), will be there for all to enjoy.  With many more goodies on tap this truly is an Oskar Blues fan’s dream come true.

Whether you are an OB fan or just looking for a fun night out, this 12th CANiversary celebration is sure to be a good time!

For more info click HERE

GABF Week, a beer lovers dream!

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It’s time again for beer lovers, connoisseurs, and all those that create the tasty beers, to converge on Colorado for the Great American Beer Festival!

The yearly event will commence on October 2nd and run through October 4th.  Attracting thousands of people from all over, this event serves up the largest collection of U.S. beers and holds a private competition.  Breweries from near and far will take over the Colorado Convention Center, pouring their best craft creations during three different tasting sessions across the three-day period.

Featuring over 600 of America’s greatest breweries and over 2,800 different beers to try, GABF is a beer lovers dream come true.  You’ll get to enjoy the big names like Alaskan Brewing Co, Anchor Brewing, Lagunitas, Sierra Nevada and many more.  Plus, lots of great Colorado craft brewers will be showing up including AC Golden, Black Bottle, Blue Moon Brewing, Boulder Beer, New Belgium, Oskar Blues, and tons of your other favorite local brewers.

If you weren’t lucky enough to get a ticket to the tasting, don’t worry.  Breweries, beer bars, and liquor stores are all getting in the spirit too, hosting special tappings, releasing rare beers, and fun events.  Breweries from all over the nation will be in town representing their craft and will be looking to share their passion (or beer), so now is the time to get out and check the draft and bottle list as there will be a slew of options that won’t likely be back any time soon.

You can check our online calendar and Facebook pages for lots of great things to do all over Northern Colorado and the Western Slope throughout this amazing week!

FORToberfest, one last summer hoorah!

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On September 19th & 20th, join in on Fort Collins’s newest event that celebrates the closing of another beautiful Colorado summer with bikes, beer and a great music lineup.

The fun begins at 5pm this Friday in Old Town Square, where you can catch Sofie Reed, Better Than Bacon, and headliner, Young Ancients.  Saturday’s music lineup starts up at 11am and is packed full of more local acts playing an assortment of genres on two different stages.   Take in the likes of The Burroughs, Romeo Delight: A Live Tribute to Van Halen, Choice City Seven, and Soul School well in to the evening.

A Fort Collins celebration wouldn’t be complete without including the craft beer and biking worlds, two strong pieces of the surrounding community.  Breweries of all shapes and sizes coexist and flourish in this one of a kind environment, another great reason to celebrate.  Six of the local breweries will be serving up their tasty seasonals for all those of age to enjoy while listening to the musical talent and taking in the bike friendly culture.

We are also fortunate to be surrounded by nine bike manufacturers, 16 bike retailers and a biking culture like no other.  Take this opportunity to join others and ride the town, meet fellow bike enthusiasts, or just bask in the last of the warm weather while listening to some bluegrass.  And starting at 12pm Saturday catch one of the many bike stunt shows that will be taking place all afternoon.

So find your way to downtown Fort Collins this weekend for FORToberfest, as we say our farewell to the heat of summer and welcome in the changing leaves and cooler temperatures!

New Belgium’s bike-in movie nights are back!

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For the last 10 years New Belgium has hosted their very own Bike-in Cinema and this year is no different!

Gather with friends and family on blankets or in chairs and catch a film just out the front doors of their Mothership.  While we are lucky enough to have one of the few operational drive-in theaters left in the nation, this bike-in cinema in a whole new experience that you must try.  You’ll be sipping a beer under the stars with fellow bike riders, taking in a film, while enjoying the warm Colorado summer night. What a magnificent evening!

This summer’s lineup is as follows:

  • Aug. 21st – Ratatouille
  • Aug. 28th – The Breakfast Club & Whensday (DOUBLE FEATURE!)
  • Sept. 4th – Stand By Me
  • Sept. 11th – Ghostbusters

The gates open up at 7pm each night before the showing with the film starting at dusk.  Entrance to the event is only $2/person and beers will $4, with the proceeds benefiting the non-profit organization, Wolverine Farm Publishing.  That being said, leave your beers at home and have one at the show to help support their organization!

Remember to ride safe, and bring your bike lights for the ride home.