Greeley OktoBREWfest – October 2-3

Photo courtesy of Downtown Development Authority

Photo courtesy of Downtown Development Authority

What do you get when a classic autumn celebration meets Colorado? Greeley’s OktoBREWfest of course! This fall festival combines great brews with vendors, games and entertainment for a two-day affair you won’t want to miss. Here is everything you need to know about the OktoBREWfest:

Logistics

The festival kicks off Friday, Oct. 2 from 5-10 p.m. and continues on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. It is located in Lincoln Park at 8th Street and 9th Avenue in Greeley.

Entertainment

Live music and performances will grace the festival for the whole weekend. Twirling Zucchini Trio and After the Fire will hit the stage Friday evening. UNC Jazz Band, Polka Mates and Volkstanzgruppe German Dancers are only a few of the performers who will be showing off their talents on Saturday.

Brews

It wouldn’t be an OktoBREWfest without the brews! Regular and specialty brews will be available Friday and Saturday. Those who are festival-going VIP style will receive two beer tokens for use in the General Area, a complimentary tasting glass, samples from local breweries exclusive to the VIP tent and more.

Food and Vendors

Delicious food from more than 12 different vendors will be served all day. Attendees can also stop by the crafts area to check out the creations of local artists.

Games and Activities

As if great music, brews and food wasn’t enough, the event will feature numerous activities for the whole family. Kids can enjoy face painting, an obstacle course, WOW Bubbles and more. Adults can play life-size beer pong and enter in pie eating contests and stein lifting contests.

For more details, visit Downtown Greeley online .

High Country Beverage is a proud supporter of Greeley OktoBREWfest.

Autumn Gold Festival – Sept. 26 and 27

Photo courtesy of Estes Valley Sunrise Rotary

Photo courtesy of Estes Valley Sunrise Rotary

There are few things better than Estes Park in the fall…unless of course it’s a music festival in Estes Park in the fall. The Autumn Gold Festival brings together local bands, delicious grills and cold brews for a mountain fall celebration you won’t want to miss. Here are the top nine things to know about Autumn Gold Festival:

  1. The festival will be held in Bond Park in downtown Estes Park.
  1. Festival hours are 11 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26 and 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 27.
  1. Grills will be fired up to serve bratwurst all day long. Roasted corn on the cob, funnel cakes, kettle corn, fresh squeezed lemonade and ice cream will also be available, not to mention cold beer and soft drinks.
  1. Five local bands will be playing during the weekend, including Colorado favorite The Wendy Woo Band. See full lineup here.
  1. Kids can enjoy free face painting, a bounce house and bag toss.
  1. There will be a free classic car show.
  1. Entrance is free!
  1. Festival-goers can purchase raffle tickets for $25 to have the chance to win $5,000 and other cash prizes.
  1. The money from the raffle will go toward Sunrise Rotary to benefit vocational scholarships and various local and international projects.

For additional information, visit http://www.estesparkautumngold.com/.

High Country Beverage is a proud supporter of Autumn Gold Festival.

Lafayette Brew Fest – Sept. 12

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Photo Source: Lafayette Brew Fest Facebook Page

 

Colorado and beer go together like Oreos and milk. For everyone giving a hearty “Hear, hear!” the Lafayette Brew Fest is for you! Look no further, we’ve got everything you need to know about this event.

Logistics

The Lafayette Brew Fest is Sept. 12 from 1-6 p.m. and is located at Lafayette Florist, 600 S. Public Rd. The day will be full of tasting the best variety of craft and micro brews. There will also be wine and food for sale at various booths throughout the event.

Pricing

Good news! The fest is free to attend and you don’t even need to be 21 to come for the day. Beer is priced at $2 for each four-ounce pour and wine is $6 (or three pour tickets) for a nine-ounce glass. Attendees must be 21 or older to purchase alcohol. Pour tickets can be bought ahead of time until midnight Sept. 10 for the following prices (receipt must be presented day of the event):

Seven 4-ounce pours for $12 – a $14 value

14 4-ounce pours for $24 – a $28 value

Entertainment

The festival will feature live music from Chris Daniels and the Kings!

What to Bring and What Not to Bring

It is a brew festival, so be sure to bring your ID. Cash or credit cards are also recommended as there will be multiple food and retail vendors. Do not bring any outside food or alcohol, and it is best to leave dogs at home.

For more information or to purchase pour tickets, visit the event online.

High Country Beverage is a proud sponsor of the Lafayette Brew Fest.

2015 Old Fashioned Corn Roast Festival–Aug 21-22

 

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You’re not a Coloradan unless you’re crazy about corn! Loveland is celebrating the golden crop with the 2015 Old Fashioned Corn Roast Festival Aug. 21 and 22. From 5-10 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 4th Street and Railroad Avenue will be filled will all the corn-related fun that a corn-lover can handle. Here are our top five reasons why it’s worth your time attending:

  1. Corn-shucking contest

How often do you get to show off your mad corn-shucking skills to anyone other than your family at the Sunday barbecue? At 5:30 p.m. Friday, festival-goers will have the opportunity to compete against shucking pros to see how fast they can go.

  1. Corn-eating contest

Shucking not your thing? No worries, there will also be the chance to participate in the corn-eating contest. That’s right – forget about strict etiquette and social graces because at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, it only matters how many empty cobs are left sitting on your plate.

  1. Continual entertainment and vendors

During the festival hours for both days, attendees can enjoy live music from Retro Eighties Tribute Band, Soul School and Cable 10, not to mention food and vendors throughout the day. Don’t forget about all the roasted and boiled corn to purchase!

  1. Parade

Who doesn’t love a parade? At 8:30 Saturday morning, the festival parade will travel through downtown Loveland. Parade winners will be announced later that day. View the parade route and parking here.

  1. It’s FREE!!

And the best part of the festival is that you don’t even have to pay to get in! Come for the day and enjoy all the corn you can get your hands on without having to spend an arm and a leg. For more festival details, visit http://www.loveland.org/TheCornRoastFestival/.

High Country Beverage is a proud sponsor of the 2015 Old Fashioned Corn Roast Festival.

Folks Festival – August 14-16

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Aug. 14, 15 and 16 is a great weekend for music festivals in Colorado! For those who are hailing from the foothills or the Boulder County region, Folks Fest in Lyons is definitely worth checking out. This low-key festival, featuring internationally-known songwriters, is celebrating its 25th year and is a favorite of Lyons locals and outsiders alike.

The festival gates open at 10 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday to a day of continual folk music that lasts late into the night. Celebrated performers such as Mary Chapin Carpenter, Jason Isbell and Gillian Welch are only a few of the numerous acts to hit the stage. Don’t forget to see who will be crowned the 2015 champion at the much-anticipated songwriter competition.

Festivities don’t end with great music, though. Vendors featuring a variety of food and beverages will be available for attendees to enjoy throughout the weekend. Children are also welcome to explore the kids’ area, where they can participate in fun crafts, play on the beach and engage in nature and outdoor activities.

While you’re packing your bags for the weekend, remember to bring plenty of sunscreen, blankets or chairs for seating and of course lots of water. Be sure to leave alcohol, video recorders and all furry friends at home. For all inquiries on what else is permitted along with more festival details, visit https://www.bluegrass.com/folks/.

High Country Beverage is a proud sponsor of Folks Festival.

Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest – August 14-16

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Nothing defines mid-August in Fort Collins better than Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest! This free three-day music festival in downtown Fort Collins has been a staple in the community for years, and this year it’s shaping up to be better than ever.

Kicking off NewWestFest Aug. 14 is Savage Cabbage at the Mountain Stage and Winchester Holiday at the Library Park Stage, both at 5 p.m. From there, numerous bands – including headliners Flobots, Steve Miller Band and Rodrigo y Gabriela – will take five different downtown stages during Aug. 14, 15 and 16.

Not only will festival-goers be able to enjoy continual free music throughout the weekend, but there will also be more than 250 booths featuring art, food, local businesses and more! Children are welcome to explore the two different kids’ sections as well, which includes musical instrument interaction and a full-sized carnival.

Be sure to bring lots of sunscreen and water as the festival will be outside. Keep alcoholic beverages at home, though, and wait to purchase them inside the festival. Taking the MAX (bus stops on Mason Street) is strongly encouraged; operating hours are extended to accommodate festival attendees.

For full NewWestFest details, visit Bohemian Nights online.

High Country Beverage is a proud sponsor of Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest.

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.

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!