NewWestFest kicks off in Old Town Fort Collins

New West Fest 2014

Historic Downtown Fort Collins is set to host some of Colorado’s best live entertainment this weekend at Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest!

As 70+ local Colorado bands flood in to town, the community will begin to celebrate the town’s birthday with three days of live music and entertainment starting August 15th at 5pm and run through August 17th at 7pm.  The free all encompassing festival, in its 10th year with the Bohemian Nights music lineup, expects to see over 100,000 people throughout the weekend festivities.

With six music stages, the Dance Showcase Stage and Kids’ World Stage, the yearly annual event provides nonstop entertainment that is fun for all ages. Music genres covering all spectrums including Reggae, Bluegrass, Pop, R&B, and Folk (just to name a few), will feature both up-and-coming artists and well known bands from across the nation.  Over 250 vendor booths will be onsite as well, offering goods, services, information, and of course, great food and beverages.

And a festival isn’t complete without a little food and a cold beer, so come hungry and thirsty to try some of local favorites.  But make sure you leave your alcohol at home.  We will be on site pouring a variety of cold beers for you to cool off with.  Look for us in designated drinking areas and swing by for a cold beer before heading out to listen to your favorite bands!

For many, the mid-August event symbolizes the end of summer and their vacations, and really we can’t think of a better way to close out a spectacular summer!

For more information click here!

Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest Hours:

  • Friday: 5pm to 10pm
  • Saturday: 10am to 10pm
  • Sunday: 10am to 7pm

Seven stop brew fest is coming to CO

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Tour

Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp Across America is making their third stop of the tour in Denver, CO on July 25th!

The stop in Colorado will feature over 100 brewers from the all over the Rocky Mountain region, including Black Bottle Brewery, Blue Moon, Boulder Beer, New Belgium, Oskar Blues, and of course, Sierra Nevada.  Over 250 beers will be flowing from festival taps as breweries from Colorado and its surrounding states like Wyoming, Utah, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, and more, converge on the Mile High City.

Purchase your tickets to gain entry to Civic Center Park on the evening of July 25th and taste to your heart’s content from 5-10pm.  Grab your commemorative tasting glass as you enter and let the fun begin as you wander through an amazing line up of breweries, all while listening to live music from MarchFourth Marching Band.  You won’t want to miss this opportunity to try some of the best local stuff around and the hidden gems from out of state!

For this special tour Sierra Nevada collaborated with 12 different breweries to create the most unique 12-pack out there!  You can sample each of the 12 beers when you attend the festival or find the one-time-only variety pack at your local liquor store while they last.

If you happen to be in Fort Collins on July 24th, or shortly thereafter, you can find ALL 12 collaborations pouring from Black Bottle Brewery’s taps.  They were the only ones in Northern Colorado to receive the variety pack in draft form.  If you can’t make it to the festival or can’t find the Beer Camp Tour variety pack, this is your best chance to try them all!

Cheers!

Estes Park’s Rooftop Rodeo, a “Rodeo with altitude”

Rooftop Rodeo 2014Head to Estes Park July 8th through July 13th for the 2014 Rooftop Rodeo at the Stanley Park Fairgrounds!

The “Rodeo with altitude,” will have it all, bull riding, “Beat the Heat” Barrel Racing series, bareback bronc riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, team roping, and saddle bronc riding.  Catch each of those events every night of the rodeo, plus the crowd favorite, mutton-bustin’, for the younger cowpokes!  Plan on bringing your dancing shoes if you plan on attending Saturday evening’s festivities so you can get down at the annual Queen’s Dance!  After the cowboys and cowgirls is done strutting their stuff in the arena head to the dance to enjoy music played by local musicians and lots of great country western music.

Estes Park’s Rooftop Rodeo has been voted “Best Small Rodeo of the Year” five times by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, and nominated “Best Medium Sized Rodeo of the Year” in 2012 and 2013.  With a wonderful family atmosphere and spectacular crowd pleasing action from some of the top bull riders and top bulls in the world, this rodeo is one to put on your summer calendar!

For more details about one of Colorado’s most scenic summer rodeos click HERE!

Friday Fest in Greeley is back!

Greeley Downtown Signature Event

 

May 2nd marks the beginning of this year’s Friday Fest fun in Greeley, where you can enjoy live music and entertainment all summer long!

Head to downtown Greeley Friday, May 2nd, and EVERY Friday through September 19th, with your friends and family for some of the best entertainment around.  The 9th Street Plaza will be hosting a variety of musical acts throughout the next few months for both young and old to enjoy.  Bustling with music lovers and those just taking in the beautiful Colorado summer night, you’ll be sure to have a great time!

And in case you don’t already know, Friday Fest is the first and only “GO CUP” entertainment area in Colorado.  This allows patrons of legal drinking age (21 years old with valid ID) to purchase a beverage of their choice from participating establishments and enjoy them in the designated area of the 9th Street Plaza.  All you have to do is enter an establishment, order your drink of choice in the establishments special “GO CUP”, then head out to listen to the music!

Mama Lenny and the Remedy will be kicking off the fun this week, playing a little rhythm and blues to cure your week’s ailments.  You can catch other favorites like Moses Jones Band, The Tropical Coyotes, Funkiphino, and many more, over the next four and half months at no cost to you at all!

High Country Beverage is a proud sponsor of this amazing weekly event!

You can catch the full lineup for 2014 on the Greeley Downtown website or click HERE.

Craft Brewer’s Conference, Oskar Blues, CBC Collaborative Centennial Pale Ale

 

CBC 2014 Centennial Pale AleIn case you haven’t heard the buzz about town, or Colorado for that matter, the Craft Brewer’s Conference is in full swing!

Better known as CBC, this event draws people from all over and includes packaging breweries, as well as brewpubs.  Taking place from April 8-11 this year, over 7,000 brewery industry folk have ascended on Colorado.  Conferences and seminars are being held, allowing them to encounter the latest and greatest products vendors have to offer.  All the while, sharing knowledge and information with one another, and building relationships throughout the industry.

As part of the celebration of this year’s CBC event, Oskar Blues teamed up with the Colorado Brewer’s Guild and invited all to the brewing process.  Spending months on the perfect recipe, they finally came up with the Centennial Pale Ale, its name coming from the fact Colorado is known as the Centennial state.  All malts, hops, and yeast were donated from Colorado companies, and then were brewed at Oskar Blues on Monday, February 24th.  It will be the first ever American craft beer to use the Ball Corporation’s new Dynamark™ Variable Printing Technology.  The commemorative collection of 19.2 ounce single serving cans will print off to read “CBC Colorado 2014”.  You can find these special edition cans at various locations, so be sure to ask next time you’re out!

Also, beer dinners, tap takeovers, and other events are taking place all over the state!  Breweries and their staff are out and about taking tours and trying all of Colorado’s greatest beers; take the opportunity to say hi.

Check with your favorite local spot to see if they’ve got any big plans for the special week!

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!

CyclHOPS, Northern Colorado’s newest bike CAN-tina

CyclHops Bike Cantina logo
If you enjoy craft beer and bikes then this new spot is perfect for you!

Oskar Blues recently opened their newest venture, CyclHOPS, in Longmont. This quick service taco spot and tequila bar will also feature a full service bike shop and will be home to their bike brand, REEB Cycles. All aspects truly reflect the lifestyle of many along the Front Range and Northern Colorado.

With seating for upwards of 300 people, this face paced taqueria style CAN-tina offers up authentic and traditional tacos alongside a plethora of craft beers and specialty tequilas. There’s nothing better than fresh ingredients inside of handmade tortillas. Twenty taps, flowing with delicious craft beer, should keep your cravings at bay, at least while you’re enjoying your meal. Taking a trip into the tequila tasting room will have you in front of 43 premium tequilas, and no lime or salt is needed. The warm feel and tequila tiki bar will almost make you think that you are escaping Colorado to hit the warm beaches down in Mexico.

Before, or after, you eat be sure to stop in and check out the full-service bike shop that is also located in the Bike CAN-tina. Here you’ll find the retail home of REEB Cycles, a company dedicated to building bikes locally and made solely with American-made parts. They currently offer four models and were named to Outside Magazine’s “Top 9 Mountain Bikes of Spring 2012”.

Hop on your bike and ride on over to enjoy some of what makes Colorado so amazing, bikes and beer.

Winter seasonals are back!

The wait is over and it’s time again for those winter seasonals to fill the shelves, taps and your fridge!

For many of you this is your favorite time of the year, as all those delicious warming beers come back to your favorite spots to grab a beer. Whether it’s at your neighborhood hangout, the beer bar downtown, or the liquor store that’s on your way home from work, you’ll now find an abundance of local and national winter seasonals all over Northern Colorado.

While light, citrus and hoppy beers are enjoyed during the warmer months, winter months visit the opposite end of the spectrum, and can often times be rich and dark (though they aren’t always that way). These seasonals can offer a little bit more in ABV (alcohol by volume), seemingly warming you up a touch, perfect for a cold and snowy night. The thick and almost syrupy viscosity that is sometimes associated with these delicious crafts can seem like a meal in themselves, perfect for a pre-meal snack or after dinner treat. Heck, enjoy one before, during, and after, because they won’t be around forever.

The Rocky Mountains must be quite inspiring, as Colorado’s breweries have a thing for creating beers that pair perfectly with the cold winter months. You’ll find Blue Moon’s Winter Abbey Ale, Boulder Beer’s Killer Penguin, and New Belgium’s newest creation, Accumulation, all across the state. Black Bottle Brewery doesn’t have a bottling line just yet, but you can stop by their place and try their Angry Elf that they just released last Saturday. National favorites like Sierra Nevada’s Celebration Ale, Leinenkugel’s Snowdrift Vanilla Porter and Saint Arnold’s Christmas Ale are all great winter seasonals you should give a try as well while they last.

So next time you belly up to the bar or stop by the liquor store take a look at the seasonals, because once they are gone you won’t see them for another whole year. Sad, we know.

We hope you’re enjoying the great holiday season!

Black Bottle Brewery Celebrates 1st Birthday With Beer, Cupcakes, and One Man Band

Black Bottle Brewery, the newest locally-owned brewery to Fort Collins, will celebrate their one year in business with the release of their first anniversary beer, Angry Elf, specialty cupcakes and one man band, Randall Conrad Olinger, on Saturday, December 14th from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. at Black Bottle Brewery located at 1611 S. College Avenue, Suite 1609!

“It’s crazy how time has flown by this past year.” said Sean Nook, owner and head brewer. Nook, who was brewing beer in his home up until he opened Black Bottle Brewery, reflected on the last year, “It feels like just yesterday we were down here installing our copper kettle and fermenters, now here we are celebrating our first birthday.”

Join them as they kick off their birthday celebration at 11 a.m., or any time you can make it in, as the party will be going on all day. Their 40 tap system that they usually share with other local and national breweries will be full of their very own craft beer creations, including Ginger, their Gold Medal Winner at the All Colorado Beer Festival. They’ll be offering tours to the public at 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. While there will be special tappings all day, the most important of them all will be at 7 p.m. when they toast with specialty cupcakes from Cupcake Cruiser and tap their anniversary beer, Angry Elf, an American Strong Ale made with brown sugar, molasses, maple syrup, orange blossom honey and cinnamon that was then aged in scotch barrels with raspberries and then whiskey barrels.

Feisty Spirits, Fort Collins’ newest craft distillery, will join in the celebration as well. Following the birthday toast, stick around for the special release of the Black Bottle Brewery and Feisty Spirits collaboration whiskey, Collab-skey, at 8 p.m. If that wasn’t already a full days worth, one man band, Randall Conrad Olinger will be performing for your listening pleasure starting at 9 p.m. until close. This full day of beer, cupcakes, music and whiskey is one that you surely won’t want to miss, so join them!

Black Bottle Brewery, a locally owned and operated brewery and restaurant located in midtown Fort Collins, opened its doors in December of 2012. Brewing creative craft ales and lagers with radical ingredients in their basement is their passion and recently partnered with High Country Beverage of Loveland to help with their distribution. Offering a full food menu from its kitchen on the main level, Black Bottle Brewery provides a unique drinking environment enhanced by great food. For more information visit, www.blackbottlebrewery.com

Feisty Spirits, Fort Collins’ first distillery, provides brilliant hand crafted whiskeys and other distilled spirits. Continuing a family legacy, they pride themselves in using natural and organic ingredients to produce the highest quality distilled spirits. For more information visit, www.feistyspirits.com

Beer, Cupcakes, and a One Man Band

Congrats to one of our newest partners, Black Bottle Brewery, as they turn one year old this month!

Join them as the doors open on Saturday, December 14th at 11am to help them celebrate their birth a year ago last December. They will be celebrating their first birthday with Angry Elf (their anniversary beer), specialty cupcakes from Cupcake Cruiser, one man band, Randall Conrad Olinger, and much more. Black Bottle will be offering tours of their brewery to the public at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 4pm and 5pm. In addition, they will be taking over all 40 of their taps with 40 different BBB beers for the entire day, or until they are gone at least, including some that haven’t been seen since they first opened.

A tapping and toast of their anniversary beer, Angry Elf, at 7pm will kick of the night’s festivities! Angry Elf is an American Strong Ale made with brown sugar, molasses, maple syrup, orange blossom honey, and cinnamon that they aged in scotch barrels with raspberries and then aged again in whiskey barrels. Accompanying the toast will be a specialty cupcake made with their anniversary beer and made by Fort Collins’ favorite cupcake truck, Cupcake Cruiser.

Stick around until 8pm and you’ll be able to have the first crack at the Black Bottle Brewery and Feisty Spirits collaboration whiskey, Collab-skey. This first batch has a strong, yet sweet, aroma of roasted malt with subtle hints of apricot, and its full body finishes warm and crisp compliments of the rye. Fair warning, this is a small batch and will be limited, so get a taste while it’s still around.

Randall Conrad Olinger, a one man band of sorts, will begin his foot stomping, “hobo honkey-tonk” (as he calls it) at 9pm, so be sure to stick around for a song or two! His acoustic combination of blues, country, rock and metal, played on loud guitars and a homemade foot drum, will keep your foot tapping and hands clapping well into the night.

A full day of activities, that’s the only way to celebrate a 1st birthday!

BBB Anniversary Poster