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.

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.

CAC Bocce Event – August 8

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It’s always great to hear about events that benefit a charitable cause! The Child Advocacy Center Bocce Event on Aug. 8 does exactly that. This annual event brings together community members for an afternoon of bocce ball, delicious food and fellowship, all while raising funds for the Larimer County Child Advocacy Center, which aids children and families who have been victimized by child abuse.

Festivities begin at 2 p.m. when teams of four players compete in a friendly game of bocce ball, a low-exertion Italian ball sport. The winning team receives a prize of $500, not to mention bragging rights. Non-players are also welcome and can enjoy live music from Kurt Humann, bid at the silent auction, and of course treat themselves to Italian cuisine provided by Carrabba’s.

The event will be held at the Child Advocacy Center in Fort Collins, 5529 S. Timberline Rd. Participants are encouraged to park at the PVH Harmony Campus on Timberline and Harmony and take a shuttle to the Center due to limited parking. Bocce ball teams (fun team t-shirts are welcome!) must purchase tickets and register online prior to the tournament, but non-playing attendees may purchase tickets at the door.

For more details and any inquiries, please visit http://cacbocceball.com/.

High Country Beverage is a proud supporter of the CAC Bocce Event.

Gnarley Barley Brew Festival – August 1

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It doesn’t matter if you have disagreements on hot button issues, political scandals or your neighbor’s AstroTurf. If you live in northern Colorado and it’s summertime, there’s something we can all agree on: a chilled mug of beer is quite fine indeed.

The Gnarly Barley Brew Festival on August 1 is the place to be for all the Colorado beer fanatics. From 1-6 p.m., The Larimer County Fair at The Ranch in Loveland will feature everything from great brews to great music.

Festival-goers will have the opportunity to try beers from more than 20 Colorado breweries. Throughout the afternoon, there will also be beer and food pairing every half hour on a first-come, first-serve basis. Better yet, basement brew masters will have the chance to show off their skills at the Homebrew Competition. See competition rules here.

It wouldn’t be a festival without live music to enjoy with a beer in hand. Some of the best Colorado bands will be hitting the stage at Gnarly. Full lineup:

  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Sammy Dee Morton
  • 1:30-3:30 p.m. – Rocktin Grove
  • 4-6 p.m. – Archie Funker
  • 7:30-9:30 p.m. – Von Stomper

This is an outdoor event – rain or shine – so be sure to bring plenty of sunscreen and a blanket or chair for seating. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit gnarlybarleybrewfest.com.

High Country Beverage is a proud sponsor of Gnarly Barley Brew Festival.

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.

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!

Kristi’s Wish paints Northern Colorado with stars!

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The holiday season is right around the corner and we are proudly sponsoring Kristi’s Wish again this year!

Area businesses have partnered up to help support Kristi’s Wish, a special way to bring joy to children in the surrounding community.  Brighten things up for kids that are less fortunate and help paint the ceilings and walls at local gas stations and restaurants with stars.   Purchase and sign a $1 star (Kristi’s Wish card) beginning November 1st through December 14th to help provide gifts and support for children in need during the holidays.

Kristi’s Wish is a fundraising opportunity put on every year by the Kristi Visocky Memorial Foundation, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to providing scholarships and support to young people throughout the community.

All proceeds from the purchase of the cards will be donated to Project Self-Sufficiency, Boys & Girls Club, Crossroads Safehouse, and S.A.V.A.

For more information about Kristi’s Wish or to donate visit their HERE!

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!