Coors Light Coaches Show, Flyaway to the Mountain West Conference giveaway

HighCountryBeverage.com Mountain West Conference Tournament Flyaway

March Madness is just around the corner and we are ready to give away a getaway trip to the Mountain West Conference tournament!

High Country Beverage is excited to be giving away a trip for two to the MWC Tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada.  All you have to do is attend the Coors Light Coaches Show at Lucky Joe’s on Monday, March 2nd, at 6pm in downtown Fort Collins and sign up for a chance to win.

Join Colorado State University basketball coaches, Larry Eustachy and Ryun Williams from 6 to 7pm and hear about the latest and greatest regarding Ram’s basketball, and enter the drawing. You and a guest could WIN airfare, hotel accommodations, and tickets to the tournament games to see the Rams take on their conference foes. This year’s tournament is March 11th-14th at the Thomas & Mack Center, and you won’t want to miss this exciting opportunity to catch the Rams try to move on to the NCAA Basketball Tournament.

So get down to Lucky Joe’s and show your support for the Rams and you could be the lucky winner of the flyaway trip for two!

Flyaway Information:

  • When: Monday, March 2nd, 2015. 6-7pm
  • Where: Lucky Joe’s, Coors Light Coaches Radio Show
  • What: Mountain West Conference Tournament Flyaway Giveaway

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

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.

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!

25th Annual Colorado Brewers’ Festival

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Over 50 Colorado breweries, young and old, will once again take over downtown Fort Collins for the Colorado Brewers’ Festival!

The Colorado Brewers’ Festival is now FREE to attend and you can then purchase a beer tasting package separately.

Old Town Fort Collins, Civic Center Park specifically, will host the 25th Annual Colorado Brewers’ Festival June 27, 28, and 29.  The event to celebrate craft brewing, now one of Colorado’s most notorious industries, draws thousands of craft beer lovers from all over.

Breweries from every part of the state will bring a variety of beers for patrons to try, including their cores, seasonals, specialties, and even some rare ones that are hard to find anywhere else.

All Brewers’ Eve, Friday, June 27from 6 p.m.-9 p.m., will kick off the Colorado Brewers’ Festival.  At All Brewer’s Eve you can enjoy limited edition beers and have the chance to visit with brewers and master brewers from across the state.

Start your Saturday off right at 9 a.m. with a hearty breakfast at Mainline (you’ll need it).  After breakfast follow the tuba procession over to the festival where the tasting extravaganza begins.  Beer tasting starts at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday and lasts until 5 p.m. both days.

In addition to all the amazing beers, this year’s Colorado Brewers’ Festival will feature three themed areas:

  • Summit – The Colorado Brewers Guild will host the Summit.  The Summit is an area dedicated to serving rare beers; it will feature the Beer School education tent and provide an opportunity to meet the brewers.
  • Wilderness – No Colorado event is complete without an ode to the outdoors, so swing by the Wilderness area.  The Wilderness will have activities like rock climbing, a zip line, mechanical bull riding, and more!
  • Backcountry – The Backcountry will provide a venue to check out some local Colorado vendors, grab a bite to eat, and do a little shopping.

An eclectic mix of live music will entertain you while you taste yummy beer and participate in all the fun activities.  Acts like the 14ers, WhiteWater Ramble, Tyler Grant and Friends, and Dubskin, will play on the various stages throughout the nearly 7 acres of festival grounds.

Whether you’re a beer lover or not, this year’s festival has plenty for you to get out and enjoy!

Event Details:

  • All Brewers’ Eve, June 27 from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. ($60/person)
  • Breakfast & Brews, June 28, 9 a.m. at Mainline ($40/person)
  • Colorado Brewers’ Festival, June 28 & 29 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. ($30/wristband or $20 during presale, additional “Festival Bucks” available for purchase)
  • For more details click HERE

Burning CAN Beer Fest, a CAN good time!

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Oskar Blues has teamed up with Lyons Outdoor Games and Colorado Brewers Guild again this year to bring you an event filled with CANNED beer and outdoor excitement!

A celebration of craft beer in a CAN, taking place in Bohn Park, just a few blocks away from where it all began years ago for Oskar Blues.  Beautiful Lyons, CO is home this unique celebration of the use of aluminum cans filled with your favorite craft beers.  After being one of the front runners in the craft beer industry with their use of cans, many have followed suit, and Oskar Blues has invited over 40 of their CAN using friends to join them!

On May 31st, Oskar Blues and their brewery friends invite you to join them at Bohn Park for an afternoon filled with outdoor adventure sports and a CANNED beer garden.  The 40+ breweries will be pouring over 150 different delicious canned beer options, with styles varying from pale lagers to thick and creamy stouts.  Get in an hour earlier (3pm-4pm) than the general admission folk with a VIP ticket for $45, or purchase a GA ticket in advance for $30 ($35 the day of) and indulge in CANNED goodness from 4pm-7pm.

Oskar Blues CAN’d Aid Foundation plans to donate all proceeds from the event to benefit the Colorado Brewers Guild and the Town of Lyons Parks and Rec department.

Taking in the scenic views of Rocky Mountain National Park, watching adventure athletes perform, and enjoying live music, all while sipping on your favorite canned craft beer.

CAN’t get much better than that!

Click HERE to get your tickets and find out more.

Bring on Fort Collins Beer Week!

 

Join breweries, restaurants, and businesses May 11th – May 18th for Fort Collins Beer Week!  The weeklong event, coinciding with American Craft Beer Week, is meant to cultivate and ignite relationships between the community and its brewers.

The Colorado Brewers Guild and Fortified Collaborations have come together to put on this amazing event, planning beer dinners, tastings, tours, and even a Brewers Olympics!

Things will get started Sunday, May 11th with the Opening Night Bash at Tony’s Bar and Rooftop, which has seen recent renovations and has a new chef working up some great things in the kitchen.  This ticketed event ($20) taking place from 5pm-8pm will feature hors d’oeuvres, great local beer options, and live music from “The Waido Experience” starting at 6pm.  Plus you receive a commemorative FCBW glass and two drink tickets!

That is just the tip of the iceberg, as restaurants, bars, and businesses all over Fort Collins are getting in on the action offering up daily and weeklong specials.  Places like Jax Fish House, Town Pump, Choice City Butcher and Deli, and many more local favorites will be hosting a variety of deals and events to help celebrate this community building celebration.

Get out and support your local brewers and the community!

Visit their site HERE to see a full list of events and specials.

Join in the Cinco de Mayo fun!

 

 

Join in the celebration and get in the spirit this weekend with some of our/your favorite Mexican import beers!

The holiday that commemorates the Mexican army’s victory at the Battle of the Puebla in the Mexican-French War has turned into a full blown celebration of Mexican culture and heritage.  With parades, fun events, and gatherings across the state of Colorado, you won’t want to miss out on any of the exciting happenings.  Some areas are hosting large concerts, with Grammy winning artists, dances, walk/run races, and car shows.  Stop by and learn about the culture and have some fun while you’re at it!

If you can’t make it to any of the events in your area, maybe take the time head out on the town for a night of Mexican food and drinks!  Whether your favorites include shrimp enchiladas, pork tacos, or a hefty burrito filled with everything except the kitchen sink, they all taste better when washed down with an imported Mexican beer.

We suggest you try some of our favorites Negra Modelo, Corona or Corona Light, Dos Equis, and Tecate.  Keep your eyes open for ice cold buckets of these to be on special!  There are tons of great places across Colorado serving up traditional food and beer, so get out there and find them.  Or stop by your local liquor store and browse the Mexican import section find these great selections and enjoy them in the comfort of your own home!

Search your local event calendars to find out what is going on in your community or those surrounding your area.

Also, click HERE to visit our site for a full lineup up great Mexican Import selections!

Congrats to our World Beer Cup Winners!

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Photos © Brewers Association

Last week was a big week for breweries and brewpubs from all over the world, and especially busy for all of them located in Colorado, as the Craft Brewer’s Conference took over the state.

At the same time the World Beer Cup held its judging panel in Denver on April 7th and 8th, and boy did they have their work cut out for them.  Judges, from 31 different countries, sampled and analyzed beers from over 1,400 breweries and brewpubs.  That’s almost 600 more than the last competition in 2012!  A grand total of 4,754 different beers were entered into this year’s competition across 94 different categories.  Needless to say competition was at its toughest this year!

As brewery and brewpub staff swarmed Colorado, taking tours at local spots, attending seminars, and fun filled parties, most also waited anxiously to hear the 2014 winners that were announced on April 11th.  We are excited to share that some of our clients walked away with some hardware!

2014 World Beer Cup Winners:

  • GOLD

 

  • Shake Chocolate Porter, Boulder Beer Co. (Chocolate Beer, 51 entries)
  • Lagunitas Day Time Ale, Lagunitas Brewing Co. (Session Beer, 40 entries)
  • Coors Light, Coors Brewing Co. (American-Style Lager or Light Lager or Pilsener, 53 entries)
  • Old Style, Pabst Brewing Co. (American-Style Cream Ale, 31 entries)
  • Winterfest, AC Golden Brewing Co. (American-Style Amber Lager, 34 entries)
  • George Killian’s Irish Red, Coors Brewing Co. (Irish-Style Red Ale, 46 entries)

 

  • SILVER

 

  • Ruthless Rye, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. (Rye Beer, 47 entries)
  • Squeaky  Bike Nut Brown, Moab Brewery (Session Beer, 40 entries)
  • Power Wagon, Big Sky Brewing Co. (Other Strong Beer, 44 entries)
  • Miller Genuine Draft, Miller Brewing Co. (American-Style Lager or Light Lager or Pilsener, 53 entries)
  • Icehouse, Plank Road Brewery (American-Style Cream Ale, 31 entries)
  • Santo, Saint Arnold Brewing Co. (American-Style Dark Lager, 18 entries)

 

  • BRONZE

 

  • Coors Banquet, Coors Brewing Co. (American-Style Lager or Light Lager or Pilsener, 53 entries)
  • Henry Weinhard’s Blue Boar, Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Co. (American-Style Cream Ale, 31 entries)

 

  • WORLD BEER CUP CHAMPION BREWERY AND BREWMASTER

 

  • Coors Brewing Co. and Dr. David Ryder

 

High Country Beverage is proud to represent such an amazing lineup of breweries and brewpubs, and we appreciate all of their hard work, congrats!

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!