FORToberfest – September 19

Photo Source: Downtown Fort Collins

Photo Source: Downtown Fort Collins

For the past few years, Fort Collins has celebrated the changing of seasons with its own unique version of Oktoberfest: FORToberfest.

On Saturday, Sept. 19, from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Walnut Street and Linden Street in downtown Fort Collins will be transformed into a fall celebration like none other. Festival-goers can enjoy beer from more than 12 local breweries as well as create their own taster trays. Art and bike vendors will also be set up for people to peruse. And of course, there will be more delicious food than you’ll know what to do with.

Throughout the entire festival, live music will fill the streets and get everyone up and dancing to the groove. The lineup for the UCHealth stage is as follows:

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.: The Seers

12:30 – 2 p.m.: Atomga

2:30 – 4 p.m.: Tallgrass

4:30 – 6 p.m.: Arthur Lee Land

6:30 – 8 p.m.: Oakhurst

8:30 – 10 p.m.: Dan Treanor’s Afrossippi Band

So come out and celebrate fall Fort Collins style!

High Country Beverage is a proud supporter of FORToberfest.

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.

Thursday Night Live – Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams July 16

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Bohemian Nights is excited to welcome Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams to the Thursday Night Live concert series. Although they are classified in the country music genre, Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams break the barriers of traditional country to bring audiences an exhilarating music experience.

Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams hail from Denver and are no stranger to the limelight. Having played at venues including Red Rocks, the Filmore Auditorium and various rodeos, this band knows how to wow a crowd.

Their unique blend of rock, honky-tonk and western swing is created by five band members – Halden Wofford, Bret Billings, Greg Schochet, Ben O’Connor and Damon Smith – pouring their heart and soul into a double-neck electric guitar, steel guitar, mandolin and drums.

Fast Facts on the Band Members:

Halden Wofford – Acoustic guitar, vocals

  • He was born in Los Angeles
  • He has been performing in Denver since 1995
  • His musical influences include Cindy Walker, Jim Lauderdale, and Gillian Welch

Bret Billings – Steel guitar, dobro, harp, vocals

  • He is a Denver native
  • He was taught by locally-renowned steel guitar player Dick Meis
  • He has played on stage with Willie Nelson

Greg Schochet – Lead guitar, mandolin

  • He is from Boulder
  • He is well-known as a performer, producer, teacher and session musician in the Front Range music scene
  • He has played with several bands, including Runaway Truck Ramp and All Night Honky Tonk All-Stars

Ben O’Connor – Bass, vocals

  • He was born in New Mexico
  • His musical influences include Merle Haggard, Buck Owens and Gary Stewart
  • He also teaches web design at Colorado State University

Damon Smith – Drums

  • He was born in Japan
  • He lived in Africa during his childhood, where his family had a country band called The Buffalo Chips
  • He has toured the U.S. with punk rock groups such as Abaisser

See Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams July 16 at 7 p.m., 354 Walnut St., Old Town Fort Collins.

High Country Beverage is a proud sponsor of the Thursday Night Live concert series.

 

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!

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!

FoCoMX brings Northern Colorado’s Musical Talents to Fort Collins Favorite Venues

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Musicians and music fans can come together on April 24th & 25th, in the annual event that showcases some of the best local performers all over Fort Collins.

The Northern Colorado music scene continues to grow and the community support is outstanding, which helps keeps this spectacular musical event, which has gained national attention, going year after year. Presented by Fort Collins Musicians Association (FoCoMA), FoCoMX offers up over 200+ bands, artists, and DJs from all over Northern Colorado. You’ll most likely find your favorites playing on one of the two days, plus a few new favorites.

In its 7th year, FoCoMX plans to be bigger and better than ever. The event, which takes place on Friday, April 24th & Saturday, April 25th, will be spread out over 20+ different venues across Fort Collins. From larger venues like Aggie Theatre, Avogadro’s Number, and Hodi’s Half Note, and to the not so large, Illegal Pete’s, Moe’s Original Bar B Que, and Tap N Handle, there’s plenty to choose from. A variety of different styles of music will be played at all venues, you’ll have to find the vibe that’s right for you. Or, why not try them all!

You can purchase your two day bracelet for $30 online, at Rock ‘N’ Robin’s @ 804 S. College Ave in Fort Collins, or the day of at the Will Call & Ticket booth outside of Cohere Bandwidth at 256 Linden Street. More details here.

Visit FoCoMX for a full list of artists and venues and begin planning your weekend full of great music!

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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.