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!

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!

Love is in the beer…

 

I Heart Beer

Every year February 14th is filled with love, candy and cards, but this year you should do a little something more.

If you’re spending it with a loved one for first time or maybe 20th time, it’s sure to be a special day.  Exchange your cards and chocolate, deliver the flowers, tell them just how much they mean to you and then boom, pull out their favorite beer!  Sure the chocolates are great, but nothing says “I love you” better than knowing someone’s favorite beverage.  It could be a 4-pack of Oskar Blues’ Ten Fidy, Lagunitas’ Sucks (which just hit stores by the way), or maybe introduce them to Miller Fortune, a bourbon flavored lager.  Whatever it may be, a night spent in with a favorite beverage and great company is one of the best pleasures.

Not one for staying in, then head out and enjoy a nice evening on the town.  Pick your favorite spot for dinner and enjoy your favorites there.  If you stick around for dessert and you’ll want to pair Boulder Beer’s Shake (a chocolate porter) with anything chocolate or maybe you’re looking for something tart and fruity, in which case you should give New Belgium’s Transatlantique Kriek (a lambic ale full of Polish cherries) a try to get you puckered up.

Speaking of puckering up, Tap N’ Handle of Fort Collins, will be pouring a wide variety of sour beers all week long during their 1st Annual Sweet n Sour Week.  Beginning yesterday, February 10th, they started putting on as many sour gems as they could find.  Rumor has it they have had some real treats stashed away, guess you have to show up to see what they are!

Whether you’re spending it with your sweetheart or you’re celebrating “Singles Awareness Day”, be sure to make the best of it.  No sense in being a bum, share a beer with loved ones and friends alike!

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!

Try Somethin’ Pumpkin

With the leaves turning colors and the blistering hot days behind us, it surely means that the fall season is well underway.  And it wouldn’t truly feel like fall without any pumpkin beers floating around the store shelves and taking up spots on restaurant and bar tap systems.  But just as quick as they arrive, they disappear, until next year that is.  That’s so far away though so it’s best you get them while they are still around this year.

If you are imagining your first sip to be like taking a bite of your jack-o-lantern remains, you’ve got the wrong impression.  In fact, most are far more interesting in taste than just plain old pumpkin.  The addition of fresh cut pumpkins is a popular choice, while others sometimes opt to use pumpkin puree or just a touch of pumpkin flavoring.  You’ll also find many common fall spices in them like cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.  A generally sweet and malty taste with the spices taking offering up a good portion of the flavor profile make them extremely popular on these cooler fall nights.

Here’s a list of a few we think you might like to try from our friends!

  • Alaskan – Pumpkin Porter
  • Blue Moon – Harvest Pumpkin Ale
  • New Belgium – Pumpkick
  • Saint Arnold – Pumpkinator
  • Tommy Knocker – Small Patch Pumpkin Harvest Ale

Get your pumpkin fix in before it’s too late!

St. Patty’s Day Celebration!

This weekend, be sure to wear green, throw on your shamrocks and celebrate St. Patty’s Day with family and friends in downtown Fort Collins!  Whether you’re getting up early to run the Sharin’ O’ the Green 5K Run/Walk or taking the family to watch the Lucky Joe’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, there is lots of fun to be had this weekend!

Start your Saturday off right, at 8:30 a.m., by signing up for the Sharin’ O’ the Green 5K Run/Walk that will begin and end at Library Park.  Dressing up in your best Irish or green attire is encouraged!  You’ll be helping a good cause too, as all proceeds go toward Partners Mentoring Youth, a local program that pairs youth in need of extra help with adult mentors.  Plus, participants will have a complimentary beer waiting for them at the end of the race!

Lucky Joe’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade will start at 10 a.m. Saturday, beginning at the corner of Walnut and College and travel through the heart of downtown Fort Collins.  CSU’s Temple Grandin is this year’s Grand Marshall and will have the honor of leading the 80 plus floats through the parade route.  Stick around for the Old Town Irish Party that will take place in Old Town Square from 10am to 5pm.  Listen to live Irish music by Gobs O’ Phun, The Commoners and TribU2 while hanging out with your family and friends.  Enjoy a Guinness draft, green beer (if you really want to get in to the spirit!), Irish food, Irish whiskey and even green cotton candy!

Need a better reason to wear green?  CSU’s men’s and women’s basketball teams traveled to Las Vegas to play in the Mountain West Conference tournament that starts this Thursday, so show your support and wear lots of green for them this week!

Lots of downtown businesses will be in the Irish spirit all weekend, so head downtown to enjoy the nice weather and the fun festivities!

Welcoming the New Year!

Now that we have all made it through the end of the world it is time to start firming up those New Year’s Eve plans!  Whether you plan on dressing up in your Sunday’s best or just throwing on whatever you can find on your floor, you should celebrate with your closest friends and family!

Still trying to figure out your plans for New Year’s Eve?  Well, there are lots of great local options right here in Northern Colorado!  Paying for overpriced hotel rooms and bar covers can take the fun out of the whole celebration, so staying in town allows you to save some money and make it home safe and sound to your very own bed.

Fort Collins:

  • You can head to Ace Gillette’s if you’re looking for something a little more upscale, for just $45 you can eat, dance to live music by Soul Proprietor, and win door prizes!
  • The Rio Grande in Fort Collins will be hosting a party upstairs in their Agave Room.  There you can enjoy appetizers, live music and a complimentary champagne toast, all for $25.
  • TI’s Lounge and Du’ Tell Events are hosting an evening of dancing, celebrating, light Hors d’oeuvre, champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight. 1st well drink on them, $10 dollars in advance $15  at the door, FIRE and ICE theme dress attire is encouraged …… Ladies, red or white….. Gentlemen black slacks.
  • Washington’s Sports Bar & Grill is hosting a party with Nufusion Productions, there will be all kinds of party favors, cash drop, and of course a champagne toast at midnight.
  • If you’d rather head to a show, check out Elephant Revival at the Aggie Theatre or Fierce Bad Rabbit at Hodi’s Half Note.

Greeley:

  • Cactus Canyon in Greeley is hosting a huge New Years Even Time Machine party with $1.75 longnecks and wells until 9 pm! They are currently taking table reservations and tickets to their party are on sale for a discount now!
  • Whiskey River in Greeley has FREE drinks and drafts until 11 pm, a FREE champagne toast at midnight and all of the party hats and noise makers you could ask for!

Know of a good party this NYE up in Northern Colorado? Be sure to tell us about it on Facebook, www.Facebook.com/NoCoNightlife!

If you plan on hitting the bar scene sans RSVP,  be sure to head out a little early so you don’t get stuck counting down the New Year while freezing outside in a line!  Be prepared, while most bars will be operating as usual, some will have covers for the festivities so be sure to have a little extra cash to get in.

Does the looming “fiscal cliff” and tighter budget after the holidays have you second guessing your New Year’s Eve celebration plans?  You can still ring in the New Year in your own grand fashion by throwing a house party!  Instead of spending money on a cover, or buying drinks at the bar, pick up a couple cases of seasonal beer (there are still quite a few great options on the shelves), a few appetizers, party hats and noise makers, and a celebratory bottle of champagne to pop at the stroke of midnight.

When all is said and done, be sure to plan ahead and figure out a safe and sober ride to and from all destinations!

Happy New Year everyone!

It’s that time of year again, when our schedules are packed to the brim with end of the year meetings, holiday shopping, travel plans and lots of holiday parties!  Those of you who have saved all your vacation days, job well done.  You can sit back and relax and enjoy your free time, while the rest of us try to fit it all in before the end of the year (or world).

For those not so lucky, we’d like to focus on the brighter side of things.  Time spent at holiday parties with friends, family and coworkers (even those you aren’t fond of), reminiscing about the “pits and peaks” of the last 365 days.

There are a few must haves when it comes to holiday parties:

First, depending on the party, you may or may not need an ugly sweater.  If so, it is likely that mom and dad, or grandma and grandpa, might have the most perfect ugly sweater waiting for you in their closet.  Ask politely to borrow it and definitely don’t use the word “ugly”.

Food is next.  Every party has to have some amazing food, whether it is an assortment of finger foods to nibble on, or a feast of prime rib with grilled veggies and mashed potatoes.  Don’t skimp here if you are put in charge of this task, be sure to have something for everyone, especially the kids, those with allergies or vegetarian needs.

Next on the list would have to be those holiday treats that help us insulate ourselves for the upcoming wintery months.  Little sugary cookies all decorated with sprinkles, no bake peanut butter cookies with Hershey’s kisses punched in the middle, and homemade fudge are just a few that should line the dessert table.

Now, for maybe the most important part, libations.  For some, if not most of us, this is the time of year to splurge a little.  Whether it be your shopping habits, eating all those treats we talked about above, or maybe it’s enjoying those nice beers that only come out for a few months out of the year.  Winter seasonal beers are created to reflect the traditional tastes, smells and flavors of this time of year.  Often they include spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, or ginger and contain toasted malts giving them a caramel-like appearance.

As the host of the party has worked hard to cook, clean and set up this sure-to-be-wonderful party, you to stop at the liquor store and pick up a few refreshments to enjoy as a way of saying thanks.  We promise that it will be appreciated by all who are there!

Here are a few of our favorites that we enjoy sharing with others!

  • Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale
  • Boulder Beer Killer Penguin
  • Boulder Beer Never Summer Ale
  • Coors Winterfest
  • Leinenkugel’s Snowdrift Vanilla Porter
  • New Belgium Snow Day
  • New Belgium Frambozen
  • Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale

The “Glass That Gives” and Gives Some More

This time of year reminds all of us to be thankful for the many great things in our lives.  Food, shelter, family, friends and fun are just of the few that come to mind first.  Being thankful is a great feeling and one of the best things to do this time of year is give a gift to show your appreciation to those that have been so good to you.  Besides, who doesn’t love seeing the look on someone else’s face after they receive a gift?  No one!

So New Belgium is helping you give two gifts at once!  They started their “Glass That Gives” promotion this week, and with every purchase of a pair of specialty New Belgium glasses they will donate $1 towards the charity of your choice.  Four organizations have been selected for your donating pleasure; Water Keeper Alliance, People for Bikes, Organic Farming Research Foundation and 350.org.  These organizations aim to keep drinking water safe, increase the funding of our bike friendly community, raise the awareness of the benefits of organic farming, and focus funds on the climate issues surrounding the world.

We just wouldn’t have felt right not sharing this double dose of kindness.  Plus, this act of philanthropy is coming just in time for the holidays!

www.newbelgium.com

www.waterkeeper.org

www.peopleforbikes.org

www.ofrf.org

www.350.org

A Frightening Weekend and Now Another

Last weekend the streets of downtown Fort Collins looked like a scene from the popular show “The Walking Dead”, with herds of the undead dragging their feet and groaning at those who passed by.  As vampires have become a thing of the past, zombies have become ever more popular, so much so that an entire day was dedicated to Zombie Fest.

On Saturday zombies of all ages came out to enjoy a variety of events and festivities to help raise money for Turning Point, which offers therapeutic services to the community through classes, counseling and treatment programs.  This zombie crawl had over 50 stops that included all kinds of bars, restaurants and shops.  After purchasing a wristband the walking dead were entitled to four specials at participating locations like Beach House Grill, Cranknstein, Restaurant 415 and Ben & Jerry’s. Businesses were overrun all night with zombies in search of bandanas, free coffee or zombie beer, and other treats.

For those that wanted to continue shuffling their feet after they were done crawling all over town, the Aggie Theatre hosted a 21+ Zombie Ball that included ghoulish music by Mama Lenny, the Remedy and Fierce Bad Rabbit.  A coronation was held for the Ball’s King and Queen and “bloodthirsty libations” were had by all.  Teen Scream, as it was called, was held for the younger undead and offered instructions for Michael Jackson’s dance moves and the best dressed male and female were awarded prizes.  ZombieKidz was held in the afternoon for families and kids and included face painting, games, snacks and an inflatable slide.

As the night came to a close zombies staggered back to where they came from, at least for the time being.  With Halloween fast approaching we are sure they will be back soon.