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.

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.

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.

What Time Is It?

Where will YOU be watching the Bronco’s this year?
Here are our picks for the first game:

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Fort Collins
Beach House Grill – 125 S. College Ave.

Loveland
Sports Station – 409 N. Railroad Ave.

Greeley
Pitcher’s Brewery & Sports – 2501 11th Ave.

Longmont
Pumphouse Brewery & Restaurant – 540 Main St.

Brighton
Copper Rail Bar & Grill – 174 S. Main St.

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Saturday is St. Patty’s Day! Let’s Drink Green Beer!

NoCo Nightlife is here to let you know what’s goin’ down on St. Patty’s Day this year. Not only is there a parade in Old Town Fort Collins, but once again, St. Patty’s Day falls on a SATURDAY!!! Get wild, get crazy, make your beer green and have some fun at the following spots for some awesome specials, good food and even better people!

Here’s where we will be, with awesome specials and a lot of sick shwag on Sat. March 17, by city, pick a few- do a pub crawl, whatever! Just come say what’s up.

Longmont

  • 7 West in Longmont at 526 Main St. from 3-3:45 p.m.
  • Dickens Tavern in Longmont at 302 Main St. from 4-4:45 p.m.
  • Mike O’Shay’s at 512 Main St. in Longmont from 5-5:45 p.m.
  • Fusion in Longmont at 1900 Ken Pratt BLVD from 6-6:45 p.m. for some GREEN Coors Light
  • T-Bone in Longmont at 3815 HWY #119 from 6-6:45 p.m.

Firestone

  • Parrotts at 6030 Firestone BLVD #206 for some GREEN Coors Light from 5-5:45 p.m.

Erie

  • Snow Cap in Erie at 615 Mitchell Way #100 from 7:15 -8:00 p.m. for GREEN Coors Light

Brighton

  • Jordanellies in Brighton at 25 N. Main St. from 8:30 – 9:30 p.m.
  • Copper Rail in  Brighton at 174 S. Main St. from 9:45 – 10:30 p.m.

Greeley

  • Tavola in Greeley at 807 9th St. from 2-3 p.m.
  • Tavern @ St. Michaels in Greeley at 2918 67th Ave. from 6:15-7:45 p.m.
  • Whiskey River in Greeley at 618 25th St. from 10 – 11 p.m.
  • The Library (not to read!!) in Greeley at 807 17th St. from 11 p.m. – 12 midnight
  • Penalty Box in Greeley at 822 9th St. from 10 p.m.-12 midnight
  • Old Chicago in Greeley at 1436 Hahns Peak Dr. from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Fort Collins

  • Ryan’s in Fort Collins (the old Jackson’s spot) at 925 E. Harmony Rd. #10 from 7-8 p.m.
  • Taps in Fort Collins at 165 Boardwalk Dr. from 8:15-9:15 p.m.
  • Tap and Handle in Fort Collins at 307 S. College from 5:45-6:05 p.m.
  • Mo Jeaux’s at 2203 S. College Ave. from 4-6 p.m.

1- Fort Collins Old Town Pub Crawl for St. Patty’s Day!!!!!

  • Drunken Monkey at 151 S. College Ave. from 6:10-6:35 p.m. (this place just opened!)
  • Old Chicago (Old Town location) at 147 S. College Ave. from 6:40- 7 p.m.
  • Beach House  at 125 S. College Ave. from 7-7:20 p.m.
  • Trail Head at 148 W. Mountain Ave. from 7:25-7:40
  • Steakout Saloon at 152 W. Mountain Ave. (right next door!) 7:40-8 p.m.
  • Washington’s (Washbar) at 132 LaPorte Ave. from 8-8:30 p.m.

2- Fort Collins Old Town Pub Crawl for St. Patty’s Day!!!!!

  • Crown Pub at 134 S. College Ave. from 6- 6:30 p.m.
  • Town Pump at 124 N College Ave. from 6:30-6:50 p.m.
  • Lucky Joe’s (IT’S FOR THE OCCASION!) 25 Old Town Square from 6:50-7:20 p.m.
  • Yeti (brand NEW!) at 23 Old Town Square #152 (next to 100 Octane) from 7:20-7:40 p.m.
  • Bondi Beach Bar at 11 Old Town Square from 7:40-8 p.m.
  • Wallstreet at 214 Linden St. from 8-8:20 p.m.
  • The Forge Publick House (behind Luscious) 232 Walnut St. #7 from 8:25-8:40 p.m.

3- South Side to West Side of Town Pub Crawl for St. Patty’s Day!

  • Mulligan’s Pub at 2439 S. College Ave. from 6-6:30 p.m.
  • Pitchers at 1100 W. Drake St. from 6:35-7 p.m.
  • Sliders at 1006 Spring Creek Ln. from 7:05-7:30 p.m.
  • Road 34 at 1213 W. Elizabeth St. from 7:35-8:15 p.m.

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What IS Fat Tuesday?

Today is the date: Mardi Gras 2012!

Mardi Gras, “Fat Tuesday”, is the last day of the Carnival season as it always falls the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent.

While we love ANY excuse to go out and party on a Tuesday, here is a little bit of information on the New Orleans holiday known as “Fat Tuesday,” “Shrove Tuesday” or Mardi Gras… if you don’t know much about the holiday, the following information might just catch you off guard!

The terms “Mardi Gras” in English, refers to events of the “Carnival” celebrations, beginning on or after Epiphany and culminating on the day before Ash Wednesday. Mardi gras is French for Fat Tuesday, referring to the tradition of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday; in English the day is sometimes referred to as Shrove Tuesday, from the word shrive, meaning “confess.”

Most all of the traditions from Mardi Gras are associated with it being just before the fasting and religious obligations associated with the season of Lent. Popular traditions (which we’re sure you already know) include wearing masks and costumes, overturning social conventions, dancing, sports competitions, parades, etc.

Now, would you have guessed that Mardi Gras (or Pardi Gras as many call it in Fort Collins) was developed as a result of Lent?

At any rate, Happy Fat Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras or Pardi Gras- which ever you find the most suitable to your day today!

Sunday Funday – The Broncos are IN!

While the Denver Broncos may not have walked away with the W against Kansas City on Sunday, the loss of the Raiders still guaranteed Denver a spot in the first playoff game against Pittsburgh this Sunday, January 8.

Naturally, that means that Northern Colorado will be blowing up with awesome specials all over the place, and we are here to tell you where to watch the game.

Penalty Box
822 9th St, Greeley, CO
2 pm – 3 pm
$1 Coors Lights!!!!

Randy’s Pub & Grill
708 31st Street, Evans, CO
3:30 pm-4:30 pm
$1.25 Coors, Coors Lights and Miller Lights!

The Boot Grill
4174 Clydesdale Parkway, Loveland, CO
2:30 pm-3:30 pm
$2 Coors Light Pints!!

McGraffs
1602 East Eisenhower Boulevard, Loveland, CO
3:45 pm-4:45 pm
$4.25 Coors Light Mugs!!

Chillers
128 E 4th St  Loveland, CO 80537-5502
5 pm-6 pm
$10 Miller Buckets!!!

Check out our Facebook page for more specials this weekend!

LET’S GO BRONCOS!

Be Responsible this Holiday Season

Whether you’re celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanza this holidays season, there is one thing that we should all be practicing: responsibility.

It is pretty expected that when you’re hanging out with your family (immediate, extended, in-laws… or out-laws…) that you will probably be drinking some alcoholic beverages (we hope it’s Coors Light!)

We challenge each and every one out there to be responsible this holiday season. NoCo Nightlife sponsor, High Country Beverage, does a great job on their website (www.highcountrybeverage.com) at explaining responsible drinking:

Pulled from the Responsibility portion of the High Country Beverage website:

High Country Beverage’s TAKE CARE® Responsibility Program message is simple: drink responsibly, be safe, call for help, and don’t drink and drive. When alcohol is abused, it can affect others, sometimes in a tragic way. That’s why it’s important to know your limits and encourage others to do the same. And since parents have the most influence on a teen’s decision to drink, we encourage you to talk to your students about underage drinking. HCB cares about Northern Colorado and aims to ensure that the products we distribute are consumed responsibly. Educate yourself today.

Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC)
BAC Affects On Motor Skills
• At .02 light to moderate drinkers begin to feel some effect.
• At .04 most people begin to feel relaxed.
• At .06 judgment is somewhat impaired. People are less able to make rational decisions about their capabilities.
• At .08 there is a definite impairment of muscle coordination and driving skills. This is an illegal level for intoxication in CO.
• At .12 vomiting usually occurs, unless this level is reached slowly or a person has developed tolerance to alcohol.
• At .15 balance and movement are impaired. This blood-alcohol level means the equivalent of 1/2 pint (8 ounces) of 80 proof spirits is circulating in the blood.

An Example of BAC Levels
The liver eliminates less then one ounce of pure alcohol per hour. If a 150-pound male drank for one hour on an empty stomach, his judgment and ability would be impaired and he would likely have the following BAC levels:

24 oz. beer or 2 oz of 100 proof spirits = .05 BAC = DWAI
48 oz. beer or 4oz. of 100 proof spirits = .10 BAC =Above DUI (.08 is a DUI)
96 oz. beer or 8oz. of 100 proof spirits = .20 BAC

Example only: BAC levels may vary by individual based on certain circumstances (I.E.: size – gender – rate of consumption – strength of drink – drug use – food) Source: TIPS Training Guide