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.

Friday Fest in Greeley is back!

Greeley Downtown Signature Event

 

May 2nd marks the beginning of this year’s Friday Fest fun in Greeley, where you can enjoy live music and entertainment all summer long!

Head to downtown Greeley Friday, May 2nd, and EVERY Friday through September 19th, with your friends and family for some of the best entertainment around.  The 9th Street Plaza will be hosting a variety of musical acts throughout the next few months for both young and old to enjoy.  Bustling with music lovers and those just taking in the beautiful Colorado summer night, you’ll be sure to have a great time!

And in case you don’t already know, Friday Fest is the first and only “GO CUP” entertainment area in Colorado.  This allows patrons of legal drinking age (21 years old with valid ID) to purchase a beverage of their choice from participating establishments and enjoy them in the designated area of the 9th Street Plaza.  All you have to do is enter an establishment, order your drink of choice in the establishments special “GO CUP”, then head out to listen to the music!

Mama Lenny and the Remedy will be kicking off the fun this week, playing a little rhythm and blues to cure your week’s ailments.  You can catch other favorites like Moses Jones Band, The Tropical Coyotes, Funkiphino, and many more, over the next four and half months at no cost to you at all!

High Country Beverage is a proud sponsor of this amazing weekly event!

You can catch the full lineup for 2014 on the Greeley Downtown website or click HERE.

FoCoMX, “The Biggest Little Festival in America”

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Join 200+ bands and artists, and hundreds of music lovers during the 6th Annual FoCoMX event taking place this weekend!

Artists, bands, and DJs from all over Colorado will be taking over 20 of Fort Collins best live music venues on April 25th and 26th.  From the more popular spots like the Aggie Theatre, Avogadro’s Number, and Hodi’s Half Note, to smaller venues like Choice City Butcher & Deli, East Coast, and Mainline, you’ll be able to catch some of Colorado’s biggest and best local performers.  Downtown Fort Collins is the place to be this weekend!

This musical event, known as “The Biggest Little Festival in America”, has something for everyone, with genres varying from Acoustic-Folk and Bluegrass, to Hip Hop and Reggae.  Or maybe you’re looking for something with a bit of brass to it, not to worry, there’s plenty of Blues and Jazz to check out at this year’s FoCoMX.  And for those into the electronic scene that has been taking the music world by storm the last few years, the event has a great line up of DJs playing at a handful of different venues.

The fun begins at 3:30pm on Friday afternoon, continuing through the night with most of the last acts taking the stage at 12:00am.  Music and shows are set to start back up at 1:00pm on Saturday, and again will continue well into the evening.  Purchase your wristbands online ($32.04 w/service fee) or at Rock ‘N’ Robin’s (804 S. College Avenue) to gain access to all venues for the entire weekend of musical entertainment!

Oh, and New Belgium is one of the sponsors, so be sure to support them when imbibing adult beverages!

Click HERE to visit their site for more details.

CyclHOPS, Northern Colorado’s newest bike CAN-tina

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If you enjoy craft beer and bikes then this new spot is perfect for you!

Oskar Blues recently opened their newest venture, CyclHOPS, in Longmont. This quick service taco spot and tequila bar will also feature a full service bike shop and will be home to their bike brand, REEB Cycles. All aspects truly reflect the lifestyle of many along the Front Range and Northern Colorado.

With seating for upwards of 300 people, this face paced taqueria style CAN-tina offers up authentic and traditional tacos alongside a plethora of craft beers and specialty tequilas. There’s nothing better than fresh ingredients inside of handmade tortillas. Twenty taps, flowing with delicious craft beer, should keep your cravings at bay, at least while you’re enjoying your meal. Taking a trip into the tequila tasting room will have you in front of 43 premium tequilas, and no lime or salt is needed. The warm feel and tequila tiki bar will almost make you think that you are escaping Colorado to hit the warm beaches down in Mexico.

Before, or after, you eat be sure to stop in and check out the full-service bike shop that is also located in the Bike CAN-tina. Here you’ll find the retail home of REEB Cycles, a company dedicated to building bikes locally and made solely with American-made parts. They currently offer four models and were named to Outside Magazine’s “Top 9 Mountain Bikes of Spring 2012”.

Hop on your bike and ride on over to enjoy some of what makes Colorado so amazing, bikes and beer.

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!

Beer, Cupcakes, and a One Man Band

Congrats to one of our newest partners, Black Bottle Brewery, as they turn one year old this month!

Join them as the doors open on Saturday, December 14th at 11am to help them celebrate their birth a year ago last December. They will be celebrating their first birthday with Angry Elf (their anniversary beer), specialty cupcakes from Cupcake Cruiser, one man band, Randall Conrad Olinger, and much more. Black Bottle will be offering tours of their brewery to the public at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 4pm and 5pm. In addition, they will be taking over all 40 of their taps with 40 different BBB beers for the entire day, or until they are gone at least, including some that haven’t been seen since they first opened.

A tapping and toast of their anniversary beer, Angry Elf, at 7pm will kick of the night’s festivities! Angry Elf is an American Strong Ale made with brown sugar, molasses, maple syrup, orange blossom honey, and cinnamon that they aged in scotch barrels with raspberries and then aged again in whiskey barrels. Accompanying the toast will be a specialty cupcake made with their anniversary beer and made by Fort Collins’ favorite cupcake truck, Cupcake Cruiser.

Stick around until 8pm and you’ll be able to have the first crack at the Black Bottle Brewery and Feisty Spirits collaboration whiskey, Collab-skey. This first batch has a strong, yet sweet, aroma of roasted malt with subtle hints of apricot, and its full body finishes warm and crisp compliments of the rye. Fair warning, this is a small batch and will be limited, so get a taste while it’s still around.

Randall Conrad Olinger, a one man band of sorts, will begin his foot stomping, “hobo honkey-tonk” (as he calls it) at 9pm, so be sure to stick around for a song or two! His acoustic combination of blues, country, rock and metal, played on loud guitars and a homemade foot drum, will keep your foot tapping and hands clapping well into the night.

A full day of activities, that’s the only way to celebrate a 1st birthday!

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Oscar Blues 11th CANiversary

Join Oskar Blues Grill & Brew this Friday, December 6th, as they celebrate 11 years of canning their craft. Rare Oskar Blues beers, live music, food specials and raising awareness for a good cause, there’s no better way to bring people together!

In 2002 Oskar Blues decided it was time to start packaging the sweet goodness and the decision between bottles and cans had to be made. Often associated with sodas or lack luster beer, Oskar Blues opted to go with cans for humorous reasons, but for other reasons also. Fully protecting their craft from sunlight and oxygen, portability, and ease of recycling (just to name a few), made cans the obvious choice for Dale and company. The initial set up included just a table-top canning system that could only seal one beer at a time, this made Oskar Blues the first American craft brewery to both brew and can their own beer. Needless to say, they became a trailblazer, as many craft breweries have followed their lead and now it’s time to celebrate!

The party starts at 7pm and will continue into the night, as people from all over ascend on the birthplace of canned craft beer. To celebrate this occasion Oskar Blues will be pulling out a few rarities at 7pm, including 2009 Ten FIDY, Southern Hemisphere ESB, and The White Buffalo IPA, followed by their first batch of O.D.B. Barleywine at 8pm. If that’s not convincing enough, Rocktin Grove will take the stage at 8:30pm and The West Water Outlaws will close it out starting at 10pm. Purchase your tickets early online for $10 to ensure you get a spot inside, or risk it and purchase them at the door tomorrow night.

Oskar Blues is taking this opportunity to raise awareness for the CAN’d Aid Foundation’s Colorado Flood Relief Fund. CAN’d Aid has raised over $250,000 in donations to help aid in the recovery of all those who were affected by the floods that devastated Colorado earlier this year. The foundation has distributed a large portion of the donations to local area families, individuals and small businesses in order to help them get back on their feet. Special t-shirts and pint glasses can be purchased at this event and all proceeds will go directly to the CAN’d Aid Foundation’s Colorado Flood Relief Fund to continue the flood recovery efforts.

Stop by to celebrate and learn about the amazing CAN’d Aid Foundation’s hard work!

Where: ​Oskar Blues Grill and Brew
​​303 Main Street
​​Lyons, CO 80540
When: ​7pm – Close
Price: ​​$10

Big, and not so big, bring home hardware from the All Colorado Beer Festival

Just because GABF has come and gone doesn’t mean that the awards are done being passed out for the year.  There is no set beer festival season and the All Colorado Beer Festival finished up its 7th year just a few weeks ago.  One of Northern Colorado’s newest breweries, Black Bottle Brewery, and one of its most well known, New Belgium, were able to claim top honors at this year’s festival!

Black Bottle Brewery, at 11 months old, brought home a shiny gold medal for its American Red, Ginger.  The beer, described on their draft list as “The beer with no soul”, was entered into the Amber, Red and Brown Ales category and found itself on top after three and half hours of deliberation and judging.  Dark crystal malts present a toasty caramel sweetness in this beer that is then balanced out by its aromatic hops.  And while Ginger is the name there is in fact no ginger involved in this ale whatsoever.  We’re sure this won’t be the last of Black Bottle Brewery’s award winning beers, as they are still new to the brewery scene and picking up steam.

New Belgium, a longtime Fort Collins staple, created another award winning beer with their Rampant Imperial IPA.  This imperial IPA, introduced this past February, pours a beautiful copper color and offers up an intriguing citrus and floral aroma.  Stonefruit and citrus flavors are well balanced through the use of Mosaic, Calypso and Centennial hops and the dry finish from the hop combination keeps you sipping it until it’s all gone.  Congrats to New Belgium on another fine beer.

Keep up the good work!

Warren Miller’s Ticket to Ride X Outpost Sunsport X Black Bottle Brewery X Coopersmith’s

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If you’re a fan of Warren Miller Entertainment then you won’t want to miss the opportunity to catch their 64th annual ski and snowboard film, Ticket to Ride, this Friday night!

This Friday, November 8th, is the perfect opportunity to join other ski/snowboard/outdoor fans from all over Northern Colorado while viewing some of the greatest footage caught on camera.  Local outdoor retail shop, Outpost Sunsport, has been hosting this special event for ski and snowboard lovers since 1983!  Its growing popularity now requires two showings (6:30pm and 9:30pm) at the Lincoln Center to try and accommodate all of those wanting to have the Warren Miller experience.  Highly anticipated and always exciting this event often sells out, so get your tickets before it’s too late!

Ticket to Ride takes you on a ride across the globe, capturing footage of world-class athletes pushing the limits in some of the Earth’s most beautiful and sought after destinations.  Making stops in places like Aspen, Montana, Switzerland and others, this film features experts testing their skills as they drop in to their lines from helicopters or even parachutes.  Catching footage in tight spots with extreme drops, this year’s film will once again have you on the edge of your seat, making you want to push your limits further next time you’re out on the slopes.

Outpost Sunsport has teamed up with local breweries, Black Bottle Brewery and Coopersmith’s Pub and Brewing to bring you the chance to enjoy a FREE beer!  Black Bottle Brewery, a local brewery that isn’t even a year old, invites you to bring in your ticket stub between November 8th and November 30th, 2013 to redeem a free BBB beer on the house.  While you’re there, we suggest giving their food menu a chance; their topped artichoke teaser and crab cakes are excellent!

Coopersmith’s, a long-standing staple of downtown Fort Collins, will be passing out a limited number of “Free Beer” cards at the showings.  We suggest showing up early as we all know that ‘the early bird gets the beer.’

Visit Outpost Sunsport to find out more information and buy your tickets to this once a year event!

 

Where:

The Lincoln Center

417 West Magnolia, Fort Collins, CO

When:

Friday, November 8th, 2013 – 6:30pm

Friday, November 8th, 2013 – 9:30pm

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!