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.

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!

2013 Cheyenne Frontier Days are Here!

It’s that time of year again, when our neighbors up North host the world’s largest outdoor rodeo, Cheyenne Frontier Days.  This event has been going on for over 100 years and attracts the professions top performers who compete for cash and prizes worth over $1,000,000, not to mention big name bands and lots of great people!

A two week long event, Cheyenne Frontier Days offers plenty of rodeo excitement for all to enjoy.  In fact, 2012 marked the 9th consecutive time it has been honored with the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Large Rodeo of the Year award, dating all the way back to 2004.  Each session includes all nine events, ensuring that each spectator gets to see all the action.  Catch the behind the scenes action on the Behind the Chutes Tour, which offers a look at how the bulls and broncs are rounded up and loaded up into the chutes, finishing off with a walk through the arena.  All rodeos will start at 12:15pm and will include pre-shows that start at 11:30am, so be sure to get there early as to not miss any of the excitement!

Needing a break from the action or maybe you want to do a little dancing?  Well stop by the Buckin’A Saloon!  Open every day from 11am to 12am, you can enjoy live music at 5pm, 7pm and 10pm, beer specials and nightly concert ticket giveaways.

While it may be known mostly for its rodeo action, there’s more than bull riding, barrel racing and calf roping.  If you’ve never been you might not know that there is an art show, pancake breakfasts and a carnival.  The art show will showcase paintings, sculptures and carvings from over 60 of the country’s top western and animal artists.  Join thousands of others at 7am on July 22nd, 24th and 26th for a free pancake breakfast, where you can enjoy fresh flapjacks, ham, milk and coffee at Cheyenne Depot Square.  The Carnival Americana will be on the scene from July 19th through July 28th, offering up the classic carnival rides and games you grew up with.

Some of the biggest names in the music industry will be making stops at Cheyenne Frontier Days to perform.  Alan Jackson, Dwight Yoakam, Rascal Flatts, and Toby Keith are just a few of the headliners that are scheduled to perform during the two week event.  Tickets are selling fast and you don’t want to miss out on this opportunity so it’s best to get your tickets sooner than later!

With two weeks packed full of events there’s no excuse for you to miss the Daddy of ‘em All!

Check the schedule online for a full list of events, their times and ticket prices.

(http://www.cfdrodeo.com/home)

An Epic Beer Festival Hits Colorado

For the first time ever Denver, Colo. will be graced with the Epic Beer Festival on June 28th and 29th!

If you missed out on last weekend’s Colorado Brewers’ Festival, you can make it up to yourself by attending the Epic Beer Festival.  In its inaugural year in Denver, the Epic Beer Festival will feature 120 different craft breweries from all over the United States and plus many International breweries as well.

Local favorites like AC Golden Brewery, Boulder Brewing Co, New Belgium and Oskar Blues Brewing Co. will be in attendance. Other national favorites such as, Alaskan Brewing Co, Anchor Brewing Co, Big Sky Brewing, Flying Dog Brewing Co and Lagunitas Brewing Co, will also be sharing their craft brews.  You’ll find plenty of stouts, porters, IPAs, reds, wheats, pilsners, gluten free beers and many more styles, so be sure to branch out and try something you’ve never had.  Slated to serve upwards of 350 different crafts brews you’re bound to find at least one new favorite, if not more!

This festival will have three different tasting sessions, one on Friday the 28th and two on Saturday the 29th, and will take place at the Colorado Convention Center.  Friday’s session will start at 7pm and end at 10pm, and Saturday’s first session will take place from 1pm-4pm and the second from 7pm-10pm.  Purchase of a $40 general admission ticket will gain you entrance to the festival, an Epic Beer Festival tasting cup and 2oz tasting pours of all festival beers.  Be sure to grab a bite to eat before hand as there will be only be concession food available for attending patrons.

Are you a designated driver?  Well there’s good news for you, Epic Beer Festival has a Designated Driver program that gets you all the fun and souvenirs at the festival for FREE!  All you have to do is purchase a regular General Admission ticket, show up, have fun without drinking alcohol and then stop by the Designated Driver station on your way out to take a breathalyzer.  Blow .00 and your ticket cost will be refunded in FULL!   Otherwise, you have obviously consumed alcohol and will NOT be refunded your ticket cost.

Best of all the Epic Beer Festival benefits We Don’t Waste, a nonprofit based in Colorado that provides food for the hungry.  The program collects leftover food from various food purveyors, restaurants, and events, and then distributes the unused foods to those in need.  So purchase a ticket and help feed the hungry!

Purchase tickets and find more information at the link below!  As always, please remember to drinking responsibly and designate a driver.

http://www.epicbeerfestival.com/denver.html

What’s this “shandy” all about?

If you’ve been wondering what all this “shandy” talk is about, then you’ll want to take a second to read this.

summershandy-bottle-pourAs the weather gets warmer and the grass and trees return to their lush green color, there are two refreshing beverages that come to mind: a cold beer and a tall glass of lemonade.  For years, people have ordered and enjoyed them side by side, but over the years creativity has combined them into one.  A few breweries and beverage companies have taken it upon themselves to take the leg work out of it for consumers, adding lemonade and or citrus flavors to their brewing process, creating perfect seasonable shandys.

Leinenkugel Brewing Company has two great shandys out on the market, their Summer Shandy and a Lemon Berry Shandy.  Summer Shandy is a wheat beer, brewed to perfection with natural lemonade flavor that offers great refreshing taste with light hop and malt characteristics.  Lemon Berry Shandy, a Weiss beer brewed with blackberry juice and natural lemonade flavor, is perfect for summer afternoon barbeques but is available year round.

New to the scene is Mike’s Hard Shandy, the combination of Mike’s Hard Lemonade and Lager.  Mike’s Hard Lemonade Co took their popular Mike’s Hard Lemonade and merged it with a golden lager, creating a classic tasting shandy.

You can find any of these refreshing shandys at many locations all over town or at your local liquor store!

Patio Season is almost in full force!

After dealing with freezing temperatures and a couple of late season snow storms over the last few weeks, we’ve almost reached the light at the end of the tunnel.  And that means it’s time to start heading outside to enjoy the great patios all over Fort Collins!

With Groundhog’s Day promising an early Spring we’re sure, like us, you expected to be enjoying the bliss of a beer with lunch or dinner on a patio weeks ago.  And while there were a few scattered days of patio weather, Mother Nature reminded us that she has her own plans for the weather and some groundhog’s shadow can’t predict her mood.  We can’t completely rule out the chance of further winter weather, but it’s apparent that places around town are gearing up for the warm temperatures ahead, pulling out patio furniture out of storage and setting them up outside.

Fort Collins has long list of restaurants and bars with sunny and shady patios if your own just isn’t cutting it.  Who doesn’t love enjoying a Dos Equis or Negra Modelo on The Rio’s back patio?  Or there’s Lucky Joe’s patio located in the heart of Old Town where you can sip on a Coors Light or refreshing Smirnoff Ice while taking in all the events held in The Square.  Maybe all the excitement in The Square isn’t your thing, then head over to Crown Pub, perfect for people watching on College while enjoying New Belgium’s seasonal or one from their Lips of Faith series.  If downtown is too far to venture there are plenty of other options like; The Mayor of Old Town, Black Bottle Brewery, Old Chicago’s or Zquila (on Harmony).

If all else fails, we highly recommend taking some time out of your day to sit down and relax on your very own patio.  Colorado’s summer weather is some of the best in the country and there’s no sense in you letting it all go to waste!