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Now, we’re not going to choose a side when it comes to the Super Bowl coming up this Sunday (the Broncos aren’t in it to pull at our heart strings), so how about instead we note a microbrew from each of our contenders’ home states. That way you, the beer loving fans, can make an educated decision on who has the better brews! That’s just our kind of competition!

All the way from Boston, MA, we would like to introduce you to Harpoon Brewery! These guys opened up shop in 1986 along the waterfront of Boston in a warehouse surrounded by fish companies. Starting as some guys who loved beer but didn’t know squat about brewing, they sure have come a long way. They expect you to taste their sense of gratitude reflected in both the quality of the beer and the spirit of fun and enjoyment surrounding their beer and breweries. One brew to scoop up is their flagship and best seller, the Harpoon IPA. This beer is a New England-style IPA that finds harmony in the combination of hops, malt, and yeast so that no single ingredient dominates the drinking experience.

Washington also brings their brewing game with Elysian Brewery! Open since 1996, Elysian’s main brewery started in a 220-seat beer hall on Capitol Hill, Seattle’s most populous neighborhood. Today, Elysian operates four restaurants in the Seattle area. Elysian also has a collaborative relationship with New Belgium in Ft. Collins. In fact, from 2008 to early 2011 the two breweries traded a little bit of brewing space to try out experimental batches. A beer of theirs to place up against the brew of Harpoon is Avatar Jasmine IPA.  This beer has a very floral nose while the taste is an elegant balance, allowing the subtle flavor of jasmine to prevail while still delivering the IPA’s essential hoppiness.

Grab one of each and let the games begin!

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Photo from GoBreck.com

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Everyone loves a good winter festival. How about one sponsored by Budweiser set in the middle of one of our favorite mountain towns, Breckenridge?

January 27th-Febuary 8th, you can visit the Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championship and see some amazing art work outdoors! Snow artists from around the world will create sculptures out of  20+ ton, 12 feet tall blocks of snow. Teams will compete using only hand tools, achieving finished pieces across five days (65 hours) of sculpting in this one of a kind event.From the 27th- 30th is sculpting week so you can watch the artists in action as the chip away at the hardened snow. The best day to visit is the 29th, which is the day before the judging, when all the artists are preparing to stay up all night to finalize the details and the atmosphere is celebratory. Come and see these beautiful sculptures lit up at night and enjoy a beer at one of the local pubs in Breckenridge.

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Looking for a great brew to help you through the tough winter days? Deschutes Brewery from beautiful Bend, Oregon has just the right selection to wash away the cold weather blues! Brewing since 1988, Deschutes succeeds on producing innovative and out-on-the-limb beers. They truly believe in the questions “What rule can we rule out today? What sacred cow can we tip on its big, fat flank?”

Just a few suggestions on what you should grab off the shelves to try- Mirror Pond Pale Ale and the Black Butte Porter.

Mirror Pond  is their most popular beer. Cascade hops and more Cascade hops give this tawny colored ale delicious hop-forward aroma and flavor. But don’t expect an over powering flavor- this beer is the quintessential pale ale.

Black Butte is Deschutes first and flagship brand, defining this brewery as a radical player. A slight hop bitterness up front enhances the distinctive chocolate and roasted finish. It’s prized for its creamy mouthfeel and intense complex flavors.

Grab one of these brews today!

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January normally has people hunkered down in their homes on cold days, but there’s no reason to stay inside when there’s plenty out there to do!

Estes Park is the perfect place to be January 16th-19th- the town will be hosting its annual Winter Festival and celebrating Rocky Mountain National Park’s 100th year anniversary. Celebrate the winter season with high-flying skiers and snowboarders demonstrating their skills on indoor trampolines, ice skating downtown, tasting award-winning chili, and sipping a variety of beers and wines. There will be demonstrations and information sharing from Rocky Mountain National Park, as well as a film screening of the new Centennial film by Fall River Productions.

On Monday the 19th, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, fun activities will ensue such as ice dancing performances, “beat the goalie” hockey game, face painting, live music, a dog costume contest, trackless train rides and more! Enjoy shopping in the unique boutiques downtown and filling up on savory brats, hot cocoa and cider. Venture into Rocky Mountain National Park, it is a free entrance day on Monday for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday!

This festival will surely warm you up!

 

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Photo from Wintersköl Website

Photo from Wintersköl Website

Feeling a little bit of cabin fever after all this snow and holiday cheer? It’s time to break free from your home and venture out in to the mountains for some winter celebration! Head to Aspen January 8-11th for the Wintersköl 64th Annual Celebration. Events such as the Mad Hatter Ball, snow sculpting, Hike for Hope Uphill, and Winter Fest will warm you right up. There’s lots of stuff to do! Yes, it may be a trek to get down to Aspen, but a great weekend of outdoor festivities will be well worth it. Check out the calendar of events to find the perfect schedule for you’re visit!