Feel that fine breeze sweeping through the barren trees? That’s fall. And we think that to make up for the beginning of the cold weather, you should take a dip in some hot springs! So we will begin a mini pop-up series featuring great Colorado hot springs that will help shake off the chills.
First hot springs on our list:
Strawberry Hot Springs in Steamboat
Imagine relaxing in 104 degree mineral water while Steamboat’s famous Champagne Powder gently collects in the surrounding forest. Enjoy a massage in one of the beautiful private massage huts or a watsu therapy in a private pool. These hot springs are secluded and absolutely beautiful- and not too far from the local lift! Check this place out]]>
Yes, we know it’s November first, but it’s only right to provide you with at least one more local brew packed full of the pumpkin flavor. It is still fall.
So, we were thinking a little treat from Avery Brewing Company was in store! After 6 months in dark rum barrels, the Rumpkin Ale emerges a deep, rich amber color, plump full of spicy gourdiness. The taste of roasted pumpkins from a local Boulder County farm create a great base flavor, but then there’s nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger added to top it off.
Of course this is a limited availability brew so get your paws on it while you can! It’s well worth it.
How could we ever forget the wonderful concoctions of New Belgium Brewery, our beloved hometown treat providers? Of course they have developed an ale meant to tease the tastebuds and remind our hearts of the festival fall season.
The Pumpkick Spiced Seasonal Ale makes you not only say “yum!”, but begs the question “what is that bite of tartness doing in my pumpkin flavored beer?”. Well, my friends, that would be the cranberry juice and lemongrass New Belgium has added to brighten the traditional seasonal ale. Sometimes running across the unexpected is a delight! There is still plenty of pumpkin juice, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice to round off the taste of this 6% ABV beer.
New Belgium does it again!]]>
Have you ever gotten your hands on a Venetucci Pumpkin Ale? Very few lucky beer lovers have. That’s because this beer is released by Bristol Brewery of Colorado Springs in small batches during the fall season. Only 22 oz bombers are available at select liquor stores and it has limited availability at the brewery on the day of release.
Now, why would we be telling you about a beer that is so hard to get your hands on? Because it is purely made of liquid deliciousness. It is a deep red ale with medium body and a 5.8% ABV. We look for a bit of sweetness and spices in our pumpkin beers, giving it a feeling of fall- Venetucci does just that.
The best part about this beer? 100% of the proceeds go to the Venetucci family farm, which donated millions of pumpkins to the children of Colorado Springs in the 6 years they ran the farm. The owner donated the farm to the Pikes Peak Community Foundation just before passing away so that children would continue not to go empty handed each fall.
Nothing is better than drinking a good beer in honor of a good cause.
Cheers to the Venetucci family and their malty treat!
In the spirit of the season, it would only be appropriate to speak about beer made with pumpkin the entire month of October. That seems to be the best way to handle the pumpkin craze.
Let’s start with one of our favorites: Eddyline Brewing in Buena Vista’s fantastic Pumpkin Patch Ale. Brewed with real pumpkins, spices and honey, this ale is the perfect way to refresh after the season’s harvest. Or to sip on while enjoying the aspens abound. Sweet (but not too sweet) and easy to drink, you’d be doing yourself a favor by trying out this rich stuff.
Love is in the air! Love of beer and harvesting, that is.
Check out the Rocky Mountain Oktoberfest this weekend, October 2-4th, in Denver. Celebrate the changing of season at the Pepsi Center in the Prius Lot West. Expect some of the most delicious breweries to serve up some great beers, including Prost Brewing, Left Hand Brewing Company and Ska Brewing.
There’s some really great activities to get involved in while you sip and shop around the area. Check out the Rockies’ Largest Cornhole Tournament (boards open for casual play Friday from 5pm-8pm, tournament Saturday at 12pm).There’s a cash prize! Or maybe you’d rather join in on the Yodeling Contest (1:30 Saturday) or the Stein Race (3pm Sunday). No matter what sort of Bavarian fun you’re looking for, we don’t doubt this festival will have it. HERE is the link to the list of events.
And please don’t miss out on grabbing some weinerschnitzel and sauerkraut, maybe a big pretzel!
Tickets are $15 for a one day pass, or you can do combo passes. Check out the prices HERE nad purchase tickets in advance (who hates lines, raise your hand!)
May the season of beer festivities officially begin (although in Colorado, beer seems to be constantly be celebrated).
This coming Saturday, September 19th, the Downtown Business Association in Fort Collins will be hosting its annual autumn street event, FORToberfest. Starting at 11am and running until 10pm at Walnut and Linden St. in downtown, everyone will be able to enjoy the free celebration of our vibrant music scene, the local brewing industry and the importance of sustainability to our City (“bands, beers & bikes”). There will be art and bike vendors, delicious food offerings and live music throughout the day. Attendees will also have the opportunity to customize their own Taster Trays from 12+ Fort Collins breweries.
The big beer vendor is Odell Brewing Co. accompanied by more local breweries. Music will be sensational and includes bands such as Dan Treanor’s Afrossippi Band and Oakhurst.
Now, just imagine yourself peddling to a festival full of beer and good music to sway to. What’s not to love about this?
You know what we love about Tour de Fat? That New Belgium Brewery decided they couldn’t have just one celebration in Colorado- there must be at least 2!
And so the fun filled celebration of bikes, beer and bemusement will premier again this coming Saturday, 9/12, at City Park in Denver. Registration begins at 10am the parade kicks off at 11am, and in the end, everyone gathers for live entertainment, delicious beers galore, funky attractions and costume gazing.
Don’t miss round 2 of this fabulous day!!]]>
Tour de Fat is rolling in to town once again!
On September 5th at the Civic Center Park in Fort Collins, New Belgium will be hosting this fantastic costumed parade of bikes and wonderful beer fest, bringing together cycling advocates and bon vivants alike. What better way to honor mankind’s best transportation invention than with a celebration unlike any other?
Arrive at the event at 9am to register for the parade or Pre- register HERE and donate for either some swag, or just out of the goodness of your heart (it’s free! Not the beer, but biking and joy are). Or you can sign up the day of the event. Be there bright and early to sign the waivers and get to the front of the parade line. Don’t be late for push off at 10!
Costumes are not optional- they’re absolutely expected! Tutus, funky hats, group ideas, hippies, disco divas, whatever makes you smile! Enjoy special entertainment such as live music, a car-for-bike trade off, funky side shows, strange bikes, costume galore, etc. Just be ready to witness and participate in the unimaginable!
Still not sure what Tour de Fat is exactly? Imagine if a circus, a beer fest, and a costume party were all combined. But add a few thousand creative, thrill seeking bicyclists. That’s Tour de Fat. Check out the 10 Commandments of Tour de Fat to get a better understand of what the festival expects from you as a participant!
Tour de Fat is best described by being there so go!]]>
Looking for a good thrill during a day trip to the mountains? Have you always wanted to know how a bird feels? Good, because that’s what this joy ride will surely give you.
Check out Breckenridge‘s new Flyer Zipline! Located at Peak 8 just off the gondola, this line set includes the shorter zipline at 392ft and a longer one straight down the mountains with a length of 1095ft! You can reached up to 45 miles per hour and fly 50ft off the ground.
Tickets are $35 a piece and can be purchased at the mountain. No reservations required.
Don’t miss out on the chance to zip along the mountain side this summer- get to it while the weather’s hot!]]>