It’s time to celebrate small and independent brewers across the country this week. For the thirteenth consecutive year, small and independent brewers from coast to coast will participate in American Craft Beer Week (ACBW) from May 14-20. Presented by CraftBeer.com—the Brewers Association’s website for beer lovers—ACBW celebrates the country’s more than 6,300 small and independent brewers with events across the nation, including exclusive brewery tours, special beer releases, beer and food pairings, tap takeovers and more.
New this year, CraftBeer.com invites beer enthusiasts to toast independent craft brewers during ACBW by pledging to seek beers marked with the independent craft brewer seal. Those who pledge to seek the seal on the ACBW page on CraftBeer.com will receive their very own independent craft brewer seal pin as a badge of their support.
“While beer lovers regularly enjoy their favorite independent craft beers, American Craft Beer Week is a special occasion that provides craft beer enthusiasts across the country with the opportunity to take part in a larger movement and unite for independence,” said Jess Baker, editor in chief, CraftBeer.com. “This year, we encourage beer lovers to seek the seal and remind them to support independent craft brewers during American Craft Beer Week.”
As you embark on your journey to taste and celebrate independent craft beer during American Craft Beer Week, let us help you wear your pride (literally) on your sleeve…or lapel or hat. Take the pledge to seek the seal during American Craft Beer Week and CraftBeer.com will send you a sweet pin as our high-five. Remember to add your photos of the independent seal to Instagram with the #seektheseal hashtag!
Although summer is still blazing along here in Denver, October is right around the corner and that means snowboarders and skiers will soon be competing right in the heart of Sculpture Park during Snowboard on the Block and First Chair Festival. And this year’s event promises to be the most exciting yet.
The two unique, high-action winter sports events on October 7th and 14th will include live music, high definition film premieres, mind-blowing gear deals, and a one-of-a-kind rail jam which will play host to both snowboarders and skiers over two weekends. Snowboard on the Block returns October 14th for the fifth year celebration along with a new all skiing-related twin event aptly named First Chair Festival on October 7th.
The Pro Rail Jam will be a professional street-style snowboard competition featuring some of the top riders in the world. The event will go down on a custom-built setup is a true street-style layout complete with 25-tons of real snow. Invited pros will be announced soon.
These are the only snowboard and ski-centric festivals in North America; each event being dedicated to showcasing the best in winter sports including renowned riders, winter films and the finest ski and snowboard deals of the season. Both events will also feature plenty of high-quality local food trucks and that tasty craft brew the 303 is known for.
Although full music lineups are to be announced, one band who is set to play the main stage is the California punk veterans, The Vandals.
Stay tuned to 303 Live for more details as they come in.
As I sit here and write this, it’s 90 degrees and the sun is beating down turning this ginger’s skin a little pink after a mere 20 minutes outside. I’ll be honest, though, this beer is keeping me cool while thoughts of getting out on a few trails just outside of the city are on my mind. Why? Because if you’re like me, you spend a majority of your week in and out of traffic, working that job that helps pays the bills, and of course, waiting for the weekend to come. The good thing is that the weather will be nice…well hot, but still good enough to grab those hiking shoes, throw a pack over your shoulder, and spend time on some short yet scenic trails close by. Did I mention you’ll be close enough to some great breweries and a pub when you get done? Well, now you know so check out these places to go this weekend.
1. Fountain Valley Loop Trail
Fountain Valley Loop, located in Roxborough State Park about 20 miles south of Denver, is the perfect, quick getaway trail that will take you through some of the most scenic sites outside of the city and right up to front door of Colorado history.
The trailhead to this 2.2 mile loop is located a short walk from the main parking lot and adjacent to the visitor center. A well-manicured trail ascends slightly from the start, offers the best overview of the park from a small lookout off the main trail, and then splits into a loop offering two different trail experiences. Head left and you’ll immediately be inundated with spectacular, up-close views of dramatic red-rock formations. Head right and you’ll experience a picturesque view to the north before descending into a small valley. No matter what direction you take, you’ll come upon Henry S. Persse’s turn of the century homestead, a place where this native of New York fell in love with Colorado and spent his summers conjuring up dreams of a first-class resort that would never be.
*After Hike Brew Bonus
Look no further than Living the Dream Brewing Company just up the road from the park in Littleton for their Belgian Raspberry; a nice golden ale with you guessed it, raspberries.
2. Continental Divide Trail (Mt. Flora)
If you’re looking for elevation, remarkable views, fresh Rocky Mountain air, and the opportunity to pour water on the ground sending some to the Pacific and some to the Atlantic, it’s time to hit the Continental Divide Trail just outside of Winter Park.
Trail access begins on a service road at the top of Berthoud Pass to the right of the bathrooms in the parking area. You’ll wind through the forest before the trail splits off the road almost a mile in and turns into a narrow single track that will take you through the tree line. If you’re lucky you may see bighorn sheep or mountain goats as you steadily climb along the gentle slopes to the saddle below Colorado Mines Peak. From here the trail briefly levels before ascending to a false summit, leveling again, and then comes the final push to the summit of Mt. Floral. It’s a great place to stop, soak in the expansive view and peer down on Ethel Lake glistening below in a picture perfect turquois hue.
*After Hike Brew Bonus
Drive down Berthoud Pass and head through the doors of The Peak Bistro & Brewery in Winter Park. The place has a great sports atmosphere and tremendous craft beer selection. Try the Timberline Stout. They call it breakfast in a glass and after tasting the chocolate malt, oats, and lactose, I’d have to agree.
3. Mt. Falcon Trail
The Mt. Falcon trail is home to the skeletal remains of a once grand castle owned by Denver businessman, John Brisben Walker, which burned to the ground in 1918. If you’re looking for the most solitude combined with incredible panorama views, choose this shorter route near Indian Hills on the west side of the park.
The .5 mile trail leaves the parking lot and meanders by a few gangly, dead trees and large rock outcroppings while paralleling a gorgeous valley on the right. It then crests a small hill that opens up into a high mountain valley full of native grass and views to the east before finally reaching the ruins that can be seen in the distance.
This is a short, yet one of the most scenic hikes outside of Denver with the chance to walk right up to and around the ruins of a once stately home where black soot of long ago, cold winter fires still stain the imposing stone fireplace still left standing.
*After Hike Brew Bonus
This one is a simple choice. Just head right through the doors of Sit N Bull Saloon just down the road from the trailhead. I’m pretty sure you’ll find something there to quench your thirst.
PintPass, the clever app that helps people discover local craft breweries and shows users what is currently on tap at breweries in their area or places they’re traveling, recently choose their five favorite beer cities with Denver being named one of them.
Here’s what they had to say.
Denver has much more than just mountains – but be careful drinking here if you don’t have experience with high altitude. One strong beer might feel like four because of the light air. In addition to the massive breweries already nestled in Colorado – the ‘Denver Beer Triangle’ between Boulder, Fort Collins and Denver boasts over 70 breweries between the three. Ratio Beerworks’ 20 barrel system ensures that there is no shortage of their delicious craft beers.
And since they named Ratio Beerworks by name, here’s three more places where you can sit down and enjoy that great Colorado craft taste with some friends.
2540 19th Street
2801 Walnut Street
2201 Arapahoe Street
The 2nd annual Denver International Festival is a celebration of hundreds of countries and cultures that call Denver home and it’s all happening this Saturday. This free event features live music and dance performances, interactive art, cultural displays, a marketplace and kid’s village, a beer garden, and over 30 restaurant and food truck vendors offering some of the best food and drinks in the city. If you’re planning to attend, here’s a quick guide and few highlights to let you know what’s going on.
When: Saturday, August 5th | When: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. | Where: Civic Center Park
Admission is FREE
Marketplace, Interactive Art & Cultural Displays
Here’s your chance to meet local businesses, take part in an interactive art mural, and browse beautiful art and clothing products created by some of Colorado’s most talented entrepreneurs and artists.
Luv Mrk’s mission is to ‘Ignite Kindness and ‘Inspire Luv’ by living through our hearts in order to make a positive impact on the world. Visit this booth to meet the owner, purchase unique apparel that lets people know you a part of the solution, and talk about why leaving your ‘luvmrk’ is important.
BeAfrica offers African-inspired, handmade scarves, hoodies, and coin purses using vibrant and strong fabrics from the country. Each product includes a description of its meaning as well as an overview of ways to wear and care for the item.
Denver In Color, a book by Jason Davis and Jonathan Castner featuring the voices and images of Denver interracial couples, will be on sale at their booth. This book allows their voices to come to light and to show that love has no color.
Other highlights include: Heavy Metal Works | Arturo Garcia Fine Art | CommUNITY Fitness | Project Hartwork
This year’s kid village is bigger and better! This is the whole family’s chance to color, paint, and create sand art, take part in cool science experiments, as well play around on the bouncy castles, a bubble station and much more.
Rocket Making & Blast Off: Powered by the Denver Museum of Nature & Science Museum
DIY Slime and Lava Lamps
Mentos & Coca Cola Experiments
Polynesian Hula (watch & learn at 12:30pm)
Meet & Greet: Moana and Captain America (11:30am)
Pinata Breaking (11am, 1pm, 3pm & 5pm)
The Great Kid Village Water Fight (3:30pm)
International Beer and Wine Tasting
If you’re a wine or beer lover, here’s your chance to sample from both local and international wineries and breweries.
Time: 3pm to 6pm
Cost: $25 single admission $45 per couple $100 per group of 5 or more (a portion of the proceeds will benefit Youth on Record)
Admission includes 1 full flight of tastings from all wine and beers per person
El Javi – 3:30pm
El Javi is a Rock Flamenco artist from Mexico City who joins the heart of rock with the spirit of flamenco to deliver a distinct instrumental sound and powerful live performance.
Cicely O’Kain – 4:30pm
This Denver singer/songwriter brings both energy and her eclectic mix and whimsical twist of R&B and soul music to the stage leaving audiences entertained and wanting more every time. Her latest single Like Bass, from her EDM/uptempo dance EP, was considered for a 2017 Grammy nomination.
Orquesta La Brava – 6pm
This is the newest and hottest Denver Salsa band combining Latin percussion accompanied by bass, piano, and a great trombone and singing ensemble.
Irie Still – 7:15pm
Steeped first in Reggae and then incorporated with the elements of Hip-Hop, Soca, Dancehall, Calypso, Ska, Afro Beat, and Tribal Rhythms, this Colorado based band overwhelms the crowd with audience participation, soaring vocal harmony, and great music.
Food & Drinks
Check out our previous write up here.