Denver is considered by many as the unofficial craft beer capital of the world. There are a couple craft beer breweries in and around the Mile-high City, and setting your brewery apart from the rest can be a challenge.
But the people of Denver are nothing but intuitive. That is why it is not surprising to see different craft breweries with offerings that are pretty unique to them.
Here are some
Outdoors, food trucks, and Music at New Terrain Brewing Co.
They are pretty new in the brewery scene compared to others but they have already set themselves apart. They take advantage of their golden location because it is a pretty good spot for outdoor activities like running, trekking, and biking. They have a rotating schedule of food trucks and live music acts so one visit would likely not be anything like the next. Plus, they experiment a lot on their beers and there is always a new flavor to try.
16401 Table Mountain Pkwy
Golden, CO 80403
Music pairs with Bootstrap Brewing Beers
This brewery has two locations, one on Longmont, the other on Niwot. What sets this brewery apart is that they have music recommendations for their beers. For example, if you plan to drink their 1956 Golden Ale, which is their lightest beer, they recommend pairing it with classic rock. If you are in the mood for some AC/DC, Insane Rush IPA is the beer for that. If you think about it, it does make sense. We often listen to music when we drink beer. Why not recommend a genre for specific beer choices.
142 Pratt Street
Longmont, CO 80501
6778 N. 79th Street
Longmont, CO 80503
Books and Beers at Fiction Beer Company
This brewery treats their beers like they do books. They have different genres for each beer group. Of course, you have the classics. This includes well-known favorites like IPA, Scotch Ale or Wit. Then they have Mystery and Adventure. These are the more far-out flavors like their We Can’t-elope, which is Gose with Cantaloupe. Or their Robopsychologist, which is NE Style Imperial IPA with Mango. There are other genres, but it would be better for you to discover them yourself.
7101 East Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80220
FOLLOW A HIGH-PROTEIN, LOWER-CARB DIET
Your diet is essential in building a lean physique. It is important to consume 4- to-6 small meals per day; this helps to speed up your metabolism at an incredibly rapid rate. Eating smaller meals more often will help you avoid overeating and will curb hunger. Along with eating frequent, smaller meals, you should consume your carbohydrates first thing in the morning to give you energy through the day.
FOLLOW A CONSISTENT WEIGHT-TRAINING AND CARDIO REGIMEN
This will allow you to burn fat through the day. Weight training helps you to burn calories after the workout and throughout the day while cardio burns calories during the workout. A combination of cardio and weight training will give you the optimal fat burning rate you need to stay lean.
DRINK A LOT OF WATER
If you’re completely hydrated, your fat-burning rate will be optimum. To speed up your metabolism, drink at least 8 large glasses of water per day. Remember the less water you drink, the slower your metabolism will be; the more water you drink, the faster your metabolism will be.
MODIFY YOUR AB ROUTINE
There isn’t a specific abs routine that will work better than all others, but changing your abs routine will maximize the results. Some of the common ab moves like crunches, old-fashioned sit-ups, hanging leg raises, broom twists and sprinting, are great for building abdominal muscle. It’s important to remember that your abs will show the most development through change and confusion as opposed to stagnation.
A healthy breakfast is the most important meal for a reason – it jump starts your metabolism for the entire day. Not just any breakfast, though. Unless you want a muffin top, skip the muffins and opt for protein, healthy fats, and complex
carbohydrates. Emphasis on the protein. You can’t go wrong with eggs.
BE COGNIZANT OF THE FREQUENCY OF YOUR ABS TRAINING
It is important to train your abs at least three times per week for a beginner and intermediate fitness enthusiast. For the advanced gym guru, train your abs about every other day to build them properly.
DON’T GET SMACKED BY SUGAR, STARCH, AND SALT
Also, stay away from foods that are high in unhealthy fat and high in carbs. All of these things can
contribute to a high amount of fat gain and prevent your abs from coming out of hibernation. It is okay to consume sugar, salt or starch – just make sure it’s within moderation.
IMPLEMENT A VARIETY OF CARDIOVASCULAR EXERCISES
Cardio helps you lose fat. There is a variety of different cardiovascular exercises you can implement. Long distance running, sprinting, swimming, climbing stairs, cycling, elliptical, treadmill, etc. Bonus: They all work your abs to varying degrees and will, therefore, help you get definition.
BELIEVE IN YOURSELF
If you believe you can do it, you will do everything necessary in your power to attain that goal. Your mind will help guide your fitness goals and if that goal is to attain great abs, then, provided you do the necessary work, it will happen for you.
CHOOSE VARIETY OVER REPS
Mix up your ab-toning moves each workout, and change your routine every three to four weeks. Alternating your workout is more important than cranking out 1000 crunches every day. Perform 15 to 20 reps of each exercise, then move one. Implement at least 3-or-4 different abs exercises every other day. Your rest for each set should be about 30-to-45 seconds. You’ll really feel the burn with this minimal rest. If not, you aren’t working the exercise properly. Muscle grows when you apply a shock to that body-part. The only way to do that is to push through the temporary burn of that particular exercise.
FORGET THE LOWER VS UPPER ABS IDEA
It’s all one sheath of muscle: the rectus abdomen us. If you feel the upper abs working, it doesn’t mean the lower abs aren’t engaged, where you feel it depends on the move’s anchor point. For example, leg lifts engage more of the lower section since your upper body is against the floor. To truly tone, try a mix of ab-sculpting moves that vary positions.
ENGAGE YOUR PELVIC FLOOR
To target your abs more effectively, strengthen your pelvic-floor muscles. These muscles assist your deepest abs in doing exercises correctly. Actively engage them by gently pulling your belly button toward your back. Place one hand on your abdomen; if you feel your stomach pushing out while you do sit-ups, you’re pushing the pelvis down rather than pulling muscles up and in, cheating your abs of the full workout. Keep muscles contracted when working abs.
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.
Are you a fan of not only great food, but testing your limits as to how much you can eat in one sitting? Well, you’re in luck. Here’s a list of 5 tasty yet intestinal fortitude challenges here in Denver that are definitely worth a try.
The Challenge: Big Bad Wolf
“l’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll….” well you won’t blow anyone’s house down but you will conquer the Big Bad Wolf if you’re up for this great burger challenge at Crave Real Burgers.
You’ll have 45 minutes (no bathroom breaks) to down not 1, not 2, but 3 loaded Little Pig Burgers full of pulled pork, ham, bacon, cheese, and crunchy onion strings once the plate is in front of you. Conquer this challenge and you’ll get a free T-shirt and the chance to brag to all who enter that your photo hangs on the Wall of Winners.
The Challenge: The Corona Del Diablo
Here’s your chance to dance with one hell of a devilish taco salad challenge that tops out at 6.66 lbs! But how does a salad weigh that much? Try 8 oz. of ground and shredded beef, shredded chicken, carnitas, fajita steak and chicken, and don’t forget other toppings like rice, beans, cheese, tomatoes, and of course, lettuce.
If you consume this beast in 66 minutes or less, the $40 salad is free, your photo goes up on the Crown of Fame Wall (make sure to wear you free T-shirt), and a 30 oz. draft beer is yours if you take down the spicy Chili Chingado with the salad.
The Challenge: Pho-King Challenge
Drive around Denver for a little while and you’re bound to see countless places to find pho. But if you’re looking to see how much you can eat in one sitting, give Pho 95 two days notice and give this challenge your best effort.
This gargantuan bowl of traditional Vietnamese pho contains 2 lbs. of noodles, 2 lbs. of of meat, 200 oz. of broth, and if that’s not enough, there’s a separate plate of vegetables, too. Consume it all in one sitting and you’ll be crowned the Pho-King Winner of the Month, you’ll get a free T-shirt, the honor of your photo on the wall of winners, and the $35 meal is free.
The Challenge: 7 lb Breakfast Burrito Challenge
This challenge was on the Travel Channel’s, Man vs. Food, and for good reason. It’s a 7 pound burrito!
This infant-sized burrito contains 5 lbs. of grilled potatoes, 12 eggs, 1/2 lb of ham, 1/2 lb of cheese, and a generous amount of peppers of onions with your choice of sauce. Finish this challenge and you’ll definitely be one of the few, the proud, and the full with your image on the wall. And ladies if you finish you’ll get free food for life!
The Challenge: The Grand Sicilian
Everything you’ve heard is true. It’s massive. It’s tasty. It could feed an army. And yep, you better bring a friend that can chow down like a champ because this is your chance to take down a true Colorado legend.
This monstrosity contains an enormous amount of cheese, pepperoni, sausage, hamburger, green peppers, onions, mushrooms, and a fresh, savory sauce, all encircled by an incredibly thick 16 inch crust making this pizza weigh in at 14 lbs! If you and a friend finish in an hour, crust and all, the pizza is free, you’ll collect two T-shirts, and you’ll be $100 richer. Ready, set, EAT!
One’s death is an inevitable destiny; however, there are some that choose to take the time of this fate into their own hands. This choice is called suicide, and sadly, it is becoming more commonplace in the Black community, specifically among Black youth. While suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, for Black Americans between the ages of 15 and 24, its 3rd.
According to a 2015 study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the suicide rate for Black children between the ages of 5 and 11 have nearly tripled in the last 25 years. Most are suicide by hanging. On the other hand, the rate among white children has declined.
Why is this? What is being done about it? How can the sudden increase be reversed?
Sadly, there is an abysmal shortage of Black doctors to address Black communities and to help build trust between them and the healthcare system so that they take advantage of health services. Black Americans have a daunting history with health professionals, including the deplorable Tuskegee study which began in the 1930s that used Black men with untreated syphilis for research under the guise of free healthcare. This travesty went on for four decades.
Then there is Henrietta Lacks, an African American woman whose cancer cells were taken from her unbeknownst to her family. These cells ultimately became the HeLa cell line, which is arguably the most essential cell line in medical research. Unfortunately, the list goes on and on.
Fast-forward to present time, and there are numerous reports regarding unconscious racism among doctors. Black doctors are sorely needed to improve comfort levels within the Black community and their ability to be receptive to the many resources that are indeed available.
But the lack of Black doctors is just one hurdle, there are more. Another is finances. Say that a Black family can get past the concerning history of Blacks being taken advantage of by the American healthcare system. What about the steep costs? In most cases, they cannot be ignored. The rate of uninsured Black Americans in comparison to that of White Americans is atrocious.
What’s more is well over half of Blacks live in southern states which have failed to expand their Medicaid programs in a way that allows for those who are below the poverty line to take advantage of them. So, the problem is not getting parents to want the recommended medication for their child, but rather getting parents in the position to pay for it? If a parent is forced to choose between medication for a mental condition or putting food on the table, in most cases the former is ignored.
Church and recreation centers can be bases for medical health professionals to provide free training and services, but they will not solve all the problems. The first line of defense against the Black Youth suicide epidemic will have to be, you guessed it: Black parents.
There are several things Black parents can do, including forming good, healthy relationships with their children, which require time—quality time. Providing a safe home environment, that is comforting for children and helps them feel stable, and well taken care of is of extreme importance.
Listen, listen, listen. Teenage years can be trying for some parents, and it seems quite often like teenagers may say a lot, but are severely lacking substance. Take a deeper listen. Hear those covert messages, and do not let them go unchecked. And when they are checked, aim to be supportive, not intrusive. Sure, there might be a little backlash for being a good parent. No deed goes unpunished, right? But if there is some resistance, be sure that the children understand the healthiest way to express their emotions. Tell them it’s not good to hide and bottle them up. Encourage them to show their feelings of happiness or sadness. The expression of positive and negative emotions is only human. At the same time, encourage them to be mindful of their emotions, and do not allow them so much power that control is lost which is ultimately not good for anyone.
Other things parents can do is educate themselves on suicidal behaviors which will help with early detection. Behaviors such as a persistent depressive mood or obsessive patterns that may involve cleanliness or their eating; things that are negatively affecting their everyday life, must be addressed. Being vigilant about changes in behavior can make all the difference.
Then of course, when in doubt, consult with a healthcare professional. Sure, there are stigmas in the Black community around behavioral and mental health. No one wants to be called “crazy.” However, being called crazy is a small price to pay in exchange for life. Whoever is using the term crazy probably has behavioral and mental issues needing to be addressed themselves so totally ignore it. Improving the state of our minds is something that we should all aspire to. This must be the goal for the Black community, especially because the very fate of Black youth depends on it.
What is better than a late night happy hour binge drinking and eating around Denver? Well, there’s late night binge drinking and eating around Denver at a discount. A while ago, we listed some of the bars with the best happy hour offers around the 303. Problem is that a lot of people start their night past 9pm when most happy hours are done. Fret no more. Here are the joints with the best LATE NIGHT happy hours in Denver for you to visit:
Late Night Happy Hour List You Should Try
This staple Denver joint is not only a favorite because of their extensive wine and beer list, or their delicious Angus steaks. Denver residents also love this bar because of their late second happy hour. Enjoy discounts on food, beer, and wine while you join the regular Charlie Brown sing-alongs Late Happy Hour: 10:30pm-12:30am 980 Grant St. Denver, CO 80203, (303) 860-1655
Hapa is known for their delicious fresh sushi and their Hawaiian fusion sets. But there is also another reason why people are flocking this joint late at night. Their late night happy hour lets patrons get starters half-off and some select rolls at 2 for $7.50. Mix this with some great drink specials and you are good for the night. Late Happy Hour: 10pm-11pm 2780 E. 2nd Ave. Denver, CO 80206, (303) 322-9554
When you are around the Theatre District, come on down to The Corner Office just right beside Curtis Hotel. Get a bite of their delicious Korean wings and pork belly sliders. Down that delicious food with a great selection of beers and wine all under $5. Late Happy Hour: 9pm-11pm 1401 Curtis St. Denver, CO 80202, (303) 825-6500
If you are in Northern Denver late at night looking for some cheap beers and grub, visit the Highland Tavern to have your fill. Their second happy hour gives you very good deals on some good Russian Standard Moscow Mule. Partner it with some good ol’ Bombshell (their special) and you will be going home with a smile on your face. Late Happy Hour: 9pm-close 3400 Navajo St. Denver, CO 80211, (303) 433-1990
This place offers not much as a happy hour but rather a happy area. Yes, you can enjoy happy hour prices from opening to closing as long as you are in the bar area. Enjoy martinis for just $7 and beers for just $4. Get some delectable snacks like blackened fish tacos or shrimp ceviche, all under $7. Late Happy Hour: All day as long as in bar area. 1400 Arapahoe St. Denver, CO 80202, (303) 991-2277
While in Denver, you can indulge in the best cuisine from around the world. Denver loves its food and food aficionados, and the range and depth of cuisine on offer at the best Denver restaurants is tantalizing and sure to please even the most discerning palates. If you are in Denver and want to visit some great restaurants, here are a few worth going to –
- Rioja – For gourmet food mixed with strong Mediterranean influences, head straight to Rioja. Best known for its tasty homemade pasta, this restaurant also serves up classics like beet gnocchi, roasted beet salad, and the cavatelli with black truffle chicken sausage.
1431 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80202 • Phone: 303-820-2282
- Mizuna – For a great and memorable dinner, Mizuna is a great option. The minimalistic décor is the perfect backdrop for great dishes like the pan seared ostrich loin, the lobster mac and cheese, the slow roasted pork belly and the oyster chowder. The much sought after beef duo comes with a squash hollandaise sauce, king crabs and braised short rib.
225 E 7th Ave, Denver, CO 80203 • Phone: 303-832-4778
- Frasca – For the best of Italian cuisine, try Frasca. Using fresh produce and specializing in providing a stunning four course meal at a great price, this restaurant excels with its pasta courses which they serve with homemade ricotta cheese, a blood orange and mint sauce, crab and English pea.
1738 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302 • Phone: 303-442-6966
- Sushi Den – If you prefer Asian delicacies, head over to the Sushi Den. The Miso Soup provides a great start, which you can follow with a special three mushroom salad, Udon noodles with duck and deluxe sushi platter which features tuna, yellowtail, octopus and salmon. Add to the experience by ordering a plate of delicious and crunchy vegetable tempura.
1487 S Pearl St, Denver, CO 80210 • Phone: 303-777-0826
Now that the fall season has kicked into full gear, it’s time to break out the pea-coats and scarves, grab that special someone, and venture out for an evening of delectable wining and dining at Crepes ‘n Crepes. Located in Cherry Creek and in Downtown Denver, Crepes ‘n Crepes offers the intimate locale of a quaint and romantic French bistro, offering genuine Parisian influence in their menu items, including unforgettably delicious Crepes made with both sweet and savory fillings to satisfy every palate. Menu items include breakfast crepes, filled with the popular eggs, meats, and veggies options to choose from or build your own. You can also warm up with their famous French Onion soup, served hot to the touch for that captivating aroma we all know and love. When you’re full and happy, ask the Garcon to order a sweet crepe to top off the meal. Choices include fresh fruit, Nutella, Chantilly cream, Belgian Chocolate, or even the sultry Grand Marnier or Calvados liquors. Don’t forget the Café au Lait (Coffee with milk) before you head out the door to enjoy the rest of your evening.
Check out Crepes ‘n Crepes for the perfect place for date night this weekend because Crepes ‘n Crepes is offering you and your date a Date Night Certificate with is a superb meal including a bottle of wine, two savory crepes, two house salads, and one sweet crepe to share for a marvelous price of $49. Enjoy their fine wine and beer selection, charming décor, and impeccable flavors that are all made right there, fresh to order.
If you decide to pamper yourselves this weekend with the picturesque menu offered at Crepes ‘n Crepes, know that you’re in for a paris style treat your going to love!
Crepes N’ Crepes Location:
Cherry Creek – 2816 E 3rd Ave Denver, CO | (303) 320-4184
Downtown Denver – Larimer Square, 1512 Larimer St #6R Denver, CO | (303) 534-1620