weekend wanderlust july 19th

Last weekend’s trip to Salida was INCREDIBLE! So incredible, in fact, that I cannot do it justice with a little snippet in a post really devoted to the future (STOP LIVING IN THE PAST, MAN!), so I shall write it up another day. But for teasers:

  • Brewer’s Rendezvous!
  • A broken elbow
  • Cliff jumping
  • Pitching a tent
  • Brewery #250!!!
  • 3 – yes 3 – distilleries!

On to this weekend!

Trouble I am getting into this weekend

July 19th

I will be helping out at Ironwork Brewery‘s booth at the Quaker Steak & Lube in Westminster’s Beer Bash. The winner of the Beer Bash gets to be on tap for two months! If you are inclined to come down and vote for your favorite brew, please do. We participated in one of these for Brewery Rickoli about six months ago and it was fun… weird… but fun. I like it because it introduces a bunch of folks who are really unfamiliar with craft beer to the product. It’s weird because it’s a bunch of people who aren’t really into craft beer. It definitely challenges both the Bearded Brewer and I on being more relatable to a different audience. Which is never, ever a bad thing.

Before we mosey on to Quaker Steak & Lube, we are going to try and hit up Joyride Brewing in Sloan’s Lake which just opened yesterday. I took my Certified Cicerone exam with one of the owners, so I’m really jazzed to stop by and check it out. (Yep, jazzed).

After the event we will be going down to Baere Brewing on Broadway (by TRVE). They opened last weekend and are just a hop-skip-jump from a place for us to crash on any given night, so we are hoping that they are super rad. Given, we hope ALL new breweries are super rad, but unfortunately, too many are popping up under-prepared. But, as always, high hopes and our three-sip rule (I should write a post about that, I suppose).

July 20th

With so much going on this weekend, it was really hard to decide what we would do with our Sunday. I really want to make it down to Living the Dream Brewing after rave reviews from so many, including the Beer Drifter. A Night to Remember is another event going on that not only involves beer, but also supports a great cause. However, Palette of Brews is the only beer fest that happens in our home of Evergreen, and I as I missed it last year to throw a baby shower (sounds just like something I’d do, I know…), I really want to go. It’s a small fest, and it’s clearly not thrown by folks familiar with beer fests (just look at their website and you’ll know what I mean), but the Bearded Brewer really enjoyed it last year, so I’m giving it a go.

Other things going on that sound fun as crap

You know what: there are just so many awesome things going on this weekend, I’m not even going to try and list them. Just go here and read about them yourself.

The only one I will really highlight is A Night to Remember. This event is in honor of Alex Teves, who lost his life in the Aurora theatre shootings. He was a mug club member at Copper Kettle, and they wanted some way to honor him. His passion was working with kids at Humanex Academy in Denver, so they decided to throw a beer fest to raise money for the school. It’s a great event, a great cause, and one that touches both the Bearded Brewer and I deeply. I am a survivor of a mass shooting, so I love that there is an event to honor a victim that focuses on their life and passion, instead of dwells on their death. The Bearded Brewer actually attended Humanex Academy way way WAY back when. Again, if Palette of Brews wasn’t conflicting, we would be there. But we will certainly be raising a glass of stout to Alex on Sunday. You should, too.

That’s it for this week. Hope to see you out there living it up.

Wander on!

 

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weekend wanderlust july 11

I am writing this while drinking beer at Elevation Brewery in Poncha Springs. Why? Because Brewers Rendezvous, of course!

We are in Salida from Friday thru Tuesday. It’s our favorite fest, and we finally got a house on the river! (Thanks jerks who cancelled on us, by the way).

Anyway, this is pretty much it for the weekend because BEER!

You can follow me on Instagram (@misslupulin) or untappd (beersherpa) or Twitter (@misslupulin) or Facebook (Miss Lupulin) and I’ll be posting snippits and photos and basic snarkiness.

Love to all. Back to my drink!

weekend wanderlust July 4th

Happy Independence Day, everyone! Have fun, be safe, and try to not burn anything down (especially our forests… please…)

Sorry about no weekend review this week. I had a bout of gastroenteritis and was pretty much miserable all weekend, so I didn’t really feel up to writing. But here’s a quick overview:

  • Visit #2 to Chain Reaction proved solid.
  • The Jockey nearly died eating a potato. Luckily, Too Tall was on hand to save him. Seriously, that happened.
  • Beryl’s Beer (#246) grand opening was a weird mixed bag. Their Wold Bier was good, but otherwise their beers were not ready for primetime. Come on guys it’s okay to wait to open. We will forgive you.
  • Renegade’s 3rd Anniversary party was hot and packed. If I wasn’t on the verge of death, I bet it would have been great.
  • It was nice to see Dustin of The Brewtography Project and catch up. Dustin is my favorite beer-oriented photog, and once he has stuff to sell, you should buy it.
  • Hops & Harley’s new venue was a vast improvement and it seems like it was a raging success for National Mill Dog Rescue. Plus, I got to meet both Harley and Teddy. It was rad.
  • City Star Brewing did a great job hosting Hops & Harley. Not only do these folks brew damned fine beer, they are also ridiculously nice.
  • Berthoud Brewing (#247). Great stories behind their space (basically a bunch of materials from an old Coors traincar), but only two beers on, and neither was any better than a homebrew. Super friendly folks, though, which makes criticism hard. See my comments about Beryl’s.
  • 300 Suns (#248). I can’t say much about the beers as, by that point, my body was in full-out revolt. The Bearded Brewer says that he enjoyed them, so we will go back. Proprietor Dan was very friendly and gave us a behind-the-scenes peek at their operation. I feel bad that I wasn’t my usual sassy self. But imminent death will do that to ya.

Now on to this weekend.

Trouble I am getting into this weekend

July 4th

Avoiding all major roadways – especially those westbound – like the plague. We were up in Estes Park for a wedding yesterday and hit I-70 from Peak-to-Peak around 10:20, and there was complete gridlock on westbound starting well before the El Rancho exit. That is what I call a highway full of nope.

July 5th

It really depends on if it insists on being ridiculously hot still. If so, I’m going to be spending the day laying on my bed, with the lights off, and the box fan pointed at me on full-blast.

July 6th

My guess is that eastbound roads will be as bad, if not worse, than westbound were on Thursday and Friday. So it might be yet another day at home. Geez, this weekend will be BORING.

What trouble are you all getting in to? Anything that will draw me out of my general reluctance to deal with anything hot and/or crowded?