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here’s so much to love about summertime in our great state; it’s a shame we couldn’t fully experience it last year. Summer will still look different this year, with fewer events and, likely, more time in our own backyards. But as more people get vaccinated, infection rates drop and life returns to something like normal, we’re excited for the season ahead. In this year’s Summer Scene, we’ve put the focus on those home activities — gardening, cooking, lawn care, etc. — but we’ve also compiled a list of places to go and things to do. We know you’re ready for it; we certainly are. Read through a de facto Gardening

101 class in the Bumper Crop spread, then check out some unique gardening tools, available mostly locally, in the gear guide. Check out what’s going to be in season from local farmers, and peruse recipes that’ll inform you how to use that fresh, local produce. And when you’ve got cabin fever, look over the list of festivals in Boulder County and beyond and see what strikes your fancy. For something less organized, we highlighted a few of our favorite day and weekend trip destinations, all accessible within a few hours worth of driving. And, if all else fails, drink. We’ve put together a current list of Boulder County’s

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F YOU’VE EVER TALK ED ABOUT GARDEN ING WITH local treasure Larry Ste bbins, you know how he loves to share his passion for growin g vegetables. We though t it would be grand — now that our part of the planet is com ing back to life with spring — if we trea ted all of you to some of his info-laden lessons on nurturing gar dens in Colorado... a mix ed salad of growing advice, his favorite vegeta ble varieties and lore, in no particular order.

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ROWING THINGS IN Colorado can be tricky. Too much sun, spontaneous hail, not enough rain... too much rain. But planting, maintaining and harvesting from a home garden is not impossible, far from it. In fact, with a little knowhow (and maybe a few seasons of experience) you’ll be filling out garden baskets and looking for ways to use your excess produce. Since we’ve offered gardening advice here in the past, we asked our friends at the Colorado Springs Indy to share some of their insights for Front Range gardening. Here’s what they put together. (Page design by Elena Trapp).

HELP THE POLLINATORS

In the past three decades, the world’s pollinators have suffered serious losses from climate change, pesticides, diseases, and lack of habitat and genetic diversity. It’s so bad, researchers are working to build brush-wielding, wheeled robots to replace living pollinators including bees, butterflies, moths and bats. A very mixed group of Coloradans joined forces to support wild pollinators while focusing public attention on threats to their survival, and one of their projects is the pollinator-themed license plate. First Gentleman Marlon Reis joined the People and Pollinators Action Network and others in soliciting designs for the new plates though a competition. On April 21, Alain Suel of Denver won with his design featuring the Hunt’s bumblebee and a blanket flower. A bipartisan foursome in the Colorado House and Senate sponsore d HB211145, Support Pollinator Special License Plate, which passed in this year’s legislative session. Now, the new pollinator plates could be yours for a donation to a designated nonprofit, along with regular fees. — Mary Jo Meade

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Just starting out? Remember the “Four Ss of Gardening”... • Sun: Locate a level spot in your yard that receives at least eight hours of direct sun each day. • Soil: Crumbly, rich, organic soil is a must. Add quality compost, composted cotton burr (my favorite), organic fertilizer and minerals (Azomite is best). • Selecting varieties that grow best here: Short season tomatoes (80 days or less to maturity), summer squash, winter squash, root crops (carrots, beets, turnips), salad and other greens (lettuce mixes, kale, collards, spinach, Swiss chard), peppers, mid day onions (Candy, Red Candy Apple, Superstar White), broccoli, cabbage and hard neck garlic to name a few. • Seasonal protection: Small hoop tunnels for tomatoes, 1-gallon milk jugs (bottom cut out) to cover newly planted starts, anti-hail netting over hoops. NOTE: Check your local garden center for these and other garden supplies. Did you know? Each handful of rich organic soil is home to over 1 million critters. Most are microscopic fungi, algae and protozoans. Others can be seen with the naked eye. They range from earthworms to roundworms (nematodes), mites, springtail insects, grubs, centipedes, millipedes, pill bugs and more. Soil moisture is important to the health of all those organisms.

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Larry’s all-time favorite varieties Renegade and Tyee Spinach, Flavorburst Sweet Pepper, French Breakfast Radish, Mokum and Sugarsnax Carrots, Corentine Cucumbers, Katarina Mini-cabbage, Packman Broccoli (now called Packman Pro), Big Beef Tomato, Sungold Tomato, Buttercrunch Lettuce, Raven Zucchini, Early Butternut Winter Squash and Kwintus Pole Beans.

Growing lettuce all season long Yes you can! 1. Full sun and rich, crumbly soil are essential. 2. Save garden space for multiple plantings during the season and plant a 2-foot row every two weeks. 3. Plant lettuce seeds 1 to 2 inches apart in a slight trench, cover seeds with only ¼ inch of soil and top with a strip of burlap. 4. Keep the burlap strip moist by watering gently and daily — or twice daily in hot weather. 5. Remove burlap when seeds germinate. 6. Mulch around lettuce plants with a 1-inch layer of straw or dried grass clippings (no herbicides used on grass). 7. Lettuce is best when harvested between 3 and 5 inches tall. Did you know? Lettuce, botanical name Lactuca, produces the substance lactucarium. This is derived from the Latin word lactus, for milk. Thousands of years ago lettuce was harvested from the wild. It was tough and had a lot of this milky bitter sap, lactucarium. It is not harmful but was many times served at the end of meals to relax and encourage sleep.

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Why have community gardens?

Tomatoes, America’s favorite garden vegetable

A short story by Larry Stebbins In the mid-1990s I moved to Colorado Springs. Across the street, to my surprise, was the Old Farm Community Gardens. One day I went exploring with my wife, Anna. The gate to the gardens was open, and we entered. Soon we were greeted by Ernie, an elderly, tall man. He told us he had one plot available next to his and wondered if we were interested. Of course, we said yes (since gardeners can’t have too much garden space, now can we?). Over the years, Ernie and I met frequently over at the gardens. We discovered that we both were born and raised in Detroit just about a mile from each other. Many memories were shared: picnics on Belle Isle, the downtown 24-hour Coney Island on the river, the Boblo boat ride to Windsor, the Franklin Cider Mill with its fall fresh cider and greasy donuts, Vernors Ginger Ale, Sanders bittersweet fudge sauce and more. We likely would have never met and developed our deep friendship if it were not for the Old Farm Community Gardens. You see, back then, in Detroit, Black people could not buy houses in the neighborhood I lived in. We went to separate schools but we all shared in the wonderful things that made Detroit what it was. Ernie has since passed away and I am so grateful for the time we had together.

The Best Carrot You Will Ever Eat You can’t buy it... you have to grow it! So many of us love carrots, but let’s face it, they are sometimes disappointing. Too “piney” tasting, not sweet and a hard-to-chew core are just a few of the downfalls of some carrots. Not anymore. The solution is the Mokum carrot. For years now we have grown this variety. It is an early carrot that develops a more balanced taste between the sugars and the terpene esters (the piney taste). It is so crispy-crunchy that it easily snaps apart when harvesting. Therefore farmers won’t grow this carrot. You will not be disappointed. Did you know? Carrots before the 17th century were red, purple, white or even black. Selective breeding in the Netherlands developed the orange carrots we see most frequently today. Most of a carrot is water — 87%. Carrots didn’t gain popularity in the United States until after World War I. The soldiers fighting in Europe tried them and the rest is history.

Have you ever had that helpless feeling when hail starts to pummel your house and garden? Well, I have nothing to save your house — but there are simple ways to protect your garden. In the last few years anti-hail netting has become more widely available. Many local garden centers carry it in long rolls; buy just what you need. For a 4-by-8-foot garden bed, I first buy six, 10-foot-long, 1/2-inch diameter schedule 40 white PVC pipes. Next I bend three of the pipes over my bed, one on each end and one in the middle. I secure them to my wooden garden beds with screws. I next cut the remaining three 10-foot pipes to a length of 8 feet. I screw one on top of the hoops and the other two on the sides of the hoops. Now just drape a 16-by-8-foot piece of antihail netting over your hoops. Using small bungee cords, I hook the netting to the sides and ends to screws drilled into the sides of the beds.

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Gourmet garlic — there’s a difference! Store-bought or grow your own? Some folks that know about wine will describe a fine wine by its taste, its bouquet of flavors and layers of notes along with many other factors. Garlic is similar. Store-bought garlic is like going to a symphony with only violins. Not bad — but there is so much more. Homegrown garlic tastes like a complete orchestral arrangement. My favorites are Spanish Roja, Chesnok Red, Siberian, Inchelium Red, Chet’s Italian and Music. They’re easy to grow; just follow these steps: • Add a 3- to 4-inch layer of composted cotton burr mulch to planting bed and work 6 to 8 inches deep. Add a good organic fertilizer (as per directions) and mix 6 to 8 inches deep. • Plant the first week in October. Each bulb has 4 to 8 cloves. Separate the garlic bulbs into cloves and plant each clove 2 inches below soil level (pointed end up) and 6 inches apart. • Fall-planted garlic should be mulched with crumbled leaves/dried grass/straw, 6 to 8 inches thick. Keep the mulch until harvest time next July. Water in winter if the soil is dry. • Some garlic varieties are hard necks and send up a central flower (scape). Pick and use in cooked dishes like you would garlic cloves. In July dig up the garlic and “cure” or dry them, out of the sun, in a warm location. In two to three weeks they are ready to be trimmed and stored inside in a cool basement. Save some of the larger bulbs to plant in the fall. Soft necks, like Inchelium Red, store longer than hard necks, so use hard necks first.

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• Tomatoes need good rich soil and warmth to grow well. • Grow them under hoop tunnels or use alternate methods of protecting them from hail, strong winds and cool temperatures. • Soil temperature needs to be over 60ºF before you plant outside. • Plant 4 feet apart (crowding reduces harvest). • If you plant vining (indeterminate varieties) then when the plant is 3 feet tall, trim off the bottom leaves up 18 inches. This will allow more sun to hit the soil and keep the ground warm come late summer. Warmer late summer soil means a bigger harvest before fall frost.

What is a day-neutral onion and why should I care? Sets are those little round onions that you buy in the store and plant in the spring. They usually come from a place like Texas that has shorter days in the summer than we do. They are labeled yellow, white or red. Not much information. Onion plants are purchased at your local garden center in bunches. There are many more varieties available and you know what you are getting. Some varieties are day-neutral (don’t care if the summer days are long or short) and are quite delicious. Try my favorite, Candy onion. They are sweet and crunchy. It will be the best thing you ever added to a sandwich or burger.

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Learn more about Larry Stebbins — botanist, author and educator — at thegardenfather.com.

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S BEER BREWERIES PROLIFERATE, some brewers are switching to a new handmade beverage concoction — hard cider. Kevin Williams got a taste of beverage crafting on a large scale while working for The Walter Brewing Company in Pueblo. When he decided to strike out on his own, he returned to his native Penrose and opened Apple Valley Cider Co. Andy Brown, who worked for 15 years at several large Colorado breweries, decided he wanted a new challenge and started C Squared Ciders in Denver. When he faced a large rent increase, he bought a former apple orchard in Penrose and moved C Squared Ciders into an old apple and cherry packing barn on the property. When he decided to leave the crowded beer brewery market, Williams tapped into the history of Penrose. Until about 25 years ago, the land between Penrose and Cañon City was ripe with apple and pear orchards that produced thousands of pounds of fruit. Williams grew up among them and remembers when most homes in Penrose had apple trees in their yards. “All of us worked in the orchards when I was a kid,” he says. By 2000, production had declined, and a drought that lingered until 2004 took out most of the remaining orchards. “A lot of what was orchards 25 years ago is now subdivided and lots with houses on them,” he says. When Williams decided to leave Walter Brewing and return to his roots, he realized that there was more opportunity in cider making than in beer brewing. “Cider was just opening up,” he says. “There was a handful of cideries in Colorado, and there were none anywhere near Penrose. I enjoy making cider just as much as beer, and it seemed like a better fit to make cider in Penrose.” He opened Apple Valley Cider Co. in January 2018, marketing his cider to liquor stores, restaurants and bars. All production is done on-site. Most of the raw material for cider — apples, apple juice and other fruits that are used in some varieties — come from outside the region, Williams says. But he has also partnered with the owners of Jenkins Farms — a Penrose farm, youpick apple orchard and winery — to produce a batch of Penrose cider. The process of making cider is closer to winemaking than beer brewing, he says. “Technically cider is a type of wine,” he says. “The biggest difference is that we lightly carbonate it.” Williams starts with pure apple juice and yeast, which is fermented for two to three weeks. “When it’s finished, we sweeten it with unfermented apple juice, put it in a pressure tank and add carbon dioxide so it’s bubbly,” he says. Williams produces four ciders year-round, including semisweet apple, cherry, peach and black currant, which contain about 6% alcohol. His

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black current cider, a best-seller, earned best-inclass honors in the fruit cider category at the 2019 Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He recently made a test batch of strawberry rhubarb cider and may create a bigger batch in late spring or summer. He also produces a honey-sweetened cider, an apple-flavored mead and a fortified apple port wine created in partnership with Spirits of the Rockies distillery in Pueblo. Apple Valley ciders are distributed in Colorado Springs, Monument, Pueblo, Falcon, Woodland Park, Colorado City, Salida and Buena Vista. The tasting room is open from noon-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays (applevalleycider.com), and patrons can order food from Penrose Pizzeria & Pub next door.

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rown is cultivating a connection with Penrose’s agricultural legacy at the 5-acre farm he purchased in 2019. Brown and Chad Hatlestad founded C Squared in 2015 in Denver, renovating an old warehouse on the outskirts of the city to house the cidery and tasting room. The name came from their two first initials (Brown’s first name is Charles, though he goes by Andy) and also stood for taking cider to the next level exponentially. C Squared’s products developed a local following, and Brown and Hatlestad started marketing their ciders in other states and their products won numerous awards and medals. After five years, C Squared’s lease was up for renewal and the rent was going to escalate to cover a big increase in property taxes. Brown started looking for a new location, and when he saw the listing for the Penrose apple farm, “it was like it had little lights around it,” he says. He bought the property with his family and opened the cidery’s tasting room in early 2020. Hatlestad remains a part owner of C Squared but lives in Denver and does some sales for the cidery as a side job. Brown makes six ciders year-round. Two of the most popular are a ginger-infused cider and a semisweet pure apple cider called Alma. Much of the fruit he uses comes from the Northwest and Colorado’s Western Slope, but Brown has started seeking out local apple growers as well. There aren’t enough apples grown on the Front Range to support the business, however, so Brown is replanting the trees on his orchard. He picked up about 500 apple trees in Cedaredge earlier this month. “It will be three to four years before they come to fruition,” he says. “It’s a longterm commitment, but I’m here to stay.” C Squared’s tasting room, where Brown offers local wines from Jack Rabbit Hill Farm in Hotchkiss as well as his own and other draft ciders, is open from noon-8 p.m. Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays (csquaredciders.com). Brown plans to expand to Fridays this summer and Thursdays in the fall.

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Garden WE WELCOME BACK EVENTS, festivals and other social gatherings this year, but chances are you’re still spending a lot of time at home. If you have a green thumb, or you’re trying to develop one, all the May rain probably has you itching to get things in the ground — and we wouldn’t blame you if you skipped the conventional wisdom not to plant in Colorado until late May. If you’re looking to upgrade your garden gear, look here.

Nikasu Hori Garden Knife

With both straight and serrated edges, this knife is engineered perfectly for dividing plants and digging out weeds. Plus, it’s lightweight and has a comfortable handle, so no more blisters. Available at Home Depot.

Wells Lamont Hi-Dexterity Synthetic Leather Palm Gloves

Synthetic leather gloves are lighter, thinner and can dry very quickly.

Dramm ColorStorm Premium Rubber Hose

New York Times’ pick for the best one with this Dramm 50-foot hose. It comes with a lifetime warranty, which is practically unheard of in the hose game. And it’s available in a bunch of fun colors. Available online and at Wal-mart.

The Farmstand Vertical Veggie Garden

Stylish and functional, this vertical garden comes in various shapes and sizes and makes growing a variety of crops a cinch. You can even add on lights for winter growing. Available at lettucegrow.com.

Corona Clipper Pruning Shear

Aptly named for the times, the Corona Clipper pruning shear is crafted out of forged steel for the avid gardener. Its strength and durability is its strongest asset. Available at McGuckin Hardware.

Bloem Easy Pour Watering Can

If you’re like us, all you had for a while is the dumb, green, plastic watering can that spilled all the time and couldn’t reach your plants. Upgrade to the Bloem Easy Pour, which has 1.6 gallons of capacity, an angled spout and two pour options (sprinkle and straight). Available at Home Depot.

Audubon Snack Shack Bird Feeder

Birds’ll come and eat anything: off the ground, out of your garden beds, about style. We like the Audubon Snack Shack, with 7 pounds of food capacity and a stylish farmhouse design.

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Bean Boots

When it comes to gardening boots, why choose anything but the classic — the L.L. Bean boot. Made for more than 100 years, these boots are waterproof and exceptionally durable. Available in men’s and women’s sizes, and you can choose your width. Available at L.L. Bean.

Fiskars Power-Lever Extendable Tree Pruner

Live in Colorado one year and you’ll recognize the (ongoing) need for a long-branch trimmer. The Fiskars extendable tree pruner gives you 14 feet of leverage, and the power lever ensures a clean cut. Available online.

Raindrip Raised Bed Irrigation Dripper raised bed lest you want leaves to burn or the area to become too saturated. Using a special irrigation dripper, like Raindrip’s, eliminates those concerns. Available at McGuckin Hardware.

Gobetter Soil Monitor

Take the guess work out of the soil temperature and moisture levels in your garden with this digital monitor. You’ll also be able to test the pH level. Available online.

Gardens Alive! Spun-Bond Tent

Hail, animals, frost — there are plenty of obstacles to growing things in Colorado. Protect your garden with this easy-to-use tent. Available at Lowe’s.

Burpee Herb and Flower Drying Rack Kit

You’re liable to have a bunch of leftover herbs come the end of summer. Hang them in this stylish rack and dry them out to use in your kitchen for the winter. Available at burpee.com.

KitchenAid Fruit and Vegetable Strainer

You’re also likely to have a bunch of tomatoes begging to be used. Turn them (and other vegetables and fruits) into sauce or juice with this stand mixer plug-in. Available at Best Buy.

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f e s t iv a l s SUMMER SCENE typically features a ton of events to do in Boulder County and beyond; alas 2020-21 is not typical. Here’s a roundup of some of our favorite festivals that’ll return this year, but do check with organizers before purchasing tickets.

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The North Face presents Reel Rock 15 at Boulder tures shorts about outdoor life and adventure. This year, Deep Roots, Lonnie Kauk’s personal journey to honor his indigenous Yosemite roots, and to connect with his legendary father by repeating his iconic climbs; Action Directe, following Melissa Le Nevé’s seven years battling insane moves, inner doubt and the burden of history to climb the most revered sport route on Earth; First Ascent/Last Ascent, chronicling best friends Hazel Findlay and Maddy Cope’s journey to the rocky outer reaches of Mongolia; and Black Ice, following a crew of aspiring ice climbers from the Memphis Rox gym travels to the frozen wilds of Montana. Tickets are $21.

The Boulder International Film Festival

Screenings/events at Chautauqua, Boulder High School, Rayback Collective and Century Theaters June 24-27 The 17th annual Boulder International Film Festival (BIFF) will run June 24-27 at spots throughout Boulder. will feature a “Welcome Back the Community,” theme, offering indoor and outdoor screenings. It features work a celebrity or two at any one of the screenings — it’s been known to happen. Check biff1.com for ticket info, lineups and more.

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Participants at the Colorado 13er & 5K/10K will enjoy million-dollar views while trekking along the Davidson line, their accomplishment will be celebrated with a shiny

two weekends to keep capacity reduced. Tickets are still available as of press time (though you should act quick). Performers include Emmylou Harris, Sam Bush, Béla Fleck, Dierks Bentley, The Infamous Stringdusters, Sarah Jarosz, Chris Thile, Grace Potter and Leftover Salmon.

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End your summer and transition into fall with the Bluebird Music Festival at Macky Auditorium, Sept. 2526. Organizers are hopeful for a full-capacity festival, but

Boulder Creek Festival Downtown Boulder July 16-18

The popular Boulder Creek Festival is back and better than ever this year. Hang out downtown by Boulder Creek for a weekend of sunshine, live music, kids’ activities, a beer festival, a makers’ market, food trucks and more. It’ll be a great, communal experience after such a tough year and a half.

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call closer to the event. There’ll be two stages this year — a main stage and a more stripped-down Strings & Stories stage. Headliners include Jeff Tweedy, Jade Bird, Molly Tuttle, Daniel Rodriguez and more. Visit bluebirdmusicfestival.org for more info.

Boulder Environmental/Nature/Outdoors Film Festival Virtual and at the Dairy Arts Center, Boulder July 15-18 This year’s Boulder Environmental / Nature / Outdoors Film Festival (Boulder ENOFF) will be held online and at a drive-in venue at the Dairy Arts Center. It’ll be Plus, there’ll be special theme parties, late-night music boulderenoff.org for more info. see FESTIVALS Page 20

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Boulder Valley Wine Festival Community Park, Louisville Saturday, Sept. 11 The third annual Boulder Valley Wine Festival will feature over 20 Colorado wineries, plus more than 30 retail vendors, food vendors and live music. General admission tickets include a commemorative wine glass, wine tote and unlimited tastings. VIP tickets include a VIP wine glass, wine tote, unlimited tastings and access to a VIP tent with catered food and wine bar. Go to bouldervalleywinefestival.com for more info.

Boulder Comedy Festival

The second annual Mimesis Documentary Film Festival is an immersive theatrical and virtual experience featuring in-person and at-home screenings, workshops and conversations with documentary artists, scholars and producers from across the world. mimesisfestival.org.

Avalon Art Music and Dance Festival

Boulder Comedy Festival brings together comedians and all the beauty and adventure that the Boulder area has to offer, creating an experience not to be missed. The Festival focuses on and highlights women and diversity in comedy. Nationally touring comics fea-

This “park and walk” arts festival features 60 artists, plus music, dance and “other surprises.” Events will run through September every month; the June

Boulder Taco Fest Foothills Park, Boulder Saturday, Aug. 28 This festival features the best tacos from Boulder County vendors, a curated list of craft breweries,

together with festival winners and local comedians to create a sea of hilarity in Boulder and the surrounding areas. Go to bouldercomedyfestival.com for more info.

bands and lots of free fun for the kiddos. It’s quickly becoming Boulder’s must-do event of the summer.

Mimesis Documentary Film Festival

a breathtaking venue at the base of the foothills. Go to bouldertacofest.com for more info.

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Boulder Bandshell June 18-19 of its kind in Colorado, and also one of the largest in the nation, with 1,500-2,000 participants each year.

Avalon Dance Ballroom, Boulder Saturday, June 12

will feature 60 artist stalls. Event runs noon to 4 p.m.

Tilt Pinball and the Dairy Arts Center June 24-27

Colorado Brazil Fest

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and culture, with a track record of engaging thousands of local residents in performances and educational music programs since its inception in 2009. More info

Colorado Music Fest Chautauqua Auditorium, Boulder July 1 - Aug. 7 The Colorado Music Festival presents a six-week in Boulder. Showcasing over 42 principal players, the Festival Orchestra is comprised of exceptional national and international musicians. Under the baton of Music Director Peter Oundjian, this all-star orchestra treks to the base of the iconic Flatirons every summer to create what is truly a world-class experience. Musicians represent 44 orchestras from 23 states, four provinces and three countries. Go to coloradomusicfestival.org for more info.

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MATT CORTINA

Unique day and weekend trips just outside Colorado

By Matt Cortina

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aybe you’re still weary of getting on a plane, but the prospect of staying in Colorado all summer has you feeling itchy. Fortunately, if you’ve lived here for a bit, you know there’s no shortage of odd little towns and unique recreation spots within a long morning’s drive of Boulder County. Here are a few of my favorite spots to the north, east and south, offering vastly different experiences.

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hite sand beaches? In Nebraska? Believe it, and go there. Lake McConaughy (or Lake Mac, as the locals call it — in fact, stop in the nearby tackle shops for “I got sand in my crack at Lake Mac” T-shirts) is a man-made body of water at which you can camp, swim, paddle board, ride jet skis and more. Calm, warm water ripples to ample white sand beaches, but picking your spot is important. Trucks and campers are allowed If you are in such a vehicle — and you ought to have something with four- or all-wheel-drive since the sand gets deep in spots — you’ll notice de facto lines of other vehicles and you can pull up wherever. If you’re camping, though, or just visiting for the day, park in the paved lots leading to the beachfront and scope out the cot-

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tonwood trees. Finding one on a thin part of the beach opens up plenty of vehicle-free space (because vehicles can’t pass through on land), and you’ll have a private beach and some shade to protect you from the hot Nebraska sun. Because of the pandemic, you’ll have to reserve your spot online this year (visit outdoornebraska.gov/lakemcconaughy to do so) and there’s a nominal entrance fee to get in. It’s about a threehour drive from Boulder County, so you can easily make it a day trip (check the weather, as it gets a little more humid and stormprone out that far east). You also have lodging options in Ogallala, eight miles south, and driving up from there you’ll pass the impressive 22-mile Kingsley Dam, with a recreation area as well. It’s impressive, but if you’re in a beach mood, you’ll probably just keep on moving.

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steps away to cool off in if the springs

Saratoga, Wyoming ~3.5-hour drive

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more of a novelty attraction). vanka Trump and Jared Kushner vacation in Make sure to stop by Hotel Wolf for charming little Saratoga, Wyoming. We’re not sure cocktails and/ if that increases or decreases SANDRA FOYT/SHUTTERSTOCK or dinner — the appeal of this spot. there’s a cool, But take a visit to this multi-part bar little town with hot springs area typiand plenty of recreational activities and you’ll see why more people this now-out-of-power couple than you think visits. exist in this small town, a cross-country bike trip — and the white-tablecloth dinner service is a welcome destination on the east-west surprise. If something more TransAmerica trail — and casual is what you’re after, go ended up staying an extra to Hugus and Co., which has day to take in everything. Everything includes ample fancy, just exceptionally good. Bars, ice cream shops and breweries round out the more-ample-than-you’d-

think dining options. There’s also boutique shopping and classic Western gift shops, where you can buy jewelry, cow hides and sundry items. But it’s summer after all, and the outdoor options in and around Saratoga abound, so maybe plan to make a quick stop in at one of these establishments on your way to dinner or on the way out of town.

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of town

Albuquerque, New Mexico ~6.5-hour drive

Albuquerque’s got a sneaky good food scene, with plenty of farm-to-

lright, hear us out on this. You know Albuquerque. You know it’s not as charming or as close as Santa Fe or Taos. Maybe you only know it as a spot for your kids’ soccer tournaments or business confer-

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It’s also got a surprise diner scene: We recommend stopping by the retro 66 Diner or Lindy’s for ample menus, good food and unique vibes. served food like enchiladas, green Chile, pork adovada and sopapillas. And then there are the food, drink and outdoor festivals. End your summer at the Harvest Wine Festival, Sept. 4-6, where you’ll be able to

ences or stop-overs on your way somewhere else. And maybe you only know it as Walter White’s stomping grounds. But Albuquerque’s worth a visit for two reasons: food and events.

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afternoon or weekend. And, a little later, in October, Albuquerque air balloons to gawk at and whisper, “Yeah, I’d never get into those, but they are beautiful.” And if you’re missing the antique vibes of Santa Fe, Albuquerque’s got Old Town, with plenty of food, shopping and brewery options. The key to Albuquerque, to put it plainly, is to know where and when to go. Check out these spots, do some Googling and plan your trip — including how to get around Albuquerque — and we think your thoughts on this city will change in one weekend.

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local recipes, local ingredients

FROM BOULDER COUNTY FARMERS MARKETS

THE BOULDER COUNTY FARMERS tains a great list of recipes from local chefs, often using local

Roasted Pepper & Tomato Salad

From Jodie Lindsay Popma, chef and owner of Smart Food Made Simple

• 1/2 teaspoon chili

Cauliflower Grits

From Kelly Whitaker, chef and owner at Basta

chopped • 1 lemon, grated rind and juice • olive oil — drizzle • chopped parsley — for garnish

• salt and pepper, to taste Heat a medium saute pan and

Corn Dog

In a large mixing bowl, mix

From Matt Collier, Seeds Library Cafe

combined, mix in the egg and milk until it’s just combined and let sit

• 1 cup white or yellow Ute Tribe cornmeal

Place skewers into the sausages and make sure the sausages are dry and have no congealed fat on them as it will

• 1/2 tablespoon sugar • 1 tablespoon baking powder • 1 egg • 1 cup milk or non-dairy alternative

Roll the sausages in the batter, making sure to coat well and hold the sausages up to let any

• 2 packs Sky Pilot green chili brats Place oil in very large pot — once you begin frying, the oil will rise and has the potential to

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BOULDER COUNTY MOUNTAIN SUN PUBS & BREWERIES

1535 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-546-0886; 627 S. Broadway., Boulder, 303-546-0886; 600 Longs Peak Ave., Longmont, 303-651-7886, mountainsunpub.com The Mountain Sun Pub and Brewery opened on Pearl Street in 1993 and its sibling, Southern Sun, came along nine years later. Its six-barrel operation makes this local brewery chain a great destination for food, drinks and conversation. Featuring house brews such as the Colorado Kind, Annapurna Amber and the Java Porter, a coffee porter infused with fairtrade organic coffee. Our advice? Get a bunch of tasters and sample the whole lineup of staples at any location, including Longs Peak, which came along in 2014.

OSKAR BLUES BREWERY

1800 Pike Road, Longmont, 303-776-1914; 303 Main St., Lyons; 303823-6685 921 Pearl St., Boulder, oskarblues.com Let’s face it: Oskar Blues is legendary. It’s one of the biggest, most successful craft breweries in the nation. With more than a dozen great staple beers — all in cans — ranging from Dale’s Pale Ale to Barrel Aged Ten Fidy (the real black gold), Oskar Blues has your taste buds covered.

THE POST BREWING COMPANY

2027 13th St., Boulder, 720-372-3341; 1258 S. Hover Road, Longmont, 720-588-2883; 105 W. Emma St., Lafayette, 303-5936-2066, postbrewing.com Something magical happens when you pair hot chicken with cold beer. The Post Brewing Company’s three Boulder County locations all offer award-winning concoctions like Howdy Beer, a western pilsner that’s garnered international acclaim.

BOULDER ADAMANT BREWING AND BLENDING

1001 Lee Hill Drive, Unit 10, Boulder, adamantbrewing.com This Boulder brewery focuses on a variety of wild and sour beers. As a mixed-fermentation and oak-focused beer project, Adamant’s brews will not disappoint curious taste buds. Stop by the tap room to try the Raw Strawberry Rhubarb, Canyon Weiss and Constant Mixed Ferm Pale.

ASHER BREWING CO.

4699 Nautilus Court, Suite 104, Boulder, 303-530-1381, asherbrewing.com It took almost a full year of planning, research and hard, meticulous work to build the Asher Brewing Company tap room.

of his own cold ones, and truly enjoy what lay brewery. Try the Treehugger Amber, maybe the best of the style available in these parts.

AVERY BREWING COMPANY

4910 Nautilus Court North, Boulder, 303-440-4324, averybrewing.com Are you truly a Boulder County resident if you haven’t been to this establishment? It’s one of the original pioneers of brewing on our home turf. Avery’s been committed to producing eccentric ales and lagers that defy styles and categories since 1993. We’ll toast to more years of delightfully creative and bold suds. Take a brewery tour and then pull up to the bar or outdoor patio to sample classic Avery brews and taproom one-offs.

BEYOND THE MOUNTAIN BREWING COMPANY

6035 Longbow Drive, Unit 109, Boulder, 303-530-6981, beyondthemountainbrewing.com Beer and music both allow room for a lot of improvisation. Beyond the Mountain, an award-winning brewery, marries the two in The Headspin double IPA, a collaboration with jam band The Jauntee, which takes roots. You’ll also want to try Klaus’s Kolsch and the Sour Shakedown Party with blackberry... So, you’re better off just making multiple trips and trying everything.

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BJ’S RESTAURANT AND BREWHOUSE

SANITAS BREWING CO.

1690 28th St., Boulder, 303-440-5200, bjsrestaurants.com BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, which started as a pizza shop in 1978 before be-

3550 Frontier Ave., Unit A, Boulder, 303-442-4130,

UNNAMED BEER COMPANY

2907 55th St., Unit 1B, Boulder, 720-515-9285, unnamedbeer.com closed due to the pandemic (as of press time in late

UPSLOPE BREWING COMPANY

1898 S. Flatiron Court, Boulder, 303-396-1898; 1501 Lee Hill Drive, Suite 20, Boulder, 303-449-2911,

the North American Beer Awards, the Great American BJ’s span the color spectrum from the crisp German

SKA STREET BREWSTILLERY

1600 38th St., Suite 100, Boulder,

FINKEL & GARF BREWING COMPANY

5455 Spine Road, Unit A, Boulder, spot this summer for patio and indoor seating, and

UHL’S BREWING COMPANY

be a complicated experience. Father-and-son team

STEIN BREWING COMPANY

2516 49th St., Unit 5, Boulder, good beer, good things happen.

GUNBARREL BREWING COMPANY

7088 Winchester Circle,

American and British-inspired brews. This summer,

VISIONQUEST BREWERY

TWISTED PINE BREWING CO.

3201 Walnut St., Suite A, Boulder, 303-786-9270,

2510 47th St., Suite A2, Boulder, 720-446-9387,

KETTLE & SPOKE BREWERY

2500 47th St., Unit 12, Boulder,

its Living a Stout Life podcast for brewing insight and stories.

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malt and rested on orange peels, or the 1st Gear, a tropi-

GROSSEN BART BREWING

1025 Delaware Ave., Longmont, 720-438-2060, grossenbart.com This brewery wants to elevate the existence of two concepts above all else: craft beer and awesome beards. That’s a campaign we can get behind. Grossen Bart (German for “big beard”) names its beers after classic facial ’dos, like The Stubble Kölsh (crisp, dry and fruity) and the Anker Beard Amber

WEST FLANDERS BREWING COMPANY

1125 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-447-2739, wfbrews.com Brothers Mark and Chris Heinritz, and brewmaster Brian Lutz opened West Flanders Brewing Co. in 2012, stating a simple yet regal mission: to combine tradition and modernity in a beer made with passion. Passion! You can taste a hint of it in every single one of their brews, like the Daisy Cutter, a quintessential Belgian strong ale.

WILD PROVISIONS BEER PROJECT

2209 Central Ave., Boulder, 303-9933598, wildprovisionsbeer.com Wild Provisions emphasizes innovation: in beer styles and beer production. Stop by and try both varieties of Ranch Chores, an oak-fermented table beer matured in rum or tequila barrels. You’ll also want to sample Penicillin, a barrel-aged sour, and Metes & Bounds, a Belgian farmhouse-inspired sour available fermented either on peaches or Chinook wet hops and pineapple.

LONGMONT 300 SUNS BREWING

BOOTSTRAP BREWING COMPANY

142 Pratt St., Longmont, 720-438-8488, bootstrapbrewing.com

that’s served (pandemic pending) in a lively taproom. Try the Lush Puppy IPA, made with massive amounts of hops to give this beer a great tropical, citrusy

for a unique drinking experience. Stop in for the Galactic Borracho, a crisp and clean Dortmunder lager with sweet malts, or the Stellaris Belgian triple, a golden beer with

PRIMITIVE BEER

2025 Ionosphere St., Unit 101, Longmont, 914-255-7436, primitive.beer Primitive Beer is a barrel-fermented beer blendery (yes, blendery) inspired by a centuries-old Belgian brewing method combined with modern technology and fresh ingredients. The still (without carbonation) sour brews come in winelike variants such as Moon River Roll, a two-year old Méthode Traditionnelle spontaneous beer aged on the world-famous Rocky Ford cantaloupe melons in a freshly emptied Chateau Montelena Winery chardonnay barrels.

PUMPHOUSE BREWERY

Ale, a massively hopped ale that’s made with seven hop additions and the perfect mix of malts.

COLLISION BREWING COMPANY

540 Main St., Longmont, 303-7020881, pumphousebrewery.com The Pumphouse Brewery opened in 1996, after radically transforming the historic building to become a functional restaurant and brewery, while preserving much of the original architecture. Sample brews inside it like the and the Base Camp milk stout.

1436 Skyway Drive, Longmont, 720-996-1850, collisionbrewco.com The variety of tastes at Collision Brewing Company will keep you coming back time and time again. From the Blinker

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blue juniper berries, to the Hit and Run, made with honey I

about as Boulder County as it gets, offering 20 taps for ERBoulder.

WIBBY BREWING

209 Emery St., Longmont, 303-776-4594, wibbybrewing.com Wibby Brewing uses traditional German brewing techniques and pairs them with the creativity of American craft beer. The result is excellent beer like the IPL, Moondoor Dunkel and the awardwinning Lightshine Helles, as well as seasonal brews, all available on tap at the Longmont taproom.

LOUISVILLE 12DEGREE BREWING

820 Main St., Lousiville, 720-638-1623, 12degreebrewing.com Inspired by Belgium’s community-based beer culture, 12Degree Brewing aims to start conversations. Strike up a chat with family, friends or strangers as you try the Midnight Fog, with notes of

OUTWORLD BREWING

1725 Vista View Drive, Longmont, 720-545-2337, outworldbrewing.com

anywhere else in the galaxy.

335 First Ave., Unit C, Longmont, 720-442-8292, 300sunsbrewing.com For 300 Suns Brewing, nothing compares to spending one of our 300 days of sunshine relaxing with a cold one. This brewery offers everything from red, brown, rye and pale ales to the darker stouts and porters, so you’ll be sure to

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LEFT HAND BREWING CO.

1265 Boston Ave., Longmont, 303-7720258, lefthandbrewing.com Left Hand Brewing’s tale starts in December of 1990, all thanks to a small homebrewers kit. Now 25-plus years later, Left Hand Brewing Co. distributes across the country, in addition to several countries overseas. Perhaps most famous for its Nitro series and Milk Stout Nitro, Left Hand Brewing is also one of the most honored and recognized breweries in the state, with dozens of awards.

founders of Shoes & Brews, running and beer have a natural friendship. Selling running shoes and craft

63 S. Pratt Parkway, Unit B, Longmont, 720-340-4290, shoesandbrews.com Lace up your shoes and drink up your brews! For the SUMMERSCENE

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CRYSTAL SPRINGS BREWING CO.

604 Main St., 720-572-7975; and 657 S. Taylor Ave., Louisville, 303-665-8888, crystalspringsbrewing.com This small-batch local brewery produces mostly seasonal beers with a couple of year-round brews. The selection includes everything from a tart and fruity cherry saison called the Naughty Marilyn to a Russian imperial stout called the Black Saddle, which has been aged in wine barrels.

GRAVITY BREWING

1150 Pine St., Louisville, 303-544-0746, thegravitybrewing.com engineers, Gravity Brewing takes a pale ales and more, Gravity’s tasting room provides a spacious and relaxed atmosphere for customers to grab a beer, a bite and a seat on the sunny outdoor patio. It’s Brewing.

MOTHER TUCKER BREWERY

1132 W. Dillon Road, Louisville, 303-565-9459, mothertuckerbrewery.com Mother Tucker Brewery comes to Boulder brewery pours a Belgian Dark Strong Ale, a Watermelon Wheat Ale and a Coffee Stout. With a wide variety of beer and a friendly staff, this is one to check out. see BREWERIES Page 32

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REDGARDEN RESTAURANT AND BREWERY

ODD13 BREWING INC.

301 E. Simpson St., Lafayette, 303-997-4164, odd13brewing.com

1700 Dogwood St., Louisville, 303-927-6361, redgardenbrewery.com Come for the family-friendly atmosphere, stay for the good people and, of course, good beer. The folks at Redgarden are planning to come back post-pandemic this summer, with a variety of beer styles, all brewed on-site. Soon you can once again enjoy the Work Is Done IPA after

brews is represented by an enigmatic character and colorful artwork decorating offers a big variety of high-quality brews with big personalities.

made from local malt.

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CELLAR WEST ARTISAN ALES

BUSEY BREWS

70 E. First St., Nederland, 855-633-2739, buseybrews.com

778-B W. Baseline Road, Lafayette, 720-465-9346, cellarwest.com Cellar West Artisan Ales made the move from a small taproom in Boulder into Lafayette several years ago for some more room and a change of scenery. This award-winning brewery did right, continuing to celebrate the people, places and purpose behind its brews. By embracing aggressive

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drylanddistillers.com

Brews is a must-visit brewery. Stop in to try the timely Kolsch-al Distancing, a light-drinkwant to check out the Winner Winner Das Berliner, the light sour.

KNOTTED ROOT BREWING COMPANY

yeast, this brewery creates unique, complex beers.

250 N. Caribou St., Nederland, 720-248-7129, knottedrootbrewing.com Combining elements of traditional Belgian brewing and American experimentation, Knotted Root focuses

FRONT RANGE BREWING COMPANY

400 W. South Boulder Road, Suite 1650, Lafayette, 303-339-0767, frontrangebrewingcompany.com

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LIQUID MECHANICS BREWING CO.

297 U.S. Highway 287, Unit 100, Lafayette, 720-550-7813, liquidmechanicsbrewing.com

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sours and rustic farmhouse ales. Pick up Thick Strawberry Goo, a fruited Berliner Weisse (other Thick Goos come in black raspberry and mango varieties), and the

Range Brewing Company offers 10 core beers and a diverse rotating lineup. The brewery puts on weekly music events — when public health and safety allows — and has a robust food menu. Try St.

refreshing and unique Very Nice Brewing Company. Try the Calmer Than You Are Session IPA, made

maceutical professionals who decided to trade the corporate world for the world of brewing, Liquid Mechanics Brewing Co. believes that great beer connects people to the things that matter. To try everything from its IPAs to its ambers, porters and stouts, customers can stop by the laid-

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