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SERVING UP THE COLORADO LIFESTYLE

Vol. 1, No. 1 Fall 2015

CREEKSIDE BREWING CRAFTING A SAISON ABOVE 10,000 FEET

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John Carlson Executive Director, Colorado Brewers Guild

Kimberly Naslund Owner, Dancing Pines Distillery

Jean Ditslear Owner, 300 Suns Brewing

Brooke Salazar, Vice President, Marketing Breckenridge-Wynkoop LLC

Bess Dougherty Lead Brewer, Wynkoop Brewing Co.

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Alan Laws Owner, Laws Whiskey House

Charley Sturdavant Owner, Golden City Brewery Colorado Terri Viezbicke Owner, Boulder Distillery

Nate Wannlund Co-Owner, Brewrasa

Thirst Colorado is our ambition to spotlight the connection between Colorado’s passionate lifestyles and the kindred spirit of the state’s thriving craft scene. Our pages will introduce you to entrepreneurs and talented craftspeople who brew, distill, bottle and serve some of the region’s outstanding and unique beverages.

Borrow from our foodies who grill, boil, sauté and smoke mouthwatering dishes that complement the craft products. From steaks to sushi, we will provide pairing hints and perhaps even reveal preparation techniques from local chefs to help you create your own culinary masterpiece. Join Thirst Colorado in hiking a Fourteener, running a 5K, enjoying a concert, four-wheeling rugged mountain trails, fishing gold-medal streams or conquering knee-deep powder in the back bowls. Then recap your day’s adventure at one of nearly 400 craft entities and savor the vast assortment of bold creations. Of course, you will not read all of our ambitions in this inaugural issue. Like all worthy endeavors, Thirst Colorado will continue to be the consummate work in progress. And, work we will, spurred by your assistance. We sincerely welcome your suggestions regarding a person, place or event that epitomizes Colorado’s diverse lifestyles. Contact us and let’s have a conversation. Live your passion and Thirst responsibly!

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Publisher Paul Johnson paul@thirstcolorado.com

Associate Publisher & Editor Joe Ross joe@thirstcolorado.com

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Account Executive Maggie Swift maggie@thirstcolorado.com

Design & Layout Michele Garner, Sandy Birkey and Stacey Krull President & Founder Wilbur E. Flachman Contributors Crystal Anderson, Jessica Brovsky, Jerrod Cotosman, P.J. DiLorenzo, Steve Graham, Elyse Hahn, Connie Leaf, Tiffany Lutke, Dennis Pleuss and Angie Wright For advertising and editorial information, please contact Joe Ross at 303.428.9529 Ext. 227 or email joe@thirstcolorado.com Proud member of the Colorado Brewers Guild

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is produced by The Publishing House, a division of Colorado Word Works, Inc. The Publishing House also produces Colorado’s Performing Arts Publications, serving arts venues along the Front Range. 7380 Lowell Blvd., Westminster, Colorado 80030 303.428.9529

Paul Johnson Publisher & Tasting Guru Since 1971 Drink up life in large amounts, but restrict your alcohol consumption. We do not endorse or support excessive drinking. Thirst Colorado is published four times a year by The Publishing House, 7380 Lowell Blvd., Westminster, CO 80030. © The Publishing House, 2015. All rights reserved. Printed in U.S.A. www facebook.com/thirstcolorado twitter.com/thirstcolorado thirstcolorado.com

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Except where noted, the content of Thirst Colorado is the property of the magazine and should only be reprinted with permission. Thirst Colorado is not responsible for false or misleading claims made in advertising or editorial materials published herein.


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Crafting a pine saison with Aspen Brewing Co.

10 Modern Cocktails Mixing drinks with old-school charm

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Check out the hottest events of fall and early winter

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What would you drink after running 100 miles?

Slackliner enjoys pushing herself to the extreme

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From light to dark, your tastebuds will find a home here

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Pursuing the perfect saison

MOUNTAIN BREW By Joe Ross

Aspen Brewing Co. head brewer P.J. Goudreault works on the pine saison along Lincoln Creek. Photo: Maggie Swift

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Brewing creekside in the mountains high above Aspen would have made legends John Denver and Hunter S. Thompson jealous. With a few fishing poles, some fine reggae jams and the equipment needed to fill a five-gallon fermenter with a saison, Aspen Brewing Co. owner Duncan Clauss joined head brewer P.J. Goudreault and marketing master Willis Brown to show staffers from Thirst Colorado how it’s done in the high country.

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The crew rallied for a chilly, rainy August afternoon of brewing a pine saison along Lincoln Creek off Independence Pass. Goudreault, who cut his teeth at Odell Brewing and Oskar Blues, was certain the beer would turn out better and more aromatic than the fishing (skunked). However, nothing worthwhile is easy. There were a few challenges to the most basic part of the brewing process. Trying to boil several gallons of water in

40-degree temperatures at an elevation above 10,000 feet requires patience, Goudreault pointed out. Because of the slow boil, the creekside afternoon brew turned into an evening fireside party. The Aspen crew provided smooth-drinking Blonde and bombers of 10th Mountain Imperial Stout and Biere de Garde, a collaboration produced with Casey Brewing and Blending. Peering through his rain jacket hood, Clauss talked about graduating from CU Boulder and launching the brewery


Tales From The Lying Log

Photo: Terri Ross

By Bufford T. Clapsaddle

Goudreault explains the brewing process.

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within a year. His love of the area’s backcountry had locked in his desire to stay in Colorado and launch his business. He eventually nailed down the Aspen location. Located across from the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport with billions of dollars in jets lined up, Aspen Brewing Co. is the only brewery in town and features a tap room downtown. Aspen plans to produce 5,000 barrels this year and upwards of 10,000 in 2016, with additional fermenters scheduled for purchase. Clauss said three-fourths of the beer produced ends up in cans. Eventually, the fireside stories slowed down, as did the rain. During the afternoon, Goudreault had prepared the mash with barley and pine and added it to about seven gallons of water. After heating, the wort was then strained off the grain and brought to a boil. Goudreault said he would “have to eyeball it” before adding hops at the right time. The mix was soon sealed in a stainless steel fermenter, where it would be stored for about two weeks with saison yeast. And the results? Stay tuned. We will let everyone know online at thirstcolorado.com how the backcountry brew turned out.

Marketing master Willis Brown offers a sample of wort (unfermented beer) to Thirst Colorado editor Joe Ross, while photographer Terri Ross and Goudreault look on.

It was mid-May in an uncertain year of the 1990s. Being too early in the season to saddle up the horses and head to the high country, fishing partner Theodore and myself were anxious and elected to pursue Rainbow on the plains of the lower Arkansas River. The heavy spring run-off that year created a silty, murky water and the limited success we experienced came from utilizing a now exhausted supply of crawlers. My angling friend was silent as we walked back to our campsite. Suddenly, in the path before us, was a stretched-out rattlesnake – with a grasshopper in its fangs. Theodore’s face lit up. “I’ve seen ’bows feed on hoppers many times – that feller is not coiled – I’ll grab his head and you steal the hopper.” Mission accomplished. “Now what do we do?” Seeking a solution, I dashed the last 100 feet to camp and grabbed a bottle of the future guv’s signature Rail Yard Ale, dashed back and was able to pour most of it in the mouth of the rattler, which then disappeared in the grass. Before I could retrieve my gear, Theodore had that still-alive grasshopper on his hook and four pounds of dinner on the end of his line. He was whooping and celebrating, when I felt a tapping on my left boot. There was that same darned snake bringing us another grasshopper. Bufford T. Clapsaddle (aka Wilbur Flachman) is a retired newspaper and magazine publisher who has guided hundreds of horse pack trips into the Rocky Mountains for family, friends and business associates during the past 45 years. In the summer of 2013, Clapsaddle logged his 10,000th mile in the saddle on those sojourns. Majority of his tales are revealed only at timberline. ThirstColorado.com

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ELEVATED LIQUID

A Vintage Approach to Modern Cocktail Creation By Connie Leaf

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As a bartender at one of the busiest restaurants in a world-class ski resort, I have an intimate first look at the needs and interests of imbibers from all over. What I’ve noticed probably won’t surprise anyone. Just like the food revolution, people are moving toward drinks with wholesome ingredients they can pronounce. Seasonal fruits and vegetables, real sweeteners, and quality base spirits and modifiers are on the rise. This awareness and desire for conscious consumption affects the supply and demand sides of the beverage industry. If less is more for the consumer, the producer must look to the past, when cocktail building prospered through simplicity. Interestingly, the modern movement toward wholesome ingredients in drink composition sends us straight back to early 20th century America – way before the rise of sweet and sour mix, frozen drink machines and GMOs. The rebirth of the classic cocktail is upon us. All hail the mint julep! “Can you make that margarita skinny, please?” is a question I hear at least once a week. Little does the average consumer know, all of our drinks would be considered skinny because at our bar, we only use fresh ingredients, and adhere to the classic preparation of such vintage cocktails as the margarita, old fashioned and julep. We don’t carry sweet and sour mix or chemically-sweetened liqueurs. If we feature a “flavored” rum, vodka, gin or whiskey, it’s an infusion using fresh fruit we batch in-house. Just like the hyper-seasonal, localized food revolution, the insurgency of complex, richly flavored cocktails relies on the freshest, highest quality ingredients one can find. In the drink world, this translates to fresh preparations and craft spirits. Vintage spirits, recipes and techniques are making a huge comeback. Bartenders

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are paying homage to the contributions of the past. As a result, diners and imbibers are experiencing mainstream cocktails like the gimlet and the daiquiri the way they were originally intended to be enjoyed – as fresh and minimalistic as possible while still maintaining the perfect balance of flavors. Furthermore, drink builders are experimenting with modifiers that were once considered esoteric archives of the past. Back bars across Colorado are plush with varieties of amaro, sherry, fruit brandies and aperitifs, adding complexity to cocktails without increasing size and sweetness. The liquor industry has seen a departure from global consolidation and a rise of the hand-crafted small batch. Less is more, and succinct, decipherable ingredients are the way to go when it comes to the food and beverage industry. It’s the healthful alternative and what a growing number of consumers seek out. But it also is what drives the passionate members of the beverage industry to continue their unique, inspired craftsmanship. The good news is that the garden-tobar concept actually makes it easier to compose a delicious cocktail. Whether you’re simply a natural-born host that wants to impress her friends at next week’s dinner party with a dangerously delicious pitcher of rum punch, or the full-time working bartender who has access to a variety of spirits, modifiers and tools at any given time, each cocktail creation should be sparked by a desire for something well-balanced that satisfies each taste bud and is delicious enough to drink again and again. Connie Leaf bartends in Vail at Sweet Basil Restaurant. She has an unwavering passion for hospitality through food and beverage, hiking mountains, and skiing fresh powder.

The Peach Fuzz Drink by Connie Leaf 2 ounces Palisade Peach/Cinnamon Shrub 2 ounces Breckenridge Bourbon 1/4 ounce Overproof Rum of your choice (I used Plantation Dark) Give ingredients a shake and pour out into a tulip-shaped beer glass. Garnish with a peach wedge.  That’s all you need for a light and bright, thirst-quenching cocktail using seasonal ingredients close to home.  You don’t even need to squeeze a half a lemon or lime, as the vinegar in the shrub is tart enough to balance out the sweetness of the fruit and sugar without the help of citrus. This cocktail works well with just about any spirit (I wouldn’t recommend gin, though. That sounds rough.)


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NEW BREWERY SPOTLIGHT

Photo: Call To Arms

North Denver Welcomes Call to Arms During the summer 2015 opening of Call to Arms Brewing Co., Denver’s Berkeley neighborhood welcomed a walkup brewery that’s positioned between Berkeley Park and the Tennyson Street shopping and dining area. “Call to Arms Brewing Company is a modern craft brewery steeped in oldworld tradition,” according to owner Jesse Brookstein “We brew beers of all styles and categories, with a particular focus on reviving lost styles and imparting our own modern take on them, while still brewing the hoppy and experimental beers that make American brewing so great.” Among them: a dunkelweizen, a Vienna lager, a quaffable pale ale with mosaic and chinook hops, and a Belgian wit infused with cardamom and grapefruit. The owners bring more than 20 years of experience to the brewery, and most recently worked at Avery Brewing Co. Owners: Chris Bell, Jesse Brookstein and Jon Cross calltoarmsbrewing.com | 720.328.8258 | 4526 Tennyson St., Denver

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10th Mountain: Great Spirits, Great Place to Relax The 10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirit Co. opened in Vail Village with the hope of delivering a “mountain lifestyle” brand to locals and tourists who work and play hard. The tasting room seats about 30 people and is open every day of the week. Bay windows overlook Mill Creek, which drops down Vail Mountain. “It’s an extremely cozy, personal environment that is a great place to relax after a big day on the mountain or a stressful day at work,” says Ryan Thompson, co-owner of 10th Mountain. “We intentionally didn’t put TVs in the tasting room in order to encourage conversation and connection among our guests and spirit guides.” In addition to the moonshine, bourbon, whiskey, vodka and cordials, look for the soon-to-be-available Alpenglow Cordial, which is Colorado Sage and Palisade Peach infused. “It’s sweet, along the lines of Grand Marnier or Tuaca, but has Colorado influenced flavors,” Thompson said. Owners: Ryan Thompson and Christian Avignon Head Distiller: Shawn Hogan 10thwhiskey.com | 970.470.4215 | 286 Bridge St., Vail

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A true lover of craft beer would have to plan more than 300 stops to visit all Colorado breweries this fall. Who wouldn’t want to jump aboard that train? Some would argue that it’s no coincidence that the Super Bowl of the beer world – The Great American Beer Festival – is held in the state that is absolutely crazy for new tastes in crafted beverages. Will the growth trend continue? There’s not much doubt, says John Carlson, executive director of the Colorado Brewers Guild. “At the end of the day, if the operator is brewing flavorful ales and lagers, I think that it can go on in perpetuity.” Creating a great product is part of the equation, but as Carlson points out, the breweries are also serving a greater purpose. “Breweries are creating a sense of place and community – it’s wonderful.” This fall the Brewers Guild, which is a trade group that advocates for breweries, reported 309 licenses had been issued to breweries within the state. But the explosion of crafted drinks isn’t limited to beer. Cocktails, once a

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and bars. Although beer sales overall have been flat nationally, craft beer sales have shown double-digit increases in recent years. As a result, the state’s economy has received a boost because of our crafty nature. According to the Beer Institute, a national trade association in Washington D.C. that represents all sizes of breweries, the industry in Colorado represents more than 5,000 jobs ($422 million in wages), which doesn’t include those employed in wholesaling and retailing. Without a doubt, our small breweries and distilleries have become big business.

lost art, have become mainstream again, dipping into the past to revamp the drinks of yesteryear. The ingredients found in those drinks often consist of the offerings from more than 80-plus distilleries that are in operation. Maybe the train ride should include 400 stops. In Durango, where the population is less than 18,000, there are six breweries and two distilleries operating. In Fort Collins, 15 locations are brewing beer and three distilleries are operating in the city of 155,000 residents. The libations craze also has spilled into other aspects of our business communities. Gone are the days of massproduced beer sufficing at restaurants

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Robert’s suggested pairing: This pairs well with most beer, but I prefer the Colorado Cream Ale from Station 26. It’s light and smooth, yet has a slight toasty malt that mixes well with the crust. It’s a great beer to enjoy while watching your favorite team on the screen.


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ROCKY MOUNTAIN OKTOBERFEST OCTOBER 2-4 Denver

Rocky Mountain Oktoberfest combines the tradition of the Munich Oktoberfest with the vibe of Colorado and the Rocky Mountain brewery scene.

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FRESH HOP FESTIVAL OCTOBER 3 Denver

The 10th annual Falling Rock Fresh Hop Festival unfolds in downtown Denver with more than 30 breweries offering up the freshest possible libations available.

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THE HAUNTED BREW FEST OCTOBER 10 Colorado Springs Photo: Visit Denver

DENVER BEER FEST SEPTEMBER 18-26 DENVER

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SEPTEMBER TELLURIDE BLUES & BREWS FESTIVAL SEPTEMBER 18-20 Telluride

Blues & Brews is a three-day celebration of live music and microbrews held at Telluride Town Park.

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DENVER BEER FEST SEPTEMBER 18-26 Denver

The seventh annual Denver Beer Fest is presented by Visit Denver in partnership with the Colorado Brewers Guild. With more than 300 beer-related events at area breweries, restaurants and tap houses, it’s nine days of crazy fun.

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Larimer Street in Denver’s Historic Ballpark Neighborhood is transformed for two weekends in September.

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CEO Richard Scharf joined in the festivities to kick off the Denver Beer Fest last year when thousands of enthusiasts swarmed Denver to participate in more than 300 events. Denver.org/denver-beer-fest DURANGO AUTUMN ARTS FESTIVAL SEPTEMBER 19-20 Durango

The festival showcases up to 90 fine artists and fine craftspeople from around the country, as well as local musicians and performers from the 2nd Avenue Stage. A variety of artisanal food and beverages are available as well.

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OFFENSIVELY DELICIOUS SEPTEMBER 23 Denver

This evening of comedy is a fundraiser for the Denver Public Library and features Kyle Kinane and Adam Cayton-Holland. Set at the historic Oriental Theater, the evening features 10 breweries and four comedians.

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GREAT AMERICAN BEER FESTIVAL SEPTEMBER 24-26 Denver

This three-day annual event hosted by the Brewers Association sold out in 77 minutes.

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The Haunted Brew Fest is a unique Colorado Springs festival with loads of craft beer that doesn’t require a costume.

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BRECKENRIDGE CRAFT SPIRITS FESTIVAL OCTOBER 23-25 BRECKENRIDGE A poker run, historic saloon walking tours and live shows are part of this annual gathering of


APPED PUMPKINS & PILSNERS FESTIVAL OCTOBER 17 Estes Park

Purchase a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch and sip on locally brewed seasonal beer from the Estes Park Brewery to help support the local non-profit organization, Families for Estes.

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BRECKENRIDGE CRAFT SPIRITS FESTIVAL: STILL ON THE HILL OCTOBER 23-25 Breckenridge

Craft distillers each year gather in Breckenridge for the Craft Spirits Festival, which features a grand tasting, restaurant specials, a downtown pub crawl and historic saloon tours.

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100+ beers being poured by the brewers themselves from 30+ Colorado breweries, seminars, and live music from Colorado bluegrass and rockabilly bands.

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craft distillers and revelers. Tastings, restaurant specials and a downtown pub crawl are also included in this fall classic. breckenridgecraftspiritsfestival.com

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ALL COLORADO BEER FESTIVAL NOVEMBER 7 COLORADO SPRINGS

Last year’s crowd, some wearing beer goggles, enjoyed tastings from dozens of brewers during this fundraiser for area

nonprofits. The 9th annual festival held at the Mortgage Solutions Financial Expo Center will bring together some of the state’s top brewers for afternoon and evening sessions. allcoloradobeerfestival.com

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November’s biggest beer festival is back for an eighth year. Up to 70 Colorado-only breweries participate in this event in Colorado Springs.

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CHEF N’ BREW FESTIVAL 2015 NOVEMBER 19 Denver

The region’s most talented chefs and brewers square off against each other in a pairing competition.

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BIG BEAR BREW FEST NOVEMBER 21 Pueblo

The second annual festival brings together 50 breweries and 100-plus craft beers at the Pueblo Convention Center.

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MILE HIGH UNITED WAY TURKEY TROT NOVEMBER 26 Washington Park, Denver

This Thanksgiving four-mile foot race and onemile family fun run raises funds for United Way.

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The annual Winter Warmer Pub Crawl will warm up beer enthusiasts from across the Front Range. They will be stopping for two hours at a time at each location.

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Open the ski and snowboard season with free concerts, street fairs, a tree lighting and food and drinks aplenty.

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Be there when downtown comes alive with free holiday activities, drink specials, tree lightings, Menorah lightings and events to benefit local charities.

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a run club Lucrezi started: Upslope’s Lee Hill Run Club. “I wanted to start a fun run to get people more active and on the trail and Upslope has a great location close to trails. I enjoy having a beer and it’s a nice reward after the run, she says. “It’s a great way to bring people together and get them motivated.” During the fun-run events, Upslope gives participants a discount on beer, while Lucrezi’s other sponsors rotate setting up tents to show runners samples of their products. The partnership between Lucrezi and Upslope also has a charitable feature. During a recent run club event, Upslope donated a dollar from every beer sold to Rocky Mountain Rescue Group to recognize Dave Mackey, a local runner who was injured. “It is the integrity of the brand and the people that make you feel a part of the family,” she says. Other runners apparently agree because the club continues to grow. So when the run ends and the sweat begins to dry, what will we find in Lucrezi’s glass? “It’s always the IPA,” she says without hesitation. “It’s my go-to. Anytime of the day, it’s awesome.” Boulder resident Tiffany Lutke works with Upslope Brewing Co. and is usually stuck between a rock and a beer place.

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you ask Coloradans about their hobbies, chances are they might include enjoying the outdoors and drinking craft beer. For professional ultrarunner Gina Lucrezi, the two fit together like a sock and shoe. Among Lucrezi’s sponsors such as New Balance and Pro-Tec Athletics, is Boulder-based Upslope Brewing Company. That’s right — a craft brewery sponsors an ultrarunner; it doesn’t get much more Colorado than that. Lucrezi, 32, says the partnership is perfect in numerous ways. “Trail running fits hand in hand with craft beer. Craft, to me, is rugged, independent and out there on its own. It’s not made for the mass market and neither is trail running. Both are unique in their own way,” she says. “Craft brewers are constantly searching for new styles and techniques, while trail runners are looking for new vistas. It’s freedom for creativity.” That creativity takes place over distances greater than a marathon (26.2 miles). While Lucrezi’s resume is filled with 50-kilometer runs (31.07 miles) and a few 100-mile trail races, her glass is filled with craft beer. So how did her partnership with Upslope Brewing begin? “I consider Upslope as my living room. I lived across the street and my boyfriend and I would always go over,” she says. “I thought to myself, ‘Upslope is a really outdoorsy brewery. I wonder if they would support my trail-running career?’” A partnership was struck. Upslope, which began pouring beer in 2008, supports Lucrezi by providing her with Upslope products, but it goes beyond the beer. “It’s more than just beer or verbal support,” she points out. “They care, even if I don’t have my best day.” Additionally, the brewery provides a venue at their Lee Hill brewery for

Gina Lucrezi enjoys a beer at Upslope.


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As Helen Keller once said, “Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing at all.” Heather Larsen, a local slackliner, chooses to live by these words. As fearless as she is petite, the young athlete has devoted her life to pushing limits within herself and her sport. The little-known but growing sport is rooted in the climbing community and dates back to the mid-1970s. Climbers in Yosemite walked across rigged climbing rope low to the ground as a way to improve balance and tighten their core. It passed the time when they weren’t on a rock face. Now, slacklining has its own following with different techniques evolving each year. Yoga-lining, anyone? How about incorporating trampoline-like flips, twists and jumps for a trick-lining routine? Tandem-lining requires a partner, and water-lining is performed over a body of water. Possibly the biggest thrill comes from highlining, which is performed up to several hundred feet off the ground. Strap yourself in for some of Larsen’s favorites: highlining, yoga-lining and tandem-lining. She stepped off the line long enough to share some of her expertise and adventures with us.

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How do you mentally prepare yourself for slacklining and highlining?

So, you mentally prepare for a highline just by understanding that you have the skills and ability to do what it is that you’re about to do. It’s just a slackline. So what it really is, is managing it mentally. Staying calm and breathing is going to be your best bet for going after it and preparing yourself. Stretching doesn’t hurt either.

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Tell me more about highlining.

Oh, where should I start? Highlining is a form of slacklining. You go high into the air and you rig it quite a bit differently than a normal slackline. So you have a redundant system with multiple anchor points, so if anything in your system for some reason fails, you always have a backup. It’s actually one of the safest things that I’ve ever done, as long as your rig is redundant and rigged properly. It’s more of a mental game when it comes to going up high.

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Do you get scared?

Fear is always there in highlining. You just learn to manage it a little bit differently, or maybe a little bit better, every time. So the more you put

yourself in an environment that’s scary, the more your body is going to get used to it.

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What goes through your mind while you’re up on the highline?

In order to walk a highline you can’t be two steps in the past or two steps in the future, you just have to fully be right where you are and manage that moment and nothing else.

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What other sports or hobbies do you enjoy?

I love rock climbing and yoga. Those two activities combined with slacklining keep me in great shape physically and mentally. It also keeps me outside, which is why I live in Colorado anyway!

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You were featured on Fabletics (actress Kate Hudson’s athletic-wear website). What started it all?

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I have sponsorships and affiliations with a lot of different companies. Fabletics has a program called Masters that supports people who are excelling in what they do, whether it’s teaching yoga, cycling, running or whatever. But they noticed me on Instagram; we got connected and it’s been really cool. So I do events and I promote them and they (continued on page 26...)


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promote me, and we have a really good partnership. Being able to share my love with a community that big is a really big blessing in my life.

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Would you ever walk a highline without being strapped in?

I used to say that I would probably never walk a highline, now it’s like my biggest passion. And so I don’t ever want to say that I’ll never do that, like that’s way crazy. But it’s not really that crazy. Like, I have a lot of friends that free-solo things and when you have not only the confidence, but the ability and the background, to do something like that, you feel comfortable with it. If it’s something I feel comfortable with at some point, and I feel like that’s what I wanna do, I’ll do it. I don’t see that happening like anytime super soon, but it’s in my mind, more often then I imagined it would be.

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What are your favorite breweries to go to when you’re done slacklining?

So I live in Golden and we have a lot of breweries, but one of my favorite breweries is Golden City Brewery. They have a nice garden to just hang out after a day of climbing, or slacklining, or highlining. Then we go to Mountain Toad a lot, too.

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Everyone has that one beer that got them into the crafts. What was yours?

That is a good one. Oh, man. Ya know, probably, I would say it would be Golden City’s Legendary Red. I like mixing activities with beer and just chilling out. Yeah, I mean you don’t have to get drunk. You can just have one and hang out and have a good time.

Elyse Hahn will soon graduate from Metro State University of Denver and is pursuing a career in marketing.

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FRUIT WHEAT BEER COLOR: Slightly Darker FLAVORS: Beers with fruit or fruit extract can have delicate to intense flavors and range from dry to sweet depending on the brewer. Cherries, raspberries and peaches are commonly used in fruit beers that tend to have low-alcohol content. LOCAL OPTION: Peachy Peach Pagosa Brewing & Grill | Pagosa Springs Silver Medal 2014 Great American Beer Festival

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COLORADO BRE Twelve Degree Brewing 12degree.com

CENTENNIAL/LONE TREE/ HIGHLANDS RANCH

Twisted Pine twistedpinebrewing.com

105 West Brewing Co 105westbrewing.com

ARVADA

Upslope Brewing Co upslopebrewing.com

3 Freaks Brewery 3freaksbrewery.com

Arvada Beer Co arvadabeer.com

Very Nice Brewing verynicebrewing.com

Blue Spruce Brewing Co bluesprucebrewing.com

Grand Lake Brewing Tavern grandlakebrewing.com

Vindication Brewing Co vindicationbrewing.com

C.B. & Potts Highlands Ranch cbpotts.com

New Image Brewing nibrewing.com

Vision Quest Brewing Co visionquestbrewing.com

Grist Brewing Co gristbrewingcompany.com

Odyssey Beerwerks odysseybeerwerks.com

Walnut Brewery walnutbrewery.com

Lone Tree Brewing Co lonetreebrewingco.com

Yak and Yeti theyakandyeti.com

West Flanders Brewing Co wfbrews.com

Rock Bottom Park Meadows rockbottom.com

AURORA

Wild Mountain wildmountainsb.com

COLORADO SPRINGS AREA

BJ’s bjsrestaurants.com

Wild Woods Brewery wildwoodsbrewery.com

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Coda Brewing Co codabrewing.com Dads and Dudes Breweria breweria.com Dry Dock Brewing Co drydockbrewing.com Launch Pad Brewery launchpadbrewery.com Mu Brewery brewbymu.com

Odell Oktoberfest Marzen Style Lager, 6.1% ABV “My two partners and I all love lagers, and we always look forward to the yearly release of local Oktoberfests. Odell’s offering is new to the market and is absolutely perfect: the maltiness, smoothness, color, even the packaging. This beer has quickly become one of my favorite Colorado beers.” Jesse Brookstein, Owner, Call to Arms Brewing Company

Echo Brewing echobrewing.com

Cogstone Brewing Co cogstonebrewing.com

Floodstage Ale Works facebook.com/floodstagealeworks2013

Colorado Mountain Brewery cmbrew.com

Something Brewery somethingbrewery.com

Fieldhouse Brewing Co facebook.com/fieldhousebrewingcompany

BROOMFIELD/WESTMINSTER

Big Choice bigchoicebrewing.com

BOULDER AREA Asher Brewing asherbrewing.com Avery averybrewing.com BJ’s bjsrestaurants.com Black Sheep Brewery blacksheepbrewery.com Bootstrap Brewing bootstrapbrewing.com Boulder Beer boulderbeer.com BRU Handbuilt Ales bruboulder.com Crystal Springs Brewing Co crystalspringsbrewing.com Fate Brewing Co fatebrewingcompany.com Finkel & Garf Brewing Co finkelandgarf.com Front Range Brewing Co frontrangebrewingcompany.com Gravity Brewing thegravitybrewing.com

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Bristol Brewing bristolbrewing.com

4 Noses Brewing 4nosesbrewing.com

Two22 Brew two22brew.com

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BierWerks Brewery bierwerks.com

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Industrial Revolution Brewing Co theirbc.com

BJ’s bjsrestaurants.com

J Wells Brewery jwellsbrewery.com

C.B. & Potts Broomfield cbpotts.com

Liquid Mechanics Brewing Co liquidmechanicsbrewing.com

C.B. & Potts Westminster cbpotts.com

Mountain Sun mountainsunpub.com

Gordon Biersch gordonbiersch.com

New Planet Beer newplanetbeer.com

Kokopelli Beer Co kokopellibeer.com

Odd 13 Brewing Inc odd13brewing.com

Nighthawk Brewery nighthawkbrewery.com

Oskar Blues oskarblues.com

Rock Bottom Orchard Town Center rockbottom.com

The Post Brewing Co postbrewing.com

Rock Bottom Westminster Promenade rockbottom.com

Powder Keg Brewing Co powderkegbrewingcompany.com

Westminster Brewing Co westminsterbrewingco.com

Sanitas Brewing Co sanitasbrewing.com

Wonderland Brewing wonderlandbrewing.com

Shine Restaurant & Gathering Place shineboulder.com

CASTLE ROCK

Southern Sun mountainsunpub.com

Rockyard Brewing Co rockyard.com

Coda Atomic Dog American Barleywine, 11.2% ABV “This barleywine has the 11 percent to warm you up with a tropical fruit bitterness. It’s the perfect transition to fall weather without losing the punch-you-in-the-face of an IPA I enjoy.” Greg Matthews, Brewmaster, Platt Park Brewing Company


REWERY LINEUP Fossil Brewing Co fossilbrewing.com

Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery jaggedmountainbrewery.com

Gold Camp Brewing Co goldcampbrewing.com

Rock Bottom Denver rockbottom.com

Great Storm Brewing greatstormbrewing.com

Sandlot Brewery bluemoonbrewingcompany.com

Iron Bird Brewery ironbirdbrewing.com

Wynkoop Brewing Co wynkoop.com

JAKs Brewing Co jaksbrewing.com

NORTHEAST DENVER Caution Brewing Co cautionbrewingco.com

Local Relic localrelic.com

Creede Brewing Co creedebeer.com

Lofty Brewing Co loftybrewingcompany.wordpress.com

NORTHWEST DENVER

Manitou Brewing Co manitou-brewing.com

Call to Arms Brewing Co calltoarmsbrewing.com

Nano 108 nano108brewing.com The Occasional Brew theoccasionalbrew.com Paradox Beer Co paradoxbeercompany.com Phantom Canyon phantomcanyon.com Pikes Peak pikespeakbrewing.com Red Leg Brewing redlegbrewing.com

De Steeg Brewing desteegbrewing.com Left Hand Oktoberfest Marzen Style Lager, 6.6% ABV “A great traditional style that embodies the fall season and it’s done by a brewery that knows how to make fantastic German lagers. A clean and balanced malt-focused lager that pairs well with crunchy leaves and the cool autumn winds. This is a beer I buy the first time I see it on the shelf, every year.” Sam Scruby, Head brewer, Upslope Brewing Company

Rock Bottom Colorado Springs rockbottom.com

Denver Beer Co denverbeerco.com Diebolt dieboltbrewing.com Factotum Brewhouse factotumbrewhouse.com

Alpine Dog Brewery alpinedogbrewery.com

Smiling Toad Brewing smilingtoadbrewery.com

CO-Brew cobrewdenver.com

Storybrook Brewing storybookbrewing.com

Deep Draft Brewery deepdraftbrewery.com

Trinity Brewing trinitybrew.com

Fiction Beer Co fictionbeer.com

Beryl’s Beer Co berylsbeerco.com

Triple S Brewing Co triplesbrewing.com

Lost Highway Brewing Co losthighwaybrewing.com

Black Shirt Brewing Co blackshirtbrewingco.com

Ute Pass Brewing Co utepassbrewingcompany.com

Pints Pub pintspub.com

Crooked Stave crookedstave.com

DENVER

Station 26 Brewing Co station26brewing.co

Epic Brewing Co epicbrewing.com

Vine Street Pub & Brewery mountainsunpub.com

Great Divide Brewing Co greatdivide.com

FIVE POINTS

Mockery Brewing mockerybrewing.com

Grandma’s House grandmasbeer.co Lowdown Brewery + Kitchen lowdownbrewery.com TRVE trvebrewing.com

Copper Kettle Brewing Co copperkettledenver.com Fermaentra Fermaentra.com

SOUTHWEST DENVER Black Sky Brewery blackskybrewing.com Chain Reaction Brewing chainreactionbrewingco.com Crazy Mountain Brewing Co crazymountainbrewery.com Declaration Brewing Co declarationbrewing.com Platt Park Brewing Co plattparkbrewing.com Renegade Brewing renegadebrewing.com Sleeping Giant Brewing sleepinggiantbrewing.com

Little Machine Brew House littlemachinebeer.com

Royal Gorge Brewing Co royalgorgebrewpub.com

Former Future Brewing Co embracegoodtaste.com

Comrade Brewing comradebrewing.com

Hogshead Brewery hogsheadbrewery.com

CAPITOL HILL/E COLFAX/PARK HILL

Baere Brewing Co baerebrewing.com

Bull and Bush bullandbush.com

Gold Spot Brewing Co goldspotbrewing.com

Rocky Mountain Brewery therockymountainbrewery.com

BAKER/SOUTH BROADWAY

SOUTHEAST DENVER

Spangalang Brewery spangalangbrewery.com

LODO Breckenridge Colorado Craft breckbrew.com Denver Chophouse chophouse.com

Prost prostbrewing.com Seed Stock Brewery seedstockbrewery.com Tivoli Brewing Co tivolibrewingco.com

RINO

Our Mutual Friend omfbeer.com Ratio Beerworks ratiobeerworks.com River North Brewing rivernorthbrewery.com

TRVE Brewing Company Life’s Trade Farmhouse Ale fermented in red wine pungeons, 4.7% ABV “Upon tasting this delicate farmhouse, it’s hard to believe it came from a brewery known as the ‘metal’ brewery in town. Their first release from the new Acid Temple only suggests there will be many other great beers to celebrate in the future.” Jason zumBrunnen, Brewmaster, Ratio Beerworks

Zephyr Brewing Co zephyrbrewingco.com

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COLORADO BRE Strange Craft Brewing strangecraft.com Wit’s End Brewing Co witsendbrewing.com

WHEAT RIDGE/EDGEWATER/ LAKEWOOD Brewery Rickoli breweryrickoli.com

ENGLEWOOD The Brew on Broadway thebrewonbroadway.com C.B. & Potts Denver Tech cbpotts.com

ESTES PARK

Three Four Beer Co threefourbeerco.com Zwei Brewing Co zweibrewing.com

GLENWOOD SPRINGS/ CARBONDALE/ASPEN

Estes Park Brewery epbrewery.com

Aspen Brewing Co aspenbrewingcompany.com

Caution Brewing Co cautionbrewingco.com

Lumpy Ridge Brewing Co facebook.com/lumpyridgebrewery

Casey Brewing and Blending caseybrewing.com

Colorado Plus Brewpub coloradoplus.net

Rock Cut Brewing Co rockcutbrewing.com

Carbondale Beer Works carbondalebeerworks.com

Great Frontier Brewing Co greatfrontierbeer.com

The Rock Inn rockinnestes.com

Glenwood Canyon Brewing Co glenwoodcanyonbrewpub.com

Ironworks Brewery & Pub ironworkspub.com

FAIRPLAY

Roaring Fork Beer Co roaringforkbeerco.com

Joyride Brewing Co joyridebrewing.com

DURANGO AREA Animas Brewing Co animasbrewing.com Bottom Shelf Brewery bottomshelfbrewery.com Brew Pub & Kitchen brewpubkitchen.com Carvers Brewing carverbrewing.com Dolores River Brewery doloresriverbrewery.com Durango Brewing Co durangobrewing.com J. Fargos jfargos.com Main Street Brewery & Restaurant mainstreetbrewerycortez.com Mancos Brewing Co mancosbrewingcompany.com Ska Brewing skabrewing.com Steamworks Brewing Co steamworksbrewing.com

South Park Brewing Co southparkbrewingcolorado.com

FORT COLLINS AREA 1933 Brewing Co 1933brewing.com BJ’s bjsrestaurants.com Black Bottle Brewery blackbottlebrewery.com C.B. & Potts cbpotts.com Coopersmiths coopersmithspub.com

GOLDEN Barrels and Bottles Brewery barrelsbottles.com Cannonball Creek Brewing Co cannonballcreekbrewing.com Golden City Brewery gcbrewery.com Mountain Toad Brewing mountaintoadbrewing.com Nine26 Brewing Co nine26brewing.com

Equinox Brewing equinoxbrewing.com

Pateros Creek Brewing Co pateroscreekbrewing.com

Crazy Mountain Brewing Company crazymountainbrewery.com

Pitchers Brewery pitchersbrewery.com

Gore Range Brewery gorerangebrewery.com

Rally King Brewing rallykingbrewing.com

Vail Brewing Company vailbrewingco.com

Snowbank Brewing squareup.com/market/snowbank Soul Squared Brewing Co soulsquaredbrewing.com

Palisade Brewing Co palisadebrewingcompany.com Revolution Brewing revolution-brewing.com Rockslide Brew Pub rockslidebrewpub.com Suds Brothers Brewery sudsbrothers2fruita.com

GREELEY Brix Taphouse and Brewery brixtaphouseandbrewery.com Broken Plow Brewery brokenplowbrewery.com Crabtree Brewing Co crabtreebrewing.com WeldWerks Brewing Co weldwerksbrewing.com Wiley Roots Brewing Co wileyrootsbrewing.com

Revival Brews revivalbrews.pub

New Belgium newbelgium.com

Bonfire Brewing bonfirebrewing.com

Kannah Creek Brewing Co kannahcreekbrewingco.com

Lariat Lodge Brewing Co lariatlodgebrewing.com

Horse & Dragon Brewing Co horseanddragonbrewing.com

Old Colorado Brewing Co facebook.com/oldcoloradobrewingcompany

Edgewater Brewery kannahcreekbrewingco.com/ edgewater-brewery

Dostal Alley Saloon & Gambling Emporium dostalalley.com

High Hops Brewery highhopsbrewery.com

7 Hermits Brewing Company 7hermitsbrewing.com

Copper Club Brewing Co copperclubbrew.com

The Buffalo Bar & Restaurant buffalorestaurant.com

Funkwerks funkwerks.com

EAGLE COUNTY

4 B’s Brewing facebook.com/4bsbrewery

IDAHO SPRINGS/EVERGREEN/ CENTRAL CITY

Fort Collins Brewery fortcollinsbrewery.com

Odell Brewing Co odellbrewing.com

GRAND JUNCTION AREA

Tommy Knocker Brewery & Pub tommyknocker.com

LITTLETON AREA 38 State Brewing 38statebrew.com Renegade Brewing Company Endpoint, Triple India Pale Ale, 11% ABV Slammed with summit hops, this beer is “extremely diverse, containing flavors of grapefruit, pine and sweet onion,” according to the brewers at Renegade. At Thirst Colorado, we call it the go-to beer after we’ve put this inaugural issue to bed. We love this hop bomb. Joe Ross, editor, Thirst Colorado

Boggy Draw Brewery boggydrawbrewing.com Breckenridge Brewery breckbrew.com Dead Hippie Brewing deadhippiebrewing.com Living the Dream Brewing Co livingthedreambrewing.com Locavore Beer Works locavorebeerworks.com Old Mill Brewery oldmillbrewery.net

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REWERY LINEUP St. Patricks Brewing Co saintpatricksbrewing.com

LONGMONT

PARKER Barnett and Son Brewing Co barnettandsonbrewing.com

300 Suns 300sunsbrewing.com

Elk Mountain Brewing Inc. elkmountainbrewing.com

Grossen Bart Brewery grossenbart.com

Hall Brewing hallbrewingco.com

Left Hand Brewing Co lefthandbrewing.com

PUEBLO AREA

Oskar Blues oskarblues.com Pumphouse Brewery pumphousebrewery.com Shoes and Brews shoesbrews.com Skeye Brewing skeyebrewing.com Wibby Brewing wibbybrewing.com

LOVELAND/BERTHOUD

Brues Alehouse Brewing Co bruesalehouse.com Shamrock Brewing shamrockbrewing.com Walter Brewing Co waltersbeer.com

SALIDA/BUENA VISTA/GUNNISON/ CRESTED BUTTE Amica’s amicassalida.com Eddyline Brewery eddylinebrewing.com

Yampa Valley Brewing Co yampavalleybrew.com

SUMMIT COUNTY Backcountry Brewery backcountrybrewery.com The Baker’s Brewery thebakersbrewery.com Breckenridge Brewery & Pub breckbrew.com Broken Compass Brewing brokencompassbrewing.com Dillon Dam Brewery dambrewery.com Pug Ryan’s pugryans.com

TRINIDAD Dodgeton Creek Brewing Co dodgetoncreek.com

WINTERPARK AREA Hideaway Park Brewery hideawayparkbrewery.com

Berthoud Brewing Co berthoudbrewing.com

Eldo Brewery eldobrewpub.com

Big Beaver Brewing Co bigbeaverbrew.com

Elevation Beer Co elevationbeerco.com

Big Thompson Brewery lovelandbrewery.com

High Alpine Brewing Co highalpinebrewingcompany.com

Buckhorn Brewers facebook.com/buckhornbrewers

Moonlight Pizza moonlightpizza.biz

City Star Brewing citystarbrewing.com

SOUTHWEST COLORADO

Big B’s Hard Cider, Hotchkiss bigbjuices.com

Avalanche Brewing Company avalanchebrewing.com

Blossomwood Cidery, Cedaredge blossomwoodcidery.com

Colorado Boy Pizzeria coloradoboy.com/montrose

Branch Out Cider, Fort Collins branchoutcider.com

Colorado Boy Pub & Brewery coloradoboy.com/ridgeway

Climb Hard Cider Company, Loveland climbhardcider.com

Golden Block Brewery goldenblockbrewery.com

Colorado Cider Company, Denver coloradocider.com

Horsefly Brewery horseflybrewing.com

Compass Cider, Fort Collins compasscider.com

Ouray Brewery ouraybrewery.com

Old Mine Cidery & Brewpub, Erie theoldmine.com

Ourayle House Brewery ouraylehouse.com

Scrumpy’s Hard Cider, Fort Collins facebook.com/scrumpyshardciderbar

Smuggler’s Brew Pub smugglersbrewpub.com

Stem Ciders, Denver stemciders.com

Telluride Brewing Co telluridebrewingco.com

Talisman Farm Cidery, Hygiene talisman.com

Two Rascals Brewing tworascalsbrewing.com

Wild Cider, Firestone wildcider.com

Crow Hop Brewing crowhopbrewing.com Grimm Brothers grimmbrosbrewhouse.com Loveland Aleworks lovelandaleworks.com Rock Bottom rockbottom.com Verboten Brewing Co. verbotenbrewing.com

NORTHGLENN Beer by Design Brewery beerbydesign.com

PAGOSA SPRINGS/DEL NORTE/ ALAMOSA Pagosa Brewing Co pagosabrewing.com Riff Raff Brewing riffraffbrewing.com San Luis Valley Brewing slvbrewco.com Three Barrel Brewing Co threebarrelbrew.com Wolfe Brewing Co wolfebrewingco.com

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS Butcherknife Brewing Co butcherknifebrewing.com Mahogany Ridge Brewery & Grill mahoganyridgesteamboat.com Storm Peak Brewing Co. stormpeakbrewing.com

Library Sports Grille and Brewery wp.librarysportsgrille.com Moffat Station winterparkhotel.com/moffat-station

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We are head over heels in love with Colorado and the average of 300 days of sun we get to enjoy each year. Nothing pairs better with a sunny day than a fun, relaxing place to hang out and enjoy a craft beer. We serve up a selection of delicious ales in a comfortable, familyfriendly tasting room with east facing deck. We have paninis and charcuterie to keep your belly happy and some wine and ciders on hand for your gluten-free or not-yet-converted-to-craftbeer friends.

300 Suns Brewing 720-442-8292 335 1st Ave. Longmont, CO 80501 www.300sunsbrewing.com

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COLORADO DISTILLERY LINEUP Bear Creek Distillery - Platt Park bearcreekdistillery.com

Black Bear Distillery - Colo. Springs blackbeardistillery.com

Blank & Booth Distilling - Central Denver blankandbooth.com

Distillery 291 - Colo. Springs distillery291.com

Laws Whiskey House - Platt Park lawswhiskeyhouse.com

Pure Distilleries - Colo. Springs colorado.com/distilleries/pure-distilleries

Leopold Bros - Northeast Denver leopoldbros.com

Coppermuse Distillery - Fort Collins coppermuse.com

Mile High Spirits - Lodo milehighspiritsllc.com

Feisty Spirits - Fort Collins feistyspirits.com

Rising Sun Distillery - Southwest Denver risingsundistillery.com

Old Elk Distilleries - Fort Collins blueocean-inc.com/portfolio/ old-elk-distilleries

Stranahan’s - South Denver stranahans.com Altitude Spirits, Inc. - Boulder altitudespirits.com Boulder Distillery and Clear Spirit Company, Inc. - Boulder 303vodka.com/boulderdistillery J & L Distilling Co - Boulder jldistilling.com Roundhouse Spirits - Boulder roundhousespirits.com Vapor Distillery - Boulder vapordistillery.com Breckenridge Distillery - Breckenridge breckenridgedistillery.com Axe and the Oak Distillery - Colo. Springs axeandtheoak.com

Old Town Distilling - Fort Collins downtownfortcollins.com/ member-directory/old-town-distilling-company Still Cellars - Longmont stillcellars.com Tesouro Distillery - Longmont tesourodistillery.com Anvil Distillery - Longmont anvildistillery.com Black Canyon Distilling - Longmont blackcanyondistillery.com Dancing Pines Distillery - Loveland dancingpinesdistillery.com Spring 44 Distilling - Loveland spring44.com

10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirit CO - Vail 10thwhiskey.com

Pat’s Backcountry Beverages - Wheat Ridge patsbcb.com

808 Distillery - Eagle 808distill.com

Peak Spirits - Hotchkiss peakspirits.com

Boathouse Distillery - Salida boathousedistillery.com

Peachstreet Distillers - Palisade peachstreetdistillers.com

Colorado Gold - Cedaredge coloradogolddistillers.com

Rado Distilling - Arvada radodistilling.com

Deerhammer Distilling Co - Buena Vista deerhammer.com

Spirit Hound Distillers - Lyons spirithounds.com

Downslope Distilling - Englewood downslopedistilling.com

State 38 Distilling - Golden State-38.com

Golden Moon Distillery - Golden goldenmoondistillery.com

Syntax Spirits - Greeley syntaxspirits.com

Honey House Distillery - Durango honeyhousedistillery.com

Trail Town Distillery - Ridgeway trailtownstill.com

KJ Wood Distillery - Berthoud kjwooddistillers.com

Wood’s High Mountain Distillery - Salida woodsdistillery.com

Local Distilling, Inc. - Golden colorado.com/distilleries/local-distilling-inc

Woodshed Distilling - Pagosa Springs woodsdistillery.com

Marble Distilling Co - Carbondale marbledistilling.com

Woody Creek Distillers - Basalt woodycreekdistillers.com

Montanya Distillers - Crested Butte montanyarum.com If your favorite distillery is not listed, please let us know. joe@thirstcolorado.com

Mystic Mountain Distillery - Larkspur mmdistillery.com

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