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Brewery Hopping on Longmont, Colorado’s BrewHop Trolley

I know it’s a big ask, but every town with more than two breweries should have a BrewHop Trolley. Not only is it fun, but it’s a safe, efficient way to explore a town’s breweries.

Brewery Hopping on Longmont’s BrewHop Trolley (4)

On Saturdays and Sundays, Longmont, Colorado’s BrewHop Trolley drives a repeating route between Longmont’s many breweries and brewpubs. There’s a schedule so you don’t have to guess when and where you’ll jump on and off. For just $15 bucks, you can ride as many times as you like throughout the day. A two-day pass is $25.

It’s simply brilliant. Continue reading

My Handle Bar party bike rolls into Fort Collins & Boulder, Colorado

My Handle Bar from the front

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There are some things that just go together – peanut butter and jelly, Ginger Rodgers and Fred Astaire and biking and beer. Now there is a Colorado company combining those last two things into a very fun outing. I first heard of My Handle Bar on Twitter, and I got rather overly excited about the whole idea.

Our connection on Twitter resulted in the Mayor of HeidiTown.com and some Town VIPs taking the inaugural Fort Collins ride on My Handle Bar. Three rides later I feel I am not only a My Handle Bar expert, but a true aficionado.

The My Handle Bar bike is a 16-seat, 2300-pound party on wheels. Riders of the My Handle Bar must pedal, while the driver, provided by the company, steers and operates the brake. At the writing of this post there are no alcoholic drinks allowed on the party bike, although that may change in the future.

My Handle Bar Het Fietscafe photo

The My Handle Bar bikes were imported from Holland. Het Fietscafe means Bicycle Bar in Dutch. Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer, all rights reserved.

Theresa, the owner of My Handle Bar, has been the driver on my rides. She shouts out directions, encouragement, and safety instructions along the way, making her part taxicab driver, part mom and part personal trainer. Quite frankly, I think she’s pretty awesome.

A true entrepreneur who owns several other Colorado businesses, Theresa launched her first My Handle Bar bike in Boulder and then several weeks later she launched the second bike in Fort Collins.

Our inaugural ride had 10 people on it; it takes a minimum of six to make the bike go. We decided to take the bike on a brewery tour, something I think a lot of riders will do in Fort Collins. As we scrambled on, our group immediately realized that this activity actually requires real work, but as we all pedaled towards downtown, from the storage lots across from New Belgium Brewery, there were smiles all around. My first observation about the party bike was that there are no frowns on My Handle Bar.

We were quite a spectacle pedaling down Linden Street. People waved and pulled out their smart phones to take video, drivers honked (in a good way) and a few even took photos from their cars. It was like being a celebrity in a parade, and our group loved it.

Our first stop was Equinox, currently my favorite brewery in Fort Collins. A bit sweaty, we went in and ordered much needed beers. After crawling back on the bike to head to our next destination I made my second discovery about My Handle Bar. It’s a lot easier to pedal once you’ve had a beer.

My Handle Bar photo from the back

Not everyone on the My Handle Bar has to pedal. There are two VIP seats in the back! Photo by Ryan Schlaefer, all right reserved.

The rest of our ride was a success and the subsequent rides I took, a food cart tour with Feasting Fort Collins and a Tweet-up Networking tour of the breweries, were all just as fun as the first. Thus, my final observation about My Handle Bar is that it never gets old.

To book your own ride on the My Handle Bar party bike in Fort Collins or Boulder go to www.myhandlebar.com. They are also on Faceobook at www.facebook.com/MyHandleBar.

This is most definitely a Mayor Approved activity!

 

Win a pair of tickets to Colorado Brewers’ Festival in Fort Collins, Colorado

Ryan at Colorado Brewers' Festival 2010

Colorado Brewers' Festival 2010 (Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer, all right reserved)

I’ve been writing and attending festivals in Colorado for long enough to inform you with authority that we Coloradoans celebrate beer very, very well. I don’t try to keep up with all of the beer festivals around the state – it would be nearly impossible. There are events that feature chili beers, microbrews, home brews, and there are small fests and large fests and then there’s the grand daddy of all beer festivals, the  Great American Beer Festival.

One of the things I most like giving away on HeidiTown are tickets to beer events. After all, free beer always proves to be very popular.

2010 BrewFest Crowd Shot

Colorado Brewers' Festival is fondly called BrewFest by locals. (Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer, all rights reserved)

This week I’m giving away two tickets to Colorado Brewers’ Festival.

After trying a new approach to the festival last year, the organizers have gone back to what has worked best in the past – although the event is still being held in location of  Civic Center Park in downtown at LaPorte and Howes Street.

The organizers have done away with the beer sessions that were instituted last year, and now festivalgoers can enjoy tasting beers and listening to bands on three stages all day long. Twenty bands will play over the two days with  12 Cents for Marvin and 3 Twins Broadband headlining the event.

This year’s festival is being held  June 25-26, 2011. Tickets purchased in advance are $10, and tickets at the gate are $15. Designated drivers get in for free. Once inside, patrons can purchase $1 tokens and exchange them for 4 oz. tasters on any of the over sixty Colorado beers that will be represented at the event.

~ CONTEST CLOSED ~

In order to be entered to win a pair of tickets to this year’s festival, please leave me a comment below telling me your favorite Colorado beer. My current pick is Little Red Cap by  Grimm Brothers Brewhouse located in Loveland. Be sure to stop by and visit them at the festival – tell them the Mayor of HeidiTown sent you.

A winner will be chosen at random on Friday at 3 p.m.

Find out more about the Colorado Brewers’ Festival at  www.downtownfortcollins.com.


What to do this weekend & where to do it in Colorado (October 2-3, 2010)

As promised here’s a list of weekend events that caught the Mayor’s eye. Again, this is not a calendar of event, just stuff the Mayor thought was worth mentioning.

I’m sure there are lots of other fun events happening this weekend. If you know of something, please share it in the comment section.

First Friday Art Walks –  An art walk is just the thing to light your creative fire. Both Fort Collins and Pueblo have art walks tonight (10/1/10).   For information on Fort Collins’ art walk go to www.fortcollinsarts.org, and for Pueblo visit www.pueblopag.org.

Estes Park, CO – Elk Fest

Sat. & Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Bond Park (FREE)

What: Wapiti is the Cree word for elk, and this festival is all about the majestic creature that is common in the Estes Park area at this time of year. From seminars to Native American dancing and storytelling, this two-day event is quite the extravaganza. It includes a Mountain Man Rendezvous, an elk bugling contest and even elk-viewing tours. There’s so much scheduled during the Elk Fest that I’d recommend visiting www.estesnet.com to check out the entire line up.

Lakewood, CO – Cider Days

Sat. & Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Lakewood’s Heritage Center in Belmar Park (Adults $6, Children, 3-12, $3)

What: Last weekend Morrison, Colorado celebrated cider and now Lakewood. This is the city’s 35th Annual Cider Days, and it’s one of those perfect family festivals. You can bring your own apples or purchase Colorado-grown apples at the event and watch them being made into cider using the Heritage Center’s vintage cider press. There is a laundry list of activities for the kids, including mule-drawn wagon rides, face painting and more. Adults will find shopping and historic demonstrations. There is also a petting zoo and tractor pull. For the entire lineup of events visit www.Lakewood.org.

Durango, CO – Cowboy Gathering

September 30 thru October 3 (Tickets Required)

What: Dust off your cowboy hat and polish up your boots. This is an event where cowboy poets and musicians gather to share their songs and stories. The Durango Cowboy Gathering, Inc. is a non-profit working to preserve and perpetuate the tradition of working ranch people in the American West. To learn more visit www.DurangoCowboyGathering.org.

Fort Collins, CO – Picture yourself with a Budweiser Clydesdale

Thursday thru Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Anheuser-Busch (FREE)

What: Have you ever wanted to get up close and personal with a Budweiser Clydesdale? If you live in Northern Colorado, it’s easy and it’s free. You can even get your picture taken with one of these amazing, celebrity animals. Free brewery tours are also available. Beermaster tours require a reservation and occur at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. each day. For more information visit www.budweisertours.com.

HeidiTown loves Oktoberfests!

If you haven’t made it out to a local Oktoberfest, you still have a chance to hit one this weekend.

Niwot, CO – Saturday from 2 to 9 p.m. in Cottonwood Square. This will be Niwot’s second annual Oktoberfest complete with German music, German dancing, German food and beer from Left Hand Brewery. Learn more about this small town Oktoberfest here.

Loveland, CO – Grimm Brothers Brewery, Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The brewery will be introducing their Oktoberfest beer, The Farmer’s Daughter. In addition there will be live music and BBQ from Bottlecap. For more information visit them here on Facebook.

Also celebrating Oktoberfest (click on the town name for more info):

Nederland, CO

La Veta, CO

Ouray, CO

Cañon City, CO

Broomfield, CO

Rogue Ales with Mom (and Mom)

Rogue Ales in Newport, Oregon is a good time, if you can find it. Tucked under the bridge, yes, this bridge”¦

P1050107 Bridge with Pointer

Yaquina Bay Bridge, Newport, Oregon.

Rogue Ales is a great place to grab lunch and indulge in one of their many craft beers. You can also tour the brewery. After spending a couple hours at the Oregon Coast Aquarium, it was just what my mom and I needed.

P1050093 small hefeThe aquarium is a beautiful facility, located less than a half mile from the brewery. Suitable for all-ages it’s a compact, yet informative and fun place to visit. Visit their Web site at www.aquarium.org  for more information.

The brewery’s restaurant and pub are well hidden inside the cavernous warehouse at… CONTINUE READING REVIEW.

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