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A Date Day, Loveland, Colorado-Style. HeidiTown (5)

I am sick and tired of the phrases “unprecedented times” and “new normal.” however, I do know why writers use them and it’s not just because we’re being lazy. It gets written because it’s true. Times are bizarre, uncommon, unparalleled… I think you get the picture. And because it’s weird, we forget about the normal things we need, like date nights or in this case a date day. I’m not

How to Drink Beer Outside & Save Small Businesses. HeidiTown (6)

Most of us don’t milk cows or forage for our own food as we once did. We shop in warm grocery stores and sleep under down comforters. We’ll aprés-ski outdoors at a ski slope around a roaring fire pit to look cool with our friends but otherwise, let’s face it, we are delicate. When dining and drinking beer was forced outside due to COVID-19 mandates, many of us were worried.

Schlaefer Beer Tasting 1-001

Originally published in “Christmas in Berthoud” for the Berthoud Surveyor.  Colorado is the land of beer festivals. On any given summer weekend, during a non-pandemic year, there are at least three beer events occurring somewhere in the state. Coloradans have become accustomed to this and that is why, this tradition, started by my husband years ago, is perfect for a pandemic Christmas. If you can’t attend a beer festival create

4 Reasons to Visit Fairplay, Colorado. HeidiTown (6)

I’ve been visiting the South Park region of Colorado for nearly 20 years. You see, there’s a family cabin there so we “escape” the Front Range occasionally and head for the hills. While we spend a lot of time relaxing at the cabin, we do venture into town sometimes and I’ve become well acquainted with Fairplay, Colorado. Located in Park County, it’s about 40 minutes directly south of Breckenridge via

The Mayor’s Travel Memories from the Road (Winter Park, Colorado) (3)

Unsurprisingly, one of my most memorable travel memories actually happened at a festival. I have been attending the Winter Park Beer Festival for years, as it is one of the best in the state. While other beer festivals struggle, this one continues to grow into one of the best.  Why do I say this? I see craft breweries there from around Colorado and from surrounding states like Utah and New

A Road Trip in Southern Colorado Day Two, San Luis Valley Relish Remote Relaxation. HeidiTown (7)

Day Two: San Luis Valley I think this will come as a surprise to those of you who have moved to Colorado recently, however, this state is the largest producer of potatoes second only to Idaho. This is, thanks in big part, to the San Luis Valley. Potato farming is a big business here and almost everyone is connected to the industry in some way.  While agriculture is a way

Three Tips for How to Oktoberfest in the Time of Coronavirus. HeidiTown (41)

I am going to miss our usual flight of Oktoberfests. Last year, we attended Keystone Oktoberfest where Ryan walked away as the Stein Hoisting Champion. I guess he gets to keep his title for two years.  I look forward to these events with an unusual amount of excitement and love everything about Oktoberfest—the chicken dance, drinking beer from my authentic German stein, and eating a pretzel the size of my

North Platte, Nebraska Beer, Squeaky Cheese & Summertime Fun, Part 2. HeidiTown (8)

Continued from Part 1: We’d glimpsed signs for Scout’s Rest Ranch, the day before. Buffalo Bill Cody’s historic ranch has been preserved by the State Park system of Nebraska. This is a pay area and because we believe in karma and in being good citizens of the world, we left the allotted amount of $8 ($6 for Nebraska residence) in an envelope and stuffed it into the State Park box.

HeidiTown Loves Craft Beer & Grimm Brothers Brewhouse

Breweries are part of the fabric of Colorado. They have played a big part here for many years. However, I have been heading to breweries since my college days in the late 1990s. I spent a lot of Fridays at Boundry Bay Brewery in Bellingham (don’t tell my mom). For more than 20 years, breweries have had a major role in my life and when I became the Mayor of

The 13 Best Bites (and Sips) at PAIRED 2019 at GABF. Photo by Castner. Foie_by_Chef_Galen

Guest post by Angela Rose If you live anywhere near Denver, Colorado, or are at all familiar with the world of craft beer, you’ve probably heard of the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) organized by the Brewers Association (BA). Now in its 38th year, the GABF is the nation’s largest ticketed beer festival and commercial competition, drawing together hundreds of breweries and tens of thousands of beer lovers for three