We’ve put together a list of last-minute gift ideas to help you wrap up your holiday shopping. In keeping with the values of Wishlist, we’ve highlighted gifts that encourage people to explore their world, share with others, and live in the moment.
Our vendors are valued partners, and their participation allows Wishlist to offer fun, new, and exciting experiences all over the state. Visiting our partners and taking part in Wishlist experiences ourselves is a great way to connect with our partners, customers, and clients. Continue reading for Wishlist’s guide to Fort Collins breweries that can be found on our Urban Living Wishlist.
We recently visited Fort Collins Brewery and Pateros Creek Brewery. Both are located in Fort Collins, a mecca of beer, which is an easy day trip from Boulder or Denver. We started off the afternoon at FCB, where we were greeted by our friendly tour guide, Kelly. We received a menu with four beer descriptions, and each person chose a pint to accompany them on a VIP tour of the FCB facility. I chose the Chocolate Stout, and though I am not normally a fan of dark beer, I must say this brew was delicious. I guess I will try anything with ‘chocolate’ in the name.
Moving on! Over the next 30 minutes or so, Kelly showed us the ingredients which go into crafting their exquisite beer and how they are stored, he explained the brewing process, and pointed out the functions of the various machines. We even got to climb up and peer in!
The final stop on our tour was the bottling area, where Kelly showed us how the bottles are moved, filled, and labeled. The FCB labels are works of art in their own right.
After the tour, Kelly led us to our table at Gravity 1020. Soon after, we each received a flight of beer. Each flight included four tasters of their top beers, so we could each try them all; however, the best was yet to come. Along with our beer flights, we received a plate with four different kinds of tapas from their menu, including: a mozzarella flatbread, a pulled pork slider, shrimp and grits, and a bacon-wrapped pretzel atop some sweet mustard. I don’t know about you, but I find that anything with ‘bacon-wrapped’ in the name cannot be disappointing. Each item was paired with a particular beer, so as to enhance the flavor of each. After years of actively participating in wine and food pairing, I had no idea beer could work the same way.
We left Fort Collins Brewery happy, full, and with FCB pint glasses to pop in the freezer for a cold brew at home.
It was about 3pm by this time, and we were just getting started. Wishlist has another Fort Collins brewery partner awaiting our arrival, Pateros Creek Brewery. Located in the historic Old Town of Fort Collins, the Pateros Creek Brewery and tasting room has the true feel of a microbrewery. This father and son team pair up to make some delicious and creative brews.
Brewer Steve so kindly showed us where they create their various brews and explained the brewing process. We sat at the bar and enjoyed a flight of top favorites, chatting with Steve and the staff. Pateros Creek has an old-fashioned saloon feel to it; a place where you see old friends and meet new ones.
PCB brews five favorites all year (Cache la Porter, Stimulator Pale Ale, Old Town Ale, Car 21, and Rustic Red), known as the Legends. They also make seasonal brews and one-offs called Renegades. In addition, each Thursday they have a one-off keg, The Outlaw, which you should come early for, because when it’s empty – it’s gone! Pateros Creek also hosts regular events like open mic nights and comedy shows.
FCB and Pateros Creek each had something special that we took away from the experience. FCB showed us how amazing food tastes even more amazing when paired with their beer, and Pateros Creek was a true micro brewery where you can feel the love in each delicious pint.
Post by Allison Deptolla
On a warm August day in 1876, just 28 days after the Centennial of the United States, President Ulysses S. Grant signed a proclamation officially admitting Colorado into the Union. Now, on its 138th birthday, we celebrate the advent of our beloved state with Colorado Day! This year, the state is opening the doors to many of its museums and state parks, so you can celebrate the state without concerns for cost. If you’re looking for other ways to enjoy our statewide holiday, we’ve compiled a list of adventures designed to help you celebrate Colorado day.
Advanced Paddle Boarding
Try your hand at walking on water with a paddle-boarding lesson in Sylvan Lake State Park or the Upper Colorado River.
Toast to Colorado’s birthday with a glass of your favorite local beer. Visit Upslope, Pateros Brewing, Fort Collins Brewery or the Front Range Brewing Company with our Urban Living Wishlist.
Venture deep into the Colorado Mountains on one of our recently added jeep tours. See the sites and reach new heights, in a deluxe jeep.
What better way to celebrate Colorado day, than by exploring the great outdoors? Embark on a thrilling adventure with any of our newly added whitewater rafting trips in Brown’s Canyon, Pine Creek, and the upper Colorado River.
Happy Colorado Day to everyone reading! Be sure to visit Wishlist often to see what new adventures we are offering. How are you celebrating this Colorado Day? Let us know by commenting below or on our facebook. Be sure to stay up to date with all Wishlist news by following us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.
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Where should I send my photos? Email all photos to firstname.lastname@example.org, be sure to include your first and last name and location of the photo. You can also submit photos via Instagram with the hashtag #enjoywishlist.
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How/ When do you select a winner? The Wishlist Team will make the final decision as to the winning photo. The competition is open-ended meaning we will keep it open until we find the photo that best captures our viewpoint. It will, however, be open for a minimum of three weeks.
What can I win? The winner of the photo competition will receive an Urban Living Wishlist. With the Urban Living Wishlist you can enjoy one of eight activity options including: wine tastings, city tours, art classes, cooking classes and more. There is only one winner of this competition, but all photos that are submitted will have the opportunity to be used on our blog or Facebook.
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