Time to party! Ratio Beerworks turns 1.

A lot can happen in a year. A milestone in the timeline of new business, the one-year-mark is reason to celebrate. Ratio Beerworks, located in Denver’s RHINO District, embraced this milestone with vigor and created an amazing Anniversary Weekend. Perhaps aided by an opening date that falls on Valentine’s Day, it was evident that there is much love for one of the hottest new breweries, not only in Denver but the entire U.S as well.

The weekend featured a packed schedule of entertainment, local food trucks and of course finely crafted and tasty beer. Limited releases of new brews brought happy crowds throughout the sun-drenched weekend. The events wound up Sunday with a special “Hangover Firkin” and Valentine’s Day brunch.

Pushing the hype was recent national recognition for this yearling brewery. Already a favorite of local craft-beer enthusiasts, Ratio Beerworks was named as one of the nations top 33 new breweries by the Beer Advocate, as well as one of the best new breweries in America by Thrillist. An honor for sure and as Brewmaster Jason says,” The beer is the core….”

Congratulations on the first year and here’s to many more to come.

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GenFit & PawsCo workouts have gone to the dogs!

Some days it takes more than just a walk around the block, sniffing everything. Some days it is not enough to chase a ball. Some days you need someone to do more than just take you to the park. Some days you need to get your heart racing, muscles burning and and gasp for air with your best friend!

On a recent evening in Denver’s RINO District, a group of diehard fitness buffs and their four-legged friends joined up with the trainers from GenFit Gym to get their work-out on! Both human and canine participants pushed themselves to their limits to reach their fitness goals. As expected there were sprints, wall-sits, burpees, planks and the occasional nips and barks. In the end there were big smiles and a lot of panting. This workout had it all including an opportunity to meet some adoptable dogs from PawsCo.

A great opportunity to get out and play.

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Sixty Minute Men are going to “rock their socks” right out of Colorado.

Colorado seems to be a hotbed for the eclectic, creative and courageous. The music scene here is no different. With bands all the way back to Glenn Miller; to Big Head Todd & the Monsters, The Samples, Leftover Salmon, The Lumineers, The Fray, Zuba….the list is long. Next up is a five-piece group out of Boulder that is as exciting as they are skilled. Sixty Minute Men are a refreshing, rocking group of musicians that are poised to make the big time.

Recently playing at the annual Vine Street Pub’s Uptown Neighborhood Block Party, The Sixty Minute Men took the enormous crowd by storm and the reception was a collective “Wow!”. These guys bring a fresh and exhilarating sound to the stage that is complimented by an energy that is contagious. The sound they call “Original Soul” is a delicious mix of rock, funk, blues and, of course, soul and challenges each and every listener not to move.

Great things are in store for the Sixty Minute Men. The ingredients are all there for them to be the next big thing to come from the Colorado music scene. Go and check them out, you will not be disappointed!

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Yonder Mountain String Band plays a packed house at Under the Sun.

Like two peas in a pod, Yonder Mountain String Band and Under the Sun Eatery & Taphouse teamed up to do things their way. A free show in preparation for the band’s show at venerable Red Rocks Amphitheater was held Thursday night to a packed house and parking lot. The evening literally pushed Under the Sun’s versatile seating possibilities…. Pushed everything out of the way to make room for the hordes of standing-room-only fans. The crowd could not get enough of the band’s progressive bluegrass sound, which led to an “encore set” in the  UTS parking lot.

Working in such tight quarters, the band moved like a well oiled machine that comes only with years of experience playing together. Each musician slithered their way to the mic to add their sounds to the mesmerizing mix. Smiles were everywhere and if the “rehearsal” was any indication, tonight’s show at Red Rocks will rock!

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EdFest 2015 working hard to keep Edison Elementary great!

EdFest is the biggest and baddest fundraiser held to benefit the students of Edison Elementary School in Northwest Denver. The focus for this year’s funds will go towards PTA-funded projects and programs, with a special appeal for raising money for musical instruments. The crowd was huge and very willing to support our local elementary school.

EdFest 2015 was held at one of Northwest Denver’s finest watering-holes, Local 46. The back-yard beer garden was the perfect spot for a Cajun Crawfish Boil and “Corn-hole” tournament. Inside attendees had loads of goodies and opportunities to bid on in a silent auction. The “Step-and-Repeat” drew lots of camera-shy models hamming it up as the evening progressed. The final event of the Fest was a live auction led by PTA President and DPS School Board candidate Michael Kiley II.

A special thanks goes out to the gracious sponsors of the event: Local 46, Speaks Orthodontics, Sweet Cow Ice Cream, Tennyson Pediatric DentistrySnarf’sPaneraSushi HaiNY Pizza Pub, Orthodontics in the Highlands and more….

And of course, thanks to the event organizers who do such a good job of making giving money fun!

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Jakarta rocks the Armory…..Brighton Autumn Concert Series ends with a bang.

The finale of the City of Brighton‘s Autumn Concert Series wrapped up the 2013 season of music with a wonderful family concert featuring the sounds of Isaac Points Jakarta Band. Known as Denver’s hottest old-school funk and R&B, Jakarta entertained a packed house in the historic Armory building. There was a bit of something for everyone in attendance, as the set list mixed a wandering selection with fabulous vocals, percussion and a super-hot horn section.

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Six courses & craft beers…..Vine Street Pub hosts a Brewer’s Dinner with style.

A number of very fortunate diners were treated to an unbelievable evening of fine food, craft beer and great company. Vine Street Pub hosted a Brewer’s Dinner which featured a six course menu, each presentation paired with a special release brew. The event served to kick off the Great American Beer Fest and provide a unique opportunity to sample savory cuisine.

The feat of creating this extravagant fare was nothing short of amazing. Chef Brendon Flood led his culinary crew with military precision and head-brewer John Fiorilli served up a grand collection of libation to the craft gods. The event was held in Harry’s, an eclectic space perfect for private parties.

To book a private event in Harry’s, please contact Paul Nashak. paul@mountainsunpub.com.

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E.T., the Alamo Drafthouse & Plus Size BMX….. A show that is out of this world!

The Alamo Drafthouse, on south Santa Fe Drive, has a fabulous free summer outdoor film series going on now. Tuesday’s feature was Spielberg’s classic, E.T. and a crowd came out in force to watch under a beautiful Colorado night. Before the show, guests were treated to an extremely exciting bicycle stunt show, put on by the talented team from Plus Size BMX.  Riders jumped, spun and flipped to the awe of the hundreds on hand and a couple of lucky fans got to get an ants eye view of what high flying jumpers can do. There was even a special appearance from Eliot and E.T. who took a wild ride over the jump. Prizes were liberally distributed to the screaming throngs and autographs were happily signed.

Participants had the opportunity to win prizes galore. The young one’s could create an E.T. communicator and attempt a Reese’s Pieces pick-up, complete with alien gloves. The Humane Society of the South Platte Valley sponsored an E.T. look-alike contest for those that brought their dogs and of course the “Draft House” had to hold a beer chugging contest for those old enough.

Giant Bicycles was on hand to provide a bike corral for those that opted to ride to this fantastic, family-friendly event. Be sure to check out the Alamo’s schedule for their remaining summer features. They are events not to be missed!

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Vine Street Pub turns Five…..why not throw a party?

On the notorious date of April 20th or better know as 4/20, happy patrons and staff came together to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Denver’s Vine Street Pub. Though the crazy spring weather did its best to put a literal damper on the festivities, the beer continued to flow and the music only briefly stopped. 4/20 at Vine Street Pub was the place to be in downtown Denver.

The event featured a delicious selection of craft beers, delectable BBQ and the unique and wonderful sounds Paa Kow and the By All Means Band. There was definitely some hustling once the skies began to sputter but the large crowd was dedicated to fun and fun they had. All proceeds from this annual spring rite of passage will benefit Judi’s House, which helps provide hope and healing to grieving children and families.

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Dinner and a movie…..Denver’s Alamo Drafthouse has figured it out.

The concept of Denver’s Alamo Drafthouse is not necessarily a new one in combining films, food and drink but the approach is. The newest of the extremely popular theaters, based of course in Texas, is located in Denver’s Aspen Grove Shopping Center on South Santa Fe Drive. The theater not only offers fantastic films, both new runs and classics, but also boasts a huge rotating selection of hand-crafted beers. Contained within the impressive walls is a full service kitchen offering a delectable menu to patrons by way a waitstaff that rivals the Red Army.

What makes the Alamo Drafthouse unique is their approach to the movie-going experience. While seated in the theater, movie fans are not subjected to any pre-screening advertising. Once the features begin, there is a strict no talking or texting policy that will get violators escorted quickly to the exit. The theater is all about enjoying great films.

Denver’s Alamo Drafthouse opened its doors on March 25th and featured a morning ribbon cutting ceremony with guest of honor Pam Grier, notably of Foxy Brown and many other classics. In the evening the theater hosted a welcome mixer in the “Glass Half-Full” bar followed by an extremely interesting Q&A with Ms. Grier and her induction into the BadAss Hall of Fame with  Devin Faraci of BadAss Digest.

The theater will play host to many fun and exciting events surrounding the film industry, including the 2013 Mile High Horror Film Festival, so check the website often and enjoy.

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