Snowbank Brewing: The snow is (still) falling, so it’s the perfect time to visit Fort Collins’ newest brewery! Appropriately enough, Snowbank brews a lot of winter-themed beers perfect for sipping during the Rocky Mountain winter. Try their Silent Snow White IPA, the Colorado Red Ale, or the cozy and bold Pawnee Porter. The season of dark beers is here, and the Pawnee Porter ranks up there with Horse and Dragon’s Sad Panda in terms of richness. Perfect for cozying up by a fire.
Horse & Dragon: Need more holiday beers? Horse and Dragon has a few in the works that may satisfy. It begins with a Vanilla Caramel Double Cream Ale, which is available in Nitro for an extra creamy touch. Then they’ll be tapping their Cranberry Jalapeno Firkin, and Perambulation Ale–a winter beer brewed with the idea of getting brewers outside to look for ingredients in their outdoor environments. This year, the Perambulation Ale is primarily cedar and juniper: a mission which fuses together the tastes of gin and beer for an enjoyable, fruity and wholesome brew.
First Night Fort Collins
First Night is back again with the theme “Follow the Magic.” This is the 19th year of the event. If you have never experienced First Night, it is Fort Collins’ New Years celebration. It is a night of music, dancing, art, and family fun.
“It is a unique event in that it is a family friendly, all ages, non-alcoholic event,” Events Manager of the Downtown Business Association James Yearling said.
Your ticket will be in the form of a button, the buttons go on sale December 1 online and are $12 per person in advance and covers entry into all 15 participating venues. Children under 4 are admitted for free.
On December 10 buttons will be on sale at all King Soopers around town. The vendors include the main venue, The Lincoln Center, Jax, Ben and Jerry’s, Fort Collins Museum of Discovery and many more. There will be over 75 performances by local artists, jugglers, musicians, Old Town Ghost Tours and world-class performers like Top Hogs, a group of pigs that can do tricks. A few years back the Top Hogs sold out the Lincoln Center 4 times in 1 night during First Night.
“We really tried to diversify the entertainment,” Yearling said.
All of this entertainment is leading up to the fireworks at 10pm in Old Town Square.
“We want to make it all ages and focused on a wholesome family friendly inviting environment,” Yearling said.
Tickets go on sale on December For more information visit www.downtownfortcollins.com