Avery Presents Funk. Horsey. Wild

Inspired by Brabant and the goodness of its marriage of Brettanomyces fermentation and Belgian dark malts, Avery Brewing Company crafted this celebratory wild ale using three strains of Bretts. Their strain, Brettanomyces bruxellensis lends the classic horsey and rustic aspects of a traditional wild ale, while Brettanomyces custersianus delivers massive tropical fruit essences to the flavor party. Add some beautiful, dark and robust Belgian specialty malts for caramel, chocolate and fig elements and you have this — Avery’s rendition of a Dark Farmhouse Ale. Twenty-three 22o.z. bombers were available for their release in March, and they are now making their way around the United States and Sweden.


John Atencio to Open Concept Boutique at PearlWest

John Atencio, Colorado’s premier jewelry designer, artist and entrepreneur, will introduce a first-of-its-kind concept boutique at PearlWest in Boulder in the summer of 2016.  The John Atencio Gallery will occupy 1,350 square feet of prime retail space, his 7th jewelry boutique in Colorado. “When I first got started as a jewelry artist in 1973, I sold my designs on the Hill at Pat Peterson’s in Boulder,” said Atencio. “It is my great privilege to bring my original wearable jewelry art back to a city so close to my heart.” This prototype for future JA jewelry gallery boutiques, will reflect Boulder’s lifestyle and sense of community and was designed by architect Semple Brown Design in Denver. In addition to the distinctive footprint, the new jewelry gallery will also feature John Atencio’s Signature Collection and a new line of watches that will debut in the same timeline. The gallery will be managed by Shelly Getty, a Boulderite for more than 25 years and a 7-year associate with the John Atencio brand. PearlWest is a 4-story commercial office and retail building featuring a rooftop restaurant and public plazas both on the rooftop and at the pedestrian connector on Pearl Street. There is space dedicated for an art film theatre, more than 127,000 square feet of commercial office space, 30,000 square feet of retail space, breathtaking views of the Boulder Flatirons and a high-tech, automated robotic parking system that is the first in the state and the entire western region. Construction began in May 2014 and is scheduled for completion in spring 2016. JohnAtencio.com

The Divide Music Festival

Team Player Productions is pleased to announce a new addition to its summer event’s calendar; the inaugural The Divide Music Festival will debut on July 22–24, 2016, in Winter Park, Colorado. This must-attend, three-day outdoor music and camping festival will feature A-list national acts, the best of Colorado’s music scene and gorgeous camping sites surrounded by the Rocky Mountains. During the three-day festival, music lovers and outdoor enthusiasts will have the opportunity to participate in various activities including mountain bike tours, guided trail runs, morning yoga sessions and other group-inspired happenings.  The event will also feature the finest Colorado craft beers, gourmet food along with crafters and artisans from across the country. There will be ample tent camping and RV park campgrounds available. Equally important to the festival’s inception is uncovering new ways to give back to the community. As a result, Team Player Productions partnered with Grand Foundation, a philanthropic organization serving all of Grand County, Colorado. The Foundation seeks to improve the quality of life in Grand County by proactively addressing current and future needs in the areas of health and human services, arts and culture, education, amateur sports and the environment. The Divide Music Festival is designed to be a national event with an estimated attendance of more than 35,000 fans.


Geek Spirits Wins Big

Geek Spirits Inc., is pleased to announce it won three medals at the 2016 Denver International Spirits Competition. The distillery’s Silver Rum earned a silver medal in the white rum category and a gold medal for its packaging design. The newly released Golden Rum received a bronze medal in the dark rum category. Master Distiller and Resident Geek, Greg Starr says, “We are very excited that our spirits have received a favorable rating from industry experts. High marks for the spirit as well as the packaging is a fitting tribute to our uncompromising commitment to quality and craftsmanship.” Devoting unapologetic enthusiasm and precision to crafting their spirits, Geek Spirits opened last March at 6880 Winchester Circle #D in Boulder. Greg and Sherial Starr, the husband-wife team behind Geek Spirits aim to deliver the best tasting spirits using the finest locally-sourced ingredients, science, art and a little bit of magic. The distillery plans to release more products including a bourbon whiskey and a single malt whiskey within the next year. The 5th Annual Denver International Spirit Competition was held at the Omni Interlocken Resort in Broomfield on March 11–13, 2016.  This double-blind competition was judged on a 100-point scale by a prestigious panel of 20 spirit authorities.  Judges cast their votes for the best spirit entries in 102 different categories in the largest spirit competition in the Rocky Mountain Region. Geek Spirits can be sampled and purchased at the distillery. You can also purchase bottles at Whole Foods, Boulder Wine Merchant and Cured in Boulder or Molly’s Spirits in Denver. Plans are also under way to expand in Colorado, New Mexico and California in the coming year.


Boulder Beer Company Releases 
New Seasonal

Boulder Beer Company, Colorado’s First Craft Brewery, will release a new summer seasonal brew this May called Pulp Fusion Blood Orange IPA.  Pulp Fusion will be available May through September in 12 o.z. 6-pk bottles and draft throughout their 34 state footprint. “Pulp Fusion is the third release in our Seasonal IPA Series,” said Judd Belstock, national sales director at Boulder Beer Company. “Releasing it between Emergent White IPA and Slope Style Winter IPA provides a great change of pace for the summer. With IPAs and Seasonals as the No. 1 and No. 2 styles in craft beer, respectively, we believe a seasonal IPA release for every season hits a sweet spot in what beer lovers are looking for on the shelves and on tap right now.” Pulp Fusion Blood Orange IPA blends the beauty of an IPA with vibrant citrus flavor from the juice of blood oranges. It shines with a bright, golden color and finishes smooth without lingering bitterness. Pulp Fusion clocks in at 6.5% ABV and 52 IBUs.