Occasionally, I do imbibe in beverages other than beer. I know, shocking! Before I nannied for a family that owned a brewery, I nannied for a family that owned a winery, Two Rivers in Grand Junction. At family holiday gatherings, there is a handle of whiskey next to the crock pot of spiced cider. Beer is not my first language of booze, even though that is what I am most fluent in. In the spirit of education, I plan on attending the Fort Collins Winefest in a couple weeks at the Hilton in Fort Collins.
In its 31st year this event is a fundraiser for Disabled Resource Services(DRS). Each year DRS provides nearly 6,000 people with varying disabilities assistance to help them maintain a good quality of life. Winefest features both a silent and live auction to raise additional funds for DRS. In the silent auction you can bid on a private beer tasting for 15 from me. Thanks to Odells Brewery, No Li Brewhouse and Elite Brands for beer donations for the tasting.
During the fest, over 400 wines and some local beers will be featured. Tasting wine is a great way to expand your palates sensitivity for tasting beer. I am excited to try new things and learn more about another fermented beverage. Small bites of food will also be available to pair with your favorite wines, including fresh oysters from Fish Restaurant. There will be casino tables to test your luck, a photo booth and even a caricature artist to keep you entertained if the wine and food isn’t enough. It sure does sound like a heck of a party for my first Winefest.
One of my favorite ways to spend a few hours is at a beer festival. Sampling new and favorite suds. Chatting with brewers and reps. Making new friends and catching up with the ones I haven’t seen since the last festival. However, I have a feeling that this festival will be a bit different. Instead of a large ratio of bearded men to women, I bet there will be a large ratio of girls night out participants to husbands holding purses. Instead of beards and well worn brewery shirts, there will be lots of jewelry and probably some heels. I am kind of sad about the beards part, but I am excited to put on make up and skirt and not look over dressed or dragged in by my boyfriend.
You can purchase tickets through Napa of Beer to get a $10 discount and 2 free raffle tickets for the Wall of Wine drawing to win a wine rack full of all the wine and beer you can drink. Just make sure you use this link. I hope to see some of my fellow beer lovers there, trying new things and teaching their taste buds a thing or two.