Cheers to Boulder Craft Beer!

Posted on August 13, 2014

Boulder has one of the fastest growing craft brewery scenes in the nation. People here love making beer and even more of us love drinking it. To me, the beer scene in Boulder is all about shared passion. The breweries and beer drinkers form an enormous community with one very important thing in common: their love for beer. The awesome thing about the first ever Boulder Craft Beer Festival is that it is a chance for the entire community of Boulder beer lovers to come together in one place. All 20 of the breweries participating in the festival are based in Boulder County- and that's saying something!

There are so many things about the Boulder Craft Beer Festival to be excited about that I don't even know where to start! Here's a few of the many things I'm looking forward to:

  • 20 Boulder breweries, one location
    Any avid beer drinker would jump at the opportunity to taste a beer from every brewery in Boulder County. While the breweries are all local, their locations are scattered across Boulder County in office parks, warehouses, and other gigantic buildings. What I'm saying is that it's hard to get to them all, but this beer festival will make it easy by bringing the breweries to you.
  • ‚ÄčYou get your own commemorative sampling glass to keep forever
    This is the first ever Boulder Craft Beer Festival and it's something to be proud of. There will be more craft beer festivals in Boulder but there will never be another "first". The commemorative sampling glass is your take-home souvenir to remind yourself (and all of your friends) that you were a part of this groundbreaking and legendary Boulder event.
  • It's close enough to ride your bike
    The festival takes place on the west side of Central Park in Downtown Boulder (west of Broadway on Canyon Boulevard), which makes it a great location to bike to for most centrally located residents. If your lucky enough to live close to the Boulder Creek Path, you can ride right onto the trail and take it all the way to the festival for smooth and easy sailing. There will also be valet bike parking available so riding to the festival will be as easy as can be!
  • If you can't bike, there are still plenty of other safe (and easy) transportation options
    Did you know that Designated Driver Tickets are available for only $10 per person? These tickets include a food voucher and 5 non-alcoholic beverages at the festival so you get to enjoy all of the amazing things about the festival (good food, great tunes, and fun with friends) except for the beer. Being a designated driver is the cheap (or free, if you get your beer-drinking friends to cover the cost of ticket) way to have fun at the festival. If you can't bike or find a designated driver, RTD has several buses that stop very close to the festival.
  • Um, can we talk about how well beer pairs with food?
    I probably should have put this first or second on my list. Everybody loves food with their beer, it's just a fact. The inaugural Boulder Craft Beer Festival just wouldn't be complete without some amazing food-for-purchase options from some killer vendors. From creative takes on a grilled cheese sandwich to imaginative Mexican cuisine, there will be plenty of delicious food options to satisfy anybody's beer munchies.
  • Your ears will thank you
    Beer drinking is a vivacious activity and thus would be incomplete without some live music for your ears' enjoyment. Not only will there be plenty of items available to entertain your taste buds, the festival will also feature a performance stage with two acts. Colorado musician and indie folk singer Andy Hackbarth will kickoff the festival at 12:30, followed by The HillBenders, an energetic bluegrass quintet.

Don't forget to buy your tickets in advance and save some dough ($30 in advance/$35 day of)! I wouldn't want any beer fans to miss this first-of-its-kind event.

I hope you are as excited as I am for August 23! Cheers and enjoy the beer!


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Ta Ta For Now!

Posted on August 7, 2014

I am so sad to say that my marvelous internship with Downtown Boulder is coming to an end. I can't imagine a better way to spend my summer than exploring Pearl Street, eating gelato, people watching, and getting to know the wonderful businesses downtown. Here is a list of some of my favorite memories of the summer and also some things that I have learned. 

  • FREE BEN & JERRY'S IN THE OFFICE. Need I say more?
  • Every success is a call to celebrate. Someone's getting married? Let's eat cake. We put on a successful event? Lunch at the Rio. It's a Wednesday? Starbucks all around!
  • Home-packed lunches are soo overrated.My wimpy salads (I know, who am I?) or microwave lunches can't come close to competing with the fab meals from Lindsey's Boulder Deli or Zoe Ma Ma.
  • A small office setting is so nice. Not only do you really get to know your co-workers, but you can have a screaming conversation with them down the hall without ever having to leave your chair! I have such a new appreciation for small workplaces 
  • Downtown Boulder's Happy Hour Guide is my new bible.
  • Independent businesses are the backbone of Boulder. The owners are so passionate about their shops, and it has been great to work with them and see their hard work come to life. 
  • Rain is inevitable every single Wednesday before Bands on the Bricks.
  • Responding to 35 emails a day is something I am definitely going to have to get used to. And not to toot my own horn but I must say I am now a master at answering the phone. (Call me, I'll make your day.)
  • Even though everyone in the office is a celebrity here, it was so awesome to meet my first REAL celeb - Olympic gold medalist Apolo Ohno! 
  • The DBI events staff really knows how to throw down! I have been so impressed with every event I have worked this summer. From Bands on the Bricks to Open Arts Fest to the Pearl Street Mile, each event has been so successful, fun and truly embody the downtown experience. 
  • Do not leave your Facebook open in the office. This. Means. War. 
  • Although it has been great working in downtown Boulder, it is also dangerous...For my bank account that is. There are just too many amazing shops and sales and my wallet can't resist!

Well that was quite the list. Now that I've totally put you to sleep with that, it is time to say goodbye.

This summer would not have been so great if not for my wonderful "bossfriend" Natalie, who kept me laughing all summer long. From happy hours to walking barefoot in the mud to dance parties while stuffing envelopes to get the perfect photograph to stuffing our faces for lunch, I couldn't have asked for a better mentor! Natalie is off to work for American Girl in Chicago (another reason to celebrate and eat food) and we at DBI are so sad to see her go. Natalie and I are both leaving an amazing experience at Downtown Boulder, but ready to take on our futures with the knowledge that we acquired here.

I had the summer of a lifetime here at DBI and couldn't have asked for more. With all of these fantastic new experiences and insights, I am so ready for my senior year. 


Sammie (the intern) 

P.S.  If you are interested in having the internship of your dreams, DBI is looking for a fall intern! Check it out. You won't regret it!

Summer Sidewalk Sale!

Posted on August 1, 2014

Who doesn't love a sale? If you want to shop till you drop, come to Downtown Boulder to catch these sizzling deals! 

Snag these cute shoes down in West End of Pearl Street.

Stop by American Apparel for some great clothes, cookies and lemonade.

It's a beautiful day to come out and enjoy the sunshine. Don't miss out!

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Who Knew Libraries Could Be So Cool?

Posted on July 30, 2014

Who would have thought a library would be such a cool place to go? I mean seriously, who would ever say, "hey guys, let's go hang out at the library!" Well that was until NOW. The Boulder Public library has created a wonderful new place just for teens, and it provides so much more than just books. 

The new Teen Space at the Boulder Public Library encourages teens from 6th to 12th grade to come hang out in the coolest spot in Boulder! From jamming out on Guitar Hero to creating something on a 3D printer to playing World of Warcraft, the Teen Space really has it all. In developing this space, the library met with a bunch of teens with a variety of interests to create a place that provided something for everyone. The Teen Librarian, Crystal, is a passionate woman who brings great enthusiasm and creative ideas to the space! She was so helpful and excited when giving us this tour, and I am confident she is going to turn this space into something incredible. 


Some things you can do in the Teen Room:

  • Play the guitar, record and edit tracks
  • Surf the Internet
  • Use the 3D Printer
  • Make crafts like jewelry, dream catchers, or knitting 
  • Play Guitar Hero, and other Wii games
  • Play board games
  • Record videos
  • Lounge in a comfortable recliner
  • Play computer games
  • Read books and magazines
  • Paint


Being a teenager is tough! Your facial hair starts to grow in, your parents just "don't understand you," and you have to decide on a college soon... All these things can be stressful, and this new Teen Space is the perfect escape. Literally, an escape, adults (and parents, ha!) and young kids are not even allowed in! This Teen Space is homey, bright, friendly, inspires creativity, and makes going to the library an unforgettable experience.

The Teen Space is located on the second floor of the library, on the Northeast corner of the Boulder Public Library. Come check it out today!

Boulder, CO: The Best of the Best

Posted on July 10, 2014

BOULDER, CO: Top City for Well-Being, Foodiest City in America, Most Bike-Friendly City, Happiest and Healthiest City, Best College Town in America, Most-Vegan Friendly City, Best City for Start-Ups... The list goes on. And on. And on. It seems like Boulder has won more accolades than any other city in America for its recreation, culture, health, business climate and overall quality of life. DUH. We all know Boulder is the closest thing to heaven on earth, and there are definitely enough articles to prove it. 

(If you want to know exactly what I mean, take a look at the city's insanely long list of accolades.

Every time I get on the computer, Boulder has won another award or topped another "best of" list. And every time I see this, I am damn proud. Not only because I love making out-of-state friends & relatives jealous (which I do)  but also because I feel so so lucky that I get to live, eat, work, explore, hike and learn in such a wonderful city. 




To me, Boulder is so much more than all of those lists can say. Boulder is a vibrant, bustling town with the most colorful assortment of people and shops. There are countless start-ups and locally owned, independent businesses. Boulder is people watching. Nowhere else can you sit for hours entertained by the eclectic Pearl Street passerbys. Boulder is sunshine and happiness. There really are over 300 days of sunshine a year here! (Even when it's 4 degrees and dumping snow, you can bet the sun will be shining.) But Boulder is also ridiculous weather. It was 70 degrees on my birthday in January and I went on a hike, and I took a spring final in May wearing my winter parka and snowboots. Boulder is trudging through feet of snow when your friends on the East Coast got a snow day with four inches. Boulder is FOOD. (You knew this was coming.) From the best nationally ranked restaurants to quick delicious bites under $5, Boulder, especially downtown Boulder, has it all, and then some. What could be better than spending a day in Downtown Boulder?

Boulder is the best college town on EARTH. Which means going to school here gives more than an education, but an incredible experience. Boulder is the best place to come home to. Boulder is my lifelong friends and roommates. Boulder is my parents visiting every other week, not for me, but because they love the happy hours so much. Boulder is healthiness & fitness.... and feeling peer pressured to be active. It is huffing and puffing a hike on the flatirons and glaring at the runners whizzing by in far better shape than you. Boulder is happenin'. From nightlife to free outdoor concerts to beer festivals to parades on Pearl Street.... There is never a dull moment in this city, and we have the jam-packed event calendar to prove it. Boulder is home.

Living in Boulder is like living in a postcard. There's sunshine in the sky and ice cream in my hand and today is wonderful. How could anyone want to live anywhere else??

Happy Thursday friends!

Sammie (the intern)

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