Finding a mountain to climb

There’s nothing like the camaraderie of climbing a Colorado 14’er with a big group of people to raise money for a great cause. You share the test of endurance, bask in the sense of accomplishment and make new friends. At least that’s what they tell us. (See for yourself in this video.) ColoradoBiz Managing Editor Mike Taylor and I reached…

Great Divide’s viral video

The images are steeped in ‘70s tans and browns, the music seemingly crackling from a drive-in movie car speaker. Two tough leisure suits with badges take down a bad guy in an urban alley before quenching their thirst with suds from a nearby tavern. The creators of the 40-second spot threw “The Streets of San Francisco” in a blender with…

Open your wine with your shoe

A wonderful Colorado jazz and R&B singer – Sheryl Renee – posted a Facebook video of two guys opening a bottle of wine with a tennis shoe and their teeth. The wine bottle opening method is ingenious, and watching it makes me think of all the paraphernalia that exists for wine lovers these days. Clothing, dishes, garden art, greeting cards –…

A big new brewery worth the wait

An expansive wood deck on one side, a cozy patio on the other. A bit of a slope to the land out back, and clusters of shade trees all around. It’s like a lake house, without the lake. But who misses the water when there are thousands of barrels of beer inside? The newly opened expansion at Odell Brewing Co….

Head to your local shop for Record Store Day

Saturday is Record Store Day, a national event celebrating the spirit of independence for your neighborhood record store – if you still got one. The event traditionally includes special releases exclusive to independent stores. Timed to coincide with the event comes “I Need That Record: The Death (Or Possible Survival) Of The Independent Record Store.” Filmmaker Brendan Toller’s documentary examines…

Four decisive steps to get you back in the game

Do you recall Frank Sinatra’s hit song, “That’s Life?” Think of his lyrics, ‘pick myself up and get back in the race.’ This youtube video has good advice for all of us (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qh_TKJTPsQ) Many people would say they are happy that 2009 is behind them, that last year was a challenging time. How can you ensure 2010 is much better…

Sting and Bob get you ready for the holidays

STING If on a Winter’s Night (Deutsche Grammophon) Here’s how you hedge your bets with a Christmas album. Sting pulls a George Winston here by delivering a seasonal album that should have a shelf life beyond that last carton of eggnog in your fridge. If on a Winter’s Night does kick off with a new version of “Gabriel’s Message,” the…

A microbrewery with macro success

Owner-founder Kevin DeLange, right, and his wife, Michelle, join brewer Bill Eye in toasting the success of Aurora’s Dry Dock Brewing Co., honored as the best small brewery in the country by the Great American Beer Festival. The beers of one of this year’s most honored brewers in the country probably aren’t at your neighborhood pub. They’re definitely not at…