The Mayor  March 9, 2018

I was introduced to the craft beer movement in college where I spent more than a few hours throwing back pints at Boundary Bay Brewery in Bellingham while attending Western Washington University in the late 1990s. To say it’s been fun to watch the industry grow is an understatement. It’s been outstanding!

Fast forward to 2018, and last month, I helped celebrate another craft booze industry that I’ve been watch growing here in Colorado for the last decade.

On February 24, 2018, the Colorado Distillers Guild kicked off the Colorado Spirits Trail with a boozy bash in Denver. More than 40 distilleries converged on Mile High Station for Hearts & Trails Spirits Festival, a celebration of a craft booze industry that’s taken off like wildfire here in Colorado and across the United States.

While attending the event, I heard more than one person make reference to GABF, the famed Great American Beer Festival that’s been taking place in Colorado for 36 years. The feeling was that Hearts & Trails was the start of something big—real big.

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