New Belgium ends free beer tasters on Fort Collins tours

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Sep 292011
Authors: Matt Miller

Beer connoisseurs seeking free samples will have to flock somewhere other than New Belgium when the brewery shifts to a paid tasting room, starting Oct. 4.

New Belgium spokesmen Bryan Simpson said this move is aimed at cutting down crowds in the tasting room and providing customers with a better experience.

“A big part is we heard feedback from people who wanted to spend a little more time with their beer,” Simpson said. “Now they can sit there and go deeper with a full-sized beer.”

Since about 1991 the brewery has offered free samples of beer, drawing large crowds to its Fort Collins home base. It will now sell full-sized 14 or 16-ounce beers for $4 to $5 and 4-ounce tasters for $1.50 to $2.00. All money for tasters will go to local charity.

Simpson said with a paid system the brewery hopes to also cut down onthe volume of people in the tasting room.

“You have to elbow your way to the front of the bar,” Simpson said of the current paid system. “The locals don’t want that.”

New Belgium was the only brewery in Fort Collins that gave visitors free samplers and Simpson said people will eventually adapt to the new model.

“I think it’s a positive development for everyone,” he said.

However, students seem less enthusiastic about the change.

“I think that sucks,” said senior mechanical engineering major Jason Slavik. “People are going to be mad.”

Slavik said he goes to the New Belgium tasting room once or twice a month, but with the new change he will go less often.

Jenny Lee, a graduate student studying bio medical sciences, also said she will be seeing less of the brewery after the change.

“It’s a bummer,” Lee said. “I don’t think people will go as often –– it’s too far away to be worth it.”
She added that free tasters are what draw her to breweries.

“When I’m in Golden I go to the Coors brewery they always have free samples,” Lee said. “It’s not like they need the money.”

News Editor Matt Miller can be reached at

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CAM the Ram reveals secret and celebrity lifestyle

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Sep 292011
Authors: Erik Carman

At a private farm, hidden from public view in the foothills of Fort Collins lives CAM the Ram, the five-decade-long, horn toting, fuzzy mascot of Colorado State University.

CAM has been the face of CSU since students voted for the mascot in the 1960s, said Kraig Peel, an assistant professor of animal science and the faculty advisor for CAM’s handlers.

But how do students 50 years after the initial vote view their mascot?

“Pimp, definitely a pimp,” said senior journalism major Janelle Dam.

According to Peel, CAM spends most of his days relaxing on the farm and hanging out with his two sheep lady friends. When he’s not busy being a ladies’ ram, CAM enjoys attacking dogs and keeping his horns in shape by knocking heads with the older ram on the property.

As a rambouillet ram, a French breed known for their long, impressive horns, Peel said CAM can survive in very harsh environments, comparing him to longtime rival, Ralphie, the buffalo from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

“Buffaloes are just dumb,” Peel said. “They just stand around and poop on themselves and smell bad.”

Hannah Tran, a senior journalism major and CTV anchor, summed up the comparison between CU-Boulder and CSU’s mascots, noting the dichotomy between the two animals and calling rams “smaller, more intelligent and humble.”

Peel said the most common question he is asked is how CAM behaves so calmly during events, adding that, despite what some may think, he is not sedated, but merely trained from a young age to be friendly and calm around fans.

“We work hard to make sure he’s never mistreated,” Peel said, “And we never push him past his limit.”

CSU students also get the chance to be part of CAM’s entourage. Senior animal science major Alex Kappert works as a ram handler.

“It’s a great experience” Kappert said. “I’ve met a lot of really cool people.”

Kappert said the job allowed him to meet lots of “big wigs,” people with a lot of pull around campus. This includes CSU President Tony Frank, as well as many other deans from other schools in the state.

A large part of Kappert’s job entails road tripping with CAM around the state. CAM and his crew go anywhere from local Fort Collins Bar-B-Q’s, to places like Steamboat Springs, in order to represent CSU.

The CAM handlers aren’t limited to animal science majors. In fact, Kappert said, they have members from almost every college on campus.

Collegian writer Erik Carman can be reached at

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Pulitzer winners and doctors without borders among CSU alumni

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Sep 292011
Authors: Jason Pohl

Anyone questioning the value of an education from CSU just needed to look at the Embassy Suites banquet room in Loveland Thursday night, which was filled with nearly 200 of the university’s biggest and brightest stars from the past and present.

The annual Distinguished Alumni Awards dinner brought together some of CSU’s most accomplished graduates from as far back as 1958 and as recent as last May to recognize them for their achievements –– so far.

“We tend to have a lot of very humble alumni,” said Colleen Meyer, the executive director of the Alumni Association. “Not often enough do we brag about what they do. This is our opportunity to say thank you.”

One alumnus recognized at the event was André Heller, who earned his degree in visual arts with a minor in philosophy in 2003. After spending time working in art museums throughout Denver, he had a change of plans.

“I thought that (art) was what I wanted to do with my life,” he said. “But for some reason, after a while the arts didn’t really feel right for me, and I wanted to get more active and involved in the world in general.”

He says in a post-9/11 world, politics became especially important to him –– and then Hurricane Katrina hit.

This prompted Heller to sell everything he owned, pack up his car and move to the impacted area to work with a group called Common Ground, an organization which advocates rights for the poor and disadvantaged.

“I absolutely loved doing something more direct and helping people out, rather than talking about it and philosophizing about it,” Heller said.

Working with Common Ground made him realize his true passion was to work on an international stage with Médecins Sans Frontières, also known as Doctors Without Borders, an organization focused on providing medical relief around the world.
“Before I knew it, I was in Central Africa,” Heller said.

Specifically, he worked on logistics including resource management and communications while rising throughout the ranks to a leader of individual missions around the world with the organization.

His travels have taken him throughout the world to places including Chad, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Haiti.

While discussing his accomplishments, he said the highlight of his time with the organization has been working with those “who refuse not to care about the forgotten populations.”

“We go in and we put people back together in their darkest hour,” Heller said.

The university has recognized successful graduates for more than 70 years in various formats, and Meyer said the formal event has existed for more than 15 years. This is the first year it has been timed to coincide with Homecoming –– a move Meyer said will create a more meaningful weekend for everyone.

“It’s just great to show appreciation to the worthy people in the community,” said Beryl “Brownie” McGraw, a 2002 recipient of the Lory Public Service Award and widow of CSU football great Thurman “Fum” McGraw. “Pride is a big thing.”

Each year, the Alumni Association receives dozens of nominations from various colleges on campus, colleagues and even previous winners. The field must then be narrowed down to less than 20 awards.

“We take it very seriously,” Meyer said. “All nominations are worthy of the award.”

Senior Reporter Jason Pohl can be reached at

h3.2011’s distinguished alumni

André Heller, Class of 2003, Head of Mission, Médecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders)

Don Svedman, Class of 1960, Retired Colorado Deputy Commissioner of Agriculture

Kent Anderson, Class of 1977, President of

Bob Barbee, Class of 1958, 1968, Retired Superintendent National Park Service

Jim Sheeler, Class of 1990, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author

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Gillmore a CSU Ram powerhouse in new tight end position

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Sep 292011
Authors: Kevin Lytle

The CSU football team’s most dangerous offensive threat in 2011 played defensive end for the Rams a year ago.

As a freshman Crockett Gillmore played in 11 games, recorded 11 tackles, one sack and one fumble recovery.

But he was moved to tight end in the middle of spring practice and has established himself as quarterback Pete Thomas’s favorite target and the most clutch performer for CSU.

In week one against the University of New Mexico, Gillmore hauled in a 33-yard touchdown pass to help CSU win 14-10. Against CU-Boulder, Gillmore had a 34-yard catch-and-run to set up a first drive touchdown.

And in a 35-34 double-overtime win against Utah State University, Gillmore caught the game-tying two-point conversion before adding a touchdown reception in the first overtime.

“Some guys can just convert third downs, and score touchdowns and make plays, and that’s what he is,” coach Steve Fairchild said. “He’s proven that if we give him a chance to make a play he’s going to make something happen.”

Gillmore played wide receiver in high school. But, shortly after coming to CSU, he switched to the defensive side of the ball.

He performed well, but coaches and teammates knew that his future involved playing on the offensive side.

Last season Gillmore would go out before practice with Thomas and the receivers to run routes and catch balls. His great hands led his teammates to campaign for his position change.

“I knew beforehand,” Thomas said of the success Gillmore could have at tight end. “Half the team was pushing coach to move him to tight end because we knew what he could do for us.”

After finally making the change, Fairchild spent fall camp saying that he thought Gillmore would be one of the best tight ends in the county. And he’s been proven right.

Gillmore ranks second among tight ends in the nation in receptions (16) and touchdowns (3). He is fifth in tight end receiving yards with 180. All of those numbers are first for all CSU receivers.

Gillmore’s size and speed make him almost impossible to cover. He is listed at a towering 6-foot-6 and 245-pounds and was timed at 4.72 in the 40-yard dash in high school. With those physical tools, he feels as if he’s always open.

“There have been a few times I told (Thomas), ‘their best player’s on me, or this person’s on me, but I’m open,’” Gillmore said. “He just starts laughing, but I’m not playing. And I think he knows.”

The rare skill set that Gillmore brings to the table meant that in high school the recruiters were numerous.

During his school visits, Gillmore went to the Missouri campus followed by CSU. He was then supposed to go to New Mexico.

But the minute he stepped onto the CSU campus, he knew where he was going.

“I went home and said ‘I’m going there, Dad,’” Gillmore said.

And now that he has found his natural position, his future is wide open. It may seem premature, but there is already talk that Gillmore will be the next in a long line of Rams tight ends to make it to the NFL.

But no matter how high his prospects soar in the coming years, Gillmore says there will be no leaving early for the NFL.

“I need an education first,” said Gillmore, who said he would like to own a landscaping business at some point. “You’ve got to get your degree.”

But once he’s done with school, there’s no telling how far he might go.

“Sky’s the limit for him,” tight ends coach Anthoney Hill said. “The guy can do with this thing whatever he wants to do with it.”

Assistant Sports Editor Kevin Lytle can be reached at

Crockett Gillmosre
Height: 6-6

Weight: 245

Class: Sophomore

Stats: 16 receptions, 180 yards, 3 touchdowns (all rank 1st on team)

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CSU Rams face San Jose State Spartans Saturday

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Sep 292011
Authors: Travis Todd

When CSU plays host to San Jose State University on Saturday, the Rams have the chance to start a season 4-1 for the first time since 2006.

To increase the chance of a positive outcome the team has stressed the importance of getting better every week in practice.

“We’ve had two good weeks of practice and we’re doing the right things out here,” said coach Steve Fairchild. “Hopefully we’ll just keep getting a little better and better each time we go out for a game.”
Coming off an enormous win against Utah State University, the players stressed the importance of maintaining that high energy level.

“The team just has to keep working hard,” said running back Chris Nwoke, who earned Co-Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week honors for his performance against USU. “It’s all about believing and team effort. When we stay together that’s how we can keep succeeding.”

The running game finally started to hit its stride last week, now the Rams will be looking to spread out their offense by passing down field.

“Obviously we’re not in rhythm yet with everyone and that shows in the passing numbers but we’ll get it together,” sophomore quarterback Pete Thomas said.

A point of contention all season has been whether or not the Rams have the ability to throw the deep ball.

“Coach calls some great deep balls, but defenses called the right defense too,” Thomas said. “It’s not for a lack of trying, we just haven’t been able to hit any, but I’m real confident we will him them soon.”

On the other side of the ball, the defense has been a pleasant surprise this year for CSU (3-1,1-0 MW). The Rams are giving up 21.5 points per game in 2011, nearly two touchdowns less than they allowed last season.

“Our confidence has been high as a defense already, but the (USU) game helped it out,” linebacker Shaquil Barrett said.

As a team, the Rams seem to be transitioning in the right direction after a disappointing 2010 campaign.

“We believe in each other and we’re staying together. We have that whole team vibe going on and we have the right leaders,” Nwoke said.

SJSU (1-3, 1-1 WAC) is coming off of their first win of the season last week, a home triumph against New Mexico State University. The Spartans have lost 16 consecutive road games dating back to Nov. 1, 2008 and haven’t won a non-conference road game since 2002.

“You can’t ever take teams like that lightly,” Nwoke said. “You got to come out and play hard, play together and keep going for all four quarters.”

After all, this team doesn’t want to end up how the 2006 Rams did. That team lost seven consecutive games to end the season, leading to a dismal 4-8 record.

Football Beat Reporter Travis Todd can be reached at He can also be followed on twitter at @travis_treats.

Homecoming game

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  • Where: Hughes Stadium
  • When: Tomorrow, 2 p.m.
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Ram Talk 9/30/11

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Sep 292011
Authors: compiled by Greg Mees

To the guy who wanted to sext last night: Is it weird that your grammatical errors were a turnoff?

Colorado State University: the only place you can get close enough to a squirrel to see its nuts.

Are longboards the new lifted truck? The longer the board the more compensation?

I feel as though my favorite bathroom on campus is like the Room of Requirement: It’s always there when I need it, and it’s always for the purpose that I need it for.

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Tips to prevent Alzheimer’s and stress-induced breakdowns

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Sep 292011
Authors: Adam Suriel-Gestwicki

I see a lot of students in relationships that look like they’re on the edge of going crazy, due to the stress that’s put on them by their spouse, school and all the other crap that’s needed in order to survive this life.

But, if you do feel you’re going crazy –– or having trouble remembering who you are ­­–– don’t count on your significant other staying with you long afterwards.

Pat Robertson, former Republican presidential candidate, announced to his viewers on “Club 700” that it’s OK to divorce your spouse if they are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Now, Patty stated this on the Christian Broadcasting Network, which correct me if I’m wrong, holds a fairly intolerable stance on divorce (calling remarriage “adultery” after divorce), and pushes strongly on “in sickness and in health” and “till death do us part.”

I’m not religious, and if you are, I applaud you for believing in something. I’m just too lazy to believe in anything religious, and if I did, too passive to push my lazy fundamentals onto potential followers of my gospel. I would say: if you believe something, follow it (simple as that). Pat, being the politician he is, spun his words into a nice package we could all receive, and said Alzheimer’s, “Is a kind of death.”

So if you’re sick of caring for the person you love, and actually believe Pat, hope they go crazy. That way, you can get out of your relationship guilt free, and with your morals intact.

Now we have a long time till we get old and crazy to the point where we try to get in the dryer to go the grocery store. Or if we do remember what a car looks like, we’ll be revered for our incapability to drive faster than 25 mph, without recklessly endangering everyone else on the road.

Just make sure whenever you get married you both vow to stay with each other in sickness and in health, sane or insane, till death do you part. Or else the second you need your spouse to tell you who you are, and who they are, they may tell you, “Pat said it’s cool.”

Now I’m not trying to say that dealing with this disease is easy, because I have no doubt in my mind it’s probably as hard as tackling a bear (unless it’s Jay Cutler).

If you’re really worried that the wrath of Pat’s words may cause you to be crazy by yourself later in life, let me reassure you that most spouses don’t leave their significant other when they have Alzheimer’s –– unless they think you’re dead.

Luckily, there is a way to escape what could be one of our futures –– there are plenty of ways to promote a healthy brain.

After searching through the Internet for a while, I came across a couple of helpful and simple ways for us all not to go crazy in the future.

For instance, having a social life helps the brain. So for those of you in college who believe your dog is your only friend, and reality television is a fine substitute for reality, you’re probably destined for a later life of desolate dementia, as well as pretty boring college life.

Another thing that helps: eating healthy, oddly enough, and not going to McDonalds, or Fat Shack after a night in Old Town. Push those munchie cravings down, and eat a stick of celery or something green.

Also exercising and promoting a healthy physique, rather than just lounging on your couch and talking with your dog about how good your Burger King was, and asking him why Ron is still with Jenni because Jenni sucks, is not a good way to spend your time.

The one thing that may be universal to everyone reading this piece of insightful gold is learning how to manage your stress. If you’re stressed, grab a beer, throw a football, and go on campus and people watch. Or take a nap, since a number of us are sleep deprived.

If after this random rant of mine you feel slightly fearful of your future because you love bad food, hate any sort of physical activity, your reflection coming from the toaster is your best friend, and you agree with what Pat says…can you not see that the equation of all those things is setting you up to be the victim of this punch line?

_Adam Suriel-Gestwicki is a junior English major. His column appears every other Friday in the Collegian. He can be reached at _

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Our View Free New Belgium samples gone so we can sip beer slowly

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Sep 292011
Authors: Collegian Editorial Board

Today we mourn a great tragedy for our community. On Oct. 4 the New Belgium tasting room will no longer offer free tasting. As this source of free beer comes meets its untimely end, the Collegian Editorial Board will hold a moment of silence.

Moment of silence over.

As college students, free beer is a rare and beautiful thing. Especially when that beer is something beyond the typical party-keg offerings.

However, the reasoning for this change seems reasonable. The brewery is looking to change the atmosphere of its tasting room to something where people can spend time enjoying that yeasty, hoppy goodness, as it should be.

While this change will likely anger many people searching for that flowing golden nectar, the change in atmosphere will emphasize those who want to taste and enjoy rather than those who come for the calling of free beer. In other words, the tasting room will be a tasting room rather than a drinking room.

Many may have come to the tasting room in the past looking to catch a buzz, but that is a ridiculous thing to expect from four-ounce tasters. This change is something we should embrace as college students. As we become of legal drinking age the allure of binge drinking should be fading quickly.

Especially because no one wants to see a sloppy, drunk college kid at four in the afternoon. If you want to get that kind of drunk during the day, it’s better kept away from the eyes of the public.

But in the end the change will make the room about enjoying the product rather than just consuming it.

Despite the change being for the better, it’s still sad to see that free beer disappearing.

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Fort Collins has an ugly side to the city

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Sep 292011
Authors: Rodger Katz

I just recently had to make my way through southern Fort Collins. For those of you who have yet to venture, it’s a real treat(moderate sarcasm implied).

For the past year I have slowly redrawn my Fort Collins map, choosing to define new city parameters –– in turn, ignorantly deciding that everything else doesn’t need to exist. I think it’s fair to say that my new map has been strategically drawn to include almost none of southern Fort Collins.

“Oh yeah, what about Best Buy?!” the boy yells.

“Hey look, buddy, my family’s franchise is down there!”

Settle down people, settle down. I’m merely voicing one of my egregious opinions. It’s what happens when life momentarily slows down; suddenly it becomes more fun to take aim at Wal-Mart and kids who love Taco Bell. Just roll with it.

Besides, the fact that a few of you might perhaps choose to defend the bustling nature of our city’s southern end is of no concern to me…I write the articles around here.

Anyways, in short, I despise the mess that southern Fort Collins is. It represents everything that I don’t care for. It’s a wasteland –– a plague of oversized, formulated businesses, condensed and saturating in endless, used car salesmen muster, even if the cars are new.

It’s poorly arranged concrete, obligatory thrift stores and pale dehydrated sign twirlers dawdling on the side of College Avenue. It’s thousands of wasteful, middle-aged salesmen taking early lunch breaks, driving empty, plastic-looking vessels to Quizno’s to buy toasted sandwiches and bottles of water. (They leave their messy trays at the table)

And I’m not some anti-capitalist. We’re talking about arrangement, people.

My disposition is not necessarily in the businesses themselves –– it’s the fact that we just throw them all together like unsuitable marbles into the glass jar we call middle America.

It’s the “efficient” side of town.
It doesn’t look good, but damnit, this is America. Now let’s drive home and watch some football. (A sport that I do in fact enjoy).

The fact is, I think it’s embarrassing the way we have allowed this country to embrace an attitude where the highway goes here, houses go here, and strip malls go everywhere else. It’s embarrassing that we leave entire parts of towns to drown in unworthy sequences of businesses and banks and rug stores –– parts of town you should only drive your car to.

And I’m aware that there isn’t one man somewhere pulling all the strings, trying to sabotage every good-natured town in this country. I’m aware that somehow this is all just happening –– one block at a time –– because it’s easier. Because the formula works, so why not…try it out over there!
Where’s the originality?

Well… it’s around. (We need you, city art programs, we’re dying over here). It lives when people decide to be artful and construct communities that choose not to segregate the efficiency of economics with the wholeness of back-country suburbia.

The truth is, I love Fort Collins, but only the Fort Collins I have redrawn, a Fort Collins that does not include either of the two Wal-Marts or Sam’s Club or Bed Bath and Beyond (unless I, of course, need bed sheets). It’s a Fort Collins that only semi-frequently includes Target, and places like Guitar Center and Best Buy (Café Mexicali is an exception).

My new southern Fort Collins boundary ironically enough stops at Whole Foods…. And yes, you can insert all of the snarky, indie kid comments you want, but I don’t care damnit. I’m addicted to Kombucha. You love it.

Either way, I don’t expect us all to go and torch half of our city. Hopefully, some of us with a little sense of style turn out to be city planners. Then maybe we could stop building such scatter-brain towns, and maybe then we would stop subsidizing water and dragging it out into the desert,
building entire unsustainable kingdoms of drab houses that all look the same. I’m starting to rant.

I do think this city is making great strides, but in the meantime, maybe we could perhaps just consider seceeding from the southern part of town –– just like those Texans tried to do in 1837. It might just be better if we did….until we of course realize that we need a power strip and a few new DVDs.

Then, in that case, we might just have to hop back over the border.

_Rodger Katz is a senior liberal arts major. His column appears Fridays in the Collegian. He can be reached at _

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CSU volleyball wins first conference road game

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Sep 292011
Authors: Kyle Grabowski

CSU won its first Mountain West road game of the season, defeating
the University of Nevada Las Vegas 3-2.

The Rams took set one 25-20 behind four blocks and six kills from
senior opposite hitter Katelyn Steffan.

UNLV took the second set 25-23 after 11 ties to even the match at one.

CSU went on a 5-0 run with set three tied at 10 to give itself enough
breathing room to finish the Rebels 25-19.

The Rebels overcame a five point deficit and CSU’s match point to take
set four 26-24 and force a decisive fifth set.

The Rams hit a blistering .500 in the fifth set to overtake UNLV 15-12.

Check Friday’s Collegian for more on the win.

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