A Quarter Past Beer: College Avenue’s Guide to Holiday Cocktails

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Dec 022012

Author: Makenna Dubler

"Chocolate" originates from Mexico's...

“Chocolate” originates from Mexico’s Aztec cuisine, derived from the Nahuatl word xocolatl. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you like:

Hot Chocolate




4 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa (not hot chocolate mix)

1 tbsp. cinnamon

2 tsp. chili powder

2 tsp. cayenne pepper

3 cups milk (almond milk preferred, can also substitute Irish Crème),

1/4 cup agave nectar, honey, or maple syrup

4 oz. silver tequila


4 Cinnamon sticks for garnish

How to make it:

Toast cocoa powder, cinnamon, chili powder and cayenne pepper in a saucepan over low heat until spices release aromas (about two to three minutes). Slowly stir in milk with a whisk or wooden spoon.  Raise temperature to medium-high and bring to a simmer.  Stir in agave nectar and remove from heat.  Dip the rims of four mugs into a saucer of hot water, blot, and dip into a saucer of paprika. Pour in one oz tequila to each mug.  Add one-fourth of the hot cocoa mixture to each mug.  Stir with a cinnamon stick and serve.

Serves 4




Poinsettia (Photo credit: flagondry)

If you like:



Poinsettia Cocktail


4 cups (1 quart) vodka

4 cups (1 quart) champagne

8 cups (2 quarts) cranberry juice

Crushed ice

1 orange peel sliced into 1/4 inch wide strips, about 2 inches long

How to make it:

Combine the vodka, champagne and juice in a large punch bowl. Add crushed ice and stir until well chilled. Twist orange strips over bowl and drop into punch. Pour into glasses and serve.

Makes one big bowl of punch (16 cups or 4 quarts)


roasting a marshmallow

roasting a marshmallow (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you like:



S’more Shooters


12 large marshmallows (or 35 mini marshmallows)

1 cup half & half

8 oz. bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped

1 1/2 cups whole milk

3/4 cup amaretto

1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs (to rim shot glasses)

About 12 tbsp. Bacardi 151 or other flammable liquor

A lighter

How to make it:

In a small saucepan, bring the half & half to a boil. Place the chocolate in a medium bowl. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and stir until melted.  Return the chocolate to the pot and whisk in milk. Over medium heat, bring to a simmer and stir in half a cup of amaretto. Pour the remaining amaretto into a small bowl. Place graham cracker crumbs on a small plate. Dip the rims of shot glasses into the amaretto, then the crumbs. Transfer the hot chocolate to a measuring cup with a spout and fill the shot glasses.  Top each with one large marshmallow (or 3 mini marshmallows) and pour a tablespoon of liquor over each glass. Ignite with a lighter to toast the marshmallow. Blow out before drinking, and serve.

Makes 12 shooters


Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock

Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock (Photo credit: Bernt Rostad)

If you like:

A festive beerTry:

Samuel Adams® Winter Classics Variety Pack


White Christmas

Chocolate Bock

Boston Lager®

Winter Lager

Old Fezziwig® Ale

Holiday Porter

What it’s like:

Ranging from light to dark, this pack of six different seasonal beers is sure to spark up your holiday spirit. Like unfiltered light beers with citrus and cinnamon flavors? Try White Christmas.  Or if you prefer a rich, dark beer, try the Chocolate Bock. The Boston Lager® is a classic, with a nice balance of sweet with spicy, and the Winter Lager and Old Fezziwig® Ale are both bold and full of holiday spice flavors.  For a more hoppy brew, the traditional Holiday Porter is your drink.

Available in 12 or 24-packs

Best of CSU: The Mayor of Old Town, cleansing your beer pallet monthly

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Nov 042012

Author: Allison LeCain

Beer is the most widely consumed alcoholic beverage in the world, and with all the micro-breweries in Ft. Collins, CSU students have the chance to sample many delectable beers.

Most bars in town feature the same six beers at a time.  They have the standards, such as Bud Light and Coors, and a few seasonal beers from local breweries. The Mayor of Old Town offers a different beer experience.

Austen Miller and Derick Burton enjoy their Goose Island Matildas at The Mayor of Old Town on a Thursday afternoon. Photo by Allison LeCain.

Austen Miller and Derick Burton enjoy their Goose Island Matildas at The Mayor of Old Town on a Thursday afternoon. Photo by Allison LeCain.

Voted best place to get a beer by CSU students this fall, The Mayor of Old Town has 100 beers at a time on tap.  They feature beers from around the country and around the world, as well as local beers.

Owner Kevin Bolin said that only 30 of their beers are fixed and the other 70 are rotators that change monthly.  At any given time, their selection is approximately 33 percent local beers, 33 percent national and 33 percent international.  That makes for a lot of choices.

“They’re all so good, that’s the problem,” said Austen Miller, senior natural resource recreation and tourism student. “You’re sitting here for like half an hour trying to think what beer you’re going to get next. No matter what, there’s always a solid beer to go for.”

Bolin and his wife opened The Mayor of Old Town in July of 2011.  After selling their renting business, Kevco, Bolin said they were on the hunt around the country to find a new place to live and open a new business doing something different.

After some soul searching and traveling, they realized that there is no place better than Ft. Collins. In their travels, the Bolins had seen a lot of great beer bars.

“To have such an awesome beer culture here, and to have the same six beers at every bar, it seemed very apparent that we could stay here to take on our next kind of business,” Bolin said.

The concept of this beer bar has been heavily accepted throughout the community, as Bolin said the support has far exceeded his expectations.

In the past year The Mayor of Old Town has won top five beer bars by Playboy, top 15 beer bars in the nation by craftbeer.com, and top 100 beer bars in the nation.

While The Mayor caters to people of all ages, young people enjoy the alternative atmosphere that they experience there.

“They bring in a lot of beers from all over the country. You can’t find that anywhere else,” said Derick Burton, who graduated from CSU in May 2012. “I guess this place is like a beer aficionado.”

The Mayor of Old Town offers 100 beers on tap. Photo by Allison LeCain.

With so many beers to choose from, Burton recommends the Goose Island Matilda from Chicago as one of his latest discoveries at The Mayor. Since 70 of the taps are always changing, there’s always something new to try.

“It’s always changing, always evolving, always adjusting and that keeps people interested and makes them try things they haven’t’ before,” Bolin said.

While The Mayor does attract college students with their many beers and café meals served all day, the atmosphere is very different than most college bars. Instead of a crazy place to get drunk and dance, it’s more of a relaxing spot to enjoy a beer and have a conversation with a friend, according to Miller.

Miller said he thinks the prices are not bad, ranging from $4 to $6 for a nice beer. In addition to fair prices, Miller said the servers are friendly and knowledgeable about beer.

“This place has really kept drawing me back to it, so I’ve started coming here more and more,” Miller said. “You just can’t beat it.”

As the weather turns colder, people can expect to see more browns and stouts at The Mayor.  Bolin said the bar manager has a great pallet and good taste in beers, so she heads up the selections.

Bolin believes that this local beer bar is a place that students can feel proud of since it is a unique, more relaxed vibe than other beer spots in town. At The Mayor, there’s always something new to try.

“I like it because it’s not like everybody comes here to get a Bud Light,” Miller said. “People come here to branch out.”


632 S. Mason St.
Fort Collins, CO 80524
Mon – Fri 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Sat – Sun 9 a.m. to 12 a.m.

The Mayor of Old Town receives national attention

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Oct 032012

Author: Lena Howland


Just across the North side of the Colorado State University campus, many students can be found enjoying a beer and studying at The Mayor of Old Town.

The Mayor has been open for just over 14 months and has been gaining national attention ever since.

They have been ranked as one of the best beer bars in the country by Craftbeer.com, Draft Magazine and Playboy Magazine.

Beer and Dancing: It’s Oktoberfest in Denver!

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Sep 252012

Author: sadowney


With the leaves changing and the temperature beginning to drop, there is only one event on Coloradoans minds–Oktoberfest! Modeled after the original event in Munich, Germany, the annual Oktoberfest has been celebrated since 1810 in cities across the world. Vendors, bands, and games ignite energy in the crowd as traditional Morris Dancers entertain onlookers with moves dating back to the 1450s. Sarah Downey was there for the celebration.


Beer, corn mazes, and pumpkins in Fort Collins

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Sep 242012

Author: Sophie Vukovich

Fall in CSU

Fall in CSU (Photo credit: Hijeje)

As of September 22nd, we have officially entered the fall season. The clock is ticking and we now only have 89 more days to celebrate all things autumn.

I, like many other CSU students, claim the dominance of Fort Collins over, well the world really, and yet upon my search for fall-specific activities I learned that there is so much about this city that I don’t know. And what I learned made it even more awesome.

The City of Fort Collins has a full schedule of all upcoming activities, but if you recognize that time is running out, as I have, see the particularly inviting events I have highlighted below:

Granted, some of my findings could be considered more family or child oriented. However, after one (or three and a designated driver) of New Belgium’s seasonal Red Hoptober, you will feel right at home. New Belgium describes it as, “A cupful of sweet fig, tropical fruit, toffee, roasted nuts and hoppy bitterness. None of which overwhelm, they simply meet in the middle to attempt balance.”

There are a handful of farms with mazes, pumpkin patches, and hayrides throughout the city this time of year. Some of these farms offer even more attractions. If the fall season brings excitement through fear for you, Fear @ the Farm is where you want to be. This new attraction at Something From the Farm is starting September 28th. This fear includes a haunted maze and haunted hayride. Though I dare not underestimate the gripping fear within and around hayrides, this may fall into the ‘family-oriented category.’ Along with the previously mentioned attractions, there is Outlawz BBQ on the weekends. Sounds delishiz. For a more detailed schedule click here.

Harvest Farm Fall Festival adds even more fun attractions to the usual pumpkin patch and corn maze by including a petting zoo, corn cannons, pumpkin smash, roping steers, and many more. I don’t care how old you are, these things are fun. They also offer full service concession areas. Click here for more dates and other information.

 The Northern Colorado Corn Maze  similarly offers the maze, patch, and petting zoo but includes many other unique attractions. The giant catapult, corn chuckers, inflatable castles, and pedal car race are just a few. However to any respectably pinterest addict, it is their seasonal decoration attraction that is most unique. If you are looking to decorate your home with the season and have a good time while doing it, go to this maze. Click here for prices and dates.

Aside from farms, Fort Collins contributes to the season in Old Town with horse and carriage rides. And as things cool down, there will be an ice skating rink that opens November 9th. Gentlemen, if you want a lady to fall for you, these aren’t bad date ideas.

If the farms or downtown don’t give you fall fever, the Monster Bash is what you need. Sunday, October 28th will be a night of live music, dancing, and costume contests. And if that’s not enough, an entrance fee of $25 includes two free beers and a free late night buffet. ‘Free’ is used loosely here but either way, need I say more?

Happy autumn, Fort Collins! Comment and let us  know what your favorite fall festivities or activities are!

Tune in to CTV11 Tuesday, September 25th for more fun fall information.

Too School for Cool: Celebrating FORToberfest

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Sep 202012

Author: Allison LeCain

Fort Collins is known for its festivals, such as New West Fest and Tour de Fat. These festivals let the community celebrate the culture of our

Odell 5 Barrel Pale Ale

Odell 5 Barrel Pale Ale (Photo credit: Bernt Rostad)

town, which has a major focus on music, bikes and beer.

FORToberfest combines all those great things about the The Fort into an awesome weekend of festivities, and it’s happening now for the first time, Sept. 21 and 22.

Admission is free and the idea is to bike downtown dressed in costume (similar to Tour de Fat), listen to some of the city’s greatest local bands and enjoy the city’s greatest local beers.

Sounds like a good weekend right? With bands such as You Me and Apollo, Sour Boy Bitter Girl, and Widow’s Bane, you can’t go wrong.


In order to make your festival experience extra special, here are five tips:

  1. Plan for a group costume idea, such as The Avengers or the Spice Girls
  2. Don’t forget to bring the essential items, such as a bike lock, your ID, and plenty of cash
  3. Take a water bottle with lots of ice in it; you don’t want to get dehydrated when riding a bike because you’re only drinking beer
  4. Check your bike to see if anything needs fixing so you can take advantage of the bike tune-ups being offered downtown
  5. Print out the music schedule by going to http://downtownfortcollins.com/dba.php/fortoberfest/



Too School for Cool: Let the Fun Begin

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Aug 202012

Author: Allison LeCain

A Kranz (wreath) of Kölsch beer.

A Kranz (wreath) of Kölsch beer. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hi there! I’m Allison LeCain. I’m very excited to be coming at you with a college humor column this year,
but before you begin to enjoy them I thought I’d tell you some tid-bits about myself. I’ve been writing
for College Avenue since I was a freshman, which has pretty much made writing my life. I’m a senior
journalism major with a business administration minor. When I’m not writing or in class, I enjoy drinking
beer, roasting marshmallows, and spending time with my crazy roommates, (you’ll hear a lot about
them, just wait). Throughout the year I’ll be opening up about a range of topics that hopefully all of you
can relate to. For best results, sit in a comfy chair and wear a fluffy hat while reading all my columns.