The Buzz

Style your autumn vibes with views, brews, activism, and Neil Young tunes.

Stories Robyn Griggs Lawrence and Stephanie Wilson
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  • This fall is living up to the promise of the state’s welcome sign. Read
  • Neil Young and Crazy Horse recorded Colorado, their first album in seven years, over 11 days and nights in a studio near Telluride. Read
  • Summer’s over, but Colorado hard seltzers are here to stay. Read
  • Party with a purpose at Moulin Rouge in Broomfeild. Read

Colorful Colorado

This fall is living up to the promise of the state’s welcome sign.

The epic winter of 2019 just keeps on giving. All that snow melted into a wet spring, and then steady summer rains added to the abundant moisture—all adding up to make one of the most brilliant fall spectacles Colorado has seen in years. The leaf-viewing is great along all the Front Range’s classic looky-loo drives, but here’s a handful of our fall favorites. To find more, visit codot.gov/travel/scenic-byways.

Trail Ridge Road (US 34)

Winding well above tree line through Rocky Mountain National Park from Estes Park to Grand Lake, the highest continuous paved road in North America climbs above 11,000 feet for 8 miles and peaks at 12,183 feet. The road closes for the season on October 14 and temporarily for snow.

Guanella Pass Scenic and Historic Byway

This old wagon route for miners rambles along County Road 381 from historic Georgetown to Grant passing 14,060-foot Mount Bierstadt along the way. The newly paved road along the South Platte River is peppered with pockets of quaking golden aspen. The road closes for the season in November and temporarily for snow.

Cache la Poudre Scenic Byway (CO 14)

The drive through the rugged Cache la Poudre River Canyon takes you through Roosevelt National Forest and over Cameron Pass, with shimmering views of the Medicine Bow, Never Summer, and Rabbit Ears ranges.

Peak-to-Peak Highway

Acre upon acre of brilliant yellow aspens make this three-hour drive from Estes Park down through Clear Creek Canyon—Colorado’s oldest scenic byway—a favorite for locals and tourists alike. You’re sure to see elk.–Robyn Griggs Lawrence


Old Guys, Young Souls

Neil Young and Crazy Horse recorded Colorado, their first album in seven years, over 11 days and nights in a studio near Telluride.

Neil Young and Crazy Horse haven’t rocked Red Rocks since 2012, but fans needn’t worry—the legendary singer/songwriter and his roots band haven’t burned out or faded away. Young and Crazy Horse (bassist Billy Talbot, drummer Ralph Molina, and guitarist Nils Lofgren, replacing Frank “Poncho” Sampedro) were back together again last April to record Colorado, their first LP since 2012’s Psychedelic Pill, during an intense session near Telluride. An advance track, “Milky Way,” is already streaming.

“It’s old guys,” Young wrote on his blog at on NeilYoungArchives.com. “Old guys still alive in young souls and the music they make together.” He also called Colorado “one of the most diverse albums I have ever made.”

Young and the band hauled their 1970s analog equipment up to Studio in the Clouds, a mesa-top facility in the San Juans, and played for 11 days and nights straight to record the 11-track album. Mountaintop Sessions, a documentary about making Colorado, will be released alongside the album. “You will see the whole process just as it went down!” Young wrote “Warts and all! I don’t think a film about this subject with the openness and intensity we have captured has ever been seen.”

Colorado is available in high-resolution audio through NeilYoungArchives.com. (Young’s just-released book, To Feel the Music: A Songwriters Mission to Save High-Quality Audio, chronicles his passion for bringing back the old-school sound.) A vinyl double album with a bonus 7-inch single with two additional tracks is available for $45; CDs are $19.

Young and Crazy Horse won’t be touring for the rest of 2019, but fans should consider a Red Rocks show in 2020 a very real possibility.


Get Declawed

Summer’s over, but Colorado hard seltzers are here to stay.

Photo: Jonathan Castner

You wouldn’t drink a Bud Light if a Fat Tire were available, and you’ll always choose Boulder-brewed Rowdy Mermaid over market leader GT’s kombucha. But if you’re like most of the country, you’ve been settling for the Hacky Sack of hard seltzers (completely ironically, we know) when local alcohol waters have been right there all along. Savvy beer and spirits brewers in Colorado saw the Summer of the Claw coming—and though they haven’t been able to touch White Claw’s meme power or market share, they’ve created some pretty tasty seltzers.

This summer, the owners of Grand Lake Brewing Tavern started brewing seltzer instead of beer and turned their 17-year-old tavern in Olde Town Arvada into what they claim is the country’s first seltzer taproom, Elvtd at 5280, where you can taste flavors like blueberry, cucumber, acai, and tangelo. Taprooms across the state such as Verboten Brewing & Barrel Project in Loveland and Soul Squared Brewing in Fort Collins are featuring hard seltzer taps with rotating flavors.

Other local favorites include:

Upslope Spiked Snow Melt: juniper and lime, pomegranate and acai, tangerine and hops
Oskar Blues Wild Basin: classic lime, cucumber peach, melon basil, lemon agave hibiscus
Denver Beer O&A: black cherry, lime
Epic Brewing Pakka: lemon-lime, black cherry
Odell Zest: lemon-lime, Eddy Mule (ginger and lime)


Moulin Rouge in Broomfield

Party with a purpose.

Sponsored by a power trio of female-led cannabis businesses, A Night at the Cabaret will be an evening of magic and wonderment carefully paired with cannabis to benefit Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains on Thursday, October 17, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Chateaux at Fox Meadows in Broomfield. The interactive event for more than 350 of the industry’s leaders and influencers, sponsored by Mason Jar Event Group, Irie Weddings & Events, and Cannabis Doing Good, will feature fire dancers, magicians, treats from culinary and cocktail artists, and cannabis goodies.

“Planned Parenthood is an organization that has suffered from lack of funding, especially now in our current political landscape,” says Mason Jar founder Kendal Norris. “This event gives the cannabis industry the opportunity to come to the aid of an organization that is about community, wellness, and reproductive health. Who can’t get behind that?”

During the event, the first-ever Cannabis Doing Good Awards will be handed out to business leaders who go above and beyond to champion community outreach, sustainability, and equity. We can get behind that.

To learn more or purchase tickets, email cdggala@gmail.com.


Be Aware

One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. The world is awash in pink ribbons right now—tiny reminders to book a mammogram everywhere you look. Book one. Now.
October 13 is Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day. It’s also my mom’s birthday. She would have been 72 this year, but…metastatic breast cancer has no cure. It’s fatal, 100 percent of the time. If you’re donating, marching, or buying pink-tinged products this month, do a little research to ensure your efforts go to organizations funding research for a cure, not just paying for awareness/ad campaigns. Or just donate to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (bsrf.org), knowing your contributions will be well spent.

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