Beers and Bands

by  CiCi Sharstrom
If you’re heading out to FoCoMX this month, chances are your schedule will revolve around which artists you want to see the most. But, perhaps you’re just looking for a good venue where you can camp out and let the music come to you. Sure, all the venues in Fort Collins are good, but does anything quite top a concert at a brewery? In FoCo, you have to celebrate music with beer, so here’s your brewery concert schedule.


Michael Kirkpatrick kicks of MX on Friday afternoon at 3:30. After a long work week, a cold brew on a Friday afternoon with the folksy sounds of this artist sounds just about perfect. If you stick around at Equinox, you’ll also see Brian Johanson, Adam Thomas Brown, Dechen Hawk’s Jus Sayin, Many Mountains and The Dead Jam House Band.
On Saturday, Keys & D’s kicks off with meshed-genre alternative beats, and will be followed up by John Magnie. Eryn DeSomer, Dead Drifters, The Railsplitters and New Ben Franklins finish out the night. That’s a lot of bands, which means a lot of time for a lot of beer. Some Equinox essentials include Night Ryder, Sunrise Golden Ale, The Hefeweizen and Eclipse Brown.

Odell Brewing:

The Wendy Woo Band and Young Ancients play Odell Brewing on Friday beginning at 3:45. Not only a great place to see a concert, Odell’s brews are perfect for music festivals. A classic stand-by perfect for spring is Easy Street Wheat, but Runoff Red IPA is back and best on tap. Saturday will see a trio of artists including Peculiar Patriots, Write Minded, and 12 Cents for Marvin. What’s a good Reggae beer? I’m thinking St. Lupulin.

 Pateros Creek

The fun starts at Pateros at 6:45 on Friday with Wild Wombat. SF1 plays after, and Kind Dub will be spitting lyrics and spinning beats at 9:15. Spellbinder & Roots Massive finish up with Thin Air Crew. On Saturday you can catch ZARO at 3, followed by Dee Tyler, Robert Wilson Blues Band, Chaotic Serenity, Lion Drome, Devon Parker Band, Dearling, and Better than Bacon.
Which brews will you choose? If your tastes are on the lighter side, try the Old Town Ale. Like it dark and sinful? Go with the Cache la Porter. Want something fun? Try the Riverside Passion. It has notes of coconut and passion fruit. It’s never too early for summer, especially with all the great music you’ll be seeing!
Enjoy, be responsible, and get your Colorado Music Pride on!

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