If there's a surefire way to bring a Colorado town together, it's with craft brews and music.
That's the plan for Truth in Brewing in Broomfield, where Microbrew Maps is bringing local breweries and bands on the first Saturday of every month. From July to October, The Old Man on W. 120th Avenue will host bands like the Jeff Brinkman Band, Policulture and Blue Krewe while serving up their barbecue and drinks. Local home brewers will be around to share their beer along with Oskar Blues, Big Choice, UpSlope, Twisted Pine, Asher Brewing Co. and 303 Vodka.
"We kind of wanted to promote community in Broomfield because there isn't really anything along these lines, as far as a beer fest or music fest," co-founder and operations director Nathan Manning said. "We're kind of regulars at The Old Man bar. It's kind of Broomfield's version of Cheers. The wait staff knows not just your name, but what kind of beer you drink."
The beer tasting runs from 2 to 5 p.m. for the price of a $40 ticket. Once that's over, everyone and anyone, including non-ticket holders, can continue the party at The Old Man, where the music will be coming live from the backyard. The bar isn't very big on the inside, but out back there are fire pits, picnic tables and another bar. Kristy Mulvania, a bartender there, says there's plenty of room for a band and 200 people.
"I'm excited. This is the first huge event we've had back here with live music and beer vendors and bringing in our neighbors to serve their product," Mulvania said.
If the cost of a ticket seems steep, consider this: Proceeds are going to the Progressive Health Center, a non-profit integrative healthcare center in Englewood, and Love Hope Strength, a cancer charity that's also supported by singer/songwriter Jeff Brinkman. The latter will be taking cheek swabs at Truth in Brewing to add people to a bone marrow donor list.
And there's one more important partnership: Yellow Cab. After a day and evening of beer, Truth in Brewing wants to make sure revelers get home safe. Manning said they'll be doling out promos, which should encourage locals to grab a cab, and also hopefully encourage visitors from other cities on the 36 corridor.
This Saturday, the festivities kick off with Brinkman and Policulture, a Boulder-based reggae band that formed out of CU-Boulder.
"We are really looking forward to being a part of the Truth in Brewing Festival as it grows," Brinkman said. "As well as sharing the stage with a host of great Colorado bands."
Darren Thornberry contributed to this report.