Few business owners can look back on their first year and think they did everything imaginable in all the right ways, all while retaining that “sky’s-the-limit” mentality.
The folks at High Hops Brewery have proven they belong in a class of their own, especially as the brewery prepares for its one-year anniversary this weekend.
Beginning at 4:30 p.m. Friday, live music will take over the stage and last long into the evening. The often-packed parking lot will likely be a little busier as people pack the patio for special beer releases, door prizes and giveaways. The action will continue Saturday beginning at 1 p.m., and organizers are looking to ride the supportive wave from the community as the business enters its second year of brewing.
Plus, they’re donating $1`from every pint of beer to the Weld Food Bank benefiting area flood victims.
“There’s just so much going on,” said Danielle Hastings, High Hops’ self-proclaimed Beer Maiden of Marketing. “Every day there’s something new and exciting that’s happening. In some ways we’re new, but in some ways we’ve been here for 25 years. It’s kind of fun just to see the progress of how things have evolved.”
The brewery joined a string of successful businesses on the property last October. Pat and Amanda Weakland have owned the Windsor Gardener for decades and have slowly expanded their brand to include a home brewing shop and their hop farm, which has earned them praise nationally.
Just last week, the brewery was named one of the top farm-to-pint breweries in the nation by FarmFlavor.com. The brewery’s diverse 2-acre hop field was lauded, as were its plans to expand and include Lemon Verbena, raspberries and strawberries. The brewery was also showcased at this weekend’s Great American Beer Festival in Denver and has raked in awards almost monthly, earning praise at the Budweiser Events Center and breweries across northern Colorado — all in just its first year.
“I think it really just kind of reinforces that we are on the right track and we are taking great strides, even in just a year,” Hastings said. “Look at all we’ve done. What could we possibly do in the future?”