Warmer temperatures finally brought us a rainstorm instead of snow and that makes me think summer must be right around the corner. And what does summer bring with it? The chance to get outside for long day hikes, rides, climbs, and camping trips. Now, I know that some people are into snowshoeing or cross-country skiing into the mountains and bearing the low temperatures for winter camping trips but I am not one of those people. Summer is my season and I don’t consider a camping trip complete without a small growler of seasonal craft beer to wash down a mediocre freeze-dried meal.

Luckily for me (and for you, dear reader), the crowler has made its entrance on the Colorado microbrew scene and Wild Woods Brewery has joined the growing list of breweries offering them. For those unfamiliar with the new trend, “crowler” is a made up word from the craft beer community combining “can” and “growler”. Just $8 for 32oz of their year-round beers, Wild Woods recently added the recyclable camp can, as they call it, as an alternative to the growler. With every beer “inspired by the outdoors,” it’s the obvious choice for enjoying a beer in the mountains.

And that’s not all they have up their sleeves. This week alone, Wild Woods has tapped six, that’s right, six new beers. Four for their “Shorter Nights, Lager Days” event happening all month long. Each week, they will be tapping new beers that have been brewed in the lager style.

This is in addition to the weekly new beer that they tap each Thursday. This week, it was their Colorado Kellerbier, a casked beer with low carbonation. The head brewer says this is the most authentic Kellerbier he has ever made, which has me pretty excited to try it out.

Finally, who could forget that tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo? To celebrate, Wild Woods is tapping an Agave Lime Mexican Lager and will have the Knock on Wood Smokehouse foot truck their to feed their patrons delicious ribs.

So, go ahead. Hang out at the brewery for a brew or two before filling up a crowler and getting outside!



Krista is a native of Nebraska who left all that corn behind for the Rocky Mountain lifestyle. She graduated from the University of Denver with BAs in English and Anthropology and is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing from CU. In the ceaseless search for inspiration, her passions for writing and culture led her to another great love: Colorado microbreweries. When she’s not trying the new IPA on tap, Krista can be found hiking Chautauqua, running the Boulder Creek Path, or curled up with a good book