Hiking and beer. Pilates and beer. Macaroni and cheese and beer. These are some of my favorite beer pairings this time of year (though mac and cheese with beer is more of a year-round delight). But there is one more pairing that I just can’t get enough of when the patios are open and corn hole is on the yard. That is live music and beer, particularly a little jazz, folk-rock, and bluegrass. Well, lucky for me and for you, Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery has a live band lined up for every Sunday night this summer as well as Monday nights at their Southern Sun location and Wednesday night open bluegrass pickin’ at Longs Peak Pub and Taphouse.

This Sunday June 11th at Mountain Sun will be Amoramora, a rock and jazz fusion band from Boulder. Recommended pairing would be the XXX Pale Ale, described on the Mountain Sun menu as being “chock full of extra goodness.” Bets on whether the combo will be too much goodness? That’s a risk I’m willing to take!

Following this act, Southern Sun will host Arthur Lee Land Trio, an eclectic group that is best described as “Electro-Americana”. The Colorado Kind ale seems an apt pair for this one. It features as a bitter yet balanced amber and is also known as “the dank.” The balance in the beer ought to compliment the expertly blended folk-rock, AfroGrass, and electronica.

And then for the weekly open bluegrass at Longs Peak Pub. Since this event isn’t a summer exclusive and the vibe of the night will change Wednesday to Wednesday, it’s a lot harder to choose a brew in advance. The Quinn’s Golden Ale is always a great, light summer fall-back though!

The live music calendar for the rest of the summer is available on the Mountain Sun website, complete with band descriptions and additional events!



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