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Colorado gets readers’ nod for beer tours

Readers of USA Today have cast their votes for the top 10 brewery tours in the nation. In Colorado, New Belgium Brewing Co. in Fort Collins, birthplace of Fat Tire, landed in a respectable third place, while Oskar Blues Brewery in Longmont came in seventh.

Here’s what USA Today said:

“With thousands of breweries in the USA, selection by our panel of beer experts for inclusion in the contest was an honor in itself, and being voted by USA Today readers into the top 10 is certainly worth bragging about.”

The full list of winners in the Best Brewery Tour contest category for Readers’ Choice, plus readers comments, is online at www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-brewery-tour/.

Real estate looking bright

Real estate investors wanting to keep their money in Colorado should look no farther than Denver, thanks to the millennials, the upcoming real estate generation, which is predicted to dictate market trends for decades to come, according to a story in U.S. News & World Report.

The story said, “In a report released October 2014, entitled ’15 Economic Facts About Millennials,’ released by the White House, the President’s Council of Economic Advisers noted that the millennial generation, which accounted for one-third of the U.S. population in 2013, will shape the nation’s economy ‘for decades to come.'”

“Out of the top 100 metropolitan areas analyzed by the National Association of Realtors, 10 markets stood out as projected to gain or to witness an increase in millennial homebuying in the upcoming year. Those metropolitan areas are: Austin, Texas; Dallas; Denver; Des Moines, Iowa; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Minneapolis; New Orleans; Ogden, Utah; Salt Lake City; and Seattle.”

Read the entire story at money.usnews.com/money/blogs/the-smarter-mutual-fund-investor/2014/12/01/10-us-real-estate-markets-investors-should-watch.

Wheat Ridge gets grooming shop

Wheat Ridge’s newest pet grooming service, Muddy Paws Bath House, celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a pet-themed art show to raise money for a local shelter on Dec. 6.

Muddy Paws offers full- and self-service pet washing and grooming. After six years in business, the shop relocated from its previous home in Denver to a bigger location at 4332 Harlan St. in Wheat Ridge.

The new building provides owner Zia Meranto with more room and additional parking for her customers. The larger facility includes a walk-in tub to accommodate large or older dogs. Donations from the fundraiser go to Max Fund Adoption mobile. Muddy Paws will have a gallery full of pet-related art for sale for the whole month, a photo booth, refreshments and a pet adoption mobile vehicle from Max Fund.

Norm Clarke nabs award

The Denver Press Club board has named famed gossip columnist and reporter Norm Clarke as the recipient of the 21st Annual Damon Runyon Award.

Clarke will accept the award at a banquet in his honor on April 24 at the Denver Marriott City Center. Social hour begins at 6 p.m. and the dinner starts at 7.

Clarke is the man to read in Las Vegas, as he covers all the hot news about entertainers, hotels, casinos and big shots that make Las Vegas such a dynamic city.

The Montana native started his journalism career as a sportswriter and later joined The Associated Press in Cincinnati. He was AP’s coordinator of coverage for the Los Angeles Summer Olympics in 1984. He joined the Rocky Mountain News in 1984 and broke the story that Denver and Miami were being awarded National League expansion franchises. In 1978, Clarke was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, along with the news team he headed, for coverage of the Willow Island disaster, when a cooling tower under construction at a West Virginia power station collapsed and killed 51 workers.

After 15 years at the Rocky Mountain News, Clarke took his man-about-town column to the Las Vegas Review-Journal in 1999.

Tickets cost $ 115 each and can be purchased online at www.blacktie-colorado.com. Tickets cost $ 90 each for members of the Denver Press Club, Denver Woman’s Press Club, Colorado Press Women, the Colorado chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, the Colorado Association of Black Journalists and the Colorado chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.

‘Dining Deck’ available

The EatDenver Dining Deck is the gift that gives all year long, with 52 $ 10 gift cards – a $ 520 value for $ 50 – redeemable at select EatDenver restaurants throughout 2015.

Dining Deck participants include EatDenver members Steuben’s, Duo, Linger, Mizuna, Tables and more. Dining Decks are available at Tattered Cover stores or online at www.eatdenver.com.


Eavesdropping on a man having a beer at the 12 Volt Tavern in Olde Town Arvada: “You know you’re in a dive bar when they don’t ask you if you want a menu.”

Penny Parker’s “Mile High Life” column gives insights into the best events, restaurants, businesses, parties and people throughout the metro area. Parker also writes for Blacktie-Colorado.com. You can subscribe and read her columns (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) at www.blacktie-colorado.com/pennyparker. She can be reached at [email protected] or at 303-619-5209.



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