Winter 2017
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When Miles and Emory Golson set out to build a homestead, they took the first small step with beauty and efficiency in mind.

By Amanda Faison

How I came to understand Colorado’s favorite new winter sport—and why it’s on the rise.

By Tracy Ross

We all have near misses that haunt us: Lovers. Friends. Opportunities. Former selves. Local author’s honor that which we’ve grasped but cannot hold.

Edited by Cara Mcdonald

Fort Collins Magazine / Winter 2017
{ Fall 2017 }
Riveting reads / Airstream living / why retirees love FoCo / more
By Cara McDonald and Corey Radman
Two CSU professors open their hearts and home to foster children.
By Carrie visintainer
Couture, NoCo-style, comes to Old Town.
by lisa blake
Colorado’s best apres-ski hot springs.
By cara mcdonald
It’s all the rage, but is HIIT healthy or hype?
By andra coberly
Velvet all around, getting hygge, plus
By Lisa blake and cara mcdonald
Red velvet revolution / Pie and community in Laorte / great soups / more.
By shawna jackson van and Lisa Blake
CSU’s Oscar Felix on privilege and the benefits of embracing a diverse student population.
by corey radman
Fort Collins Magazine / Winter 2017
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Letter from the editor
Ihad called the psychic as an act of romantic exasperation. Her name was Carol, and she gave me a host of information, including the pro cyclist that I’d currently had cartoon hearts for was definitely not for me. But, she said, be on the lookout for someone represented by the letter “J.” “I see a J,” Carol said, “and he will change everything.’”

A year later, I’d moved to a pleasant but boring Midwestern city. I was ready to find big romance, a partner with whom I could share my homegrown tomatoes and the Trader Joe’s flyer, someone who liked a decent indie film soundtrack and whose eyes crinkled when he smiled.

I met Joe a few months later. He was a handsome accountant who was taking painting classes, loved to run and had an ebullient Catholic family like mine. We went out several times, laughing until we closed the bar. At last I called and invited him over for dinner. I planned the menu, the music and waited for him to reply, flush with knowing that Carol was so right.

He never called back.

I threw myself on the couch on the evening of the proposed Dinner and So Much More—my whole life, really, a future, with a guy who wore his sleeves crisp and turned up twice, whose mother also love-bombed him with banana bread and questions about how often he’d been to Mass—and I cried bitter, exhausted tears. If not Joe, who? If not now, when?

A month later, I was deleting old voicemails when I heard Joe’s voice. He was sorry to be out of touch. He’d been diagnosed with cancer. He just thought I should know.

Disinterest, a lack of chemistry, these are fatal things. Cancer in the face of love—that was a plot point of a Nicholas Sparks movie. I tiptoed around Joe, baked banana bread, met for platonic brunches and supportive bike rides. After six months of treatment, his doctor gave him a clean bill of health and we celebrated at a black tie event with too much bourbon, after which he told me that, having faced down cancer, he’d never live a lie, and that he’d actually been embarrassingly, painfully divorced, didn’t trust women, would never marry again and I deserved better.

Carol, I thought, presuming she could hear me, what in the ever-loving hell?

Two sleepless days later I got a card from an old friend in Colorado. “We miss you. Come be with your peeps,” it said. I went online that same day, found the perfect job, landed it and moved to Denver. That old friend introduced me to a new one: A shy Czech guy with high cheekbones and bright blue eyes that crinkled when he smiled, a guy who would take a bullet for a friend and never showed up empty handed to dinner, who took my hand while we ice skated, held me in the firelight, and would not—no matter how much I talked, overthought things and freaked out—let me go.

“J” was the one that got away, and good thing. But Carol wasn’t wrong. He was the one that led the way, from misery to clarity and a leap of faith. Knowing what you don’t want ripens the desire of what you do, and calls it to you in the strongest way possible. The Czech and I have been married 10 years this fall, and he has changed everything.

This issue’s feature essay collection is a labor of love, as always, and centered around those things that got away from us and what they leave behind. I hope you enjoy. They are as varied and beautiful as our launched desires, all trailing streams of bright rocket flame as they call to us what’s next.

Cara McDonald, Editor / Fort Collins Magazine /[email protected]
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Plant-Based Play
Tired of stockpiling flimsy (and toxic) plastic trucks for your little digger? Colorado’s own BeginAgain manufactures plant-based durable toys that encourage creative play. Its new John Deere Eco-Rigs are made from bio-plastic created from sugar cane and corn cob, reducing plastic by 30 percent. Tip: These make great snow toys, too! Trucks retail at $24.99.
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Loyalty Battles

In outdoorsy, indie NoCo, will Scheels make its mark?
In Johnstown’s brand new 250,000-square-foot super store, there are 85 “specialty stores” within, all wrapped around a 16,000-gallon aquarium. Oh yeah, and a ferris wheel. It’s like Great Wolf Lodge and Cabela’s had an enormous, really sparkly baby. That sells fudge.

Now that the fanfare is over and the ferris wheel line is shorter, NoCo shoppers are better able to focus on Scheels’ one-word company motto: GEAR.

But Coloradans are a little particular about their gear when it comes to the outdoors, and we wondered how this 250,000-square-foot store will impact the other niche retailers here, particularly in an area as entrepreneurial as NoCo. Bill Wright doesn’t think it will make a big difference. His FoCo shop, The Wright Life, has been a favorite of boarders and disc sport enthusiasts since 1981. Wright says, “We never really felt the impact of [for example] Centerra. As a small specialty store, we rely on our customer service.” Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce president, David May agrees: “Small, locally owned retailers like these don’t just sell stuff,” he says, “they build relationships.”

{ News & Notes }
Choice City
Where to Retire? Here.
A new wave of FoCo residents coming to a ’hood near you.
In our ever-growing list of Choice City accolades, FoCo recently earned a nod from Where to Retire magazine. Editor Annette Fuller says relocating retirees often choose a destination with good walkability. “Many people spend years commuting to jobs in heavy traffic and retirees revel in getting away from that. Foot transportation is healthy, since it increases stamina and reduces pollution and traffic congestion. It is also wonderfully free. We found that [cities like] Fort Collins make walking easy and convenient with inviting downtowns, pedestrian-friendly sidewalks and miles of trails to explore.”

But it’s not just that we’re attractive to them—towns like ours should also consider the benefit of attracting retirees. According to the mag, relocating retirees are healthier, better educated and more affluent than those who choose to not relocate, and they bring significant economic benefits to their new states and hometowns. —C.M.

{ News & Notes }
Making Friends with Death
We asked longtime FoCo Mag contributor Laura Pritchett to share the why and how behind her brand new book, Making Friends with Death about the one thing no one seems to really want to talk about—how to die.
Okay. Death. Why?
“I’ve been convinced I’m about to die since I was a young child, so death has been a lifelong obsession. But it really ramped up about a decade ago, when I was in a lot of pain. A roaring something was taking over my neck and head and eye muscles—diagnoses were plentiful and colorful, but at one point, the cause ceased to matter. It just felt like I was going to die. And I wasn’t ready. I didn’t want to die. I had young children, a writing career that was just taking off, a good life.
I found myself suddenly seeking some wisdoms, and fast. But there was no help. At least, not that I could find that were really practical and applicable. And I hadn’t seen any examples of what felt like “a good death.” I didn’t even know what that would look like for me.
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Envy Ski Frame hopes to change up the boot and binding market in a quest for comfier, warmer feet.
Ever look with envy at snowboarders and their comfy kicks, while you’re staggering in your awkward, pinching ski boots?
Yeah, same here. Newsflash: The new Envy Ski Frame allows skiers to wear snowboard boots to go downhill skiing.

Chris Schroeder and Anthony Orlando, buddies from high school, founded Envy Snow Sports, a Golden, Colorado-based small business, officially launching at the SIA Snow Show in Denver last year.

“We bought some old ski boots and snowboard bindings at Goodwill and started cutting them up in the garage a few years ago,” says Schroeder. “Over time we created about five different prototypes and took them onto the mountain to test.

{ News & Notes }
The Wheel World
A celebration of life in an Airstream trailer.
Attention road schoolers, tiny home afficionados and those of us nursing escape fantasies: a new book, Living the Airstream Life (Harper Design, 2017), documents the stories of those living the dream. With rich photos, history, and compelling personal stories, Karen Flett tells the story of the RV that became a cultural icon and is making a minimalist-living comeback. Here, Flett’s top six reasons for chucking it all for life on the road in a (very) small space:

1. Less maintenance. No mulching, raking, staining, weeding, mowing, planting, trimming, shoveling.

2. Better health. Less need for money equals less stress and more time spent living, not working.

3. Flexibility. Less time tied to the grindstone means you’re free to be spontaneous, chase opportunities.

4. Less debt. No need for a home equity loan to finish off the basement or build that outdoor kitchen. A good RV or tiny home costs a tenth of a traditional mortgage.

5. More time. If you weren’t working long hours and sweating through home maintenance, what else could you be doing?

6. Life simplification. Small spaces mean letting go of clutter—and becoming a seriously conscious consumer of stuff.

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DIY Gifting
Skip the junk stocking stuffers and do this instead.
If strolling Blue Moose Gallery gives you a shot of a little creative inspiration, you’re in luck—it offers classes for the aspiring maker crowd.

So instead of making a frenzied Target run, sign up to watercolor your own holiday cards, make lip balms and lotions, dye a silk scarf or cut and fuse glass to make earrings and pendants.

Class fees run between $30 and $50 and include supplies. —C.M.

{ News & Notes }
cool finds
Gifts for the Campfire Cook
Fab finds for our outdoor-lovin’ loved ones..
Forget the sooty pancakes or stinky propane stoves—Solavore solar oven is a lightweight, fuel-free, planet-friendly way to whip up your camp favorites. The oven’s dark interior, pots and lid absorbs light and transfers energy to heat, which is trapped inside.
Stuff ‘n Mallows solve the quest for perfect s’mores by tucking chocolate chunks inside gourmet ’shmallows, homemade with love in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Denver-made Continental had our hearts when they burst on the scene with a bevy of delish options like their mac ’n’ cheese sausage or smoked elk and pork chipotle sausage with cheddar. But we default to their insanely good beer brats—made with Fat Tire beer.
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Everyday Heros

Home, Grown

Two CSU professors open their hearts and home to foster children, discovering the fulfillment of family.

By Carrie Visintainer
It’s dinnertime on a Wednesday evening, which means it’s go time. Kristy Pabilonia sets her work bag on the kitchen counter and hustles toward the stove, pulling on oven mitts over the sleeves of her blue blouse. Her husband, Brendan Podell, stirs a salad in a huge bowl, while directing a preteen boy in a green T-shirt to pour six glasses of milk. A couple of younger children place napkins and silverware on the big wooden table, giggling at a shared joke. “Mom, I think we’re out of ketchup!” shouts a fourth child, an 11-year-old girl with a curly ponytail and sparkling eyes, who’s peering the inside the fridge.
“That can’t be. I just went to Costco,” says Pabilonia with a lighthearted shrug.
“Ohhh, there it is,” says the girl, reaching inside the fridge and holding up a red 44-ounce bottle triumphantly.
Eventually, everyone’s seated at the table, eating and sharing conversation.
Pabilonia and Podell, both veterinarians and full-time employees at Colorado State University, talk a bit about their days in their respective labs while listening to school stories from the kids. During a rare silence, both parents sit back and smile, exchanging a knowing look, acknowledging how grateful they are to have nurtured family in this way: through foster care.
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High Fashion in Real Life

Tula rolls out its red-carpet-worthy Elizabeth line.  


There’s an intimate space between a woman and her wardrobe. And that’s where Tula thrives. Kate Hannah’s sophisticated Old Town boutique elevates the retail experience with cutting-edge styles and evolving designer collections direct from New York and Los Angeles.
Hannah, 41, launched the designer boutique 15 years ago, earning a loyal fashion-forward following with Tula’s elite customer service, in-store and in-home personalized styling and, most recently, a collaborative luxury label called Elizabeth.
The maiden collection launched in April 2017, featuring hand-beaded gowns, silk charmeuse tops, slip dresses and tulle wrap skirts crafted in Fort Collins by Hannah and Colorado wedding dress designer Anabella Poletti. The two met by happenstance around their neighborhood, sparked an instant friendship and launched their handcrafted clothing line shortly after.

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{ Travel & Adventure }

Mountain intel

Snowy Apres-ski Soaks

Colorado is home to scores of natural hot springs—and plenty are tucked in the mountains where we love to play. Here are our top picks for winter dips after a day on the slopes.


Strawberry Hot Springs

Strawberry Park Springs,
Steamboat Springs

In winter, you’ve got to be prepared with 4WD and/or chains to make the 20-minute trek from Steamboat Springs into the mountains to Strawberry Park Springs, but oh, the payoff when you arrive. In recent years, the springs have been beautifully developed, morphing from an off-the-grid ski-in experience for hearty locals to a true destination—the pools and facilities are carved into a hillside with gorgeous stone-masonry and tiny Hobbit-house-like structures home to spa treatments and changing rooms. Pools are large and run from pleasant for swimming to almost unbearably hot, depending on location. For setting and get-away-from-it-all factor, these are the springs to beat.

Hot Sulphur Springs Resort & Spa,
Hot Sulphur Springs

Legs shredded from Mary Jane’s bumps? Winter Park–area skiers head to Hot Sulphur Springs to soothe tired muscles, reviving in one of the 21 pools fed by seven different volcanic springs.

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{ Health & Wellness }
Workout trends
High-intensity interval training is everywhere. But is HIIT all hype?
THE “ORANGE” IN Orangetheory is not in reference to the persimmon-hued lighting or the rowing machines or the lines of bright water bottles in the lobby of the Fort Collins fitness studio.

True, all those things are Crayola orange at the newest, trendiest exercise spot in town. But the fast-growing chain is actually named after the orange zone—when you work out at 84 to 91 percent of your maximum heart rate. That is to say, it’s when you push your body nearly to its limit.

Reaching this zone for a more than 12 minutes during an hour-long Orangetheory workout compels the body to burn calories 24 to 36 hours after the workout, giving their sweat-soaked, Lycra-covered, heart rate-monitor-wearing participants a bigger burn for their considerable effort.

“You might see a longer block on treadmills or bikes or the water rowers,” says Kylie Chrisman, manager at the Fort Collins Orangetheory studio, describing what a workout might look like. However, they keep their daily workouts secret until participants arrive. “And then they may switch to weights with longer reps and lower weight. It’s like circuit training, bringing the heart rate up and down.”

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{ How We Live and Grow }
COLORADO WINTERS BECKON us inside and nearer to the things we hold dear—family, the season’s culinary comforts and the coziest of cuddle-up corners in our homes. The Mongolian Natural Sullivan Ottoman from HW Home will complement and fill your favorite space with warmth and texture while providing that necessary ancillary seating for holiday gatherings. Pull this plush, sophisticated darling up and nestle into the soft wool top. Four tapered legs offer a sturdy rest area and the light, airy design is a natural conversation spark. $795, — Lisa Blake
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{ Home & Garden }
Velvet Touch
The ultra soft, fit-for-a-king fabric is wrapping its lovely luxe self around everything
Velvety viscose and smooth silk achieves rich dimension in these Shadow Dyed Velvet Pillow Covers. $49,
Clean lines hug light velvet upholstery and a shimmering metallic frame on this Walden Modern Tufted Arm Chair. $483,
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Getting Hygge with It
Easy tips for tapping the Nordic notion of cozy.
Most of us by now have heard the Nordic phenomenon “hygge” (pronounced HOO-ga), a Danish word expressing the feeling of cozy intimacy and simple pleasures. But it’s not all book-and-a-coffee-in-a-cabin snuggling. Hygge can be taking time to share a pastry and catch up with a friend, baking with your kids, setting mood lighting in a too-bright room, hosting dinner for friends—it’s about cultivating an eye and making time for connection and soul-satisfying pleasures.

Here’s a cheat sheet for creating “hyggelig” settings and moments in your home and personal life.

· Texture: Nubby, fuzzy, soft, heavy, time-worn. Think popcorn-stitch knits, flannel, an old leather chair.
· Color: Warm, unexpected, joyful, surprising. Like sunny orange or deep cranberry.
· Light: Twinkling, glowing, soft. Seek firelight, paper lanterns, tea lights, strands of twinkle lights, beeswax candles.
· Food: Hot, comforting, sweet, filling, nourishing. Try bread puddings, pots of soup, aged cheeses, ripe fruit.
· Relationships: Nurturing, attentive, joyous, charming. Make time for informal gatherings, game nights, cuddling with a partner, a stroll with a pet.

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When Miles and Emery Golson set out to build a homestead, they took the first small step with beauty and efficiency in mind.
By Amanda M. Faison
It took a handful of visits to the sprawling 35–acre plot north of Fort Collins before Miles and Emery Golson noticed the address: Gratitude Road. “It was an epiphany. It just fits with our mentality,” Miles, a marketing consultant with a focus on sustainability, says. The young couple (Miles is 29 and Emery is 27) jumped at the chance and, along with Fort Collins’ HighCraft Builders, began dreaming up a house befitting the pastoral backdrop. The final result is a modern-day homestead with room to grow.

The farm—christened Shady Grove Farms for the Golsons’ favorite spot on the property—is more than just a home, it’s central to their passion: food, and food as medicine. “We’re passionate about healthcare and nutrition and we love the idea of growing our own food,” Miles says. Emery is trained in herbal medicine. Of the 35 acres, they plan to plant about two, run chickens and goats and eventually a couple cows, and leave the rest wild. The couple, who originally hail from Kansas City, will harvest what they need and donate the rest or sell it from a farm stand. Emery also conducts herbal medicine classes on the land.

was supposed to be the most challenging adventure of my life: fly to Alaska, pick up a Specialized Fat Boy bike and ride 100 kilometers through sub-zero wilderness on a portion of the world-famous 1,000-mile Iditarod Sled Dog route.

What could possibly go wrong? I’d long known of the race—and of fat bikes. I lived in Alaska on and off for a few years in the mid- to late-1990s. For some of those years, I was in Fairbanks, dog-mushing capital of the world. It was dark and frigid for several winter months. Moose gnawed on willow in main street front yards. Car exhaust, thick with the cold, hung in clouds it seemed you could eat. But local riders, some of the most diehard I would ever meet, tweaked their bikes with ingenious Nordic-ski-and-winter-mountaineering-inspired adaptations and rode all winter long despite the cold and the exhaust and the propensity for cycling to frostbite—or freeze—every millimeter of exposed skin.

We all have near misses that haunt us:
Lovers. Friends. Opportunities. Former selves. This year’s essay collection by local authors honors that which we’ve grasped but cannot hold.
Edited by Cara McDonald
Every time she disappears, I sift through the madness for remnants of my mother.
By Shawna Jackson Van
On my 33rd birthday, my mother sent me a manila envelope full of cards I’d given her over the years. “Happy Mother’s Day, Mommy!” proclaims one. My three-year-old self signed it with block-ish nonsensical letters on the inside. Another is a list, sent to “Santa Clouse” when I was five years old. I used my blue sneaker stationary when I was 11 to plead for a chance to wear pantyhose to a relative’s birthday party.

On my 40th birthday, my mother mailed a registered letter accusing my sister of robbing her house when she was out of the country and me of knowing. I was told to “pick a side.” This was followed two days later by a dishwasher-sized box full of pages torn from photo albums, my baby book, old newspapers, my children’s letters to her—and, inexplicably, two coffee mugs and a $100 bill. “Happy birthday,” she wrote on a piece of torn spiral notebook paper, “I’ll always love you.”

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{ News, Brews, Delicious Discoveries }
THERE ARE TWO kinds of people in the world: cake people and frosting people. I am a frosting person who is rarely impressed by cake. But what if there was a place that made cakes and frosting so scrumptious that everyone was satisfied? Cue the red velvet bundt from the sweet little bakeshop chain Nothing Bundt Cakes. A Southern classic, this cake is not only celebratory-looking and a cheerful, holiday red, but it’s actually delicious. Flash and flavor? Yes, please. Real butter and buttermilk make for a rich batter dotted with semi-sweet chocolate chips to enhance the cocoa base. I would eat this cake without the frosting, it’s that good. But the frosting? Cream cheese heaven so delightful you might want to close your eyes and sigh. Whether you’re serving a crowd or looking for a little treat just because, Nothing Bundt Cake bakes a variety of sizes. Not a chocolate fan? Try the classic vanilla or carrot cake. 3300 S. College Ave., Suite 180, 970-229-6161, — SHAWNA JACKSON VAN
{ Food & Drink }
Me Oh My Coffee and Pie
Laporte baker Caitlin Philp serves up scrumptious fare, along with a healthy side of community.
IF YOU STOP at Me Oh My Coffee and Pie in Laporte at lunchtime to grab a quick sandwich, you may get a little caught up. First, there’s the menu. Among the list of myriad from-scratch offerings, there’s a La Ham sandwich, piled with meat and smoked provolone, topped with lettuce and a dollop of mustard. Then there’s the soup of the day, a hearty meatball. And it’s impossible to ignore the lamb pot pie and the Mediterranean croissant, and several breakfast items which are served all day, including biscuits and gravy, and quiche. But this is only the beginning. There’s also a case of beautifully displayed desserts, everything from lemon bars to cinnamon rolls to a rich Noosa coffee cake. And pie: choices like pumpkin, apple and pecan.

Once your order is placed, there’s no reason to pull out your phone to cure boredom. Adjacent to the café is a space selling items created by local makers: soaps and lotion bars and greeting cards. There are vegetables harvested from nearby farms. A cooler with fresh flowers. And then, you may suddenly spot an acquaintance sipping coffee at a table in the corner, or your neighbor and his toddler drawing on the chalkboard in the family area. And wait, is that a local knitting club meeting at the big table? Are the people near the knitters eating lunch and tying flies? Before you know it, you’re late for whatever’s next in your life, provided you have to be somewhere. Where was that, anyway?

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{ Food & Drink }
Super Bowls
Five great soups for the season.
1. Spoons, Soups and Salads
Soup Pick: 90 Shilling green chile cheddar
Fort Collins’ grab-n-go (or stay) local chain has earned a loyal following with its Colorado-inspired soups such as the green chile cheddar made with generous pours of Odell Brewing’s 90 Shilling Ale. Six FoCo locations serve 10 homemade soups, seven hand-tossed salads and 11 savory sandwiches every day but Sunday. The prices are low, frills are nil and soups are rich with regionally grown produce.
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2. B&B’s Pickle Barrel
Soup Pick: French onion
The Barrel is the Cheers of campus pubs—almost everyone is a regular and they’ll make a point of remembering your name. Crisp winter days beg for a crock of the institution’s French onion soup and a pint of whatever’s on tap from New Belgium’s seasonal lineup. Enjoy your meal on a barstool with the hockey game on—in true Pickle Barrel fashion.
122 W. Laurel St., 970-484-0235

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Going Big
In winter, two things are inevitable: colder temperatures and heartier beers.
WHEN THE SUMMER HEAT settles in and the sun blazes, you do what any beer-loving American does: You procure a light, citrusy, cold-as-possible beverage and you drink. And then you drink a couple more.

That’s the simple joy of summer beer.

But what happens when the air chills and the snow falls, when the summer seasonals dry up and sessionable beers become unfashionable?

Come winter, phrases like “bourbon barrel aged” and “imperial IPA” and “double stout” along with double-digit alcohol-by-volume levels can make you feel a little intimidated as you take a sip of a 13 percent imperial stout. But winter is the perfect time to savor the complexity, embrace the heaviness and enjoy flavors that come with high alcohol beers — even if they are not your drink of choice.

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{ 5 Minutes With… }
Meet CSU’s Associate Vice President for Diversity.
OSCAR FELIX SPENT the first part of his career encouraging potential first-generation college students to aim for college. Now, he’s committed to ensuring that once they come, diverse students at CSU are welcome, valued and affirmed.

What is privilege?
Let me [explain] first through the lens of a privilege that I do have, and then one I don’t have. As a man, I do hold a privilege in this city. [As a younger man], it was completely taken for granted until I heard women who talked about not feeling safe at night.

After the election last November, I no longer felt safe in Fort Collins. I no longer felt safe in the city that I had always felt safe in. So as a male, I feel safe. As a Latino, I no longer felt safe. Those things together really slapped me in the face about what privilege looks like and what privilege doesn’t look like.

My definition: Privilege is not having to constantly spend energy making sense of what others take for granted.

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