Avenue flashes

A roll, around Golden, in the hay

Column by John Akal
Posted 9/25/18

Hey there. No, wait … I mean hay there. No, that can’t be right, or can it? Hey? Hay? This is the kind of thing that makes learning the English language a little bit harder for folks from other …

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Avenue flashes

A roll, around Golden, in the hay


Hey there.

No, wait … I mean hay there.

No, that can’t be right, or can it? Hey? Hay?

This is the kind of thing that makes learning the English language a little bit harder for folks from other countries. The same word is spelled a couple of different ways and means totally different things depending on how it’s spelled. It wouldn’t be so bad if there were only a few things that worked that way but our language is filled with little oddities like that in almost every conversation.

Well, today I’m going to use that particular example in the same sentence. Hey there, there’s a hay ride happening in Golden this weekend. Do you know what’s scary about that? Almost all of you understand what I just said without giving it any thought at all. I’m sure there is some extensive and expensive psychological study out there that can explain how we do that, but most of us really don’t care. I think it’s something like how an outfielder knows whether to run backwards or forwards just by hearing the crack of a baseball bat before they get a chance to see the ball’s trajectory. Meanwhile, back to the hay ride.

So, it’s finally officially fall and it’s one of the season’s traditions to include a hayride somewhere. Usually they are something for kids on a quaint farm that also has a pumpkin patch and a crazy corn maze. But the one I’m talking about is actually one for adults and will be circling around downtown Golden.

The full name of this event is the Golden Hayride and Beer Tour 2018. Yeah, now I got your attention, huh? It’s going to be happening on several Friday’s coming up as well as one Saturday. The Fridays will be Sept.28, Oct. 5 and 12. The one Saturday will be on Oct. 6. It leaves at 6 p.m. and circles around town stopping at several of Golden’s finest pubs, bars and restaurants.

Basically, at 6 p.m. everyone shows up for a meet and greet at Colorado Plus 49 Cidery & Pub located at 1100 Arapahoe Street for the first beer sample and an appetizer. Then at about 6:30 p.m. you get on the hay wagon (OK, it’s actually a flatbed truck with hay bails) and it makes stops at the Golden City Brewery, New Terrain Brewing Co., Goosetown Event Center (this stop will include a sample from Holidaily Brewing Company and a wine sample from OneHope Wine), Jolynn’s Food and Spirits and Barrels and Bottles Brewery. It concludes at about 9:30 p.m. with a drop-off at Miner’s Saloon and Old Capitol Grill with your choice of going to either place for your final beer sample.

Your $40 ticket gets you a souvenir cup for a sample beer at each stop, a cupcake from Gold Mine Cupcakes, and appetizers at several stops. You are going to need to make a reservation and buy your tickets in advance and can do so by going to www.eventbrite.com or by calling (303) 277-9222.

A couple of things to note. This is an “adult” event, not a family ride and is open to people 21 years of age and over. They also care about your safety and ask that you have a designated driver or other safe mode of transportation home. Keep your ride share apps handy for this one.

So, as they say, “Sample beers with your buds at Golden’s finest pubs.” This looks like a real hoot.

As long as we are talking about beer…

A group of Golden neighbors has purchased the historic Golden Mill building at 1012 Ford Street in order to bring it back to life as a community gathering spot and a celebration of food and music and more. They are hosting a Golden Mill Block Party on Saturday, Sept. 29 from 1-4 p.m. and invite you to come see what they have planned for the future.

They will have live music from Golden-based band Burn It Blue, local art, the Rolling Smoke BBQ food truck, a bouncy house for the kids, and a cash bar with beer (yes, more beer) donated by the AC Golden Brewing Company and all profits donated to the Golden Civic Foundation. It’s free to attend but RSVPs are required so if you are interested, look for it at www.eventbrite.com as well and get your free tickets there. Did I mention that we have a little beer here in Golden? If Adolf Coors could see what he started…

John Akal is a well-known jazz artist/drummer and leader of the 20-piece Ultraphonic Jazz Orchestra. He also is president of John Akal Imaging, professional commercial photography and multi-media production. He can be reached at jaimaging@aol.com


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