I have a new story with photos published about the Colorado Agricultural Leadership Foundation’s (CALF) Legend of Agriculture Dinner and fundraiser that took place at the beginning of October. Great organization and great mission.
The story and photos are on The Fence Post magazine’s website, as well as in their upcoming print edition.
Pun-tastic headline aside, I learned a ton about mead this weekend as I spent time with the co-owners (Michael Fagan and DJ Kurtz) of a Colorado craft meadery in the town of Castle Rock who are making a name for themselves and their fast growing business: Honnibrook Craft Meadery.
Right now, I am in the beginning stages of putting together a magazine article about Honnibrook and its use of Colorado sourced honey to create their award winning meads. Kurtz and Fagan approach making their mead differently than most producers (i.e., 6.2% alcohol vs 10+% of most meads) and their techniques are also different. Their unique craft brewer approach is paying off with awards and surprising (in a good way) growth.
Fagan and Kurtz are two really nice guys who are incredibly passionate and enthusiastic about what they are doing and it shows in their product. They refuse to let anything get to the consumer that does not meet their own high approval standards for their mead. It was a lot of fun to interview them and take some photos while they were creating a new batch. I look forward to putting the article together.
I had the opportunity (and good fortune) to be able to talk with a couple of great Colorado guys who have started a Mini Bull contracting operation. Best friends Duncan Cornell and Cory Hazen are good family men and Christian guys who used to bull ride and now own Bijou Buckers Mini Bulls out of Simla, CO.
I had the pleasure of being able to visit the National Western Center/Complex in Denver, CO and take photos of the construction progress, as well as talk to a number of the spokespeople for the entities involved in the construction and expansion of the National Western Center grounds and buildings. Most people will know the location as the site where the historic National Western Stock Show takes place every January.
What most people don’t know is how massive the scope and size of the expansion and construction project is. After a couple of hours on site, talking to the awesome spokespeople and taking photos of the construction progress, I felt like trying to absorb the information in front of me was akin to drinking water through a firehose!
There is so much going on, beyond just getting the new Stockyards Events Center ready for 2022’s National Western Stock Show and moving ahead with other construction. I have a lot of interview on tape and will be transcribing it ASAP.
I can’t wait to write a number of magazine articles about the progress of the 1.3 billion dollar expansion project and what it means for January 2022 at the National Western Stock Show.
It is impressive! More to come regarding this in the future.
In this photo by Lincoln Rogers, a row of three authentic chuckwagons (just one part of the competitors involved) started cooking early Saturday morning in preparation for the big crowds who were to turn up later.
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