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    Best Of 2014: Affordable Family Fun

    Cheyenne Mountain Zoo strives to make every visit memorable, with tons of stuff to do for both adults and kids. Feed giraffes some lettuce, give an elephant some carrots, or ride the antique carousel. You can also observe animal husbandry training, or sign up as a conservation partner. According to a zoo spokesperson, the nonprofit's Quarters for Conservation program, wherein each guest is encouraged to put 25 cents of his or her admission fee toward a favorite conservation project, has raised more than half a million dollars since its launch in 2008. And this year, the zoo's Encounter Africa exhibit (established in 2013) took home a Significant Achievement Exhibit Award from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Nice zoo ya got there! — BW

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    Best Of 2015: Local Brewery

    Best Of 2015: Local Microbrew to Drink in Autumn

    Best Of 2015: Local Microbrew to Drink in Spring

    Best Of 2015: Local Microbrew to Drink in Summer

    Our readers have once more declared Bristol an ineffable tastemaker — loving Beehive in the spring and summer, Venetucci Pumpkin Ale in the fall, and Winter Warlock in the winter. So I asked Bristol's assistant brewer and head of quality control, Chase Perry, what he feels makes a good beer in each season. For summer, he says, "I love a session IPA, and a nice, easy-drinking blond sour ... [a] big hop presence with lots of tropical, citrusy notes." As for winter, he tends toward high-ABV, darker beers. "Definitely more malty, maybe more spicy, like a Christmas ale," he says. And since spring and autumn are transitional, he says, their brews should be, too. That means lighter but still boozy beers, like a maibock, in the spring, and "harvest beers and wet hop beers" — or Oktoberfests and other dark, German-style lagers — when the leaves turn. — Griffin Swartzell

 

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