CNN salutes suds cities

Column by Penny Parker


CNN Travel recently ranked beer towns in the U.S., and deemed Denver as No. 5. Now, we could argue with that — especially considering that our governor helped put this cow town on the beer map — but national exposure is all good. Here's what CNN had to say:

“The history of beer in the United States is a rich one dating back to the colonies, when soldiers were paid in spruce beer and cider. From there, beer weathered a Revolution, Prohibition and a right turn at Albuquerque before positively exploding with deregulation of the industry through the early 1980s.

“Ever since, Americans have been sampling, celebrating and sophisticating the unofficial national beverage in ways previously unimaginable and it seems nearly every town's gotten into the act.

“But not all cities are carbonated equal. Some have begun to take beer personally, innovating its craft and consumption and throwing festivals to honor the finest ales and lagers — creating a blueprint for the rest of the country to follow. Still others have been doing this all along.”

To check out the story, go to and enter “best beer towns” in the search bar.

Memorial to be dedicated

The Colorado Freedom Memorial in Aurora is soon to be dedicated to Colorado and the nearly 6,000 Colorado Gold Star Families whose loved ones make up the memorial's roll call.

Beginning with the Gold Star Concert on May 25, and carrying through to the Home with Honor Dedication on May 26, the Colorado Freedom Memorial will proudly stand in honor of those who gave all in service to their country.

The dedication weekend events that are open to the public include: The Gold Star Concert from 5 to 7 p.m. May 25, celebrating “Heroic Lives” with performances by the 101st Army Band, Face Vocal Band and Mollie Weaver on The Great Lawn at the Aurora Municipal Building, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway.

Tickets are limited and available at using event code: CFM.

On May 26 at 2 p.m., the dedication will begin with the arrival of the dedication processions at the memorial. The procession will include a horse-drawn caisson, full military honors, representatives from each branch of the military, VIPs and Colorado Gold Star Family representatives.

The dedication ceremony will feature VIP guest speakers, representatives of Colorado's legislative delegation, honor guard and color posting, a wreath-laying ceremony, bird release and performances by the 101th Army Band.

The dedication ceremony is open to the public, and will be held at the Colorado Freedom Memorial/Springhill Community Park, 756 N. Telluride St., Aurora.

Going for `Big Break'

Former University of Colorado All-American women's golfer Emily Talley is participating on Golf Channel's reality show “Big Break.” And, after the airing of just one show (May 13), Talley already has seen an elevated level of fame.

“I posted that I was going to be on the show on Facebook and it was the most response I have ever had,” Talley said. “I don't think I could say I'm getting married and get that much response. But it's fun, you see how many people love the show, how many people are rooting for you.

“A lot of people you don't know connect with you on a TV show, you have a lot of people rooting for you,” Talley said. “Maybe I made them laugh or maybe they felt my frustration.”

“Big Break,” which was filmed at an Iberostar resort about 45 minutes south of Cancun in Mexico, airs at 7 p.m. Mondays on the Golf Channel.

Last July, Talley heard she had made the first round of cuts and would be brought in for an interview. But it wasn't until November that she heard anything. She was at the Arizona State Open when she got a call saying that she had made it to the third round of interviews. Then after missing her LPGA card by three strokes at the third stage of qualifying school, she got the call that would change her life.

“You don't hear anything forever,” Talley said. “I had a feeling they were waiting for Stage 3 to be over, because if you do well there, you have your card, you don't need your Big Break.”

It was then another six weeks before she would leave for the filming of the show, which took 3½ weeks.

But it wasn't all margaritas and birdies.

“It was a stressful situation,” Talley said. “But it was some of the best fun I've ever had. We had to get up at 4:30 a.m. every morning, we were mic'd up by 5 and by the time we were at the course, had the competitions, it was 5 p.m. before we were back. We'd all have dinner together and then you're shooting interviews until midnight, and then you do it all over again. But when it's something like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, your body just figures out how to cope with it.”

Watch the trains

If you live on the metro area's west side you may have seen the Applewood Plumbing Heating & Electric advertising on FasTrack's new West Rail Line.

The plumbing company has launched its “Eye-Spy the Applewood Train Contest.”

Passengers who spot the Applewood theme-wrapped, light-rail train through August 31 can visit the for a chance to win free RTD 10-ride passes. Participants also are encouraged to post photos of the train while riding it as a passenger.

The West Rail Line, a 12.1-mile light-rail line with 11 stops between Golden and downtown Denver, is the first line to open as part of FasTracks that will provide mass-transit service throughout metro Denver, including DIA.

The seen

Prince Harry at The Market on Larimer Street May 13 (and to think I was just there three days earlier).


Eavesdropping: Overheard at an anti-civil unions rally at the Capitol: Dan Caplis telling a woman, “My wife won't let me Tweet.”

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 You can subscribe and read her columns (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) at She can be reached at or at 303-619-5209.


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