In the 1700s, a hot air balloon was a strange and potentially worrisome sight, especially because pilots often landed in unsuspecting civilians? backyards. To build goodwill with anyone they scared, balloon pilots carried a bottle of champagne on every flight. This tradition of the convivial champagne toast still lives on at Adventure Balloon Sports, where, after each landing, the company?s FAA-certified pilots pour a celebratory glass of bubbly for each passenger.
But before the toast, the adventure begins as flights soar skyward, showcasing Colorado?s rugged terrain and the majestic sprawl of the Rocky Mountains. No two flights are the same?after departing, pilots can only fully control the balloon?s vertical motion, meaning balloons often safely land in neighboring towns, rather than in the local hot air balloon parking lot.
Set in a wind-powered facility, Asher Brewing Company bowls over imbibers with a flurry of certified-organic beers. The company’s wide palette of fresh tastes resides in the organic five-beer tasting sampler, which furnishes fans of fancy barley pop with five five-ounce pours. Mouths happily cancel public-speaking arrangements to accommodate the company of the rotating and seasonal brews such as the Green Bullet IPA, Treehugger Organic Amber, Green Lantern Organic Kolsch, and Funbarrel Kriek. Guzzlers will also guzzle one full pint of their choice, poured into a take-home glass that, like leprechaun wrestlers, comes tattooed with an official Celtic-like logo.
Boulder-based The Tea Spot stocks sippers’ cupboards with a massive menu of loose-leaf teas, including organic and fair-trade-certified varieties, as well as a suite of Steepware brand tea tools. The blood-orange-smoothie tea melts rooibos, orange, and vanilla essences into a dreamsicle-like dark-red liquor that’s naturally caffeine- and sarcasm-free ($17), and mugs eagerly await the hot kiss of the re-infusable organic Iron Goddess oolong tea ($16). Alternatively, small tea leaves or model sailboat sails easily unfurl inside the roomy confines of a 32-ounce, tea-infusing Steep & Chill pitcher ($44.95). The Tea Spot donates 10% of every sale to cancer-wellness and community-building programs, infusing each sip of tea with the warmth of good will, though warming tea with actual heat is still recommended.