Lexa PR’s Favorite Summer Reads

Summer is almost over, so we wanted to share with you what we’ve been reading all summer. Whether it’s a nail-biting page turner or stories of inspiration, we think these picks will enhance your next night in.

My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem
Writer, political activist, feminist, and all around badass, Gloria Steinem shares her life on the road in this poignant, funny and deeply moving memoir. From her time spent in India, to the founding of Ms. magazine, My Life on the Road is a must-read for those seeking to be inspired.

Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney
Anyone that loves NYC (cough, Chea) will be enamoured with this novel. It reads like a love letter to the city, following an 85-year-old woman on the last day of 1984 as she reflects on her life as a successful ad women and mother (the character is loosely based on real life ad women and author Margaret Fishback). If you’re looking to be swept away in the city, look no further than Lillian Boxfish.

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
“Are you happy with your life?” These are the last words that protagonist Jason Dessen hears before he is knocked unconscious. When he wakes up, he realizes that his life, home, family, even he himself, might not be real. You’ll be rooting for Jason all along but wondering if you’re being duped. Enjoy this book if it is your intention to finish it in a matter of days.

Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between) by Lauren Graham
No one can better craft the art of fast-speaking dialogue like actress Lauren Graham. In this heart-warming memoir, Graham reveals stories of live and live while working in Hollywood. Plus, she even reflects on her time on the Gilmore Girls set. Read this book if you’re wanting to relive some Gilmore moments.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
When you need to escape the reality of your day-to-day, this book is fabulous. Not only will you feel transported back in time, but you will begin to see the magic in the world around you. This book gives you hope that anything is possible. “There are tents, I am certain, that I have not discovered in my many visits to the circus. Though I have seen a great deal of the sights, traveled a number of available paths, there are always corners that remain unexplored, doors that remain unopened.”

Profit First by Mike Michalowicz
This book transforms the way you look at accounting for your business. When it comes to personal finances we are told over and over again by the experts to pay ourselves first. This book applies that ideology to business. Accounting can be the vain for many business, but this book is not by the book accounting, it gives money management an entire new positive perspective.

Run Fast. Eat Slow. by Shalane Flanagan and Elyse Kopecky
This cookbook is terrific and filled with nourishing mind and body recipes. You will want to read the book cover to cover, and then head directly to the supermarket. The Double Chocolate Teff Cookies on page 187 will hit your sweets spot and the Wild Salmon Sweet Potato Cakes on page 142 will give you all the energy to get through a busy afternoon.


Press Release: The Fifth Annual Collaboration Fest Returns March 31st

DENVER - August 1, 2017 - For the fifth year in a row, brewers from around the globe will brew together to create one-of-a-kind collaboration beers for Denver’s Collaboration Fest. The festival will take place on Saturday, March 31, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Denver (650 15th St, Denver, CO 80202). Collaboration Fest is the headline event of Colorado Craft Beer Week, which runs March 31 - April 7, 2018.

“The Hyatt Regency Denver is a great location for Collaboration Fest in 2018 and beyond,” said PJ Hoberman of Two Parts. “The Centennial Ballroom is one of the highest-level facilities in the city, and the hotel has room for us to grow and become more dynamic over the next few years. I'm most excited about finding a home for Collaboration Fest where we can stay, grow, and evolve for a few years to come.”

In 2017 Collaboration Fest featured more than 100 unique collaborative beers from 154 breweries, 20 states, and three countries. Collaboration Fest is a unique beer festival in that each beer is created specifically for this event. Colorado Brewers Guild members team up with breweries from near and far to create one-time-only beers, and share a story about how and why a certain beer is created. This festival was created by Two Parts and the Colorado Brewers Guild in 2014, as a way to give brewers the opportunity to brew a unique beer with another brewery.

Collaboration Fest showcases the collaborative nature of the craft beer industry. Each brewery choose who they want to work with, and what style of beer they want to make, allowing for the brewers’ imagination to run wild. Many of these beers will only be available at the festival.

“Collaboration Fest is on a different level than most beer festivals,” said Steve Kurowski of the Colorado Brewers Guild. “Brewers must plan and work towards this festival for several months. This includes finding a brewery or breweries to partner with and creating the time to brew together. The earliest brew days will start taking place in the next few weeks. All of this planning results in a quality of beer that keeps getting better every year.”

Tickets will be available for purchase to the general public in November 2017 at CollaborationFest.com.

Feature image courtesy of Dustin Hall of The Brewography Project.

Our Favorite Podcasts

As busy professionals, every moment of our lives is filled with action. We fill up our days with meetings, workouts, and social obligations; it’s no wonder that one can easily feel depleted or uninspired by the end of the day. That’s why listening to podcasts are such a great idea—you to get unplug and learn from people smarter than yourself. Often times host have influencers and thought leaders who have been there and done that. Their experiences can provide moments of self-reflection, helping to make sure you don’t make the same mistakes or at least not too often.

Great Divide Brewing Company Packages Strawberry Rhubarb Sour Ale

DENVER - June 23, 2017 - Great Divide Brewing Company is adding a new sour beer to its year-round lineup, Strawberry Rhubarb Sour Ale. Previously released as a specialty beer, Strawberry Rhubarb has found a permanent home in the brewery’s core portfolio on tap and in 22 oz. bombers.

“Beer drinkers may be familiar with this beer as it was brewed in 2013 under the name Demeter,” said Brian Dunn, founder of Great Divide Brewing Company. “People have been lining up for it at our Anniversary parties and GABF in past years, so we’ve known that it’s a winner. It took some time to figure out how to brew bigger batches of it given the incredible amount of fruit and extra labor required but we’re excited to finally be able to release this beer into our year-round lineup.”

Bright and effervescent, this sour is a fun and refreshing lip-puckering brew that’s perfect for every occasion. A gift to the taste buds, the sweetness of the strawberry balances out the tartness of the rhubarb. This beautiful partnership of sweet and tart creates a beer that glows ruby in the glass, bursting with strawberry aroma, and bites with each sip.

Strawberry Rhubarb Sour Ale comes in at 6.2 percent ABV, and will be available year round in 22 oz bottles and draft.

About Great Divide Brewing Company

Founded by Brian Dunn in 1994, Denver-based Great Divide Brewing Company has landed an impressive amount of acclaim, earning 18 Great American Beer Festival medals, five World Beer Cup Awards and 14 spots on BeerAdvocate's "Top Rated Beers: Colorado" (2015). RateBeer.com named Great Divide among the "Top Brewers In the World" (2014), and "Top Brewer in Colorado" (2013) and 12th on their list of "Best Brewers In The World" (2013). At Great Divide, Bold Character is not just a catchphrase. It is the philosophy behind what they brew, how they think and what they believe. For more information visit www.greatdivide.com.