By Cathy Walton-Smith New beer has Grand Lake Brewing Co. hoppin’ |

By Cathy Walton-Smith New beer has Grand Lake Brewing Co. hoppin’

Cathy Walton-Smith / View from the LakeGrand Lake, Colorado

The boys at the Grand Lake Brewing Company have a new beer on tap Hoppys One Ton Pale Ale. This new taste treat just happens to be named in honor of the Generals blonde bull, Hoppy.You may recall me writing about cute little Hoppy when he was born three years ago. It was about that time when the brewery suggested we take the waste mash from the brewing process and feed it to our cows. The first time we offered it to them, they examined it, thought it was too strange, and walked away. But by the end of the day it had disappeared, and ever since, they have been lining up for it. Hoppy has even tackled the General in his eagerness to get to his.Cute little Hoppy is now a one ton bull. The cattle expect their warm mash on time and have been known to jump the fence and head down the road looking for it, with Hoppy leading the way. Somehow, he knows which direction to head for the brewery. And so, it seemed appropriate to name the newest beer after the bull that was raised since birth on beer mash. Its really quite good.The Grand Rude Awakening is Thursday, May 21, at the Daven Haven Lodge. This tradition of one last blast for us locals before the tourists arrive has happened every year since before I arrived in Grand Lake 21 years ago. Enjoy the evening around the campfire listening to stories of the good ol days in Grand Lake along with the music of Steve Cormey, Larry Bishop, and whoever else shows up with their instruments. Dont miss this.On Wednesday, May 20, at 6:30 p.m. be an Armchair Traveler at the Juniper Library. Greetings from Norway, will be presented by The Sons of Norway, wearing traditional garb. See some of the absolutely amazing scenery of this beautiful country. Hear about the customs and taste some traditional snacks. FREE.I cant believe were headed into Memorial Weekend already. This year is flying by at the speed of light. Patio Music begins at the Waconda on Saturday with Cormey & Larry. Then, on Sunday and Monday stop by to hear Peggy Mann, from 2-5 p.m. each day. The Grill will be open.On Monday, May 25, Channel 17 Mountain TV and possibly Fox 31 out of Denver will be shooting footage of Grand Lakes Memorial Day parade as well as taking other shots around town.Be part of the Grand Lake Memorial Day Parade. Pick up a registration form that to be turned back into the Chamber no later than Saturday, May 23, at 5 p.m. There is no charge to be part of this years parade. Please note that the line-up for the parade is 9 a.m. with the parade kicking off at 10 a.m. followed by the annual Memorial Day observance at Grand Lake Town Park.The Sagebrush has joined the world of social networking. You can now read up to the minute announcements when you become a friend of theirs on Facebook. The Sagebrush is also celebrating its 10th year anniversary in business in Grand Lake. Just mention you saw the post on Facebook and receive a free drink with the purchase of a meal. How cool is that?With the recent opening of the Grand Arts Center on Park Ave. in Grand Lake, the Grand Arts Council is needing volunteers to help organize events and fill a couple of board vacancies. There is a real effort by this organization to have representation from all areas of Grand County. If you are interested in helping out, call Andrea Cox at (970) 627-1000.Be prepared for a rude awakening.