Discover the soul of Colorado with ‘History, Hikes and Hops’

Leave it to a craft beer aficionado to make readers work for their suds.

The Denver author of the 2011 book “Mountain Brew: A Guide to Colorado’s Breweries” once said he would never do another beer book again. That from the man who has been writing a beer column for various Colorado newspapers since 2003 and even piloted a public television program on the subject.

That author and reporter for the Denver Business Journal, Ed Sealover, has come out with another beer book, but this time with a twist.

Instead of just telling his readers where they can go to taste some unique craft brews, he tells readers a bit more in his latest work, “Colorado Excursions with History, Hikes and Hops.”

This 254-page guidebook, published by the Charleston, South Carolina-based History Press, offers 10 three-day excursions around the state that allow readers to drink, hike and take in some history all in the same place. The excursions are broken up into three one-day trips all within close proximity of each other.

“I would argue that Colorado’s outdoor recreational opportunities, craft beer scene and fascinating past are the three attributes that are most unique to this state and most compelling,” Sealover writes in the introduction to the book. “So, while nobody else has tried to combine those three paths into one coherent travel guide, I decided to take that chance and show you why I love this state so much.”

Sealover’s work takes you all around the state, including to several Western Slope sites.

He has one chapter focused on the Western Slope — Trip 6 — that includes only Grand Junction, Montrose and the Silverton-Telluride area.

Actually, the book includes several other Western Slope destinations in three other trips that cover several mountain counties and southwestern Colorado.

Here in town, Sealover starts Trip 6 with a hike at Colorado National Monument, beginning down valley at the Fruita entrance. He points out a couple of trails one might take, and none of them are all that long.

Once he takes you off of the monument, he sends you to the Museum of the West, 462 Ute Ave., near downtown Grand Junction.

There, he addresses the history of the Grand Valley as only the museum can portray, from the region’s aboriginal ancestors to Aztec and Spanish explorers and to the Old West days of bank robbers and Indian massacres.

His day ends farther to the east at Palisade Brewing Co., Varaison Vinyards and Winery and Peach Street Distillers, among other watering holes. (He doesn’t say how he gets back to his hotel room afterward, though.)

Much of the rest of the book is similar, taking you from the steel canyons of downtown Denver to real ones in Montrose.

“I think there is a bond running between history, hiking and drinking,” Sealover writes in the book. “If you want to discover the soul of Colorado, you will look to find it outside of cookie-cutter restaurants or strip malls. You’ll want to learn what separates the attractions here from those found anywhere else in the country. This book will have you seek those places out and to savor a spirit of independence within these borders.”


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