Hoppy Holidays provides segue into the most wonderful time of year

By Neill Pieper

You can always count on Kyle Hollingsworth to send an enthusiastic crowd into beer and music elation. He did it again during his Hoppy Holidays party to benefit Conscious Alliance.

Photo - Neill Pieper

Photo - Neill Pieper

The Boulder-based musician and home-brew enthusiast provided the perfect evening Dec. 3 for beer sampling during the show at The Fillmore Auditorium.

As always, his tunes seemed to parallel the craft movement. Let's Go Outside, performed by Hollingsworth, was an anthem for the evening as the song encourages exploration of the unintended, much like so many of our local craft brewers. 

The world-class brews, and tunes rounded out the can't miss third annual Hoppy Holidays brew and music fest. The quintessential Colorado evening featured more than 30 breweries and three acts.

The event began with two-and-half hours of beer tasting accompanied by a Kyle Hollingsworth and Bill Nershi duet.

“Hopped up head and the liquor man said, that you've had enough to drink today,” was the verse that clung to the crowd as the beer tasting ended and Hollingsworth and his band took over.  Gone were the big beers, Epic's Big Bad Baptist (12.1% ABV) and Melvin's 2 x 4 (9.9% ABV). But Hollingsworth kept the crowd rolling with fellow String Cheese Incident member Bill Nershi and their funky set. Their dissertation swallowed Colorado beer lovers up and set the stage for main act JJ Grey and Mofro.

Photo - Neill Pieper

Photo - Neill Pieper

Hollingsworth's team reports that proceeds from the event will benefit “the nonprofit organization Conscious Alliance to help provide food and funding to impoverished communities across the nation this holiday season.”

For more info about Kyle Hollingsworth and upcoming shows visit kylehollingsworth.com