A Win, Win, Win Situation

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Explore the Deals of the 5280 Ale Trail

By Natasha Lovato

You may know about the various drinking passport programs around the state, but the Westminster Rotary Club has taken things to the next level, digitally. 

The 5280 Ale Trail smartphone app gets you 2-for-1 libations at more than 30 local breweries, distilleries, cideries and tap houses. It costs $30 and offers more than $200 in savings, and you don’t have to worry about forgetting your passport. You just have to remember to charge your phone. 

It’s a win for you, a win for local business and a major win for charities, thanks to the efforts of the Westminster Rotary Club.

Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders worldwide providing humanitarian service and helping to foster goodwill and peace. Rotarians develop community service projects that address critical issues such as poverty, the environment, illiteracy and violence. They also support programs for youth, including educational opportunities, career development and international exchanges for students, teachers, and other professionals.

“I think the best way to sum up what we do is with our motto: service above self,” Westminster Rotarian Monte Quintana said. 

The Westminster Rotary club alone has been a part of several global service projects, from building libraries in Africa to providing clean water in South America. One of their major focuses, however, takes place in the Denver area, providing scholarships to area high school seniors.

“Just this year we raised over $50,000 in scholarship funds,” Quintana said. “I think it’s safe to say a large portion of the Ale Trail money will go to that. It’s the biggest thing we do.”

The 5280 Ale Trail is new this year to the Denver area but began in Fort Collins with the Donor Trail, an app that a couple of Rotarians developed. The Westminster Rotary Club and other clubs around the country now use the app. 

No matter when you download the app, the deals will stand for 12 months. Enjoy the motivation for checking out new breweries while knowing 100 percent of the proceeds will go toward charities and also benefit Colorado craft breweries in return. 

“This is a win, win, win situation,” Quintana said.

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