Good people, good friends, keeps me grateful

Just over a year ago, my husband and I noticed a posting on Facebook about the opening of a cider taproom in Colorado Springs. Being a lifelong cider drinker and someone who was searching high and low for a cider that I could drink on a regular basis that I didn’t have to bootleg in from Canada each time I traveled, I was thrilled to see that my hometown was opening a cider taproom. When we walked in, we met Matt and Katie. Matt, the cider maker, introduced us to his cider. It was fabulous. I told Matt, I was not a fan of hops, and he explained to me that hops behave differently in cider and had me try the hopped cider he made, and I was convinced. It really wasn’t hops I hated, it really was just beer.

Within just 6 weeks of visiting that taproom, the business had a dedicated following, not just because the cider was phenomenal, although that was certainly a key factor, but because Matt and Katie opened their business and their hearts to us with open arms. They hosted a meal that brought many of us together and toasted this long table of newly made friends as a growing family.

During this get-together we signed a snowboard. Colorado Common has a slogan, “LIKE AN AVALANCHE IN AN APPLE ORCHARD.” This board is now on display prominently in the taproom. Matt and Katie continue to show those who were there at the beginning love and loyalty that they are freely give by these same people.

I am blessed to have happened upon their Facebook post a year ago and that they accepted me, and my husband, into their world. Through them, my trajectory and goals morphed into new and exciting ways. Some of the most interesting people come into this taproom in an out-of-the-way part of the city.

I believe we get back what we put out into the world. Matt and Katie are putting out a great product and building relationships that are built on trust. I am grateful to have them in my life.

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