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The Poudre Pub Talk series will be back in November 2024!

Poudre Pub Talks are an annual educational series hosted by the Cache la Poudre River National Heritage area that brings experts to your favorite breweries to hold informal community conversations on the important natural resources of Northern Colorado. We’re proud to partner with our local breweries such as Horse & Dragon Brewing Company, Mighty River Brewing Company, High Hops Brewery, and Timnath Beerwerks as well as other breweries and distilleries to open this educational series to the public.

Water makes life possible and is essential for economies to function. Freshwater resources such as the Cache la Poudre River are in jeopardy due to growing demand, pollution, climate change and other factors. These pressures create profound risks for businesses and communities. We can’t possibly navigate a topic as large as this without some sense of perspective, and some help from the experts.

2024-2025 Pub Talk Topics

Foraging for Beer

November 7, 2024 | 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM | Purpose Brewing

Speaker: James Loyd, Purpose Brewing Owner and Brewer


December 2024 | 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM | TBD

Speaker: Mexican American History Project

History of the Poudre Trail & Trail Completion Update

January 9, 2025 | 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM | TBD


George Moncaster, Lead Researcher/Author at Colorado State University

Zac Wiebe, Planning and Natural Resource Specialist with the Larimer County Department of Natural Resources

Waste & Water: The Impact of Diversion

February 6, 2025 | Horse & Dragon Brewing

Speaker: Jamie Blanchard-Poling, Founder of Compost Queen

There are now sponsorship opportunities to support these educational community discussions!

Topics at our Poudre Pub Talks have included:

  • From grain to glass- a look a brewing in Colorado
  • Colorado water history and water law
  • Wildfire and flood impact on the watershed
  • Watershed science and stream ecology
  • Downtown Fort Collins River District: 10- Year snapshot of Change
  • Front Range Population Growth and the Impacts on Water
  • Irrigation Technologies benefiting local communities and economies
  • Reforestation in the West: Challenges and Opportunities at a Local Scale
  • Innovations in Agriculture
  • Impact of 2023 Precipitation on the 2024 Season
  • Poudre River Trail Completion Update

“I attended the pub talk last month at Horse & Dragon Brewing. I learned so much from the rancher that I had to come this month to learn from your speaker and I brought friends to share in this experience.”

– Attendee

“This was a fun-filled and informative event. Guests had so many great comments about the information and the quality of the presentation! Thank you for caring and for building awareness of ecosystem services.”

– Green Earth Brewing Co.