I had been looking forward to the Zombie Crawl all last week, and on Saturday all my apocalyptic dreams finally came true! The Crawl was a fantastic display of community, costume, and delicious debauchery.
After dolling ourselves up like the infected and undead, a few friends and I headed downtown, passing zombies of all ages staggering along the way, appropriately adorned and bloodied. We picked up our tickets and wristbands in Old Town Square (they took credit cards!) where there was a DJ and a crowd dancing. The map provided laid out all of the participating locations, and described the details of the free deals at each of them. There were over 30 participating businesses, so we spent a few minutes mapping out our plan of attack and deciding what deals were most worthy of our four tickets. We were in the mood for some unique local beer, so we decided to start the night at Crankenstein.
Stop 1: Crankentstien
The night started off a bit slow over at Crankenstein, but as we sipped on our Zombie beer, the undead began to filter in and fill the bar. The Zombie Beer they had created for the event was a light lager, not my ideal, but was flavorful enough to keep me briefly happy. As all the zombie patrons wandered in, I couldn’t help feeling a little underdressed. Yes, I had done my makeup as sickly, undead and infected as I could, but some of these zombies had outdone themselves! Bloodied, disheveled, rotting, body parts protruding and falling off… I will definitely be kicking my costume up a notch or two for next year. Onto the next stop on the crawl!
Stop 2: Pateros Creek Brewery
Right across the street from Crankenstein, we headed to one of the newest breweries in Fort Collins, Pateros Creek. I was tempted by the waffle lab out front, but decided to hold out for a free Philly Cheese Steak sandwich later in the night. We headed inside and grabbed the free ‘zombie’ beer, which the bartender described as a ’red ale, spiced with human flesh’. We thought he was joking about the spice part, so we got our beers and sat down. Let me preface with this: I have had non-zombie beer at Pateros and was impressed; they have a variety of unique brews and Pateros holds its own against our other beloved local breweries. Give them a try if you haven’t yet, and grab a waffle creation from the Waffle Lab while you’re at it. Tasty! That said, this particular beer was… not my style. I don’t do spicy well, and though I doubt the beer contained human flesh of any sort, whatever it was spiced with was HOT and painful to drink. It coated my mouth and throat with a red-chili aftertaste that just would not go away! We pushed our way through most of the half pint we were given, and moved on to quickly find some ice-cream to cleanse our palates of the horrifying zombie chili beer.
Stop 3: Salus
Although my plan was to spend all my tickets on food and drinks, one of my zombie accomplices couldn’t resist the delicious scent of Salus as we walked by on our way to Ben & Jerry’s. We spent a few minutes in the divinely scented store while she picked out a free bath bomb (Guys, a bath bomb is not nearly as destructive or exciting as it sounds. Ladies, go get some of these, they are heavenly!) I am definitely going back to get some bath stuff, they had some really unique scents, like Cabernet (wine in a bath, yum!), Coconut Lime, Crème Brulee, and about 50 other equally yummy varieties. We wrapped up our sniffing expedition and headed out to continue the search for some much needed ice-cream.
Stop 4: Ben and Jerry’s
After standing in the longest line I’ve ever seen at Ben & Jerry’s, we got our free ice cream cones, and spent a bit in Old Town Square zombie watching. We listened to the contests of best Zombie growl, most blood curdling girls horror scream, and watched the zombie dance-off. (Zombies are not the most graceful or coordinated dancers…) There were some impressive costumes, and among my favorites was a Little Red Ridinghood with a severed wolf’s head in her basket, a zombie with a smaller zombie escaping from his mouth, and a fantastic Michonne with her leashed zombie (any Walking Dead fans?).
Stop 5: Yeti
As our final stop before heading to the Zombie Ball, we chose to wander into Yeti. This was my first time in Yeti (at least not since it had been the Mistiq Martini a few years before…) and I must say the transformation from its former incarnation as a chunk of 100 Octane was impressive. The lodge style decor was lovely, and whole lot swankier than anything the place was before. I didn’t grab any food, but here’s a review from Feasting Fort Collins on the edible side of Yeti. Inside, it was incredibly loud, very crowded, and nearly impossible to get to the bar with all the drunken college girls swaying and hugging in the single walkway. Once at the bar, I was pleased to be served by some very attractive bartenders dressed in sleeveless camo, zombie apocalypse gear, and guns. Yes, please… Once we had our free drinks we headed to the patio, which, with the beautiful weather and people/zombie watching, was a much nicer location to sit and sip on a beer. We continued our zombie watching, and chatted with friends, until we were ready to go dance our undead appendages off at the Zombie Ball! Read about the Zombie Ball from Sarah, my fellow scoop blogger here: Late Night Fort Collins
So what are you doing next year around this time? Hopefully going to the Zombie Crawl and Ball, cuz if you weren’t there this year, you so missed out! The $15 for the tickets was totally worth it with all the free things it got you around town, and your money even goes to a good cause! This was a benefit for Turning Point, and they put on another great zombie event this weekend.
Check out some more great pictures of the crawl captured by Jeremy Hochhalter here: Abisinthe Photography
Hope you all had fun this weekend! I know I did!