Slue Foot Sue’s Shindig last night at the McNichols Building was a gosh darn hog-killin’ time (that’s western slang for ‘it was awesome’). Like all events put on by Imbibe, I wouldn’t expect anything less. Who is this lady Sue we were celebrating? She’s the star of an old western folk tale and the wife of Pecos Bill. Legend says that shortly after getting married, Sue got thrown from Bill’s horse, Widowmaker, and started bouncing back and forth between the moon and the earth. Now, there are several versions of the ending – one in which Bill shoots her to stop her from bouncing, one where he saves her but leaves her, one in which she lands on the moon, etc. I don’t know what ending to believe but I do know that Slue Foot Sue must’ve been one heck of a fun lady because her party was a blast.
The fandango was filled with live music, BBQ, and of course, craft beer. The breweries pouring included Great Divide Brewing Company, City Star Brewing, Jagged Mountain, Station 26, and Backcountry Brewing – with a line-up like that, how could you go wrong? The beer stations were precisely placed all around the venue so you could never stay in one place too long. To make things fun, breweries had drinkers perform different tasks to get their drink tokens in the bucket. For example, if you could bounce it in at Great Divide, you got to keep it and get another beer. On the way from station to station, drinkers passed by magnificent works of cowboy themed art that were scattered around the walls of the venue. Some were modern, some were old school, but all of them were awesome and added to the cool Western vibes going on that night.
The best part of the Western theme were the outfits of the partygoers. I saw grown women in children’s cowboy hats, daisy duke short shorts, and full on embroidered masterpieces. No words can describe how great everyone looked – you’ll have to check out the pictures to see for yourself. If you forgot to dress up, there were vendors there ready to put you in a pair of cowboy boots. I will say that the band, Casey James Prestwood and the Burning Angels, were the best dressed by far. Their outfits came straight from Nashville and they looked like true superstars. I’m still hoping that the guitarist will let me borrow his pants. Since that probably won’t happen, I’ll just have to count down the days until Slue Foot Sue and Imbibe decide to throw a boot scootin’ shindig once again.
Lining up at Great Divide:
On tap: 20th Anniversary Ale and Lasso
Throwing tokens at City Star Brewing:
You sir, are a model.
Pulled pork sandwiches from Moe’s BBQ:
A star is born on the dance floor:
The amazing Slue Foot Sue: