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Beer for Bucks

How drinking local beer is benefitting the Backcountry Wilderness Area.

In 2021, you all drank 530 more pints on the second Thursday of the month than 2020! Congrats! One dollar per pint doesn’t seem like much when you’re sipping your Backcountry Wilderness Wheat brew in the Living the Dream Brewing Co. taproom. But, it really adds up.

In the last year alone, Living the Dream donated $3,137 through our monthly Beer for Bucks partnership: $1 per beer donated to the Backcountry Conservation & Education Fund on the second Thursday of the month. It’s a significant jump over 2020, when $2,607 went toward local wildlife habitat conservation and environmental education. Over the last five years, the total for our monthly get-together for good is nearly $10,000!

Back in 2017, Living the Dream Brewing Co. owner Jason Bell was one of the first local business owners to support our first-year nonprofit—the Backcountry Conservation & Education Fund—with little more than faith that we were going push forward our mission: to improve wildlife habitat, inspire the next generation of nature stewards, and ignite a lifelong love of the outdoors for all. Not only has Living the Dream donated dollars from Beer for Bucks, but other contributions include creating and selling Backcountry Wilderness Wheat (10% per six-pack benefits our 501c3), donating kegs and staff time to our events like the Backcountry Outdoor Movie Series and Haunted Forest, and hosting our fundraisers in their taproom.

With the generous and continued support of Living the Dream Brewing Co., and our other corporate sponsors, our staff has been able to extend more funding toward fire mitigation, noxious weed management, water resources, and the opportunities for free or low-cost environmental education.

Entering its sixth year as a Backcountry Backer sponsor, owner Jason Bell says places like the HRCA Backcountry Wilderness Area are why he loves living and working in our community. “As a brand, Living the Dream embraces everything about living here in Colorado,” Bell says. “We have always been focused on being a contributing member of our community. The Backcountry Conservation & Education Fund not only exemplifies what we love about living here, they have proven to be a fantastic partner in our local area.”

Support the Backcountry Conservation & Education Fund and Living the Dream Brewing Co. by stopping by the taproom on the second Thursday each month for Beer for Bucks!


Lindsey McKissick is the Outreach Coordinator for the Backcountry Wilderness Area. She is Colorado-born, Chicago-raised, and Wyoming-educated. For Lindsey, there is nothing better than waking up in a warm tent on the side of a remote river with coffee preferably made by someone else. You'll find Lindsey river rafting/SUPing, mountain biking, and camping with her husband and two adventure-seeking daughters

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