CORNHOLE: THIS SIMPLE YET ADDICTIVE GAME SWEEPING THE NATION IS BEING HOSTED BY WALTER’S BREWERY & TAPHOUSE IN PUEBLO THIS SUMMER

Story by Jenny Paulson – Puebloeans are about to discover what Cornhole is all about. Weekly Cornhole tournaments are being hosted by Walter’s Brewery and Taphouse in Downtown Pueblo, with the first event scheduled for Wednesday June 5th – where locals will try their hand at throwing weighted beanbags.

The Cornhole game, synonymous with beer drinking, is simple: Players form teams, and take turns throwing weighted sacks at two angled wooden platforms with holes in the middle that face each other at an approximate distance of 27 feet between the bottoms of the platforms. If the bag lands on the board: 1 point. If the bag goes through the hole: 3. Play continues until a team or player reaches or exceeds the score of 21 by means of cancelation scoring.

Cornhole tournaments are broken down into innings or frames of play. During each frame, every player throws bags, alternating between each throw. A player must deliver the bag from either the left or right pitcher’s box, and remain in that designated pitchers box for the duration of the game.

The game, nick named “tail gate toss,” got its start in the midwest, in the fall and the football season, has been spreading throughout entire nation, reaching such a status that its been featured on ESPN broadcasts.

In Pueblo, Walter’s Brewery & Taphouse, with its casual outdoor beer and grassy game garden, is the perfect place for Cornhole tournaments, as even the most serious players seem to agree that the sport goes better with a drink, or some sort of substance, in one’s free hand. Even at the American Cornhole Championships, players commonly have a beer in one hand.

Walter’s Brewery & Taphouse is housed in a restored historic building, once a century-old beer depot, home to St. Louis based W.J. Lemps product, then Schlitz, Coors and Miller over the decades. It’s named after Walter’s Brewing Company, a legend that served Pueblo from the late 1800s until 1975, manufacturing dozens of craft beer labels, which were also sold in more than 20 states.

In early 2014, a group of Puebloans, including ompany president Andy Sanchez, obtained the pre-prohibition pilsner recipe from Walter Family descendants, and obtained knowledge shared from the last Walter’s-Eau Claire Brewmaster, John Walter, opening their doors as Walter’s Brewery & Taphouse to create in-house made craft beer once again.

Walter’s is one four flourishing microbreweries in Pueblo County, including Walter’s, the Shamrock and Brues Alehouse, located downtown, and Reservoir Brewing Company, formerly Pdubs Brewery in Pueblo West, with one of the most exciting developments in the local brew trend, being the return of Walter’s Beer to the area.

With many craft brew choices already on tap, last year, Walter’s expanded their beer production and began selling Pueblo Chile Beer, in bottles and cans last year just in time for the annual Chile Fest. They also host food trucks, and various forms of entertainment, including live music, pool tournaments, a trivia night, a geeks who drink night, and an annual car show, and now Cornhole, and various other games in their game garden.

Cornhole, hosted at Walter’s Brewery & Taphouse downtown, is scheduled for every Wednesday, until Aug 28th. Sign-ups are from 6 to 6:30 pm and games kick off at 6:45 pm. There’s a $10 buy in per team.

Walter’s Brewery & Taphouse is located at 126 Oneida Street. To get there, follow where D Street turns into Oneida – near the railroad tracks, between the Police Station and the AT&T Building.

See more about Walter’s Cornhole tournaments at https://www.facebook.com/Walters-Brewery-Taproom-457967974322762/

Photos of Walter’s game garden, where they are hosting Cornhole tournaments.

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Jenny Paulson is the publisher and editor of Pueblo Independent Magazine and can be contacted for more information about Pueblo Magazine, editorial content, marketing, website design and other services.

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