SNOWMASS VILLAGE - It began with Billy's Chilies -Twisted Pine Brewery of Boulder's crack at producing a light-bodied, wheat chili beer for those who wish to spice up their palates. But just like anything else that packs on the heat, the demand for more fire eventually hit the taproom, igniting an American-style wheat so spicy its producers feel confident in labeling it the "hottest beer this side of hell."Adopting its name from the rapper of Wu-Tang Clan and its infused "ghost" peppers, Ghost Face Killah introduces six different strains of chili peppers: Anaheim, Fresno, jalapeo, Serrano, habanero and bhut jolokia - the "ghost" pepper 200 times hotter than an average jalapeo. The result: an intense heat that presents itself immediately and persists more than a minute after the sip.So what happens when you combine what's been described as the "world's hottest beer" with a festival known for its fiery chilies and blazing Colorado sun? According to logistics manager Justin Tilotta, who will be handing out samples this weekend, "the more the merrier."
It's the official start of summer in Snowmass Village - the Snowmass Chili Pepper & Brew Fest. Here is the list of events scheduled for Friday and Saturday. Also, two notes for spectators: No food, drink or pets allowed on festival grounds, other than what is provided. And taking the bus is advised, as limited parking will be available in the Base Village parking garage, Snowmass Town Station and the intercept lot.Friday, June 8(Concerts plus microbrew sampling and chili tastings on Fanny Hill; ICS chili tastings on the Snowmass Mall)4-8 p.m. Venue open4:30-6 p.m. Fanny Hill stage: Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars5-8 p.m. Snowmass Seasonal Brew Competition & Tasting + Home Brew Competition + International Chili Society Hot Times Chili Cook-Off6:30-8 p.m. Fanny Hill stage: The Congress8 p.m. Venue closes (Go to bars & restaurants! Be safe, be green, ride RFTA and Village shuttles)Saturday, June 9(Concerts plus microbrew sampling and chili tastings on Fanny Hill; ICS chili tastings on the Snowmass Mall)Noon-8 p.m. Venue open1-3 p.m. Fanny Hill stage: Galactic3-5 p.m. Grand Beer Tasting + International Chili Society Sizzling Snowmass Regional Championships + Verizon People's Choice Chili Cook-Off6-8 p.m. Fanny Hill stage: Gogol Bordello8 p.m. Venue closes (Go to bars & restaurants! Be safe, be green, ride RFTA and Village shuttles)