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June 13, 2012
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Chili & Brew starts summer with sizzle

SNOWMASS VILLAGE - Sunny skies and warm weather dominated this year's Chili Pepper & Brew Fest. About 1,300 patrons attended the festival on June 8 and 3,500 attended on June 9 to sample beer and chili and listen to music on Fanny Hill. Chili Pepper & Brew Fest featured two International Chili Society competitions, including red chili, green chili and salsa categories. Patrons got to do their own judging on Saturday in the People's Choice cook off. Sue Morgan won the locals category, and Coogee Mountain Chili was the favorite out of the International Chili Society members. Cooking teams traveled from across the country to participate in the competitions. Gary Hunt, of the Duckblind Chili team, said he and his teammates compete in about six cookoffs a year. The team doesn't sell any chili but does sell the spices it uses. "We sell enough to pay the beer bill," Hunt said. "And we're way behind." Duckblind Chili took home second place in the green chili category on Saturday. The brew half of the festival featured a competition for best seasonal brew for craft breweries and a category for home brewers, both on Friday. Great Divide Brewing Co., of Denver, took home an award for best seasonal brew with its Hoss rye lager, and Jerod Day won the home brewer category with his American brown ale. Brewers also participated in a grand tasting on Saturday afternoon.

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The Aspen Times Updated Jun 13, 2012 02:04PM Published Jun 13, 2012 01:12PM Copyright 2012 The Aspen Times. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.