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This brew’s for you: Snowmass Craft Beer Festival returns Saturday

The second annual Snowmass Craft Beer Festival will take place along the Snowmass Mall and Fanny Hill from 3 to 6 p.m. on Saturday.
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SNOWMASS CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL – 2017 PARTICIPATING BREWERIES

14er Brewing Company – Denver

Aspen Brewing Company – Aspen

Bonfire Brewing – Eagle

Boulder Beer Company – Boulder

Bruz Beers – Denver

Capitol Creek Brewery - Basalt

Cerebral Brewing – Denver

Elevation Beer Company – Poncha Springs

Epic Brewing Company – Denver

FATE Brewing Company – Boulde

Fiction Beer Company – Denver

Florence Brewing Company – Florence

Glenwood Canyon Brewing Co. – Glenwood Springs

Golden City Brewery – Golden

Grist Brewing Company – Highlands Ranch

Hideaway Park Brewery – Winter Park

Irwin Brewing Company – Crested Butte

Odd13 Brewing – Lafayette

Odell Brewing Company – Fort Collins

Oskar Blues Brewery – Lyons

Our Mutual Friend – Denver

Palisade Brewing Company – Palisade

Paradox Beer Company – Divide

Roaring Fork Beer Company – Carbondale

Rock Bottom Brewery – Broomfield

Sanitas Brewing Company – Boulder

Storm Peak Brewing – Steamboat Springs

Telluride Brewing Company – Telluride

Upslope Brewing Company – Boulder

Verboten Brewing – Loveland

Information courtesy of Snowmass Tourism and is subject to change.

“Some place warm, a place where the beer flows like wine … I’m talking about a little place” called Snowmass.

At least this will be the case this weekend, as the village kicks off summer with about 150 brews at its second annual craft beer festival Saturday.

In signature summer style, this weekend also welcomes the first free concert on Fanny Hill, the Ragnar trail race and a Porsche car show.

“This is it,” Snowmass Tourism Director Rose Abello said of the town’s first set of summer events on the books. “We are open for business.”

Snowmass Tourism group is partnering with the nonprofit trade association Colorado Brewers Guild to produce the three-hour grand tasting event.

The brewers’ guild works to promote and protect the state’s craft brewing business by advocating for breweries, lobbying lawmakers, hosting events such as this one and marketing the industry as a whole.

The majority of the 300 licensed Colorado breweries are members of the Colorado Brewers Guild, according to its site.

“It’s a huge thing,” Abello said of the local craft beer industry. “(Beers are) almost treated like wine now, in terms of people want to see lists, know what’s on tap.

“Colorado’s one of the states that leads in this niche of craft beer.”

This year’s craft beer festival is bringing more than 30 breweries from across the state.

And speaking of the seasonal shift, this weekend’s festival is a perfect time to sample summer sessions, or brews developed solely for these warmer months.

“I think for any beer lover, this is an awesome opportunity to talk to the breweries, learn about the process and have that connection with them,” Abello said.

And for those new to beer, she added, it’s also a “fun way to discover one’s palette.”

For anyone who plans to attend the craft beer festival Saturday, be sure to bring a valid photo ID.

“Don’t show up, no matter how old you are, without an ID Saturday,” Abello cautioned.

Following the craft beer festival, which will take place on the Snowmass Mall and Fanny Hill, the west coast bluegrass quintet “Hot Buttered Rum” will take the stage for the evening.

For a complete list of participating breweries, more information or to purchase tickets to the 2017 craft beer festival, visit http://www.gosnowmass.com/event/snowmass-craft-beer-rendezvous.

erobbie@aspentimes.com


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