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WinterWonderGrass partnering with Great American Beer Festival

Festival returns to Steamboat in February

WinterWonderGrass returns to Steamboat Springs in February.
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WinterWonderGrass returns to Steamboat Springs Feb. 21-23. On Thursday, organizers of the festival that started in the Vail Valley announced a collaboration with the Great American Beer Festival to offer daily beer tastings from 2 to 5 p.m. each day throughout the festival this year.

“The original inspiration behind the creation of WinterWonderGrass was due to the fact that we were attending great musical events with mediocre beer, and great beer festivals with mediocre music. Why not combine all the best ingredients?” festival founder Scotty Stoughton said in a news release. “When we presented a WinterWonderGrass stage during Great American Beer Festival in October, our minds were blown by the incredible selection and dedication of small and independent craft brewers across the land. We decided to expand our collaboration with the GABF outside of the festival, and so this year, we’re bringing not only some of our past favorites, but a fresh new crop of tasting partner breweries to all to all three festival stops this season.”

This year’s tasting partners include ciders, spiked seltzers, gluten-free and gluten-reduced beers, in addition to the traditional brew.

New tasting partners include Good River Beer from Denver; Spiked Snowmelt — the new spiked seltzer line from Boulder-based Upslope Brewing; Holidaily Brewing from Golden, which offers an extensive selection of gluten-free beers; Boulder’s Twisted Pine Brewing, specializing in gluten-reduced beers; Wibby Brewing from Longmont; and Square Peg Brewerks from Alamosa.

Steamboat-local breweries Butcherknife Brewing and Mountain Tap Brewery will make their returns in 2020. Additionally, the festival this year welcomes Steamboat-local Yampa Valley Brewing Co. into the fold. 

Returning tasting partners include 4 Noses, Accomplice Brewing, Left Hand Brewing, Oskar Blues, Sierra Nevada, Stem Cider, Upslope Brewing, and Telluride Brewing.

WinterWonderGrass Steamboat tasting partners

  • 4 Noses (Broomfield, CO)
  • Accomplice Brewing (Cheyenne, WY)
  • Butcherknife Brewing Company (Steamboat, CO)
  • Good River Beer (Denver, CO)
  • Holidaily Brewing, Gluten-free (Golden, CO)
  • Left Hand Brewing (Longmont, CO)
  • Mountain Tap Brewery (Steamboat, CO)
  • Oskar Blues (Longmont, CO)
  • Sierra Nevada (Chico, CA)
  • Spiked Snowmelt by Upslope (Boulder, CO)
  • Square Peg Brewerks (Alamosa, CO)
  • Stem Ciders (Denver, CO)
  • Telluride Brewing (Telluride, CO)
  • Twisted Pine Brewing (Boulder, CO)
  • Upslope Brewing (Boulder, CO)
  • Wibby Brewing (Longmont, CO)
  • Yampa Valley Brewing Co. (Hayden, CO)

In a continuing effort to move toward a zero-waste event — with 2020 being completely single-use plastic free — WinterWonderGrass will introduce a new tasting cup program inspired by feedback directly from the fans. Advanced ticket purchasers will receive a stainless steel, multi-use tasting cup, in addition to a complimentary custom branded beer mug from Eco Vessel. The Eco Vessel beer mugs will also grant attendees discounts on all beer purchases throughout the festival.

Second-tier pricing for three-day general admission passes just started, and a limited quantity of single-day Steamboat tickets are available while supplies last. Steamboat VIP tickets are sold out, but the official fan-to-fan exchange, powered by Lyte is now open and the best place for fans to buy and sell tickets on the second market: http://bit.ly/WWGxLyte.

About WinterWonderGrass

Music, brews, mountains, locals eats and family is what makes up the three days of the WinterWonderGrass Festival. With deep roots in Colorado, California and growing in Vermont, the event has established itself as a popular winter festival. WinterWonderGrass is an intimate gathering where inspiration and connection sit at its core. The WinterWonderGrass community is focused on sustainability, local nonprofit support, nurturing the next generation and backing the arts.


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