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Blues, Brews and Barbecue

Cassie Pence

There is something about vinegar, salt and tangy chili spices that makes me thirsty. Lucky for me, the festivities this Memorial day weekend at Beaver Creek will include beer, and lots of it, to quench my barbecue-inspired parchness.The Blues, Brews and Barbecue Festival kicks off the summer season Saturday and Sunday with blues music, kids activities, barbecue cooking demonstrations and the largest exclusively Colorado micro brew beer tasting in the state.”It is a great event because there are so many of the actual brewers there,” Gary Glass, project coordinator for the Association of Brewers, said. “They can explain the individual ingredients, the malts and hops, and the style of the beer.”Thirty-six brewers will be pouring their ales, lagers, stouts and porters – nearly 100 different bubbly libations for tippling guests to sample. Brewmasters will be happy, as most usually are, to chat one on one with participants about the individual beers. Brewers can explain how the styles are different and what to look for while tasting. Glass mentions Glenwood Canyon Brewing Company as a booth not to be missed.”Glenwood Canyon took a couple of awards in the World Beer Cup. It is pretty impressive that they got more than one award,” Glass said. “It is quite an achievement.”Tickets for the micro beer tasting are priced at $35 per person in advance and $40 on the day of the event. The tasting benefits the Vilar Center for the Arts. There will be a designated driver program available, and with the level of fun at nearly 100 beers, all revelers should take advantage of someone else behind the wheel.Something wafting through the airSome of the nations finest barbecue chefs will be on hand grilling up barbecue treats for purchase, including representatives from Kansas City and local restaurants. The festival culminates on Sunday with a barbecue cook-off, where guest chefs vie for $1,000 cash purse.Sensory overloadKnown to draw a large fan-based crowd, favorite local boys Little Hercules hopes to stir a two-foot uprising as they play funky jams Saturday. It may be the perfect time to test your coordination – eating, drinking and dancing. Bands Catch Cephas and Wiggins, Joe Bonamassa and Duke Robillard Band will also be holding blues-music sessions on the plaza Saturday and Sunday. Kids activities, free Bon Appetit culinary demonstrations and scenic chairlift rides ensure no fun-stone is left unturned.”We’re thrilled to celebrate the onset of summer with mouth-watering barbecue, lively blues music and plenty of kids activities,” Tony O’Rourke, executive director of Beaver Creek Resort, said. “Families and friends can get a taste of what summertime in Beaver Creek is all about – countless activities and lots of fun.”


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