Brewers relish trip to Beaver Creek festival |

Brewers relish trip to Beaver Creek festival

Scott N. Millersmiller@vaildaily.comBeaver Creek, CO Colorado
Vail Daily File Photo/Dominique Taylorl Steve Ragsdale from New Mexico tries some ribs before washing themdown with some beer at last year's Blues, Brews & BBQ festival in Beaver Creek, Colorado. The annual event takes place Saturday and Sunday.

BEAVER CREEK, Colorado C.V. Howe is bringing some of the states best beer to Beaver Creek, Colorado Saturday, but he has other plans, too.I know Im probably going to do what a lot of other people are doing Im going to integrate craft beer into my weekend, but Im going to do some fishing and hiking, too, and enjoy some food and music.Howe, the marketing guy for Boulders Avery Brewing Company, is coming to Beaver Creek for the annual Blues, Brews & BBQ festival this weekend. The plaza will be full of music and food Saturday and Sunday, but Saturday afternoon, a lot of people will head up to the ballroom at the Park Hyatt for whats billed as the biggest single gathering of Colorado-based brewers.I think its Beaver Creeks way of showing people from out of state what Colorado has to offer, Howe said.Howe said he and his mates from Avery will bring samples of the companys India Pale Ale, its best-selling beer. Theyll also bring up a good supply of White Rascal, the brewerys Belgian-style white ale, as well as a little bit of the heavier stuff.That heavier-duty beer the Reverend and Salvation ales is actually among the lighter brew served at another local festival, the Big Beers, Belgians & Brandywines event held every January in Vail.That event is quite a bit different than the Beaver Creek festival, Howe said. The B ig Beers event is aimed more at dedicated beer aficionados. This ones for a more casual fan of good beers.At Beaver Creek, people are really there to enjoy themselves, Howe said. It draws people from the Front Range, but from elsewhere, too. Theyll get some local flavor, have some barbecue and have a good time.Bill Lodge, one of the organizers of the Big Beers event, usually comes to the Beaver Creek festival. Other than the fact he doesnt have to work 25-hour days in the weeks leading up to the event, Lodge agreed that the Beaver Creek event is a little easier-going than the one he puts on.There tend to be more every day types of beers there, Lodge said. And its a nice-sized event there arent too many people. Its really one of the nicer festivals out there.This will be Danny Wilsons first trip to the Beaver Creek festival, and hes looking forward to it. Wilson, one of the brewers at the Palisade Brewery in Palisade, will be part of a crew the small operation will send.We always bring two or three people to festivals, Wilson said. That way weve always got somebody to pour, but you can get out and enjoy yourself, too.Wilson said a beer festival is a chance for craft brewers to sample each others stuff, take a few notes, and, mostly, hang out with fellow beer fanatics.During our peak season you mostly hang out with the other brewers around town, Wilson said. This is a chance to meet some new people.Business Editor Scott N. Miller can be reached at 970-748-2930 or

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