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Festival of the Brewpubs pours into Arapahoe Basin

Kimberly Nicoletti
Arapahoe Basin, CO Colorado

ARAPAHOE BASIN, Colorado “-Come spring, there’s always a party at Arapahoe Basin, Colorado, but this Sunday, the Basin brews up its biggest celebration with its Eighth Annual Festival of the Brewpubs.

The festival features the finest microbrews from five local breweries: Backcountry, Breckenridge, Dillon Dam, Pug Ryan’s and Wolf Rock. A-Basin will sell 14 oz. plastic souvenir mugs for unlimited tasting between noon and 4 p.m., or until the last keg runs dry.

“At 10,800 feet, A-Basin encourages drinking responsibly,” said spokesperson Leigh Hierholzer, who added that Life Water will be available free to designated drivers.

In order to avoid under-the-influence turns down the mountain, foot passengers can ride Exhibition Lift to Black Mountain Lodge to have lunch for an additional $20.

Krystal 93 will spin tunes from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

At 1 p.m., Basin-goers will “party like it’s 1999,” ” well, really, the 1980s ” “with a rebel yell” with That Eighties Band, on the ticket office steps. We’re talkin’ “Thriller,” “Material Girl,” “Don’t Stop Believin'” so you can hold on to that ’80s feelin’ ’til 4 p.m. That Eighties Band plays all of the great (and, let’s face it ” not so great) hits of the ’80s, so bring your big hair, shoulder pads and leg warmers for a rockin’ afternoon.

Believe it or not, the Denver-based band says they came up with the name “after a lot of brainstorming to find a name that best describes our music.” Hmmmm ….

Their sound can be likened to a can of Aqua Net (quick! save the ozone!) or that tricky and colorful Rubik’s Cube that both fascinated and confounded youth.

“We try to bring people back to the ’80s,” said bandmember Travis LeRoy. “We strive to make the show and the music as authentic as possible. There are so many great songs from that era.”

Saturday, Coral Creek brings its Caribbean-rooted music to the Basin. The band fuses an eclectic upbeat mix of rock, reggae, funk, blues, country and bluegrass compositions, as well as covers from bands ranging from The Grateful Dead and Bob Dylan to Sheryl Crow, Jimmy Buffet and Peter Rowan. The Golden-based band constantly writes new songs and applies new styles. Plus, Coral Creek features lead instrumentation by six-time Telluride mandolin champion Charlie Provenza.

What: Festival of the Brewpubs

When: noon to 4 p.m. Sunday

Festival location: Arapahoe Basin’s base area

Cost: $20 (must bring an ID)

Bonus: Free rail jam Saturday in the Treeline Terrain Park

More information: Visit http://www.arapahoebasin.com