The Beav kicks off summer with the three Bs |

The Beav kicks off summer with the three Bs

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Special to the Daily/Tomas Green-Beaver Creek ResortThe best part of BBQ? You get to eat with your hands.

BEAVER CREEK The Blues, Brews and BBQ festival in Beaver Creek has become the unofficial start to summer and barbecue season in the mountains. On Saturday and Sunday, festival-goers can savor creations prepared by barbecue chefs from around the nation and listen to live blues music. Participating restaurants include Fiorellas Jack Stack of Kansas City, MO; Smokin Guns of Kansas City, MO; Pink Flamingo of Ft. Smith, AR; Q of Albuquerque, NM; Smokey Ds of Des Moines, IA; Dr. BBQ of Lakeland, FL; Sweet Mamas BBQ of Westminster, Colo.; Over the Fence BBQ of Thorton, Colo.; Moes BBQ of Eagle; and Kirby Cosmos BBQ Bar of Minturn, Colo. Several Beaver Creek restaurants will also participate.

Blues performers Ron Thompson, Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers, and Joe Bonamassa will rock the outdoor plaza both days from noon- 6 p.m. Cooking demonstrations and kids activities will also entertain festival attendees. People can take chairlift rides from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Kids younger than 12 ride the lift for free when accompanied by a paying adult. On Saturday, the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek presents the states largest exclusively Colorado Microbrewery Beer Tasting from 1-5 p.m. The tasting features more than 100 special suds from 30 Colorado-based breweries. Tickets are $35 per person in advance or $40 per person at the door. Call 949-1234 for ticket information.The Blues, Blues and BBQ festival offers free admission. Food and beverages are available for purchase. For more information and additional lodging packages, visit or call 845-9090.

One and two night lodging packages are available. The overnight package includes, per person: One or two nights accommodations at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Two entry tickets into the Blues, Brews and Barbecue Microbrew Tasting Two tasting mugs for use at the Microbrew tastingRates start at $179 per room; two night packages are available at $289. Offer is valid today, Saturday and Sunday and subject to availability. Price does not include food concessions. To book this package, visit or call 866-471-7658.

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