Head to Snowmass for the Craft Beer Festival

Denver’s Woods Boss Brewing was among the breweries at the Snowmass Rendevous Craft Beer Festival on June 9, 2018.
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The entertainer formerly known as a craft beer festival – Snowmass Rendezvous – returns on Saturday. Now in its eighth year, this time it’s bigger, better and has more ‘you going for you. So what does this mean, exactly?

What started nearly a decade ago as “a fun getaway in the mountains for Front Rangers and a cool way to bring Front Range beers to Snowmass for all the locals to try” has turned into a full day of beer, wine and distillery tastings. , experiments, gear demonstrations and live music, according to Keanan Stoner, creative director of Two Parts, the Denver-based company behind the party.

The event, which spans across Snowmass Village from the Base Village to the Snowmass Mall, kicks off with a “Pre-You” event on Friday nights from 5-9pm. Tickets are not necessary, and it will be a “pay as you go”. situation” with food and drink vendors and live music from Claire Heywood, which is also the opening act for Saturday’s Fanny Hill concert – the last of the 2022 summer season.

But, before the final come the festivities. For a $40 ticket (available at snowmassrendezvous.com), tasters can get their commemorative glass and participate in unlimited tastings at approximately 15 beverage-focused booths. There are also around 10 gear demos and experiential vendors, as well as a few DJs located around the Village Mall. Ticket holders can play at the Birdieball booth, for example, which has “giant inflatables you can play on. You can sip, you can shop, you can experience a lot with background music all the time,” Stoner said.

Other vendors include local haunts, like Aspen Brewing and Woody Creek Distillery, and Front Range favorites Call to Arms and Great Divide. Bristlecone, Basalt Bike and Ski, Ravens, Strafe and Taylor Creek will also have booths on site, so beer tasters can be gear testers. Additionally, the Rendezvous team plans to partner with restaurants around Base Village and the mall to encourage special dishes or quick bites, which will complement the event.

“The pretzel necklace is also an option,” Stoner noted.

But, tastings can also be serious stuff, according to Rose Abello, director of tourism for Snowmass.

“If you like cider or craft beer, these events provide amazing opportunities for education,” she said. “I know someone who literally takes a moleskin and takes notes. It’s the same way people approach food and wine.

Food & Wine but with music. Stoner also said this year’s event will have an even more celebratory feel, as the later date allows Rendezvous revelers to end the tasting with the aforementioned finale of Fanny Hill, a concert headlined by The Velveteers.

“These are Boulder rockers who have exploded over the years. Their most recent album was produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, so it will be a fun and rocking way to end the event,” Stoner said.

The event, which in the past was featured at the end of the Ragnar Trail Colorado race, was moved later in the season to 2021 for various scheduling reasons, and the teams ended up loving the format.

“It never gets stale,” Abello said.

And she’s not talking about your pretzel necklace.

Steve Nolan of Grist Brewing Company of Highlands Ranch pours a beer at the Snowmass Rendezvous Craft Beer Festival.
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Nick Popkey from the Oskar Blues brewery in Lyon at the Snowmass Rendezvous Craft Beer Festival.
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