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Celebrate spring and sample suds with Edgewater Brewery this Saturday

Brittany Markert
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Matt Simpson, a brewer for Kannah Creek Brewing Company's Edgewater Brewery location, inspects one of the drums which holds the current brew being made, called Crossing Irons.
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GO&DO

WHAT: Western Colorado Craft Brew Celebration

WHEN: Saturday, March 29, 2-6 p.m.

WHERE: Edgewater Brewery, 905 Struthers Ave., Grand Junction, Colo.

COST: $10 per person

INFO: http://www.kannahcreekbrewingco.com

Grand Valley residents love craft beer. And this Saturday, March 29, Kannah Creek Brewing Company’s Edgewater Brewery will give them what they want by hosting the 2nd annual Western Colorado Craft Brew celebration from 2-6 p.m.

The event will largely be hosted on Edgewater’s expansive lawn, located at 905 Struthers Ave., in Grand Junction. Tickets are $10 for unlimited samples and live music. The proceeds will be donated to the Colorado Brewers Guild.

“We came up with the celebration as a way to contribute to Colorado Craft Beer Week — held March 21-29,” Kannah Creek’s marketing coordinator Katlin Lubeley said. “We are really excited because last year went so well.”



This year’s celebration will feature more space to accommodate the growing crowd, regional breweries, and an outdoor stage. Last year around 200 people attended the inaugural celebration, and this year Edgewater is hopeful for even more.

“In Colorado, we have such an amazing craft-brew culture,” Lubeley said. “We wanted a way to contribute (to Colorado Craft Brew Week) to let people know that the Western Slope has some great craft brews as well.”



Colorado Craft Brew Week is a celebration of craft brewers, pubs, and restaurants showcasing and educating beer lovers about Colorado’s unique craft-beer community.

“An American craft brewer is small, independent and traditional,” according to the Brewers Association website. Kannah Creek Brewing Company, along with 11 other Western Slope Brewers, hopes to follow those guidelines at this weekend’s event.

The Grand Junction area alone is home to several unique breweries, including host Kannah Creek and other participants like Copper Club Brewing Company in Fruita and Palisade Brewing Company.

“One of the key components that makes a craft brew is heart,” Palisade Brewing Company’s head brewer Danny Wilson said. “It is knowing where it is coming from, a true passion for the art and science of brewing. It’s like drinking beers from our neighbors.”

FUN FOR ALL

The celebration at Edgewater Saturday will include at least 12 confirmed breweries and two live, local bands.

The breweries include Kannah Creek Brewing Company, Rockslide Restaurant and Brewery, Ouray Brewery, Colorado Boy Brewing Company, Revolution Brewing, Glenwood Canyon Brewing Company, Palisade Brewing Company, Two Rascals Brewing Company, Telluride Brewing Company, Copper Club Brewing Company, Horsefly Brewing Company, and Suds Bros Brewery.

Plus, two bands — Tight Thump and Retrospectacle — will play. Edgewater will also host happy hour beginning at 3 p.m. for food specials.

KEEP IT LOCAL

Creating unique beers is only the beginning when it comes to being in the craft-brew industry. As a local business, Kannah Creek Brewing Company likes to give back to the community with regular fundraisers. Kannah Creek is a big local employer as well — 70-80 people work for them between the 12th Street spot and Edgewater.

“We enhance the community, we give back, (and) we provide a place to meet in a comfortable environment,” Lubeley said.

Fruita’s Copper Club Brewing Company also values a strong sense of community. They hold a weekly potluck, concerts from local musicians, and games like backgammon and darts.

“It is a community gathering place,” Copper Club co-owner Michelle Collins said.

Palisade Brewing Company additionally tries to donate proceeds from certain beers to local groups. They have given to variety of programs benefiting children and health care.


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