Grand Junction’s Edgewater Brewery hosts beer celebration
WHAT: Western Colorado Craft Beer Celebration
WHEN: Saturday, March 28, 2-6 p.m.
WHERE: Edgewater Brewery, 905 Struthers Ave., Grand Junction
COST: $20 per person, open for ages 21 and older
Mix together a dozen western Colorado breweries, music and 400 participants and out pours the third annual Western Colorado Craft Beer Celebration. The event is held in conjunction with Colorado Craft Brew Week, which runs March 21-29.
Edgewater Brewery (905 Struthers Ave., Grand Junction) will host the brew-centric event on Saturday, March 28, from 2-6 p.m. Entrance costs $20 per person aged 21 and older. Tickets are available at the door on a first come, first served basis. Tickets will be capped at 400. Last year the event sold out.
Fees include unlimited tastes. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Colorado Brewers Guild. Local band Zolopht will play throughout the event as well. Last year, the event raised more than $2,000 for the guild and organizers hope to top those funds this year.
“[The craft brew scene] is a cool part of Colorado’s culture and it’s growing year after year,” said Katlin Birdsall, Kannah Creek Brewing Company spokeswoman. “The town of Grand Junction supports Colorado craft beer.”
Breweries expected to attend include Colorado Boy (Ridgway), Copper Club Brewing Company (Fruita), Glenwood Canyon Brewing Company, Ouray Brewing, Ourayle House, Palisade Brewing, Revolution Brewing (Paonia), Rockslide Brewery (Grand Junction), Suds Brothers Brewery (Fruita), Telluride Brewing and Two Rascals Brewing (Montrose).
WHAT TO EXPECT
According to Birdsall, Western Colorado Craft Beer Celebration attendees should come with a full stomach and an open mind. She suggests eating a big meal before the event and being willing to taste a variety beer styles, even if it’s out of one’s comfort zone.
“It’s a chance to talk to the people behind the breweries,” Birdsall added.
Kannah Creek will have two specialty beers on tap at the event. The first is the Flanders Brown with raspberries, which was a collaboration brew with Two Rascals Brewing in Montrose, Colo.
“Our brewers actually spent the night in their brewhouse during the brewing of this beer since it’s a two-day process,” Birdsall said.
The second beer will be the Simultaneous Black IPA, which was brewed by five Colorado breweries at the same time and same day at each respective brewery.
Rockslide Brewery’s head brewer, Zorba Proteau, plans to bring three full kegs to the event, including a pale ale, a stout and the Kokopelli Cream Ale.
And Nate Sitterud, head brewer at Sud’s Brothers Brewery, confirmed that he will feature two beers — a marzen lager and the WTF Lager, which he considers to be a Bavarian Helles beer.
“We like to support the local economy and keep the money local,” Sitterud said. “The quality is better that way.”
Edgewater Brewery will serve its full food menu throughout the event.
For more information, visit http://www.kannahcreekbrewingco.com.
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