Beer goes well with chili, Leftover Salmon |

Beer goes well with chili, Leftover Salmon

You may have been to a microbrew, chili, or music festival before, but you’ve never experienced the deliciously spicy combination all three will provide at the Snowmass Chili Pepper & Brewfest this Friday through Sunday. This new festival promises to melt any remaining snow on the peaks and give participants a piquant weekend with top microbreweries, renowned musicians, chili aficionados, and favorite local bands. With almost 40 microbreweries attending the Chili Pepper & Brew Fest, there will be enough ale on tap to quench any fires lit by a spicy chili.From Colorado microbrew favorites such as Flying Dog and New Belgium Ale to more far-flung brewing companies like Full Sail, Anchor and Stone, festival-goers will be treated to the top microbrews in the nation. Taste seasonal brews from 3-5 p.m. Friday, then a larger selection from 2-5 p.m. Saturday.Also on Saturday 20 International Chili Society members from as far away as Canada and Wisconsin will compete to qualify for the nationals in Las Vegas. Chili judging and public tasting on Fanny Hill begins at 2:30 p.m. On Sunday, experts give way to the enthusiasts, and 15 local cooks will prepare their favorite traditional chili recipe for a judging and public tasting at 2 p.m. With renowned microbrewers and international chili experts in town, it’s only fitting that the Chili Pepper & Brew Fest is accompanied by equally high-caliber live music as well. Music ScheduleFriday – 4-4:45 p.m. Friday, Newcomers Home on Fanny Hill. David Lindley follows at 5 p.m. Leftover Salmon plays at 7 p.m. Saturday – Bongo Love and the Superlove Experience at 4 p.m. United Dope Front at 5 p.m. Pato Banton’s Reggae Revolution rocks Fanny Hill at 7 p.m. Sunday – Local band contest from 1 to 5:30 p.m. Bands are welcome to sign up by calling Tim Lucca at 948-7108.Tickets:Friday and Saturday tickets are $29 per person per day. A weekend pass is a steal at $49.Sunday’s events are free.In the Roaring Fork Valley, tickets can be purchased at Village Liquors in Snowmass, Zele Music Café in Aspen, Sounds Easy in Carbondale, or Glenwood Music in Glenwood Springs. Purchasing tickets early is encouraged.Information: 925-1663,

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