Palisade hosts first annual Brews & Cruise Festival
WHAT: Palisade Brews & Cruise Festival
WHEN: Friday and Saturday, May 2-3
WHERE: Main event — Veteran’s Memorial Park, Palisade
COST: $25 per person
Come one, come all and try more than 25 breweries from all over Colorado Friday and Saturday, May 2-3, in Palisade.
To celebrate local hops farmers and the beer created from the it, Palisade will host its first-ever Brews & Cruise Festival.
The event kicks off Friday night downtown with Led Stetson as the musical entertainment. A street dance at the corner of Third and Main streets is scheduled between 6-11 p.m. A beer tent will also be open.
On Saturday, take a cruise through the vineyards of Palisade on the Fruit and Wine Byway in the morning and roll into downtown Palisade to attend the beer festival later. The festival will be hosted at Veteran’s Memorial Park, starting at 11 a.m, with music by Gerry Goodman, Retrospectacle, and Uranium Blues playing throughout the day.
The beer samplings are scheduled between 1-6 p.m. Some of the breweries in attendance are Tommyknocker, Moab Brewery, and Boulder Beer.
Saturday’s event costs $25 for unlimited sampling and a commemorative cup. There will also be a variety of food vendors and others selling product like lavender and T-shirts.
Starting at 7 p.m., grab some dinner and wind down at Palisade Brewing Company as they host an after-party.
If you are visiting, a 30-mile guided tour hosted by Palisade Velo on Saturday will start at 10 a.m. in the park. It will stop along the way for short talks from local orchardists and viticulturists. The group will be back in time to change clothes and enjoy the brew festival. This ride is “no-drop” (no riders left behind) and will last up to two-and-a-half hours.
“The fest will be intimate and attendees are able to focus on the brewers,” Palisade Chamber of Commerce director Juliann Adams said. “It’s a perfect chance to talk to the breweries to find out what’s next on their end.”
This festival will also pay homage to the local hop growers. A map will be provided to visit some of the farms and learn about the hop-growing process.
“Structure of the hops farms are unique,” Adams said. “You will learn about why there are 20-foot poles sticking out of the ground.”
For your safety, please don’t drink and ride. For more information, visit http://www.palisadecoc.com.
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