It’s the 17th annual Bluegrass and Beer Festival this weekend (Aug. 2-4) at Keystone Resort, so let’s get to the draught of this thing first… the breweries that will be on hand for the event, and they are: AC Golden Brewing Co, Backcountry Brewery, Boulder Beer Co, Breckenridge Brewery, Dillon Dam Brewery, Great Divide Brewing Co, Left Hand Brewing Co, Shock Top Brewing Co, Odell Brewing Co, Palisade Brewing Co, San Luis Valley Brewing Co, Twisted Pine Brewing Co, Pug Ryan’s Brewery, Renegade Brewing Co, Upslope Brewing Co, New Belgium Brewing Co, Crazy Mountain Brewery, Colorado Cider Co, Aspen Brewing Co, Marble Brewery, Copper Kettle Brewing Co, Prost Brewing Co, Left Coast Brewing Co, Bonfire Brewing, Goose Island Brewing Co, Lone Tree Brewing Co, Full Sail Brewing, Elevation Beer Co.
Unlimited sampling is available for $40 for a one-day pass and $75 for a weekend ticket. Sampling packages all include a souvenir mug.
Okay then. That’s all you need to know. Just kidding, since we know there is any number of bluegrass aficionados as well…
Warren Station Center for the Arts will host a bluegrass kick-off party on Friday, Aug. 2, from 8 to 11:30 p.m., featuring Della Mae. Saturday morning starts with a 9 a.m. bass seminar taught by Steve Roy, a well known upright bassist.
The Shock Top Beer Garden, located just outside Warren Station in River Run Village, will open at noon both Saturday and Sunday where you can relax with $5 pints and take in acoustic bluegrass music accompaniment from the adjacent Quaking Aspen Amphitheater beginning at 12:30 p.m. each day. Keystone’s restaurants will be open in the Village plaza from noon to 5 p.m. each day.
The festival’s other music venues include the Village Stage located inthe River Run Events Plaza and Montezuma Plaza just inside the River Run information center, both of which will host live bluegrass acts, including Hackensaw Boys and Sierra Hull, 12:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The weekend’s seminars will conclude on Sunday with banjo instruction from Kyle Tuttle and a fiddle seminar taught by Phoebe Hunt.
Don’t forget that Keystone also offers a full menu of summer activities, including mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding, scenic lift rides, golfing on the resort’s two championship courses, children’s activities in Gondola Plaza and boating or paddle boarding on Keystone Lake. Festival lodging packages start at $102 per person, per night, including one-day festival entry.