OktoberWest returns to Steamboat on Friday and Saturday
September 19, 2013
Steamboat Springs — "I would kill everyone in this room for a drop of sweet beer" — Homer Simpson
No need to worry this weekend, Homer.
There will be beer, plenty of delicious beer.
The frosty liquid of champions, good decisions, bad decisions, good nights, bad nights and interesting conversation will be featured at Steamboat's fifth annual OktoberWest.
The signature event remains Saturday's beer garden and beef cook-off.
The beer garden opens at 2 p.m. Saturday in Gondola Square with live music at 3 p.m. from Tombstone and then Moreland & Arbuckle at 4 p.m. Beer garden tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Tickets for the beer and beef tasting combo are $35 in advance or $40 at the door. Tickets can be purchased in advance here. Admission to the event is free.
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"It's all local restaurants and Colorado beef that's all natural," said Lisa Warner, of Colorado Event Rentals, which is helping organize the event. "It's definitely a different style of thing."
Twenty-three breweries and one hard cider company are expected to take part in the event, including local brewers Butcherknife Brewing Co., Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill and Storm Peak Brewing Co.
Other breweries expected are New Belgium Brewing, Crazy Mountain Brewing Co. and Oskar Blues Brewing, among others.
Of course, Saturday isn't the only day for beer lovers.
The event opens Friday with Suds & Grub. The "Duck Dynasty" costume-themed, beer-tasting bike parade serves as one of the biggest fundraisers for YPN.
Friday’s event begins at 5 p.m. at Howelsen Hill with a bike parade to Little Toots Park. After that, the group will travel to 10 restaurants that each will be offering two beers for tasting.
Suds & Grub beer tastings cost $5 per six tokens, and people can purchase as many tokens as they want.
The event goes until 8 p.m., and tokens can be purchased anytime at Little Toots Park or Seventh Street and Lincoln Avenue. The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association also will sell merchandise at Little Toots.
"Bring a skateboard, longboard or wear roller blades," YPN sponsorship chairman Matt Eidt said. "We want everyone from 21 to 91. It's all for fun, and we need as many people as possible."
For those who haven't gotten enough beer, Mainstreet Steamboat Springs is hosting the Yampa Live Goes Western from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.
The event between Sixth and Eight streets along Yampa Street will include free line dancing lessons, a petting zoo, mechanical bull and, of course, a beer garden.
From 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, there also will be a community dinner that benefits 4-H. Steamboat Meat & Seafood Co. will be roasting a pig, and other restaurants will provide more food. The cost is $20 for adults and $10 for children. Tickets are available at All That Jazz.
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