Thursday, September 19, 2002
Steamboat Springs The worst thing that could possibly happen at a brew festival happened last year in Steamboat Springs.
About halfway into the event, one by one, each vendor ran out of beer. The Steamboat Brewery and Tavern came to the rescue, donating a bunch of Alpenglow kegs. But the reinforcements didn't hold the crowd for long.
The eager drinkers consumed the extra suds in less than an hour, and again, there was no beer at the brew festival. Before the headlining band came on, many people left the event, seeking suds at nearby establishments.
But there is one thing organizers of Saturday's 12th annual Steamboat Mountain Brewfest want to make clear: The beer will not run out.
This year, explained co-organizer Teresa Andrews, the 22 beer vendors plan to have enough spirits on hand to keep the taps flowing through the entire event.
"They are bringing twice as much beer as last year," she said. "We should be in good shape."
With that said, organizers really do want those who live for the brewfest to feel confident the beer won't be short of supply this year. Breweries from Colorado, Utah and Wyoming will be at the event, pouring samples of their brews.
Pop reggae artist Judge Rough Neck and Denver rock band Potemkin Square will take the stage during the festival.
The stage, as well as the entire event, is at a new location this year. Instead of the base of the Steamboat Ski Area, the brewfest will be set up in the lawn adjacent to the Torian Plum parking lot. That's similar to the location last year's West Fest event was held.
"It's a nice, flat spot. It should work out," Andrews said.
The Fall Foliage Festival, organized by the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association and Steamboat Springs Ski and Resort Corp., will be at the base of ski area instead. That event is put on jointly with the brewfest.
"There is a nice path that goes between both the events," Andrews said.
However, no beer from the brewfest is allowed in the Fall Foliage Festival.
That event is focused on children and family events, rather than beer and music. There will be more than 20 arts and crafts vendors, selling items that include handmade soap, beaded jewelry, photography, faux fur and fleece clothing.
The Hands-On! Children's Museum will have a booth for kids to make their own crafts and a local Boy Scouts troop will have the Meadow Muffin Plop contest.
That contest lets participants bet on where a cow will leave a cow pie.
"The Fall Foliage area also includes the climbing wall and the bungee jump," chamber event director Dina Monico said.
The festival is completely free.
The brewfest is $19 for advanced tickets and $24 at the event.
Advanced tickets are at Steamboat Brewery and Tavern, All That Jazz, Central Park Liquor, Market on the Mountain and the chamber.