Views join brews as Westminster beer festival returns

Westy Craft Brew Fest July 27 with 50-plus breweries

Posted 7/17/19

More room to roam and sample five-ounce beers and stellar mountain views worked well for the Westminster’s Craft Brew Festival last year, so they’re doing it again for 2019’s version. “I …

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Views join brews as Westminster beer festival returns

Westy Craft Brew Fest July 27 with 50-plus breweries

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More room to roam and sample five-ounce beers and stellar mountain views worked well for the Westminster’s Craft Brew Festival last year, so they’re doing it again for 2019’s version.

“I think it really enhances the event because no other beer festival comes with such a commanding view of the Rocky Mountains,” said Rich Neumann, the marketing and outreach supervisor for the city’s Parks, Recreation and Libraries Department. “It’s a gorgeous location and people really enjoyed it. It was a big hit, so we decided to do that again last year.”

The festival returns to the Westminster’s City Park, at 104th and Sheridan, from 6-9 p.m. July 27.

For $50 — or $40 in advance — beer aficionados a five-ounce keepsake glass that’s good for free refills at booths staffed by the 50-plus local brewers expected to attend. This is the fifth year the city has hosted the festival and second its put in City Park. Before that, the festival was contained in the Westminster’s nearby baseball area, Christopher Fields.

“But other than that change, I don’t think we’ve changed too much. It’s just proved to be very popular,” Neumann said.

The festival features Westminster breweries like the Westminster Brewing Company, Kokopelli Beer Company, Frolic Brewing and Pizza Pub and Gemini Beer Co. They’re joined by regional favorites like Rock Bottom Breweries, Denver’s Bruz Beer, Edgewater’s Joyride Brewing and C.B. and Potts Restaurant and Brewery. Brewers are coming from all around Metro Denver as well as the Boulder, Fort Collins and Longmont areas.

“Beer culture is revered in Colorado, and rightly so,” Neumann said. “But we also want to stress that one of Westminster’s most valuable resources is our drinking water. We happen to have some of the tastiest drinking water around, and water is the raw material of beer. So it’s a chance to taste some amazing beers from amazing breweries.”

Again this year the festival adds to its offerings for people living a gluten-free lifestyle. That includes offerings from a handful of cider makers, including Firestone’s Wild Cider, Erie’s Old Mine Cider and Lafayette’s Stem Cider as well as fare from Boulder’s Redstone Meadery.

“That’s in consideration of people that are gluten tolerant, so you’ll see more and more of these,” he said.

The festival was named Colorado’s ten best in June 2018 by Westword, putting it solidly among similar events in Vail, Copper Mountain and Denver’s Oktoberfest. According to Westword, the number of breweries makes it great.

 

 

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