One of Keystone’s longest running and most-loved festivals is back in Keystone on August 5 and 6. The Bluegrass and Beer Festival is celebrating its 21st year, bringing great music and delicious beer to Keystone’s River Run Village. This fun festival features beer tastings from over 40 breweries, many from Colorado including Baker’s Brewery, Bruz Beers, New Belgium, Oskar Blues, Left Hand Brewing, Crazy Mountain, Lone Tree and more. Purchase a one-day or weekend glass-pass to enjoy all the beer samples you can handle! SummitCove Lodging has some great deals when you purchase your tickets and lodging together, plus you’ll receive a free beer in your condo when you check-in!
That’s right – FREE BEER! All guests staying with SummitCove who purchase a Bluegrass & Beer lodging and ticket package will receive a complimentary in-room beer bomber from our partner Bruz Beer, hailing from Denver Colorado, waiting for you nice and cold when you check-in to kickoff the Bluegrass and Beer weekend!
If fun and great weather are what you love, than the Keystone Wine & Jazz Festival today is a sure bet. It’s not too late to join in on the fun today. The Sunday schedule still has plenty of entertainment with four concerts, a wine tasting, wine seminar and lots of delicious festival food from local venders. My favorite food that I tried from yesterday was the crab stuffed ravioli smothered in cheese and I can’t wait to get over there and find out what my new favorite will be today.
We all sampled a myriad of red and white wines which flow in abundance as you walk through the festival and why wouldn’t it with over 300 varieties of wine available. Come on out to the festival today with your friends or family. Parking is free and located across from the venue, close and easy. Stop by the SummitCove tent for some shwag and a complimentary photo with the SummitCove Yeti. This is a family friendly event and kids are welcome!
Location & Schedule for Sunday:
Located in River Run Village at 100 Dercum Square, Keystone, CO 80435
SummitCove Lodging has some great last-minute deals on lodging for the festival, with properties right in River Run Village, you won’t have to worry about driving home after the festivities. Enjoy the beautiful summer weather in the mountains today! Remember, the festival is free to attend, but if you want to taste wine, you can purchase a ticket at the Will Call office near Silver Mill in River Run Village. You can also purchase food and drinks a la carte without a grand tasting pass.
Get your grape on this weekend, July 15th and 16th at the annual Keystone Wine and Jazz Festival. This weekend is definitely a favorite amongst the locals! Wine and Jazz Fest is jam packed with fun events like Prosecco and Pancakes, Flat Irons Jazz Orchestra, wine tastings and so much more! Wine and cheese along with other food pairings will be happening throughout the entire weekend along with some amazing reserve wine tastings! This is a Colorado Wine festival you will not want to miss! You can view the whole weekend’s schedule of events here. Check out our Wine and Jazz Taster’s Dream Package which offers two nights lodging in River Run and two one-day Grand Tasting Tickets to the event, starting at just $481! Live music includes artists Scruffy Pearls, Joel Rodney Siemion, Brian Simpson Band, Michael Lington, the Flatirons Jazz Orchestra, Phil Denny Band and Vincent Ingala.
Looking for some other activities to do this weekend? On Friday, head up to the top of the mountain for the Friday Afternoon Club, with live music from Dewey Paul. Spend the afternoon hiking around, enjoying the views and playing yard games such as cornhole, slacklining or ladder golf! On Saturday, take the kids to tie-dye a t-shirt from 3 – 5 pm. Head out on a bike ride on the beautiful bike path which flows along the Snake River in Keystone. Ride all the way to Dillon and stop for a cocktail at the Tiki Bar or even ride all the way around the Dillon Reservoir! Prefer to hike? The Keystone Aqueduct Trail is a great trail for all ages that offers great views of Keystone and the Gore Range Mountains. You may also want to book a whitewater rafting adventure while you are here with Performance Tours rafting. The activities are endless – but summer is not! Head to Keystone this weekend for the Wine and Jazz Festival and some fun, before summer is over!
Fall is the perfect opportunity to take a weekend vacation up to the mountains! The Aspen leaves are beginning to change, the crowds are diminishing and there are plenty of events to take advantage of in the high country. If you’re headed to Keystone this weekend, here are a few things that you can check out in Summit County while enjoying the fall weather!
Starting this Friday, September 9th, Keystone’s Restaurant Week begins! Enjoy delicious eats at a great price. Throughout River Run Village, restaurants will be featuring specials as well as live music. Keystone’s Restaurant week goes through September 9th – 18th.
Music Schedule for Keystone Restaurant Week
Friday, Sept. 9
4pm – 6pm
Saturday, Sept. 10
Café FreshLuigi’s Pasta House
Randall McKinnonRandall McKinnon
12pm to 2pm4pm to 6pm
Sunday, Sept. 11
New Moon Café
Drew Andrew Reges
12pm to 2pm
Monday, Sept. 12
4pm to 6pm
Tuesday, Sept. 13
Pizza on the Run
4pm to 6pm
Wednesday, Sept. 14
4pm to 6pm
Thursday, Sept. 15
9280’ Tap House
4pm to 6pm
Friday, Sept. 16
4pm to 6pm
Saturday, Sept. 17
New Moon CaféPizza on the Run
Randall McKinnonRandall McKinnon
12pm to 2pm4pm to 6pm
Sunday, Sept 18
Drew Andrew Reges
12pm to 2pm
Luigi’s Pasta House
2 for 1 all entrees: September 9, 10 and 11th only. Restaurant closes September 12th. Feature Spotlight: Sat Sept 19th with Randall McKinnon 4-6pm
Kickapoo Tavern All 10 days: 2 for 1 Burgers. Feature Spotlight special: Surf & Turf- 10 ox Aspen Ridge Ribeye with a Jumbo Shrimp Skewer w/ 2 sides $29.99 Feature Spotlight: Mon Sept 12 with Beau Thomas 4 – 6pm & Fri Sept 16 with John Truscelli 4 – 6pm
Zuma Roadhouse 40% off all entrees and burgers. Feature Spotlight: Wed Sept 14 with John Truscelli 4 – 6pm
Spoon Café $3 Beer specials, $5 mojitos, Buy one sandwich or salad get second one half off. Sept 9 & 10th only. Restaurant closes September 11th. Feature Spotlight: Friday September 9th with Randall McKinnon 4 – 6pm.
New Moon Café Feature Spotlight Special: $3 all beer all day. $2 off all Panini all day. Feature Spotlight: Sun Sept 11 with Drew Andrew Reges 12 – 2pm & Sat Sept 17 with Randall McKinnon 12 – 2pm
Pizza on the Run $3 Drafts all 10 days.
Featured Spotlight Specials 9/13 & 9/17: ½ price pizzas all day! Food Specials Daily! Feature Spotlight: Sat Sept 17 with Randall McKinnon 4 – 6pm & Tues Sept 13 with Beau Thomas 4 – 6pm
Café Fresh Feature Spotlight Special: $4 Seasoned Beef Fajitas w/ grilled onions & yellow/ green peppers. Sides: cheddar cheese, corn & flour tortillas, guacamole, salsa, sour cream, black beans. Feature Spotlight: Sat Sept 10 Patio Party in Buffalo Courtyard with Randall McKinnon 12 – 2pm
Inxpot 10 Day Special: 10% off sushi Friday and Saturday night, $4 Sapporo on sushi nights $8 Lunch special every day, $5 Breakfast Burrito every day, $1 off Nitro Cold Brew, Buy one get one half off Pastries by Pauli, 15% off all fall latte flavors (pumpkin, maple and butter pecan). Feature Spotlight: Sun Sept 18th with Drew Andrew Reges 12-2pm Feature Spotlight Special: $5 Blackberry mimosa, $5 Bacon bloody Mary, ½ off Biscuits and Gravy
9280’ Tap House 10 Day Special: Tap House Tacos and side with a beer or soft drink for $10 (Choices include Cod, Tempura Shrimp, Pork or Chicken). Feature Spotlight: Thurs Sept 15 with Jess Moidel 4 – 6pm
Dillon / Keystone On Saturday, Summit County will be hosting it’s first triathlon, 106 West Tri, which also boasts being the ‘highest’ triathlon in the world at 10,291 feet. The race starts with a 1.2 mile swim in Lake Dillon (a new privilege that has never been allowed before), a 56 mile cycle race that will pass right through Keystone and up Montezuma road and finishing with 13.1 mile run around part of the Lake. Book discounted event lodging with SummitCove here. This event will be a blast to watch, and you may even be able to see the bikers from your Keystone condo!
Head over to Lake Dillon Drive between 9am and 2pm to check out the Dillon Farmer’s Market this Friday! Grab lunch and catch the live music while you browse the local food and crafts for sale.
And you won’t want to miss the last summer concert at the Dillon Amphitheater, The John Truscelli Band. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy the sunset at this gorgeous outdoor venue. Show starts at 7pm.
Arapahoe Basin is hosting their final summer event on September 11th, a Clam Bake and Oyster Boil! Head over to the base of the mountain for live music and an open bar from 3pm-6pm. Buy an adult ticket for $42 or a child ticket for $15, to enjoy a picnic style meal on the deck. To check availability and make a reservation, call A-Basin Guest Services at 888-272-7246.
Check out local artists from all over Colorado this Saturday and Sunday at Frisco Fall Fest. Meet the artists, and maybe find something to take back home from 10am – 5pm each day. There will also be a beer and margarita garden open daily to suit everyone’s taste! Saturday features free live music from Caribou Mountain Collective from 12 – 2pm, and Page 6ix from 3 – 5pm.
And if you want to make it a long weekend, head into town Thursday night to catch a free show at the Barkley Ballroom by Northern Strangers – a psychedelic folk rock band, joined, and Float like a Buffalo – a folk, funk, rock influenced group.
If you missed Keystone’s Oktoberfest last weekend, you still have a chance to “Prost!” with your friends at the Breckenridge Oktoberfest this weekend! Grab a Paulaner Beir and german cuisine on Friday from 2 – 6pm, Saturday 11 – 6pm and Sunday11 – 5pm, on Breckenridge Main Street.
This weekend Copper Mountain is hosting the Dirty Girls Mud Run! Start the weekend off by heading to C. B. Grill at 7pm to enjoy Wine Night benefiting Bright Pink, a non profit focused on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer. Saturday morning, the 3.1 mile (5K) obstacle course starts at 10am, and is followed by a costume contest and live music in the village. Finish the weekend out strong with Sunrise Yoga at 7am, followed by Bennies and Bubbly Brunch at JJ’s Tavern. And for those of you with energy left after all of that – sign up for the Golf Tournament at Copper Creek Golf Course! Tee-time is 11am. Event tickets are available individually, as well as in a combined package.
If you are looking for a fun way to spend your 3-day Labor Day weekend with your family, why not head to Keystone Resort? On Saturday, September 3, Keystone’s River Run Village turns on the German flare hosting one of Colorado’s best Oktoberfest celebrations along with the Das Bier Burner 5K! Sunday features A Taste of Keystone and then enjoy some down time for activities and relaxing in between!
The weekend kicks off with the 3rd Annual Das Bier Burner 5K family fun run on Saturday, September 3. Runners of all ages gear up in their best Oktoberfest costumes and line up at the entrance of River Run Village on Ida Belle Drive. When the air horn blows, the fun begins as runners start off on their 3.1 mile journey, which runs mostly along the paved Keystone bike path. Some people choose to walk or push a stroller. They head down Montezuma road, up and around the Settler’s Creek complex, through the new Alders Townhomes and next to the Snake River. The race loops back into River Run, passing by Black Bear Lodge, Dakota and Expedition Station, finally finishing through the heart of River Run. The SummitCove Yeti and everyone in the village cheers the runners on at the big finish. Next comes the best costume awards and winners ceremony! We have seen all sorts of crazy costumes, from lederhosen, yetis, beer girls and even a recently married bride and groom who took home the male and female best costume prizes by running in their wedding attire! Every runner receives an event T-shirt and goody bag as well as a brat from New Moon Cafe and a New Belgium Beer (21+) after the race at Keystone Oktoberfest! Register for the Das Bier Burner 5K family fun run online by September 2 or you can also register in person from 8:45 – 11:15 am on Saturday the 3rd! Proceeds from this event go to support SOS Outreach, who help at-risk youth through mountain programs and mentoring, such as learning how to snowboard!
After the race, shower up in your River Run condo and then head back down to the village and raise your stein! Colorado brewed Oktoberfest beers will be served up all afternoon, along with some amazing German themed foods such as bratwursts, Bavarian pretzels, schnitzels and more! Live music from the Summit Concert Band and Those Austrian Guys will be going on all afternoon, along with live performances from the Edelweiss Polka Dancers! Kids and adults will have a blast joining in the fun.
On Sunday, head over to Lakeside Village for a Taste of Keystone where you can sample cuisine from many of Keystone’s finest chefs and restaurants. The kids will have fun feeding the oversized fish and ducks and playing on the sand beach. Rent stand-up paddle boards or a paddle boat to get out on the water.
Keystone is also home to tons of other family fun activities such as biking, hiking, and gold fishing. Take your family on one last summer getaway in the mountains before the snow starts to fly! Keystone Oktoberfest, the Das Bier Burner 5K, and a Taste of Keystone are both family friendly events happening on Labor Day Weekend at Keystone Resort. Book your discounted lodging for Labor Day Weekend here.
Come relax in Keystone this weekend and take part in some fun family activities. Keystone has great events going on all weekend and many of them are free to participate in. On Friday, head over to Kidtopia on the main floor of Expedition Station in River Run to participate in free face painting and crafting from 12 – 3pm. While you’re over there, rent a few putters and play mini golf in the square! After you grab lunch nearby (New Moon Cafe offers some great kids lunches!) take a dip in the pool at your River Run condo and relax in the sunshine!
Up next you can head to Friday Afternoon Club for some more free fun. Grab a ticket for your free gondola ride and head to the top of Dercum Mountain. Live music from Dam-Na-Tion, Zuma Road or Funky Johnson can be enjoyed as you relax in an Adirondack chair taking in the views or while you play a fun game of ladder golf or cornhole enjoying a happy hour beverage.
Saturday morning start the day off with the one and only Mountain Top Yoga. Take in the best views in the county during this hour long class, starting at 10:30 for $45 (this includes the lift ride up). And you won’t have to leave River Run to enjoy Frontier Day with the whole family! Step back into the days of the Wild West with western music and line dancing, mechanical bull rides and old timey photos, and more! Ride a pony or learn how to rope up a calf! It’s all happening in the main events plaza from 11am – 3pm. Restaurants will also be serving up western themed food and drink specials to enjoy at Frontier Day.
Children 5 and under can participate in the Strider Balance Bike Race Series at 10 am in River Run Sunday morning (registration starts at 9 am). Strider bikes are available with a free rental and prizes are awarded to top finishers! And to really start your morning off on the right foot, join the guide at the top of Dercom Mountain for a guided hike with a bit of history with a Mountain Top History Walk! Starting at 11am or 1pm, this one hour moderate hike will give you a history of the mountain and mining culture.
Book a one bedroom condo with SummitCove Lodging, such as the featured property pictured on the left, Buffalo Lodge 8381, for Friday and Saturday night in River Run Village, starting at just $265 total for two nights, including all taxes and fees. Save even more on your last minute getaway by preparing dinners at the condo and packing picnic lunches that you can enjoy on a wildflower hike or sitting in the sun down by the Snake River. There are just a few more weeks to enjoy a summer mountain vacation at Keystone!
While we were busy preparing to celebrate Keystone’s 20th Annual Bluegrass and Beer Festival in River Run Village today and tomorrow, it has given us plenty of time to drink some good beer in preparations! We make a couple of thousand pretzel necklaces to give out to our loyal customers and festival attendees each year who visit our booth in the festival! While some people think that making thousands of pretzel necklaces might be complicated and a tedious task, we get to taste some beer at the same time so we don’t mind at all!
One of the beers I was drinking was a Belgian Beer from Bruz Beers in Denver called Jagged Twilight and snacking on the thousands of pretzel pieces we have left over from making over 2,000 pretzel necklaces and BAMN… It was freaking delicious mmm mmm good beer. This beer named after the jagged West Needle mountains of Colorado really makes you feel like you are on top of the world! Or maybe the super high alcohol content helped us feel like we just drank a beer at 14,000 feet. Either way the beer was very well made and everything from the initial pour, smell, and my favorite the taste, was amazing!
Bruz Beers is a new brewery among the thousands of new breweries popping up around the Colorado, except that they decided they were not going to mess around with easy to brew beers but instead focus on replicating the experts of the world, the Belgians!. I was lucky enough to travel to Belgium as a younger version of myself and realized that they just know how to make and drink really good beers, you know why? They have been doing it forever, and we all know that practice makes perfect. Then Bruz Beers decided if you have something perfected, then replicating it and making your own is a really smart move! Finding a local brewery that that takes pride in what the beer experts have been doing is a great way to do business, and when you make great beer, you earn the way to go from SummitCove! Bruz beers has been working on making a high quality beer and not making a million gallons to sell, quality over quantity!
Tasting the beers and buying some for your self (or me)! When you are coming or going from Keystone to the airport the brewery is really not that far out of the way, and some might say it is the only way to come and go from Keystone is to stop at a brewery on your way! It is only about 4 minutes off of I70 and I highly recommend the stop. Taste them all to see which one is your favorite, then buy one and enjoy the super cool new clean, but real brewery, I was able to walk around and get a quick tour of the place and enjoy a lesson from the master brewer who calls himself Charlie.
Charlie is a talker, and man o man do you just want to settle down with your beer and listen to his stories. Not only is Charlie an expert and is able to make amazing beers, he is nothing more than a kind and generous soul who likes to share his love of beer with anyone willing to listen. You wouldn’t know that you are talking to world class expert who can probably brew beer better than most, he is capable of explaining the complexities of the science to a simple mind like myself. When I taste beer I either like it, hate it, love it, or absolutely have to have another becuase it is fantastic, this guy can not only explain why, but also tell you a story that blows your mind while enjoying your beer.
Bruz Beers 1675 W. 67th Avenue Denver, Colorado 80221
(At the intersection of 67th Avenue & Pecos Street) 303-650-2337
Look for these two when you get there. They will certainly help you out, get you a bunch of tasters and talk to you about what they love, good BEER! Ryan is on the left and Charlie on the right. Tell them Tyson sent you from Keystone!
Headed to Keystone for the Beer and Bluegrass Festival this weekend? The festival itself is free to attend and watch the music, or you can buy a tasting pass for access to unlimited beer samplings to get you in the mood for dancing under the sunny Colorado blue skies. Three stages will be setup throughout River Run Village to feature live bluegrass music all weekend long. Check out tunes from The Lonely Heartstrings Band, Mason Town, Tim O’Brien, Peter Rowan Band, Jeff Scroggins and Colorado, T-Sisters, Mandolin Orange, Larry Keel Experience and more. The music starts at 11:30 am on both Saturday and Sunday, with the beer tasting beginning at 1, finishing up each day at 5 pm.
The music doesn’t have to stop when the festival ends! The Snake River Saloon, which is only a few minutes walk from River Run Village, will be hosting live bands with Zuma Road, Woodshed Red and Harmonious Junk playing this Thursday through Saturday nights!
Zuma Road is a fairly new band made up of Summit County locals. Self described as a ‘five piece groove, soul, rock group,” Zuma Road will start the weekend off by playing at The Snake on Thursday night. Friday will feature a funky bluegrass inspired band, Woodshed Red, native to Colorado Spring. And to close the weekend out, Harmonious Junk will keep you dancing all night with their jam band vibes.
Keystone is your home for great live music all summer long. Book a Keystone vacation rental for the weekend and you can leave your car parked and not have to worry about driving anywhere.
Be sure to join us on August 6th and 7th, 2016 at Keystone Resort for the 20th Annual Bluegrass and Beer Festival. That’s right, we are celebrating 20 years of one of the best Colorado beer festivals around!
Enter the River Run Village and find yourself in the middle of live bluegrass music playing all weekend on 3 different stages along with 35 Breweries serving up more than 100 brews. Get a glass-pass to start tasting, the admission includes unlimited beer tasting from all of the breweries on site from 1 – 5 pm. Local restaurants will be setup throughout the village as well, serving up delicious food for purchase to pair with the beer of your choice and of course, fantastic bluegrass music to enjoy. Keystone’s Bluegrass and Beer Festival is one of the best organized in the state because we’ve been doing it for 20 years. What could be more fun than a day full of brews, delicious food and amazing bluegrass music in one of Colorado’s most beautiful mountain towns?
Some of the breweries attending this year will include well-known Colorado favorites like New Belgium, Oskar Blues Brewery and Left Hand Brewing Company as well as local brews from all of your Summit County breweries such as Backcountry Brewery, Baker’s Brewery, Breckenridge Brewery, Broken Compass Brewery, Pug Ryan’s and Dillon Dam Brewery.
Here is a list of all of the other breweries that will be in attendance: 105 West Brewing Company, 4 Noses Brewing Company, AC Golden Brewing Company, Aspen Brewing Company, Big B’s Hard Cider, Boulder Beer Company, Centennial Beer Company, CO Brew, Colorado Cider Company, Crabtree Brewing Company, Crazy Mountain Brewing, Elevation Beer Company, Fate Brewing Company, Great Divide Brewing Company, High Hops Brewery, Joyride Brewing Company, Lone Tree Brewing Company, Mockery Brewing, Odyssey Beerwerks, Platt Park Brewing, Pikes Peak Brewing Company, Portland Cider, Ratio Beerworks, Redstone Meadery, San Luis Valley Brewing Company, Sanitas Brewing Company, TallGrass Brewing Company, Telluride Brewing Company, Tivoli Brewing, Upslope Brewing, Vail Brewing Company and Wild Cider Company. We dare you to try them all over the course of the weekend (responsibility!).
The music lineup includes Jeff Scroggins & Colorado, T Sisters, Lonely Heartstrings Band, Mason Town, Mandolin Orange, Tim O’Brien, Peter Rowan Band, Larry Keel Experience and more. Three stages set in various corners of the festival mean you will never miss a beat as you stroll from one beer tent to the next.
This is Keystone’s favorite summer event so be sure to join us! We are offering great weekend packages in River Run Village starting at $461.00 for 2 nights lodging and 2 one-day glass pass tasting tickets. Head up early on Friday Afternoon for the kickoff events or to head up on the mountain with a free gondola ride at the Friday Afternoon Club. Friday evening’s Bluegrass & Beer kickoff party event is called “Eat, Drink, Pick” a Beer Maker’s Pairing at Warren Station. New Belgium Brewing and Chef Chris Rybak will work together to present tasting dishes to compliment New Belgium flavors! Live Bluegrass music will be happening all night as you work through six small plates, each paired with a New Belgium brew and hear about flavor pairings, menu design and general education about the brewery. Doors open and tasting begins at 7:30 pm running until 9:30 pm, with bluegrass music until 10:00 pm. Cost for the event is $55 per person in advance or $65 per person day of event, buy tickets here.
Keystone, Colorado is home to many popular summertime festivals and the Keystone Wine and Jazz Festival has been around for almost 20 years! On July 18 and 19, 2015, head to Keystone to see what makes this one of the most unique festivals in the mountains!
The Wine and Jazz festival features over 300 different varieties of wine, from a host of different vendors and regions. Purchase a single day or weekend sampling pass and you will receive a commemorative tasting glass that lets you sample as many kinds as you’d like. Download the festival app to track your favorites and make sampling notes!
Whether you are a wine connoisseur or just enjoy going for the live music, tasting and people watching, this festival is not one to miss. Live music is free to see and feel free to bring your dancing shoes. Check out tunes from Joey Sommerville, Dotsero, Chris Standring, Will Donato, Elan Trotman, Sheryl Renee and Selina Albright. And what’s a great glass of wine without something tasty to go along with it? The festival features many great, local food vendors to create the perfect pairings for your palette.
In addition to the live music, food and wine tasting, sign up for one of the educational seminars to take your wine knowledge to the next level. Seminars will be happening throughout the weekend at Warren Station various prices, “Farm to Glass: The Basics of Sustainable, Organic & Biodynamic Winemaking,” “For the Love of Chocolate and Wine,” “Cigar and Craft Distillers Seminar,” “Prosecco and Pancakes,” and “The Blend Trend.” Purchase single event tickets or a package to attend them all for just $95.