Free Brat and Beer at the 4th Annual Das Bier Burner 5K Fun Run in Keystone

Summer is well underway and Fall will be here before you know it, with kids back to school, cooler temperatures and of course, Oktoberfest celebrations. Send off summer right with one last mountain getaway in Keystone over Labor Day weekend.

The 4th annual Das Bier Burner 5K is scheduled for Saturday, September 2, 2017 in Keystone.  This fun ‘beer’ run features a smooth course over rolling hills, mostly on a paved bike path, starting and finishing in Keystone’s River Run Village.


Runners will enjoy the serene setting and great mountain views throughout the race!  All ages are welcome and this event is family-friendly; you can even push a stroller if you want to run with your little ones! Every runner receives a reusable goody bag and t-shirt at check-in, as well as a free brat and a beer (for those over 21+) after the race!  Come up early on Friday night to get a good night’s rest and check-in early from 1 – 8 pm at the SummitCove check-in office. All registered runners receive 35% off weekend lodging with SummitCove.  If you can’t make it on Friday, get checked in for the race near the River Run Village entrance on Ida Belle drive from 8:45 – 11:30 am on Saturday morning. Same day registrations will be accepted unless the race has already sold out, but same-day t-shirts are not always a guarantee, so why not register now?

This event supports charity partner, the SOS Outreach. This non-profit organization works with underprivileged youth, ages 8 – 18, to promote growth, skills and personal development through outdoor sports programs such as skiing, mountain biking and climbing.  A portion of the proceeds of this event go directly to the Summit County SOS Outreach group. You will see some of their kids out on the course on race day cheering you on!


The race starts at 12pm with a mass start and heads out towards East Keystone down Montezuma road.  Soon the course heads south, up and around Settler’s Creek Townhomes and down near the Snake River. Runners will kick it into high gear as they pass by the gondola and head into the finish, lapping around River Run as they are cheered on by the SummitCove Yeti and other fans armed with lots of cowbells!


This event is nothing but fun for everyone involved! Costumes are highly encouraged, whether it’s your Yeti suit, lederhosen or dirndls! A ‘Best Costume’ prize will be awarded during the prize ceremony.  Whether you enjoy a leisurely jog, fast-paced walk or are obsessed with coming in the top 10, this race is for you. If you are one of those hoping to cross the finish line first, you are in for some great prizes! Prizes change from year to year, but past year’s prizes have included custom event beer steins, Freshie’s gift baskets, zip lining tours, free lodging in Keystone, sports equipment, snowmobiling, beer socks and more!

Keystone Oktoberfest kicks off directly after the race at 1pm, which is where you can enjoy your complimentary brat from New Moon Cafe and New Belgium beer. The ‘Summit Concert Band’ kicks things off at 1pm and then local Oktoberfest favorite, ‘Those Austrian Guys’ start 2pm and play all afternoon until the last ‘Prost’ at 6pm. There will be lots of fun kid’s activities happening including free face painters, a bounce house and the Edelweiss Schuhplattlers, Polka Dancers, who will encourage everyone to dance! You’ll also find some great deals at the River Run Merchant tent sale as they clear out the summer inventory and get ready for winter.  German themed food and beer will be served all afternoon.  Commemorative Keystone Oktoberfest mugs are available for purchase in advance for $35 with 3 refills.


What are you waiting for? Register today for the Das Bier Burner 5K, happening in Keystone on September 2!

Bluegrass & Beer Festival is back on August 5 & 6 at Keystone Resort Colorado

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!


Warm Colorado sunshine and great Bluegrass tunes flood River Run Village with live music across 3 stages, including an intimate acoustic stage at the Quaking Aspen Amphitheatre.  This year’s incredible Bluegrass Line-Up includes artists like The Lonesome Days, The Wooks, The River Arkansas, Liver Down the River, Wood & WireThe Railsplitters, Brothers Comatose and back for another year headliner Peter Rowan Band, in addition to many others.

If you are looking to be in the heart of the action, be sure to check out our River Run Village properties. Book early to get the best selection and if you’re lucky, you can get a property with a balcony that overlooks the festival! If you are looking for a quintessential Colorado summer weekend, the Bluegrass and Beer festival is the perfect event with great music, beautiful scenery and great beer. Take a morning hike before the festival or enjoy a ride up the gondola. On your day off, book a whitewater rafting trip with Performance Tours or a fun and scenic downhill bike tour down Vail Pass with Mountain View Sports and their ‘Ride the Pass’ tours. No matter what you plan, it will certainly be one of the best weekends of your summer!  Book your Bluegrass and Beer weekend package with SummitCove here. 


There are still tickets for the Keystone Wine & Jazz festival today!

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

10:30-12:30 Prosecco & Pancakes

12:00-1:00 Concert Flatirons Jazz Orchestra

1:00 Concert Debbie Strafford

12:30-4:00 Concert Joel Rodney

1:00-5:00 River Run Village Grand Tasting

1:00-5:00 Festival Food Vendors

1:00-5:00 Kid Zone

1:30 Concert Phil Denny Band

2:00-3:00 Wine Seminar “Willy Wonka’s Wild Wine Ride”

3:00-5:00 Concert Vincent Ingala

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.



Keystone Wine and Jazz This Weekend


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!


Events in Keystone and Summit County This Weekend

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 

 Date Feature Restaurant Local Musician Time
Friday, Sept. 9 Spoon Café Randall McKinnon 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 Kickapoo Tavern Beau Thomas 4pm to 6pm
Tuesday, Sept. 13 Pizza on the Run Beau Thomas 4pm to 6pm
Wednesday, Sept. 14 Zuma Roadhouse John Truscelli 4pm to 6pm
Thursday, Sept. 15 9280’ Tap House Jess Moidel 4pm to 6pm
Friday, Sept. 16 Kickapoo Tavern John Truscelli 4pm to 6pm
Saturday, Sept. 17 New Moon CaféPizza on the Run Randall McKinnonRandall McKinnon 12pm to 2pm4pm to 6pm
Sunday, Sept 18 Inxpot Drew Andrew Reges 12pm to 2pm

Food Specials
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

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 

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.

Copper Mountain
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.
This is a great weekend to visit Keystone and Summit County and enjoy one last summer mountain getaway before the snow starts to fly.  Take 30% off end of summer stays in Keystone with SummitCove Keystone Lodging. 

3rd Annual Das Bier Burner at Keystone Oktoberfest on Labor Day Weekend

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.



Summer’s Not Over Yet! Spend This Weekend in Keystone for Free Family Fun!

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!


Written By: Lauren Smith

Bruz Beers in Denver is worth the stop!

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!  

Pretzel Necklaces for beer and Bluegrass
Drink Beer, Eat Pretzels, Enjoy Life

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 Beer Jagged beer
This beer looks and tastes like you are on top of the world!

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.  

If you are headed home from Keystone for the beer and bluegrass festival this weekend then you should really stop here on your way home!  You can find Bruz Beers online at and in person at:

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!

Brewer and bald guy behind the bar and bruz
Talk to these two and get some tasters!

Live Music in Keystone This Weekend

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.

Written By: Lauren Smith

20th Anniversary Bluegrass & Beer Festival

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?

SummitCove Lodging handing out free pretzel necklaces to go with the beer samplings at the 2015 Bluegrass and Beer Festival at Keystone Resort

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.

Don’t miss out on one celebrating the 20th anniversary of one of Keystone’s most beloved summer festivals, the Bluegrass & Beer Festival happening on August 6 & 7 in River Run Village.  Book your lodging and tickets together with SummitCove to save up to 15% on the weekend.