A quintessential Colorado festival is heading back to Keystone on the first weekend of August for its 22nd year, The Bluegrass & Beer Festival! Fourteen of Colorado and the nation’s best Bluegrass bands will perform on 3 different stages throughout the weekend at Keystone Resort’s very own River Run Village. Beer samplings from over 40 breweries will be available on both days. You can also enjoy amazing food dishes prepared by Keystone’s best restaurant chefs. And if all of that wasn’t enough, you can also score a free bomber of Bruz Beer when you book one of our Bluegrass & Beer Festival packages! Book now though, because the free bombers are on a limited supply!
The weekend’s music lineup includes some huge names, including Monocle Band, Old Salt Union, Ragged Union, Masontown, Cicada Rhythm, The Lonesome Days, Head for the Hills, White Water Ramble, Brent Cobb, The Lil Smokies, and Mandolin Orange! We are so excited to welcome these great acts to Keystone! This is one of the Colorado’s best summer festivals that people come back for year after year.
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.
The 16th Annual Keystone Bluegrass and Beer Festival is this weekend, with a kick-off party tonight at Warren Station! Oakhurst and the Farewell Drifters will be setting the stage for a weekend full of fun and live music, starting tonight at 8pm at Warren Station in Keystone. Tickets are just $10 at the door. If you haven’t purchased your Beer Tasting Passes be sure to visit HERE to take part in one of the longest running beer festivals in Colorado! With over 25 breweries, offering several beers from their portfolios, including New Belgium, Dillon Dam, Grand Teton, Renegade and more, you are sure to find some new favorites as well as enjoy the classics! This is one of the most popular summer festivals in Keystone- nothing beats the fresh mountain air, amazing views, fresh beer tasting and live music, all right here in Keystone! Stay in one of our River Run Village Condos to be right in the middle of the action!
SummitCove has just a few properties still available for this weekend- call us today to get the best deal on River Run Lodging to be in the heart of all the action! There will be activities in Keystone for the kids all weekend as well including arts & crafts, musical instrument lessons, the Keystone rock climbing wall, and a mini golf course all within the River Run Village area. The weather forecast looks great with plenty of sunshine and temperatures in the 70s all weekend- it’s shaping up to be a spectacular weekend to be in Keystone!
Occasionally, couples or a groups of friends find themselves in need of some ideas for a fun weekend activity. There are some great events in Keystone this summer, and this is a rundown of a few that you won’t want to miss!
June 24th-26th: Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour Meat lovers will be thrilled with this brand new event in Keystone! If bacon or bacon inspired cuisine sounds right up your alley, keep this weekend free! For just $30, you can have unlimited samples, a free beer and a Bacon Tour event hat.
June 25th &26th Avon Walk Rocky Mountains We have touched on this event before and such an important cause bears repeating. Take in some of the most beautiful views in Colorado, get some exercise, and aid in funding for medical care for men and women as well as research to find a cure!
July 8-10th Keystone Wine and Jazz Festival If it is a sophisticated weekend of wine tasting and music that you seek, then this is the getaway of your dreams. You can enjoy live jazz from well-known musicians and learn about the nuances of wine tasting in a gorgeous mountain setting. Perfect for friends or couples!
August 6th & 7th Bluegrass and Beer Festival If you are a beer connoisseur, look no further than Bluegrass and Beer. Microbreweries will showcase various craft beers, and you can take in the music and the sights. This could be the perfect opportunity for your guys or girls weekend!
We’re happy to answer your questions and to get you further information on these and other activities and events. Check back with us as we will be posting further details the closer we get to these dates!