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Suds and Snow

Craft beer and snowboarding seem like a perfect pairing, but the two industries hadn’t gotten together all that much before this winter. That changed, though, as craft brewers around the state began teaming up with skiing and snowboarding companies, events and re-sorts. The latest, and possibly biggest, blowout will take place today, when Left Hand Brewing in Longmont debuts the Hops & Handrails Beer Fest & Rail Jam.

“It’s great beer and great skiing and snowboarding,” says event chairman Josh Goldberg. “And when you think of Colorado, this is the best of what we have to offer.”

The family-friendly fest, which is also part of Colorado Craft Beer Week, March 18 to 24, features 23 Colorado breweries, live music, lo-cal food, and a 25-foot-high ramp that was built just for the occasion. “It’s just huge,” Goldberg says. “I was standing on top of it just now, and it’s scary.” Winter Park Resort trucked in four loads of snow to coat the ramp, where eighty riders will show off their best moves.

Hops & Handrails, which runs from 2 to 7 p.m., benefits three nonprofits: A Woman’s Work, SOS Outreach, and the Colorado Brewers Guild. A tasting glass for the beer fest is $35; tickets to the Rail Jam only are $5. For tickets and information, go to
Sat., March 23, 2-7 p.m., 2013


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