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Taste the Rockies

One of Colorado’s greatest charms is its mountain festivals. I don’t care if it’s wine or beer or chili: Give me a tasting cup, live music, a couple of booths and some snowcapped peaks in the background, and I’m a happy girl. Throw in a little sunshine and a few steep groomers off Breck’s Falcon SuperChair, and I’m in heaven.

Kari Barr can’t promise me sunshine this weekend, but she’s got the rest covered at the Breckenridge Massive Beer Festival. “We’ve had everything from sunny days to rainy days to snow,” says Barr, who is coordinating the event for FM radio station KSMT. “It just doesn’t seem to matter. People still have big smiles on their faces.”

The festival, which includes more than twenty brewers, takes place just off the slopes at Peak 9’s Main Street Station, which means I can get in a good half day of skiing before the tasting, which runs from 1 to 5 p.m. A $30 ticket ($25 in advance) gets you a six-ounce mug and unlimited samples, while a $75 VIP ticket ($55 in advance) includes admission at noon, a bottomless glass stein, access to a private patio by the stage, a room stocked with beer and a catered lunch from the new Himalayan Restaurant.

No money? Skip the beer and just enjoy the free live music from Papa Mali, Motorhome and Summit County favorites Big Richard.

The festival benefits the Family and Intercultural Resource Center. For tickets and more info, go to
Sat., April 11, 2009


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