Slopes & Suds

Although Arapahoe Basin typically closes its season with the Festival of the Brewpubs, sometimes — a few seasons ago, for instance, when a snow drought shortened everyone’s run — the skiing is already over. Not so in 2014, says A-Basin spokeswoman Adrienne Saia Isaac. “This year, the skiing is still going to be awesome beforehand,” she promises. “You can get your runs in in the morning and then enjoy the brewpubs in the afternoon.” Not only is the snow still great at A-Basin, but the slopes are tentatively open at least until June 1. Also on tap is a free rail jam beginning at 10:30 a.m. in the Treeline Terrain Park, with great prizes from sponsors Dragon and Muscle Milk.

Then it’s on to the fest, which runs from noon to 4 p.m., featuring an unprecedented twelve Colorado breweries this year: Pug Ryan’s, Dillon Dam, AC Golden, Avery, Odell, Oskar Blues, Wynkoop, Tivoli, Twisted Pine, Breckenridge Brewery, Left Hand and Elevation. The afternoon also includes live bluegrass by Whitewater Ramble starting at 1 p.m. A cool $25 gets you beer samples and a commemorative mug at this 21-plus event; for more information, go to arapahoebasin.com.
Sun., May 25, 1-4 p.m., 2014

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Susan Froyd started writing for Westword as the "Thrills" editor in 1992 and never quite left the fold. These days she still freelances for the paper in addition to walking her dogs, enjoying cheap ethnic food and reading voraciously. Sometimes she writes poetry.
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