Event Preview | Save the Ales Beer Festival
In a landlocked state like Colorado, the late summer arrives with mounting temperatures and sporadic afternoon thunderstorms. Even in this land of indecisive weather, we’ve been noticing drier, hotter conditions more than ever before—which places more stress on our natural resources, like water. Climate change, it seems, is getting ready to claim another victim: our beer!
Conservation Colorado’s Save the Ales Beer Festival on August 9 aims to quash this nightmare before it morphs into reality. Both reliant on water, the environmental sector and beer industry embrace the overlap between conservation and craft beer at the nonprofit’s annual beer festival. With 40+ craft breweries and Colorado-grown companies expected, Save the Ales combines the power of Colorado’s booming craft beer industry with our citizen’s passion for our water, public lands, and natural resources.
Local favorites pop up throughout the list of expected brewers, including beloved breweries like Seedstock Brewery, 4 Noses Brewing and Renegade Brewing. Goldspot Brewing Company, a small yet mighty operation located near Regis University, was selected as this year’s featured brewer, which bestowed the brewery the honor of creating the annual Save the Ales beer.
The brewery produced the All-Colorado Sweet Cherry Dubbel, a 7 percent Belgian-style beer that loads a lot of flavors—and buzz—into a rich and fruity package that’s the alcoholic equivalent of an apple pie.
Ever yearn for a beer that reminds you of homemade pies cooling in the window on the slow summer days of your youth? This is that beer.
Goldspot’s specialty brew is an enticing preview to the plethora of options that will be enjoyed at Save the Ales. In addition to an array of samples from Colorado breweries, guests can also enjoy uniquely Colorado perks. Guests can enter to win lifetime access to the Passport Program, a popular 2-for-1 drink program grown out of Colorado that features three breweries—Ratio, Seedstock, and Westbound & Down—that overlap with the Save the Ales lineup. There will also be grub from a local food truck and restaurants, a silent auction for outdoor gear, a photo booth and there are rumors of an intern making an appearance in a beer costume.
The only thing better than this specialty brew is the cause it’s supporting. Save the Ales Beer Festival supports Conservation Colorado’s educational and advocacy work around water conservation while supporting local brewers and connecting with the community.
Feature image courtesy of The Brewtography Project