10th annual Steamboat OktoberWest to tap off this weekend
10th annual Steamboat OktoberWest Schedule:Friday’s OktoberWest Beer Stroll 4 to 8 p.m. | Check in at Chief Theater, 813 Lincoln Ave | $25 at the door or $20 online Saturday’s Steamboat OktoberWest 2 to 6 p.m. Beer Garden 2 to 5 p.m. I Love Beef Cookoff 2:15 p.m. Bill Smith 4 p.m. Euforquestra 5:30 p.m. Beef Cookoff awards announced
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — A few telltale signs mark the start of autumn in Steamboat Springs.
The air turns crisp, aspen leaves turn golden and the lederhosen and dirndls are rediscovered along with that stein dusted with memories.
The 10th annual Steamboat Springs OktoberWest kicks off at 4 to 8 p.m. Friday with the Beer Stroll, which meanders through more than 20 downtown Steamboat Springs restaurants, each offering a specialty beer on tap to prep the taste buds for Saturday’s festivities. Check-in for the Beer Stroll will be from 3:30 to 7 p.m. at the Chief Theater.
On Saturday, the signature event involves the popular beer garden which will take place from 2 to 6 p.m. The I Love Beef Cook-Off from 2 to 5 p.m., featuring live music from local musician Bill Smith at 2:15 p.m. in Gondola Square along Burgess Creek at the Steamboat Resort base area. followed by Euforquestra at 4 p.m.
“It’s been great to watch the base area develop into such a beautiful space,” said Lisa Sanchez Warner, owner of Misto Productions and event planner of the event, which is hosted by the Mountain Village Partnership. “I don’t know of any other beer festivals where you can dip your feet into the creek while sipping your favorite beers.”
What’s a beer stroll?
“Frequently, there’s events held on the mountain-side of town, and then there’s events downtown — this is one that brings those together,” said Geoff Petis, Steamboat Springs Young Professional Network board member and one of the co-chairs for the stroll. “It’s a showcase of all of our really neat restaurants and eateries and what each one offers.”
Walk through downtown to sample two tastings at each of the participating restaurants where each stop on the map will offer a specialty brew or drink. Proceeds from the stroll will benefit the Steamboat Springs Young Professional Network.
Get a taste from a few of the 2018 participating restaurants including Azteca, Yampy’s, Besame, Off the Beaten Path, Steamboat Whiskey Co., Otto Pint, The Corner Slice and more. To see the full list of participating restaurants, visit steamboatoktoberwest.com.
What is Steamboat OktoberWest?
This annual tradition offers a taste of Colorado thanks to the more than 40 Rocky Mountain brewers participating in the event.
The I Love Beef Cook-Off complements the beer portion of the event. Competition organizers give 11 local restaurants the same cut of beef brisket, and chefs create an original, signature dish. Each competitor will vie for best dish honors as patrons cast votes for their favorite.
This year’s cook-off participants include Casey’s Pond, Cugino’s Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria, Dude and Dan’s Bar and Grill, E3 Chophouse, Life Saver’s Catering, Mahogany Ridge, McKnight’s Irish Pub and Grill, Salt and Lime, Seedz Organic Café, Steamboat Smokehouse and The Steamboat Grand.
What’s new this year?
Free bacon. Yes, that is correct. Keep an eye out for the new Bacon Station in the Gondola Square area.
The inaugural Timberline Jenga Tournament takes place at 3:30 p.m. at Gondola Square at the new Jumbo Jenga booth. The event will be using blocks that will build in size from 3 to 5 feet as the game progresses.
Stop by to play from 2 to 3:30 p.m. as a warm up for the tournament which will involve 16 individuals or teams competing in a bracket-style tournament. Prizes include a Big Agnes tent, a growler and Yeti ramblers.
What brews to look for?
“There is a huge range from Hefeweizens to your typical fall porters,” Warner said. “I saw a few with some super cool ingredients like chili peppers and cherries.”
Local breweries to try include Butcherknife Brewery and Storm Peak Brewing Co., Yampa Valley Brewing Co. Mountain Tap, Mahogany Ridge Brewery & Grill as well as the new Wheelhouse canned cocktails (from Oak Creek).
New breweries include Wheelhouse Canned Cocktails, Loveland Aleworks, Grand Adventures, Angry James and Mockery Brewing.
Did you know?
According to Warner, the event is expected to attract about 3,500 people for the weekend festivities.
There will be a game tent, which will offer corn hole, darts and balloon games.
How to get a Steamboat OktoberWest stein?
Friday Night Beer Stroll tickets include a mug and two tastings at participating restaurants and are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.
Tickets can be purchased in advance for the I Love Beef Cook Off and the Beer Garden. Beef tasting is $21 online and $25 at the door, and entrance to the beer garden is $30 online and $35 at the door. Tickets for both the beef contest and beer garden are $48 online and $53 at the door.
Full weekend tickets, which include the Friday Night Beer Stroll, Saturday I Love Beef Cook-Off and Beer Garden, are $65 online and $74 at the door.
To purchase tickets or for more information on the events, visit https://steamboatoktoberwest.com.
Geoff Petis’ rules for a successful beer stroll
- Don’t forget to drink water.
- Have some appetizers at the restaurants along the way.
- Don’t forget to tip your bartenders.
- Make sure to have a reliable ride home — the Steamboat Springs Transit’s free bus system works well for this.
- Sign up early — the events are expected to sell out.
- Leave your dogs at home.
- No firearms allowed on the premises.
- All events happen rain or shine.
- Walk, bike or ride the free bus to and from the events.
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