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Reds, Whites and Brews in Steamboat features 35 breweries, 15 wineries

Great Divide Brewing Co. is one of the featured brewers at the second annual Reds, Whites & Brews in the Boat, which will be held Saturday on Yampa Street in downtown Steamboat Springs.
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If you go: What: Reds Whites & Brews in the ‘Boat Festival When: Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 23 Where: Yampa Street between Fifth and Sixth streets, including the riverside Workman Park

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – Oenophiles and beer lovers get ready. There will be reds. There will be whites, and there will, of course, be brews.

Featuring craft beer from 35 local and regional breweries and about 15 international wineries, the Reds, Whites & Brews in the ‘Boat Festival will kickoff for the second year from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and will take over Yampa Street between Fifth and Sixth streets, including the riverside Workman Park.

“We’re gearing up for a really strong list of breweries, wineries and retail vendors this year,” said Lee Sims, operations and marketing director for festival hosts, Radiate Live Events.

With a $25 ticket, beer and wine enthusiasts can try unlimited samples in their collector’s tasting cups, and children, non-drinkers and designated drivers can enjoy all of the festival’s other offerings free.

VIP tickets are $65, and all tickets for the event can be purchased at redswhitesandbrews.net and at the entrance gate on the day of the festival.

It’s a perfect kickoff to Steamboat’s Fourth of July celebration, said Sims.

With Main Street Steamboat as the beneficiary, the Steamboat Farmers Market will be part of the event and allow tasting throughout both events.

There will also be a variety of local and regional food and retail vendors as well as live entertainment by Grammy-nominated bluegrass favorites Missed the Boat, local singer-songwriters Chamberlin Birch and the Summit County group, Ghosts of the Highway.

New this year, ticket holders can pick up their tasting glasses and wristbands early to skip the check-in lines on Saturday with the mug pickup party from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Tap House Bar & Grill.

Backdoor Grill, along with Ska and Ballast Point breweries, will be hosting the after-party immediately after the festival.

“When it comes to tasting, stick with what your favorites are, then branch out from there,” Sims said.

With well over 100 variations of beer and wine at the event, here are a few to be on the lookout for this year.

New this year

  • 7 Hermits Brewing from Eagle
  • Montucky Cold Snacks from Montana
  • Westbound and Down Brewing Company from Idaho Springs

Local breweries to try

  • Butcherknife Brewing Co.
  • Yampa Valley Brewing Co.
  • Storm Peak Brewing Co.
  • Mahogony Ridge Brewery & Grill
  • Mountain Tap Brewery

Gluten-free options

  • Colorado Cider Company
  • Big B’s Hard Cider
  • Kyla’s hard kombucha
  • Sapporo

Wines to try

  • 19 Crimes from Australia
  • Matua from New Zealand
  • Walking Dead Winery from California
  • Chateau Minuty from France

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email adwyer@steamboattoday.com or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1.


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