Third Annual Southwest Beer Trip: Blues and Brews
To cap off our third year of going to Southwest Colorado for a week of beer, friends and the outdoors, we headed over to the little mountain town of Telluride for the Blues and Brews festival. I've been a long time fan of that particular festival, but my fiancée Darcie had never been. Pairing amazing blues and rock music with one of the best beer festivals is a win-win in my book. Thanks to SBG Productions, Bill Kight and Patrick Shehan for all their incredible hospitality during the weekend. That crew knows how to put on a great party.Friday might have been my favorite day for the music. Things kicked off with Con Brio, who pushed the tempo with a ton of energy and some seriously awesome tunes. Then, fittingly at 4:20, Shakey Graves came on stage. We first saw Shakey a few years ago and while his appearance has toned down a bit, his music still rocks the house. At the Friday late night Juke Joint, we actually walked right by him not noticing who he was at first.Friday's headliner was quite easily one of the better performances I have witnessed in my lifetime. Joe Walsh, of Beach Boys, The Eagles and other classic bands fame, performed to a packed house. What an experience. Then came Saturday, which is notorious for its Grand Tasting. Those white tents in the previous pictures now house up to 8 breweries each, brimming with some of the best craft beer around. One particular treat: Sweetwater Brewing out of Atlanta. It's a little known fact that Telluride is the only place West of the Mississippi where one can purchase Sweetwater. We're big fans, and it's great having founder Freddy Bensch at the fest as well! Saturday night was Gary Clark Jr, and honestly, we were a bit toasted after the day long beer festival. One of the saving graces of Blues and Brews is the close proximity of camping. We headed back to camp and relaxed, while still enjoying all the songs of the evening. If you ever have a chance to head to Telluride for Blues and Brews, take it. It's a bucket list item for any Coloradan.