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Rapids & Grass Beer Festival returns to Buena Vista

The second annual Rapids & Grass Beer Festival in Buena Vista is set for Friday, June 29 – Sunday, July 1, with the beer tasting falling on Saturday, June 30th.

Buena Vista, Colo. — Spend a weekend along the Arkansas River sampling beer from more than 45 craft breweries, jamming to live Bluegrass and Americana music, and taking in sweeping mountain views.

The 2018 Rapids & Grass Beer Festival kicks off on Friday, June 29 with a tap takeover at The Jailhouse Craft Beer Bar featuring Jester King Brewery (Austin, TX) and Beachwood Brewing (Long Beach, CA) followed up by free shows from Tierro w/ Bridget Law and Bonfire Dub at The Beach at South Main. The main event is Saturday, June 30th with unlimited beer sampling from 48 premiere local and out-of-state breweries — including Arizona Wilderness, Beachwood, Jester King, Firestone Walker, Black Project, Cannonball Creek, Cerebral, and Outer Range — and live music all day at The Beach. Food will be available for purchase from local food trucks throughout the beer tasting. The weekend wraps up on Sunday, July 1st with the Freedom Float raft trip down a Class 3 section of whitewater and more riverside live music from Chain Station at the River Runners rafting takeout.

For its second year, the Rapids & Grass Beer Festival ups the ante with a killer lineup of After Party shows at the brand new Ivy Ballroom at the Surf Hotel, adjacent to the festival grounds. With a separate ticket, festival goers can enjoy amazing live shows from Rapidgrass on Friday, DJ Logic on Saturday, and Leftover Salmon on Sunday.

Tickets will be on sale this Friday, April 6th for the 2018 Rapids & Grass Beer Festival in Buena Vista. Attendees can choose from a number of ticketing options including a Full Weekend Pass ($200) which includes a ticket to the VIP tasting hour, access to all live music at The Beach, a seat on the Freedom Float on Sunday, as well as a ticket to the Rapidgrass, DJ Logic, Leftover Salmon after party shows at The Surf Hotel Ballroom. There are two lodging options offered with the Full Weekend Pass including first access to lodging at the new Surf Hotel or a camping pass within the festival camping area.

Other ticket options include the VIP Beer Tasting ($75), GA Beer Tasting ($50), as well as the options to add the Freedom Float raft trip ($60) on Sunday, and full weekend RV Camping ($20) or Tent + Car Camping ($15).


Participating Breweries:

4 Noses Brewing, Arizona Wilderness Brewing, Atom Brewing, Avery Brewing, Barrels & Bottles, Beachwood Brewing, Bierstadt Lagerhaus, Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales, Black Shirt Brewing, C Squared Ciders, Cannonball Creek Brewing, Cerebral Brewing, Colorado Cider Company, Comrade Brewing, Copper Kettle Brewing, Crestone Brewing, Deerhammer Distilling, Durango Brewing, Eddyline Brewery, Elevation Beer Co., Epic Brewing, Firestone Walker, Great Divide Brewing, Jester King, Joseph James Brewing, La Cumbre Brewing, Left Hand Brewing, Melvin Brewing, Mockery Brewing, Mountain Sun, New Image Brewing, New Terrain Brewing, Ninkasi Brewing, Oskar Blues / Perrin / Cigar City, Our Mutual Friend, Outer Range Brewing, Ratio Beerworks, Sierra Nevada, Soulcraft Brewing, Stem Ciders, Two Roads Brewing, Upslope Brewing, Ursula Brewery, Westbound & Down, Wiley Roots, Wood’s High Mountain Distillery, Wood’s Boss Brewing, Zwei Brewing.

Live Music:

Rapidgrass, Bonfire Dub, Tierro w/ Bridget Law, Sugar and the Mint, Liver Down The River, We Dream Dawn, Chain Station

After Party Shows:

Rapidgrass, DJ Logic, Leftover Salmon

Food Trucks:

Cowboy’s Dash BBQ, The Divide German Food Truck, The Hub Bar & Grill, The Owl & Fox Noodle Truck


Rapids & Grass Beer Festival 2018 Full Weekend Schedule

Friday, June 29

Welcome Party at The Jailhouse Craft Beer Bar

4:00 – 6:00PM Tap Takeover with Beachwood Brewing & Jester King Brewery

Live Music at The Beach

6:00 – 7:30PM Tierro w/ Bridget Law

8:00 – 9:30PM Bonfire Dub

After Party Show – The Ivy Ballroom at Surf Hotel

10:00PM Rapidgrass – FREE Show

Saturday, June 30

Unlimited Beer Tasting

 2:00 – 3:00PM – VIP Beer Tasting

3:00 – 6:00PM – GA & VIP Beer Tasting

Live Music at The Beach

2:00 – 3:00PM – Sugar and the Mint

3:30 – 5:00PM – Liver Down the River

5:30 – 7:00PM – We Dream Dawn

7:30 – 9:30PM- Rapidgrass

After Party Show – The Ivy Ballroom at Surf Hotel

10:00PM DJ Logic (*Separate ticket required.)

Sunday, July 1

Freedom Float

Multiple Launch Times. The Freedom Float takes you down a 7-mile stretch of Class 3 Whitewater, starting at the Festival Venue and ending at the Riverside Grill. Enjoy food & drinks for purchase as well as more riverside live music.

Live Music at River Runners Takeout

2:00 – 4:00PM – Chain Station

After Party Show – The Ivy Ballroom at Surf Hotel

8:00PM – Leftover Salmon (*Separate ticket required.)

Festival Website:

Instagram: @bvrapidsandgrass


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