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Rapids & Grass Beer Festival

  • Buena Vista, Colorado (map)

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 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.


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).

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