By: Rebecca LaPole
Next month the Lincoln Center will allow you to reap the benefits of our brew-happy town during the 8th Annual Fall Harvest Brewfest, benefiting Animal House Rescue. Presented by Wilbur’s Total Beverage, the fest will run from 7-10 p.m. on Friday, September 16th, with a limited ticket VIP event from 6-7 before general admission doors open for an additional hour of less-crowded brew-cruising.
Featuring craft beer, micro-distilleries, food and live music, ticket prices range from $37.50 for general admission to $55.00 for VIP access. With the cost of admittance, each guest will get a commemorative beer tasting glass for unlimited samplings, access to 100+ beers from over 35 different breweries, including new comers Soul something and Snowbank brewery, and micro-distilleries. “The producers would like to remind guests of the higher alcohol content found in many craft beers. While small bites will be available for sampling, arrive with a little bit of fuel in the belly or swing by one of the food trucks for a full tilt meal to wash it all down.” There will be food trucks on site to allow you to cleanse the palette and maintain a good head, not just in your beer glass, but also on your shoulders.
Even non-beer drinkers will have options ranging from gluten-free favorites from Wild Cider and micro-distilleries Dancing Pines and Feisty Spirits. For the more adventurous, Denver based Happy Leaf Kombucha will offer up a non-alcoholic option for a little fizz without the kick.
Live music will play throughout the evening starting with Breakfast for Dinner, headliner Last Call Romance in the main ballroom, and Troubadour Sound Systems spinning their classic vibe on the terrace. The event winds throughout the Lincoln Center, top to bottom, with enough vendors to keep the lines down and your taste buds wagging.
Event producers, Black Lab Walking Productions, will partner again with Animal House Rescue as the event’s non-profit beneficiary. “We want to bring the same cohesiveness and community feel to the brewfest as last year,” says Brian Hurst, Event Director and co-producer of the event. “We already knew Fort Collins had a kinship for dogs and good beer. The charitable aspect has made it even better. Our motto is pretty simple: ‘Drink a Beer, Save a Dog’.” The brewfest helped raise over $15,000 in 2015, and they are aiming for a higher mark this year. As part of the fundraiser, the event features a silent auction with full size brewery signs from Neon Zeon, a drawing for a New Belgium cruiser bike and a ticketed chance to win a free stay in Sayulita, Mexico.
Tickets are available through the website at www.fallharvestbrewfest.com. You can also avoid online service fees by purchasing in person at Wilbur’s Total Beverage, the Lincoln Center or Animal House Rescue on the corner of Vine & Shields. This event has sold out in year’s past so be sure to get your tickets early!