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Brews and views at the Breck Brew Fest

Aaron Burnettsummit daily news

Warm sun, cool beer and smooth tunes are on tap this weekend at the fifth annual Breckenridge Spring Beer Festival – A celebration of brews & views. The festival runs from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Main Street Station Plaza in downtown Breckenridge.The event, which raises funds for the Breckenridge Mountain Rotary Club, blends a unique offering of handcrafted brews with an eclectic mix of free live music. This year’s performers include Colorado artists the Holden Young Trio and Something Underground. Headlining the festival will be Elliot Brood, a Canadian trio known for their high energy renditions that typically have the crowd dancing throughout the band’s performance. “We have 23 amazing breweries, three awesome bands lined up and in our fifth year we have really figured out how to throw a good party,” said event organizer and KSMT general manager Jen Radueg.

The festival will showcase handcrafted beers from 23 microbreweries from Colorado and beyond including Alaskan Brewing, Boulder Beer Co., Crazy Mountain Brewing Co., Del Norte Brewing Co., Grand Teton Brewing Co., Tallgrass Brewing Co. and Left Hand Brewery among others.Festival goers have the option of purchasing an unlimited tasting cup for $30 the day of the event. The bottomless 5-ounce tasting cup will be good throughout the festival. Food and other vendors will be on hand as well, said Radueg.For those looking for a more exclusive experience, a Breckenridge Distillery V.I.P. glass tasting mug is offered for $75. V.I.P. mug perks include seating at the event and a private lunch buffet provided by Harvest Catering, as well as a private tasting from Breckenridge Distillery. Radueg said the V.I.P. mugs have sold out the last two years and added festival goers should arrive early if they want a V.I.P. mug as there are only 250 mugs and between 2,500 and 3,000 people are expected in attendance throughout the day.

The Holden Young Trio is slated to start off the festivities at noon. The Boulder-based funk/rock outfit features a mellow jam band sound that organizers hope will set the mood for the rest of the event. “We always like to bring Colorado bands in if we can,” Radueg said. “They play funk, rock and world music. They’re a great band to open the day.”Fronting the trio is its namesake Holden Young, who has tapped his nomadic past to meld a sound that floats between funk, reggae, folk and rock. Next on the stage at 1:30 p.m. will be Something Underground. The Denver-based band features brothers Josh and Seth Larson on vocals, bass, guitar and keys, and Trevor Mariotti on drums. The trio blends rock, reggae, folk and pop in an uniquely energetic style all their own.”They have tons of high energy rock ‘n’ roll. They’re just a really fun band,” Radueg said.Capping off the festival will be Elliot Brood beginning 3:30 p.m. The alternative country trio is comprised of Stephen Pitkin, Casey Laforet and lead vocalist Mark Sasso. They’ve found recent success with their second album “Mountain Meadows.” The artists have been known to feature everything from acoustic guitars to banjos to ukuleles. “It’s always just a good mix of music. The opener really gets you going, and the middle keeps you going for the headliner,” Radueg said.

Proceeds from the festival support the charitable programs of the Breckenridge Mountain Rotary Club. The 2010 festival raised approximately $4,000 for the organization, a number Radueg said they hope to surpass this weekend.”It’s definitely grown every year. We’ve had better and better turnout each time,” she said.

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