Feast of Saint Arnold
Saturday, June 10, 2017
General admission noon to 4:30 PM
Chapel of Our Saviour Episcopal Church
8 Fourth Street
In the beautiful Broadmoor area of Colorado Springs
General Admission Tickets $35.00
20 years of age and under free with ticketed guest.
Designated drivers also get in free.
Limited number of VIP tickets $75.00
This family-friendly celebration features tastings of craft specialties: brews, wines, and spirits. The emphasis is on beer, but man does not live by beer alone! Held on the sprawling, historic grounds of the Chapel of Our Saviour, it is a unique experience enriched with a variety of food and merchandise vendors offering a range of Colorado products.
Live music, family activities that include a designated Kids Zone full of fun activities, tours of the century old estate (if only the walls could talk), and appearances of good olde Saint Arnold complement the day’s activities.
Do you get your ‘money’s worth’ at beer fests?
While a couple of the beer fests held annually in the Springs area are for-profit ventures, most are fundraisers. For instance, the Feast of St. Arnold, in June, is staffed by volunteers and benefits Westside CARES and the missions of Chapel of Our Saviour. Other nonprofit beer fests benefiting local charities include August’s Springs Beer Fest, the Manitou Springs Heritage Brew Festival, and the All Colorado Beer Festival.
“For the beer drinker, a festival is an opportunity to taste a wide range of beers from many different breweries all in one place,” said Randy Dipner, assistant director of the All Colorado Beer Festival, where general admission tickets (available now online) go for $40. “There’s no way to drink the amount of beer the thing costs, so there’s got to be more to it. Second, most festivals donate a considerable share of the ticket cost to charity.”
So I guess the upshot is this: There’s more to most brew fests than meets the eye, the belly, and the wallet.
Adapted from Stephanie Earls’ article in The Gazette’s October 6, 2016 Go feature, Drinks section.