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. firstname.lastname@example.org/636-0364