To all of our guests, sponsors, vendors, and beverage partners, thank you!

Feast of Saint Arnold
Save the date: Saturday, June 9, 2018
General admission noon to 4:30 PM
Chapel of Our Saviour Episcopal Church
8 Fourth Street
In the beautiful Broadmoor area of Colorado Springs

Saint Arnold, patron saint of beer

INDY readers selected the Feast of Saint Arnold as being among the best Brewery/Beer Events in Colorado Springs!

The INDY’s Best of the Springs

The Independent’s 24th annual Best Of issue ranks FOSA 2nd, behind only the Bristol Firkin Rendezvous. Brian, our organizing committee chair, put it this way:

Thanks to all your hard work and efforts, we were recognized by INDY readers as among the Best Beer Festivals in town. Notice, we beat out All Colorado Beer Fest [as great as that event consistently is!]. Congratulations to Bristol Brewing Company’s Firkin Rendezvous on the Gold. By the way, I attended the Firkin Rendezvous and it was a really good event this year.

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FOCUS ON THE BEER was there. Check out their Feast of Saint Arnold Photo Recap

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.

Don’t miss the opportunity to volunteer for the Grounds Reformation Party. Your volunteer ticket gets you into the event. You can enjoy the afternoon and pitch in to help clean up the grounds, secure the equipment, then relax with your crew at dinner.

Do you get your ‘money’s worth’ at beer fests?

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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.
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Selected by readers of the popular blog, Focus on the Beer in the top three “Best Local Beer Festivals”

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Here is most of the FOSA V organizing committee. See how many of us you can tag at the event.

Click image to view photo by Tom Knopps.

Fellowship event preparatory to FOSA V

Click image to view photos by Dan Martin.

Fellowship event preparatory to FOSA IV

Click image to view photos by Dan Martin.