Two upcoming Saturdays, two upcoming beer festivals in the Springs

Published: July 31, 2013, 9:29 pm, by Scott Rappold

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(A beer discussion during the 2011 Manitou Craft Lager Festival)

Didn’t get tickets this week for the Great American Beer Festival, which sold out in like half a second Wednesday?

Well drown your sorrows this Saturday and again next Saturday, as the Pikes Peak region plays host to two beer festivals.

This Saturday is the Springs Beer Fest. Formerly held at Antlers Park, it has moved to America the Beautiful Park this year.  Along with bottomless samples from 50 breweries, there will be food, music by Andy Clifton & Co. and J. Miller Band and kid-friendly activities, including a climbing wall and jumping castle. Just be sure to bring a hat and sunscreen, as this park is not known for its shady trees.

It runs from noon to 4 p.m, and VIP ticket-holders get in at 11 a.m.. Tickets are $30 and available at springsbeerfest.org.

Next Saturday, Aug. 10, the Manitou Craft Lager Festival returns to Memorial Park in Manitou Springs.

The region’s longest-running beer festival, in its 8th year, was established to raise money for local parks. It has been pared from two days to one, but you’ll still find unlimited samples of the finest lagers from brewers in Colorado and beyond and samples of Colorado-made spirits.

There are two sessions. Tickets are $40 for both or $30 for 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. or 4-8 p.m.. There will be food for sale and music by the Deadstring Brothers and Smooth Money Gesture.

Visit craftlagerfestival.com for tickets or more information.