Jeffco library event kicks of six-week beer tour

Stouts and Stories/Ales and Tales includes brew talks, tastings, music, food, games and prizes

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Posted 9/11/18

Jefferson County Library Foundation’s second annual Stouts and Stories/Ales and Tales on Sept. 27 will feature tastings from 12 Jefferson County brewpubs, brew talks by local experts, live music, …

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Jeffco library event kicks of six-week beer tour

Stouts and Stories/Ales and Tales includes brew talks, tastings, music, food, games and prizes

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Jefferson County Library Foundation’s second annual Stouts and Stories/Ales and Tales on Sept. 27 will feature tastings from 12 Jefferson County brewpubs, brew talks by local experts, live music, food trucks, games and prizes.

The kickoff event, from 5-9 p.m. at the Lamar Street Center, 5889 Lamar St., Arvada, launches the six-week, self-guided craft beer tour throughout the county, which runs from Sept. 28 to Nov. 11.

“This event was hosted by Jefferson County Public Library in 2017, and it received a tremendous response from the community,” Jo Schantz, executive director of the library district, said in a news release. “The foundation decided to turn this into a fundraiser and partner with local businesses to help raise money for library programs.”

Money generated by the kick-off event will help support the library’s STEM/STEAM initiatives, early childhood literacy and the hugely popular summer reading program.

General admission tickets for the kickoff event are $15 each, and VIP tickets cost $25 each, enabling guests to view the Cool Car Collection of rare and exotic vehicles in the Steel Affairs showroom. Games include giant beer pong, corn hole and super Jenga, and game-playing participants can earn tickets for a series of prize drawings held that evening. Local brewers will be featured speakers during the kick-off event, and live music will be provided by the band Half Pint and the Growlers.

Free beer tour “passports” for the self-guided tour can be picked up at the kickoff party at any Jefferson County Public Library or at any of four Jefferson County-based Westerra Credit Union locations. Patrons visit the breweries listed in the passport and receive a stamp for enjoying the breweries’ special offers. Stamped passports can then be redeemed for prizes at the four Westerra Credit Union branch locations.

Participating breweries include Brewery Rickoli, Colorado Plus Brew Pub, El Rancho Brewing, Evergreen Tap House, Golden City Brewery, Grand Lake Brewing Tavern, Ironworks Brewery & Pub, Joyride Brewing, Landlocked Ales, New Image Brewing Company, Someplace Else Brewery and Westfax Brewing Company.

Sponsors of the kickoff event and craft beer tour include Westerra Credit Union, High Point Financial Group, LLC, Cat Care Society, Picocyl, AMI Mechanical, Guaranty Bank, Sally Reed, Nocturnal Tattoo, the Taurus Fund, and Sw33t.com Design.

KOOL 105 and Colorado Community Media are event media sponsors.

Tickets for the kickoff event can be purchased at jeffcolibraryfoundation.org through Sept. 26, or call 303-403-5079.

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