Having been postponed due to last week's Waldo Canyon flood
in Manitou Springs, the Craft Lager & Small Batch Festival
is back on for tomorrow at Norris-Penrose Event Center
As we mentioned in our Side Dish column two weeks ago
, that venue was set to inherit the festival after this year anyway, as president Julian Heron
had decided it had outgrown Manitou Springs' Memorial Park.
Heron says the festival suffered a significant loss in the flooding, including physical equipment such as destroyed fencing. He also thinks total turnout given the situation will be much less than it would have been had the event been able to go on as planned.
That said, around 1,000 pre-sale tickets are expected to be honored and there's plenty of room at the new venue for walk-up sales tomorrow. One feel-good to consider: a portion of proceeds will be allocated to Manitou Springs recovery efforts — Heron isn't sure exactly how it will be applied, but he will consult with leaders in the town to choose the most effective disbursement.
Showing a sense of humor, Heron and crew are adding a slip 'n slide feature to tomorrow's festivities, so bring your swimsuit if a buzzed body bobsled sounds fun to you.
He did note that it is unfortunate that many of the breweries and distilleries who planned to be at last week's event were unable to reschedule and attend tomorrow's. But Heron has secured other craft beer supplies to fill those vacancies.
For anyone holding a ticket that is unable to attend, the fest will make tickets fully transferable or honor them next year, as well as give refunds for special circumstances.
The best news, according to Heron, is the fact that he'd been planning to hand the fest off to Norris-Penrose, because, "if we'd been fully independent still, this would have been it."
In other words, that flood would have swept Craft Lager Fest away for good.