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The Crested Butte’s Chili & Beer Festival is an annual event that comes every Fall. It is a famous local event that occurs at the base of the Crested Butte Mountain Resort and attracts many travelers to come and partake in the event. As the name of the festival suggests, this is a time where amateur and experienced brewers and cooks sign up and join a competition. For the guidelines, each brewer must bring three (3) different varieties of their finest brews and serve it to all the people. This is a perfect time where all beer lovers unite. At the same time, people can also sign up and showcase their locally made chili dishes for everyone to try and enjoy.
The event is a perfect place to socialize and indulge on all of the delicious chili and beer while listening to great music from a live band. everyone in the event receives a disposable cup and spoon at the entrance where beer and chili will be served in all day. With locally made chili, tasty craft beer and live music, this will be an event not to be missed.
This year, the festivities are sponsored by Alpenglow Events. A few of the brewers are from Bristol Brewing Company, Snow Capped Cider, Capitol Creek Brewery.
There are many stories on why the Beer and Chili Festival came to be. One could say it was a basic necessity. Due to Crested Butte’s high altitude and cool to cold weather variations, many people needed to find ways to keep warm. An example of keeping warm was by eating spicy food like chili and drinking alcohol, but then it later evolved. As time passed by, the simple social gathering became bigger and bigger until it has evolved into this big festivity, which we now call the Beer and Chili Festival.
The beer brewers contest is composed of different categories like Best Ale, Best Lager, Best Porter/Stout, Best Wheat/Belgian, Best Specialty and Best Cider. As for the chili making contests, we have Best Professional Chili, Best Green Chili, Best Red Chili, Best Vegetarian Chili, Best International Chili, People’s Choice and Best Amateur Chili. Click on the Chili & Beer Festival page to coordinate with the organizers if you are interested in entering your chili for the competition.
This 2019 will mark the 21st year of the Chili & Beer Festival which will be held at Mt. Crested Butte in the Gunnison Valley on Saturday, September 7, 2019. There are three types of admission fees. VIP tickets cost $50 per head. This type of admission allows one to enter the event one hour earlier than the rest. From 11 am – 4 pm, VIP’s have the luxury of tasting the most exclusive and special brews, while enjoying the other perks that General Admission has. General Admission, on the other hand, costs $30 per person. This type of admission is from 12 pm – 4 pm and allows one to enjoy beer tasting, unlimited chili tasting and live music. The last type of admission is for chili tasting only. This type of admission is from 12 pm – 4 pm, costing $15 per head, and from the name itself, only allows one to indulge on unlimited chili’s. All admissions allow one to use the Crested Butte Mountain Bike Park lift-served downhill trails. One can purchase tickets at the entrance of the event or can simply purchase a ticket online. Click on “ticket” to secure a spot on the event.
How To Get Here:
There are many ways to get to the festival. The RTA (Roads and Transport Authority) is a free transportation service, The final RTA bus traveling from Mt. Crested Butte to Gunnison with a stop at the Cement Creek Road, leaves at 11:25 p.m. from Mt. Crested Butte and 11:33 p.m. from the Crested Butte 4-way Stop arriving ultimately in Gunnison. The Alpine Express Late Night Taxi also runs between 10 p.m. and 2:30 a.m. The fare is $5 per person which will take you between Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte. The cost is $7 per person to CB South (source Travel Crested Butte). There are more transportation options to take, but it is always best to do research on which would be more convenient for you.
You are guaranteed to enjoy yourself if you attend the event. Whether you come alone or with your friends and family, the festivities are a spectacle not to miss.
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