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Imbibe by the river all day.

Spend your weekend along the Arkansas River sampling beers from some of the best breweries in the country, jamming to an incredible lineup of bluegrass music, and taking in the sweeping mountain views. With the purchase of a festival ticket, you will enjoy unlimited tastings from the breweries listed below and access to all music at The Beach stage. Food from local food trucks will be available for purchase throughout the beer tasting. Upgrade your experience by adding the Freedom Float on Sunday, a 7-mile raft trip through a section of Class 3 whitewater.


What people are saying about rapids & grass beer festival

"Welcome to the new standard in festivals."  -  PorchDrinking.com

"Beer never tasted so good."  -  Think Colorado

"There are few things more 'Colorado' than bluegrass, river sports, and craft beer."  - 5280 Magazine


2018 Participating Breweries

  • 4 Noses Brewing (Broomfield, CO)

  • Arizona Wilderness Brewing (Gilbert, AZ)

  • Atom Brewing (Erie, CO)

  • Avery Brewing (Boulder, CO)

  • Baere Brewing (Denver, CO)

  • Barrels & Bottles Brewery (Golden, CO)

  • Beachwood Brewing (Long Beach, CA)

  • Bierstadt Lagerhaus (Denver, CO)

  • Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales (Denver, CO)

  • Black Shirt Brewing (Denver, CO)

  • C Squared Ciders (Denver, CO)

  • Cannonball Creek Brewing (Golden, CO)

  • Cerebral Brewing (Denver, CO)

  • Colorado Cider Company (Denver, CO)

  • Comrade Brewing (Denver, CO)

  • Copper Kettle Brewing (Denver, CO)

  • Crestone Brewing (Crestone, CO)

  • Deerhammer Distilling Company (Buena Vista, CO)

  • Durango Brewing (Durango, CO)

  • Eddyline Brewing (Buena Vista, CO)

  • Elevation Brewing (Poncha Springs, CO)

  • Epic Brewing (Denver, CO)

  • Firestone Walker (Paso Robles, CA)

  • Great Divide Brewing (Denver, CO)

  • Hogshead Brewery (Denver, CO)

  • Jester King Brewery (Austin, TX)

  • Joseph James Brewing (Henderson, NV)

  • La Cumbre Brewing (Albuquerque, NM)

  • Left Hand Brewing (Longmont, CO)

  • Melvin Brewing (Jackson, WY)

  • Mockery Brewing (Denver, CO)

  • Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery (Boulder, CO)

  • New Image Brewing (Arvada, CO)

  • New Terrain Brewing (Golden, CO)

  • Ninkasi Brewing (Eugene, OR)

  • Oskar Blues (Lyons, CO)

  • Our Mutual Friend Brewing (Denver, CO)

  • Outer Range Brewing (Frisco, CO)

  • Ratio Beerworks (Denver, CO)

  • Sierra Nevada Brewing (Chico, CA)

  • SoulCraft Brewing (Salida, CO)

  • Stem Ciders (Denver, CO)

  • Two Roads Brewing (Stratford, CT)

  • Upslope Brewing (Boulder, CO)

  • Ursula Brewing (Aurora, CO)

  • Westbound & Down (Idaho Springs, CO)

  • Wiley Roots Brewing (Greeley, CO)

  • Wood's High Mountain Distillery (Salida, CO)

  • Woods Boss Brewing (Denver, CO)

  • Zwei Brewing (Fort Collins, CO)


LIVE MUSIC at The Beach Stage FROM:

RAPIDGRASS • bonfire dub • tierro w/bridget law • sugar and the mint •liver down the river • we dream dawn • chain station • & More


after party shows at the ivy ballroom at the surf hotel:

RAPIDGRASS - june 29 • dj logic - june 30 • leftover salmon - july 1


Freedom Float

Ride the rapids of the Arkansas with the River Runners crew the day after the beer and music festival. The 7 mile float will start from the Venue at South Main Square and takes you down a section of Class 3 whitewater to the Riverside Grill. Hang out on a beautiful sandy beach to enjoy food and drinks for purchase and live music from Chain Station. A shuttle will bring you back to the Venue at South Main - shuttles leave at various times from the parking lot of Riverside Grill.