Thousands expected at Art & Ale Brew Festival

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The Wildlife Experience is making the dreams of Douglas County beer-lovers come true.

Approximately 2,000 people are expected to pour into the museum for the Art & Ale Brew Festival Aug. 16. The 10th annual event provides a chance for beer connoisseurs to hobnob with brewers in a setting that’s as much educational as it is fun.

Attendees will be treated to old favorites and fresh concoctions from more than 70 breweries and restaurants from the Denver metro area, including locals like Lone Tree Brewing Company, Elk Mountain Brewing in Parker and Rockyard American Grill and Brewing Company in Castle Rock.

Beer and food won’t be the only attractions. Ticket-buyers have free rein of the museum, giving them a chance to peruse breathtaking wildlife art displays and other exhibits.

Gary Debus, president of The Wildlife Experience, advised those who plan on going to buy tickets soon because there is typically a “mad rush” in the days leading up to Art & Ale. The presence of the Solheim Cup golf tournament in Parker will likely bring out more people than normal, he said.

But the event enjoys a loyal regional following as well.

“People look forward to this all year,” Debus said.

The brew festival gives craft beer-makers the opportunity to try out new products on willing and often knowledgeable test subjects. Unlimited tastings ensure that everyone gets their fill. Of course, Debus points out, hotel packages are available and the RTD Light Rail station at Lincoln is a quick cab ride away.

The 70-plus vendors will be set up inside and outside and the Flock of Beagles will provide live music. The rain-or-shine, 21-and-over event is from 6 to 10 p.m. Aug. 16.

Ticket prices are $35 for members, $40 for non-members and $25 for designated drivers. For tickets, visit www.thewildlifeexperience.org or call 720-488-3344.

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