Monday, September 15, 2008

Crabtree Brewing hosts HarvestFest 08

(Reposted from Examiner.com) Not all beer festivals are large, in fact some of the best ones are little known, small and out of the way. Wanna know a little secret? There's going to be a open party up in Greeley on Saturday, September 20th and you're all invited.

Each year at the Crabtree Brewery in Greeley Colorado, head brewer Jeff Crabtree holds two special events. One in the spring and one in the fall. In April, the brewery puts on Springfest and in the fall they host HarvestFest. This year at third annual HarvestFest '08, Crabtree Brewing will be hosting three live bands that will play music well into the night as well as serving up some of the best brews this side of Denver.

For only a $5 cover charge, you can get in to the festival and enjoy the music, play a little billiards, get a chance to taste some of the best hot wings in town and sample some fine Crabtree brews. Everyone who attends the festival will receive a free limited edition pint glass to take with you as a souvenir. You must be 21+ to enter the festival. HarvestFest '08 runs from 4pm to 11pm. Come early to get a close in parking spot.

According to Jeff Crabtree, the event has been growing by 150 people each year since they opened for business in 2006. The Springfest in April hosted 500 people alone. Next week's HarvestFest will be even bigger. This is an opportunity for the community to get to know their local brewer and for the brewery to celebrate with their fans.

The bands highlighted are: Throw Away Chelsi, The Visitors, and the headliners: Ben Pu and Crew. Ben Pu and Crew are known as an energetic band that is loved so much they are asked to come back and play at each event at Crabtree Brewing.

Finding the brewery may be a little tough as they are hidden on the northeast side of Greeley. To get to Greeley from the west, get off I-25 and head east on US 34 and veer off on 10th Street and go through town to 6th Avenue, then turn left heading north 7 blocks to 3rd Street and turn left. The brewery is at the end of 3rd street just before the railroad tracks. Or from the south, you can take US 85 and get off on 8th Avenue and head north to 10th Street. Use this map to find the brewery.

Crabtree Brewery is hoping that a lot of people will attend this festival and get to know their beers. Just this month, Crabtree debuted a brand new beer - their CBC Blonde Ale. It's an easy drinking light ale that's just right for an afternoon BBQ or to watch a game with.

Other featured Crabtree brews:
- Jeff's Pale Ale
- Serenity Amber Ale
- Twisted Creek Wheat
- Oil Change Stout
- Ginger Bee Ale
- Boxcar Brown