By Tom Wilmes Friday Beer Correspondent/ previously published at dailycamera.com
Attendees of Kyle’s Brew Fest will notice several changes this year, the biggest of which is the location.
Staged the past few years at Boulder Beer Co., this year’s event is slated for 3-7 p.m. Saturday outside Liquor Mart in Boulder.
“Boulder Beer is still the sponsor and they’re still super awesome,” Hollingsworth said. “And I’m very excited to be trying out Liquor Mart — it’s a larger space and more centrally located, so people can walk or bike in.”
Admission to the 21-and-older event, $30 in advance or at the gate, includes a limited-edition pint glass, samples from more than 30 local and national breweries pouring more than 60 beers, access to a silent auction of music memorabilia and a performance by the Kyle Hollingsworth Band. Proceeds from the event benefit Conscious Alliance.
Hollingsworth, keyboardist with The String Cheese Incident, also will celebrate the release of his new solo album, “Speed of Life,” at the brew fest. He has invited special guests — including members of The Motet, Elephant Revival, Big Gigantic and others, many of whom play on the album — to join his band during the performance.
Fans also will have an opportunity to purchase the album at the event in advance of its official Aug. 19 release date by SCI Fidelity Records.
Hollingsworth, an avid homebrewer, also has collaborated with several breweries over the years, and many of these beers will be pouring at the festival, including projects with Avery Brewing, FATE Brewing and Epic Brewing.
Additionally, three collaborative beers paired with singles from the album will be available at the festival. Fans who purchase these beers elsewhere will find information on the packaging on how to download specially released “hop tracks” for personal consumption. Read More…
The Kyle Hollingsworth Band is set to play Boulder Theater this Saturday. Also performing is John Brown’s Body. Featured at the event is a new Hollingsworth inspired brew, fan named “Hop Bam.” I recently had a chance to chat with Kyle, read more in the Day & Night section of the Longmont Times-Call’s Friday paper and here on the music blog.
We are hoping to get Hollingsworth into the Daily Camera’s www.secondstorygarage.com studio for a song or two and a interview with Ashley Dean of the Colorado Daily. Check the SSG website for videos soon, until then check out this video from this summer’s Kyle’s Brew Fest at Boulder Beer. Enjoy.
August saw the return of NedFest, Nederland’s annual music festival and the first festival since the passing of its founder “Michigan” Mike Torpe. When the festival gates opened on Friday everyone, vendors and staff alike had smiles and were dedicated to continuing on the Nederland music tradition, now in its 14th year. The music of the first day was a fantastic mix of bluegrass and jam grass into full on rock and roll. It rained a bit but for the most part was a picture perfect day at the festival. The night ended with the JGB band featuring Melvin Seals and a large audience of festifarians enjoying the night.
The Following days revealed that instead of one person doing the job of ten, ten people did those jobs just as well. The festival lives on and we could not be happier. Even with the Kinfolk Celebration in Lyons and Reggae on the Rocks in Morrison, NedFest thrived. We look forward to future NedFest and are already making plans for next year… the 15 annual music festival in Nederland, Colorado. Here are some photos from C. Alan Crandall and A video of the Sunday “Super Group” from our friend Steve! Enjoy. We think Mike would be proud of this year’s event and how well the crew did in carrying on this wonderful festival.
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If you know anything about String Cheese Incident’s Kyle Hollingsworth, you know he loves music and beer. A couple of years ago Hollingsworth began teaming up with local breweries creating special batches of cooked, brewed and fermented concoctions. Not all of these combinations were hits, however some were really good. So now how do you share your brews and love of beer with other beer fans? Brew Fest!
Teaming up with SCI’s partner charity the Conscious Alliance, Hollingsworth has sold out three local beer festivals where attendees receive a limited edition Kyle’s Brew Fest logo pint glass, food and beer… yes lots of beer. At this year’s Kyle’s Brew Fest there were up to 30 breweries pouring 60 different beers. A treat at this years Brew Fest was the home brew tent where participants could taste various small batches of Kyle’s and others home brews, something you rarely get to do outside of some brewers inner circle.
Hollingsworth’s signature beer brewed by Boulder Beer, Hoopla Pale Ale came from Kyle’s desire to make a beer that would be a tasty craft brew that was not too heavy for a hot festival day. Now offered in cans the beer is more festival ready than ever.