Pikes Peak Brewing owner Dan York is among a number of local entrepreneurs who have stepped into the beer business this year.

Pikes Peak Brewing owner Dan York is among a number of local entrepreneurs who have stepped into the beer business this year.

Local breweries. Local hops. What more could beer aficionados ask for?

The Town of Monument and the Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce will co-host the first annual Bines & Brews Hopfest, from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20, at Limbach Park (corner of Second and Front streets), in downtown Monument. Funds from Bines & Brews will support the Tri-Lakes Health Advocacy Partnership and Tri-Lakes Chamber.

Only 350 tickets will be sold. Each attendee will receive a tasting glass with the Bines & Brews logo, and the event includes three to four beer samples from each of the 10 regional breweries, plus a variety of food available for purchase from vendors.

Tickets are $30 per person. Also available are $10 designated driver tickets, which include homebrewed root beers and sodas. During the event, bluegrass and popular classical music will be performed by Colorado Springs Conservatory professional musicians.

Brewers competing for the “Top Hop Award” traveling trophy must use Cascade hops organically grown in Monument at The Twisted Bine, where they were harvested in late August. Grown on bines nearly 18 feet tall, the wet hops are delivered fresh from the field, yielding a more dynamic flavor. Shortly thereafter, brewers host hop-picking parties, as the hops must be individually picked from the bines while still fresh.

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 “Wet-hopped beer only comes once a year. It has to be used within seven days of being harvested, otherwise it’s considered a dry-hopped beer — and that changes all the flavors, aromas and bitterness of the beer,” said Rick Squires, owner of The Twisted Bine.

Judges certified by Brew Brothers of Pikes Peak will jury the beer. During an award ceremony, the Top Hop trophy will be given for the best beer. The winning team takes this trophy to their brewery for one year, until the next competition. In addition, there will be a People’s Choice award.

Tickets include several samples of beer from these 10 competing breweries:

  • Strange Craft Beer Co.
  • Red Leg Brewing Co.
  • Black Sky Brewery
  • Fossil Brewing Company
  • Smiling Toad Brewery
  • Nano 108 Brewing Co.
  • Pikes Peak Brewing Co.
  • 38 State Brewing Co.
  • Fieldhouse Brewing Company
  • Lofty Brewing Co.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please choose one of these options: Go online at TriLakesChamber.com, email officemanager@trilakeschamber.com, call 719-481-3282, or visit the Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce, 300 Hwy. 105, Monument.