Finally, a hippy dippy environmentally friendly slogan we can get behind: drinking beer = saving trees, courtesy of the nations’ first solar-powered beerfest. The 7th Annual Craft Lager Beer Festival takes place in Manitou Springs, Colorado, on August 8 and 9, and $35 gets you an all-you-can-drink pass to more than 60 craft brews, including lots of locals like Colorado Spring’s Rock Bottom and Pott’s of Fort Collins. Plus, 14 different CO breweries collaborate each year to brew up a few barrels of “Warning Sign,” a super-strong small-batch lager made only for the festival.
This year’s festival theme is indeed “Drink a Beer, Save a Tree,” and all proceeds from the event support efforts to preserve open space and parks in Manitou Springs and Colorado Springs. The festival itself is a two-day drink-a-thon with awards presented within the categories of: Best Pilsner, Best Strong Lager, Best Export, Best Bock, Best Oktoberfest, and Best Other Specialty Lager. The festival happens rain or shine, offers free soft drinks for DDs, and has live music and dancing on site. Plus, did I mention it’s good for the environment? BYO beer bong.