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Snowmass Chili Pepper & Brew Fest

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The 7th annual Snowmass Chili Pepper & Brew Fest will take place on  June 4 and June 5 in Snowmass Village, Colorado.  Over 100 microbreweries will be available for tasting, along with a variety of chili.

The main events are the Seasonal Brews Samplings on Friday and the Grand Beer Tastings on Saturday, creating high energy as brews flow freely while popular headliners rock the stage.

There will be two brew sampling sessions for festival goers featuring 50 plus breweries and a European and exotic beer tasting tent. Some of the beers that will be available this year include Ghostface Killah, Skinny Dip Pale Ale, Beehive Honey Wheat, Black Butte Porter.

Top microbreweries from all over the country are invited to compete for various honors in the Best Summer Ale Brew Fest 2010.  Home-brewers are encouraged to be part of the Homebrew Competition on Friday, which features a professionally judged competition for participating brewers to showcase their seasonal summer brews while festival-goers savor the spirited results.

Chili is serious business to the chili cooks coming nationwide serving up their homemade chili ranging from mild, medium, to hot trying to win a spot in the International Chili Society’s 2010 World Chili & Salsa Championship and competing for over $3,000 in prize money.  Judged chili categories include the traditional chili red, chili Verde and salsa.  All competition chili must be cooked on site within a three hour time limit and are judged on taste, how the flavors blend, consistency, aroma, color and of course…the bite.

Music headliners include George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic who will perform on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m., along with The Wailers, who play at 5:00 p.m.  On Friday night, The Kyle Hollingsworth Band featuring Michael Kang will take the stage at 5:30 p.m. and open for up and coming folk/pop singer/songwriter Brett Dennen, who plays at 8:30 p.m.

Kyle Hollingsworth, a String Cheese Incident original member, is also a beer enthusiast and brewer in his own right.  Hollingsworth is holding a special meet and greet brewing event at the Chili Pepper & Brew Fest allowing fans to meet him in person and sample some of his microbrew, Hoppingsworth IPA.

This year’s fest will bring back the popular Champion Tasting Pass, combining chili and beer tasting, along with Skyy Vodka and Cabo Tequila tastings.  Advanced ticket sales continue through Thursday, June 3.