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Rendezvous at the Rock showcases Colorado craft breweries

The Rockyard Brewing crew welcomed beer lovers to a day of tasty food and beer sampling.  

Article and photos by Lynn Zahorik

Blue skies and warm temperatures welcomed beer enthusiasts to the fourth annual Rendezvous at the Rock Beer Fest on Saturday August 13.  Twenty-five Colorado craft breweries from around the state converged on Rockyard Brewing in Castle Rock to serve up a variety of tasty samples to the festival patrons.  Nearly 250 people tried numerous types of beer from pale ales to stouts.  For many, it was a chance to taste beers that they would not normally get the chance to sample.

The Littleton band Built to Last provided fantastic music to set the mood for this fun-filled summer day.  The Rockyard Brewing staff served up delectable Scottish ale brats, giant stuffed jalapeño cheese pretzels and German Style potatoes.  Vendors offered pizza, gelato, kettle corn and Colorado beer souvenirs. 

Rockyard owner and host of the event, Jeff Drabing (left) toasted with a few locals.

As a tradition, each year festival attendees vote on their favorite craft beer deviation.  This year’s Deviation Decision winner was 105 West Brewing Company, a local Castle Rock brewery.  Their winning libation, Double D’s Nut is a flavorful peanut butter hazelnut old ale.  The competition was stiff, with so many unique brews to experience.     

Proceeds from the event will go to support the Colorado Brewers Guild which is a non-profit trade association who promotes and protects the Colorado craft brewing industry – which is experiencing explosive growth.   So do yourself and the state of Colorado a favor; the next time you order up a beer, give a Colorado craft beer a try.  

To view a slideshow of the event, visit and click on “Photo Album.”

The festival award  for the favorite beer was captured by 105 West Brewing Company, a Castle Rock craft brewery.

“I love Colorado beer” was a popular theme at the Rendezvous at the Rock Beer Fest.



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