By Khaleel Herbert
Rocky Mountain Water Environment Association hosts its first volunteer-staffed ThirstyFest beer festival at the McNichols Civic Center Building from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 28. The festival has beer from 15 Colorado breweries including Bruz Beers to Horse & Dragon Brewing Company and more.
ThirstyFest’s live music includes Boogie Mammoth, Envy Alo, Ben Hammond and more, plus Dos Gringos, High Point Creamery and other food truck vendors. All proceeds from this festival will go to Denver’s non-profit organization Water For People. Water For People brings fresh water and sanitation solutions to Nicaragua, Peru, Bolivia, Uganda and other countries.
In 2017, Water For People developed district water and sanitation offices to support management of water systems in Guatemala. In Honduras, safe water was dispersed to families in rural areas by extending existing water systems and constructing mini water systems. Household wells and rainwater harvesting were also made for families who live beyond the community water systems.
“We wanted to throw this festival that’s celebrating local beer while supporting safe water, sanitation and hygiene services for millions of people globally,” Morgan Casavant, ThirstyFest’s marketing team leader says. “We want people to have fun and surround themselves in good company, all while knowing they’re doing something good for others.”
Denver’s own Bruz Beers, started by Ryan Evans in 2015, joined the festival to openly support Water For People while mingling and networking with current and new customers.
“Protecting water and enabling others’ access to clean and reliable water sources is a global problem,” Evans says. “To be able to support such issues from Denver is exciting. Water is a basic ingredient in beer so we have a certain level of respect for the resource.”
Bruz Beers will serve two Belgian style beers at the festival: Dame Blanche Witbier and Gargoyle Dubbel.
“We look forward to connecting with like-minded people who are looking to make a positive impact on the world,” Evans says. “We are excited to be in on the ground floor of what should become a great annual tradition here in Denver.”
Jae Drouilhet, Hoptical Solutionist of Horse & Dragon Brewing Company in Fort Collins, describes her excitement in participating at ThirstyFest while supporting RMWEA and Water For People.
“We aim to give back to the community that supports us and to work toward sustainability of our environment, both in what we do and by supporting others making an impact,” Drouilhet says. “These two organizations do all the above and we are so pleased to do our small part by donating to their causes.”
Horse & Dragon will serve their NoCO IPA, an IPA with strong malt; and Citrus Fiesta Kettle Sour, a light sour beer with passionfruit, yuzu, tamarind and soursop, a green prickly fruit native to the Americas and Caribbean.
“I see beer festivals as a gathering place to explore new things and revisit favorites,” Drouilhet says. “It is fun to introduce new fans to a beer they haven’t come across before.”
If you go: ThirstyFest, July 28, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., McNichols Civic Center Building, 144 W Colfax Ave. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased here.