Reds Whites and Brews to bring the hustle, beer, bands

The Reds Whites and Brews festival draws crowds to Yampa Street in June 2021. This year’s event is set to kick off on Saturday June 25, 2022. Photo

The Reds Whites and Brews in the Boat festival will be back for another afternoon of beer and wine tasting from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 25 on Yampa Street.

Attendees will roam a variety of tents on Yampa between 10th and 12th Streets, where they can sample specialty beers, ales, ales and wines from local breweries and labels across the country.

“We call this the unofficial kickoff to the summer,” said Krista Benedetti, co-owner of AlwaysMountainTime and Radiate Live Events, which coordinates Reds Whites and Brews.

The event was originally in Avon, but moved to Steamboat in 2017.

“This is our fifth year” at Steamboat, Benedetti explained, as the festival missed summer 2020 due to the pandemic.

With more than 40 beer, wine and spirits vendors at the event, attendees can expect a wide variety of flavors, Benedetti said.

There are three different ticket packages, she added, including unlimited tasting for $40, the VIP experience for $75 and the VIP designated driver experience for $50. A standard tasting ticket will cost $45 on festival day, Benedetti said.

The standard ticket includes unlimited beer tasting and a collector’s tasting mug, while the VIP experience adds unlimited wine tasting, a catered lunch and a collector’s drink.

The designated driver package includes lunch and designated seating to view live music during the event. People who aren’t interested in beer tasting but want a taste of the scene can browse the event for free.

Under 21s can also attend the event with the option to purchase food and non-alcoholic beverages.

In addition to enjoying drinks, attendees will be able to shop in a variety of handcrafted tents.

“We have a wonderful photographer who comes and exhibits her work,” Benedetti said. “We have fun vendors who have hats and apparel – everything from artisans to photographers to candles.”

She added that a business called “I Love Colorado Beer” will be selling merchandise like t-shirts and hats so attendees can express their admiration for local beers.

Live music will also take place on 12th Street, featuring tunes from one-man band Brendan O’Hara and The Margarita Brothers, a Jimmy Buffet-style band that’s sure to bring some fun, Benedetti said.

She added that it was forbidden to bring alcohol outside. Parking will be available at the Bud Werner Memorial Library and in front of the event.

Benedetti said she is looking forward to Reds Whites and Brews and is hoping for good weather and strong attendance.

“It’s going to be a very busy weekend at Steamboat,” she said. “There really is nothing else like it, combining both beer and wine and spirits.”

“It’s really unique to start the week before the 4th of July and get out and enjoy downtown,” added Benedetti.

Tickets can be purchased on Saturday at the event or online at