Lyons, CO — Oskar Blues Brewery and the Town of Lyons announced this week that despite the September flooding that damaged the majority of the town’s parks and rec areas—the popular Burning CAN Beer Festival and Lyons Outdoor Games will once again bring together beer lovers and outdoor adventure under views of Rocky Mountain National Park in the unaffected areas of Bohn Park.
In its third year, the Oskar Blues Burning CAN Beer Festival is back and bigger than ever with over 50 can-centric breweries signed on to pour 150+ beers from all over the U.S. Last year 1,500 people descended on the town for the festival to celebrate craft beer, outdoor adventure, live music, and the small town vibe of Oskar Blues Brewery’s hometown of Lyons, CO. The beer festival will kick off on May 31st with a VIP session ($45) from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. that will give craft beer fans access to their favorite breweries and brews one hour before the opening of the general session ($30 in advance & $35 day-of) which runs from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Proceeds from Burning CAN will be raised through the Oskar Blues CAN’d Aid Foundation and will benefit the Town of Lyons Parks & Rec department and the Colorado Brewers Guild. In 2013, CNN listed the Burning CAN beer festival as one of “7 don’t-miss U.S. beer fests”. (Click here to read the full article.)
“The CAN’d Aid Foundation has raised over $600,000 for flood relief since the September floods & Burning Can Beer Fest has provided more than $40,000 for the Town of Lyons Parks & Recreation department and the Colorado Brewers Guild over the past 3 years, but this year it’s even more important to get together and celebrate the spirit of Lyons and continue raise money to help rebuild our town.” said Lyons resident & Oskar Blues marketing director, Chad Melis.
In addition to raising funds through ticket sales for the festival, Oskar Blues Brewery, the CAN’d Aid Foundation, and Ball Corporation have teamed up to add another fundraising and sustainable element to the mix. ColoRADo-based events company, Zero Hero, has signed on to create a zero waste event and oversee recycling efforts of all cans from the beer festival and Lyons Outdoor Games. More than 265 pounds of aluminum were recycled at last year’s event, raising additional funds for the Town of Lyons Parks & Rec department and the Colorado Brewers Guild.
Along with the Burning CAN Beer Festival, the Lyons Outdoor Games will once again include pro kayak events (limited-see press release by clicking here), the high-flying “Outlaws of Dirt” Jump series along with a junior pump-track event, a rugby tournament, the Ultimate Athlete Competition, the 2014 Lyons Outdoor Games Slackline Jam presented by Gibbon Slacklines, Corn Hole Tournament, live music, food booths and a family-friendly area.
“Last year New Orleans’ Dumpstaphunk threw down a great show in Bohn Park & we’re stoked to announce Anders Osborne as our FREE headliner concert to cap off this year’s special edition of the Lyons Outdoor Games.” said Melis.
The New Orleans based singer-songwriter will take the outdoor stage with his power trio for a FREE concert at 8 p.m. following an opening set by local favorites, Interstate Stash Express at 7pm.
For a list of the 50+ breweries, more information, and a link to purchase tickets to the Burning CAN Beer Festival, visit www.burningcan.com
Discounted lodging options are available through Courtyard By Marriott in Longmont for Saturday, May 31st. The Oskar Blues trolley will be shuttling Burning CAN-goers from the Courtyard By Marriott in Longmont to Bohn Park and back starting at 2 p.m.