With the temperatures predicted to be in the 90s on Saturday, Trent Cole thinks his newly organized nonprofit Yellowstone Beer Fest in Cody, Wyo., should be a big hit.
“It’s supposed to be pretty hot, so we should have a pretty good turnout,” he said.
Cole, who works for a local beer distributor, said he decided to organize the event since similar tastings were being held everywhere else. Friends and family have helped with the start-up funding for things like the portable stage rental for the bands and hotel rooms for some of the brewers.
The event will be different, too, in that any profits will go to Operation Finally Home. Through Operation Finally Home, Cody building contractors Robin and John McClure are coordinating the construction of a 2,500 square foot home that will be given to Coast Guard veteran James Butz and his family when completed.
Cole has signed on 21 brewers from across the West, including seven from Wyoming, six from Montana and a variety from other states.
“There should be 60 different beers,” Cole said, mostly blondes, kolsches and IPAs — lighter beers to suit the summer heat.
In addition to a variety of beers, the five-hour festival — 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. — will include food vendors and have three live bands: Beacon Hill at 2 p.m.; The Woodies at 3:30 p.m.; and Jalan Crossland at 5:30 p.m. The event will be held at the Park County Complex lawn, between the Post Office and the Rec Center.
The cost is $30 in advance, $35 the day of the event and includes unlimited samples. Participants must be 21 years old. Tickets are available online or through these Cody businesses: Pinnacle Bank, Cody Chamber of Commerce, Western Cellular or Cody Seamless Siding. For more information log on to facebook.com/yellowstonebeerfest or http://yellowstonebeerfest.com/.