Music, food, beer featured at the annual Mountain West Beer Fest

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RAPID CITY, SD (KEVN) – Food, music and beer are what people found at the 5th annual Mountain West Beer Fest.

With over 200 different craft beers, the Mountain West Beer Fest brought together 80 different breweries from across the region.

“Just in the last two years that I’ve lived in Rapid City, we’ve seen a major increase in local breweries. So when we started an Oktoberfest, that’s what we were thinking, but all of a sudden we got interest from Colorado and Wyoming, all that stuff. We honestly feel like we have the best Oktoberfest for miles and miles around. So it’s a big event, a very big event,” said Craig Baltzer, executive director of the Monument.

The event brings together thousands of people to enjoy a day of activities like human foosball, beer yoga, corn hole and, of course, tasting the selection of craft beers.

“There are always lots of activities and games. The main lounge has a beard and mustache contest, so we try to make it more than just a beer festival. We say ‘food, fun, friends and beer’ so we do more than just beer,” said Chris Hornick, director of the Mountain West Beer Fest.

One of the long-time suppliers and participants was Hay Camp, Rapid City’s first production brewery.

“I think it’s a celebration of not just what we all love, but also the ideas that come out of it, to talk about it, to hear what people like about getting old and maybe come up with something new. for next year,” said Karl Koth, founder and owner of Hay Camp Brewing Company.

As beer may not be for everyone, the Mountain West Whiskey Festival is scheduled for March 4 at the Rushmore Hotel.

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