The Logo Design Contest is also under way. The festival is seeking local artists to design the logo for this year’s event to be used in all promotional materials. The contest winner will also receive a framed 2014 Wyoming Brewer’s Festival Poster and 2 tickets to the event on Friday, June 20. For details, visit the “Brew News” tab on the website.
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Cheyenne, Wyo. (KGWN) (RELEASE) The 2014 Wyoming Brewer’s festival will return to Cheyenne’s Depot Plaza for 2014. Since the inception of the Wyo Brew Fest, it has been held over Father’s Day weekend. This year the two-day festival runs the weekend AFTER Father’s Day, on June 20th & 21st, with close to 30 breweries bringing as many as 80 different beers to this year’s event.
Festival Committee Chairman Dave Haring says the festival, now in its 19th year, was originally created as a way to share the growing, nationwide interest in craft beers with local residents. “Unlike today, there were very few craft breweries around in 1996, and the budding enterprises were always looking for ways to share their passion.”
A dual goal for the festival is raising money for the Cheyenne Depot. Over $175,000 has been raised for past projects, which includes installing the main lobby floor mosaic, painting of the windows, and installation of the depot elevator. Last year’s event was held at Frontier Park, but organizers believe the festival is better suited for the plaza. “While the staff at Cheyenne Frontier Days was a pleasure to work with and the facilities are second to none, having the event away from the Depot removed the vibrant spirit the downtown offers,” Haring said. “It was important to the committee to have this year’s event return to its roots and come back downtown.”
Less than 100 people showed up for the first event in 1996, which offered just 10 different craft beers. In an effort to model the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, organizers introduced “taster” cups last year to persuade attendees to sample more varieties of beer. “We found that Brew Fest attendees typically sampled early in the evening then would pick one or two beers to stick with as they socialized or listened to the bands we bring in. We’ve decided to return to our standard size cups for this year’s event,” Haring said.
This year’s Brewer’s festival will focus on bringing new breweries to the event. Five Wyoming breweries attended last year with Freedom’s Edge Brewing Co. providing a beer made from a collaboration of several different Wyoming breweries. Sponsorships for the event are now being sought. Three levels are being offered in limited quantities: Naming sponsor-$5,000, Booth sponsor-$1,000, and General Sponsor-$500.00. Sponsors receive advertising, tickets to the event, and food on Friday night of the event.
For the first time, organizers are offering a sponsor-only tasting event on the Wednesday before the festival where attendees will leave with approximately $50 in glassware.