On Saturday August 14th, Switchbacks staff members attended the 6th annual Feast of Saint Arnold at the Chapel of our Savior Episcopal Church. The event, marketed as “Colorado’s Family Friendly Beer Festival” showcases the best of Colorado’s craft brewers, winemakers, and emerging distillers.
The festival lasted from 11 am to 4 pm, and had a seemingly limitless list of events, some that began even before the day itself. Their “Pilgrimage of Pints” is a self-paced pub crawl that occurred from June 9th to August 13th, and provided guests with an opportunity to explore popular brews from the time of Saint Arnold. The day of the festival, guests could enjoy a kids zone – featuring activities for children of all ages, tours of the historic grounds of the church, a visit from Saint Arnold himself, plus tons of food, drink and merchandise opportunities.
The ticketed event (free for children and designated drivers), doubled as a fundraiser, with proceeds going to Westside CARES, a non-profit dedicated to helping underserved families in the Colorado Springs community. In 2019, The Feast of Saint Arnold raised over 25,000 dollars for Westside CARES, and with an approximate attendance of nearly 40,000 throughout the day, hosts of the event are hopeful to have an impactful donation to provide again this year.
The Colorado Springs Switchbacks will be hosting a brew fest of their own on September 24th: Deadman’s Brewfest. For tickets to that, or to any of other events and games, head to https://www.switchbacksfc.com/tickets for more information.