Rotary adding beer festival to Golden Fall Faire activities

The Rotary Club of Golden is celebrating the transition into fall with their inaugural Rotary Beer and Burger Festival.

Three craft breweries have signed up to be part of Rotary’s beer festival this weekend.

The Rotary Club of Golden is celebrating the last bit of summer, and transition into fall with their inaugural Rotary Beer and Burger Festival.

“We started with the idea of a wine festival, Nakusp does really well with theirs,” said Bill Braisher, Rotarian and lead organizer of the event. “But we decided that Golden is more of a beer town. Beer is more fun anyway.”

The festival will coincide with the annual Fall Faire at the Golden Museum. There will be an area sectioned off for the beer fest, so guests can enjoy both events at the same time.

“It was Colleen’s (Palumbo) idea to do it together,” said Braisher. “It’s going to go hand in hand together really well.”

Three breweries have signed on to participate including Mt Begbie, Fernie Brewing Co. and Arrowhead Brewing, each of which will be offering some of their signature varieties.

Beer enthusiasts can buy tickets for sample sizes of each brew.

“This is also going to be a competition with judging. So everyone can fill out a ballot to vote for their favourite beer,” said Braisher.

Of course a beer festival wouldn’t be complete without a barbecue, so Rotary will also be on site grilling up burgers.

Since this is the first year of the event, Rotary is starting small. But the hope is that this festival will grow bigger and bigger every year.

“In the future we’d like to get the restaurants involved and have a burger competition as well,” said Braisher.

The beer festival area at the Fall Faire will be sectioned off, but it is still a family-friendly event. Minors will be allowed in the area, and can partake in the barbecue.

The Rotary Beer Festival will begin at noon on Saturday Sept. 10, and will run until 5 p.m.