Oskar Blues Brewery and the Town of Lyons announced this week that despite the September flooding that damaged the majority of the town’s parks and rec areas, the popular Burning CAN Beer Festival and Lyons Outdoor Games will once again bring together beer lovers and outdoor adventure under views of Rocky Mountain National Park in the unaffected areas of Bohn Park.
In its third year, the Oskar Blues Burning CAN Beer Festival is back and bigger than ever with more than 50 can-centric breweries signed on to pour 150-plus beers from all over the U.S. Last year, 1,500 people descended on the town for the festival to celebrate craft beer, outdoor adventure, live music and the small town vibe of Oskar Blues Brewery’s hometown of Lyons, Colo. Proceeds from Burning CAN will be raised through the Oskar Blues CAN’d Aid Foundation and will benefit the Town of Lyons Parks & Rec department and the Colorado Brewers Guild.
“The CAN’d Aid Foundation has raised more than $600,000 for flood relief since the September floods & Burning Can Beer Fest has provided more than $40,000 for the Town of Lyons Parks and Recreation department and the Colorado Brewers Guild over the past 3 years, but this year it’s even more important to get together and celebrate the spirit of Lyons and continue raise money to help rebuild our town.” said Lyons resident & Oskar Blues Marketing Director Chad Melis.
In addition to raising funds through ticket sales for the festival, Oskar Blues Brewery, the CAN’d Aid Foundation, and Ball Corp. have teamed up to add another fundraising and sustainable element to the mix. Colorado-based events company, Zero Hero, has signed on to create a zero waste event and oversee recycling efforts of all cans from the beer festival and Lyons Outdoor Games. More than 265 pounds of aluminum were recycled at last year’s event, raising additional funds for the Town of Lyons Parks & Rec department and the Colorado Brewers Guild.