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Colorado's UllrGrass beer and bluegrass festival an homage to Norse god of winter

January 25, 2018 Updated: January 26, 2018 at 10:52 am
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The 2016 Ullrgrass Festival.

In this fickle season, it's not a bad idea to keep Ullr, the Norse god of winter, happy.

UllrGrass 2018, the fourth annual bluegrass and beer festival in downtown Golden named for the ancient god, will take place on multiple stages in Parfet Park and inside New Terrain Brewing Co. from Friday through Sunday.

"Golden is home to a flourishing community of bluegrass artists, craft brewers and outdoor sport enthusiasts, so this festival is our way of celebrating winter and all the things we love about life in the high country," said Chris Thompson, executive director of UllrGrass & Coral Creek Music.

Break out your horned Viking helmet, Barbarian garb or other warm winter attire, as this party takes place outdoors.

"Quite a few of us dress up in Viking regalia. You'll see a lot of fur and horns," said spokeswoman Meg Luceri.

The event is a great balance of music and beer festival and "is fun in all weather," Luceri said.

"That's the whole idea, knowing that Coloradans know their music, know their beer and love to celebrate. We also have a few different performance groups come in, with fire batons and the like. And you're never too far from the music," she said.

The festival features bluegrass, jamgrass and Americana music by the UllrGrass Allstars, featuring members of Railroad Earth, Leftover Salmon, the Lyle Lovett Band, Coral Creek, Hot Buttered Rum and Hot Rize; plus The Black Swan Singers, Poor Man's Whiskey, Rapidgrass, Meadow Mountain, Jaden Carlson Band, The Drunken Hearts, and Miles Over Mountains.

The volunteer-run nonprofit event benefits the Kids Music Project by Coral Creek, which provides music education to children (www.coralcreekmusic/philanthropy.)

"From local vendors, sponsors and of course our amazing volunteers, we simply couldn't bring this level of music to Golden without the effort of hundreds of Golden residents and businesses," said Susannah Thompson, festival co-producer and founder of the Kids Music Project.

There's a costume parade, kids' activity area, food and artisan vendors and musician workshops. And, of course, beer.

Saturday, for an additional charge, patrons may sample more than 100 beers made by more than 25 breweries from Colorado and beyond. The unlimited outdoor sampling from 1 to 4 p.m. features brews from Left Hand, Odell, New Terrain, Ninkasi, Holidaily and Crazy Mountain brewing companies, Fiction Beer Co. and Colorado Cider Co.

A beer festival ticket gives access to the main music stage from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.

Organizers encourage walking, biking or taking the train to the festival. If you're on four wheels, free two-hour parking is available within the blocks of Arapahoe, Washington and Jackson streets between 11th and 14th streets. After 5 p.m., long-term parking is free.

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