Durango Mountain Resort held the San Juan Brewfest on Saturday, Sept. 7, at the base of the mountain. The annual beer-a-rama drew almost 700 beer connoisseurs and featured brews from more than 14 local and regional breweries. New this year was the Chili Cook Off, featuring several vats of the spicy red stuff provided by local restaurants, which made for a nice compliment to the beer as well as a potent ride home on the boozy bus, so we were told.

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Newlyweds John Schneider and Rebekka Formwalt join hundreds of their new best friends for some brew.

Kyle Noyes washes down some beer with a shot of chili.

Jamie Hudson gun slings her way to victory during the Miss Chili Pepper contest.

Local country band, The Erasers, made up of Durango High School teachers, provides some good old-fashioned drinking music outside ofJoey's Italian Cafe.

John Ryan leads the chug charge while Charlie Thomas, right, falls behind.

"Thank you, ma'am, may I have another?"  Matt LaBeau troubles the gals from Three Rivers Brewing for more beer.Cut off and dozed.  Blame it on the altitude.









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