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The Jefferson County Library Foundation (JCLF) will host the second Stouts and Stories/Ales and Tales Beer Tasting Kick-off event Sept. 27 at the Lamar Street Center, 5889 Lamar St., Arvada, from 5 to 9 p.m. The kick-off event features tastings from 12 local Jefferson County brewpubs, brew talks by local experts, live music, food trucks, games and prizes.

“This event was hosted by Jefferson County Public Library in 2017, and it received a tremendous response from the community,” said Jo Schantz, executive director of JCLF. “The Foundation decided to turn this into a fundraiser and partner with local businesses to help raise money for Library programs.” Funds generated by the kick-off event will help support the Library’s STEM/STEAM initiatives, early childhood literacy and the hugely popular Summer Reading program.

General admission tickets for the kick-off event are $15 each, and VIP tickets (at $25 each) enable guests to also view the Cool Car Collection of rare and exotic vehicles in the Steel Affairs showroom. Games include giant beer pong, corn hole and super Jenga, and game-playing participants can earn tickets for a series of prize drawings held that evening. Local brewers will be featured speakers during the kick-off event, and live music will be provided by the band Half Pint and the Growlers.

The event also launches the six-week, self-guided craft beer tour throughout the county available from Sept. 28 through Nov. 11. Free beer tour “passports” can be picked up at no charge at the kick-off party, at any Jefferson County Public Library or at any of four Jefferson County-based Westerra Credit Union locations. Patrons visit the breweries listed in the passport and receive a stamp for enjoying the breweries’ special offers. Stamped passports can then be redeemed for prizes at the four Westerra Credit Union branch locations.

Participating breweries include Brewery Rickoli, Colorado Plus Brew Pub, El Rancho Brewing, Evergreen Tap House, Golden City Brewery, Grand Lake Brewing Tavern, Ironworks Brewery & Pub, Joyride Brewing, Landlocked Ales, New Image Brewing Company, Someplace Else Brewery and Westfax Brewing Company.

Sponsors of the kick-off event and craft beer tour include Westerra Credit Union, High Point Financial Group, LLC, Cat Care Society, Picocyl, AMI Mechanical, Guaranty Bank, Sally Reed, Nocturnal Tattoo, the Taurus Fund, and Sw33t.com Design. KOOL 105 and Colorado Community Media are event media sponsors.

Jefferson County Library Foundation (JCLF) is a 501(c)(3) dedicated to providing critical support to Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL), expanding free programs and services to all Jefferson County residents. Through public outreach, advocacy and fundraising, JCLF strengthens JCPL and promotes greater awareness of its valuable resources and services, helping JCPL ensure free and equal access to information and great literature to all Jefferson County residents.

Tickets can be purchased at jeffcolibraryfoundation.org through Sept. 26, or call 303-403-5079.