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“You’re not going to be able to try them all,” Yellowstone Beer Fest organizer Trent Cole warns.

Approximately 200 beers that will be on tap for attendees of the event, which has grown to an impressive size since its inception in 2013.

For $35 in advance or $40 at the gate, attendees will get unlimited seven-ounce pours from any of the participating breweries. Gates will open at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 22, and the beer will keep flowing at the Park County Complex until 8 p.m.

“We started from scratch four years ago to promote local breweries,” and the event has been snowballing ever since, Cole said. This year is the biggest fest to date, with 62 different breweries participating, including beer-makers from Belgium and Mexico and 2,300 anticipated attendees. That’s up from 59 breweries, 180 beers and 2,000 attendees in 2016.

“This is probably the biggest beer fest in Wyoming and Montana,” Cole said.

The organizer said that Yellowstone Beer Fest has been able to grow so large because it’s recruited brewers from across the United States and the world instead of just focusing on area brewmeisters – though there are plenty of those, too.

In addition to the brews, there will be tunes provided by Judge Roughneck, a ska band from Denver, and Infinite Journey, a Journey cover band from Dallas.

Cole said purchasing a “VIP ticket” that allows participants to enter the event at 2:30 for an extra $10 is popular among those who want to claim a prime seat for the shows. It would also be a necessity for anyone foolhardy enough to try and prove Cole wrong about the impossibility of sampling 200 beers in an afternoon.

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