Oskar Blues Burning CanThe nation’s first active beer festival, as part of Lyons Outdoor Games, introduces The Beer Relay and King of the Can

Longmont, CO -Oskar Blues Brewery’s award-winning celebration of canned craft beer, the Burning Can ExtravCANza, returns to Lyons on May 30, 2015. More than 50 craft breweries from around the country, some from as far away as Hawaii, will be on hand to sample their canned brews and take part in the country’s first active beer festival with live music, camping, and sport competitions.

Burning Can benefits The CAN’d Aid Foundation, Oskar Blues Brewery’s charitable foundation, and is held in conjunction with the Lyons Outdoor Games to benefit the Town of Lyons Parks, Recreation and Cultural Department. In addition to great craft beers, this year’s festivities include a free concert headlined by the New Orleans-based American soul and blues band, The Revivalists, and The Beer Relay, the first-ever endurance trail-running and beer-drinking race.

Registration is now open and tickets are on sale here.

Oskar Blues Burning Can Beer Fest is scheduled for Saturday, May 30, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Bohn Park in Lyons. Only breweries that distribute craft beer in a can will be sampling. General admission tickets are $45.00 and include unlimited four-ounce samples, free entry into the Lyons Outdoor Games, and a free concert featuring The Revivalists. VIP tickets are $60.00 and come with a souvenir drinking glass, early entry to the beer fest at 3:00 p.m., and a VIP badge.

New this year is the “King of The Can Award,” a people’s choice award for THE best beer in a can. Participating breweries will select one beer to enter into the competition–any style they choose. Attendees sample the various beers and select their favorite. What’s unique about the King of The Can competition is that attendees aren’t comparing like styles; instead, they are selecting their overall favorite beer, regardless if it’s an IPA, a stout, porter, lager or something else entirely. The brewery with the winning brew wins a King of The Can trophy.

Here is a list of the participating breweries thus far.