DURANGO, Colo. — Steamworks Brewing Co., in partnership with Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort (DMR), will reprise its popular “Clam Bake,” on Friday, Mar. 14, 2014, 2-4 p.m. Proceeds will once again benefit La Plata County Search and Rescue (LPCSAR).
The Clam Bake, now an annual Steamworks tradition at DMR, features slope-side service on “the beach” outside Purgy’s for skiers and riders: a fresh, hot bowl of “steamed” clams (including corn-on-the-cob and potatoes) plus a Steamworks brew for $7.
“It’s always a great time,” said Brian McEachron, Steamworks co-founder. “And bring the kids — we’ll have Steamworks hand-crafted Lil’ Toot root beer in addition to our award-winning beers.”
Festivities will also include a live, “sizzling” performance from Durango’s own hot ‘n’ greasy funk band “Bacon.” Rooted in improvisation, this groove-based funk band (with a soulful flare) features Fort Lewis College music majors and alumni.
“From the first down beat to the last funky jam, Bacon’s music is said to invade your soul and create an uncontrollable urge to get down and boogie,” said McEachron.
As a special treat, Steamworks’ brewers prepared two Firkin Friday casks of the very popular “Irish Car Bomb.” One cask will be tapped on the traditional Firkin Friday, Mar. 7, but the second has been saved for tapping at the Clam Bake at 2 p.m.
The Irish Car Bomb is named for the beer’s effect and not intended as a political statement. It has as its base Steamworks’ Backside Stout, which features complex malt and oat flavor. Its second fermentation is with Irish Cream and Jameson whiskey flavors, resulting in a very smooth brew.
Steamworks initiated the Clam Bake nine years ago in an effort to enhance the ski experience and raise funds for local non-profits. “The Clams” have been on tour from Taos to Winter Park in the early years benefitting a variety of organizations including the National Center for Disabled Skiers and the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps.
“We now reserve the Clams for Durango, focusing our efforts at our local mountain, and raising funds for the La Plata County Search and Rescue,” added McEachron. “They are, after all, the nicest folks you never want to meet.”
La Plata County Search and Rescue, a non-profit organization under the direction of the La Plata County Sheriff’s office, has provided remote rescue and emergency services in the county since 1981. Funds raised through the clam bake will help purchase much-needed equipment as well as further volunteer training for the specialized rescues that occur in the backcountry.
“La Plata County Search and Rescue often has a busy ski season with the number of avalanches we see here in the San Juans,” said Kris Oyler, Steamworks co-founder. “We all take it for granted when we head out into the backcountry, be it in summer or winter, that nothing will happen. Truth is, accidents and injuries do occur, and I for one am very glad we have such a competent team of search and rescue volunteers.”