ThirstyFest, Popular Beerfest to Raise Funds for “Water for People,” is Back!

At ThirstyFest on Saturday, September 11, Colorado craft beer lovers will enjoy an afternoon outdoors at Stanley Marketplace in Aurora complete with a wide variety of local beverages, live musical performances, food trucks and lawn games. All net proceeds from the beer festival are donated directly to Water For People, an international non-profit that originated and continues to be based in Denver. Tickets are on sale at thirstyfestdenver.com. For just $25, attendees receive a re-useable cup and unlimited tastings of some of Colorado’s finest beverages. The line-up of performance artists will be announced soon. The organizers suggest members of the public get updates by following @ThirstyFestDenver on their favorite social media app.

By supporting Water for People, (www.waterforpeople.org) attendees are actively battling the global water crisis in developing nations such as Malawi and Ecuador where water is scarce. This year the nonprofit is celebrating its 30th anniversary of supporting communities around the world to improve access to reliable and safe water and sanitation in every home, school, and clinic. Water For People’s success at achieving sustainable water resources for “Everyone – Forever” is precisely what inspires ThirstyFest’s volunteers to coordinate this massive beer festival event.

Sarah Slayton & The Great Perhaps is just one of the bands at ThirstyFest on September 11.

ThirstyFest is a completely volunteer-led beer festival which began in 2015 with the support of the Rocky Mountain Water Environment Association (www.rmwea.org). RMWEA, is a Denver-based nonprofit with members in Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming. It provides the latest information on water quality issues, treatment technologies, regulations, and research developments.

“Water is everything,” said Alesandra Reed, founder of ThirstyFest. “Access to safe water and sanitation not only reduces instances of disease but means better jobs and education for women and girls who may otherwise be responsible for fetching this critical resource for their families. It’s not unusual for families to walk more than 10 miles a day for water in some countries.” 

Currently, more than 1.2 billion people lack access to clean drinking water.[1] Water for People believes that access to water fuels health, hope, education, optimism, and prosperity. It boosts opportunities for everyone. Children stay in school longer. Fewer people die of illnesses caused by contaminated water. Increased education and improved health bring economic prosperity to entire regions. Families have more time to work, play, and simply spend together.

ThirstyFest would not be possible without the generous contributions of its sponsors, including such water and environmental engineering firms as Carollo, TetraTech, Bentley Systems and many mor.

About Water for People

Water For People works in nine countries across Latin America, East Africa, and Asia. They support communities by bolstering connections between local entrepreneurs, governments, and communities to establish creative and collaborative solutions that enable communities to build and maintain their own safe and reliable water and sanitation systems. 


The Rocky Mountain Water Environment Association was founded in 1936, and since that time has provided its members with the most current information on water quality issues, technology, regulatory changes, and the latest research developments. RMWEA is a Member Association of the Water Environment Federation, (WEF) an international organization with over 40,000 members worldwide. 

[1] https://www.sciencedaily.com/terms/water_scarcity.htm

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