Rafts & Crafts 2023!

This inaugural collaboration between Mancos Brewing Company and Alpacka Raft will benefit the Mancos Creative District. And this being Mancos, there will be a most excellent party on Friday May 19th at Mancos Brewing Company starting at 4 pm.

We are excited to be partnering with Alpacka Raft to support the Mancos Creative District!   Their mission is to build and sustain a welcoming, diverse and active creative culture that benefits the Mancos Valley both socially and economically. We are lucky to have the Mancos Creative District as a part of our community and couldn’t be more proud to be involved in such a great cause.  And we are stoked to be in this collaboration with Alpacka Raft – A true partnership in so many ways! Here is a little bit about our journey and our cause…

On April 19th the Alpacka Raft crew traded in their river paddles for a brew paddle and took a field trip to the Brewery. Our building is very familiar to them. This used to be their home. You can feel the love, dedication, and determination in the air here.The countless hours spent creating rafts for endless adventures have turned into countless hours of making craft beer from grain to glass. Alpacka Raft is a legacy here and a role model for our community. So together on April 19th we brewed a very special recipe. The Alpacka Raft Pale Ale. A crisp and refreshing pale ale perfect for any river rafting adventure. Made with grains from Proximity Malt and featuring El Dorado hops with tropical notes and a fruity aroma. 

Other than our building, Mancos Brewing Company and Alpacka Raft share an immeasurable amount of love and admiration for our community.  Proceeds from the Alpacka Raft Pale Ale are going to the Mancos Creative District.  A silent auction will feature an Alpacka Raft, packrafting & outdoor gear, and other items donated by Mancos businesses and community members.  To add to the creativity of this special brew and event, an artwork contest for the Alpacka Raft Pale Ale label was launched. Many local Artists submitted amazing entries, and the winner was Jeremy and Silvina Moore! Their design truly supports the motto of the Mancos Creative District – “At The Intersection Of Art & Adventure”.

Our release party, appropriately nicknamed  “Rafts & Crafts”, for the Alpacka Raft Pale Ale will be on Friday May 19th at 4pm at Mancos Brewing Company. This is a free family friendly event and your chance to get hands on with the best rafting equipment on the market while enjoying a pint of our collaboration brew. Our record snowfall this last season is going to provide some epic memories on the river and so will our Alpacka Raft Pale Ale! Whether you are brand new to rafting or a true connoisseur this is the event for you!! Expect plenty of photo opportunities as well as craft food, live music, a silent auction, and of course craft beer! We are hoping to make this an annual event, so come out and support the Mancos Creative District, learn some things about rafting, and enjoy an Alpacka Raft Pale Ale! 

The Alpacka Raft Pale Ale will be available for purchase at the Brewery on tap and to go Friday May 19th while supplies last with proceeds benefiting Mancos Creative District.