AleFest, Wing-Off competition Saturday at Heavenly Village |

AleFest, Wing-Off competition Saturday at Heavenly Village

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Ticket purchase to the event includes a wristband for unlimited tasting and a commemorative glass, along with a coupon to vote on your favorite wings.
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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — The Fall Ale Fest and Wing Cook-Off is a way to celebrate the summer coming to an end and autumn fast approaching.

The event will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, and will feature 15 different beer, seltzer, and kombucha samples with the chance to judge and vote for the best wings in Heavenly Village. 

“Lake Tahoe’s number one destination, The Shops at Heavenly Village, prides itself on entertainment and events to provide invaluable experiences for our locals, visitors, and day trip neighbors,” said President and CEO of Trans Sierra Investments and The Shops at Heavenly Village Lake Tahoe Gary Casteel. “The Fall AleFest is going to be an incredible event. We want to thank all those locals and visitors that partake in the AleFest and support our great restaurants and shops. On behalf of the Shops at Heavenly Village, we can’t thank you enough.” 

The event will feature brews and spirits including, but not limited to, from JuneShine, Sierra Nevada Brewing, Tahoe Blue Vodka, Long Drink, Fifty Fifty Brewing, and Alibi Ale Works. Tickets to the event are $40 with a portion of proceeds going to Christmas Cheer. The event is sponsored by Dreu Murin Productions. Murin is thrilled to bring back an event that he began working on four years ago. 

“We were looking for a fall event to push business because fall is usually our slowest time of the year,” said Murin. “In September things really start slowing down in town.” 

After some of Murin’s partners came together and suggested doing a brew fest in the fall following a successful festival in the spring, Murin and Casteel began putting together an event perfect for the fall season. 

“We decided to bring out all the ales for this event. It worked out really well,” Murin said. 

Breweries from all over the northern Sierra will be in attendance, including Sierra Nevada Brewing Company.
Provided/J Savvy Photography

After the village restaurants came together and wanted to participate in some way too, the Wing-Off was created and offered the opportunity for local businesses to bring in more customers. 

“This year we also added a law enforcement piece where the barbecue teams for Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the barbecue team for the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office are going to compete against each other for who has the best law enforcement wings,” Murin said. 

The judges this year include Kenny Curtzwiler, Tom Davis and the story’s author.

Tickets are available to sample wings from different restaurants, along with a wing sampler plate available for $6. 

At the end of the competition, two 6-foot tall trophies will be handed out; one to the best wings among the shops, and one to the winner of the first-responder barbecue. 

Ticket purchase is also money that goes toward the Christmas Cheer foundation. 

“Last year we were able to purchase over 550 turkeys in part with donations from the Village Shops and [AleFest proceeds], and basically no family went without a turkey last year, which was pretty incredible,” Murin said. “Christmas Cheer is one the Village’s top charities. We donate to them a lot and they support us. They come and they work the check in-desk, so it works. It’s a good partnership.” 

Live music from Steel Breeze will also be happening during the event. Their show will kick off at 1 p.m.For more information, visit

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