The Jailhouse celebrates first anniversary with beer, music

Summer is for enjoying longer days and being outdoors, spending time with friends and family, appreciating live music and libations, and celebrating life’s festive moments. At least that is what Sarah Haughey recognizes. As owner of The Jailhouse Craft Beer Bar, she is taking advantage of all things summer for the historical taproom’s first anniversary.

After the resounding success of Buena Vista’s Rapids and Grass Beer Festival, residents and visitors alike can find more entertainment at the “mini beerfest” that The Jailhouse will offer in gratitude for such a rewarding inaugural year of opened doors. This Saturday, The Jailhouse and its neighbor The Watershed BV will be hosting a commemoration festival with hours of live music and beer tastings. The event starts at 2 p.m., and tickets for the afternoon of summer amusement are just $20 at the door or ahead of time.

Breweries taking part in the tasting include Denver-based companies Baere Brewing, Black Project Spontaneous & Wile Ales, and Cerebral Brewing. Melvin Brewing from Alpine, Wyo., and Elevation Beer Company of Poncha Springs will also be in attendance for the pouring from 2-6 p.m. Live music will begin at 3 p.m. with rock band Augustus and conclude with bluegrass artisans The River Arkansas from 6-8 p.m. Both bands hail from this beautiful, rocky mountain state.
Haughey is elated with the outcome of her first year of business in Buena Vista. She wanted to offer an extension of what The Jailhouse provides to patrons, while thanking the community for their support.

“Our first year was more than I expected! I’ve worked more and longer hours than I ever have in my whole life, but it is so worth it,” Haughey said. “The Jailhouse has become what I wanted it to be, a community gathering place where people can relax, have a conversation or play a board game over a fantastic craft beer. We have been extremely lucky to be welcomed into this community with open arms and taste buds. We love pouring beer in Buena Vista, and this is a celebration of the past year – both for us and for our customers. I can’t believe it’s already been a year!”

The Jailhouse Craft Beer Bar will be business as usual for the beer-lovers that still want to come and enjoy the atmosphere and a beverage located in the historic 1880s jailhouse of BV. However, the business recently extended its liquor license to include The Watershed BV, which is a shared community space, to use its stage for the live music and its courtyard for the tasting tents. Even after the anniversary event, Jailhouse fans can enjoy their beers while eating at the food truck or enjoying a movie at The Watershed BV stage.

“We modified our liquor license to include the Watershed building and adjoining lot, which became effective June 1,” Haughey said. “People are welcome to order beers at Jailhouse and bring them next door to Watershed to enjoy tacos from The Bearded Lady, movie nights or any activity on the outdoor stage. People can do this anytime the Jailhouse is open. For the event, it will basically be an extension of The Jailhouse.”

Another exciting perk is that the festival will benefit Chaffee County Search and Rescue North, which will be fundraising at the party. Beer enthusiasts can purchase a $3 CORSAR card at the door to aid reimbursement of the volunteer teams for costs sustained during the year’s rescue missions. The team will also host educational demonstrations and classes each hour inside the Watershed BV.
Saturday afternoon in the summertime is for slowing down and enjoying the little things, and what better way than to join the community in celebration of another successful craft local.

“It’s our first anniversary! This has been an amazing first year at Jailhouse,” Haughey said. “We could not have asked for a better group of local regulars and customers in general. It’s so fun to share a love for beer with our community. We wouldn’t have it any other way!”