DURANGO, Colo. – Steamworks Brewing Co., in partnership with Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort (DMR), will reprise its popular “Clam Bake,” on St. Patrick’s Day, Saturday, Mar. 17, 2012, 2-5 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. DJ DNA, will spin the tunes for dancing, and beach attire is encouraged.
“Nothing says St. Patrick’s Day like a clam bake. We hope to have a lot of folks sporting green leis,” 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.”
Steamworks initiated the Clam Bake seven 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.
“But a couple of years ago we decided to make the Clams all about 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 has been unfortunately quite busy this ski season with the increased number of avalanches,” said Kris Oyler, Steamworks co-founder. “We all often 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.”
Steamworks Brewing Co. is located at 801 E. Second. Ave., Durango (970.259.9200). For further information, visit www.steamworksbrewing.com.
Learn more about La Plata County Search and Rescue at www.laplatasar.org. For further information regarding events at Durango Mountain Resort, visit www.durangomountainresort.com.