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article imageThe Great Arizona Beer Festival comes to Tempe Town Lake

By B. Thomas Cooper     Mar 4, 2010 in Entertainment
Phoenix - Live in an arid climate long enough, and one soon begins to dream of water. In Tempe, Arizona, that dream has come true, in the form of a 99 million gallon, man made lake.
Each year, millions of people visit Tempe Town Lake. Some boat, while others choose to walk or jog along the miles of adjoining trails. Valley parents bring their family for an afternoon picnic. Some simply come to the lake to gaze at this beautiful oasis in the middle of the bustling city.
After recent heavy rains pounded the valley, however, it became necessary for Salt River Project to release water from the swelling reservoirs upstream . Soon, billions of gallons were pouring downstream. The massive rubber dams at Tempe Town Lake were deflated. Still, events planned along the greenbelt continue forward, undaunted.
This weekend, March 6th, and 7th, Tempe Town Lake plays host to the 22nd annual Great Arizona Beer Festival, which will feature more than 200 varieties of beer. If you decide to attend, however, don’t be expecting a cheap buzz. Tickets range between $40.00 and $90.00. Also be sure to make plans for a designated driver, as each ticket holder can expect to receive twenty-four different samples, each in their very own mug. Saturday will be mostly sunny, with highs in the mid seventies. Sunday, however, there will be a chance of rain in the valley, with temperatures dropping into the mid sixties.
The Rio Salado project may never be entirely completed, and perhaps that's a good thing. Valley residents can expect the lake and the surrounding rehabilitated ecosystem to continually grow and improve with age. Downstream, mighty cottonwood trees once again adorn the riverbed and the indigenous wildlife, absent for nearly a hundred years, is slowly returning. Some of that wildlife may be visible this weekend at the Great Arizona Beer Festival.
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