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If you’re more down with winter wonderland than summer sauna, River City has a party for you.

The downtown brewery’s third annual Christmas in July on Saturday features reserve kegs of winter seasonal beers plus food, live music and holiday decorations – lots of decorations.

“I think we’ve got even more than last year,” says River City’s Emily Schwartz, a confessed Christmas junkie. “The brewery will be very well lit-up.”

But, fortunately for heat-stroke considerations, there’s no ugly sweater contest this time.           

“It’s too darned hot,” Schwartz says. “I felt bad for the people who came in sweaters last year, even if they brought something else (to change into).”

The forecast calls for partial cloud cover atop 92-degree temperatures with a chance of stray showers, some relief from the previously predicted 100 and sunny.

The beer lineup includes such cellared treats as the 2015 and 2016 vintages of Congratulator Doppelbock along with the coffee-infused version of Mad Latvian Baltic porter, which replaced Congratulator in the winter rotation this year.

There also are several takes on Midnight Marmot imperial stout: conditioned on oak chips soaked in Canadian and American whiskeys; Oako-Coco, aged on oak chips and cocoa nibs and served creamy from a nitro tap; and a wine barrel-aged Congratulator/Marmot blend dubbed Horned Marmot Shadow Ram.

All except the Mad Latvian are in limited quantities (5 to 10 gallons), so for this Christmas, don’t be late; doors open at 2.

More befitting current conditions, there also will be a lemon zest-infused Huckleberry Ale pouring outside in the parking lot along with the return of the Gose-Away tart wheat with cranberry, blueberry, orange and energy drink-style electrolytes.

River City’s regular offerings also will be on tap, including the recently released seasonal Kung Fu Death Monkey imperial IPA. Beer tickets cost $3 each (8-ounce pours for one ticket, full pints for two).

Also look for food from the Couple of Chefs and Nick’s Shameless Sausages trucks, music in the outdoor tent by Dimestore Prophets at 5 and L.O.S. (Left Over Soul) at 7:30 and such lawn games as cornhole and ladder ball, with water misters to help everyone keep cool.  

You can get your picture taken with Santa from 2 to 4, and in the true Christmas spirit, nonperishable food items again will be collected for the West Central Community Center. 

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