A member of the Nacho Quaff team catches a beer that was slid down a table by his teammate during the fifth annual Sawtooth Regional Gelande Quaffing Championships outside of Apple’s Bar and Grill in Ketchum on Saturday. Hundreds of spectators cheered on the 12 teams of five beer-crazy, costume-wearing characters. Team Milwaukee’s Best won the event. “The event never disappoints. … It gets better every year,” said announcer Andy Gilbert. Gelande quaffing began in the 1980s in Jackson, Wyo. Two teammates stand at the end of 10-foot tables. One slides a beer down the table, and when the glass falls off the table, the other partner catches the brew mid-flight to rapidly chug it down. “We raised over $500 this year for the Sawtooth Avalanche Center,” said event organizer Rick Lethbridge. “It was another wonderful event and we wouldn’t be able to pull it off without the volunteers, pro athletes, competitors, local businesses and the support of the city of Ketchum.”
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