Saturday, March 8, 2008

2008 Colorado Beer Festivals

2008 Colorado Beer FestivalsThanks for visiting Fermentedly Challenged - your Colorado Craft Beer News Source. Looking to attend a beer festival in Colorado? Here are some of the many Colorado beer festivals that were held in 2008. My beer event lists are updated often and will continue to be updated for the years following.

The new list of 2009 Colorado Beer Festivals and Events can be found here.

Jan. Events - Feb. Events - Mar. Events - Apr. Events
May. Events - Jun. Events - Jul. Events - Aug. Events
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January 2008 Events

Big Beers Belgians & Barleywines Festival
January 10-12, 2008
Vail, CO - Vail Marriott Mountain Resort & Spa
Join us for the Eighth Annual Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines Festival Weekend! Come up to Vail to experience the event that beer connoisseurs are raving about. Homebrewers, Professional Brewers and Industry Gurus alike speak highly with regard to the unique format, the unusual international collection of beers, the organization and the overall quality of the event. For those of you who are Big Beers Festival veterans, this Eighth Annual event promises to be exceptional, touting two new seminars and an additional beer dinner! More info.

February Events

March Events

April Events

Boulder Strong Ale Festival
April 11-12, 2008
Harpo's Sports Grill, Boulder, CO
A tribute to "big beers" (all 8% ABV or higher) from around the country, with 70 beers from 30 to 40 breweries. More details of this year's festival will be posted on the Avery Brewing Company's website.

Breckenridge Massive Beer Festival 2008
April 12, 2008 - Saturday
Main Street Station (505 S. Main Street)
Breckenridge, Colorado

Springfest 2008
April 12, 2008 - Saturday 4-11pm
Crabtree Brewing Company
625 3rd Street #D
Greeley, Colorado
3 Live Bands. Free Music & Pool in the brewery.

Microbreweries for the Environment Benefit
April 25, 2008
Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder, CO
Since 1993, the Microbreweries for the Environment benefit has raised nearly $100,000 for local environmental causes. The proceeds from this year's benefit will further the environmental efforts of the University of Colorado Environmental Center, Colorado Conservation Voters, EcoCycle and Wild Earth Guardians. Twenty Colorado microbreweries serve their best beers for only $2 each. Participating breweries include: Arctic Craft Brewery, Avery Brewing, BJ's Brewhouse, Boulder Beer Co., Breckenridge Brewery, Bristol Brewing Co., Flying Dog Brewery, Fort Collins Brewery, Great Divide Brewing Co., Left Hand Brewing Co., Mountain Sun, New Belgium Brewing Co., Odell Brewing Co., Oskar Blues Brewery, Pumphouse Brewery, Redfish Brewhouse, Ska Brewing Co., Steamworks Brewing Company, Twisted Pine Brewing, and Wolf Rock Brewing Company. The benefit will feature musical performances by Corn Meal and Elephant Revival. This event will sell out so if you want to go visit the Boulder Theater website. The price is $17.50. Always packed, always fun!

May Events

May 10, 2008 - Saturday
Veterans Park, Canon City, CO
Benefit For the Fremont Center for the Arts. Beer from more than 20 Colorado microbreweries, and a lineup of top-notch comedians; live music after the tasting.

Left Hand Beach Party at Arapahoe Basin
May 18, 2008
Arapahoe Basin Ski Area
Think great beer, a hot BBQ, live music, and cheap lift tickets, all at the base of Arapahoe Basin on a sunny Sunday in May. If you haven't been up to the Basin in a while, it's a beautiful place to be as the ski season comes to an end. Frisbees, dogs, spring skiing.that's what Colorado is all about. Sponsored by Left Hand Brewing Company.

Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival
May 24-25, 2008
Park Hyatt Resort and Spa, Beaver Creek, CO
Highlights: More than 100 beers from 35 microbreweries, all based in Colorado; barbecue, be prepared by top chefs from Kansas City and other locations nationwide; live blues music, children's activities, and cooking demonstrations.

7th Annual Festival of the Brewpubs
May 25, 2008
Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, A-Basin, CO
Join us for our largest party of the year! Spend the day sampling mugs of beer from a variety of Summit County brewpubs for one low price per 14 oz mug (must be 21). Breweries include Pug Ryan’s, Breckenridge, Dillon Dam, Backcountry and Wolf Rock. $20. Beer pouring begins at 12 p.m. until 4 p.m.

Small Batch Beer Festival
May 31, 2008
Odell Brewery - Fort Collins, CO
Odell Brewing, 800 E. Lincoln
The festival pays homage to innovative brews, fine malts and whole flower hops. A variety of ales handcrafted on Odell's five-barrel brewing system, also known as the pilot system, will be featured.

June Events

Chili Pepper and Brew Fest
June 6-8, 2008
Snowmass Village, CO
The International Chili Society holds its two chili competitions and tastings in Snowmass, while microbrewers face off in a prestigious summer ale competition with two brew sampling sessions for festival- goers, featuring 30 plus breweries. Plus Fanny Hill rocks with hot music all weekend.

Rocky Mountain Brew Fest
June 14, 2008
Estes Park Brewery
Estes Park, Colorado

Grand Junction Summerfest
June 14th, 2008
11am-7pm - Take a trip to the breathtaking Western Slope for a day of craft beer, sunshine and local music. Located in Lincoln Park this is sure to be a day full of great beer and amazing views of the Grand Mesa.

23rd Annual Bike MS
June 28, 2008
Fort Collins, Colorado
FREE BEER being poured at the WOW festival on the CSU Campus.

Colorado Brewer's Festival
June 28-29, 2008
Old Town, (Downtown)
Fort Collins, Colorado
Great beer, food, music and fun. This year's festival, the 19th Annual Colorado Brewers' Festival in Downtown Fort Collins will take place June 28 & 29, 2008. Over 400 kegs of beer will be poured beginning on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. and conclude on Sunday at 6:00p.m. in Old Town Square. (The festival hours will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.) All beer samplers must be 21 years of age, and purchase an entry and tokens at the entry station located on Mountain Ave, the day of the festival. Admission is $10 for a 2-day Saturday/Sunday Pass & $6 Sunday Only Pass. All beer tokens are $2; you need beer tokens to get your beer samples. Designated Driver Program available for non-beer samplers with valid driver's license.
Official Web Site

July Events

12th Annual Colorado Brewers' Rendezvous
July 5, 2008
Salida, Colorado
Saturday 1-5PM The Colorado Brewers Guild, a trade association dedicated to the Colorado craft brewing industry, facilitates beer educational activities in Colorado. No other nation offers as many different and exciting, flavorful beers as the United States, with thousands of different ales and lagers now available to Americans in all regions of the country. The Colorado Brewers Rendezvous is an excellent opportunity for everyone to tap into the rich heritage and tradition of American brewing, as well as the unique flavors offered by Colorado brewers. Located at Riverside Park.

Rails and Ales Brewfest
July 12, 2008
The train leaves Alamosa, CO at 9:00 AM on July 12th and will take everyone to a beautiful mountain meadow spot along the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad route. Beer Festival will run from Noon to 3:00 PM. The train will then take us all back to Alamosa, CO, arriving about 5:30 PM.

July 12, 2008
Old South Pearl Street - Denver, CO
From 1-10pm - BrewGrass is the 1st of two festivals on Old South Pearl. The fest will feature great national and local Bluegrass acts plus a bunch of really great beer! More info.

Breckenridge Beer Festival
July 19, 2008
Breckenridge, CO
From 2-6pm. Located at Main Street Station, on the south side of Breckenridge at 505 S. Main St. Beer lovers rejoice! Samplings from 17 microbreweries and craft beers, giveaways from Smith Optics, and kegs of fun! Live music on the "Summit Stage" stage from The New Mastersounds, Whitewater Ramble, and Universally Famous Rocket Surgeons. No pets allowed. Breweries include: Alaskan Brewing Co., Aspen Brewing Co., Avery Brewing Co., Backcountry Brewery, Boston Beer Company, Breckenridge Brewery, Bristol Brewery, Flying Dog Brewery, Grand Teton Brewing Co., Great Divide Brewing Co., Kona, Left Hand Brewery, New Belgium Brewery, Odell Brewing Co., Oskar Blues Brewery, Palisade Brewery, Paulaner, Pilsner Urquell, Pug Ryan's, Ska Brewing Co., Steamworks Brewing Co., Stone Brewing Co., and Wolf Rock Brewing Co. More details.

Hops for Habitat
July 19, 2008
Plains Conservation Center - 21901 E. Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO
From 5-8pm - Come sample a variety of cool tasty microbrews, snack on a freshly made calzone, listen to live music and venture onto the prairie for a wagon ride. All to help the environment. Event info.

Summer Brew Fest
July 26, 2008
Coors Field Main Parking Lot A - Denver, CO
From 4-7pm - A downtown LODO beer fest with unlimited samples from more than 21 breweries. Angie Stevens & the Beautiful Wreck will perform live for the fest. 102.3 KCUV and 105.5 JACK-FM are proud to present Summer Brew Fest, July 26 in the Coors Field Main Parking Lot A. Summer Brew Fest will celebrate Colorado’s finest craft beverages with 21 breweries and 60 different kinds of beer to sample. Plus don’t miss live music from Angie Stevens & the Beautiful Wreck. Tickets are $25 in advance, $35 at the door. Visit BrownPaperTickets to purchase tickets. Attending breweries include: Ska, Flying Dog, Pumphouse, Odell, Lefthand, Stone, Oskar Blues, Great Divide, Avery, Breckenridge, Boulder Beer, Steamworks, Mountain Sun, Twisted Pine, Sierra Nevada, Pagosa, Blue Moon, Alaskan, Rogue, Dundee, Tommyknocker. Proceeds from Summer Brew Fest will benefit The Colorado Environmental Coalition. Fest info.

August Events

Fort Collins Irish Festival
August 1-3, 2008
The Inaugural Fort Collins Irish Festival is bringing all things Irish to Larimer County. This new tradition will feature: local Irish bands, internationally acclaimed musicians, customary Irish cuisine, Beer Garden, interactive activities for the whole family, Irish and Celtic arts and crafts, Irish whiskey and much more! So grab your friends and family and head down to Civic Center Park for the first Fort Collins Irish Festival. Slainte! Sponsored by Guinness. Event website.

2008 Springs Foam Fest
August 2, 2008
Coleman Park (adjacent to Sky Sox Field) - Colorado Springs, CO
Enjoy over 25 Colorado Craft Brews, live music, complimentary food and games, and a free souvenir Foam Fest mug. Benefit for Miracle on Tejon Street and The Friends of Cheyenne Canyon. 12pm - 5pm. $30 (advance), $35 (at the door). More info.

12th Annual Keystone Beer and Bluegrass Festival
August 2-3, 2008
River Run Village, Keystone Resort, Keystone, CO
Highlights: Open 1-5pm each day. Beer from more than 25 Colorado microbreweries, served in a beer garden; try some down-home cooking; listen to acoustic bluegrass music on three stages; inflatables and other children's activities at "Energy Alley"; free parking. Free Music & Admission. Beer tasting price is $30 for an unlimited tasting glass or $4 beers in the Blue Moon beer garden. Click here for more info on this event.

2nd Annual Blues & Brews
August 9, 2008
Denver, CO - Old South Pearl Street
This is the 2nd of two beer festivals that are part of the Summerfest Music Series. Blues & Brews will feature top national and local Blues musicians and bands, among them revered Delta bluesman Tommy Thomas and the Erica Brown Band, who recently represented Colorado at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. It’s all happening at the 1200 block of Old South Pearl Street—North of Louisiana and South of Buchtel — just a hop, skip and a jump west from the Louisiana-Pearl Light Rail Station. Take the ride in, enjoy some great brews from the likes of Breckenridge Brewery, New Belgium, Left Hand and many more as you hear some of the best music around for just a buck! Event website.

24th Annual Taste of Grand County
August 9, 2008
Winter Park, CO
Lovers of gourmet food, fine wines and hand-crafted beers shouldn't miss this opportunity to sample and enjoy a wide array of food and beverages. Highlights include: wine, beer and food tasting; a silent auction; and live entertainment. All festival-goers will receive a commemorative wine glass or beer pilsner and unlimited samples of food and drink. Proceeds benefit the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD). For festival and Ski Train deals, please call 303.293.5315.

Craft Lager Fest
August 9, 2008
Manitou Springs, CO (Soda Springs Park)
Drink a beer save a Tree! This celebration of bottom fermented beer is scheduled for Saturday August 9th from 1:00pm - 6:00pm at Soda Springs Park in Manitou Springs (1016 Manitou Ave). Come taste beers from Hawaii to Boston! Entry is $25 and includes a presentation of awards for exceptional lagers, music by Grass it up and Big Paddy, unlimited sampling (within reason) and a commemorative tasting glass. All profits from this event are donated to Pikes Peak region open spaces! Contact: Jason Yester - Phone: 719.685.9059.

Greater Boulder Beer Festival
August 10, 2008
St. Julien Hotel in Boulder, CO
The 1st annual Greater Boulder Beer Fest will feature beers that are brewed only in Boulder County! Their will be beer friendly food, like Beer Brats, Stout Short Ribs, & Oskar Blues Drunk Chicken! The “Fabulous Clamdaddy’s will be performing on the patio at The St. Julien during the entire event from Noon-4pm. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased by going to or by calling 720-562-4041. Breweries include: Boulder Beer, Avery, Twisted Pine, Redfish Brewhouse, Left Hand, Oskar Blues, Walnut Brewery, Pumphouse Brewery, BJ's Brewhouse, Wild Mountain Smokehouse. Fest info. More info.

Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest 2008
August 15-17, 2008
Old Town - Fort Collins, CO
Over 120,000 people will attend this celebration in Downtown Fort Collins. In its 20th year this FREE weekend showcases over 300 arts, crafts and food booths, Kids' World, a carnival, two beer gardens sponsored by Odell Brewing and Anheuser-Busch, and seven stages of continuous entertainment. The festival is also proud to host Bohemian Nights music lineup providing Colorado music all weekend long. Over 80 performances and 7 stages of continuous entertainment throughout the weekend! Festival hours are Friday: Concert only 7-9:00pm in Old Town Square, Saturday 10:00am-7:00pm with evening concerts until 10:00pm and Sunday 10:00am-6:00pm. More info.

Canoe & Brew - Gunnison River
August 18-20, 2008
Gunnison River area - Colorado
Join Jeff Brown, President of Boulder Beer Company (Colorado’s 1st microbrewery), for a unique and educational look into the micro brewing beer industry and how it differs from macro breweries. The best part will be sampling various styles of beer and learning how they are made during this 3-day excursion. Join us August 18-20, 2006, on the beautiful Gunnison River. After a day spent outdoors paddling and hiking, a cold beer around the campsite sure sounds great. Don’t worry, we will keep the beer cold! Adults only. More info.

Art & Ale Brew Festival
August 22, 2008
The Wildlife Experience - Parker, CO
6-10 p.m. Brew up something special this summer at Art & Ale. Join us for world-class beers, tantalizing eats and live music. Tickets include bottomless food & drink samples, a collector's mug, access to the cigar lounge and entertainment. Peruse the fine art galleries and interactive exhibits during this sell-out event. Ticket prices are $40 per person and $70 per couple. Members of The Wildlife Experience receive a discounted rate of $30 per person. Art & Ale will take place on August 22, rain or shine. This is a 21 and over only event. More info.

10th Annual Nedfest - Music & Arts Festival
August 22-24, 2008
Nederland, CO
The 10th Annual NedFest is a 3-day outdoor music and microbrew festival with camping located on the shores of Barker Reservoir in the mountains of Nederland, Colorado located only 17 miles west of Boulder. The music featured is in the Bluegrass, Jazz, Jamband and World-Beat genres... or moreso, a sound that blends these styles (and others) together. Up to six bands perform each day on one stage, with acoustic 'tweener sets between each band. Featured breweries are: Stone Brewing Company, Oskar Blues, Lefthand Brewing Company, Spaten Brewery, Ska Brewing, Avery Brewing Company and Redstone Meadery. More info.

10th Annual Boulder Creek Hometown Fair
August 30 - September 1, 2008
Just as the Boulder Creek Festival kicks off the summer in Boulder County, the Boulder Creek Hometown Fair is the perfect bookend to close out the summer event season. Started in 1998, this hometown celebration features arts & crafts exhibitors in Central Park in downtown Boulder, live performances at the bandshell, a food court & beer garden hosted by such local brewers as Boulder Beer Company, and a children’s area with carnival rides and exhibitors, the Great Zucchini Race, a Fire/Rescue Safety Expo, and much more! Don’t miss out on the festivities of this unique community event! Fair hours 10am-9pm Sat-Sun, 10am-7pm Mon. More info.

September Events

Brew at the Zoo and Wine, Too
September 5, 2008
Denver Zoo, Denver, CO
Beer, wine, and hors d'oeuvres from more than 50 Colorado breweries and restaurants, music and dancing at the zoo after dusk; event is a fund-raiser for the zoo's Red Apple Fund for life-long learning.

2nd Annual Osktoberfest
September 6, 2008
Oskar Blues Cajun Grill & Brewery
303 Main Street, Lyons, CO
Come one, Come all and join the crowd September 6th at Oskar Blues for their 2nd Annual Osktoberfest. They’ve brewed a special Ostoberfest beer this year to add to the joyous celebration. The day will include free music from 2:30 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. & will feature the music of Buckskin Stallion & the Ash Ganley Band among others. We’ll feed ya too, a $10 all you can eat buffet will have more options than you can shake a Bratwurst at. The day will also have face painting, raffle prizes and custom Osktoberfest steins. Link.

Tour de Fat - Fort Collins
September 6, 2008
New Belgium Brewery - Fort Collins, CO - 11am - 7pm
PREPARE YOURSELVES FOR YET ANOTHER DAY OF ANTICS, COSTUMES AND THE MOST FUN YOU MAY EVER HAVE ON TWO WHEELS! The Tour de Fat will once again be meandering and pandering through the Mothership in Fort Collins spreading the good word about the positive societal offerings of the bicycle. Along with our exceptional ability to roust a city’s inner-cyclist, in 2008 we hope to drive our message even deeper by bringing you the biggest, most enjoyable traveling bike festival that we know of. May the revival roll forth in the name of the bicycle. Join us for some adult beverages at New Belgium to celebrate! Event info. Myspace page.

Whole Foods 1st Annual Colorado Beer & Wine Festival
September 6, 2008
@ Whole Foods Market Tamarac - 7400 E. Hampden Ave, Denver, CO
Come drink like a local from 4-7pm. Join the crowd on the outdoor plaza to taste beer and wine from all the amazing breweries and wineries of Colorado. Beer and wine will be paired with delicious summer appetizers. Enjoy live music. Everyone gets a fresh beer pretzel, reusable glass and a festival kit. Proceeds to benefit local Colorado farmers. Event info.

Fall Festival of Beers and Chili Cook-off
September 6, 2008
Crested Butte, CO
Plan on heading up to Mt. Crested Butte Saturday, September 6th to take part in the Annual Fall Festival of Beers and Chili Cook-Off. In 2007 there were over 15 breweries on hand with samples of their finest, along with locals cookin’ up all varieties of chili for your tasting pleasure. The Festival takes place from 12 – 4 p.m., on the grass at the base area of Mt. Crested Butte by the Red Lady Lift. In addition to beer and chili there will be live music for your enjoyment. Admission is $10 for Chili Only, $15 for Beer Only, and $20 for Beer & Chili. We will also be introducing the Pepper Eating Contest this year, there will be an additional cost for entry into the contest. Mountain Express will have their regularly scheduled shuttles running between Mt Crested Butte and Crested Butte, and Gunnison Safe Ride will offer shuttles leaving the parking lot across from the Rec Center in Gunnison at 11:30am & 1:15pm and leaving Mt. Crested Butte at 2pm & 4:15pm, making stops in between Gunnison and Crested Butte. If you are interested in entering the Chili Cook-off, volunteering to help out with the Festival, or if you have any questions, call Erin at the Chamber at 349-6438 or stop in to the Visitors Center.

Telluride Blues & Brews
September 12-14, 2008
Telluride Town Park, Telluride, CO
Outdoor music venue with mountain peaks for a backdrop; beer from 50 breweries during Saturday's Grand Tasting; nationally-renown blues artists; a variety of food and crafts vendors; festival continues in late-night juke joints and after-hours jams. Tickets go on sale March 3.

Breckenridge Oktoberfest
September 12-14, 2008
Breckenridge, CO
Grab your stein, throw on your lederhosen, and get ready for Breckenridge’s 14th Annual Oktoberfest! The event returns to Main Street to commemorate a time-honored tradition of German heritage. The festival has become a Breckenridge mainstay and offers Oompah music, Bavarian foods and kids’ activities. Join Breckenridge and Paulaner Bier for the best Oktoberfest in the mountains. There will be a Brwemaster's Dinner on the 12th. Event website.

Tour de Fat - Denver
September 13, 2008
Denver, CO
PREPARE YOURSELVES FOR YET ANOTHER DAY OF ANTICS, COSTUMES AND THE MOST FUN YOU MAY EVER HAVE ON TWO WHEELS! The Tour de Fat will be meandering and pandering through the streets of Denver spreading the good word about the positive societal offerings of the bicycle. Along with our exceptional ability to roust a city’s inner-cyclist, in 2008 we hope to drive our message even deeper by bringing you the biggest, most enjoyable traveling bike festival that we know of. May the revival roll forth in the name of the bicycle. Join in for some adult beverages from New Belgium to celebrate! Event info. Myspace page.

Colorado Pork & Hops Challenge
September 19-20, 2008
Grand Junction, CO
Lincoln Park, 4:00 pm- 10:00 pm & 20th 11:00 am - 6:00 pm. Buy barbeque from award-winning cooking teams! Enjoy your favorite micro brews from around the region. And listen to some of your favorite local bands!

Oktoberfest on Larimer Square
September 19-21, 2008 and September 26-29, 2008
Grab your stein, throw on your lederhosen and get ready for Denver’s 39th annual Oktoberfest! The event is one of the city’s longest running festivals and one of the largest of its kind in the nation! Modeled after Oktoberfest in Munich Germany, Oktoberfest on Larimer Street commemorates this world-famous and time-honored tradition of German heritage. The festival has truly become a Denver mainstay offering German attractions, music from national touring groups, performances by international dancers, children’s activities, the first ever Oktoberfest Denver 10K Run, a Green Village, splendid décor, and accordion concert, and authentic cuisine. Admission to the event is FREE and guests may purchase food, bier and children’s activities. Official website.

Crabtree Brewing's Harvest Fest 2008
September 20, 2008
Greeley, CO
This is the 3rd season of the event. Each year Crabtree Brewing Company holds two events, one in the spring and one in the fall. Three bands will play music all night. They're giving away a limited edition color pint glass to everyone. Each year the event grows by 150 people and the spring fest hosted 500! Meet other Crabtree fans along with enjoying music with friends with a cold pint. The 8th Ave Wing Shack will be serving a wide arrangement of wings, fries, and other fine snacks. The headline band is Ben Pu and Crew. Event runs 4pm-11pm. $5 Cover. 21+ only. Brewery link. Event poster.

Tour de Fat - Durango
September 20, 2008
Durango, CO
PREPARE YOURSELVES FOR YET ANOTHER DAY OF ANTICS, COSTUMES AND THE MOST FUN YOU MAY EVER HAVE ON TWO WHEELS! The Tour de Fat will be meandering and pandering through the streets of Durango spreading the good word about the positive societal offerings of the bicycle. Along with our exceptional ability to roust a city’s inner-cyclist, in 2008 we hope to drive our message even deeper by bringing you the biggest, most enjoyable traveling bike festival that we know of. May the revival roll forth in the name of the bicycle. Join in for some adult beverages from New Belgium to celebrate! Event info. Myspace page.

Steamboat Brewers' Festival
September 20, 2008
Torian Plum Plaza, Steamboat Springs, CO
Sample beer from 15 or more Colorado breweries; "Brewer's Choice" and "People's Choice" awards; live music, food vendors, and root beer for kids. Steamboat celebrates fall with a beer tasting featuring the best breweries in Colorado. Join the action from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 20, 2008 for the 2nd Annual Steamboat Brewers' Festival. The festival takes place on the mountain at Torian Plum Plaza, right in front of the Slopeside Bar & Grill. This event has a little something for everyone including live music, a root beer bar for kids and food vendors. Event website.

Greeley's Oktoberfest 2008
September 26-27, 2008
Downtown Greeley, CO
Experience German heritage in overdrive! The celebration starts 1 day early this year! Come enjoy free live music, life size beer pong, delicious food, and beer from Pitcher's Brewery, Crabtree Brewing, and Coors. This new addition will be starting at 7pm on Friday and is where the fun will be kickin' off, the night before Oktoberfest. Then on Saturday, Oktoberfest starts at 11:00 a.m. At the beer garden, Pitcher’s Brewery will provide five different brews including their exclusive Oktoberfest brew and Coors will bring their domestic beers. Also, delicious food will be available. Oktoberfest patrons can enjoy strolling through numerous craft and novelty vendors. An improved children’s area “Kid’s World”, will entertain children beginning at 11am. Oktoberfest will have lots of fun contests. Come as you are or celebrate the traditional costumes. Event website.

Oktoberfest Fort Collins
September 27, 2008
The day will be filled with lederhosen, pretzels, polka and great Colorado Beer! The festival is free to the public and will take place in Civic Center Park (located at Laporte Ave & Howes St) in Fort Collins. Live German entertainment all day long including Schuhplattler dancing and great polka bands! Eat authentic bratwurst, drink Fort Collins best brews, dumplings, strudel, experience hands on kids activites, learn a little about German history in Colorado, and sing Ein Prosit with your comrades! It is Oktoberfest time! Official website.

October Events

Great American Beer Festival
October 9-11, 2008
Colorado Convention Center
Denver, Colorado
The Mecca of Beer Festivals! Don't miss out on one of the biggest beer festivals on earth. Over 470 breweries and 2400 beers will be on hand. This year is expected to be bigger than ever. Get your tickets EARLY as this event usually sells out. Hang out after the fest each night in LoDo for after GABF parties. If you can only attend one Colorado beer festival this year - make it this one! More info at:

Flying Dog, Brats and Gonzo (FBAG)
October 10, 2008
Denver, Colorado
4-6pm @ the Flying Dog Warehouse, downtown Denver.
The Friday of the first day of GABF, Flying Dog will be the meeting place for Beer Advoacate’s Pub Crawl. Join Beer Advocate founders Jason and Todd Alstrom and the Flying Dog Crew for LIVE music and our famous "Gonzo Brats" as we sample some of Flying Dog's new releases and hard to find styles. A great warm-up before the GABF. More info.

Falling Rock Tap House GABF Tastings
October 6-11, 2008
Denver, Colorado
Each night during the week of the Great American Beer Festival, the Falling Rock Tap House will be hosting special tasting celebrations featuring kegs from featured breweries. Come taste the freshest beers from the likes of Oskar Blues, Avery Brewing, selected San Francisco breweries, Shelton Brothers Imports, Stone Brewing, Sierra Nevada, Dogfish Head and Alaskan Brewing.

Falling Rock / Deschutes Fresh Hop Celebration
October 18, 2008
Denver, Colorado
Falling Rock isn't done yet with it's line-up of tastings. The weekend following GABF - Falling Rock Tap House and Deschutes are sponsoring a Fresh Hop Celebration. Saturday, October 18th come out and try a fresh hop ale from Deschutes, Oskar Blues, Great Divide, Full Sail or Ska Brewing. A fresh hop ale is brewed immediately following the picking of fresh hops and has a short shelf life so these beers won't be around long.

November Events

All Colorado Beer Festival
November 7-8, 2008
Colorado Springs, CO
They are already planning the 2nd Annual All Colorado Beer Festival. This year they will have three sessions over two days. Each session will provide attendees 4 1/2 hours to sample great beers from across Colorado as well as enjoy live music. The first session will take place on Friday, November, 7, 2008 from 5:30 until 10:00 PM. Session two and three will take place on Saturday, November 8th. Session two will run from Noon until 4:30 PM. Session three will run from 5:30 until 10:00 PM. Twenty brewers attended the 1st annual in 2007. Should be bigger than last year. Web site. Map.

New Belgium's Lips of Faith Release Party
November 15, 2008 (Sat)
Falling Rock Tap House
Denver, CO
Join the gang down at the Falling Rock at 5pm for the tapping of the latest Lips of Faith beer, Ben's Saison. Ben's Saison starts slightly sour and citric across the palate with a quick blast of cranberry tartness. New Belgium made a very limited quantity of this brew so be sure to try some soon before it's all gone. Web site.

Boulder Beer Brewmaster's Dinner
November 18, 2008 (Tue)
Dolan's Restaurant
Boulder, CO
Join Boulder Beer's Brewmaster David Zuckerman at Dolan's Restaurant in Boulder for a four course meal paired with some of the best beer from Boulder. The meal starts at 6:00pm and runs until 8:30pm. The cost is $35 per person plus tax and tip. Tickets are available at Liquor Mart in Boulder (303-449-3374) or call the restaurant at 303-444-8758.

Great Divide Beer and Dessert Pairing
November 18, 2008 (Tue)
Great Divide Brewery
2201 Arapahoe Street
Denver, CO
Head on down to the brewery in Denver from 5-8pm for a pairing of some delicious desserts with some of the best Great Divide brews. Contact the brewery for more details. Cost: $10. Please RSVP to Web site.

Pumphouse Fall Beer Dinner
November 18, 2008 (Tue)
Pumphouse Brewery
Longmont, CO
Join the Pumphouse Brewery staff as they offer up a Fall Beer Dinner on November 18th starting at 6:30pm. The meal will feature their house brewed ales and a beer from their new bottle list. The food will be prepared by Chef Cesar and Chef Chris and hosted by David Mentus, Head Brewer. Cost: $50.00 per person (tax and tip included).

AiX & Great Divide Brewing Company Tasting Dinner
November 20, 2008 (Thu)
AiX Restaurant
719 E. 17th Ave.
Denver, CO
Come join the chefs at AiX and the brewers from Great Divide for an evening of modern cuisine and ale pairings on Thursday November 20th at 7pm. A four-course tasting dinner has been planned with the beer lover in mind. Cost: $35 per person (excluding tax and gratuity). Reservations with credit card are required due to limited seating. Call: 303-831-1296. AiX web site. Brewery web site.

Craft Beer Education - Beer 101 Class
November 20, 2008 (Thu)
Cook Street School of Fine Cooking
Denver, CO
Come attend a beer education class that will teach you about the history, regions and production of fine beer. The instructor - Scott Kerkmans, Chief Beer Officer at Four Points by Sheraton Hotels, a Certified Cicerone, a BJCP certified beer judge and a former brewer at Alaskan Beer Company will guide you through this 3-hour session and let you taste 6 different beers of varying tastes and intricacies. These craft brews offer just as much complexity as the finest wines and he will help you pair them with your favorite dishes. Class hours: 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Cost: $59 per person. Cook Street School, 1937 Market Street, Denver, CO. Phone: 303-308-9300. Web site.

Old #23 Barley Wine Release
November 21, 2008 (Fri)
Bristol Brewing Company
Colorado Springs, CO
Join the Bristol family in this once-a-year tradition to savor the dulcet, brandy-like tones, reconnect with old friends and raise a glass in celebration of those who can no longer be with us. They'll release the 2008 vintage of Old #23 Barley Wine at 5:00 pm on this Friday, November 21, just in time to stock up for the holidays. Blue Sage Catering will be providing snacks designed especially to soak up those extra ABVs. Web site.

A Decade of Hog Heaven: 1998 - 2008
November 21, 2008 (Fri)
Avery Brewing Company
Boulder, CO
A celebration of the 10th anniversary of Avery's Hog Heaven barleywine. Aged versions of this big barleywine will be served (some really old). The event will be catered with light food including fine cheeses and meats to compliment the beers served. Show up at 7:30pm to taste some new brews and then stick around until 8:30pm for the Hog Heaven celebration which lasts until 10pm. Advance ticket sales only @ Avery. 50 person max. Web site.

Great Divide Beer and Cheese Pairing
November 25, 2008 (Tue)
Great Divide Brewery
2201 Arapahoe Street
Denver, CO
A pairing of 5 different cheeses and 5 different brews will be offered at the Great Divide brewery in Denver. The cost of this event is $10. The pairing will be held between 5-8pm. Please RSVP to Web site.

December Events

Boulder Beer's Beer School
December 1, 2008 (Mon)
Boulder Beer Company
Boulder, CO
You can get an MBA (Masters of Beer Appreciation) from Boulder Beer as they announce the return of their monthly Beer School which is now in session. Each first Monday night of the month from November 2008 through April 2009, Boulder Beer will be hosting seminars that feature samplings of seasonal beers, and a discussion led by their Brewmaster, David Zuckerman. Last year’s classes included a session on hops varieties; firkins; filtering; stouts, porters and barleywines; and how to taste beer like a professional. This years classes will fill up fast as they are limited to 30 students each. For $10 you can reserve a seat for the month and receive a generous amount of samplings with your class. Contact to reserve a seat.

Falling Rock Christmas Beer Dinner
December 2, 2008 (Tue)
Falling Rock Tap House
Denver, CO
11th annual beer dinner starts at 7:30pm. Come taste some of the season's best offerings including Saison DuPont's Avec les bon Voeux, Avery Old Jubilation '07, St Feuillien Noel & Others. Beers will be paired with a fabulous 5 course meal prepared by Chef Cheryl. Tickets are available now & are $55 advance (tax & gratuity included) if purchased by Sunday November 30th @ 7pm, $65 after that if available. Web site.

Mephistopheles' Stout Release Party
December 3, 2008 (Wed)
Avery Brewing Company
Boulder, CO
Avery Brewing releases their coal black, velvety smooth Belgian Imperial Stout on Wednesday, December 3rd. Come and be the first to taste the 2008 Vintage. For those severely twisted and deranged souls who can't get their stout fix from Mephistopheles', they'll also have a keg of Out of Bounds Stout on the Cask and their Czar Russian Imperial Stout on tap for the evening. Stop by, taste a few, and walk away with some bottles of Mephistopheles. Event runs from 4-7 PM. Avery Tap Room, 5757 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, CO. $10 per person. Web site.

Rock Bottom Beer Tasting
December 4, 2008 (Thu)
Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery
Westminster, CO
Each month Jack Johnson, brewmaster, taps a new brew for every to try. Join Rock Bottom Brewery in Westminster for complimentary glasses of their specialty beer Old Curmudgeon English Strong. They'll tap the beer at 6:00pm with a description from Jack and pour until 6:30pm. 14694 Orchard Parkway Suite 400, Westminster, CO.

25 Years of Chimay in the USA
December 5, 2008 (Fri)
Falling Rock Tap House
Denver, CO
Chimay Trappist Ales have been brewing in Belgium for 146 years; the U.S.A. has been enjoying this beverage for 25 years in the states. In recognition of this grand occasion, Bières de Chimay has designed a special collector goblet to recognize the exportation of Chimay Trappist Ales to the United States for 25 consecutive years. Come out and join other Chimay fans for a celebration of Chimay at the Falling Rock Taphouse! Event runs from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.

Charles Dickens Christmas Beer Dinner
December 11, 2008 (Thu)
Wynkoop Brewery
Denver, CO
A festival holiday dinner and brew will take place between 6:30pm and 8:30pm on December 11th. Cost: $35 a guest (plus tax and gratuity). Call for reservations (303) 297-2700. A four course menu is being planned, each paired with a different beer. Entrees include: Cornish Lamb Pastries w/ Apples paired w/ Frambozen. English Cheddar Ale Soup w/ Banger Sausage paired w/ St Charles ESB. Goose and Duck Ballotine w/ Hazelnut Stuffing, Roasted Vegetables, w/ Cranberry Sauce paired w/ Churchyard Ale. And Figgy Pudding w/ English Toffee Sauce paired w/ 20th Anniversity Barleywine. Web site.

Even more December 2008 Beer Dinners and Tastings!

Look for the 2009 Colorado Beer Festivals listing available now.

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