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April 2009 Colorado Beer Festivals

2009 Colorado Beer Festivals

April 2009

Here are the upcoming Colorado beer festivals and events that are known or planned for the month of April.

Avery / Scotch Corner Pub Beer Dinner
April 2, 2009 (Thu)
Scotch Corner Pub
Boulder, CO
Where American brewing and Scottish Tradition intersect! Dinner starts 6:30pm - 8:30pm. Cost: $35.00 per person (not inc. Tax & Grat.) Join in for a dinner featuring Avery Brewing Company ales and a variety of traditional Scottish Ales. Each course will be paired with an Avery Beer and a Scottish favorite. 1st Course - St. Andrews Mussels with Salvation / St Andrews Ale. 2nd Course - Beef Wellington with Porter Glaze paired with New World Porter & Belhaven Scottish Ale. 3rd Course - Twisted Fish n Chips with Avery IPA & Twisted Thistle. 4th Course - Demonic Breaded Pudding with Samael's Ale & Belhaven Imperial Stout. Scotch Corner Pub, 1800 Broadway St # 150, Boulder, CO 80302 (303) 545-2000 - - Email with any Q's.

AHA Membership Rally
April 3, 2009 (Fri)
New Belgium Brewery
Fort Collins, CO
The American Homebrewers Association (AHA) wants you to join them for a fun-filled event with fun prizes and an opportunity to meet and mingle with other beer enthusiasts. The rally will be held at the New Belgium Brewing Company, April 3, 2009 in Ft. Collins, CO. Bring a friend to the event. The cost is $33 for new and renewing members. Hot dogs and cask beer available to sample. Take the brewery tour while you are there.

Ski Jam at Winter Park / Mary Jane
April 5, 2009 (Sun)
Winter Park/Mary Jane Ski Resorts, CO
Last year Left Hand Brewing put together a ski jam and it was a great time. This time they’re doing it better. Spring skiing, blue skies in the Colorado Rockies, couches and beach chairs, fresh barbecue, kegs of Left Hand Brew, and LIVE MUSIC WITH KALIN AND ADAM FROM THE BAND FORMERLY KNOWN AS THE HUGH JAZZ QUARTET! Meet up in the C-Lot (where the challenger lift is located) at Mary Jane on Sunday, April 5th. Look for the Left Hand banners. They’ll provide discounted lift tickets, food, beer, music, and fun. All you need to do is get a hold of Josh in the Tasting Room and remember to bring the sunscreen and frisbees. $20 gets you an all-you-can-eat-and-drink pass. A lift ticket will cost $44. Costume contest as well. So, contact Josh in the Tasting Room by coming in for a beer, or by calling 303-772-0258 ext 114, or by emailing him at

Beer School
April 6, 2009
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 through April, 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.

Repeal of Prohibition Party
April 7, 2009 (Tue)
Left Hand Brewing Tasting Room
Longmont, CO
Sometimes we take for granted that we can hop up to a barstool at the end of a long day at work and order a pint of our favorite cold, foamy, comforting brew. It hasn’t always been so easy getting a beer when we needed one. That is why Left Hand Brewery takes April 7th, the official day that prohibition was repealed, very seriously. In honor of this momentous occasion in our nation’s history, Left Hand would like to treat you to some of their favorite brews. The 400 Pound Monkey, a year-round IPA test batch, has been very popular and they’ll have that on tap for the event. Also, they’ll tap a very special firkin. The Brandy Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout will be available on cask from when they open at 3pm.

Breckenridge Massive Beer Festival 2009
April 11, 2009 (Sat)
Main Street Station
Breckenridge, CO
KSMT's 3rd annual Breckenridge Massive Beer festival is a multi-faceted, interactive event including entertainment, family fun and competitions. Over 20 breweries will be represented this year. Web site. Event runs from 1pm - 5pm. VIP program with catered lunch, private tasting and exclusive early entrance for $55 in advance, $75 at the door. General Admission is $30 at the door, $25 in advance for unlimited beer tasting from 1-5pm. Expected attendance-4000. Food vendors, other things to buy, lots and lots of fun!!

Flagstaff House / Avery Beer Dinner
April 15, 2009 (Wed)
Flagstaff House Restaurant
Boulder, CO
The acclaimed Flagstaff House Restaurant invites you to enjoy a unique five course meal that includes two beer pairings, a "complement" and a "contrast" pairing, per course. The "contrast" pairings will be revealed during the dinner. These pairings have been specially selected by Adam Avery, President of Avery Brewing Co. COST: $68 per person, plus tax and gratuity. RSVP: Seating is limited. Reservations are required. Call 303.442.4640 - Reservations can be made online at

The Taste (Benefit)
April 16, 2009 (Thu)
Hilton Hotel
Fort Collins, CO
This premiere Fort Collins event featuring the best food and drink from the best Fort Collins restaurants and breweries is a benefit for the Larimer County Food Bank and Neighbor to Neighbor. Five breweries from Fort Collins will be on hand offering samples during this food, drink and music celebration at the Hilton on Prospect. The cost is $60 in advance or $70 at the door. The Taste opens for VIP passes at 4:30pm and at 5:30pm for regular admission. The event will run through 8:30pm. Web site.

Mazer Cup International Mead Competition
April 17-19, 2009 (Fri-Sun)
Outlook Hotel
Boulder, CO
Like the proverbial Phoenix rising from the ashes, the Mazer Cup has been re-born to claim it's rightful place among the great mead-only competitions. The new incarnation, The Mazer Cup International, will engage both Professional Meaderies and Home Mead Enthusiasts from around the world in a competition that is focused on the best of Professional and Enthusiast meadmakers. Details at the web site.

New Belgium Beer Dinner
April 18, 2009 (Sat)
New Belgium Brewing Co.
Fort Collins, CO
Join New Belgium on Saturday, April 18th from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at their Friends of the Humane Society New Belgium Beer Dinner at the brewery. $60 per person or $100 per couple gets you a four-course meal paired with new Belgium beers. Their New Belgium Crew will be on hand to educate your palate and delight your senses. One lucky bidder will walk away with a New Belgium Cruiser bike in their silent auction. Proceeds benefit the Larimer Humane Society. For tickets, visit the Liquid Center tasting room at 500 Linden in Fort Collins. Or reserve tickets with your credit card at 970-227-0524 until April 16th when ticket sales will close. Tickets are limited.

Saison Festival
April 18, 2009 (Sat)
Trinity Brewing Company
Colorado Springs, CO
Artisanal Nuvo' ales inspired by beers of Belgium's Wallonia region. Kick off Earth week with a celebration of farmhouse ales focused on seasonally available ingredients. Special slow food Trinity entrees for this day only using 100% local ingredients from local farmers. Proceeds benefit Fountain Creek restoration projects. $25 for entry, commemorative glass and responsible sampling. Web site.

Left Hand Beer Tasting
April 22, 2009 (Wed)
Zamparelli's Italian Bistro
Lafayette, CO
There will be a progressive flight of 6oz tastings of Polestar Pilsner, Juju, Sawtooth, Blackjack Porter and Milk Stout at Zamparelli's running from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. $10 will get you in the door and all the Left Hand samples you wish to enjoy. While you're at it, buy some of the tasty Italian food there to soak up all those suds. Zamparelli's - S.W. corner of 95th and Arapahoe in Lafayette. 303.664.1275.

Dogfish Head Heading Out West Promo
April 22, 2009 (Wed)
Falling Rock Tap House
Denver, CO
The Falling Rock Taphouse in Denver will be serving up some rare Dogfish Head drafts and giving away free Dogfish Head glassware! Rare drafts include Black and Blue (a Belgian amber with blackberries and blueberries) and the Burton Baton (an oak-aged Imperial IPA). Come support Dogfish Head out west! Event runs from 5pm to 7pm.

Gear & Cheer
April 23, 2009 (Thu)
Rembrandt Yard
Boulder, CO
Get ready! It's time to gear up for one of Boulder's best parties and to benefit The Women's Wilderness Institute! Join in, April 23, 2009, at The Rembrandt Yard in Boulder (1301 Spruce Street), as over 400 local outdoor enthusiasts gather for an evening of live entertainment, beverage and food tastings as well as an amazing auction of high performance outdoor gear, great local services, and exciting trip packages. With the same beautiful venue as last year, this year's event promises to be even more of an outrageous success and all around amazing time! Once, again, we'll honor our top supporters with a "Sneak Peak" cocktail party and auction preview. You won't want to miss it! Co-sponsored by Left Hand Brewing.

Microbreweries for the Environment Benefit
April 24, 2009 (Fri)
Boulder Theater
2032 14th St.
Boulder, CO
Since 1993, the Microbreweries for the Environment benefit have raised nearly $100,000 for local environmental causes. This is a carbon-neutral event. You are encouraged to walk, bike or bus to the event. Over 20 Colorado microbreweries will serve their best beers. $2 pints! The benefit will feature musical performances by top local bands. Music by Kyle Hollingsworth and Friends, featuring Liza Oxnard. Expect a sell out. Doors open at 8pm and event starts at 8:30pm and runs until 12:30am. Tickets $23. Boulder Theater web site.

Crabtree Brewing's Springfest 2009
April 25, 2009 (Sat)
Crabtree Brewing Company
625 3rd Street #D
Greeley, CO
This 4th annual event features live bands, great local food, free billiards and of course great Crabtree beer on tap at the brewery. Expect some new seasonals and some nice surprises. Up to 8 different Crabtree brews on tap. Several bands are scheduled to play including Ben Pu & Crew, The Kingpins as well as the Wannabe Poets. Springfest runs at the brewery from 4pm until Midnight. More details available soon. Web site.

Beer and Chocolate Tasting
April 30, 2009
Rock Bottom Brewery
1001 16th St.
Denver, CO
Beer and Chocolate tasting - Thursday, April 30th, 7pm. Featuring WEN Chocolates and Rock Bottom brews. Call 303.534.7616 for info and reservations. Web site.

Additional events will be added as they become known. Please report and additions or corrections to Chipper Dave (see email on the side column).

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