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August 2009 Colorado Beer Festivals

2009 Colorado Beer Festivals

August 2009

Here are the upcoming Colorado beer festivals and events that are known or planned for the month of August. Dates will be finalized and updated later in the year.

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13th Annual Keystone Beer and Bluegrass Festival
August 1-2, 2009 (Sat/Sun)
River Run Village, Keystone Resort,
Keystone, CO
Highlights: Event 12-6pm. The beer will pour from 1-5pm each day. Beer from more than 30 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 ala carte in Beer Garden. Web site.

Gnarly Barley Brew Festival
August 1, 2009
Larimer County Fairgrounds
Loveland, CO
Here's a new event added to the Colorado beer festivals this year. The Gnarly Barley Brew Festival will take place on August 1st at the Larimer Country Fair. The event will run from 12 noon to 5:00pm at the Main Stage Courtyard. Several Colorado breweries will be on hand. Your $10 ticket includes a souvenir sampling mug and 4 sampling tokens. Vote for your favorite. Additional tokens available. Live music all day plus the Gnarly Barley Homebrew Competition results will be announced. Web site.

Greater Boulder Beer Festival
August 2, 2009 (Sun)
Millennium Harvest House
Boulder, CO
1pm - 5pm. The 2nd 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, & much more! Live music will be performing during the entire event. Expected breweries include: Boulder Beer, Avery, Twisted Pine, Colorado Brewing Co, Left Hand, Oskar Blues, Walnut Brewery, Pumphouse Brewery, BJ's Brewhouse, Wild Mountain Smokehouse. Tickets $20 at the door. First 400 get a commemorative beer glass.

Avery 16th Anniversary Party
August 2, 2009
Avery Brewing Company
Boulder, CO
SIXTEEN years in business and its time to celebrate! Join us and the rest of Boulder at the brewery for this annual summer event. As always, we'll have dozens of styles of your favorite Avery Brews, a BIG pig roast (with vegetarian options too), vertical tasting and bands all day long! Make your plans now. $20 at the door for beverages, bbq and bands. VIP admission $30 with access to VIP area and rare brews. Event time: 12pm-6pm. Web site.

2nd Annual Brewgrass
August 8, 2009 (Sat)
Old South Pearl Street
Denver, CO
This is the 2nd of two summer beer festivals that are part of the Summerfest Music Series. BrewGrass will feature a lineup of great national and local Bluegrass and Americana acts. 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 5 bucks! Web site.

Craft Lager Festival
August 8-9, 2009 (Sat-Sun)
Memorial Park
Manitou Springs, CO
This will be the 6th year for the Craft Lager Festival and it's moving to a bigger, roomier locale. "Drink a Beer, Save a Tree" at the annual celebration of bottom-fermented craft lagers in Manitou Springs, supporting open space and parks. Come taste beers from Hawaii to Boston, listen and dance to live local music, and meet the brewers creating artisanal beers you won't find any where else. The event will be August 8-9th, 2009 from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM and located in Memorial Park, Manitou Springs, Colorado (502 Manitou Avenue).Your $35 entry includes:- Unlimited sampling of hand crafted lagers (within reason!) and a commemorative tasting glass. Music by local legends Big Paddy & Grass It Up on Saturday, The Jack Trades & Creating a Newsense on Sunday. An award presentation for exceptional lagers on 2:30 PM Sunday. This event has raised over $15,000 for open space and parks, has been rated one of the top beer festivals in the country by USA Today, and is the first solar powered beer festival! For more information about the event and to order tickets, please visit our web site at

Night of the Barrels - Avery Brewing / Russian River
August 11, 2009
The Kitchen Cafe - Pearl Street
Boulder, CO
6pm - 10pm. Four course beer dinner with 8 beer pairings presented by Natalie Cilurzo of Russian River and Adam Avery of Avery Brewing. Russian River beers to be poured will be Blind Pig, Supplication, Consecration and Temptation and Avery beers are TBD. For more details on pricing and reservations call The Kitchen Cafe at 303-544-5973.

Great Divide Hoss / Tripel Tapping Party
August 14, 2009 (Fri)
Greate Divide Tap Room
Denver, CO
Come help celebrate the release of Great Divide's two newest beers. From 7-9 p.m., $15 gets you in and gets you all the Hoss and Tripel you can drink (responsibly, of course) as well as snacks.

Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest 2009
August 14-16, 2009 (Fri-Sun)
Old Town (downtown)
Fort Collins, CO
Over 120,000 people will attend this celebration in Downtown Fort Collins. In its 21st 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. Web site.

Learn to Brew with the CFU
August 15, 2009
Wynkoop Brewery / Colorado Free University
Denver, CO
Award-winning Wynkoop brew master Andy Brown will provide an overview of the brewing process from grain to glass. Learn about different styles, participate in a tasting session and enjoy some fresh Wynkoop beer and food pairings. Class runs from 3-5pm. This is a sanctioned Colorado Free University course, register online at web site. Cost: $56 Non-Member $47 Member $12 materials fee payable in class. Students must be 21 years old or older to register.

Homebrewers & Collectors Support Group
August 19, 2009
Avery Brewing Tap Room
Boulder, CO
6pm - 8pm. Ever craft and/or age a very special beer and then pop it for a group of people that don't know or really care what they're drinking? It leaves you feeling hollow, right? Others too. That's Avery Brewing starting a monthly support group for homebrewers and collectors. Bring your special beers down to the Tap Room and open them around a group of enthusiastic and learned quaffers and revel in the time and effort that was spent. $5 cover charge to keep the undeserving out. Group meets every 3rd Wednesday of the month.

Avery's Summer Stout Freakout
August 21, 2009
Avery Brewing Tap Room
Boulder, CO
You asked for it. You got it. Campfires and BBQ's mean it's time for chewy, dark, delicious stouts, right? Heck yea! This is for all you stout freaks who have a grudge against summertime because your favorite brews never show themselves 'til colder, darker days. STOUTS will be flowing forth from the taps of Avery Brewing Company. They'll have at least 5 different stouts on tap for the evening, maybe more. No door charge, just pay as you go for tasters or pints. All stouts will be on tap by 5 PM and will pour until last call at about 9:45pm. Web site.

Art and Ale Brew Festival
August 21, 2009
The Wildlife Experience
Parker, CO
The Wildlife Experience will host its annual Art and Ale Festival on Friday, August 21. This event features a dazzling lineup of musical entertainment, bountiful brews and tantalizing treats. You will soak up good food and frosty beverages from some of our finest local breweries and restaurants, and you are welcome to peruse The Wildlife Experience's galleries and exhibits. Ticket prices are $40 per person and $70 per couple. Members of The Wildlife Experience receive a discounted rate of $30 per person. Art and Ale will take place on August 21, rain or shine. This is a 21 and over only event. Web site.

The Inaugural BoulderFest
August 21-22, 2009 (Fri-Sat)
Pearl Street Mall
Boulder, CO
BoulderFest (A love the local celebration) downtown Boulder's newest festival, is a celebration of all things Boulder! BoulderFest will bring together the best local bands, brews, wine and food for a wonderful end-of-summer event on the Pearl Street Mall. Web site.

CB & Potts Releasing of the Hound
August 22, 2009
CB & Potts (Ram Room)
Fort Collins, CO
Join CB & Potts and crew as they release two new beer creations from 6pm to 7pm upstairs in the Ram Room at their Fort Collins brewpub. Barking Dog Scottish Ale and 6X Golden Lager will be debuted and will be available for a limited time in the restaurant. Barking Dog was recently featured as a winning beer in a local homebrewing Slam competition. Web Site.

Great Divide Beer and Cheese Pairing
August 25, 2009 (Tues)
Great Divide Tap Room
Denver, CO
5-8 p.m. Come hone your palate on Great Divide beer matched with a selection of artisan cheeses. $10 gets you five beers paired with five cheeses. Please RSVP to if you’d like to come.

Left Hand Beer Tasting
August 26, 2009 (Wed)
The Blending Cellar
Boulder, CO
6pm-8pm. Left Hand Brewery will be showcasing their stellar, local beers form 6 to 8pm. Taste a handful of these handcrafted beers. $10. Gourmet tapas available. 946 Pearl St., Boulder, CO. Phone: 303-447-0475 or visit web site.

August 28-30, 2009
Nederland, CO
NedFest 2009 is the 11th annual three-day outdoor music and microbrew festival with camping located in the mountains of Nederland Colorado, just 17 miles west of (3,000 ft. above) Boulder. It happens at the end of August and 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. On Friday the Gates open to the public at 2:00 PM and the Music runs from 3:00 PM to 10:30 PM. On both Saturday and Sunday the Gates open at 10:00 AM and the Music begins at 11:00 AM. Extended hours this year allow for the Music to go until 10:30 PM on Saturday and until 8:30 PM on Sunday. Additionally, there will be late-night shows happening all over town, including a special show each night at The Black Forest. This totals roughly 40 hours of live music and fun! Web site.

Trinity Brewing 1st Anniversary Celebration
August 29, 2009 (Sat)
Trinity Brewing
Colorado Springs, CO
Join Trinity Brewing for their 1st anniversary bash. Plenty of original Trinity brew as well as a huge selection of guest beers. Live music from local artists, special release beers, food, raffles all day long. Come back on Sunday for a Hangover session with a Bloody Mary bar and good food. Web site.

2009 Springs Foam Fest
August 29, 2009 (Sat)
Antlers Park (downtown)
Colorado Springs, CO
Now in its third year, Foam Fest will be bigger and better than ever! The event will take place from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the beautiful Antler's Park in downtown Colorado Springs. Last year's attendance was well over 300 people, this year we expect crowds of between 600 and 800 beer drinkers from across Southern Colorado! Live entertainment will be provided by Andy Clifton & Company and Chute Nine; food will be provided by Old Chicago as well as several other fine food purveyors. New this year will be a Home Brewer Competition that looks to bring several contestants and even more avid beer drinkers. Additionally, we will feature more “festival style” activities from Bungee Jumping to Ring Toss. A crowd favorite activity from last year, Corn Holing, will make an encore appearance. All proceeds from the festival will benefit the Miracle on Tejon Street (an event that feeds over 600 homeless people on Christmas day), and The Friends of Cheyenne Cañon (a conservation and education group dedicated to preserving North Cheyenne Cañon Park). Details can be found at the official web site.

Colorado State Fair Foam Fest
August 29, 2009
State Fair Grounds
Pueblo, CO
This year's foam fest runs from 6pm to 10 p.m. at the State Fairgrounds in Pueblo
presented by The Colorado State Fair & the Colorado Institute of Brewing. The event will be held inside the special events tent. Buy a commemorative glass for $20 (plus gate admission) and taste the best beers Colorado has to offer! For more information,
call 719-404-2080, or go online to

San Juan Brewfest
August 30, 2009
Durango Mountain Resort
Durango, CO
11th annual San Juan Brewfest. 2pm to 6pm. Downtown Durango, Main Ave between 12th and 13th Streets in front of Buckley Park. $20 entry fee includes commemorative tasting glass and samples. Over 25 different regional breweries, music and food. 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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