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December 2009 Colorado Beer Festivals

2009 Colorado Beer Festivals

December 2009

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

12th Annual Christmas Beer Dinner
December 1, 2009
Falling Rock Tap House
Denver, CO
Time 7:30pm. Cost $55. This year's Christmas Dinner Will include More Belgian Beers Both because you requested it & because I was able to get more this year. Belgian Beers included are: St Feuillein Noel 2008, Scaldis Noel 2008 & 2009
St. Bernardus Christmas 2009, Dupont Avec les Bon Voeux, Affligem Noel 2008. Tickets are available & we accept Cash & Credit Cards for the Dinner. The Back Vintages of Christmas Beers will be available on Wednesday December 2nd if you aren't attending the dinner. Address: 1919 Blake Street, Denver, CO. (303)293-8338

Life & Limb Draught Release Party
December 4, 2009
(Fri) 5pm
Falling Rock Tap House
Denver, CO
Life & Limb is a collaborative effort, the brainchild of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and Dogfish Head Craft Brewery. Life & Limb is a 10% ABV strong, dark beer that defies style characteristics- brewed with pure maple syrup from the Calagione family farm in Massachusetts and estate barley grown on the Grossman "farm" at the brewery in Chico, CA. The beer is alive with yeast-a blend of both breweries' house strains-bottle conditioned for added complexity and shelf life, and naturally carbonated with birch syrup fresh from Alaska. The other beer of this collaboration is Limb & Life (draft only). Which is made from the second runnings of the life & Limb. Address: 1919 Blake Street, Denver, CO. (303)293-8338

Edge City Christmas Ale Release Party
December 4, 2009
Bristol Brewing Co.
Colorado Springs, CO
Please join Bristol Brewing Company for this year's batch of Christmas Ale! They've brewed up a tasty batch of their spiced Christmas ale annually to celebrate this most festive of seasons. Every year the brewers change up the spices to showcase new ideas and keep things interesting. This season they used a combination of star anise, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, honey and love to put a cheery winter carnival in every pint.

Fifth Annual Season Kickoff Party
December 5, 2009
Pride of the West
Silverton, CO
Venture Snowboards and Ska Brewing are once again teaming up to welcome winter in style with their Fifth Annual Season Kickoff Party scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 5. For the fifth year running, the two homegrown Colorado companies are producing a small run of custom graphics boards and a special winter brew, both of which will be unveiled at the bash. This year's Season Kickoff features live music from The Freeman Social and Fuzzy Killing Machine, Ska drink specials, and lots of giveaways! The Season Kickoff Party gets underway at 8 p.m. at Silverton's Pride of the West (1323 Greene Street). Cover charge is $6 and is a 21-and-over event. Proceeds will benefit the Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies in Silverton. For more information call (970) 387-5269.

Great Divide Brewmaster's Dinner
December 8, 2009
(Tue) 6pm
Beatrice and Woodsley
South Broadway No. 38
Denver, CO
Come for an special 4-course beer dinner featuring beers from Great Divide Brewing Company. Price: $50.00 Tax & gratuity Not Included. Menu may be altered depending on availability. Limited seating available; Call ahead early to be assured of reservations. (303) 777-3505. See details at

Odell Brewery Lecture (STIR)
December 9, 2009
(Wed) 7:30AM
Loveland Chamber of Commerce
Loveland, CO
Are you looking to be inspired? Wynne Odell, co-owner of Odell Brewery will present on how she got her start in the brewing business, what inspires her to continue on as a motivated and outstanding professional and some tips for STIR Loveland young professionals as they move forward in their careers. Plus, she will share some Odell marketing pieces and work through how those came about. Breakfast served. Event runs from 7:30am to 9:00am. Please RSVP

Wynkoop Holiday Beer Dinner
December 10, 2009
(Thu) 6:30pm
Wynkoop Brewing Company
Denver, CO
The Wynkoop is bringing together six winter seasonals from a few of their favorite breweries, (along with their brewers), to accompany a hearty Winter’s feast. Featured ales are from AC Golden, Breckenridge, Dry Dock, Great Divide, O'Dell and the Wynkoop. Dinner includes four scrumptious courses and six very big ales... All for $35. Groups encouraged. Reservations a must. 303-297-2700 -

Mephistopheles' Stout Release and Vertical Tasting
December 11, 2009
(Fri) 5pm – 8pm
The Avery Tap Room
5757 Arapahoe Ave. Unit B1
Boulder, CO
Join Avery Brewing for the chance to be the first to taste the 2009 vintage of our Mephistopheles' Stout! They'll have four consecutive years of Mephistopheles on tap (2006-2009) to show off just how well this beer cellars. They'll also have plenty of bottles of the 2009 batch so that you can stock up and get your own cellar going. Rob Rosser's fish tacos will be on hand to fill you up with things other than strong beer (tacos are not included in the admission price).

Sour Brown Ale Release Party
December 11, 2009
(Fri) 3pm-9pm
Twisted Pine Brewing Co.
Boulder, CO
Join Twisted Pine on December 11th for the release of their new Twisted Sour Brown - a brown ale that has been barrel aged and inoculated with various funky yeasts. This is Twisted Pine's first venture into sour beers, don't miss this one!

Thornton Winterfest
December 11-13, 2009
Multipurpose Fields
108th & Colorado Blvd.
Thornton, CO
From the turning on of the holiday lights and the "miniature Santa's Village" to the ice skating rink; from the Community Tree Decorating contest to the Holiday Marketplace and a grand finale fireworks show, there will be lots for everyone to see and do. You will find the entire event schedule, including general information and registration form for the tree decorating contest on the Web site. Left Hand Brewing will be pouring the beers.

Holiday Folly For Charity
December 13, 2009
The Mothership - New Belgium Brewery
Fort Collins, CO
Tour: 3:45pm
Event: 6pm-10pm
Kyle Hollingsworth of the String Cheese Incident will be joining us here at the Mothership for a very special event on December 13th. Featuring an intimate performance with the Kyle Hollingsworth Band, the evening will also include a silent auction, an amazing selection of esoteric beers and a chance to take home a New Belgium Cruiser, some rare String Cheese memorabilia, and Kyle's latest release. All the while raising funds for the Larimer County Food Bank. In case that wasn't enough to entice you, here's a little more: The NBB brewers are collaborating with Kyle to create a special, one of a kind, brew for the event. VIP tickets include an exclusive tour of the brewery with Kyle Hollingsworth. The Liquid Poet's society of Fort Collins will be joining us for the evening to sample folks on one of their holiday offerings. Food will be provided by Cheba Hut. Each person will take home a commemorative beer glass from the night.

Recession Relief Wednesday
December 16, 2009
Dry Dock Brewing Company
Aurora, CO
Joe Griffith, owner of Joe's Paintless Dent Removal, will be holding a special event on Wednesday, December 16th from open to close (3pm-9pm) at Dry Dock. Come in and have a couple pints on Joe. Yes, you heard right, free beer courtesy of Joe's Dent Removal this Wednesday! Rumor has it he's also going to bring in some food! Joe also talked us into tapping some special beer for the event. We're doing a special firkin that night (something with the brown ale I think) and we're tapping a keg of Russian Imperial Stout!! Come drink one (or two) on Joe...

Homebrewers & Collectors Support Group
December 16, 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.

Upslope Brewing's Holiday Party
December 17, 2009
(Thu) 4pm-8pm
Upslope Brewing Co. tap room
Boulder, CO
Ho! Ho! Ho! Please join us for our first annual Holiday party. Bring a canned food item to be donated to Boulder Shelter for the Homeless and receive a dollar off pints. We will enjoy live bluegrass by The Mountain Jumpers and Dubbin's Sandwiches will be satisfying your hunger. We will have six beers on tap, including Upslope's Colorado Christmas Ale, our two flagships, Pale Ale and India Pale Ale, our One Year Anniversary Stout, Time of the Season and Upslope Dunkelweizen. See you Thursday in your ugliest Christmas sweater! Web site.

Leave a beer for Santa
December 24, 2009
Your Home
Time: right before bed. Hey kids, instead of leaving dear old Santa the same old milk and cookies this year, why not give Santa what he really wants: Beer and cheese! Leave a cold bottle of craft beer with an assortment of fine cheeses next to the fireplace for Santa. Don't worry kids, Santa won't drink and drive his sleigh, he has his elves as a designated drivers.

Beer and Cheese Pairing
December 29, 2009
(Tue) 5pm-8pm
Great Divide Brewing Co.
Denver, CO
If you're not still too stuffed from your holiday feast, come see how awesome beer and awesome cheese make each other even awesomer. $18 gets you five Great Divide beers paired with five artisan cheeses; please RSVP to if you'd like to attend.

Avery New World Porter Tapping
December 30, 2009
Avery Brewing Tap Room
Boulder, CO
Time: 5pm-8pm. Avery will be tapping a key of their latest batch of New World Porter in their tap room on 12/30. Come celebrate this latest offering and celebrate the New Year early!

New Years Eve at the Draft House
December 31, 2009
Draft House - Colorado Brewing Co.
Boulder, CO
A big night of celebration and music at the Boulder Draft House. Starting at 7pm - Jubal and John Beecher take the stage for a great start start to our night. An acoustic jam that will sure to please all music lovers. Then, around 10 - 10:30pm, the amazing sound of Elephant Revival blesses our stage. Its a can't miss event at Boulder's most intimate music venue... and award winning beer brewery.

New Year's Eve Dinner
December 31, 2009
Wynkoop Brewing Co.
Denver, CO
You're invited to join us as we ring in the New Year with a fabulous dinner in the main restaurant, a live DJ in the Billiards Hall and complimentary sparkling mead and champagne toast at midnight. Dinner & comedy packages available at the Impulse Theater, with two shows: 7:30 & 9:30pm. Call the Impulse at 303-297-2111.

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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