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March 2009 Colorado Beer Festivals

2009 Colorado Beer Festivals

March 2009

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

Beer Dinner with Doug Odell
March 4, 2009 (Wed)
Choice City Butcher & Deli
Fort Collins, CO
Join local beer fans as Choice City Butcher & Deli welcomes Doug Odell and his brews from Odell Brewing Company for an over the top dinner experience. The dinner starts at 6:30pm and runs until 9:30pm. All courses will be prepared with beers from the Odell brewery. Contact or call (970) 490-2489 for details or visit the web site.

Seasonal Beer Tasting
March 6, 2009 (Fri)
The Tap Room @ The Catalyst
Fort Collins, CO
The new tap room managers Cynthia and Dru invite you to join them at the Catalyst for a fresh tapping of a keg of Pliney the Younger from Russian River. The Catalyst doubles as a coffee house and restaurant and a beer tasting room and offers live music during the week. Over 40 beers available - 8 on tap. The tapping celebration begins at 6pm on Friday, March 6th. See web site for details. 3501 South Shields Street, Fort Collins, CO 80526, ph: 970-310-8250.

Oak Aged Imperial Stout Release Party
March 6, 2009 (Fri)
Left Hand Brewing Tasting Room
Longmont, CO
A special day is coming up, and they don't think it'll be so bad for you either. Left Hand's hard working team of brewers put an Imperial Stout into brandy barrels. It's going to be magic, and they hope you'll get hooked as well. The release party is Friday, March 6th, and the firkin (cask) will be tapped at 5pm and last through 8pm. Web site.

Frozen Dead Guy Days
March 6-8, 2009 (Fri-Sun)
Nederland, CO
One of the weirdest and wackiest festivals ever imagined that's dedicated to the memory of Bredo Morstol who remains frozen in dry ice in Nederland, Colorado. The festival started in 2002 and has become one of the biggest parties to celebrate cryonics and sustainability. The idea that life can be sustained and once living things can be regenerated is a perfect segue to the ideals of environmental sustainability. The city of Nederland spotlights their beer sponsors this year, Wild Mountain Brewery and Avery Brewing, who will be featured in the 6 Feet Under Beer Tent this year. Check out the special 6 Feet Under ESB brew. Web site. Click on the map for directions to Nederland.

Beer School
March 9, 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.

Great Divide Beer Dinner
March 13, 2009 (Fri)
Fuel Cafe
Denver, CO
Great Divide Brewing is partnering up with the Fuel Cafe in Denver for a special 4-course meal featuring 4 Great Divide Brews and some specialty food selections. The dinner begins at 7pm. Cost is $45 per person plus tax and gratuity. Please RSVP 303-296-4642. Visit Fuel Cafe web site.

Left Hand St. Patrick's Day Party
March 17, 2009 (Tues)
Left Hand Brewing Tasting Room
Longmont, CO
Tuesday, March 17th is going to be a good time at the Tasting Room. Every year, on St. Paddy's Day, the Left Hand clan of brewers, reps, and founders get together and make a raucous for a few hours. They'll sing, they'll yell, but everyone has a blast. They'll have some free food and pull out a special keg, and hopefully, before the band drinks too much, we'll have some good music. The "band" starts at 6pm-ish. Web site.

Vine Street Pub's Brewers Dinner
March 24, 2009 (Tue)
Vine Street Pub
Denver, CO
Your favorite beer paired with your favorite food. Come join our Executive Chef Rob and Head Brewer Brian for a 4-course meal paired with beer. Seats are very limited - Get'em fast. The menu includes: Chicken Tortilla Soup - Paired with Quinn's Golden Ale, Goat Cheese Stuffed Chile Relleno, Red Chili Sauce & Salad Greens Paired with XXX Pale Ale, Braised Buffalo, Gordita, Oven Roasted Tomatoes & a Cilantro Lime Gremolata - Paired with Super Kind, Chocolate Mousse & Orange Hot Chocolate Sauce - Paired with Nihilist Imperial Stout. Details at web site. Dinner starts at 6pm in the Vine Street Pub Harry's space (directly east of the pub). Cost: $55. Tickets are only available at the Vine Street Pub (cash or check)

Left Hand Beer Dinner
March 25, 2009 (Wed)
Niwot, CO
Come join in during the first week of Spring in the sweet little town of Niwot at Treppeda's. Howard and his executive chef Giuseppe have a wonderful menu planned for this special night, check it out below. Reserve your seat at Left Hand or Treppeda's. The beer dinner starts at 6:30pm and runs until 9:30pm. Seven different taste sensations will be paired with 7 Left Hand beers. Details at the web site. Treppeda's, 300 2nd Avenue, Niwot, CO 80544, 303.652.1606

Great Divide Firkin Night
March 27, 2009 (Fri)
Great Divide Tap Room
Denver, CO
Ever heard of cask ale? Ever drank a cask beer? If you answered 'no' to either of these, then you should join in for Firkin Night. Great Divide would love for you to learn about this centuries old tradition of serving beer and they'd love for you to try a few. They'll have 5 cask beers for you to drink and their brewers will be there for cask beer discussion. $10 gets you in and gets you all the cask beer you'd like. We'll be offering brewery tours and giving away door prizes. Come and be a beer nerd for a night! Event time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm. Web site.

Blues & BBQ
March 28, 2009 (Sat)
River Run Village
Keystone, CO
Jazz up your weekend with a spicy afternoon of authentic barbecue and silvery blues music. River Run's Blues and Barbecue Festival is loaded with spring pleasures and soul-soothing indulgences. The savory Saturday features our resort's chefs and restaurants grilling up a storm! Satisfy those "end-of-the-ski-season blues" with dynamic live music, and lip smacking brews. Don't miss this day of fun! 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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