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May 2009 Colorado Beer Festivals

2009 Colorado Beer Festivals

May 2009

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

Crabtree Braggot Tapping Party
May 1, 2009 (Fri)
Crabtree Brewing
Greeley, CO
The much awaited Braggot will finally be released on tap as well as in 22oz bomber bottles. Come on out to the brewery and try some of this delicious special mix of stout and mead. More details forthcoming soon.

Spring Beer Festival
May 2, 2009 (Sat) 12pm to 4pm
Pumphouse Brewery & Restaurant
Longmont, CO
Pumphouse Brewery and Restaurant announces the Spring Beer Festival, a new beer tasting event held to raise money for local charities in need, and raise awareness of Colorado and U.S. Craft Beer Brewers. This fest will no longer focus on serving primarily "strong beer:" rather, it will focus on lighter brews of spring and summer while continuing a commitment to local charities. Also new for this year will be patio access and one meal for each paying attendee. Partial proceeds for this year's festival will go to the Longmont Humane Society.Festival attendees can expect to receive a Pumphouse Brewery logo pint glass, ten 4-oz. taster tickets, and one festival meal for the admission price of $25. All tickets will be available at the door, on a first come, first served basis. Additional beer taster tickets will be a dollar each and the meals will consist of a mix of choices from the Pumphouse menu. A silent auction will allow further fundraising and a chance to get unique brewery memorabilia and gift certificates from local businesses. Participating breweries have included all Boulder County Brewers as well as other breweries as far as the Pacific Coast. Learn more @ the official event website

May 9, 2009 (Sat)
Veterans Park
Canon City, CO
One of the top 4 beer festivals in Colorado. This is the 5th annual Brew Ha Ha, a benefit for the Fremont Center for the Arts. There will be beers from more than 20 Colorado and regional microbreweries served plus a bug line-up of top-notch comedians. Live music after the tasting. Open 3:00pm - 6:00pm. Web site.

Founders Night at Boulder Beer
May 12, 2009 (Tue)
Boulder, CO
30 years ago, two Colorado homebrewers acquired a brewery license, retrofitted a goat-shed into a brew house and founded Colorado's First Microbrewery and the oldest of the operating modern craft breweries in the United States. Join in at 5 pm as Boulder Beer welcomes back those two pioneers, David Hummer and Stick Ware, for an informal evening of tasting and beer war stories, hosted by Brewmaster, David Zuckerman.

American Craft Beer Week tapping
May 13, 2009 (Wed)
Odell Brewing
Fort Collins, CO
Come celebrate American Craft Beer Week with Odell Brewing on May 13, 2009 from 4-6 pm. They're declaring their brewing independence by planting a cherry tree (really, they cannot tell a lie) and tapping the latest Pilot brew, Bailey's Cherry Stout.

Shelton Brothers Belgian Beer Dinner
May 13, 2009 (Wed)
Choice City Butcher and Deli
Fort Collins, CO
A 4 course meal will be served featuring some of the finest Belgian beers available. Course 1 with a Degraal Blonde. Course 2 with Serifijn Tripel. Course 3 with a Saison Voisin. Course 4 with Klumbacher Eisbock. RSVP - very limited seating. Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm. Cost: $65 per person. Link.

Treppeda’s and Left Hand Beer Dinner
May 13, 2009
Treppeda’s Italian Ristorante
Niwot, CO
This dinner was originally to be held in March but has been rescheduled for May 13th. Howard and his executive chef Giuseppe have a wonderful menu planned for this special night. Reserve your seat at Left Hand or Treppeda’s. Come join Eric & Cinzia Wallace along with the ever bumbling Bubba Love for a fabulous night of food and beer, Let’s Eat! Dinner starts at 6:30pm.

Summit Brewfest and BBQ
May 15-16, 2009 (Fri/Sat)
Norris Penrose Event Center
Colorado Springs, CO
Event will run from 6pm to 11pm on Friday and from 2pm to 10pm on Saturday. Tickets are $20 per person includes beer samples and sample BBQ. The First Annual Summit Brewfest & BBQ brings together the finest beers of Colorado and the nation with the best BBQ in Southern Colorado. Over 40 Breweries will be pouring tasters to match 10 of the regions best BBQ establishments. Web site.

Craft Beer Week Party
May 15, 2009 (Fri)
Twisted Pine Brewing Co.
Boulder, CO
Twisted Pine is creating a special Braggot for Craft Beer Week, which will be on tap all week and help us remember that the craft beer industry is all about fun, invention and getting a little crazy! On Friday, May 15th, they are hosting a Craft Beer Week Party, with live music from local band "The Peters Brothers" and frozen T-shirt contests! Well-behaved dogs are always welcome at our Ale House! "It's not the size of the brewery, it's how you use it!". 6pm-8pm. Link.

St. Vrain Tripel Release Party
May 15, 2009 (Fri)
Left Hand Brewing tasting room
Longmont, CO
Have you had the St. Vrain Tripel? Good on you, if you have. That would mean you've been enjoying our brews for some time now. Left Hand Brewing hasn't released the St. Vrain since summer of 2006...and it's finally back! Friday, May 15th is already going to be a good time in the Tasting Room with live music and the Oak-Aged Imperial Stout on cask. Spicy on the nose, warming going down, the St. Vrain is deceptively drinkable.

Avery Vegetarian Beer Dinner
May 18, 2009 (Mon)
Watercourse Foods
Denver, CO
A special 4-course vegetarian beer dinner is being planned by Ted Whitney of Avery Brewing and the chefs of Watercourse in Denver. The meal starts at 7:00pm and lasts through 9:00pm. For reservations contact or phone Watercourse Foods at 303-832-7313. Event details at the Avery web site.

Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival
May 23-24, 2009 (Sat-Sun)
Park Hyatt Resort and Spa
Beaver Creek, CO
Highlights: More than 100 beers from 35 microbreweries, all based in Colorado. BBQ will be prepared by top chef from all across the nation. Live blues music, children's activities and cooking demonstrations. Web site.

8th Annual Festival of the Brewpubs
May 24, 2009 (Sun)
Arapahoe Basin Ski Area
A-Basin, CO
Join spring skiers for A-Basin's 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 Pub Ryan's, Breckenridge, Dillon Dam, Backcountry and Wolf Rock. Expect great live music, springtime skiing and much more. Back by popular demand, "That Eighties Band" playing from 1:00 - 4:00pm in the base area. Web site.

Cask Night
May 27, 2009 (Wed) 6pm to 8pm
Great Divide Tap Room
Denver, CO
$10 cover all you can drink. There will be 5 different cask conditioned beers to choose from including all of the regular Great Divide brews.

Odell's Small Batch Beer Festival
Odell Brewing Co.
800 East Lincoln
Fort Collins, CO
This year's festival was cancelled but will be back in 2010 along with a bigger brewing facility. Stay tuned for more details on next year's fest. 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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