Friday, July 17, 2009

Two official beer weeks coming to Denver

Beer Weeks in DenverPhiladelphia, San Francisco and San Diego have one, now Denver is about to get two of them. Two what? Beer Weeks that is. Or at least that is the plan according to a report by Ed Sealover at the Denver Business Journal (DBJ).

According to the DBJ story, there will soon be two separate and complete weeks where beer in Denver will be celebrated. The first is set for the week of September 18-27 which just happens to coincide with the 2009 Great American Beer Festival (GABF). Rich Grant, who is the communications director for Visit Denver, states that they are planning to organize between 50 to 100 activities in and around Denver to celebrate Denver Beer Fest. Over 50 events have already been planned in addition to the GABF.

Then in the Spring of 2010, another week long event is being planned called Denver Beer Week. Marty Jones, who works for the Oskar Blues Brewery from Lyons and Longmont, is helping to plan that second week long event.

Denver has been called the "Napa Valley of Beer" and organizers felt that Denver needed it's own events to expand upon that.

I'm excited to hear that Denver will stretch out events beyond just the Great American Beer Festival which runs from September 24-26 this year. There will be many more get togethers and tastings including beer dinners, seiminars, tastings and promoting of Colorado's local breweries and watering holes.

Is targeting Denver Beer Fest to fall during the GABF a good idea? Isn't the city already going to be busy that week with over 46,000 thirsty beer fans? Hopefully the beer faithful will be able to stomach a week long event.

Spring is normally a slow time for beer festivals so the 2010 inaugural Denver Beer Week shouldn't have to compete with any other beer festival going on. There are currently very little details as to what will be planned for the Spring beer week but you can be assured that there will be plenty of planned events scattered all over the Denver metro area for this celebration.

Just about every brewery or brewpub in and around Denver will end up sponsoring some kind of event during these weeks. They'd be crazy not to participate as this is likely to attract a much bigger crowd than the GABF does. I don't know about you, but I'm going to have to start saving up for all of these events now. It's bound to come with a price tag and if you're not prepared for it, both gastronomically and financially, you'll miss out on some of the best beer fest action of the year.

I'm already signed up to go to the Denver Rare Beer Tasting on September 25th as well as the Flying Dog's FBAG celebration in addition to the GABF. I'm taking most of that week off from work to participate. Should be a blast.

More events can be found on the September 2009 Colorado Beer Festivals & Events list.

Related articles:
- Denver Rare Beer Tasting to benefit Pints for Prostates
- Colorado Brewers' Festival highlights
- All Colorado Beer Festival highlights
- Rocky Mountain Brew Fest highlights

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