January 2010 Colorado Beer Festivals
Here is a list of the upcoming Colorado beer festivals, beer dinners, tapping parties, seminars and related events that are known or planned for the month of January 2010. These listings are updated every week, so stop back often to see the latest happenings with beer in Colorado. Dates and events are subject to change. If you know of a Colorado event that you don't see here, please leave a comment and let us know. I'll be happy to add it.
Big Beers Belgians & Barleywines Festival
January 7-9, 2010 (Thu-Sat)
Vail Cascade Resort & Spa
Join in for the 10th annual Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Festival weekend. Come up to Vail to experience the event that beer connoisseurs are raving about. Homebrewers, Professional Brews and Industry Gurus alike speak highly with regard to this unique format, the unusual international collection of beers, the organization and the overall quality of the event. This annual event promises to be exceptional, with new and different seminars in addition to the old favorites. Beer dinners are held on Thursday and Friday nights and cost $89.76 including tax & tips. Saturday event pass costs $40 including the tasting session with over 175 different beers and several informative seminars. Reserved seating for seminars can be purchased for $5. Plan to spend the weekend to catch all the action. www.bigbeersfestival.com.
15th annual Ouray Ice Festival
January 7-10, 2010 (Thu-Sun)
This New Belgium Brewing sponsored event serves as a fundraiser for the Ouray Ice Park, this unique locally owned festival has become a Mecca for professional and amateur ice climbers from far and wide. The multi-day event includes: demonstrations, clinics, new product demos, competitions, and of course, plenty of opportunities to celebrate with a tasty New Belgium brew! More info at the festival web site.
1st Annual Twisted Pine Potluck Dinner
January 12, 2010 (Tue) 6pm-9pm
Twisted Pine Brewing Co.
Twisted Pine Brewing Company is opening up its doors to cooks in Boulder, asking them to create memorable dishes incorporating Twisted Pine Beer as an ingredient. The event will feature 20 unique beer dishes, a contest judged by 3 local famed chefs and of course, plenty of delicious handcrafted beer. Attendees will have the opportunity to bump shoulders with brewers, chefs, foodies and beer geeks from across the Front Range. www.twistedpinebrewing.com
7th annual Ski Jam Music Festival
Holiday Weekend Retro Party
January 13-18, 2010 (Wed-Mon)
Steamboat Springs, CO
Mix yourself up a musical glass of good ole’ rock’n’roll, Americana, soul, folk, roots and bluegrass and you’ll have a Ski Jam cocktail! Spend your mornings hitting the slopes and enjoying all the amenities Steamboat Springs has to offer and set aside your afternoons and nights for some of the best bands you’ll ever hear and times you’ll ever have. Plus, enjoy the new Retro Holiday Weekend Party with some of the nation's most popular retro tribute bands. A guarantee party that will have you singing aloud and dancing the night away! www.skijam.net
Mojo Risin' Roll-Out Party
January 15, 2010 (Fri)
Boulder Beer Tap Room
Join Boulder Beer at the brewery at 4pm for the tapping party of this year's batch of Mojo Risin' double IPA. Mojo weighs in at 10% ABV. There will be Mojo specials, prizes and more!. www.boulderbeer.com
Avery Black Tot Rollout Party
January 15, 2010 (Fri)
Avery Tap Room
Set your watches now. The 3rd in the series of Barrel-aged beers is being released on January 15th from 5pm to 8pm as Avery offers up Black Tot, a 10% ABV Imperial Oatmeal Stout. This beer will be in very limited numbers (300 cases) and you'll only be able to get a handful of these 12oz bottles. Max 6 bottles per customer. $8/bottle. Avery saved some of original Imperial Oatmeal Stout and also filled a single bourbon barrel and a rye barrel with the same stout. While Avery will only be bottling and releasing the rum barrel aged version, they’ll have all four versions on tap at the release on 1/15! No door charge. www.averybrewing.com
Estes Park Winter Festival
January 15-18, 2010 (Fri-Mon)
Estes Park, CO
Times: 11 am - 4 pm. Event includes free snowshoeing, family games and activities, chili cook-offs Saturday and Sunday for $5, wine and beer tasting for $20, live entertainment, horse and carriage rides, Estes Park Observatory tours, cowboy poetry and ghost stories (6:30 p.m. Jan. 15 at the Crags Lodge, 500 Riverside Drive), art gallery walk and private photo tours and live entertainment at the Rock Inn at Mary’s Lake Lodge and the Stanley Hotel. The 15th annual Winter Trails Day event will take place Jan. 15. Snowshoe manufacturers will be on hand to offer the opportunity to try out their snowshoes. Other activities include winter safety presentations, outdoor product demonstrations, igloo making and expert advice on the fitting and selection of snowshoes. The event is free to attend, however normal Rocky Mountain National Park fees apply at the entrance gate. Information: (970) 577-9900 or visit EstesParkCVB.com
The Parade of Darks
January 16, 2010 (Sat) 1PM-5PM
Wynkoop Brewing Co.
Wynkoop is planning another micro fest. This one is called The Parade of Darks and will feature the best brown ales, porters, stouts and other richly colored (and flavored) beers from Wynkoop and a slew of other local breweries. A slew of brown ales, porters, stouts, dunkels, barley wines, dubbels and other richly colored (and flavored) beers. Beers are from Wynkoop and special guests including Lost Abbey, Left Hand, Stone, Great Divide, Back Country and more. Attendees can get 4 oz samples for a buck a piece, or get a wrist band and unlimited samples for 25 bucks. A la our recent and very successful Beers of the Year event. SOCIAL members (wearing their T-Shirt as proof?) will get a $5 discount on the wrist band, or five free tokens for tasting. (303) 297-2700 - www.wynkoop.com
Beer, Cheese and Oysters
January 16-17, 2010 (Sat-Sun)
Aspen Brewing Company
Join us at the brewery for a beer, cheese and oyster event. More details at: www.aspenbrewingcompany.com
Inaugural Saison Dinner
January 17, 2010 (Sun)
Trinity Brewing Company
Colorado Springs, CO
Six courses, each course paired with a Saison from either Blackfox Brewing Company or TRiNiTY Brewing Co. Seating starts at 7:30, dinner served at 8 pm. Stop in to the pub or call 719-634-0029 to get your tickets before they are GONE! Web site.
1st Annual Craft Beer Bartender Challenge
January 20, 2010 (Wed) 6pm-9:30pm
Old Chicago, 1415 Market Street
Do you have a favorite bartender out there that really knows craft beer and kicks ass? Well let them know about this event and then come out and support them the night of! Contestants will be judged on their knowledge of breweries and beer styles, presentation, pouring skills, and proper glassware usage. The judges include: Jeanie Dorris (5280 Magazine), Marcus Chamberland (The Denver Post), and Scott Kerkmans (Cicerone Certification Program (Beer Sommelier Program)). Hosting the event will be Left Hand’s own Bubba Love. The top bartender will get their name enshrined on a trophy and high end bling from the participating breweries and Old Chicago valued at over $1000! Participating breweries include: Left Hand, Avery, Bristol, Ska and the guest brewery Stone (CA). * Proceeds will go to the Old Chicago Foundation.
Left Hand for Haiti
January 21, 2010 (Thu) 5pm-8pm
Left Hand Brewing Tasting Room
Left Hand Brewing Company is hosting a fundraiser to raise money for the victims in Haiti. "Left Hand for Haiti" will be hosted at the Left Hand Tasting Room. They'll have a live band, food donated, a silent auction, proceeds from beers purchased, and a representative from the local non-profit, "Colorado Haiti Project.” All donations, earnings from the silent auction, tips for the band, and $1/pint sold will go directly to the Louisville based Colorado Haiti Project, that has provided aid in Haiti for over 20 years. Donations include authentic Haitian artwork and crafts, local handmade quilts and paintings, gift certificates for Longmont businesses, Left Hand Brewing beer and merchandise, and a “Brew Day at Left Hand Brewing.” The Colorado Haiti Project is a state-wide non-profit organization founded in 1989 to extend aid to the poorest of the poor in a rural area called Petit Trou de Nippes, about 80 miles west of Port-au-Prince. CHP is supported entirely by donations from private individuals, foundations, and over 40 Episcopal churches in Colorado. Web site.
Winter Brew Fest
January 22, 2010 (Fri)
Mile High Station
2027 West Lower Colfax Ave
This year's Winter Brew Fest will be held once again at the Mile High Station near Invesco Field and will celebrate craft beer from around Colorado and other U.S. microbrews. The fest will feature live local music, food, art and other surprises. This event will benefit the Swallow Hill Music Association. Music provided by Jubal and the Rude Boys playing their progressive reggae jams. Festival hours: VIP Hour 6pm-7pm, Regular 7pm - 10pm on Friday January 22nd. Cost: VIP $40 advance / $45 at the door. Regular admission: $30 advance / $35 at the door. Attending breweries include: Oskar Blues, Twisted Pine, Alaskan, Great Divide, Bristol, Mountain Sun, Wynkoop, Breckenridge, Boulder Beer, Upslope, Pyramid, Mendocino, Asia Pacific, Big Sky, Odell, Del Norte, Fort Collins, Blue Moon, Flying Dog, Lefthand, Stone, Avery, Ska, Sierra Nevada. www.denverbrewfest.com.
WINTERFEST on the Mountain
January 22-24, 2010 (Fri-Sun)
Fun starts 7pm Friday night. Three days and nights of music featuring Adam Aijala & Ben Kaufman, Greensky BlueGrass, Tony Trischka, Billy Nershi, Drew Emmitt, Phix, The Brew, Great American Taxi and many more. Delicious Avery beers available throughout! Go to www.winterfestonthemountain.com for more information and early bird ticket deals. Event sponsored in part by Avery Brewing and Redstone Meadery.
Beer Can Appreciation Day
January 24, 2010 (Sun)
A day celebrated each year by beer can collectors and drinkers alike. Spend some time today enjoying a fresh craft beer from a can. Might I suggest a canned beer from Oskar Blues, Upslope Brewing, Breckenridge Brewing, New Belgium, Wynkoop Brewing, Steamworks Brewing or perhaps Ska Brewing.
Bristol Brewing Annual Chili Competition
January 24, 2010 (Sun)
Bristol Brewing Co.
Colorado Springs, CO
Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm. It's time for Bristol's annual chili competition! Enter your best red or green chili and win great prizes. All entrants will receive a free pint and all comers will get to taste, so come on down and join the fun! Wash down that chili with some Bristol brew on tap. www.bristolbrewing.com
Avery Beer Dinner
January 24, 2010 (Sun)
Colt & Gray (Restaurant)
A 4-course beer dinner is being planned at one of Denver's newest gastropubs - The Colt & Gray at 15th and Platte and will be paired with select beers from Avery Brewing Company. Courses include: Apicious Chicken Wing salad with Barley Wine Vinaigrette paired with Hog Heaven Barley-Style Ale, Pan Roasted Trout with Avery India Pale Ale, Porter Braised Pork Shoulder paired with Reverend Belgian-style Quadrupel Ale, and Chocolate Ellie with Ellie’s Brown Ale Ice Cream Mephistopheles’ Stout. Cost: $40/person. Contact the restaurant for reservations at 303-477-1447.
Pumphouse Craft Beer Tasting Series
January 26, 2010 (Tue)7pm
Pumphouse Brewery and Red Zone
The Pumphouse Brewery and Restaurant is proud to announce the return of the Craft Beer Tasting Series, a monthly beer tasting that aims to educate people interested in local, craft beer. Hosted by the Pumphouse brewing staff, each tasting will feature one style or set of styles with an expert, guest brewer (speaker) to introduce and discuss the style of the month. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the brewery or reserve a spot by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. They will also offer a 4-pack of tasting passes for the first 4 months of events at $80. In January, we will begin with the dark and delicious style of Stout, featuring Brian Hutchinson and Jason Stengel of Mountain Sun.
Dinner at Tortuga's
January 27, 2010 (Wed) 6:30pm-??
Back by popular demand! Grab a bite, drink a few pints, and share a few laughs. Thanks to Tortuga’s for opening their doors to a whole lot of trouble. Join 4 of the Left Hand crew, along with 36 other great folks for dinner at Longmont’s very own Tortuga’s Restaurant. There is space for 40. You have to be on the list. Yes, you have to pay for your tab, but Left Hand beers are discounted to $2.50 all night. There will be trivia, prizes, toasts, and Mahi Mahi Vera Cruz, pan-seared grouper, and macadamia encrusted chicken. Dinner starts at 6:30pm on Wednesday, January 27th. To get on the list, come in for a pint or email at email@example.com.
Dry Dock Beer Pairing Dinner
January 27, 2010 (Wed) 6:30pm
Great Northern Tavern
Executive Chef Damon Keith has prepared a four course meal paired with select brews from Dry Dock Brewing Co. Both Kevin and Brewmaster Bill will be there to answer questions about Dry Dock and our beers. $45/person price includes tax & gratuity. SEATING IS LIMITED. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE IN ADVANCE. Purchase at Dry Dock or Great Northern. 8101 E Belleview Ave, Suite E, Denver, CO, 80237. 303-770-4741
Snow Show Kick-off Party
January 28, 2010 (Thu)
Wynkoop Brewing Co.
The Wynkoop is teaming up with Winter Park Resort to bring the slopes to the city during the SIA Snow Show. We're brewing a special winter warmer for the occasion and Winter Park is bringing lift tickets and lodging to raffle at our new, What Happens at the Wynkoop Stays at the Wynkoop apres snow-show party on Thursday evening. Everyone's welcome... www.wynkoop.com
Razzy Express Release Party
January 29, 2010 (Fri) 6pm - 9pm
Twisted Pine Brewing Co.
The perfect Valentine's Day beer. Dark chocolate, espresso and a hint of raspberry are all characteristics of this Ale House favorite. You may have tried this beer as the "Truffle" in the Ale House. The people have spoken and we listened. This beer will be available in 22oz bottles at your local liquor store. Come sample some at the brewery in Boulder.
New Belgium Ranger IPA Release Party
January 29, 2010 (Fri)
Falling Rock Tap House
A tapping party to celebrate New Belgium's first big hoppy beer "Ranger IPA" will start at 5pm at the Tap House in Denver. It officially comes out February 1st but you can sample it early here at the taphouse.
Snowdown Homebrew Competition
January 30, 2010 (Sat)
Ska Brewing World HQ
This is an AHA/BJCP Sanctioned competition. Osiris's Homebrewing Competition is going to be held during the local Durango, Colorado festival of Snowdown, which is a giant party in downtown Durango. The theme for this years Snowdown happens "Life's a Beach." The competition will be held at the new SKA brewing in Bodo Park (225 Girard St, Durango, Colorado 81303). The competition itself is a preliminary for the 2009 GABF Pro/Am, meaning that the winner’s recipe will be brewed in large scale for both production and judging in the Pro/Am. The winning recipe will be brewed in a SKA Local Series single batch to be sold at their brewery and in stores. The recipe’s inventor will oversee the large scale production of the malt beverage in Durango, Colorado with SKA Brewing. Entries open from Dec. 15, 2009 to Jan. 15, 2010.
Boulder Beer Company's Beer Rave
January 30, 2010 (Sat)
The Pub @ Boulder Beer Co.
Get ready for the 3rd installment of Boulder Beer Company's BEER RAVE! Featuring only beers that are extremely hard to find here in Colorado, this is not your standard beer tasting event. $25 admission includes all the samples you want of the highest-quality, hard-to-find craft beer from coast-to-coast, plus a commemorative tasting cup. SATURDAY, JANUARY 30th, 6-9pm. www.boulderbeer.com
Additional events will be added as they become known. Please report additions or corrections to Chipper Dave (see email on the side column).
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