April 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 April 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.
Spring Massive/Massive Beer Festival
April 3, 2010 (Sat) 12pm - 5pm
Main Street Station
KSMT's 4th annual Breckenridge Massive Beer festival is a multi-faceted, interactive event including entertainment, family fun and competitions. Over 20 breweries will be represented this year. Event runs from 12pm - 5pm. VIP program with catered lunch, private tasting and exclusive early entrance for $55 in advance, $75 at the door. General Admission is $30 at the door, $25 in advance for unlimited beer tasting from 1-5pm. Expected attendance-4000. Food vendors, other things to buy, lots and lots of fun!! www.breckenridgebeerfestival.com.
Repeal of Prohibition Anniversary
April 7, 2010 (Wed)
Stay tuned for Colorado events celebrating this important anniversary.
Taste of Vail
April 7-10, 2010 (Wed-Sat)
In its 20th year, the Taste of Vail is the nation's premier spring food and wine festival, held at several venues throughout North America's #1 ski resort. During the annual four-day event, upwards of 5,000 people are able to "taste the Vail Valley lifestyle" which showcases Vail's world-famous resort village set against dramatic mountain vistas. Participants at the Taste of Vail experience the Vail Valley's world-class restaurants, fine wine poured by winemakers and winery owners from top wineries around the globe, along with interactive seminars, auction and dance, the Colorado Lamb Cook Off, apres ski tasting and the popular mountaintop picnic sensory extravaganza at the top of Vail Mountain. Expect some beer to be pouring here as well. Proceeds go to various charities in the Vail Valley. http://www.tasteofvail.com/
Colorado Rockies Opening Day
April 9, 2010 (Fri)
Coors Field + LoDo bars/breweries/pubs
It's Major League Baseball season again and the Wild Card Rockies open up their 2010 home season against the San Diego Padres in Lower Downtown. You can be sure that all of the Denver breweries and watering holes will be celebrating along with the fans. Look for specials at Wynkoop, Great Divide, Breckenridge Brewing, Chophouse and your favorite watering holes like the Falling Rock Tap House and the Cheeky Monk. Baseball and beer - what could be better?
2nd Annual Saison & Farmhouse Ale Festival
April 17, 2010 (Sat) 1pm - 4pm
Trinity Brewing Company
Colorado Springs, CO
Price of admission is $35 ($30 if you purchase your ticket early) and includes unlimited but "responsible" tasting, a commemorative glass, and a special menu from their kitchen built from 100% Colorado ingredients. They're only selling a 125 tickets, so you better get them while they last (only at the brewpub). www.trinitybrew.com
Craft Beer Tasting Series
April 20, 2010 (Tue) 7pm
This month's topic: India Pale Ales with guest speaker: Doug Odell of Odell Brewing Company. Limited seating for each session, Tickets are $25 and available at the Pumphouse Brewery or by reservation at Pumphousetastings@hotmail.com. Each ticket includes all beer and special appetizers. We are also offering a 4-Pack of tasting tickets, one for each tasting, for $80. http://www.pumphousebrewery.com/
Microbreweries for the Environment Benefit
April 23, 2010 (Fri)
2032 14th St.
Since 1993, the Microbreweries for the Environment benefit have raised nearly $100,000 for local environmental causes. This is a carbon-neutral event. You are encouraged to walk, bike or bus to the event. Over 20 Colorado microbreweries will serve their best beers. Cheap pints! The benefit will feature musical performances by top local bands. Expect a sell out. Doors open at 8pm and event starts at 8:30pm and runs until 12:30am. Tickets ~$25. Boulder Theater web site.
April's Foolish Beer Dinner
April 28, 2010 (Wed) 6:30pm
Wynkoop Brewing Co.
Whacky Wednesday Fun! Via crazy eats and delectable beers! Make plans to join us for "grilled cheese" desserts to lamb "lollipop" entrees as we celebrate April Fools! Tickets are $40 exclusive. Call Christine or Victoria today at (303) 297-9999 for your reservation. www.wynkoop.com
The Taste (Benefit)
April 29, 2010 (Thu)
Fort Collins, CO
This premiere Fort Collins event featuring the best food and drink from the best Fort Collins restaurants and breweries is a benefit for the Larimer County Food Bank and Neighbor to Neighbor. Five breweries from Fort Collins will be on hand offering samples during this food, drink and music celebration at the Hilton on Prospect. The cost is $60 in advance or $70 at the door. The Taste opens for VIP passes at 5pm and at 6pm for regular admission. The event will run through 8:30pm. (970) 488-2368 - Web site.
Boulder Strong Ale Festival
April 30 - May 1, 2010 (Fri-Sat)
Avery Brewing Co.
Featuring over 60 of the best strong ales (beers >8% abv) in the nation. We'll host two sessions again this year, one on Friday evening and another on Saturday afternoon. New location with bigger floor space. Mark your calendars now!! Friday night session 6pm-10pm. Web site.
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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