March 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 March 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.
GUBNA Full Release Party
March 4, 2010 (Thu) 3pm
Oskar Blues Tasty Weasel Taproom
Living up to it's slogan of DISESTABLISHMENTARIAN, the GUBNA draft line has run dry at Home Made Liquids & Solids and at the Tasty Weasel Taproom. The good news is that you won't have to wait long to enjoy our newest seasonal - a 10% ABV, 100 IBU hop grenade being canned next week. To celebrate the canning of the 1st batch of GUBNA, please join OB at the GUBNA Full Release Party on March 4th at 3pm at the Tasty Weasel Taproom. Prizes available. www.oskarblues.com
Frozen Dead Guy Days
March 5-7, 2010 (Fri-Sun)
For a town like Nederland that thrives on the colorful, the offbeat, and the weird, Frozen Dead Guy Days is a fitting way to end the short days of winter and head into the melting snows of spring. The story stretches from Norway to California to Colorado, involving cryonics, deportation, psychics, celebrations, and a dedicated Ice Man (Grandpa Bredo). There will be plenty of beer flowing in the Beer Tent to help stave off the cold. Left Hand Brewing is a huge sponsor this year. Take part in Frozen Dead Guy Days by putting together a Coffin Race team, doing the Polar Plunge, or have a float in the Parade. Official web site.
Winter Culinary Festival
March 5-7, 2010 (Fri-Sun)
Experience Keystone’s award-winning cuisine at this resort-wide culinary festival. Savor the flavors at the Grand Tasting event, sip red wines from around the world or indulge your palate with a chocolate class lead by our award winning executive pastry chef. In support of Keystone and Vail Resorts’ Appetite for Life Program, chefs will be serving sustainable and organic ingredients all weekend. (Beer too). Web site.
The Maharaja Imperial IPA 2010 Release Party
March 5, 2010 (Fri) 5pm-8pm
Avery Brewing Tap Room
Come to the 2010 batch of the Maharaja Imperial IPA at a release party at the Avery Tap Room. They'll have lots of fresh Maharaja along with plenty of your favorite Avery brews flowing from the taps. $15 will get you three 12oz. pours of The Maharaja (or any other Avery brew on tap) and delectable Indian cuisine.
Sawtooth Cask Night
March 12, 2010 (Fri) 6:30pm-8:30pm
Left Hand Brewing will be tapping a cask pin of Sawtooth (about 40 pints altogether) on the bar at the Attic, the mallet drops sometime just after 6:30. So bring about 39 of your closest friends and join in. During the promo you’ll get a Left Hand Pint glass to keep with your first Left Hand Pint as well. Address: 949 Walnut Street, Boulder, CO. 303.415.1300.
Lucky Joe's St. Patricks Day Parade
March 13, 2010 (Sat)
Downtown, Fort Collins, CO
This parade will bring out all of the Irish Folk and lots more on Saturday, March 13th, 2010! Come celebrate the luck of the Irish at 10:00am when the parade begins on Walnut Ave (North side of Old Town Sq.) The parade is FREE to the public and open to all! Finish off the parade by visiting one of the many local Ft. Collins breweries and watering holes: Odell Brewing, New Belgium, Fort Collins Brewery, Coopersmiths, CB & Potts, Choice City Butcher & Deli and of course, Lucky Joe's Sidewalk Saloon. Check out the parade map at the web site.
Denver's St. Patricks Day Parada / Shamrockin' 2010
March 13, 2010 (Sat)
Breckenridge Ballpark Pub
Shamrockin’ 2010 spotlights the significant contributions the Irish have made to music over the years. Many of the current genres we enjoy today, such as folk, country, cowboy, rock and bluegrass, have been influenced by celtic music. They'll be drinking Irish Red Ale and Oatmeal Stout from Breckenridge Brewery. Parade starts at 10:00 AM...Pub opens at 8:00 AM.
BBQ on the Deck
March 13, 2010 (Sat) 11am-2pm
Eldora Ski Resort (Deck)
The grill will be going and Left Hand beer will be flowing on the deck at Eldora’s Lodge. Left Hand will be the featured brewery for the afternoon on the deck and if the weather is challenging come find us in the lodge.
Saint Patrick's Day
March 17, 2010 (Wed)
Today's the day to visit your favorite brewery, brewpub or watering hole and share a beer with friends in celebration of one of America's biggest beer holidays. Stop back for details on specific events in Colorado.
Left Hand St. Patrick's Day Party
March 17, 2010 (Wed)
Left Hand Brewing Tasting Room
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.
The Better Half - Half Marathon and 5-Mile
March 20, 2010 (Sat) 9:30am – 11:30am
The race will follow Hwy 141 along the Dolores River through beautiful red rock canyons Entrants Receive: T-shirt, prizes, drawings, after-race meal and Avery beer! $40 until March 7th, $50 thereafter. Registration at www.active.com
March 20, 2010 (Sat) 2-6pm
Aspen Highlands, CO
Please join the Aspen Brewery and KSPN along with a dozen or so microbreweries for the annual Blitzenbanger Beer Festival at Aspen Highlands. From 2-6PM in front of the Northwoods Lodge (think closing party) breweries will be pouring delicious craft suds to all festival goers. It only costs you $15 to participate in one of only two Aspen beer festivals throughout the year. KSPN will be giving away Aspen Brewery prizes throughout the event so come win some free merch or wear your Aspen brew gear if you already have it!
Craft Beer Tasting Series
March 23, 2010 (Tue) 7pm
This month's topic: Belgian Ales with guest speaker: Peter Bouckaert of New Belgium 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. www.pumphousebrewery.com
Mazer Cup International Mead Competition
March 26-27, 2010 (Fri-Sat)
Like the proverbial Phoenix rising from the ashes, the Mazer Cup has been re-born to claim it's rightful place among the great mead-only competitions. The new incarnation, The Mazer Cup International, will engage both Professional Meaderies and Home Mead Enthusiasts from around the world in a competition that is focused on the best of Professional and Enthusiast meadmakers. Details at the web site.
Kegs & Curds - A Toast to Beer & Cheese
March 27, 2010 (Sat) 1pm - 4pm
Wynkoop Brewing Co.
Enjoy tastings of 25 different Colorado, US, and Belgium beers paired with 20 gourmet cheeses courtesy of Centennial's Fromage to Yours cheese shop. Tickets $25 in advance, $30 at the door. www.wynkoop.com - (303) 297-2700
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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