June 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 June 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.
Note: Most dates for June 2010 events have not yet been finalized. The following list is intended to give an indication of the recurring events that are typically held each year.
Great Divide 16th Anniversary Party
Early June, 2010 (TBA)
Great Divide Tap Room
If there is only one Great Divide event you attend this year, this should be the one! They'll open up the brewhouse, taproom and the parking lot and throw a big bash to celebrate 16 wonderful years of beer-making. Here's the scoop: $20 (estimate) cover...a portion of this goes to charity. Food and BEER included! Special Release beers available (ones you'll never get anywhere else!) and live music. Event runs from 2pm to 8pm. Web site.
7th Annual Chili Pepper and Brew Fest
June 4-5, 2010 (Fri-Sat)
Snowmass Village, CO
The International Chili Society holds its two chili competitions and tastings in Snowmass, while microbrewers face off in a prestigious summer ale competition with two brew sampling sessions for festival-goers, featuring 50 plus breweries. New this year, there will be a European and exotic beer tasting tent, making the weekend one of the premier music and beer festivals in the nation. Fanny Hill rocks with hot music all weekend. No Pets Allowed, please. Local chili and brew enthusiasts, join our Local Chili Cook-off and Home-brew competition. For more information, call 970.925.1663. Web site.
Denver Blind Taste for the Rockies
June 8, 2010 (Tues)
12420 East Control Tower Road
Join in for a live wine and beer tasting to benefit the Foundation Fighting Blindness from 5:30pm to 8:30pm at Haggan Aviation at the Centennial Airport south of Denver. There will be appetizers and a silent and live auction. Web site.
June 12, 2010 (Sat) 12pm-5pm
The 2010 Rockin' Brews festival will be held June 12th, in the small mountain town of Silverton, CO. The one day festival will feature craft breweries from the western slope of Colorado. Also working with distilleries to provide spirit samples, as well as beer. While you enjoy the festival, bands from throught the region will entertain. Tickets are $30. Info: www.rockinbrews.blogspot.com
Rocky Mountain Brewfest
June 12, 2010 (Sat)
Estes Park Brewery
Estes Park, CO
Join in on one of the best kept brew fest secrets nestled right next to the main entrance of Rocky Mountain National Park. Over 500 people are expected to attend to taste nearly 50 beers from 15 local breweries. Live bands rotate every hour. Grab a brat and sample some of the best local brews around. Event runs from 12pm until 5pm. Tickets at the door: $30 cash (estimate) or $35 credit card which includes souvenir glass, food ticket and beer samples. Live Bands. No pets please. Web site.
Greeley Blues Jam
June 11-12, 2010 (Fri-Sat)
Indulge in the delicious food and beverage offerings, take off your shoes and dance on the 45,000 sq. feet of fresh green sod on the arena floor! This years Jam offers an absolutely stunning line-up, bringing to you several of the worlds most highly regarded blues artists. Come out and enjoy this talent laden roster of national and local blues performers, on two big stages with 11 hours of non-stop blues. Web site.
Food & Wine Classic
June 18-20, 2010 (Fri-Sat)
The festival may be wine focused but rest assured that there will also be some great food and BEER pairings to be had at this 3-day summer festival. Beer lovers can run elbows with wine enthusiasts and attend seminars,exhibits and tastings amongst the beautiful Aspen scenery. Web site.
21st Annual Colorado Brewers' Festival
Late June 26-27, 2010 (Sat-Sun) 11am - 6pm daily
Old Town area
Fort Collins, CO
Great beer, food, music and fun. This year marks the 21st annual Colorado Brewers' Festival in downtown Fort Collins. Over 50 Colorado beers and 400 kegs will be enjoyed along with great live music Saturday and Sunday in Historic Downtown. Festival hours run 11:00am to 6:00pm each day. All beer drinkers must be 21 years of age and purchase an entry and tokens at the entry station located on Mountain Ave, the day of the festival. Admission is $10 (estimate) for a 2-day Saturday/Sunday Pass & $6 Sunday Only Pass. All beer tokens are $2; you need beer tokens to get beer samples. Web site.
Rails and Ales Brewfest
June 26, 2010 (Sat)
Join in for the return of this popular event. Ride the rails to a remote mountain location to sample beers from over 20 regional breweries. Enjoy live music and food vendors in our remote mountain location for a unique summer event. Cost is $59 (estimate) for the roundtrip coach train ride, access to the event and a commemorative sample glass. Food will be available for a separate price. This event sold out last year--make your reservation early. Tickets are non-refundable. The 3rd annual beer train leaves Alamosa, CO at 9:00am and will take everyone to a beautiful mountain meadow spot along the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad route. The beer festival will run from Noon to 3:00pm. The train will then take you back to Alamosa arriving about 5:30pm. 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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