May 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 May 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 May 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.
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 this year with bigger floor space. Saturday afternoon session 12pm to 4pm. Mark your calendars now!! Web site.
Boulder Brew & Music Festival
May 1, 2010 (Sat)
Experience the Boulder Brew and Music Festival at the famous FOX Theatre in Boulder, CO! Over 50+ craft, specialty and limited release brews from around the country and abroad coupled with LIVE music and a special music series night! This by far will set new grounds for brew and music festivals around the U.S.! Headliner bands TBA! www.boulderbrewfest.com
Big Brew on National Homebrew Day
May 1, 2010 (Sat)
In 1988, The first Saturday in May was announced before Congress as National Homebrew Day. The American Homebrewers Association (AHA) created Big Brew as an annual event to celebrate National Homebrew Day not only in the United States, but around the world. Big Brew is held each year on the first Saturday in May. Each year the AHA finds two or three recipes to highlight for Big Brew. Then hundreds of homebrewers register their Big Brew locations (see Site Registration) for a communal brew-in to celebrate National Homebrew Day. They invite family and friends, or hang posters and flyers around town to advertise their brewing site. Then on the first Saturday in May (May 1, 2010) everyone congregates at the brewing site early enough to join in a collective toast at noon Central time and get on with the brewing. If you would like to find a Big Brew site in your area, you can view the registered Sites. If there isn't a site in your area, and you are a brewer, please consider signing up to host a site.
May 1, 2010 (Sat) 4pm-midnight
Crabtree Brewing Co.
Crabtree Brewing is once again hosting it's annual SpringFest at the brewery in east Greeley. Beers, food and bands will be highlighted. Special VIP tickets available that include shuttle & hotel room in Greeley. Mark your calendars now! www.crabtreebrewing.com
Spring Beer Festival
May 22, 2010 (Sat)
Pumphouse Brewery & Restaurant
Pumphouse Brewery and Restaurant announces the Spring Beer Festival, a beer tasting event held to raise money for local charities in need, and raise awareness of Colorado and U.S. Craft Beer Brewers. This year's fest will benefit Doctors Without Borders. This fest will focus on lighter brews of spring and summer while continuing a commitment to local charities. $30 General Admission. Price Includes Logo Glass, Meal and 10-4oz Taster Tickets. The Festival will be held in the Red Zone and on the Pumphouse Patio (Weather Permitting). Tickets will be available at the door, on a first come, first served basis. Participating breweries have included all Boulder County brewers as well as other breweries as far as the Pacific Coast. http://www.pumphousebrewery.com/
6th Annual Brew-Ha-Ha
May 15, 2010 (Sat)
Cañon City, CO
One of the top 4 beer festivals in Colorado. This is the 6th annual Brew-Ha-Ha, a benefit for the Fremont Center for the Arts. There will be beers from more than 20 Colorado and regional microbreweries served plus a bug line-up of top-notch comedians. Live music after the tasting. Open 3:00pm - 6:00pm. Web site.
American Craft Beer Week
May 17-23, 2010 (Mon-Sun)
All across Colorado + the USA
Billed as "The Mother of All Beer Weeks". Last year's American Craft Beer Week celebration boasted a record number of breweries celebrating the week that highlights the positive impact of small and independent breweries. Over 200 breweries posted more than 500 events in recognition of the 2009 American Craft Beer Week. Also, Breweries along with beer enthusiasts signed the Declaration of Beer Independence, a document that celebrates America's small and independent craft brewers. Stay tuned as the 2010 celebration will be held May 17-23, 2010. Web site. Brewery Events List.
9th Annual Festival of the Brewpubs
May 30, 2010 (Sun) 12pm-4pm
Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort
Join spring skiers for A-Basin's largest party of the year! Spend the day sampling mugs of beer from a variety of Summit County brewpubs for one low price per 14 oz mug (must be 21). Breweries include Pub Ryan's, Breckenridge, Dillon Dam, Backcountry and Wolf Rock. Expect great live music, springtime skiing and much more. Live music will be playing from 1:00 - 4:00pm in the base area. Web site.
Small Batch Beer Festival
Late May, 2010 (Sat) Unconfirmed
Odell Brewing Co.
Fort Collins, CO
Pending completion of their brewery expansion this annual festival may or may not take place. In years past, this festival pays homage to innovative brews, fine malts and whole flower hops. A variety of ales handcrafted on Odell's five-barrel brewing system, also known as the pilot system, will be featured. Over 20 different Odell beers will be on tap. Live music and food. http://www.odellbrewing.com/
Grand Opening of the new FCB
Late May, 2010 (TBA)
Fort Collins Brewery
Fort Collins, CO
Construction of the new brewery / restaurant facility will be completed this month and expected to have it's grand opening sometime this month. The new building is being built just a stone's throw from Odell Brewing at the corner of Lincoln & Lemay in Fort Collins, CO. Come by and watch them grow (literally). 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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