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August 2011 Colorado Beer Festivals



2011 Colorado Beer Fests and Events
August 2011 Colorado Beer Festivals

Here is a list of the upcoming Colorado beer fests, beer dinners, tapping parties, seminars and related events for August 2011. 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 at any time so please check with the event web site before attending. If you know about another event not listed here please add a comment below.


Firkin Wednesdays
Every Wednesday at 4pm
Elk Mountain Brewing
Parker, CO

Thursday Firkin Tapping
Every Thursday
Equinox Brewing Co.
Fort Collins, CO

Firkin Fridays
Every Friday - Multiple locations
Falcon Brewing Co. - Parker, CO
Oskar Blues - Tasty Weasel - Longmont, CO

1st Saturday Firkin
Every 1st Saturday of the month
TRiNiTY Brewing
Colorado Springs, CO

International #IPADay (Twitter Event)
August 4, 2011
(Thu)
Everywhere
All day long
Celebrate a social media movement by drinking an India Pale Ale (IPA) today with friends and embrace this popular craft beer style. The hoppier the better! Several breweries, pubs, bars and restaurants are collaborating to celebrate the hoppy drink this day with drink specials and events.
Twitter #IPADay

International Beer Day
August 5, 2011
(Fri)
Worldwide - wherever you are.
Come this August 5th, Makers, Lovers and Sellers of beer all around the globe now have another reason to raise their frosty mugs. Along with hundreds of bars, restaurants, pubs and breweries worldwide, we have declared the aforementioned International Beer Day! International Beer Day is our chance to let the breweries and bars of the world know how much we appreciate them, all while participating in one of the best activities ever -- drinking beer! International Beer Day is about celebrating the establishments who produce it, sell it and give folks a place to enjoy it. So raise your glass on August 5th to celebrate these heroes behind each tasty brew. Cheers, and Happy International Beer Day!
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Gnarly Barley Brew Festival
August 6, 2011
(Sat)
Larimer County Fairgrounds
Loveland, CO
Cost: $15 general admission, $55 VIP
A General Admission Ticket Includes: Sampling mug & 6 sampling tokens Buy online & receive “fast pass” access to Gnarly Barley, 1 bottle of water, 1 Gnarly key chain and 1 extra token! The VIP Experience Ticket Includes: Sampling mug & unlimited 4 oz. samples, Gnarly Barley T-shirt, Gnarly Barley Pint Glass, exclusive access to VIP tent with food & beverage and 12:30pm early admission the festival. Get ready for some new breweries, gnarly entertainment, and an expanded VIP area!
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AHA Mead Day (National)
August 6, 2011
(Sat)
Multiple locations in Colorado
The first Saturday of August each year is the American Homebrewers Association's national Mead Day. Mead makers all across the country will be brewing up some tasty beverages and all interested in learning about this hobby are invited. Colorado is planning several events. Colorado sites include Leadville and Lakewood with more sites to be announced. Details and locations at the official site.
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The Samples / Bull & Bush 40th Anniversary Party
August 6, 2011
(Sat)
Bull & Bush Pub & Brewery - 4700 Cherry Creek Drive South
Denver, CO
Time: 9pm til late
Cost: $19.71
Pre-Sale tickets for THE SAMPLES/40th Anniversary Party go on sale July 1st! $19.71 per ticket, August 6th @ 9pm! This will sell out! Info: (303) 759-0333
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Community of Brewers Benefit for Patrick Tuffield
August 6, 2011
(Sat)
Phantom Canyon Brewing Company - 2nd floor
2 East Pikes Peak Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO
Time: 1pm-5pm
Cost: $10 entry for 3 tickets, each good for donated beer.
One of our fellow Colorado Springs brewers, Patrick Tuffield from Bristol Brewing Company, was recently injured on the job. A number of brewers have come together and decided to do a benefit fundraiser for him. It will be at Phantom Canyon on the second floor. So far nine breweries have volunteered to donate beer to the fundraiser and all proceeds go to Patrick. Please come out and support our local brewer! Beer from Bristol Brewing, Black Fox Brewing, Trinity Brewing, Colorado Mt Brewery, Rocky Mt Brewery, Shamrock Brewing, Rock Bottom, Kevin Baity Kraft Beer, Phantom Canyon.

Keystone Bluegrass and Brews Fest
August 6-7, 2011
(Sat-Sun)
Keystone Resort - Keystone, CO
Time: 1pm-5pm each day
Cost: $40 1-day Beer Glass Pass, $75 2-day weekend pass
Keystone brings the wonders of Appalachia to the Rockies. Down-home cooking, frothy flavors and mountain-music are just a piece of the pie. In a whirlwind of hillbilly luxuries, folks gather while microbreweries from Colorado and beyond showcase their unique blends of hops and barleys. Live music rocks out on 3 stages. Don't miss the FREE family Kidzone including inflatable's, kids crafts and kids entertainment. 1-Day Beer Glass Pass includes: (1) official Keystone Bluegrass & Beer sampling mug and unlimited tasting of over 40 breweries specialty beers for Saturday OR Sunday ONLY. The Weekend Beer Glass Pass includes: (1) official Keystone Bluegrass & Beer sampling mug and unlimited tasting of over 40 breweries specialty beers for BOTH Saturday and Sunday.
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Avery Anniversary Party
August 7, 2011
(Sun)
@Avery Brewing Company - 5757 Arapahoe Ave
Boulder, CO
Time: 12pm-5pm
Cost: $25/$40VIP advance or $30/$45VIP at the door
Avery Beers, Bands & all you can eat BBQ! Regular ticket gets you 5 Avery beers and all you can eat BBQ and music. The VIP pass gets you access to the barrel-aging cellars, BBQ, bands and 10 tastings of barrel-aged brew. VIP tix now sold out!
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Beer Dinner with Equinox Brewing
August 10, 2011
(Wed)
Choice City Butcher & Deli - 104 W Olive St
Fort Collins, CO
Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Cost: $55 per person - must RSVP
Come to a special beer dinner hosted by Choice City Butcher & Deli as they prepare a 4-course / 5-beer dinner with select Equinox Brewing beers. RSVP only 970.490.2489.
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Avery Beer Dinner
August 11, 2011
(Thu)
Backcountry Pizza and Tap House - 2319 Arapahoe Ave.
Boulder, CO
Time: 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Cost: $60 per person
Choose from 10 different Avery beers to pair with a 5-course meal including: Lobster Roll, BBQ Duck Leg, Prosciutto Wrapped Monkfish, dessert and more. (303) 449-4285
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Denver Beer Company Grand Opening
August 12, 2011
(Fri)
Denver Beer Co - 1695 Platte Street
Denver, CO
Time: 12pm-11:30pm, Ribbon cutting at 7pm.
Kegs will be tapped and beer will flow at Denver Beer Co. on August 12th! Slap your butt on a bench in the Beer Garden because their starting lineup is going to knock your clogs off. Beer will start flowing early and taps won’t shut down till late, come join the first toast. By the end of the night they promise your ears will ring from the clinking of pints and joyful shouts of PROST! The starting lineup: Platte Pils, Graham Cracker Porter, Kaffir Lime Wheat, Gear Up IPA, Rye Twenty Five, Confluence Pale Ale, Summer Stout. Snacks: Try their giant German-style pretzels. They’ll have guest food trucks for our opening day. Meet the Brewers: Charlie and Patrick will answer all of your questions on beer, hops, brewing…try and stump them!
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Celebrate National Left Handers Day (one day early)
August 12, 2011
(Fri)
Niwot Tavern - 7960 Niwot Rd.
Niwot, CO
Time: 7pm - 9pm
Attendees had a great time last year for this celebration at the Niwot Tavern . Named after Chief Niwot, an Arapahoe Chief whose name meant left hand. Get a complimentary Left Hand Brewing Company pint glass with your first pint of Left Hand beer (for the first 48). There will be a Left Hand Tasting available as well as some sort of left hand competition and prizes. Remember it’s not the right way it’s the Left way. Master of Ceremonies and way Left of center Bubba Love as your host.
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Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest
August 12-14, 2011
(Fri-Sun)
Historic Downtown - Fort Collins, CO
The festival will be held in Historic Downtown Fort Collins (Friday night is a special music kickoff to the weekend!). In its 23rd year this FREE weekend event showcases over 250 arts, crafts and food booths, Kids’ Area, a children's carnival, two beer gardens, and nine (9) stages of continuous entertainment highlighting Northern Colorado and the Front Range’s wonderfully talented artists. The festival is proud to host Bohemian Nights music lineup providing music all weekend long, in 2011 the lineup will feature over 80 Colorado bands performing on six music stages in Old Town Fort Collins as part of the 23rd annual NewWestFest celebration.
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Blues & Brews
August 13, 2011
(Sat)
Old South Pearl Street District - Denver, CO
Yet another great day of music, food, beer and fun. Event lasts all afternoon.
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Craft Lager & Small Batch Festival 2011
August 13-14, 2011
(Sat-Sun)
Memorial Park - Manitou Springs, CO
Time: 1pm-6pm each day
Cost: 3-day VIP $165, $15-$85 Sat or Sun. (See site for details)
This is the 9th annual Craft Lager Festival, held in Manitou Springs. The CLF is an outdoor, 3-day event (VIP only Friday) that continues to grow each year. The fest features local entertainment, food, fun and of course the best lager beers. Special VIP-only events. Kids 12 and under get in free. Leashed dogs are OK.
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Winter Park Beer Festival
August 13, 2011
(Sat)
Hideaway Park - Winter Park, CO
Enjoy brews by over 25 different brewers, plus food, vendors & live music! The setting at Hideaway Park in downtown Winter Park is spectacular. Stay for the day or stay the weekend... enjoy Colorado's wide open spaces. Call (970) 726.4118.
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1st Annual EdFest - A Beer and Cultural Festival
August 13, 2011
(Sat)
@Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
Edwards, CO
Time: 1pm-6pm
Cost: $35 unlimited tastings - Kids are FREE
Your ticket includes: 1 Wrist Band Tasting Access & 1 Tasting Cup, unlimited tastings, the Edwards, CO Crazy Mountain Experience, LIVE Music, Family Fun and coupons to Crazy Mountain Brewing Co. Over 22 national breweries are expected to participate.
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Great Divide Beer Dinner
August 17, 2011
(Wed)
Fuel Cafe - 3455 Ringsby Court
Denver, CO
Time: 6pm
Cost: $50
A delicious 5-course meal is being prepared to pair alongside some tasty Great Divide beers. Reservations suggested. 303.296.4642
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Odell Beer Dinner
August 17 and 18, 2011
(Wed+Thu)
Moot House Restaurant Pub - 2626 South College Avenue
Fort Collins, CO
Time: 6pm
Cost: $26.95
Reservations required: 970-226-2121
Join Odell Brewing at the Moot House as the Moot House celebrates 22 years on two separate nights. Enjoy 5 different Odell beers with 5 different food pairings. The Moot House was the first restaurant to put 90 Shilling on tap 22 years ago.
Web site

Art and Ale Brew Festival
August 19, 2011
(Fri)
The Wildlife Experience - 10035 South Peoria
Parker, CO
Time: 6pm-10pm
Cost: $45 individual, $80 for 2 tickets, $35 for members
This event features a dazzling lineup of musical entertainment, bountiful brews and tantalizing treats. Guests will soak up good food and frosty beverages from some of our finest local breweries and restaurants, and are welcome to peruse The Wildlife Experience’s galleries and exhibits that display the finest wildlife art and sculpture from around the world. Tickets available. No children allowed at this festival.
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Sawtooth Cask Ale Promo - Free Beer For A Year
August 19, 2011
(Fri)
Old Louisvile Inn - 740 Front Street
Louisville, CO
Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm or til it's gone
Come on out to the historic Old Louisville Inn for a tapping of cask Sawtooth from Left Hand Brewing. You will get a free Left Hand logo pint glass with your first pint of cask ale (for the first 48 or until the cask is empty) and a ticket with each beer to win BEER for a YEAR. Only around 40 pints, so don’t be late!
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Stapleton Beer Fest
August 20, 2011
(Sat)
Founder's Green - 29th Ave & Roslyn
Denver, CO
Time: 4pm-8:30pm
Cost: $30 in advance, $35 at the event
Tickets include admission to the festival (beer), 2 coupons to the local food trucks that will be on premise, and a commemorative Stapleton Beer Fest tasting glass. Additional food will also be available for purchase. Live musical performances will include Opie Gone Bad and Chris Daniels & The Kings.
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3rd Annual ALL Trinity Beer Dinner
August 21, 2011
(Sun)
Trinity Brewing CO - 1466 Garden Of the Gods Road
Colorado Springs, CO
Time: 8pm - 11pm
Cost: TBA
Enjoy 6 different brews with six different taste treats including: Sunna Wit, with soup. Soul Horkey Ale, and appetizer. Farmhouse Provisional vintage 2010, alongside Salad. Slap Your Mammy, paired with the Entree. Brain of the Turtle vintage 2011, and the Main Course. Old Growth Vintage 2011, accompanying Dessert.
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Denver's Littlest Big Beer Fest
August 21, 2011
(Sun)
Hops & Pie - 3920 Tennyson Street
Denver, CO
Time: 2pm-6pm
This month beers from Dry Dock Brewing will be featured at Hops & Pie. Bill Eye will be on hand for a "Chat with the Brewer" and will answer questions about their beer.
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Left-A-Palooza Benefit
August 21, 2011
(Sun)
Left Hand Brewing - 1265 Boston Ave.
Longmont, CO
Time: 1pm to Dusk
Cost: $10 adults, $5 under 12, Free under 5.
Food (pizza & bbq), Fun (dunk tank, face painting, balloons, fire trucks, bounce house, chili-cookoff, left handed arm wrestling tourney, left hand table tennis tourney), Music (6 bands all day) Left Hand Beer and soda for the kids. Cover charge and proceeds from beer and food sales and donations go to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
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Beer Pairing Dinner
August 23, 2011
(Tue)
Gravity Ten Twenty - 1020 E. Lincoln Ave.
Fort Collins, CO
Time: 6pm
Come to a beer pairing dinner at Gravity Ten Twenty where you'll pair the best Fort Collins Brewery beers with select entrees. Call for reservations: (970) 682-2260.
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Left Hand Beer Tasting
August 23, 2011
(Tue)
Proto's Pizzeria Napoletana - 4670 Broadway
Boulder, CO
Time: 6pm - 8pm
Proto’s in Boulder has one of the sweetest patios in the county, built for a Summer’s night and tasting Left Hand Beer. Join in for a tasting flight of 5 different Left Hand beers and while you’re at it enjoy some really great pie as well.
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Rocky Mountain Irish Festival
August 25-28, 2011
(Thu-Sun)
Boardwalk Park - Windsor, CO
New location this year. Non-stop Irish events, music, dancing, crafts and of course beer.
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FCB Parking Lot Party
August 26, 2011
(Fri)
Fort Collins Brewery - 1020 E. Lincoln Ave
Fort Collins, CO
Time: 5pm-8pm
Warm up event to FCB's 1st anniversary in their new facility. Come out to the parking lot for good beer and live music featuring "Champagne Breakfast".
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Garden a'Fare Beer Dinner
August 26, 2011
(Fri)
The Garden of Eatin'
Gardens on Spring Creek
Fort Collins, CO
Time: Reception / Silent Auction 5:30pm, seating at 6:15pm
Cost: $75 per person
Guests will indulge in a four-course meal prepared by a local chef, using locally grown produce and paired with beers from Odell Brewing Company. During the reception, enjoy a custom-brew from Odell, live music and a silent auction. Limited seating so please RSVP (970) 416-2486.
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13th Annual NedFest
August 26-28, 2011
(Fri-Sun)
Nederland, CO
Cost: range from $35-$155, depending on # days and if camping or not.
Time: Fri 12pm-10:30pm, Sat: 10am-10:30pm, Sun: 10am-9pm
NedFest is an annual three-day outdoor music, arts and microbrew festival with camping located in the mountains of Nederland Colorado, just 17 miles west of (3,000 ft. above) Boulder. It is an extremely cool, family-oriented event that happens the last weekend of August. The music featured is in the Bluegrass, Jazz, Jamband, Jamgrass and World genres, or moreover, a sound that blends these styles and others together. Up to six bands perform each day on one stage with acoustic 'tweener sets between each band.
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Foam Fest '11
August 27, 2011
(Sat)
Special Events Tent - Colorado State Fair - Pueblo, CO
Cost: $20 (plus gate admission to fair)
Your ticket gets you a commemorative glass and lots of samples. Phone (719) 404-2080 for details.
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San Juan Brewfest
August 27, 2011
(Sat)
Outside of Buckly Park
Durango, CO
Cost: $25 / $50 VIP
Time: 1pm-5pm
13th annual event. Main Ave between 12th and 13th Streets, in front of Buckly Park. Guests receive a souvenir 5 oz. tasting mug and unlimited tastings of the over 60 different beers from 30 different breweries. VIP’s receive an invite to Friday night’s Brewer’s Only party at Steamworks, early entry to Brewfest on Saturday at noon, and a reserved are at the event with shade, tables, chairs, FREE food from CookManFood and no waiting in line for beer! Live music on hand.
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Grillin', Chillin', and Thrillin' Music and Brewfest
August 27, 2011
(Sat)
Fellin Park (off US-550)
Ouray, CO
Plenty of food, fun, music and of course craft beer! Ouray's end of the summer beer fest.
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Mountain Chili Cha Cha Cha
August 27, 2011
(Sat)
Town Park - Pagosa Springs, CO
Time: Races start at 7:30am. Beer and music following.
The Mountain Chile Cha Cha celebrates trail running, combining our incredible in town trails with the famous Pagosa Springs music and chili festival. Register for one of the trail races (5K, 10K, Half Marathon) or simply celebrate the chile harvest and cook-off while enjoying great beer and live music. Plenty of Breckenridge Brewery beer on hand.
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Ale House Beer Festival
August 27, 2011
(Sat)
The Ale House - 2531 North 12th Street
Grand Junction, CO
Time: 5pm-10pm
Join Breckenridge Brewery and other Craft Breweries for this small but mighty end of summer beer festival.
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Rocky Mountain Goat Roast 2
August 27, 2011
(Sat)
Crabtree Brewing Co - 625 3rd St.
Greeley, CO
Time: 2pm-midnight
Cost: $18.50 advance, $25 day of.
The Crabtree Brewery and R.T.G. Presents The 2nd Annual Rocky Mountain Goat Roast. One stage of insane metal bands will be held at 2pm (gates at 1:45pm). This is an all age’s, outdoor, all day festival with food, craft beer (for 21+), 11 death metal, black metal, grind core and many other forms of metal bands, and a lot of fun. Goats will be roasting all day and will be served at dinner time. There is no re-entry into the event so come prepared. Lawn chairs will be permitted.
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Grand Lake Beer Festival
August 27, 2011
(Sat)
Lake Park area
Grand Lake, CO
Time: 1pm-5pm
Cost: $25
Plenty of local craft beers and live music. Come join the fun. Call Lisa or Cheryl at (970) 627-3402 for more information.
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TRiNiTY's 3rd Anniversary Party
August 27, 2011
(Sat)
Trinity Brewing Co - 1466 Garden Of the Gods Road
Colorado Springs, CO
Time: Beers tapped at Noon and Music starts at 8pm.
Cost: No cover
Join Trinity in celebrating 3 years of brewing. There will be live music, special release beers and lots of fun.
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FCB's 1st Anniversary Party
August 27, 2011
(Sat)
Fort Collins Brewery - 1020 E. Lincoln
Fort Collins, CO
Time: 1pm to 8pm
Celebrating 1 year in their new facility. Live music from 2-7PM. Games- Corn Hole, Ladder Golf, and more. Food from Gravity Ten Twenty and Pizza Casbah. Showcasing their Hefeweizen, Millions of Peaches, and Cream Ale Beers exclusively outside with all other Beers inside the Tasting Room! Bring your own chairs for music and RIDE your bikes!! Lots of fun, food, people and just plain good times!!
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Copper Kettle Summer Wrap Up Party
August 27, 2011
(Sat)
Copper Kettle Brewing Company - 1338 S. Valentia St.
Denver, CO
Time: 4pm to 9pm
Come celebrate the end of summer. Copper Kettle will be tapping a new golden light Kolsch for the occasion. Food available from Alvie's Eats.
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Shoes and Brews
August 27, 2011
(Sat)
Writers Square
Denver, CO
Time: 4pm-8pm VIP, 5pm-8pm General admission
Cost: General: $54.74, VIP $133.87
Slip on your hottest footwear, savor, socialize, drink some beer and Save a Life! Complimentary Beer, Wine, Vodka, and Unique Restaurant Tastings, Live bands, DJ's and various performers will be encompassing the city block of Writers Square in Denver. Shoe Contest: over $1,000 in shoes with 10 categories to win! Benefiting Love Hope Strength Foundation - 100% NET PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT THE CHARITY.
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Trinity 3rd Anniversary Party
August 27, 2011
(Sat)
Trinity Brewing Company - 1466 Garden of the Gods Road
Colorado Springs, CO
Time: 11am-close, Music at 8pm, special taps at 10pm
Trinity's third anniversary celebration will be held on Saturday August 27th, from 11am till whenever they feel like closing. They've saved up some small kegs of their favorite seasonal beers and will be pouring a plethora of specialties throughout the entire event. They'll also have some very special side show activities going on. Music by Grass It Up at 8 PM!
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Deviant Dale's IPA Tapping Party
August 28, 2011
(Sun)
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Lyons, CO
Come celebrate a new tapping with good food pairings and free live music by Spring Creek Bluegrass Band. See web site for details.
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