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March 2012 Colorado Beer Festivals Calendar

2012 Colorado Beer Festivals & Events Calendar

March 2012 Colorado Beer Festivals & Events

March 2012March is still a time for playing in the snow, skiing, boarding and keeping warm. It's also nearly time to start thinking about Spring. While the number of events scheduled during March tend to be low, there are always drink and food specials going on at most Colorado breweries. And let's not forget about Saint Patrick's Day events. This page will be updated often as news of upcoming March events are announced.

Here is a list of the upcoming Colorado beer fests, beer dinners, tapping parties, seminars and related events for March 2012. 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.

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Gary Brewsey: Men's Beer Club
Every Monday Night

The Mayor of Old Town - 632 S. Mason St.
Fort Collins, CO
Time: 5:30pm - 6:45pm
Cost: $5 taster flight
Join the growing number of men who meet each week at The Mayor of Old Town to talk beer and learn about it's history, the styles and how it's made. Select samples from the 100 different beers on tap each week.
Facebook Page

Beer Bettys: Ladies Only Beer Club
Every Tuesday Night
The Mayor of Old Town - 632 S. Mason St.
Fort Collins, CO
Time: 6:00pm
This free to join Ladies Only club meets every Tuesday at 6pm. They are a grass roots group of women who are interested in learning more about beer, it's history, the flavors and more. Sample from over 100 different beers on tap.
Facebook Page

Denver Restaurant Week
February 25 - March 9, 2012 - Two weeks
Restaurants all across Denver
Denver Restaurant Week is a two-week celebration of the culinary scene in Denver. Participating restaurants will offer a multi-course dinner for the fixed price of $52.80 for two, or $26.40 for one (not including tax or gratuity). Pair that meal with a great Colorado craft brew. Details at www.denver.org/denverrestaurant/.

Coaltrain's Barrel Aged Beer Tasting
March 1, 2012 (Thursday)
The Warehouse Restaurant - 25 W. Cimarron Street
Colorado Springs, CO
Time: 6:00pm
Cost: $48
Join Coltrain Wine & Spirits at The Warehouse restaurant for the greatly anticipated Barrel-Aged Beer Tasting. The line-up is killer, with an imported beer flight including a couple oak-aged Trappist ales, followed by a domestic flight dominated by bourbon and whiskey barrel aging. This is a sit-down event that begins promptly at 6pm. The Warehouse kitchen will provide two food courses to pair with the beer flights as well as a light dessert. The cost per taster is $48 inclusive. Call Coaltrain at (719) 475-9700 to make your required credit card reservation. You may pay in advance over the phone or in person at Coaltrain. Their 3-day cancellation policy is in effect; ‘no-shows’ or late cancellations will be charged half price ($24).
Event details.

Mazer Cup International
March 2-3, 2012 (Friday - Saturday)
Boulder Outlook Hotel - 800 28th Street
Boulder, CO
The MAZER CUP, was started by Ken Schramm, Dan McConnell and Mike O'Brien and quickly became the de-facto standard for mead competitions in North America and set the standard for all of the mead-only competitions that followed.
www.mazercup.com

Frozen Dead Guy Days
March 2-4, 2012 (Friday - Sunday)
Nederland, CO
Cost: FDGD VIP Pass $150 - only 50 available, Coffin Race entry $70, Polar Plunge $20 per person
Time: See Events Schedule
This annual event celebrates putting Granpa Bredo on ice to one day find a way to bring him back to life. 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. Trygve Bauge calls it “Cryonics’ first Mardi Gras.” Come for a big line-up of live music, Coffin Races, Polar Plunges, Frozen T-shirt contests, Ice Turkey Bowling, Brain Freeze contests and of course lots of good Colorado craft beer in the ReAnimate Yourself Beer Tent in Chipeta Park (sponsored by Avery Brewing and Left Hand Brewing).
frozendeadguydays.org

Yelp's Crafternoon Delight
March 4, 2012 (Sunday)
Space Gallery - 765 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO
Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Cost: Free - $5 donation suggested for a charity.
This is the first event of Yelp's Crafternoon Delight - a series of events celebrating independent Colorado beer, wine, or spirits plus a plethora of DIY stations brought to you by Denver Craft Ninjas (http://craftninjas.net/) at Space Gallery. Please remember to RSVP for only ONE event or you will NOT be allowed to attend any of them. On Sunday, March 4th they're celebrating some of the wonderful breweries Colorado has to offer with tastings from the following breweries: Twisted Pine, Renegade Brewing, Colorado Cider, Oskar Blues, Asher Brewing and Breckenridge Brewing. Plus they'll have small bites from several vendors including: Mile High Vienna Stand, Buenos Aires Pizzeria, Frills Cake Shop, KIND snacks, Skoops, PopChips and Baker St Pretzels. This even is free with a $5 suggested donation per person to benefit Denver Urban Gardens.
Website

2nd Annual Red Rocks Ice Fest & Chili Cook Off
March 4, 2012 (Sunday)
Red Rocks Country Club - 16235 W. Belleview Ave.
Morrison, CO
Time: 11:00am to 3:00pm
Cost: $5 Admission includes chili samples. Beer sold separately.
Experience Red Rocks Country Club as you've never seen it before. Witness a dazzling display of ice sculptures coming to life before your eyes as more than a dozen amateur and professional artists compete for prizes. Warm up with ice carnival games, putting and driving contests, hot beverages, beers, snacks and a Chili Cook Off.
Website

10th Annual Boulder Strong Ale Festival
March 9-10, 2012 (Friday - Saturday)
Avery Brewing Company - 5763 Arapahoe Ave.
Boulder, CO
Time: Mar. 9th - 5pm - 10pm, Mar. 10th 12pm - 5pm
Cost: $40 per person, tix available starting Jan. 6th at 9am.
Featuring over 80 different strong beers (beers greater than 8% ABV) from some of the best breweries across the country, with many beers that are not otherwise available in the State of Colorado. Profits from the fest will be donated to craft beer industry friend Danny Williams, to assist with medical costs for his ongoing battle with cancer. Beers, Music, and Commemorative Pint Glass included with Admission.
www.averybrewing.com

Spring Melt Brew Fest
March 10, 2012 (Saturday)
Stoneys Bar and Grill - 1111 Lincoln Street
Denver, CO
Time: 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Cost: $15 entry and all your samples.
Come out and sample over 150 beers featuring some of the best breweries in the country! Try the new Spring releases! Breweries: Miller/Coors, Shiners Beers, Bridgeport, Trumer Pils, Oskar Blues, Sierra Nevada, Crispin Cider, Woodchuck Cider, Alaskan Brewing, Odells, New Belgium, BLVD, Boulder, Tommyknocker, Heinekin, Sam Adams. A benefit of Casting 4 A Cure and IRSF (International Rett Syndrome Foundation). Don't miss out on this once a year opportunity!

Oskar Blues Beer Dinner
March 14 - 15, 2012 (Wed. & Thurs.)
The Moot House - 2626 S. College Ave.
Fort Collins, CO
Time: 6:00pm each night - RSVP required
Cost: $34.95 per person
Join Oskar Blues at the Moot House for this special beer dinner to be held across two evenings. There will be a five course meal paired with 5 different Oskar Blues beers. Call (970) 226-2121 for info and reservations.
www.themoothouse.com

Farmhouse Nocturnum Release Party
March 16, 2012 (Friday)
Trinity Brewing Company - 1466 Garden of the Gods
Colorado Springs, CO
Time: 5PM
Cost: on a per beer basis
Farmhouse Nocturnum is a member of the new family of strong Belgian ales known as "Super Saisons." The name Nocturnum is inspired by the intimidating jet black color of the beer. Spiced with a blend of sarsaparilla, sassafras, rosemary, coriander, hibiscus and cumin for a perfect balance of spiciness, sweetness, and acidity. At 12.5% ABV, this Saison was once the strongest locally brewed spiced Belgian ale.

St. Patrick's Day Celebrations
March 17, 2012
(Saturday)
Various locations
Stay tuned for details of upcoming St. Patrick's Day celebrations. Since it falls on a Saturday this year - look for a lot of weekend parties in what is one of America's largest holidays for drinking and wearin' o' the green!

Blarney on the Block
March 17, 2012 (Saturday)
9th Street Plaza - downtown
Greeley, CO
Time: 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Bagpipes, drums, one block parade, corned beef & cabbage and MORE!!! Bring the whole family and get your green on! Come to the 9th Street Plaza at 2:00 on St Patrick's Day - March 17th for Greeley's first annual "Blarney On The Block. Catch the Fort Collins Pipe Band at 2pm and we'll follow them down the block. There will be prizes for parade participants including a couple chances to win tickets to see The Celtic Tenors that night at the UCCC. Sponsored in part by Patrick's Irish Pub and The Rio in Greeley. And yes, there will be plenty of beer available from downtown businesses.

St. Paddy's Day Express
March 17, 2012 (Saturday)
Rio Grande Scenic Railroad
Alamosa, CO
Time: 10:00am
Cost: Depending on class: $49 to $69.
Everyone is Irish for a day on board the St. Paddy’s Day Train. Wear green, grab your friends, drink your pints and let them do the driving. Now, there’s no historical evidence that suggests the Irish invented the sing-a-long, but ask any Irish person and they will convince you of it, beyond a shadow of a doubt. With live music on board featuring traditional Irish pub songs, you can pretend you’re in Dublin, put your arm around the person next to you and sway along – in traditional sing-a-long fashion. Green beer provided by San Luis Valley Brewery at additional cost. Website.

Kegs, Eggs & Blarney Scones
March 17, 2012 (Saturday)
Pikes Peak Brewing Company - 1756 Lake Woodmoor Drive
Monument, CO
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Cost: $20 advance RSVP, or $25 at the door
Wake up with some Irish! Your entry fee will get you a beautiful Irish breakfast, a glass of juice, and a souvenir glass full of your favorite beer or beermosa. Bring that same glass back later that night for one half price beer. At 10am they will release their new PPBC Irish Stout. Call (719) 208-4098.

Telluride Scavenger Hunt
March 17, 2012 (Saturday)
Telluride Ski Resort - 565 Mountain Village Blvd.
Telluride, CO
Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Cost: $10 entry (for charity and the event) plus ski pass
This is a day to don your best costume, chase chickens, search for bigfoot and answer some ridiculous riddles all while skiing, raising money for a great local non-profit, and bonding with your friends - or the person you meet in the check-in line and decided to sign up as a team. So! Get a buddy or 4, bring $10 per person and your ski pass, or purchase a lift ticket, and join the fleet of New Belgium characters on the slopes at for a Scavenger Hunt like no other... Registration begins at 9am! Benefiting Telluride Adaptive Sports Program.
Website

St. Patrick's Day Release Party
March 17, 2012 (Saturday)
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse - 623 N. Denver Ave.
Loveland, CO
Time: Noon to 10pm
Cost: Per beer, per food item
Celebrate the release of their newest beer: Bearskin - a new dry stout. There will be Irish dance lessons and performances, catered Irish pub fare made with Grimm beers. Food prices range from $5 to $9.

TAG Beer Dinner
March 20, 2012
(Tuesday)
TAG Restaurant - 1441 Larimer Street
Denver, CO
Time: 7pm
Cost: $58 per person, plus tax & gratuity
Come join us in Denver for a special dining event featuring the beers of Great Divide Brewing Company paired with selections from MTH Farm Natural Lamb. There will be five courses, each with a unique beer/food pairing specially prepared by TAG chefs to tempt your palate. Seating is limited, please RSVP for reservation (303) 996-9985 or visit their website.
www.tag-restaurant.com

Beer and Apps Tasting
March 21, 2012 (Wednesday)
Tap and Handle - 307 S. College Ave.
Fort Collins, CO
Time: 7:30pm
Cost: $25 in advance
Tap and Handle will be having a Beer and Apps tasting with Firestone Walker and Epic Brewing. Elizabeth from Firestone Walker will be there to talk about Firestone Walker while Matt from American Eagle Distributing will be there to spread the gospel of Epic. There will be 5 pours from each brewery with chef matched appetizers to enhance the experience. Tickets are 25 dollars in advance and are available at Tap and Handle. There will be a double secret probation beer surprise at the end of the night. Check them out on Facebook.

Grapes vs Grains Beer Dinner
March 22, 2012 (Thursday)
Austin's American Grill - 2815 Harmony Road
Fort Collins, CO
Time: 6:00pm
Cost: $49.95 per person, reservations required (970) 267-6532
Time once again for a battle between wine and craft beer to see which pairs best with a specially prepared four course menu. You'll get both a glass of wine and beer with each course and they you get to vote for which paired best with that course. Featured this month are beers from Great Divide Brewing Company and wines from Jason Stickley of The Hess Collection. Please call for details and reservations.
www.AustinsAmericanGrill.com

All Hopped Up For Water Food & Beer Pairing Dinner
March 22, 2012 (Thursday)
Freshcraft - 1530 Blake Street
Denver, CO
Time: 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Cost: $45 per person not including tip.
Celebrate World Water Day with a four course family style food & beer pairing dinner. This dinner is part of a month long collaboration with Water for People, All Hopped Up For Water. A portion of the proceeds from this dinner will be donated to Water for People to aid in ending water poverty. Along with Water for People they are teaming up with Avery Brewing Co., Boulevard Brewing Co., New Belgium Brewing Co. & Victory Brewing Co. This is a family style dinner where all attendees will be seated together at a community table. Limited to 30 attendees.
Ticket website

Avery Beer Dinner
March 22, 2012 (Thursday)
The Pullman - 330 7th Street
Glenwood Springs, CO
Time: 7:00pm
Cost: $57.63 per person
The Pullman will be joining forces with Avery Brewing Co. from Boulder, to bring you lucky folks yet another fantastic 5 course dinner, each paired with an amazing Avery brew. Reservations required as this event typically sells out. Call (970) 230-9234.

Wine Fest 30
March 23, 2012 (Friday)
Hilton Fort Collins
Fort Collins, CO
Time: VIP 6pm-10pm, General Admission 7pm-10pm, Private Reserve Tasting 5pm-6pm.
Cost: VIP $100, General Admission $75, Private Tasting: additional $50.
While this many be a wine festival/benefit, they also will have a great supply of local Colorado craft beers in stock from Odell Brewing, The Fort Collins Brewery and New Belgium. Over 500 wines from around the world, great fresh food from local restaurants and caterers, plus an auction. Proceeds to benefit Disabled Resource Services. Wine Fest is among the largest and best-received wine tasting events in Colorado.
Website: www.winefestfc.org

Beers N Boards Skateboard Art Show
March 23, 2012 (Friday)
Trinity Brewing Company - 1466 Garden of the Gods
Colorado Springs, CO
Time: 5:00pm
Come out and support local artists and check out some pretty amazing hand crafted skateboards. Enjoy a brew or two while you're there.

Eldora Scavenger Hunt
March 24, 2012 (Saturday)
Eldora Ski Resort
Nederland, CO
Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Cost: $10 entry (for charity and the event) plus ski pass
This is a day to don your best costume, chase chickens, search for bigfoot and answer some ridiculous riddles all while skiing, raising money for a great local non-profit, and bonding with your friends - or the person you meet in the check-in line and decided to sign up as a team. So! Get a buddy or 4, bring $10 per person and your ski pass, or purchase a lift ticket, and join the fleet of New Belgium characters on the slopes at for a Scavenger Hunt like no other... Registration begins at 9am! Benefitting Telluride Adaptive Sports Program.
Website

Beer on Beer Action with the Ladies of Avery
March 29, 2012 (Thursday)
Avery's Barrel-Aging Cellar - 5757 Arapahoe Ave.
Boulder, CO
Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Cost: $15 available in the Avery Tap Room
What pairs best with beer? More beer! Join the ladies of Avery for a guided tasting of their beers paired with their exclusive counterparts, available only in the Avery Tap Room. Follow up an OUT OF BOUNDS STOUT with an OUT OF SIGHT coffee stout. Pair an AVERY IPA with a DRY-HOPPED IPA and a WINTER'S DAY IPA. Compare TRODGOR THE BURNINATOR with its spicy brother, CAPSAICINATOR. Do a side-by-side taste of EREMITA III and our new Tap Room-only sour, BOULDER WEISSE. Through these pairings, we will learn about the processes of adding adjuncts like coffee and spices to beer, and we will taste the delightful effects those adjuncts can have on our brews! They want this Beer on Beer Action to be an intimate event, so space is limited.

Oskar Blues Beer Dinner
March 29, 2012 (Thursday)
Backcountry Pizza & Tap House - 2319 Arapahoe Ave.
Boulder, CO
Time: 6:30pm
Cost: $45 per person + tax + tip
Oskar Blues is bringing some of their best beers to pair with a multi-course meal. Try some of their: Mama's Little Yella Pils, a Chardonnay Barrel Aged Pils, Deviant Dales, Whiskey Barrel Aged Ten Fidy, a Belgian Smidy and the Gubna - each paired with a special dish. Phone (303) 449-4285 for details and reservations.

Great Divide Beer Dinner
March 29, 2012 (Thursday)
The Lobby American Grille - 2191 Arapahoe Street
Denver, CO
Time: 6:30pm
Cost: $50 per person
A carefully prepared pairing of several different courses with some of the best Great Divide beers. Call (303) 997-9911 for reservations or go through OpenTable.

Loveland Scavenger Hunt
March 31, 2012 (Saturday)
Loveland Ski Area - Exit 216 Interstate 70
Georgetown, CO
Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Cost: $10 entry (for charity and the event) plus ski pass
This is a day to don your best costume, chase chickens, search for bigfoot and answer some ridiculous riddles all while skiing, raising money for a great local non-profit, and bonding with your friends - or the person you meet in the check-in line and decided to sign up as a team. So! Get a buddy or 4, bring $10 per person and your ski pass, or purchase a lift ticket, and join the fleet of New Belgium characters on the slopes at for a Scavenger Hunt like no other... Registration begins at 9am! Benefiting Telluride Adaptive Sports Program.
Website

Stay tuned for more events being announced soon!

Related articles:
- February 2012 Colorado Beer Festivals Calendar.
- April 2012 Colorado Beer Festivals Calendar.
- May 2012 Colorado Beer Festivals Calendar.
- 2012 Colorado Beer Festivals and Events Calendar - Main page.

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