Thursday, June 30, 2011

2011 GABF tickets selling out fast 1st day

GABFHoly cow, tickets for the Saturday afternoon AHA Members only session of the 2011 Great American Beer Festival went on sale on June 28th and are already sold-out 2 days later! If you were planning to go to the Saturday afternoon session and didn't get your tickets then you're gonna have to find some on the secondary market.

As for the other three GABF sessions, tickets went on sale today at 10am Mountain time on Ticketmaster and rumor has it (from Twitter) that the Thursday and Friday night sessions were already half sold-out. And it's just the first day!

The best advice I can give you is: BUY YOUR TICKETS EARLY THIS YEAR!

Seriously, you won't be able to wait until August to get tickets. This 30th anniversary of the #GABF is going to sell out faster than ever before.

In 2009, tickets didn't sell out until September 7th. This year, you'll be lucky to get a ticket at the end of July.

Ticket prices are more expensive than ever this year. Ticket prices went up from $55 last year to $60 this year. But, if you buy online through Ticketmaster like I did, you will also pay a hefty $10.70 extra in fees. That brings the total for a Public ticket to $70.70. Tickets will be mailed out in early to mid-September.

For that price I sure hope they have a lot of free cheese samples this year.

If you want to get in any cheaper then you'll have to volunteer at the GABF and earn a free ticket for a future session. I did that for 2 years (2008 and 2009) and had a blast volunteering and I got comped tix for my trouble.

Trouble? Are you kidding? It's a lot of fun. They give you free tix for doing something that is fun. So if you get shut-out, then sign up soon on the GABF web site to get a spot on the volunteer crew.

Update: 7/1/2011 11am MDT - Re: Charlie Papazian - Don't Delay. Right Now: Thurs 68% sold; Friday 83% sold; Sat afternoon sold out; Sat nite 53% sold

Update 2pm July 1st - #GABF tix sale status: Thurs 72% sold. Fri 89%. Sat eve 57%. Sat aft Members-Only sold out. Going fast!

Update July 2nd - Friday night session is now SOLD OUT!

Update July 3rd - The Thursday session is now 83% sold out, and Saturday evening is 68% sold.

Update July 6th - Thursday night 98% sold out - hurry! Saturday night 86% sold out. Friday night and Saturday afternoon SOLD OUT.

Update July 7th - Thursday night is SOLD OUT. Only session with tix remaining is Saturday night. Hurry! Fastest sellout for GABF ever.

Update July 8th - The entire GABF is SOLD OUT! If you procrastinated this year you'll just have to sign-up as a volunteer to get in.

Related articles:
- Volunteering at the Great American Beer Festival.
- Hot picks from the 2009 GABF.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Avery Meretrix named in honor of prostitutes

Avery MeretrixGet ready for the next batch of sour beer from Avery Brewing Company. The 8th in their series of Barrel-aged sour ales is set to debut July 16th and it won't be sold in stores.

In medieval Europe, the reference "meretrix", according to Wikipedia, was understood as a woman held in common, who "turned no one away." - in other words, a prostitute.

Perhaps the name was inspired by the "sinful" mix of barley, Bret, Lacto, Pedio and sour cherries that aged for two years in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels.

Meretrix follows in the footsteps of Avery's 7 other barrel-aged sour ales: Brabant, Sui Generis, Black Tot, Depuceleuse, Quinquepartite, Margarete, and Dihos Dactylion.

This is a strong brew that measures at 9.97% ABV. Only about 83 cases of 12oz bottles were made and are set to be sold only at an upcoming release party on July 16th, 2011 at the Avery Tap Room in Boulder, Colorado at 5pm.

Due to the overwhelming popularity of Avery's barrel-aged sour beers, some special policies are being put into place to help "keep order" during the release event:

- Numerous Tap Room servers will be on hand to serve guests, in the line, as they wait. They'll also have a 10-tap kegerator full of small-batch and barrel-aged oddities from the tap room like Eremita (our Tap Room only sour blend), Dry-Hopped IPA, Mai Rye Bock etc.

- Once a substantial line has formed, their staff will be giving tickets, each good for the purchase of 1 bottle of Meretrix to those in line.

- Limit of 4 bottles per customer. First come, first served.

- CASH ONLY! There will be an ATM on site in case anyone forgets this advice. Note that the cash only rule will make the whole process MUCH faster for all involved!

- 55 cases for sale = 1320 bottles = 4 bottles per customer = 330 customers who get Meretrix (assuming all purchase the 4 bottle limit). Please plan accordingly.

From experience I can say that Avery's sour ales are definitely worth seeking out. Sour ales are quite the treat for the prepared palate.

If you can't get to the release party they you'll need to stop by the brewery another time soon after to sample some of the brewery only pours.

For details on Avery's release party, check out their web site at: www.averybrewing.com.

Related articles:
- Inaugural Avery SourFest 2009 recap.
- Avery Brabant barrel-aged sour ale review.
- Avery Mephistopheles Stout review.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Beer Culture movie Denver premiere July 14th

Beer Culture MovieHelp spread the word about a movie that features several local Colorado breweries and their brewmasters.

Beer Culture: The Movie is set for a Denver premiere on Thursday, July 14th at the Wynkoop brewery in downtown Denver.

This film was a locally produced documentary on the growing economic and cultural power of craft beer in Colorado.

The producers of this film say: "Beer Culture, a documentary film, is about the deep and rich culture among beer drinkers; believed to have been lost in a commercialized America. We tell the stories of the individual struggles and successes of Colorado Top Craft Brewers."

Below is the trailer to this movie which features several local "beer celebrities" and Colorado breweries.

Ticket prices (if any) and info will be available at the Wynkoop Brewery's web site. Mark your calendar for July 14th and help support Colorado's local breweries. Email Beerculturemovie@gmail.com to reserve tickets. Earlier screenings: For those in the Boulder and Longmont areas - come to the first two free screenings July 8th at Upslope Brewing Co (Boulder) and July 9th at Left Hand Brewing Company (Longmont). Do you plan on seeing this film? If you do please post your thoughts on this movie in a comment below. Related links: - Beer Culture's Facebook page. - Beer Culture's official web site. - Beer Culture's official YouTube page. This article came from FermentedlyChallenged.com Help us grow. Forward this article to a friend and have them subscribe here

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Monday, June 27, 2011

October 2011 Colorado Beer Festivals

2011 Colorado Beer Fests and Events
October 2011 Colorado Beer Festivals

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


Colorado Oktoberfests
October 1-9, 2011

Here are the dates for Oktoberfest celebrations across Colorado this month.
* Beaver Creek - October 3-4, 2011
* Berthoud - October 1, 2011
* Carbondale - October 8, 2011
* Castle Rock - October 1, 2011
* Denver (KIFAC group) - October 7, 2011
* Erie - October 8, 2011
* Grand Junction - October 1, 2011
* La Veta - October 1, 2011
* Montrose - October 8, 2011
* Ouray - October 8, 2011
* Windsor - October 1, 2011

Great American Beer Festival
September 29 - October 1, 2011
(Thu-Sat)
Colorado Convention Center - Downtown
Denver, CO
Cost: $60 per session, $50 AHA members only (Sat afternoon)
Time: Thu-Fri-Sat nights 5:30pm-10pm, Sat afternoon 12pm-4pm
One of the biggest beer festivals in the world! Four sessions, 450+ breweries, 2000+ beers! This is the 30th annual GABF. Nearly 40,000 people will attend this year. Tickets go on sale end of June and will absolutely sell out. Don't miss out on the grand-daddy of all American beer festivals in beautiful downtown Denver.
Web site

Summit Beer Garden
September 29 - October 1, 2011
(Thu-Sat)
Summit Music Hall - 1902 Blake Street
Denver, CO
Time: 4pm - 1am each day
Cost: Free - VIP tickets available
Rueben’s Burger Bistro and the Summit Music Hall have teamed up to bring you the premier place to drink beer and eat during the Great American Beer Festival. With well over a hundred different beers from the best breweries around the world, a sausage garden, live entertainment, and over 12,00SF of space, there is nothing like it in Denver! Here are just some of the highlights: Way over a hundred different beers, Many beers never seen in Colorado before. Beers from the best breweries competing in the GABF. 16 taps just for rotating beers…always something new on tap. Tons of the best international beers available. Meet many of the brewers and representatives of your favorite breweries. Sausage garden with amazing selections of food. Live entertainment.
Web site

Odell Isolation Ale Tapping Party
October 1, 2011
(Saturday)
Odell Brewing Company - Lincoln Ave.
Fort Collins, CO
Time: TBD
Odell Brewing will host an Isolation tapping party in the brewery’s tap room on Saturday October 1st as part of a weeklong celebration for the Great American Beer Festival. Local food truck favorites, StrEats Mobile Bistro and the Cupcake Cruiser will be onsite offering tasty bites to pair with the brew.

Twisted Pine Ale House Beer Dinner
October 2, 2011
(Sun)
Twisted Pine Brewing Co - 3201 Walnut St.
Boulder, CO
Time: 6pm to 8pm
Cost: $40 per person, plus tax and gratuity
Twisted Pine will present a four-course beer pairing. Fresh foods matched with their award winning GABF entries. Hosted by Brewmaster Bob Baile & Chef Jayson DeBellis. Full menu on their web site. A portion of the proceeds from the affair will be donated to the Emergency Family Assistance Association, a local organization that helps provide food and shelter, amongst a myriad of other services for families in need. Featured beers include: Billy's Chilies, La Petit Saison, Bough Breaker Barleywine, Hoppy Knight, Northstar Imperial Porter and Big Shot Espresso Stout.
Web site

Brain of the Turtle Release Party
October 2, 2011
(Sun)
TRiNiTY Brewing Co
Colorado Springs, CO
Time: 11am - ???
The long awaited Brain of the Turtle has been dubbed the best Trinity sour yet! Aged on almonds, cherry skins, coffee, and oaken barrels this highly acidic bottle showcases notes of caramel, roasted bitterness, and chewy bitter cherry skins. This brew will be available in 750ml champagne bottles.

Highland Tap 1st Anniversary & Neighborhood Appreciation Party
October 5, 2011
(Wed)
Highland Tap & Burger - 2219 W. 32nd Ave (32nd & Vallejo)
Denver, CO
Time: 5pm to 12am
In appreciation of all the patrons and neighbors of Highland Tap, they are throwing their 1st anniversary party. 50% off all beers, drinks and wine all day long. Live music by Garrett Sayers Trio. www.highlandtapdenver.com

Craft Distillers' Still on the Hill Festival
October 7-8, 2011
(Fri-Sat)
Breckenridge, CO
OK, so it's not beer but hey it's close enough! Fall is the season for cooler temperatures, changing leaves and the 2nd annual Craft Distillers’ Still on the Hill Festival. The first of its kind in the state, the festival features distilleries from across Colorado, artisan spirit seminars, fine local cuisine and of course, plenty of samples of Colorado-made spirits. Events include a dinner, pub crawl & poker run, and a grand tasting event. Call (970) 453-2918.
Web site

Incredible Hop Release - Know Your Brewery
October 7, 2011
(Fri)
Fort Collins Brewery Tap Room - 1020 E. Lincoln Ave.
Fort Collins, CO
Time: 4pm - 6pm
Just in time for another release in their Incredible Hop Series, Fort Collins Brewery is releasing their Imperial India Belgian Ale. Ted Peterson, Brewer, will be on hand to introduce this latest creation in their tap room. Come see what the best Belgian yeast and a big dose of hops have in store for you.

Orange Blossom Cezanne Saison Release Party
October 7, 2011
(Fri)
Crabtree Brewing CO
Greeley, CO
Time: 6pm
Crabtree is finally releasing the official packaged version of this unique Saison. It will be available commercially in 750ml corked and caged bottles. Come to the brewery for some fun and tasting as they celebrate another big Crabtree release.
www.crabtreebrewing.com

Emma's Coffin Release Party
October 7, 2011
(Fri)
TRiNiTY Brewing Company
Colorado Springs, CO
Time: 5pm
Come taste this unique pumpkin saison made with brown sugar, garam masala, torch roasted Vennetucci Farm sugar pumpkins, white sage, coriander, and grains of paradise. It's pumpkin ale gone Belgian!
www.trinitybrew.com

Jack-O-Launch @ PumpkinFest
October 8, 2011
(Sat)
Arapahoe County Fairgrounds - 25690 E. Quincy Ave
Aurora, CO
Time: 9am - 4pm
Watch pumpkins hurled hundreds of feet through the air as ingenious architects of gourd-launching devices compete for prizes at the city of Aurora’s annual Jack-O-Launch at PumpkinFest. In addition, enjoy a fall festival featuring hay rides, scarecrow making, a pumpkin patch, music and more. Taste some brews from Dry Dock Brewing Company. Event happens rain/snow or shine.
Web site

Pawtoberfest
October 8, 2011
(Sat)
America the Beautiful Park - 126 Cimino Dr.
Colorado Springs, CO
The city will be bustling with dogs and their families. Join in for the 3rd Annual Pawtoberfest: timed 5K, fun run/walk at America the Beautiful Park. After you and your dog(s) get your morning exercise, enjoy a pint or two at the beer gardens, snack on delicious local food and check out the pet fair with cool stuff! Your dog will love bobbing for hot dogs and watching the doggie demonstrations. Enter your dog in one of the contests and win awesome prizes! It's going to be a dog-gone good time!
Web site

Beer Culture Screening and Cheese Pairing
October 8, 2011
(Sat)
Equinox Brewing
Fort Collins, CO
Time: Doors open at 5pm
Cost: $15 include admission, a free firkin beer, cheese pairing.
Come meet and greet the director and producers of Beer Culture: The Movie at Equinox. Enjoy a specialty firkin and cheese pairing and enjoy a good flick about Colorado craft brewers. Details at the brewery and at the Beer Culture site.
Web site

Kegs for Cal-Wood
October 11, 2011
(Tue)
Rembrandt Yard - 1301 Spruce Street
Boulder, CO
Time: 7pm - 10pm
Cost: $25/advanced, $30/door - $100 for Chef's Table Reception
Kegs for Cal-Wood is a casual beer and food pairing event that will take place at the Rembrandt Yard in Boulder on Tuesday, October 11 from 7-10 pm. In addition, there will be a VIP Chef's Table from 6-7 pm. This tasting will showcase Colorado beers and local food artisans. All proceeds from this event will enable up to 1,500 economically-disadvantaged students to attend our programs during the 2011-12 school year.
Web site or at www.calwood.org

Fall 2011 Brewer's Dinner
October 13, 2011
(Thu)
Phantom Canyon Brewing Company Banquet Hall - 2 E. Pikes Peak Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO
Time: 6:00pm
Cost: $50/person (pre-tax & gratuity)
Join Phantom Canyon for an evening of specially-paired, hand-crafted ales, great food, and conversation with their brewers. Call Phantom Canyon to reserve your seat. Be sure to RSVP by Monday, Oct. 10th at Noon. (719) 635-2800.
Web site

Great Food & Great Beer Pairing Dinner
October 13, 2011
(Thu)
Taps Sports Bar & Grill - 165 Boardwalk Drive
Fort Collins, CO
Time: 6:00pm
Cost: $45.00 for reserved seating
Enjoy a wonderful 4-course meal paired with some of the best beers from Great Divide Brewing Company including: Samurai Rice Ale, Claymore Scotch Ale, Titan IPA and Smoked Baltic Porter. Call (970) 449-4462 for reservations. www.tapsftc.com

Great Divide Seasonal Release Party
October 14, 2011
(Fri)
Great Divide Brewing Company
Denver, CO
Time: 6pm to 9pm
Cost: $20 cash only
Great Divide will host the Awesome Autumn Release Party at the tap house. The brewery celebrates the triple release of fall/winter seasonals, Oak Aged Yeti, Fresh Hop and Hibernation. Tickets include three beer tickets and one food ticket from the Basic Kneads Pizza food truck. There will also be a DJ spinning '80s and '90s music.

Fall Harvest Brewfest
October 15, 2011
(Sat)
The Drake Center
Fort Collins, CO
Cost: $50 VIP, $35 Regular: includes 5oz tasting glass and unlimited servings and food.
Time: 5pm (VIP) or 6pm (Regular)
They’re bringing back 25 breweries, several micro-distilleries and craft beer-inspired local food pairings to help you find your inner beer enthusiast. Fun, Food and Beer all to help dogs. The Animal House Rescue & Grooming is the beneficiary partner. The goal is to help raise $11,000 in 2011. Feel good about drinking beer to save a dog. $10 designated driver tickets also available. 21 and over only event.
Web site

GCB Chili Cookoff
October 15, 2011
(Sat)
Golden City Brewery - 920 ½ 12th Street
Golden, CO
Time: 12pm-5pm
Chili Tasting and one pint beer or a soda for $5 to benefit Golden's Food Bank @ the Christian Action Guild. Live Music.
Web site

5th Annual Fresh Hop Celebration
October 15, 2011
(Sat)
Falling Rock Tap House - 1919 Black Street
Denver, CO
Time: Noon to 5pm
Cost: $25 for unlimited tastings including commemorative glass
Come sample the season's best fresh hop beers at Falling Rock. The celebration will take place on the patio and in the parking lot of Falling Rock Tap House and will include live music, tastings, information on home brewing, people's choice awards, activities and more. Eight breweries beers will be featured. Proceeds benefit the Martin Luther King Jr. Early College.
Web site

Denver Beer Company Oktoberfest 2011
October 15, 2011
(Sat)
Denver Beer Company
Denver, CO
Time: 12 noon til close
Cost: $15 includes large souvenir beer stein, 25oz of beer and a pretzel. $6 refills.
PROST! Put on your Lederhosen and come on down to the Beergarden for our first annual celebration of BEER in the FALL. They'll tap a special Oktoberfest brew at 12 p.m. and continue toasting and singing German songs all day and night. Noon - Oktoberfest Keg Tapping, Noon - 4:30 p.m. - The Average German band plays all your favorite ooompah hits live in the Beergarden. All Day - PIG ROAST! That's right, a whole pig. It'll start roasting on Friday and will make a great sidekick to your beer. 6 p.m. - "Hotest Lederhosen and Dirndl" Contest. Sober judges will pick the winners of the best German outfits. Tickets at the brewery or call (303) 433-2739.

Monument Beer Week
October 15-22, 2011
(Sat-Sat)
Pikes Peak Brewing Company
Monument, CO
An entire week of beer events hosted by Pikes Peak Brewing Company. Stay tuned for further details.
Web site

Bison & Beer Dinner
October 18, 2011
(Tues)
Ted's Pearl Street - 1701 Pearl Street
Boulder, CO
Time: 6pm to 9pm
Cost: $40 per person.
Ted's Montana Grill and Boulder Beer are teaming up to bring you BISON AND BEER DINNER: A six-course, bison-themed dinner paired perfectly with six different, hand-crafted Boulder Beer Company Brews. Come out to Pearl Street Tuesday, October 18th, for your fill of our bison dishes, including our classic Bison Meatloaf, and treat yourself to a paired beer with each dish. Their own Chef Chris Raucci and Boulder Beer Brewmaster David Zuckerman will be hosting the big Bison and Beer event. Former CU a& NFL Running Back Bobby Purify will be the special beer dinner guest. One lucky beer dinner guest will win two tickets to Ted's One Year Anniversary Party at Ted's Montana Grill on Pearl Street - hosted by none other than Ted Turner and George McKerrow, Jr.
Call (303) 449-5546 for reservations. Facebook event

Beer Dinner at Lucky Pie
October 19, 2011
(Wed)
Lucky Pie Pizza - 637 Front Street
Louisville, CO
Time: 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Cost: $50 per person (plus tax + tip)
Hey, who doesn’t like pizza and beer right? Well this isn’t just any old pizza, the pizza at Lucky Pie is sublime. If you have not been to America’s greatest small town in a while then get yourself to this beer dinner. Lucky Pie is situated in the old Post Office building on Front Street. Left Hand will be bringing some fun beers like the latest Fade to Black and a cask pin of the 400lb Monkey English IPA. There will be eating, drinking, singing, and toasting. Check out the menu and then give Lucky Pie a call to reserve your seats.(303) 666-5743
Web site

Funkwerks, StrEats, Cupcake Cruiser Beer Dinner
October 20, 2011
(Thu)
Funkwerks taproom - 1900 E. Lincoln Ave.
Fort Collins, CO
Time: 7pm - 8:30pm
Cost: $30 Reservations required
This beer pairing will feature 5 of Funkwerks Saison-style ales, selectively paired with food created by two local food trucks. StrEats Mobile Bistro, will be providing a four-course meal of unique tapas, each of which has been paired with a specific beer to highlight flavors in both. To end the night on a sweet note, The Cupcake Cruiser will be offering two cupcakes which will be paired with Funkwerks' newest release, and first fall seasonal, the Cherry Saison. The event is a collaborative effort between the three local businesses, showcasing the versatility of craft beer and food pairing. Call Funkwerks at 970-482-FUNK (3865) to make your reservation today!
Web site - View menu

Farmhouse Walloon Release Party
October 21, 2011
(Fri)
TRiNiTY Brewing Company
Colorado Springs, CO
Time: 5pm
Ranked in the top 15 Saisons in the world in 2009 by ratebeer.com! Their most authentically inspired Saison. All of the ingredients in this recipe come from local farms and friends gardens. Scheduled by the bounty of harvests, this beer changes from year to year. Expect everything in it from pumpkins, squash, zucchini, locally grown "James" hops, and a number of other secrets.
www.trinitybrew.com

Brewmaster's Dinner with Boulder Beer
October 21, 2011
(Fri)
Table Mountain Grill & Cantina - 1310 Washington Ave.
Golden, CO
Cost: $35 per person or $60 a couple
Time: 6:00pm at Table Mountain Inn
Five thoughtfully prepared courses paired perfectly with fave hand-crafted Boulder Beer Company brews. Boulder Beer Company Brewmaster David Zuckerman will be on hand to talk about their beers. Call for reservations (required) (303) 216-8040.
www.boulderbeer.com

Wynkoop's 2011 Beers of the Year
October 22, 2011
(Sat)
Wynkoop Brewing Company - 18th & Wynkoop
Denver, CO
Time: 1pm - 4:30pm
Cost: $20
Wynkoop will tap a reserved key of every Wynkoop beer made in 2011. This year's event also includes liquid highlights from their allies at Breckenridge Brewery, Phantom Canyon and other special guest breweries.
Web site

Dry Dock 6th Anniversary Party
October 22, 2011
(Sat)
Dry Dock Brewing Co - 15120 E. Hampden Ave.
Aurora, CO
Time: All day during business hours
Come join in the fun as Dry Dock Brewing celebrates their 6th anniversary as a brewery. There will be lots of beer, food and fun.

Meet the Brewer Night
October 22, 2011
(Sat)
Another Pint / A 2nd Cup - 13860 Gleneagle Drive
Colorado Springs, CO
Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
FocusOnTheBeer.com is proud to present Meet the Brewer Night with Chad Yakobson, owner and brewer of Crooked Stave. This will be the first time that Crooked Stave's beers will be available in Colorado Springs. All of Crooked Stave's beers are aged on oak and many are soured, often using various strains of Brettanomyces. There is no cover charge, but these specialty beers will be available for purchase at Another Pint/A Second Cup, both in bottles and on draft. Chad will give a talk about his beers and the unique things he's doing at his brewery, and he will be available to chat with you if you want to ask him any questions or make small talk.
Facebook page

Knock Your Boots Off Beer Tasting and Chili Cook-Off
October 22, 2011
(Sat)
Golden Visitors Center
On Arapahoe St. between 12th and 13th streets
Golden, CO
Time: 2pm to 5pm
Cost: $20 early, $25 at the door. Tickets at Golden Chamber of Commerce
There will be over 60 different beers to sample and a large quantity of chili available for this 4th annual event in Golden. Come hungry (and thirsty)!
More info

Outdoor Mindset 2nd Annual Colorado Chili Cook-off
October 23, 2011
(Sun)
Avery Brewing Company - 5757 Arapahoe Ave. Suite A1
Boulder, CO
Time: 3pm to 7pm
Cost: $15 for a Chili Sampling Ticket - unlimited chili and one beer. $10 members.
Join Avery for the Second Annual Colorado Chili Cook-off benefiting Outdoor Mindset. Outdoor Mindset unites and inspires people affected by neurological challenges through a common passion for the outdoors. And with your support at this special event, we can grow our outreach efforts to inspire others to live big. Come meet up with family and friends to enjoy frosty beverages, games, live music and of course, the phenomenal chili!
Tickets at Eventbrite.

Sunday Morning Beer Brunch
October 23, 2011
(Sun)
Renegade Brewing Company - 925 W. 9th Ave.
Denver, CO
Time: 10:30am to 1:30pm
Cost: $15
Renegade Brewing is hosting a beer brunch where you'll enjoy an amazing selection of brunch entrees and pair it with some delicious brews. Cost includes four breakfast themed beers and three small portion breakfast items from Chef Driven. Call (720) 401-4089.
Facebook event

WILD GAME Beer Dinner
October 25, 2011
(Tue)
Gravity Ten Twenty @ Fort Collins Brewery
Fort Collins, CO
Time: 6pm
Cost: $45
Join in at Gravity Ten Twenty for a beer pairing dinner celebrating great wild game food and paired with a selection of Fort Collins Brewery beers. 4 courses + a dessert. Call (970) 682-2260 for reservations.

Yeti Night
October 27, 2011
(Thurs)
American Mountaineering Museum - 710 10th St.
Golden, CO
Time: 6pm to 9pm
Cost: FREE / $2 suggested beer donation
Come for a great night of Over 21 Yeti fun (and for little yeti's too). Come dressed up as a Yeti. Beer will be served by Great Divide Brewing Company (including some of the Yetis). Gear prizes from Eddie Bauer's First Ascent. First 30 people there get a Yeti Cycles Koozie. Live music by The Malingerers. If you wear your costume to the Sherpa House after the event you'll get 30% off your meal there.

New Planet Gluten Free Beer Dinner
October 28, 2011
(Thurs)
Restaurant & Bar 4580 - 4580 Broadway St.
Boulder, CO
Time: 6:30pm
Cost: $45.00 per person (excludes tax and tip)
New Planet Beer is excited to partner with Restaurant & Bar 4580, one of the premier restaurants in Boulder, CO to host a gluten-free dinner, featuring New Planet Beer. Those attending will enjoy a delicious three course gluten-free dinner paired with New Planet Beer. Reservations are strongly encouraged as this event WILL sell out…and you don’t want to miss it. RSVP by calling – 303.448.1500. Come share a scrumptious evening with New Planet Beer at North Boulder’s favorite spot!
Full menu

Awesome Hat Party with DJ Jahstone
October 28, 2011
(Fri)
Bonfire Brewing Company
Eagle, CO
Time: 8:30pm
Friday, October 28 at 8:30pm at Bonfire Brewing
There are plenty of Halloween parties to choose from, but only one Awesome Hat Party. What's easier than throwing on that stupid hat that's been in the closet for a decade? Throwing it on and drinking beer. A stupid, bizarre, out-of-context (think space helmet) or awesome hat on this particular Friday will earn you a free beer. And the best (or worst) hat of them all will get a $50 bar tab. So stop stressing about building a complicated Halloween costume or worrying about how much that duct tape is going to chafe your sensitive parts. Just go look around in the basement and get ready to party with the Bonfire crew and DJ Jahstone.

Denver Gorilla Run
October 29, 2011
(Sat)
Start/Finish @ Wynkoop Brewery - 1634 18th St.
Denver, CO
Cost: Between $35 to $100 included Gorilla suit.
This fundraiser race benefits the Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund. Put on a Gorilla suit (provided with entry fee) and race through downtown Denver. The race begins and ends at the Wynkoop brewery in downtown Denver. Enjoy some Wynkoop brews after the race.
Web site

FCB's Annual Halloween Party
October 29, 2011
(Sat)
Fort Collins Brewery - 1020 E. Lincoln Ave
Fort Collins, CO
Time: 2pm - 7pm
FCB's big Halloween party will showcase special beers, great food, live music, a bake sale, carnival games and of course costume contests. If your costume is FCB themed then you might get extra bonus points. Details coming soon.
Web site

TRiNiTY Brewing's Halloween Celebration
October 29, 2011
(Sat)
TRiNiTY Brewing Company
Colorado Springs, CO
Time: 5pm to close
Come in for Apple Bobbing, a big Costume Party and their special pumpkinized FLO IPA cask.
www.trinitybrew.com

Odell FRIEK OUT Bash
October 29, 2011
(Sat)
Odell Brewing Company
Fort Collins, CO
Time: 1pm to 6pm
Cost: Per beer
Odell Brewing will celebrate the return of one of it's favorite beers, FRIEK and its recent medal with a “FRIEK OUT” bash in the brewery’s tap room on October 29th. Guests are encouraged to don their Friekiest and enjoy samples of the beer, local food, and live music. Friek, a Framboise/Kriek inspired sour ale was a Gold medal winner at this year's Great American Beer Festival.
www.odellbrewing.com

Voodoo Fest Halloween Party
October 29, 2011
(Sat)
Crazy Mountain Brewing
Edwards, CO
Cost: $20 includes 2 brews, bbq, door prizes.
SAVE THE DATE: Voodoo Fest, Crazy Mountain's Halloween party, is on Saturday the 29th there at the brewery. $20 entry fee gets you a couple of Voodoo Brews (new beer release), a plate of Moe's BBQ, door prizes and live music by Bluzilla. All proceeds benefit "Helping Haiti Build Back Better" after the devastating earthquake. WEAR COSTUMES!

Crabtree Halloween Party
October 29, 2011
(Sat)
Crabtree Brewing - 625 3rd Street
Greeley, CO
Time: 5pm to 10pm
Cost: Free to attend, beer sold separately.
Join us for laughs, beers, great food, and FUN! This is a FREE Event! Back by popular demand... It's a Crabtree Potluck!!!! Bring your best dish to share with everyone. Potluck is from 5-7 pm!! We decided not to do a "Themed" event this year, so come in your best Halloween Costume. Live music 7-10 pm. $250 in prizes to be given away throughout the night for: 1. Best Potluck Dish, 2. Best Halloween Costume, 3. And more. If you have ANY questions, please contact Stephanie at stephanie[at]crabtreebrewing.com

SKAloWeen
October 31, 2011 (Mon)
Freshcraft
Denver, CO
Time: 7:00pm - 11:30pm
Freshcraft will be tapping a very special firkin at 7 pm in celebration of Halloween – FrankenSKA’s Monster Porter. Ska head brewer Thomas Larsen created this delicious monstrosity by taking Nefarious Ten Pin Porter and adding gobs of Halloween candy to the cask for secondary fermentation – including candy corn & pumpkin Reese’s peanut butter cups. This one is truly a monster – in a good way! Thomas will be in from Durango as well to talk (and drink) beer. They will be giving away some cool Ska Brewing gear to the best dressed – extra points for those that come wearing Ska themed attire.



More Colorado Beer Calendar Pages:
- View July 2011 Colorado Beer Festivals.
- View August 2011 Colorado Beer Festivals.
- View September 2011 Colorado Beer Festivals.
- View November 2011 Colorado Beer Festivals.

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2011 Colorado Beer Fests and Events
September 2011 Colorado Beer Festivals

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


Colorado September Oktoberfests
September 1-30, 2011

Here are the dates for Oktoberfest celebrations across Colorado this month.
* Aspen/Snowmass - September 10, 2011
* Boulder - September 24, 2011
* Breckenridge - September 16-18, 2011
* Brush - September 24, 2011
* Castle Pines - September 24, 2011
* Denver - September 16-18 + 23-25, 2011
* Durango - September 17, 2011
* Estes Park - September 24-25, 2011 - Autumn Gold
* Fort Collins - September 25, 2011
* Frisco - September 2-4, 2011
* Glenwood Springs - September 24, 2011
* Governor's Mansion - Denver - September 1, 2011
* Granby - September 24, 2011
* Greeley - September 23-24, 2011
* Gypsum - September 24, 2011
* Longmont - September 9-11, 2011
* Lyons - September 24, 2011 - Osktoberfest at Oskar Blues
* Pagosa Springs - September 10, 2011 - ColorFest
* Steamboat Springs - September 16-18, 2011
* Woodland Park - September 17, 2011
* Vail - September 9-11, 2011
(Some of these events are detailed below)

Belgian Beer Month Celebration
September 1-30, 2011
(all month)
Vine Street Pub & Brewery - 1700 Vine Street
Denver, CO
Time: Business hours all month
Come taste the best Belgian-style beers from Colorado and the world during Vine Street Pub's 1st annual Belgian Beer Month. Each day will bring new Belgian-style brews on tap. September 15th - Belgian Beer 101 class. September 17th - Belgian Block Party 1pm-9pm including Brewer's Olympics that afternoon featuring: Boulder Beer, Twisted Pine, Golden City, Upslope, Oskar Blues, Avery, Great Divide and more.
Web site

Oktoberfest at the Governor's Mansion
September 1, 2011
(Thu)
Colorado Governor's Residence at the Boettcher Mansion
400 East. 8th Avenue
Denver, CO
Cost: $25 for CCIA/CBSA members, $35 non-members
Time: 5:30pm - 8pm
Celebrate the beginning of Oktoberfest season with the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association (CCIA) and the Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA). Several breweries including Funkwerks, Great Divide, Tallgrass Brewing and Twisted Pine will be on hand serving up samples. Enjoy Beer, BIO and good CLEAN fun! Register now at http://ow.ly/61dDu

Four Corners Folk Festival
September 2-4, 2011
(Fri-Sun)
Reservoir Hill Park - Pagosa Springs, CO
Cost: Advance $40/$50 - At gate $45/$55 - Discount multi-day passes. Kids under 12 get in FREE with paid adult.
Join Breckenridge Brewery and Folk West for the greatest Folk & Bluegrass Festival. Music starts Fri @ 3pm, Sat & Sun @ 11am. Great music, family fun and of course lots of fine beer will be available. Camping nearby with shuttles to the fest.
Web site

Tour de Fat - Fort Collins
September 3, 2011
(Sat)
Downtown - Fort Collins, CO
Time: 10am ride starts
New Belgium Brewing's Tour de Fat will once again be meandering and pandering through 13 U.S. cities spreading the good word about the positive societal offerings of the bicycle. Along with our exceptional ability to roust a city’s inner-cyclist, in 2011 we hope to drive our message even deeper by bringing you the biggest, most enjoyable traveling bike festival that we know of. Ride ends at the New Belgium brewery with music, theatrics and beer!
Web site

Hop Picking Party
September 4, 2011
(Sun)
High Hops @ The Windsor Gardener - 6461 Hwy 392 (Main Street)
Windsor, CO
Time: 12pm to 6pm
Come out to the greenhouse and help pick the huge crop of hops at the High Hops Farm just west of town in Windsor. Over 32 varieties were grown in this year's bountiful crop. The best 2-person teams who pick the most hops gets prizes - including 2 tickets to the GABF. Awards for the best costume, most picked by 1 person, and by a group. Free event. Come prepared for the heat. More info - call (970) 686-9771.
Web site

Steamworks Fundraiser for DELC
September 6, 2011
(Tue)
Steamworks Brewing Co. - 801 E. 2nd Ave.
Durango, CO
Time: 4pm to 7pm in the courtyard
Cost: $10/adults, $5 Kids
Help raise funds for the Durango Early Learning Center with a great Taco bar with your paid admission. Happy hour beer prices $3/pint and free root beer for the kids. 50% of all beer sales will go towards DELC. Fun activities for the kids too.
Details on Facebook

Denver Rare Beer Pub Crawl
September 7, 2011
(Wed)
Multiple locations - starting at Ale House at Amato's
Denver, CO
Time: 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Cost: Depends on what you want to drink. 1 beer per stop then keep moving.
Join BeerCraving.com for an informal beer crawl around Denver sampling some of the best beer Denver has to offer. Scheduled walking stops include: Ale House at Amato's from 5:30pm to 6:20pm. Then head over to Denver Beer Company from 6:30pm to 6:55pm. Next up is Freshcraft from 7:10pm to 7:35pm. Then on to Wynkoop Brewing from 7:40pm to 8:05pm, then finally coming to rest at Falling Rock Tap House at 8:10 until you say when.
Facebook Event Page

Brew at the Zoo
September 9, 2011
(Fri)
Denver Zoo
Denver, CO
Time: 7pm-10pm
Cost: Members $65, Individuals $70 - 21 and over only.
Join in for an evening of tasting good brews and good food in the company of your favorite animals. It’s the 14th annual Brew At The Zoo. This year’s event will feature samples from more regional breweries and restaurants than ever before. Add in some dancing under the stars and you’ve got the perfect party at summer’s end. Tickets include tasting mug, complimentary food, unlimited beer and specialty beverage tasting.
Web site

Harvest Release Party
September 9, 2011
(Fri)
Crabtree Brewing Company
Greeley, CO
Time: 5pm
Join Crabtree Brewing for a celebration of two separate releases. #1 - "Afternoon Delight" - a ProAm raspberry porter, and their "Peachtree Cherry Wheat" a barrel-aged brew chuck full of peaches and cherries.

Meet the Brewer Night
September 9, 2011
(Fri)
Rackhouse Pub
Denver, CO
Time: 4pm - 6pm
Meet up with one of the brewers from Great Divide Brewing Company and share in with a Cocoa Yeti firkin. Plus it's "Steal-the-Pint" night.

Colorado Pork 'n' Hops Challenge
September 9-10, 2011
(Fri-Sat)
Lincoln Park
Grand Junction, CO
Time: Fri 4:30pm-10pm, Sat 11am-10pm
Cost: Fri. TBA, Sat General Admission $20, Kids 12 and under FREE
The Colorado Pork & Hops Challenge has become one of the top annual events in Western Colorado. On the weekend of September 9th &10th at Lincoln Park in beautiful Grand Junction, the 2011 Colorado Pork & Hops Challenge kicks off with over 13,000 people coming out for this All-American Family Festival which includes a professional KCBS BBQ competition where over 50 professional BBQ teams from all over the country flock to Grand Junction to compete for over $20,500 in cash and bragging rights. An Amatuer BBQ competition for local contestants will also take place for anyone who thinks their BBQ is the best in the city. Although this event is sponsored by a big macro yellow fizzy beer company - the food alone is worth it. Tons of live bands will be performing as cap off the event Saturday night with a great headliner band.
Web site

Longmont Oktoberfest
September 9-11
(Fri-Sun)
Roosevelt Park - Longmont, CO
Time: Fri 5-10pm, Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 11am-5pm
The Longmont Oktoberfest is an established event held in Roosevelt Park each
September. Brought to you by Boulder Creek Events, Oktoberfest features three days of great live music, local breweries, delicious foods, arts & crafts exhibitors, and kids’ rides and attractions. There’s something for the whole family.
Web site

3rd Annual Band and Brew Blowout
September 10, 2011
(Sat)
Hermosa Street
Pagosa Springs, CO
Time: 12pm-6pm
Live music, food and beer on the streets of Pagosa Springs.

Tour de Fat - Denver
September 10, 2011
(Sat)
West Side of City Park - Denver, CO
Time: 10am ride starts
New Belgium Brewing's Tour de Fat will once again be meandering and pandering through 13 U.S. cities spreading the good word about the positive societal offerings of the bicycle. Along with our exceptional ability to roust a city’s inner-cyclist, in 2011 we hope to drive our message even deeper by bringing you the biggest, most enjoyable traveling bike festival that we know of. Ride ends with a bevy of music, theatrics and beer!
Web site

ColorFest 2011
September 10, 2011
(Sat)
Athletic Field in Town Park - Pagosa Springs, CO
Time: Microbrew tasting 2pm-7pm - 21 and over only
A weekend to celebrate the Fall Colors in beautiful Pagosa Springs. There will be fantastic brews from around Colorado and Northern New Mexico. Wines will also be available. Brew tasting and live music will also be performed from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. At approximately 7 p.m. there will also be a Hot Air Balloon Glow. There will be a food court and activities for the children. This is a great family event. Bring the whole family out to the Bands, Brews, Etc.
Web site

Boulder Beer's Beer Rave
September 10, 2011
(Sat)
Boulder Beer Company - 2880 Wilderness Place
Boulder, CO
Time: 2pm-6pm
Cost: $25 includes all samples.
It's Boulder Beer's 32nd anniversary! And to cap off Boulder Beer Week they're hosting a huge party with 32 breweries will be tapping their hard to get or experimental taproom only brews at this event. Tickets available now! This is a fundraiser for The Miracle On Walnut Street - feeding Boulder's hungry and homeless on Christmas Day.
Web site

EvansFest
September 10, 2011
(Sat)
Riverside Park - Evans, CO
Time: 9am - 2pm
Local breweries will be serving beers in the beer garden at this annual festival in Evans, Colorado. Other events include a walk/run race, parade, music, games, inflatables, food courts. Family fun.
Web site

Fall Festival of Beers & Chili Cook-off
September 10, 2011
(Sat)
Crested Butte Mountain Resort
Base Area - Crested Butte, CO
Time: 12pm-4pm
Lots of local craft brews from area breweries, a chili cook-off competition, music and more all in the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains. Details at the web site.
Web site

Golden City's Oktoberfest
September 10, 2011
(Sat)
Golden City Brewery - 920 ½ 12th Street
Golden, CO
This is an annual tradition at GCB. Brats, Beer & Music - Life is Good. No admission charge - proceeds donated to charity. Normal tap room hours.
Web site

Renegade Brewing Grand Opening Party
September 10, 2011
(Sat)
Renegade Brewing - 925 W 9th Ave
Denver, CO
Time: Noon to 10pm
Renegade Brewing is throwing a bash to celebrate their grand opening! They will have live music, rare Renegade beers, food trucks and beer cupcakes. Yes, beer cupcakes. So mark your calendar and get ready to party like a renegade.
Web site

Taps Beer Dinner
September 15, 2011
(Thu)
Taps Sports Bar - 165 Boardwalk Dr.
Fort Collins, CO
Time: 6pm
Cost: $35 - only 35 seats available
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse and Taps are joining forces for a 4-course beer dinner featuring pork tenderloin and chocolate mousse and 2 other courses. Seats are limited. RSVP to (970) 449-4462.
Web Site

Belgian Beer 101
September 15, 2011
(Thu)
Vine Street Pub & Brewery - 1700 Vine Street
Denver, CO
Cost: $50 per person
Time: 6:00pm
This is a class that is hosted by the Mountain Sun Brewers and includes a tour of their new brewery (Vine Street) before they brew their first beer, a history of Belgian Beer, and a food tasting with Belgian beer and food. Menu includes: Charcuterie tray, buttermilk fried chicken and waffles, Belgian Frites and handmade local sausages - all that paired with 6 locally brewed Belgian-style beers and a variety of guest Belgian beers. Tickets on sale at any Mountain Sun location. Call (303) 388-2337.
Web site

Durango Beer Week
September 16-24, 2011
(Fri-next Sat)
Multiple locations
Durango, CO
The Bootlegger’s Society, the local consortium of Durango’s four award-winning craft brewers, launches the inaugural Durango Beer Week. Festivities, which include Durango’s official Oktoberfest, are set for Friday, Sept. 16 through Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011. Details at Steamworks Brewing, Carver Brewing, Durango Brewing and Ska Brewing's press release.

Oktoberfest on the Royal Gorge Railroad
September 16 through October 9, 2011

Sante Fe Depot - 401 Water Street
Canon City, CO
Time: All 12:30pm departure trains.
Cost: $65/adult $45/Children 3 and over, Dome seating $30 extra
Ride the rails for Oktoberfest and tour Royal Gorge. In addition to their regular lunch menu, they're adding a special Oktoberfest entree including a Royal Gorge Route logo pint glass (beverage cost extra). Oktoberfest beer on tap for the occasion. 3-course lunch while viewing the Royal Gorge.
Web site

Telluride Blues & Brews Festival
September 16-18, 2011
(Fri-Sun)
Telluride Town Park
Telluride, CO
Cost: Fri & Sat $65, Sun $55, 3-day pass $160
18th Annual festival. The Telluride Blues & Brews Festival takes place in Telluride Town Park, a renowned outdoor music venue with breath-taking mountain peaks for a backdrop. At the heart of our venue is the Fred Shellman Memorial Stage, a small, humble wooden stage that has held the weight of legends over the years. Telluride's main street, just steps away from the festival grounds, is home to a wide variety of shops, restaurants, and bars. At night, after the music ends in the park, we move the festival scene into various music venues located throughout the town of Telluride and Mountain Village. These are the "juke joints", and once they get jamming a walk down main street feels like a walk down Beale Street in Memphis.
Web site

Breckenridge Oktoberfest
September 16-17, 2011
(Fri-Sat)
Main Street - Breckenridge, CO
Cost: 1/2 litre stein $25, 1 litre stein $30, 2 beer tickets $5
17th annual event. A fun-filled weekend of fall foliage, great parties, Paulaner Bier, genuine German cuisine, collectable steins and special accommodation packages. Don’t miss the largest Oktoberfest in the Rocky Mountains. Gourmet multi-course dinner Friday night. Saturday and Sunday party in the streets 11am to 5pm.
Web site

41st Oktoberfest Denver
September 16-18 & 23-25, 2011
(Fri-Sun 2 weeks)
20th and Larimer, Downtown
Denver, CO
It's a Denver tradition. Great food, beer, music and fun activities right in the heart of downtown near Coors Field. Free entry. Buy beer & food separately.
Web site

Steamboat OktoberWest
September 16-18, 2011
(Fri-Sun)
Steamboat Ski Resort, alongside the Torian Plum
Steamboat Springs, CO
Cost: Free admission, beers cost extra
Celebrate the season at a Steamboat-style OktoberWest Sept. 16-18, 2011 featuring live music, food, beer, games and activities for kids and adults, mechanical bull-riding competition and much more. No German beer here, just good ol’ Rocky Mountain brews!
Web site

Cheeky Monk 4th Anniversary Bash
September 17, 2011
(Sat)
Cheeky Monk - 534 E. Colfax
Denver, CO
Time: 11am to close
Come help the Cheeky Monk celebrate their 4th anniversary. Live broadcast of "Colorado Craft Beer Radio" with hosts Fary V and John Turk from noon to 1pm. Drink specials all day long. Lots of fun with rare beers and great food.
Web site

Brewer's Olympics
September 17, 2011
(Sat)
Vine Street Pub and Brewery
Denver, CO
Time: 1pm
To kick off the best block party of the year, nearly a dozen breweries from across the front range have assembled Olympic teams to compete for the gold and, of course, bragging rights. Events Include: Relay Tricycle Races, The Hand-Cart Obstacle Course, Grain Stacking Relay, Beer Transfer Competition, The Yeast-Filled Balloon Toss. The Olympics start at 1pm, and the medal ceremony will immediately follow the completion of the final event. Each participating brewery will be bringing two kegs to contribute to our beer garden. All proceeds from the beer garden support Cancer Support Community Colorado. Participating breweries include: Mountain Sun, Breckenridge, Wynkoop, Upslope, Boulder Beer, Great Divide, Oskar Blues, Twisted Pine, and Avery.

Beer vs Wine Dinner
September 20, 2011
(Tues)
Gravity Ten Twenty @ Fort Collins Brewery
Fort Collins, CO
Time: 6pm - 9pm
Cost: $55 per person
It's being billed as a classic showdown. On one side, Beer. On the other side, Wine. And between them both is a table filled with a 5-course meal fit for a king and queen. You get to decide which pairs better with each course. The fate of the drinking world is in your hands (er mouth that is).
More info

Great Divide Beer Dinner
September 20, 2011
(Tue)
Caldonia's - 2252 South Parker Road
Aurora, Colorado 80231
(303) 752-3829 to RSVP
Time: 6pm
Four course meal paired with four different Great Divide brews.

Dogfish Head Beer Dinner
September 21, 2011
(Wed)
The Blue Star - 1645 S Tejon St.
Colorado Springs, CO
Time: 6:30pm
Cost: $90 per person (not including tax + tip)
An exquisite 4 course meal with a special DFH beer paired with each, plus a reception beer and a Nightcap beer afterwards. A dinner not for the faint of heart nor light of wallet. A special treat for those with special tastes. RSVP for reservations: (719) 632-1086. Check out Focus on the Beer for details.

BEER VS. WINE
September 22, 2011
(Thu)
Warwick Denver Hotel - 1776 Grant St.
Denver, CO
Time: 6:30pm to 10pm
Cost: $69+ per person
Colorado Food, Colorado Beer, Colorado Wine. The time has come to choose a winner. Hops vs. Grapes, Weizen Glass vs Flute Glass, Pizza vs Filoet Mignon, Gorganzola vs. Brie, Bavaria vs. Bordeaux, Denver vs. Napa. Breckenridge Brewery is squaring off against Infinite Monkey Theorem to determine which is better - beer or wine - and you get to participate. RSVP for reservations to 303-861-2000.
Web site

Big Beer Bash
September 22, 2011
(Thu)
Paramount Cafe - 519 16th Street
Denver, CO
Great Divide will be pouring several of their special brews including Grand Cru - Hercules and several Yetis. Time and Details to come.
Web site

Greeley Oktoberfest
September 23-24, 2011
(Fri-Sat)
Lincoln Park - Greeley, CO
Time: Fri 5pm-10pm, Sat 11am-6pm
Friday night hosts kick-off concerts complete with beer and brats. Saturday - Enjoy a full day of polka, German music, food, crafts booths, beer, and more! Oktoberfest is a family friendly event and offers a great Children’s Area with an inflatable slide and obstacle course, pumpkins to decorate, face painting and lots of games to play. And of course, there are games for big “kids” too including a beer stein race, brat toss, beer barrel roll race, and life-size beer pong.
Web site

3rd annual Denver Beer Fest
September 23 - October 1, 2011
(9 days)
Multiple Venues
Denver, CO
The citywide celebration coincides with America's most prestigious craft beer festival and competition, the Great American Beer Festival (Sept. 29-Oct. 1) and the two-weekend-long Oktoberfest Denver (Sept. 16-18 & Sept. 23-25). The nine-day Denver Beer Fest includes rare beer tastings, beer-paired dinners, "brewer vs. brewer" nights, beer tappings, brewery tours and a variety of entertaining beer events.
Web site

Downtown Boulder's Fall Festival
September 23-25, 2011
(Fri-Sun)
Pearl Street Mall
Boulder, CO
Time: Fri (5-10 p.m.), Sat (11am-10pm), Sun (11am-5pm)
For over two decades, Downtown Boulder’s Fall Festival has been one of Boulder’s most beloved community celebrations. This 3-day autumn festival features food, brews and music with the added excitement of a Children’s Carnival and more than 30 artisan booths.

Ska Brewing's 16th Anniversary Party & Brewers Invitational
September 24, 2011
(Sat)
Ska Brewing World Headquarters, 225 Girard Street
Durango, CO
Time: 4pm-9pm
Cost: $25
Join in for Ska Brewing's 16th Anniversary Party and Brewer's Invitational: featuring the legendary Toasters- celebrating 30 years of Ska Music! Your ticket includes entrance into the event, a commemorative Toasters tasting glass and samples of beer from 16 of Colorado's and the Four Corners Regions finest Breweries! Breweries include: Avery, Breckenridge, Bristol, Carver's, Durango Brewing Company, Left Hand, Marble, New Belgium, Oskar Blues, Ouray Brewing, Pagosa Brewing, Santa Fe Brewing, Santan, Steamworks and Three Rivers Brewing! This event will sell out. Doors open at 4:00pm and the Blue Hornets and the Nuns of Brixton will play before the Toasters take the stage. A benefit for the Durango Bootlegger's Fund and the Colorado Brewer's Guild.
Web site

Stevetoberfest 2011
September 24, 2011
(Sat)
Pateros Creek Brewing Company - 242 N. College Ave
Fort Collins, CO
Time: 12pm to 9pm
Join Pateros Creek as they celebrate the tapping of their Marzen (and the brewer's birthday) - hence the name Stevetoberfest! There will be festivities all day long, including live music, awesome food from their friends at Matador Mexican Grill, who are branching out into German-style grub just for us, and of course delicious beer.
Web site

Docktoberfest
September 24, 2011
(Sat)
Dry Dock Brewing - 15120 E. Hampden Ave
Aurora, CO
Time: 11am - close
Wear your lederhosen and German blouses and enjoy food and great beer! You know the Marzen will be flowing!!! Colorado Craft Beer Radio (AM 760) will be broadcasting live from noon to 1pm at the event.
Web site

SeptFest 2011
September 24, 2011
(Sat)
Ritz-Carlton Denver
Cost: $45
Time: 3pm-6pm
BEERS + BRATS + MUSIC - It’s SeptFest at The Ritz-Carlton, Denver! Celebrate the spirit of ‘suds’ with the kick-off to the city's 3rd Annual Denver Beer Fest. Savor cold, craft brews on the hotel's outdoor Plaza Level Terrace with festivities featuring an array of beer provided by Great Divide Brewery Company and Oskar Blues, house-made Denver Pale Ale brats and oversized pretzels, with live music by Denver's own Kentucky Parlor Pickers. Call (303) 886-6625 for info.
Web site

The Great COntenders
September 24, 2011
(Sat)
Wynkoop Brewing Company - 18th & Wynkoop
Denver, CO
Time: 1pm-4:30pm
Cost: $25 advance / $30 day of event.
Wynkoop's 2nd annual pre-GABF showcase of the state's best beers kicks off Denver Beer Fest week and raises money for the Colorado Brewers Guild while partnering with Westword newspaper and Visit Denver. Get tickets upstairs at the brewery while supplies last.
Web site

Osktoberfest at Oskar Blues
September 24, 2011
(Sat)
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Lyons, CO
Join Oskar Blues for their annual Osktoberfest featuring live music with Bonnie & the Clydes from 5pm to 8pm. More music all afternoon plus plenty of Osktoberfest beer and German style food with lots of surprises. Polka from 3pm to 5pm.
Web site

Stella Artois Draught Masters Regional Semi-Finals
September 24, 2011
(Sat)
Fado Irish Pub - 1735 19th St.
Denver, CO
Time: 8pm - midnight
Stella Artois is hosting a beer pouring competition at Fado's in Denver and you're invited. Competitors vie to follow strict 9-step pouring rules and compete for a spot in the National Finals in Washington DC later this year. Contest details can be found on the official Web site.

Autumn Gold: A Festival of Brats, Bands 'n' Beer
September 24-25, 2011
(Sat-Sun)
Bond Park - downtown
Estes Park, CO
Time: Sat. 10am-7pm, Sun. 10am-5pm
Estes Park celebrates the Oktoberfest season with it's 19th annual festival. Live music, great food, plenty of beer. Enter the big raffle for a chance to win $5000. Set in the heart of downtown Estes Park.

Attack of the IPAs
September 26, 2011
(Mon)
Wazee Supper Club - 1600 15th Street
Denver, CO
Time: 6pm - 9pm
Join in for samples of 32 draft beers, featuring IPAs from Wynkoop, Ska, Mad River, Great Divide, Grand Teton, and many others! They'll will offer 10 or more different IPAs in addition to many Belgian-style craft beers. On tap- The Bruery, Russian River, Boulevard, Duchesse, Tripel Karmeliet, and many more.
Web site

Butterflies and Beer
September 27, 2011
(Tue)
Butterfly Pavilion - 6252 West 104th Ave
Westminster, CO
Time: 6pm to 8pm
Cost: $30 member couples, $35 non-member couples.
Sip, Savor and Stroll ... Join in as they celebrate Denver's Beer Week and the end of summer with Butterflies and Beer! This adult-only event that will feature a tasting of Odell specialty brews, a guided tour through our tropical rainforest and light appetizer pairing. Odell Brewing Company's own Derek Struble will be there to answer any and all of your questions! RSVP to 720.974.1878 or emailing astruble@butterflies.org by 4pm Sept. 24th.
Web site

Beers, Brats and Burlesque - "Tastings & Tassels"
September 27, 2011
(Tue)
Lannie's Clocktower Caberet - 1601 Arapahoe St.
Denver, CO
Time: 6:30pm doors open, 7pm start
Cost: $30 for 9 beers to taste, food and the burlesque dancers. 21+ years old only.
Lannie's is celebrating the Great American Beer Fest! Avery Brewery will guide you through a full selection of beers, from crowd favorites to rare batches. In between rounds of ale, the Clocktower Clockettes will delight and amuse you with fun, flirty burlesque dancing and comedy. They'll also have FREE hot brats, and drinking songs a'plenty.
Web site

Maggiano's and Great Divide Beer Dinner
September 27, 2011
(Tue)
Maggianos Little Italy - 500 16th St., Suite 150
Denver, CO
Time: 6:30pm
Cost: TBA - 50 tickets available
This is one of the events for the Denver Beer Fest. Details TBA.

Grimm Brothers - Pourhouse Beer Dinner
September 27, 2011
(Tues)
Pourhouse Restaurant - 124 East 4th Street
Loveland, CO
Time: 6:00pm
Cost: $35 per person
Come to a scrumptious beer dinner with 5 courses each paired with a beer from Grimm Brothers in Loveland. Courses include: Pork schnitzel bites with apple sauerkraut, beer pretzel bread with trio of spreads, three cheese ale soup, filet with peppercorn cream sauce, and a pecan pie ala mode with caramel sauce. RSVP at The Pourhouse or Grimm Brothers.

Hoppin' Frog Beer Dinner
September 28, 2011
(Wed)
Choice City Butcher & Deli - 104 W. Olive
Fort Collins, CO
Time: 6pm - 9pm
Cost: TBA
5 beers and 5 courses! Lowest abv is 8.4%. This is one not to miss!! FIRST Frog’s Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale Served w/ a spicy pumpkin soup with crema and green pian ... SECOND Hop Dam triple ipa Served w/ a homemade spicy Italian sausage with kale and asiago cheese over penne. THIRD B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout Served w/ manchego cheese canapés with olives and piqillo peppers. FOURTH Barrel-Aged B.O.R.I.S. Imperial Stout Served w/ braised short ribs with baby boc choy and carrots. FIFTH Barrel Aged BORIS Royale Served w/ chocolate whisky balls with smoked sea salt and black pepper vanilla ice cream.
Reservations: (970) 490-2489

Colorado Rare Beer Tasting
September 28, 2011
(Wed)
The Rackhouse Pub - 208 S. Kalamath St.
Denver, CO
Cost: $35
Time: 6pm - 9pm
Visit the pub at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Distillery to kick off your GABF experience. There will be some rare beers being poured along with some great food pairings. Breweries bringing rarities include: Ska, Avery, Upslope, Great Divide, Breckenridge, Bristol, Left Hand, Odell, Dry Cock, Funkwerks, New Belgium Crazy Mountain, AC Golden, Elk Mountain, Strange Brew and Wynkoop.
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Stone Brewing Denver Beer Fest Dinner
September 28, 2011
(Wed)
Simms Steakhouse - 11911 W. 6th Ave
Golden, CO
Time: 7pm
Cost: $75 per person
The radical guys from Stone Brewing are co-hosting a GABF beer dinner at Simms Steakhouse. Area beer enthusiasts are invited to participate for a 6 beer 6 item beer dinner. Appetizer, 4 courses and a dessert each paired with one of Stone's awesome craft brews. Not to be missed. Call (303) 237-0465 for reservations.
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TRiNiTY Pre-GABF Kick Off Party
September 28, 2011
(Wed)
Trinity Brewing Company
Colorado Springs, CO
Time: 11am - ???
Help Kick Off GABF with a day full of fun and BEER! Trinity will be tapping super special beers from Colorado a couple from around the country. So far the line-up consists of beers from: AC Golden Avery Crooked Stave Sierra Nevada Strange Brewing Tommyknocker and MORE to come!
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6th Annual Boulder County Brews Cruise
September 28, 2011
(Wed)
Departs from Colorado Convention Center
Denver, CO
Time: 8:00am - 4:00pm
Cost: $60
The wildly popular Boulder County Brews Cruise is back for round 6! Founding breweries Avery Brewing Company, Boulder Beer Company, Left Hand Brewing Company and Oskar Blues Brewery will be the stops on this year’s tour. The “Perfect Six Pack Tour” cracks open on Wednesday, September 28th, one day before the start of the Great American Beer Festival at the Colorado Convention Center. Brews Cruisers get a seat on the bus, free samples at each stop, a light breakfast, lunch, a commemorative “Perfect Six Pack Tour” 32oz Stainless Steel Water bottle from Liberty Bottleworks and 15% off all beer and merchandise at each brewery. This sells out so get tix quick.
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Elysian Pumpkin Beer Fest
September 28, 2011
(Wed)
Falling Rock Tap House - 1919 Blake Street
Denver, CO
Time: 8:00pm
Join Dick Cantwell and the Elysian Brewing Company team for a pre-GABF Pumpkin Beer Throwdown! There will be 10 Elysian pumpkin beers on tap at Falling Rock, including collaboration pumpkin beers,, guest pumpkin beers and a very, very special surprise!
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Happy Beerthday - Years of Beers with Breckenridge Brewery and Ska Brewing
September 28, 2011
(Wed)
Wazee Supper Club - 1600 15th Street
Denver, CO
Time: 5pm - 7pm
Cost: $40 per person
Join Breckenridge and Ska for Happy Beerthday! A Women's only event celebrating "Years of Beers with Breckenridge Brewery and Ska Brewing!" Come celebrate during Denver Beer Fest at our birthday style women's only beer celebration. Along with great beer, food, fun and a goody bag to take home we will have Women Enjoying Beer founder and beer enthusiast Ginger Johnson on hand to share her knowledge and expertise of Women in the beer world. Here is a brief description of what Ginger will be sharing.
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Great American Beer Festival
September 29 - October 1, 2011
(Thu-Sat)
Colorado Convention Center - Downtown
Denver, CO
Cost: $60 per session, $50 AHA members only (Sat afternoon)
Time: Thu-Fri-Sat nights 5:30pm-10pm, Sat afternoon 12pm-4pm
One of the biggest beer festivals in the world! Four sessions, 450+ breweries, 2000+ beers! This is the 30th annual GABF. Nearly 40,000 people will attend this year. Tickets go on sale end of June and will absolutely sell out. Don't miss out on the grand-daddy of all American beer festivals in beautiful downtown Denver.
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Summit Beer Garden
September 29 - October 1, 2011
(Thu-Sat)
Summit Music Hall - 1902 Blake Street
Denver, CO
Time: 4pm - 1am each day
Cost: Free - VIP tickets available
Rueben’s Burger Bistro and the Summit Music Hall have teamed up to bring you the premier place to drink beer and eat during the Great American Beer Festival. With well over a hundred different beers from the best breweries around the world, a sausage garden, live entertainment, and over 12,00SF of space, there is nothing like it in Denver! Here are just some of the highlights: Way over a hundred different beers, Many beers never seen in Colorado before. Beers from the best breweries competing in the GABF. 16 taps just for rotating beers…always something new on tap. Tons of the best international beers available. Meet many of the brewers and representatives of your favorite breweries. Sausage garden with amazing selections of food. Live entertainment.
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Avery/Euclid Hall Midnight Breakfast
September 29, 2011
(Thu)
Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen - 1317 14th St.
Denver, CO
Time: 11pm
Cost: $70
A little late night breakfast after a session of the GABF has long been a tradition for many beer lovers and brewers alike. This year the Avery Brewing Co. and Euclid Hall have teamed up to take this tradition to a whole new level. Super rare Avery beers and mind-blowing breakfast interpretations by Euclid's Chef Jorel Pierce and his crew. Check out this menu! Bacon will also be served!

Meet the Brewers Thursday Nights
September 29, 2011
(Thu)
Wazee Supper Club - 1600 15th St.
Denver, CO
Time: 6pm-8pm
Wazee Supper Club presents Meet the Brewers Night every Thursday night from 6pm-8pm. Different brewers each week, including Odell, Wynkoop, Breckenridge, Great Divide, Avery, Ska, New Belgium, Batch 19 and others. Join in and sample some delicious beers!
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Dry Dock Beer Lunch
September 29, 2011
(Thu)
Rackhouse Pub - 208 S. Kalamath
Denver, CO
Time: 2pm - 4pm
Cost: $40 per person
Five beers - 4 courses. Looking for a way to get warmed up for the GABF Thursday night session? Join Dry Dock owner Kevin DeLange, and head brewer Bill Eye for the encore of last year's popular beer lunch. Rackhouse Pub chef/owner Jayson Reynolds will once again pair 4 unique food courses with 5 of Dry Dock's award winning beers. Getting a solid meal in you before the Thursday night session is Surviving GABF 101. (303) 570-7824
Tickets available online

Denver Rare Beer Tasting III
September 30, 2011
(Fri)
Wynkoop Brewery - Denver, CO
Time: 1pm-4pm
Cost: $80
The Denver Rare beer Tasting III will take place on Sept. 30th from 1-4pm at the Wynkoop Brewery on 18th Street in the LoDo section of the city. Beer fans lucky enough to score a ticket to the Denver Rare Beer Tasting III will be able to brag to friends that they got the chance to taste some of the rarest, most exotic and highly sought after brews in America, while chatting with some of craft beer’s most respected personalities. 100 percent of the net proceeds from the sales going towards the awareness mission of Pints for Prostates, a 501(c)3 non-profit charity founded by beer writer and prostate cancer survivor Rick Lyke. It is expected that more than two dozen rare beers will be poured during the three hour session.
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2nd Annual Beer for Boobs Brunch
September 30, 2011
(Fri)
Freshcraft - 1530 Blake Street
Denver, CO
Time: 9:30am - 11:30AM
Cost: $30
Come join the Ladies of Craft Beer as they clear up our hangovers from the Thursday night GABF session and help support breast cancer awareness. Guys also welcome to join the ladies. Ticket prices include access to buffet style brunch and discounted draft beer and bottles. 100% of the proceeds from the discounted beer will also go towards breast cancer charities. Tickets should be printed out and brought to the door, or can also be brought via mobile device.
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The Colorado Affair - Celebration of Rare Colorado Beer
September 30, 2011
(Fri)
Ghost Building Rooftop - 800 18th Street
Denver, CO
Time: 9:00pm - midnight
Cost: $50 + ticket fees
Presented by The Beer For Brains Foundation in conjunction with Breckenridge Brewery and Wynkoop Brewing Company. Join Beer For Brains at the Great American Beer Festival as we offer our first ever Colorado Beer event. The roof of the Ghost Building at 18th and Stout (inclement weather will bring us indoors) will be the sight of this event which will feature 20 or so Colorado beers and will benefit the Foundation. Light munchies and music will also be offered.
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Sunday, June 26, 2011

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
Web site

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.
Web site

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.
Web site

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.
Web site

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.
Web site

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.
Web site

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.
Web site

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
Web site

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.
Web site

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.
Web site

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.
Web site

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.
Web site

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.
Web site

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.
Web site

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.
Web site

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".
Web site

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.
Facebook page

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.
Web site

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.
Web site

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.
Web site

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.
Web site

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.
Web site

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.
Web site

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.
Facebook page

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.
Web site

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.
Web site

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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