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April 2012 Colorado Beer Festivals Calendar

2012 Colorado Beer Festivals & Events Calendar

April 2012 Colorado Beer Festivals & Events

April 2012April marks the traditional end of the ski season in Colorado and the start of the Major League Baseball season at Coors Field in LoDo. It's also time to think about Spring festivals. There are always plenty of drink and food events going on at most Colorado breweries and entertainment venues. This page will be updated often as news of upcoming events are announced.

Here is a list of the upcoming Colorado beer fests, beer dinners, tapping parties, seminars and related events for April 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.
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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.
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Littlest Big Barrel Aged Beer Fest
April 1, 2012 (Sunday)
Hops & Pie - 3920 Tennyson Street
Denver, CO
Time: 2:00pm
Cost: per flight or single pours
This month's Littlest Big beer fest features over a dozen different barrel aged beers from a variety of Colorado, national and international breweries including: Odell Brewing, Dogfish Head, Upslope Brewing, Left Hand Brewing, Firestone Walker, Boulder Beer, Boulevard Brewing, Brouwerij Bavik, Brouwerij Verhaeghe and Dry Dock Brewing. It's first come first served on beer. Get it before they run out. Call (303) 477-7000 for details.

Taste of Vail
April 5-7, 2012 (Thursday - Saturday)
Vail Village, Eagle's Nest, Vail Marriott Grand Ballroom
Vail, CO
Times: varies by event - see web site for schedule
Cost: $495 - Complete festival pass - except wine dinners, $135 Mountaintop Picnic
In its 22nd year, the Taste of Vail is the nation's premier spring food and wine festival, held at several venues throughout North America's favorite ski resort. During the annual three-day event, upwards of 6,000 people are able to "taste the Vail Valley lifestyle" which showcases Vail's world-famous resort village set against dramatic mountain vistas. Participants at the Taste of Vail experience the Vail Valley's world-class restaurants, fine wine poured by winemakers and winery owners from top wineries around the globe, spirits and beer, along with interactive seminars, auction, the Colorado Lamb Cook Off, apres ski tasting and the popular mountaintop picnic sensory extravaganza at the top of Vail Mountain.

Bristol Brewing Prohibition Party
April 7, 2012 (Saturday)
Bristol Brewing Company - 1647 S. Tejon Street
Colorado Springs, CO
Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Cost: per beer
Knock on the door at the end of the hallway and give the password "Volstead". You'll enter a speakeasy from 1925, complete with beer brewing in a claw foot bathtub, 33¢ Yellow Kite Summer Pils, and great prizes for best dressed man, woman and group. Costumes are required for entry. Keep your wits about you in case we get raided!

Colorado Rockies Opening Day
April 9, 2012 (Monday)
Coors Field - 20th and Blake
Denver, CO
Time: 2:10pm first pitch
It's opening day and the Rockies are back at it for their 20th season. They open up a 9 game home stand (April 9, 11-18) starting with division rivals - San Francisco Giants. This is a time when the entire lower downtown (LoDo) comes back to life and the various bars and venues fill once again. You can be sure there will be plenty of beer flowing in LoDo today! Come down and get your tickets early or watch from your favorite bar, pub or brewery. Batter up!

Baseball Opening Day at the Wynkoop
April 9, 2012 (Monday)
Wynkoop Brewing Company - 1634 18th Street
Denver, CO
Time: Lunch hours
Cost: $10
Skip the line at the ballpark with a $10.00 lunch buffet there at the Koop. Call (303) 297-9999 to host your own Rockies Game day event this season.

Access Fund Spring Fling
April 12, 2012 (Thursday)
Avery Brewing Barrel-Aging Cellar - 5763 Arapahoe
Boulder, CO
Time: 4:30pm - 7:00pm
Cost: $5 donation + per beer after your 1st.
Join in to celebrate Spring and protect your favorite rock climbing crags at Avery Brewing Company's Barrel-Aging Cellar. A $5 donation to the Access Fund gets you a free beer. Avery will also donate 50% of all pint sales in the Barrel-Aging Cellar to the Access Fund. See you there!

Fort Collins Music Experiment (FoCoMX)
April 13-14, 2012 (Friday & Saturday)
30+ Venues
Fort Collins, CO
Time: All weekend long
Cost: $15 advance (March), or $20 after April 1st for wristband.
Over 300 bands will be playing during the course of two days of music across 30+ venues in Fort Collins including beer hot spots like: CB & Potts Clubhouse, Choice City Butcher & Deli, Cranknstein, Bar SS, Equinox Brewing, The Fort Collins Brewery, Odell Brewing. Some breweries will even be tapping a special brew or two just for the event. Details at their web site.

6th Annual Breckenridge Spring Beer Festival
April 14, 2012 (Saturday)
Main Street Station (event plaza)
Breckenridge, CO
Cost: $30 Unlimited Tasting, $75 VIP
Presented by KSMT "The Mountain" 102.1 & 102.7 FM and ResortQuest Breckenridge is the exclusive lodging partner for the Breckenridge Beer Festival. In its 6th year, as part of Breckenridge's Spring Fever, the Breckenridge Beer Festival has grown into one of the best beer festivals in the area. Every April and July, brew masters from around the country get together to show off their best beers for thousands of thirsty beer enthusiasts. Enjoy beer samplings from local and national breweries, while you jam to free live music on the Main Street Station stage. With great beer, tons of food and shopping, this is one beer festival you don't want to miss out on! The Breckenridge Beer Festival is located in the Main Street Station event plaza, a ResortQuest property located on the south side of Breckenridge at 505 South Main Street. Sorry, no pets allowed.

4th Annual Saison & Farmhouse Ale Festival
April 14, 2012 (Saturday)
Trinity Brewing Company - 1466 Garden of the Gods Road #184
Colorado Springs, CO
Time: TBA - 1pm - 4pm tentatively
Cost: $30 advance or $35 at the door. Only 100 tickets available.
Every Spring, Trinity Brewing brings together the best in Saisons and Farmhouse Ales into one big afternoon event. Entry includes commemorative glass with unlimited but "responsible" tastings. Limited number of tickets available. Call (719) 634-0029 or stop at the brewery.

Beer VS Wine Lunch at Row 14
April 14, 2012 (Saturday)
Row 14 Bistro & Wine Bar - 891 14th Street at Champa
Denver, CO
Time: 2:30pm
Cost: $35
ROW 14 Bistro & Wine Bar and Chef Jensen Cummings present the 7th installment of Beer VS Wine on Saturday April 14th! $35.00 gets you 4 courses each paired with a beer and wine. Your votes will decide the champion for each course. They are featuring wines paired by Master Sommelier Doug Krenick and beers paired by Certified Cicerone Ryan Conklin. The theme is Naked VS Wood. Wines that have not been aged in wood and beers that have been barrel aged. Colorado Craft Beer Show's The Gubna and Turk will represent the beer side as well! Keith and William from Wine Guys Radio will be pimpin for wine! So join ROW 14, Wine Guys Radio and us at 2:30 pm on April 14th. Call Row 14 for tickets at 303-825-0100.

Upslope Beer Dinner
April 15, 2012 (Sunday)
Upslope Brewing Company - 1501 Lee Hill Road No. 20
Boulder, CO
Time: 5:30pm welcome, 6:30pm dinner
Cost: $50 per person
On Sunday, April 15th Upslope Brewing will be hosting their first brewery held beer dinner! Centro Latin Kitchen's executive chef, Ian Clark, worked with Upslope setting up a killer five course meal to be paired with Upslope beers. The event will kick off at 5:30pm with an hour welcoming reception in the brewery while they serve Top Rope and hors d'oeuvres. They'll walk folks around the brewery and encourage everyone to chat with their neighbors before sitting down in the tap room at 6:30pm for the main event. Tickets are on sale in the tap room and at Centro. All guests will receive a commemorative Belgian-style Upslope and Centro logo glass. Seats are limited!

Tax Relief Beer Dinner
April 19, 2012 (Thursday)
Wynkoop Brewing Company - 1634 18th Street
Denver, CO
Time: 6:30pm
Cost: TBA
After all the forms are filed, join the Wynkoop for a special 4-course beer dinner featuring the best beers they offer at the brewery. Reservations and details at (303) 297-9999 or email banquets at File early and use part of your refund at Wynkoop!

The Taste
April 19, 2012 (Thursday)
Hilton Fort Collins - 425 W. Prospect Road
Fort Collins, CO
Cost: $95 VIP, $65 General Admission (expected 2012 prices)
Time: 5pm - 9pm
With flavorful food, complementing beverages and a passion for helping the hungry and homeless, Fort Collins' top chefs, restaurants, wineries, and breweries gather for "THE TASTE", a major fundraising event for Food Bank for Larimer County and Neighbor to Neighbor. This annual fundraiser provides support to fight hunger and homelessness in the local community. All proceeds directly benefit the Food Bank for Larimer County and Neighbor to Neighbor, two of the area's largest non-profit organizations designed to provide resources for the hungry and homeless.

Belgian Beers: A Guided Tasting
April 19, 2012 (Thursday)
Avery Brewing Company - 5757 Arapahoe Ave.
Boulder, CO
Time: 6:00pm
Cost: TBA
Come join in with the Sisterhood of the Hop for a special guided session of tasting Belgian beers.

Vine Street's Smokin' Hot Anniversary Party
April 20, 2012 (Friday)
Vine Street Pub & Brewery - 1700 Vine Street
Denver, CO
Time: 4:20pm
To celebrate the opening of the new brewery and its four-year anniversary in the Denver location, Vine Street Pub, will hold Vine Street’s Smokin’ Hot Anniversary Party – a community celebration where all proceeds benefit Denver’s Judi’s House ( The event will feature this year’s Mountain Sun anniversary special-release brew, the Capital Saison, Chef Annabelle Forrestal’s specialty BBQ offerings including smoked meats, burgers, and brats, and free live music from local musicians the “By All Means Band”. Great Divide , Ommegang and Green Flash Breweries will also be donating beer, which will be sold to support Judi’s House.

2012 Southwest Arbor Fest
April 21, 2012 (Saturday)
Lincoln Park
Grand Junction, CO
Time: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Cost: $20
Colorado Brewers Guild sponsored - Join in for the Colorado Beer Expo at the SW Arbor Fest in Grand Junction on April 21st, 2012. Sample40 beers from 20 different Colorado Breweries while tasting some of the best red and green chilies on the Western Slope at the 11th annual chili and salsa competition. The 11th annual Southwest Arbor Fest, Grand Junction's favorite spring festival, is a great way to get your taste buds into action with the chili and salsa competition. All ages can visit the arts and craft booths, enjoy live music, experience the amazing touch-a-truck, enjoy yummy food, and have fun! Arbor Day continues with area experts on hand throughout the day to answer your tree and gardening questions and free tree seedlings while supplies last. More info at: 970-254-3866.

8th Annual Breckenridge Ale House Brew Fest
April 21, 2012 (Saturday)
The Breckenridge Ale House - 2531 North 12th Street
Grand Junction, CO
Time: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
Cost: $15
Join in with eight Colorado Brewers Guild member breweries at the 8th Annual Breckenridge Ale House in beautiful Grand Junction Colorado. It takes place on April 21st from 5-9:30 pm Just $15 for some of the finest Colorado beers and plenty of great local music. Proceeds will benefit the Colorado Brewers Guild. Confirmed breweries include: Breckenridge Brewery Palisade Brewing, Kannah Creek Brewing, Left Hand Brewing, Bristol Brewing, Oskar Blues, Rockslide Brew Pub, and Steamworks Brewing.

Funk n Wild Beer Club Meeting
April 21, 2012 (Saturday)
Oskar Blues Home Made Liquids & Solids - 1555 S. Hover Road
Longmont, CO
Time: 3:00pm
Cost: Pay for what you drink and enjoy!
There's a new beer club at OB HMLS in Longmont. It is called Funk n Wild and focuses on wild/sour/funky beer. The first meeting is Saturday April 21st at 3pm in the upstairs of HMLS. They will be pouring beers from New Belgium, Crooked Stave, Funkwerks, Strange and more! The featured speaker in Eric Salazar from New Belgium! It's free for anyone who wants to come hang and hear and talk about these awesome styles of beer! There will also be special food pairings available. No tickets, no space limits.

Beer & Cheese Pairing
April 24, 2012 (Tuesday)
Great Divide Brewing - 2201 Arapahoe Street
Denver, CO
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Cost: $24 per person with RSVP required
Beer is the unsung hero of pairing with cheese - for a number of reasons beer & cheese make so much sense to pair together (think of the marriage of all of those malty, caramely flavors). Enjoy sipping and tasting 5 artisan cheeses paired with 5 Great Divide beers while taking in the views of their brewhouse. Email sharon [at] to RSVP for this not-to-be-missed event.

Bristol Beer Dinner at Wooden Table
April 24, 2012 (Tuesday)
The Wooden Table Restaurant - 2500 E. Orchard Road #C
Greenwood Village, CO
Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Cost: $50/person + tax and tip.
Come taste a scrumptious 4-course meal carefully paired with a unique beer from Bristol Brewing. Selections include Pork Tenderloin with Yellow Kite Summer Pils, Dungeness Crab with Mass Transit Amber Ale, NY Strip with Laughing Lab Scottish Ale, and Chocolate-Toffee Bread Pudding with Winter Warlock Oatmeal Stout. Call (303) 730-2142 for reservations.

Odell Beer Dinner
April 25, 2012 (Wednesday)
Lucky Pie Pizza & Taphouse - 637 Front Street
Louisville, CO
Cost: $55 per person
Come taste 5 delicious courses of food paired with 5 awesome Odell Brewing Company beers. This dinner sold out last year so be sure to secure your spot for this one soon. The entrees include: Tarragon Crab Fritters, a Blackberry Salad, Poached Port Loin Carpaccio, Braised Beef Sliders, and an Espresso Panna Cotta. These will be paired with Odell Double Pilsner, Footprint Ale, Shenanigans, Myrcenary IPA and Cutthroat Porter respectively. Call (303) 666-5743 for more info and reservations.

Samael's Vertical Tasting
April 26, 2012 (Thursday)
Avery Brewing Tap Room - 5763 Arapahoe Ave.
Boulder, CO
Time: 6:30pm
Cost: $20 per person
On Thursday, April 26th, 6:30pm, Avery will celebrate the annual resurrection of their English strong Demon with a guided multi-year vertical tasting and scrumptious eats to pair. Seating will be limited, and tickets are $20 per person. You can purchase your ticket at the Avery Tap Room.

20th Annual Microbreweries for the Environment Benefit
April 27, 2012 (Friday)
Boulder Theater - 2032 14th Street
Boulder, CO
Time: 8:00pm - 1:00am
Cost: $25.75 advance / $27.75 at the door. $2 Pints inside. Optional $12 unlimited tastings.
Since 1993, the Microbreweries for the Environment Benefit has raised well over $100,000 for local environmental causes. This is a carbon-neutral event. You are encouraged to walk, bike or bus to the event. Over 20+ Colorado breweries will serve their best beers. Cheap $2 pints! The benefit will feature live musical performances by 3 top local bands. Expect another sell-out. Doors typically open at 8pm and event starts at 8:00pm and runs til 11:00pm.

Stay tuned for more Spring events being announced soon!

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

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