Friday, April 20, 2012

Falling Rock Tap House announces CO Beer Week events

Falling Rock Tap House
Made your plans for Colorado Beer Week yet? If not, here are a few ideas from Falling Rock Tap House. The following is an announcement from Falling Rock Tap House on what they've got planned for everyone the week of May 12th - 19th, 2012.

Falling Rock Taphouse Announcements April 20, 2012

Howdy Folks,

Just want to give everyone our schedule for the upcoming 2nd Annual Colorado Beer Week ( Which Runs from May 12th-19th, 2012. Since the end of the Colorado Beer Week is full of Baseball games, we’re going to start a day early plus our final Event will be an incredible Pork-Centric Beer Dinner with Chef Justin Brunson of Masterpiece Deli on Tuesday May 16th at 7:30PM. So here it is:

Friday May 11th 5:30pm Russian River –tion’s. We’ll Start this Celebration of things Beery with one of everyone’s favorites, Russian River Brewing from Santa Rosa CA. Pulling out some of their beers ending in ‘tion’ like Supplication Sanctification Temptation Consecration & of course we always have Damnation.

Saturday May 12th 5pm New Belgium ‘Lips of Faith’ Extravaganza. After the opening event for Colorado Beer Week come on over to try out some rarities from New Belgium. Lips of Faith is New Belgium’s Special Release beers that come out from time to time and are designed to allow their brewers to have some fun & try new things. We’ve been saving a few things for just this kind of event:

- La Folie (2009).
- Vrienden (Collaboration w/ Allagash, Portland ME).
- Tart Lychee (this year’s new Lip’s of Faith addition).
- Kick (collaboration between Kim Jordan of New Belgium (the ‘KI’) & Dick Cantwell of Elysian (Seattle, WA. The ‘CK’) Pumpkin Sour Beer.
- Clutch – slightly tart Stout Collaborative effort between New Belgium & the band Clutch.
- Super Cru – New Belgium’s 20th Anniversary Brew Abbey Grand Cru.

Sunday May 13th 6pm Lost Abbey & Port Brewing. We’re going to dig deep in our stash of Beers and unearth some really special stuff for your enjoyment :

Red Poppy
Older Viscosity

Tuesday May 15th 7:30pm Pork-Centric Beer Dinner with Justin Brunson from Masterpiece Deli (and the ‘under construction’ Pork-Centric Old Major Restaurant). Cheryl & Justin have been working feverishly on the menu and I will be working on the beer pairings as that gets finalized next week. Cost $65 (tax & Gratuity included) if purchased by 5/12, $75 after (if still Available). Sorry, no Vegetarian options on this dinner. This should be an awesome dinner & we are limited to 40 tickets.

Chris (owner of Falling Rock Tap House)

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Ska heads for DC to attend SAVOR

Ska Brewing
Ska Brewing To Attend 5th Annual SAVOR in Washington, D.C.

DURANGO, COLO., (Apr. 20, 2012) — As food and drink enthusiasts descend on the nation’s capital on June 8 and 9, Ska Brewing will be among the 74 small and independent craft brewers participating at SAVORSM: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience in Washington, D.C.

Presented by the Brewers Association, SAVOR is the premier beer and food pairing event in the U.S. In its fifth year running, SAVOR provides guests the chance to sample craft beers from eight geographic regions across the country. To complement the craft beers, attendees will enjoy a reception-style sampling of delicious sweet and savory appetizers from a menu designed by Brewers Association culinary consultant Adam Dulye, Chef/Owner of The Monk’s Kettle and The Abbot’s Cellar in San Francisco, and a select group of chefs specializing in beer and food pairings.

“People from all over the country attend SAVOR, and only a limited number of breweries are selected for the event,” said Ska President and Co-Founder Dave Thibodeau. “I’ve worked with Chef Adam pairing food and beer for an event at the Governor’s mansion in Denver, and I’m really excited to work with him again pairing Ska beers with his phenomenal cuisine.”

“As the benchmark event for craft beer and food lovers, SAVOR is a unique opportunity to try great food paired with beers from small producers that ordinarily only distribute locally,” says Julia Herz, Craft Beer Program Director, Brewers Association. “In addition to meeting the principals behind the breweries, attendees have an opportunity to learn about a vast array of craft beer topics courtesy of SAVOR’s educational presentations. It’s a truly coveted event by beer lovers.”

Craft brewers continue to see increased sales and growing market share, along with praise for their small-batch beers, despite the fact that overall beer industry sales have declined.

During SAVOR, Ska Brewing will be serving Steel Toe Stout paired with pecan-crusted BBQ beef short ribs, and Modus Hoperandi IPA paired with Chef Adam’s take on a Kentucky Hot Brown, featuring roasted turkey, bacon and Gruyere cheese on brioche.

For more information on SAVOR visit

About the Brewers Association:

The Brewers Association is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their craft beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The Brewers Association (BA) represents more than 70 percent of the brewing industry, and its members make more than 99 percent of the beer brewed in the U.S. The BA organizes events including the World Beer Cup®, Great American Beer Festival®, Craft Brewers Conference and BrewExpo America®, SAVOR℠: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience and American Craft Beer Week. The BA publishes The New Brewer magazine and its Brewers Publications division is the largest publisher of contemporary and relevant brewing literature for today's craft brewers and homebrewers.

Beer lovers are invited to learn more about the dynamic world of craft beer at and about homebrewing via the BA's American Homebrewers Association. Follow us on Twitter.

About Ska Brewing

Based in Durango, Colorado, Ska Brewing was founded in 1995 and now produces over a dozen award-winning beers including the Pinstripe Red Ale, True Blonde Ale and Steel Toe Stout. Four Ska beers are now widely available in cans: ESB Special Ale, True Blonde, Modus Hoperandi IPA and the summer seasonal Mexican Logger. For information, music and a good time, visit Chat us up and get the latest news at and

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Oskar Blues Grill & Brew celebrates 15th anniversary

Oskar Blues 15th Anniversary
Family Fun, Live Music, Down Home Grub, B.Stiff & Sons Old Fashioned Rootbeer Release and Community Artists Mark 15 Year Celebration

Lyons, CO. Funky little Oskar Blues Grill & Brew started 15 years ago when Dale Katechis and his wife stumbled across Lyons, Colorado on a road trip. That trip began many Colorado born inspirations and experiences that have shaped what Oskar Blues is today.

On April 28th, the 15 year celebration at the Lyons, Co brew pub will feature a full day of family activities including a live petting zoo, live music by local band Interstate Stash Express, specialty canned craft beer & Rootbeer, live crawfish boil, commemorative t-shirts, Oskar Blues race car appearance, photo booth and a local artist gallery from 1pm to 5pm.

Dale Katechis will launch the evening festivities at 5pm that will feature a full-on 15 year pig roast/crawfish buffet and a live musical performance by The Informants (

The day will also serve as the official launch of a few new libations: The 15th Anniversary Abbey Ale in new 16oz cans along with the official CAN launch of B. Stiff and Sons Old Fashioned Rootbeer. Oskar Blues is canning the same Rootbeer that has been served in their restaurants over the past few years named in tribute to Brian Stiff, a Lyons local and father of two who unexpectedly passed away on February 11th.

"Brian was one of our bike riding buddies," Katechis said. "He lived up in Lyons, and it's just an awful, awful story." Stiff died unexpectedly in February. Since then, Katechis said “Our friends in Lyons have been looking for ways to help his widow and two young children and canning the root beer, with a portion of the proceeds going to the family, is our way to do that.”

Come on out and celebrate Lyons like it’s 1997!

The original Oskar Blues Brewery


Three-dimensional brewing since 1999, Oskar Blues began the “Canned Beer Apocalypse” in 2002 when Dale’s Pale Ale became America’s 1st CANNED craft beer. For additional info, interviews, images or samples please contact Chad Melis at, # 720.273.8888 or visit

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Colorado Beer News 042012

Colorado Beer NewsToday is 4/20 Day. It's a day where many, particularly college students, choose to light up and gather together in large groups and make a case for the legalization of their beloved weed and be happy. Best stay away from the CU-Boulder campus today. If you choose to participate, just remember, tomorrow is 4/21, a day known as Surprise Random Drug Test Day. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Friday, April 20th, 2012.

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Lowry Beer GardenLowry Beer Garden (Denver) - Progress is coming along well on the new indoor / outdoor beer garden next to the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum. The roof over the open air pavilion was recently installed and they are just a few weeks from completion - just in time for the summer season. Check out their progress on their Facebook page: The Lowry Beer Garden will be nestled in its very own park with more than 4,500 square feet of outdoor garden area, vast open-air seating, and an inviting covered pavilion. The communal Oktoberfest-style picnic tables that collectively can accommodate up to 350 guests, will foster an environment of community and conviviality. The Garden will offer a thoughtful draft and bottled beer selection with a focus on Colorado and handcrafted brews. The Lowry Beer Garden also serves up your favorite casual fare with locally-made gourmet brats & sausages, freshly-baked pretzels, house-ground burgers, hand-cut fries and chef-created salads. Lowery Beer Garden is located at: 7577 E. Academy Boulevard in Denver. Stay tuned for details on it's opening.

Steamworks Brewing (Durango) - The Meltdown is on and Steamworks has some hot licks in store at the brewpub today. $1.00 draws from 3-6pm. You might even win a keg of beer. Can you think of a better way to roll into this fabulous weekend? Jeff Scroggins and the Colorado will take the stage at 5:30pm NO COVER.

Avery Brewing (Boulder) - Are you ready for 2012 Samael's Oak Aged Ale? So is Avery. This fallen angel is ready to demonize your pallet on April 26th at 6:30 pm. They'll be hosting a vertical tasting as well as some tasty desserts in their Barrel Aging Cellar. Tickets are $20 and available at the Avery Brewing Tap Room. Call 303-440-4324 to reserve your tickets.

SouthWest Arbor Fest (Grand Junction) - Colorado Brewers Guild sponsored - Join in for the Colorado Beer Expo at the SW Arbor Fest in Grand Junction on April 21st, 2012. Sample 40 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!

Breckenridge Ale House Brew Fest (Grand Junction) - 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 (Longmont) - There's a new beer club at Oskar Blues Home Made Liquids & Solids 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.

Cranknstein (Fort Collins) - At 4:20pm today, Cranknstein will be tapping the Firestone Walker and Nectar Ale's Hemp Ale. It's one way to legally celebrate the day, provided you're 21+.

Vine Street Pub & Brewery (Denver) - It's Vine Street Pub and Brewery's 4th Birthday today! They're having a party and you're invited! Stop by at 4:20 for their anniversary party and a special beer tapping of the Capital City Saison! Free show from By All Means Band and all proceeds benefit Judi's House!

High Hops Brewery constructionHigh Hops Brewery (Windsor) - The new brewery building is quickly taking shape. High Hops just posted over 22 photos of the new brewery construction on their Facebook page. Check out the Photo Album and get ready for beer in Windsor! Here's a preview. (Image courtesy High Hops Brewing - click to enlarge).

Eddyline Brewing (Buena Vista) - Those cans get around! Cans of Eddyline Brewing's Crank Yanker IPA are now being sold in stores in New Mexico. If you are in the ABQ area look for them.

Colorado Boy Brewery (Ridgway) - Today, 4/20, is also known as Black Friday at Colorado Boy. It marks the debut of their new Black IPA! Come on over to Ridgway and try out a pint!

Oskar Blues (Longmont) - Got the munchies today? Head on over to the Tasty Weasel tap room at Oskar Blues today at 4:20pm for some "Toked Pig". It's a nice big roasted pig and while you're there check out their Friday firkin: Vanilla Bean Oaked Chub. What could be better?

UNC Jazz Festival (Greeley) - Come to Greeley for the annual jazz fest. The largest event of its kind in the nation, the UNC/Greeley Jazz Festival brings together internationally recognized artists, jazz lovers, award-winning clinicians, and over 275 college, high school, and middle school big bands, combos, and jazz vocal groups from across the country. Each year, over 7,500 participants enjoy the main stage concerts, after-hours sessions, daytime performances, and the many educational workshop sessions. Tonight at Syntax (right next door to Crabtree Brewing) listen to Floof and the Time Bandits. Lots of other groups performing in various venues around Greeley - April 20 + 21st. Relax with a beer after a show at Patrick's Irish Pub or at Crabtree Brewing. More info at:

Beer Lovers of Fort Collins (Meetup Group) - Want to join up with a group of beer lovers every couple of weeks to socialize and drink beer at various places around Fort Collins? Check these guys out - join on-line or come to their event at The Mayor of Old Town patio tomorrow at 3:00pm. More info at:

Odell Brewing (Fort Collins) - Odell Brewing put out a new video promoting their upcoming Small Batch Festival on May 26, 2012. Over 20+ Odell Beers on tap and lots of live music. Fun for all. If you can't see the video below, watch it on YouTube.

American Craft Beer Radio (102.3FM Denver) - Join Gary V and his guests "live" this Saturday at Copper Kettle Brewing Company, for day three of their 1st anniversary. They're doin' overtime this week going from 11am until 1pm. They'll be great food, great beer several guests and some prizes to give away. Don't miss this party live at 11am Saturday the 21st at Copper Kettle Brewing and on 102.3 ESPN.

Arvada Beer Company (Arvada) - Today Arvada Beer is releasing their first Farmhouse ale "Saison de Davis", made with Barley, Oats, Rice and Wheat. They added Curacao, orange and Pink peppercorns into the boil. This beer is 7.1% abv and has 26 IBU's. Growler fills are available.

Upslope Brewing (Boulder) - Announcing new, extended hours for the tap room and they'll be open on Sundays! Starting this Sunday Upslope will be open from 12pm-7pm every Sunday and they're tacking on an extra hour to Tuesdays - Saturdays. The new hours will be Tuesday - Thursday 2pm-9pm, Friday & Saturday 2pm-10pm, and Sunday 12pm-7pm. Upslope will still offer "happy day" with a dollar off all beers every Tuesday. Try a Belgian Style Pale Ale while you're there. Now in cans!

Hops & Berries South (Fort Collins) - Today is the day - the new 2nd homebrew supply store opened today at 1833 E. Harmony Road in Fort Collins. Come check out the new east-side location for your homebrewing needs.

Looking for some music to go along with your beer? Check the daily Brewery Music Listings and see who's playing at your favorite brewery or beer bar in Colorado.

Beer Fest CalendarCheck out what's happening on the 2012 Colorado Beer Festivals and Events Calendar.

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Colorado Beer News 041912

Colorado Beer NewsToday is National Hanging Out Day and also High Five Day. So why not hang out at your favorite tap room or brewery and give the staff there a high five for all the great work they do! Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Thursday, April 19th, 2012.

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Equinox Brewing (Fort Collins) - It's another firkin day at Equinox! At noon they'll be tapping a firkin of Universal Porter, conditioned with organic, fair trade cocoa. Come get some!

Patrick's Irish Pub (Greeley) - Here's the deal of the day: This local legend was given temporary leave to make room for the Stone takeover and now to celebrate its return, the THURSDAY 1/2 PRICED special is Grimm Brothers Master Thief. Come get it all day for only $1.75!! This English porter turned German by substituting Bavarian ingredients for the Eng counterparts; if you haven't tried it you should, if you have - then we know you're excited to get this value on such a deserving local brew. Grimm Bros of Loveland. Patrick's is located at 909 8th Avenue in Greeley.

Crazy Mountain Brewing (Edwards) - The power of the hop flower influences web design. Crazy Mountain is proud to announce the launch of their brand new website, created by the team at Hill Aevium Advertising! Check it out at Petals from the hop become links within the site. What do you all think?!?

Vine Street Pub & Brewery (Denver) - Now able to brew it's own beer, Vine Street is quickly becoming the "workhorse brewery" of the Mountain Sun chain. With over 3,500 square feet of brewing space, Vine Street will now take over brewing most of the staple beers for the 3 locations. And now, the Boulder locations can focus on specialty beers. Read all about it in a new Boulder Daily Camera article.

Copper Kettle Brewing (Denver) - Today marks Day 1 of their 4-day celebration of their 1st Anniversary. There will be 4 new beers released, four food trucks and four different bands playing music over these 4 days. (No cover charge!) - Today, they release their Belgian Golden Strong ale. Lizzie Huffman will be playing and the Doimoi Dumplings truck will be on hand. Start your weekend early!

Pateros Creek Brewing (Fort Collins) - If it's Thursday, it must be time for another Outlaw Contest Tapping! This week Tim has come up with a brew with a bit of Mexican flare - it's the Camp Collins Elixir - a margarita beer that was aged with tequila soaked wood chips with a touch of lime. It taps at noon. You know you want one! How fast can they kill the keg this week?

Breckenridge Brewery (Denver) - Press Release April 19, 2012 - Breckenridge Brewery of Colorado added four more 300-barrel fermenters last week, bringing it's total capacity to 75,000 barrels. This expansion follows the addition of two 300-barrel tanks and a 200-barrel Brite tank in January. With a new kegging line to come this summer, the brewery expects record growth this year as the craft beer industry continues to boom. Breckenridge Brewery produced 41,000 barrels out of its Denver brewery last year, posting growth of 30% over 2010. The improvements to the brewery this year bring with them ten new positions in sales and production. The brewery now distributes into 33 states. Half of the new positions are in sales, to maintain the brewery's organic growth in Colorado and its traditional markets while also supporting its 2011 expansion into the northeast.

Backcountry Brewery (Frisco) - Since the Rockies won yesterday AND scored 7 or more runs, that means $1.50 pints and $2.50 seasonals ALL DAY TODAY! (excluding their Double IPA) - Head to the hills and get your pint.

Avery Brewing (Boulder) - Tonight from 6:00pm to 8:30pm it's "Belgian Beers: A Guided Tasting with the Ladies of Avery". Join in for an exploration of the amazing variety of flavors that can be present in Belgian beers! Learn to identify the unique aromas and flavors Belgian yeasts produce, most notably fruity esters and spicy phenols. Whether it's our White Rascal Belgian Wheat, Karma Belgian Pale Ale, Salvation Belgian Golden, Reverend Belgian Quadrupel, The Beast Belgian Strong Ale, or the other special treats we have in store for you, they guarantee you'll find a Belgian beer you love! As always, Sisterhood events are open to all genders -- to attend, you just have to want more women to get more into beer! Tickets are $15 and dinner will be available for purchase. A limited number of spots are available, so call Avery now at 303-440-4324 or stop by the Avery Tap Room to buy your ticket!

Kevin Baity Kraft Beer (Colorado Springs) - Come celebrate Earth Day at KBKB and taste their new Earth Day Amber. It'll be released on Friday 4/20 at 4:20pm and will be pouring through 10pm. They'll also have a fresh batch of their Belgian Abbey on tap too. Don't forget to bring your growlers! Located at: 3668 E. Bijou Street.

Glenwood Canyon BrewPub (Glenwood Springs) - Come on in and get a half pound burger with choice of side and an Imperial pint of your favorite beer. Just $9.00 on Burger and Beer Thursday's at The Brewpub. Come on - what's a little drive up I-70 anyway?

Gunnison Brewery (Gunnison) - Headed to sunny Gunny? Sorry, but the brewery will be closed tonight til 6:30 pm for a private Great Divide tasting. People have already spied an Oak Aged Chocolate Yeti chillin. For those who didn't get tickets for the tasting, no worries. They will have the Yeti on tap til the kegs are cashed.

Rackhouse Pub (Denver) - If you missed it last night like I did (dang it) fear not! Sour Hour will continue every Wednesday through May 23rd from 4pm to 6pm at Rackhouse Pub. The Rackhouse will have a special tapping of Avery Brewing Company beer from 4-6pm each week. On April 25th it'll be Uncle Jacob's Stout! Anyone in attendance can enter to win a pair of tickets each to Avery Brewing Co.’s 2012 Boulder SourFest on Saturday, June 2nd (12 total tickets to win!)*. Transportation will be provided to & from the festival from the Rackhouse Pub. June at the Rackhouse is Sour Month! Visit their website for details on their celebration of the pucker. *Winners drawn at random each week. Must be present to fill out entry form. Winners will be notified via email. A total of 12 tickets will be given away over 6 weeks.

Big Choice Brewing (Broomfield) - Opening Weekend Festivities announced! Grand Opening Weekend Celebration May 4th, 5th and 6th! Hours: Friday - 4pm to 10pm. $1 off pints 4pm to 6pm. Food available from the OB Bonewagon! Saturday - 11am to 10pm: BBQ Day: Free food from 11am to 4pm (or until the food runs out). Bouncy Castle for the kids from 11am to 4pm. Get $1 off pints from 4pm to 6pm. Sunday - 2pm to 10pm: Rockies Sunday: Bring your ticket stub in for a Free Pint after the game. Growler Happy Hour! $1 off refills and $2 off Freshies 4pm to 6pm. Don't miss the opening of Colorado's newest brewery.

Hops Grill and Brewery (Littleton) - Ever tried a beer from Hops Brewery? Here's your chance to take a few home with you. They are now offering 22oz bomber bottles of their Red ale for sale.

Royal Hilltop (Aurora) - Join in tonight at 7:30PM as they celebrate National High Five Day w/Odell's 5 Barrel Pale Ale. Learn more about the ale from the Odell Rep plus buy a pint and keep the glass while supplies last.

Trinity Brewing (Colorado Springs) - Look for this new brew to hit shelves in the near future. Label approval was just received for Trinity's Oh Face - Saison Provisional - an ancient ale brewed with Brettanomyces, spelt, oats, rye & wheat, pumpkin, lavender & spices. Now that's a mouthful! Apparently, this is barrel aged as well.

Great Divide Brewing (Denver) - Are you in the Lafayette, CO area? If so, there's a beer tasting going on Friday, April 20th from 4:30pm to 7:00pm at Atlas Valley Wine and Spirits in Layfayette. Located on the corner of Arapahoe and 95th. Taste a variety of Great Divide brews and take some home with you.

New Belgium (Fort Collins) - Recently, the brewers from The Lost Abbey and New Belgium got together to brew up a new batch of Mo' Betta Bretta. This collaboration beer due to debut in May 2012. Here's a quick promotional video to introduce this upcoming brew. If you can't view the video here head to Vimeo.

Looking for some music to go along with your beer? Check the daily Brewery Music Listings and see who's playing at your favorite brewery or beer bar in Colorado.

Beer Fest CalendarCheck out what's happening on the 2012 Colorado Beer Festivals and Events Calendar.

Building or remodeling a brewery in Colorado? Foothills Commercial Builders can help. (Sponsor)

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Colorado Beer News 041812

Colorado Beer NewsToday is National Columnists Day. It's a day to remember and give thanks to all the folks who write and report news stories for a living. Cheers to them! Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Wednesday, April 18th, 2012.

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Beer Week Bingo (Northern Colorado) - American Craft Beer Week is coming!!! This year to celebrate the mother of all beer weeks, the brewers in Northern Colorado have teamed up for a game even your mother might want to play. Brewery Bingo!!! That’s right, but in this bingo game you won’t need your neon colored dot markers. During the week of May 14th – 20th and in association with American Brewers Association (, the best breweries through-out Greeley, Berthoud, Loveland and Fort Collins will celebrate in game with drinking, shenanigans and all out good time. How do I play, you may ask? Pick up your bingo card at any participating brewery. Sample one of the beers listed on the cards to get your bingo card stamped. Visit another brewery, sample another fantastic beer and get another stamp on your bingo card. Complete a bingo line and you will be the new owner of one cool t-shirt that your friends (and maybe even mom) will be envious of. Would you like to play a game? More info to come in the coming days.

Rock Bottom (Denver) - There's a beer coming back into town. There will be an El Chupacabra (Mexican style lager) tapping this Thursday, April 19th at 6:00 pm at Rock Bottom Brewery in Denver! Serving a free pint of El Chupacabra (to those 21 & over) until 6:30 pm. Located at: 1001 16th Street Unit A-100 in Denver.

Avery Brewing (Boulder) - Lovers of Avery beer listen up! There will be a huge Avery Tap Take Over at Parry's Pizzeria & Bar in Highlands Ranch this Saturday, April 21st. There will be a whopping 21 Avery beers on tap out of their 50 taps including some rare cellared brews. This event starts at 11am and lasts until 11pm. There will be some Avery reps & free merchandise available to their Ale Yeah Club members as well. Located at: 9567 S. University Blvd in Highlands Ranch, CO.

Oskar Blues (Lyons) - It's time to Party like it 1997! Celebrate the 15th Anniversary of Oskar Blues Grill & Brew on April 28th from 11am to close. Listen to 2 live bands (Interstate Stash Express & The Informants), OB brews including the 15th Anniversary Abbey & recent CANlaboration with Sun King Brewery, Chaka Belgian Ale, crawfish boil, pig roast, their new housemade root beer, B. Stiff & Sons Old Fashioned, and activities for the kids including a bouncy castle. Head up to 303 Main Street in Lyons for the fun.

Choice City Butcher & Deli (Fort Collins) - This year during the weekend of the Colorado Brewers' Festival, Choice City will be hosting a special connoisseur tasting event on Friday night, June 22nd before the festival. The festival runs 2 days, June 23rd and 24th (Saturday/Sunday) this year. More details to come. Visit the festival website.

Tommyknocker Brewery (Idaho Springs) - Available now at the brewery - tickets for their upcoming 2012 Beer Dinner to be held on Friday, May 11th, 2012 at 7pm. Details at Tommyknocker Brewery. This event will be held at the brewery itself. Don't miss out.

Grand Lake Brewing (Grand Lake) - This month, the brewery is moving the location of their tasting room to a new location. It'll have more seating, an expanded menu, growlers & 6-packs to go. The new digs are 4 miles south of Grand Lake at 9921 U.S. Hwy 34 at Mile Marker 10 on the lower level. They will have beer specials through the end of April. $1 off growler refills and $1 off any pint of beer anytime of day.

Wynkoop Brewing (Denver) - Join Copper Kettle, along with other Colorado craft breweries and other throughout the US to celebrate what we love about Belgian beers. Wynkoop Brewing Co will be hosting it's 2nd Annual Tastes of Belgium event! Sample Belgian styles from all over the US, focusing primarily on Colorado craft breweries. Advance tickets are $30, the fee includes beer and cheese samples and a special tasting glass. Advance ticket buyers are also entered into a drawing for a free pair of tickets to Copper Kettle's popular beer & scotch dinner on June 22nd!

Bikes and Beer ShowKRFC Bikes and Beer Show (88.9FM Ft. Collins) - There's a new radio show airing on Wednesday nights from 6pm to 7pm on 88.9FM KRFC public radio in Fort Collins. It's the Bikes and Beer Show. The show debuted on April 4th and features guests from local breweries and bike shops from around the FoCo area. Tonight's guest includes Steve Jones from Pateros Creek Brewing and he will talk about beer styles. Tune in tonight and check them out. Live streaming available at:

Cranknstein (Fort Collins) - Here's a tip for you people who like collecting craft beer stuff - The first 17 people to buy a New Belgium Shift today at Cranknstein will get a Shift koozy! These are tallboy koozies, folks! Get there quick to claim yours.

Twisted Pine Brewing (Boulder) - Due to a brewing emergency - Twisted Pine will be closed until at least 5pm today. They will post updates on social media (Facebook / Twitter) to keep you posted on their status.

Colorado Craft Beer Show (AM760 Denver) - This Saturday, the Gubna and Turk will be out at Arvada Beer Company doing their show live from 12 noon to 1:00pm. Stop out and say Hi and listen in. If you can't make it down for the show, listen in live on AM 760 in Denver.

Odell Brewing (Fort Collins) - Don't forget - this Saturday, April 21st, there will be a release party for their St. Lupulin Extra Pale Ale - it's returning for the season and will be available on shelves until September. There will be live music in the tap room along with some local food and backyard games starting at 4pm.

The Taste (Fort Collins) - Tomorrow, Thursday April 19th is the annual event The Taste at the Hilton in Fort Collins from 5pm to 9pm. Come and enjoy an evening of exceptional food, beverages and music. Your participation will help to provide housing stability and reduce hunger in Larimer County. General admission is $65 and entry at 6pm. VIP is $100 and entry at 5pm. Thirty-two of the county's finest restaurants and nearly 20 wineries and breweries participate in THE TASTE, providing a uniquely memorable evening that highlights the best Larimer County has to offer in local food, wine, and beer. In addition to fabulous food and drink, the event features an exciting silent auction featuring local products, services, and artwork, as well as live jazz entertainment from Mark Sloniker and Friends and The Nu Classics. The silent auction also features the popular Palette of Plates - an auction of special plates designed by local artists and Nests for Neighbors with specially designed bird houses.

Boulder Beer (Boulder) - On Monday, May 14th at 4:20pm Mountain time - Boulder Beer is hosting a nationwide Nitro Simul-Tap of their Flashback India Brown Ale. This beer will be tapped simultaneously at dozens of bars throughout the U.S. This is part of American Craft Beer Week. Come celebrate how good a beer on nitro can be.

Mountain Sun (Boulder/Denver) - Spring is in the air, and the brewers are busily preparing our seasonal offerings set to hit all three tap boards in April and May. Vagabond IPA: 6.5% ABV. This was the final creative contribution from long-time brewer Nate Watkins before he headed off to travel the country. An American-style IPA, the Vagabond blends five American hop varieties and boasts an impressive aroma of grapefruit, tangerine and pine. Capital City Saison: 8% ABV. This brand new recipe will make its debut at the Vine Street Smokin’ Hot Anniversary Party on Friday, April 20th at the Vine Street Pub. With notes of ripe fruit and peppery spice, this classic Saison has a crisp, dry finish due to European and American hops. Pater’s Pale Ale: 6.5% ABV. Pater’s is a Belgian-style pale ale flavored with Australian Galaxy hops and hop-backed with whole cascade flowers. The spice from our house Belgian yeast blends perfectly with the floral and citrus notes from the generous addition of whole flower hops. In addition, look for these old classics to return to their tap boards: St. Amos Belgian Wit, Saison d’été, 1636 Belgian Dubbel, Hooligan Oatmeal Porter, Onslaught Belgian Imperial IPA, and Hummingbird Strong Ale.

Hops & Berries South (Ft. Collins) - After 6½ years, Hops and Berries is excited to announce the grand opening of their second homebrew store in south Fort Collins on Friday, April 20th from 10:00am - 7:00pm. Located at 1833 E. Harmony Rd Unit 16 (behind Cinemark). The new, much larger location, allows them to continue expanding their ever-growing line of beer and wine making supplies. They’d like to thank all the home brewers who have supported them over the years. Come on down and check out the new place! Also, Wednesday evening they'll send out a weekend coupon via the newsletter list, so if you haven't signed up, get on it! Enter your email addy in the widget on their home page at before 6pm.

Backcountry Pizza and Tap House (Boulder) - For those of you that know what 4-20 is all about (especially in Boulder), come to Backcountry P&TH, no not for the air, but for a Hemp Ale Release Party. They'll be pouring Humboldt Brown, an ale brewed with hemp starting on Friday, April 20th at 4:20pm. They will be giving away hats, shirts, pint glasses, stickers and more. If you can't get onto campus to celebrate that day, at least go get some legal beer.

Ale House at Amato's (Denver) - On Saturday, May 5th from 11:00am to 2:00pm it's the Second Annual Kentucky Derby Party! This year they are going big... as in big hats and big cans! Ska Brewing will release their Mexican Logger in honor of Cinco de Mayo while we all dress up in our finest big hats to watch the race and donate a portion of proceeds to Dumb Friends League, Harmony Equine Center. There will be prizes for best dressed and best hat... and a chance to win FREE BEER for a MONTH from Breckenridge Brewery!! Are you excited yet? Quick... go get a big hat!

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - The tasting room is going to the birds! Pennywise Parrots will be showing off some of their flock from 5-7 tonight! Swing by the taproom to enjoy one of the TWELVE beers they have on tap currently, and check out these beautiful birds while you're at it! Polly wanna Griffin?

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

September 2012 Colorado Beer Festivals Calendar

2012 Colorado Beer Festivals & Events Calendar
September 2012 Colorado Beer Festivals & Events

September 2012September brings the start of cooler weather, Oktoberfest, Fall seasonal beers and the end of the outdoor festival season. There are always plenty of drink and food events going on at most Colorado breweries and entertainment venues as well. 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 September 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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September 2012 Oktoberfests in Colorado
Here is a list of known dates and cities hosting Oktoberfests this year. Many more will be added as they become known:
* Beaver Creek - Sept. 1-2, 2012.
* Breckenridge - Sept. 14-16, 2012 - 18th annual.
* Broomfield - Sept. 15 - Broomfield Days.
* Brush - Oktoberfest & Car Show - Sept. 21-22, 2012.
* Canon City - Sept. 22-23 - Harvest Festival.
* Denver - Sept. 21-23 & 28-30, 2012 - Lower Downtown at 20th & Larimer.
* Durango - Sept. 15-16 - Main Ave downtown - 11am-5pm/3pm.
* Fort Collins - FORToberfest - September 21-22, 2012 - Old Town Square.
* Frisco - August 31 - September 2, 2012 - Adventure Park.
* Glenwood Springs - Sept. 29, 2012.
* Golden (GoldenFest) - Sept. 8, 2012 - 5pm - Golden City Brewery.
* Greeley - Sept. 28-29, 2012 - Fri. 5-10pm, Sat. 11am-7pm. Lincoln Park.
* Highlands Ranch - September 22, 2012 - Town Center south.
* Louisville - Sept. 14-15, 2012 - Steinbaugh Pavillion.
* Longmont - Sept. 28-29, 2012 - Roosevelt Park and Pavilion.
* Pagosa Springs - Sept. 8, 2012 - Town Park 12pm - 7pm.
* Parker - Sept. 15-16, 2012 - O'Brien Park.
* Pueblo - Sept. 14-15, 2012 - Union Depot - 12pm - 12am.
* Snowmass Village / Aspen - Sept. 8, 2012.
* Steamboat Springs (OktoberWest) - Sept. 21-23, 2012.
* Vail - Sept. 7-9 & 14-15, 2012.
* Windsor - Sept. 15, 2012 - Boardwalk Park - 11am - 4pm.
* Woodland Park - Sept. 22-23, 20122 - Ute Pass Cultural Center.

41 Beers in 41 Days
July 30 - September 8, 2012 (Month-long+)
Bull & Bush Pub & Brewery - 4700 Cherry Creek Drive South
Denver, CO
Time: All day for 41 days
Cost: Per beer.
The marathon of beer tasting is back!! In celebration of their 41st Anniversary month, Bull & Bush will be tapping a new special beer every day for 41 days. The fun starts on Monday, July 30. Download and print their calendar so you can track your progress!

Boulder Brew Festival
September 1, 2012 (Saturday)
Boulder Theater - 2032 14th Street
Boulder, CO
Time: Session #1 (2pm - 5pm), Session #2 (7pm - 10pm), VIP 1 hour earlier.
Cost: Unlimited samples. $40 advance, $45 at the door, VIP extra.
Over 30 craft breweries will be participating by offering personal education and tastings of some of the most unique brews in the industry coupled with live entertainment and unforgettable memories. Idea for the festival came from Jay Kriner, a pioneer in the beer world, who travels the United States attending brew festivals year round and personally works with the breweries directly. Jay's thought was to bring out the most unique and talented brewers from around the nation to create a more personal brew experience for all brew lovers and assist in exposure of new flavors and breweries in the craft brew industry. What you find at the Boulder Brew and Music Festival is a new view and a unforgettable brew experience! Along with the exciting brew session is a complete night of live music from some of the most talented musicians Colorado has to offer. Boulder Theater (303) 440-7679.

New Belgium's Tour de Fat
September 1, 2012 (Saturday)
Downtown area
Fort Collins, CO
Time: TBA
The Tour de Fat will once again be meandering and pandering through 15 U.S. cities spreading the good word about the positive societal offerings of the bicycle. Along with New Belgium's exceptional ability to roust a city's inner-cyclist, in 2012 they hope to drive their message even deeper by bringing you the biggest, most enjoyable traveling bike festival that we know of.
Official website.

Leftapalooza - click to enlargeLeftapalooza - Mile High Tribute Band Competition
September 1, 2012 (Saturday)
Left Hand Brewing Company - 1265 Boston Ave.
Longmont, CO
Time: 12:00pm to 10:00pm
Cost: $10 entry, $5 more for chili tasting, beers extra.
Leftapalooza, featuring the Mile High Tribute Band Competition, is back for its second year! Left Hand Brewing Company’s ultimate music and craft beer experience brings together some of the most talented cover acts in the country to help raise funds and support for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. For just $10, concert goers can enjoy a full day’s worth of great music at the brewery as seven bands showcase the talents of U2, Rush, the Grateful Dead, Van Halen, the B-52s, Steely Dan, and Led Zeppelin! The day will also feature the Leftapalooza Chili Fest, local food vendors, kids’ activities, and of course Left Hand beer! All proceeds go to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Colorado Pork and Hops Challenge
September 7-8, 2012 (Friday-Saturday)
Lincoln Park
Grand Junction, CO
Time: Friday 6pm - 10pm, Saturday 11am - 10pm.
Cost: $15 Friday, $20 Saturday.
The Colorado Pork & Hops Challenge has become one of the top annual events in Western Colorado. On the weekend of September 7th & 8th at Lincoln Park in beautiful Grand Junction, the 2012 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. There will also be BBQ tasting as well as activities for the whole famil - check back soon for updates. Several food vendors will be serving up award winning lip smackin' BBQ and other festival favorites. Ice cold Budweiser through out the event and tons of live bands will be performing.

15th annual Brew at the Zoo
September 7, 2012 (Friday)
Denver Zoo - 2300 Steele Street
Denver, CO
Time: 6:00pm - 10:30pm
Cost: Members $65, General $70 (estimate) - a 21+ only event.
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

New Belgium's Tour de Fat
September 8, 2012 (Saturday)
City Park area
Denver, CO
Time: TBA
The Tour de Fat will once again be meandering and pandering through 15 U.S. cities spreading the good word about the positive societal offerings of the bicycle. Along with New Belgium's exceptional ability to roust a city's inner-cyclist, in 2012 they hope to drive their message even deeper by bringing you the biggest, most enjoyable traveling bike festival that we know of.
Official website.

ColorFest Bands, Brews, Etc.
September 8, 2012 (Saturday)
Town Park
Pagosa Springs, CO
Time: 11am - 8pm
ColorFest Weekend features hot air balloons, music, beer, wine, food and more! Balloon glow event starts at 4:30pm.

Inaugural Boulder IPA Festival
September 8, 2012 (Saturday)
Avery Brewing Company - 5763 Arapahoe Ave # E
Boulder, CO
Time: TBA
Cost: TBA - tickets on sale in July
If you liked the Strong Ale Fest or the Boulder Sour Fest, then you're gonna love this latest festival from Avery Brewing Company. It's the Boulder IPA festival. Taste from over 60 different IPA's from over 50 different breweries. Tickets go on sale in summer and is expected to sell out very quickly. Get ready to bombard your mouth with hops!

14th Annual Harvest Beer Festival
September 8, 2012 (Saturday)
Parque de Vida - 216A West Montezuma Ave.
Cortez, CO
Time: 4:00pm to 9:00pm
Cost: $25 per person entry. Unlimited beer tasting, souvenir mug.
Join in for a great festival of music, beer, food and friends. Plenty of free transportation to/from the festival from area locations. Music provided by Jack Ten High from Durango with more acts to come. Participate in the Silent Auction to help raise funds for the Mutezuma Land Conservancy. Enjoy beer from over a dozen regional breweries.

Fall Festival of Beers & Chili Cook-Off
September 8, 2012 (Saturday)
Mt. Crested Butte, CO
Time: Hours TBA
Cost: $25 per person.
2012 is the 13th Anniversary of the Annual Mt. Crested Butte Fall Festival of Beers & Chili Cook-off! They're extending the hours this year, showcasing over 20 breweries and more music. This annual event features hot chili and live music with cool microbrews set amidst beautiful mountain scenery.

19th Annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival
September 14-16, 2012 (Friday - Sunday)
Telluride Town Park
Telluride, CO
Time: Gates open 11:30am Friday, 11:00am Saturday, 10:30am Sunday.
Cost: 3-day pass $170, Juke Joint Passes $25 (Fri. or Sat.), 4-day camping $40.
Renowned as one of the most scenic and intimate music festivals in the country, Telluride Blues & Brews is located within the world-famous resort town of Telluride, Colorado, in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Blues & Brews is known in Telluride as the ‘locals’ festival, and is a three-day celebration of music and microbrews held in Telluride Town Park, an outdoor music venue with breathtaking 13,000 foot mountains as a backdrop. The festival offers an eclectic mix of live blues, funk, rock, jam band, gospel and soul performances, and over 50 of the best microbreweries in the country, with a wide variety of food and craft vendors, children's activities, late night jams, and much more.

Fight Fire with Beer FestivalFight Fire with Beer Festival
September 15, 2012 (Saturday)
29th Street Mall
Boulder, CO
Time: 12:00pm to 10:00pm
Cost: TBA
Firefighter Appreciation Week in Colorado will be observed September 8th – 15th, culminating with the Fight Fire With Beer Festival September 15th in Boulder. The event was created to honor firefighters currently risking their lives battling fires across the state of Colorado as well as to provide an annual non-partisan platform to enable all residents of Colorado to say “thank you” to firefighters who work to keep them safe 365 days a year. At the festival local brewers will be asked to participate in a competition called the Fight Fire With Beer Governor’s Cup, which will be judged by Colorado fire chiefs and Governor Hickenlooper. The winning brewery will have the honor of creating the “Official” Fight Fire With Beer beer, which will be featured in bars, restaurants, and made available for retail sale the entire year - until a new winner is selected. Proceeds will be donated to provide fire education throughout the state.

Save The Ales 2012
September 18, 2012 (Tuesday)
Casselman's Bar and Venue - 2620 Walnut Street
Denver, CO
Time: 6:00pm
Cost: $35 per person.
Global warming may ruin one of Colorado’s most treasured natural resources – beer! Why? Hops, one of beer’s most important ingredients, is extremely sensitive to the adverse effects of climate change. Join Colorado Environmental Coalition and Colorado Conservation Voters Educational Fund for a fun-filled evening with delicious beer and appetizers to help protect Colorado’s land, air, water and people. Didn’t get tickets for the 2012 Great American Beer Fest? Don’t fret, you can still get your fill of Colorado’s best microbrews at this fest.

42nd Annual Oktoberfest Denver
September 21-23 & 28-30, 2012 (Fri-Sun both weeks)
Downtown - on 20th and Larimer streets
Denver, CO
Times: Friday 5pm - 2am, Saturday 11am - 2am, Sunday 11am - 6pm.
Cost: Free to enter - cost per beer
Since 1969, this has been one of Colorado's oldest Oktoberfest celebrations. They've blocked off several streets so you can have fun downtown near Coors Field. Come hear live music, see the Long Dog Derby, 5K Das Hustlehoff races, Stein Hoisting challenge, fun for the kids too, authentic German food vendors and plenty of great beer!

September 21-22, 2012
Old Town Square & Linden St / Walnut St.
Fort Collins, CO
Time: Friday 5pm-10:30pm Old Town Square only, Saturday 11am-10:30pm Linden St. & Walnut St.
Cost: Free admission, beer and food separate.
FORToberfest is a new event celebrating everything great about Fort Collins! The city’s music scene, rich history of beer brewing, and extremely active bicycle culture help give character to the Downtown area and to Fort Collins. FORToberfest will help bring the three elements of our Fort Collins popular culture together in this new fall event, bicycles, beers and bands. FORToberfest will host a Pro/Am beer element where local home brewers will be paired with professional brew masters and given the opportunity to brew and pour their beer alongside the large breweries. The event will host a beer hall type tent dedicated to this unique Fort Collins seasonal beer extravaganza. Seasonal beers will be offered at the festival integrating the rush of Oktoberfest and produce-related brewing happening throughout the late summer and early fall months. Other beer activities will include a local version of the national Samuel Adams’ Octoberfest Stein Hoisting Contest where contestants must hold a huge stein filled with beer for a period of time, hoping to win both a title and prizes. And of course Colorado music is prominent throughout all that Downtown Fort Collins does. FORToberfest will feature Fort Collins and Colorado bands from funk to bluegrass and rock to indie. All of the entertainment is offered free to the public. Get your costumes ready, tune up your bike, and get yourself Downtown!

1st Annual Lafayette Craft Brew & BBQ Festival
September 22, 2012 (Saturday)
Atlas Valley Shopping Center - 95th & Arapahoe
Lafayette, CO
Time: Noon to 6:00pm
Cost: $30 for beer & BBQ, $20 for just BBQ.
Join in on Saturday, September 22nd, 2012 from noon to 6:00pm for the 1st Annual Lafayette Craft Brew & BBQ Festival. The festival is located in the Atlas Valley Shopping Center (95th & Arapahoe). Tickets are $30 for beer and BBQ, or $20 for just the BBQ only. Live music will be featured from 4 different bands. Proceeds benefit the YMCA of Boulder Valley Scholarship Fund. Sorry, no pets allowed. 15 Colorado breweries and 10 different BBQ Contestants will be on hand serving up their best offerings. More info here.

Four Corners Ride & Reggae Festival
September 22-23, 2012 (Saturday - Sunday)
Town Park - Hot Springs Blvd.
Pagosa Springs, CO
Time: Beer garden opens 11:00am
Come join us for two days of bikes, music, beer and festivities! An epic event to benefit an epic cause. Town Park will be alive will all things bicycle. The Festival portion of our event is family friendly and put together for you to relax and enjoy. The festival happens all day long in town park right at the finish area. Several food vendors will be on hand with everything from smoothies and sandwiches to burgers and fries. Breckenridge Brewery and Pagosa Brewing Co. are beverage sponsors and will be here with their amazing brews (yes you have to buy them) but cool and refreshing none the less! Reggae artist Pato Banton rocks.

4th Annual Fall Harvest Brewfest
September 22, 2012 (Saturday)
The Drake Center - 802 West Drake
Fort Collins, CO
Time: Gen. Admission 6pm - 9pm. VIP get in at 5pm.
Cost: $35 General Admission, $50 VIP + transaction fees ($3-4)
It's another season to celebrate this beautiful and bountiful time of year with your favorite brews, music, food and exaltation of all things canine. To help you find your inner beer enthusiast, you will find over 25 breweries, micro-distilleries and craft beer-inspired local food pairings. For most of us, that inner enthusiast resides closer to the outer and needs but a gentle nudge. For the rest, they leave it to the creative wizards of hops, malt and timing to coax out the more resistant. There is a lid for every pot or a brew for every palate and we’re here to help you discover what that might be. 2012 will provide more elbow room with an outdoor tent and additional tasting opportunities from new brewers, and local food purveyors and we’re ready to get our Americana-Soul on with musical headliner, Mosey West. Check ‘em out!

Autumn Gold - A Festival of Bands, Brats & Beer
September 22-23, 2012 (Saturday - Sunday)
Estes Park, CO
Time: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Cost: Per beer.
Aspens turn to a golden hue. The sounds of elk bugles reverberate throughout the air. It’s a perfect season for one of Estes Park’s late-autumn traditions when a series of bands herald Autumn Gold – a Festival of Bands, Brats & Beer, scheduled for Sept. 22 and 23, 2012. Cold beer, soft drinks, hot cider, bratwursts and hot dogs and all the accompaniments are served throughout both days beginning at 10 am. The bands rev up at 11 am and the bluegrass, folk, rock and jazz sounds continue until 5 pm each day.

Butterflies and Beer
September 27, 2011 (Thurs)
Butterfly Pavilion - 6252 West 104th Ave
Westminster, CO
Time: 6pm to 8pm
Cost: $20 member couples, $25 non-member couples.
Sip, Savor and Stroll ... Join in as they celebrate the end of summer with Butterflies and Beer! This adult-only event will feature a tasting of Odell specialty brews, a guided tour through our tropical rainforest, light appetizer pairings provided by A Perfect Bite Catering, and cheese pairings by MouCo Cheese Company. Odell Brewing Company's own Gus Briggs will be there to answer any and all of your questions. All Digital Photo will be at the event again this year, providing a fun and exciting photo booth!
Web site

Hop Nouveau Day
September 29, 2012 (Saturday)
Time: 12 noon to 4pm MDT
Tis the time to celebrate fresh hop beer! Hop Nouveau Day celebrations can be held anywhere in the world! Can't find an event - organize one! The general premise for the development of celebrations is to involve and include local and regional communities and businesses. All events shall be scheduled to commence at 12 noon mountain standard time. The central event shall last until 3 to 4pm at which time event participants will be directed to visit area businesses, restaurants, bars, art galleries, retail shops, etc for Hop Nouveau food paring and continued tasting. Events should be develop and showcase these fresh hop creations through out the following week at different locations.

Boulder Beer Anniversary Beer Rave
September 29, 2012 (Saturday)
Boulder Beer Company pub - 2880 Wilderness Place
Boulder, CO
Time: 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Cost: $30 for tasting cup, samples,sandwiches.
Boulder Beer Company is celebrating 33 years as a brewery and they are once again throwing a big party. They'll be tapping 12 small-batch, barrel-aged and pilot brews plus inviting a couple dozen other breweries to bring their "underground beer" - stuff you normally won't see on store shelves. Live music by Dylan & The Dead. This event is also a fundraiser for the Danny Williams Fund. Tickets are available at

Grimm Brothers Oktoberfest and Beer Release
September 29, 2012 (Saturday)
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse - 623 N. Denver Ave.
Loveland, CO
Time: 11:00am - 9:00pm
Cost: Event free, beer extra.
Join in the seasonal celebration of Oktoberfest at Grimm Brothers. There'll be a big party in the parking lot and inside the tap room. They'll be releasing their Farmer's Daughter Oktoberfest beer and hosting live music from Wendy Woo (2pm) and The Stubby Shillelaghs (5pm). Participate in the Pretzel Eating Contest at 2:30pm, a Children's Dance Contest and Face Painting at 3pm, a Men's Keg Race at 4pm, a Women's Stein Hosting/Serving Contest at 6pm, a Women v. Men Stein Hoisting Competiion at 6:45pm and an Awards Ceremony & Best Dressed announcements at 7pm. Great Fun and Great Beer. Special limited edition stoneware steins available as well.

Related articles:
- August 2012 Colorado Beer Festivals Calendar.
- July 2012 Colorado Beer Festivals Calendar.
- 2012 Colorado Beer Festivals & Events Calendar.

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