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December 2012 Colorado Beer Festivals Calendar

2012 Colorado Beer Festivals & Events Calendar
December Colorado Beer Festivals & Events

December 2012December brings colder weather, and the long holiday season. Winter seasonal beers and indoor events are now the norm. 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, tapping parties, seminars and related events for December 2012. These listings are updated daily, 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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4th Annual Parade of Darks
December 1, 2012 (Saturday)
Wynkoop Brewing Co - 1634 18th Street
Denver, CO
Time: 1:00pm - 4:30pm
Cost: $35 advance, $42 day of.
Wynkoop presents their fourth annual Parade of Darks. This beer-powered holiday fundraiser will present over 50 of the best beers from Colorado, the US and Belgium in the amber to opaque categories. The beer list includes holiday seasonal beers, amber ales, porters, stouts, barley wines, Belgian beers, sour beers and more from the nation's best and biggest-hearted breweries. These breweries are donating their beer to the event. Website: Get tickets now on

Hops for Hope
December 1, 2012 (Saturday)
Budweiser Events Center - The Ranch
Loveland, CO
Time: 4:00pm to 8:00pm
Cost: General $25, VIP $35 (1 extra hour access and commemorative glass)
Hops for Hope, presented by American Eagle Distributing, is a Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ festival at Budweiser Events Center on Saturday, December 1, 4:00pm-8:00pm. Featuring 40 beers, 10 liquors and 10 BBQ's, Hops for Hope will feature various local and national beers, bourbon, and BBQ vendors as well as live music. Hops for Hope is teaming up with the American Cancer Society (ACS) for this taste-bud overload event. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society. Come support the American Cancer Society and help to find a cure, by tossing back brews, premium bourbon, and delicious BBQ. Good friends. Good times. Great Cause.
Get tickets here.

Northstar Imperial Porter Vertical Tasting
December 5, 2012 (Wednesday)
Twisted Pine Brewing Co - 3201 Walnut St.
Boulder, CO
Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm MST
Cost: TBA
As winter settles in around Boulder, Colorado, fans of Twisted Pine Brewing Company are bristling with the excitement that surrounds the annual release of the brewery’s Northstar Imperial Porter. The Baltic-style porter will make its 2012 debut on December 5th to a select few ticket holders for the vertical tasting involving small bites of local delicacies, which coincides yearly with the beer’s release. Throughout the evening we will be enjoying Northstar and noting how as it has changed throughout the years since its first release in 2004. The highly regarded ale will be available to the public at large beginning December 7th. Register online here.

Focus on the Beer 2nd Anniversary Party
December 8, 2012 (Saturday)
Trinity Brewing Company - 1466 Garden of the Gods Road
Colorado Springs, CO
Time: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Cost: Pay per beer.
Colorado Springs' top beer blog is celebrating their 2nd anniversary of writing about craft beer. They are throwing a party to celebrate and are planning to have a huge guest tap list on top of Trinity's regular taps available for the occasion. Guest breweries include: Avery, Backcountry, Crooked Stave, Deschutes, Elevation, Funkwerks, Great Divide, Green Flash, New Belgium, Odell, Oskar Blues, Paradox, Strange and Wynkoop. Something rare and special from each brewery will be on tap. Come celebrate!

Denver Bacon & Beer FestDenver Bacon & Beer Festival
December 9, 2012 (Sunday)
Mile High Station
Denver, CO
Time: 2:30pm to 5:00pm
Cost: TBA
Denver-area restaurants will be offering their fabulous bacon-based dishes for you to ample paired with beers from amazing Colorado breweries. Proceeds from this festival will benefit Metro CareRing and project Angle Heart. Over 25 restaurants and over 15 different Colorado breweries are expected to participate. If this event is anything like the similar event in Boston, this event could sell out in less than one hour. Visit: Official website.

Denver (only) Beer Festivus - SOLD OUT!!
December 15, 2012 (Saturday)
McNichols Building @ Civic Center Park - 144 Colfax
Denver, CO
Time: 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Cost: $30 - advance sales by Oct. 31st. Higher after that.
Billed as "A beer festival for the rest of us". Over 20 Denver-only breweries will be on hand pouring the best that the city has to offer. This will be one of the best December beer festivals in a long time. Sponsored by Info at:

Littlest Big Christmas Beer Fest
December 15, 2012 (Saturday)
Hops & Pie - 3920 Tennyson Street
Denver, CO
Time: Noon til ??
Cost: Per beer
Time once again for their monthly Littlest Big Beer Fest and this month, Hops & Pie will be featuring holiday beers! There will be special beers pouring from Port Brewing, The Lost Abbey, Oskar Blues, Upslope Brewing, The Bruery, Strange Brewing, Dry Dock Brewing, Delirium Noel and many more! This is the ultimate way to try some of the best Christmas holiday beers in the region all in one place. Hops & Pie will also have a great menu of good items you can pair your beers with.

End of the World
December 20, 2012 (Thursday)
Star Bar - 2137 Larimer Street
Denver, CO
Time: 8pm til the world ends.
Cost: $5 per ticket.
Star Bar, Imbibe and Denver Off the Wagon want to go out in style. According to DOtW: "Rather than hitting up the Costco for batteries and canned foods or dropping a few million on an apocalypse bunker, lets just agree that the only appropriate course of action for the end of the world is to party. Star Bar is going all-out for this. They have everything covered with a bunch of Mayan-inspired cocktails – one provided to you with a ticket to the event. Star Bar is also going to have a tap take-over as they pour some of their favorite brews one last time. Plus, there will be tequila. Lots and lots and lots of tequila." - More details.

Little Death Ride Release & Death Costume Party
December 21, 2012 (Friday)
Trinity Brewing Co - 1466 Garden of the Gods Road
Colorado Springs, CO
Time: 5:00pm - 1:20am
Cost: Per brew.
12.21.12 Party!!! If the world ends, at least we are going out having fun!! Come join in for a night to remember...if we are still around, that is. Put on your best zombie costume because they are releasing 'Little Death Ride,' a collaboration with Blackfox Brewing. This beer was crafted with indigenous Mayan ingredients in celebration of the end of the 13th Mayan Baktun. It will be available in 750 ml bottles, and Trinity is tapping ONE keg. This will be the only time it's available on draught...ever. This Blood Red Saison is brewed with Red Aji Chilis, Annato Seed, Tomatoes, Anasazi Bean, fresh maize, pumpkin, cacao nibs, honey, hoja santa, wild white cinnamon, and aged on clay! LiTTLE Death RiDE Release at 5 PM! LiVE MUSiC at 10 PM! LAST CALL at 1:20 AM!

End of the World Party
December 21, 2012 (Friday)
Parry's Pizzeria & Bar - 9567 S. University Blvd.
Highlands Ranch, CO
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm (or the world ends first)
Cost: Per drink and food item.
It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine. And so will you when you head to Parry's on December 21st. Celebrate your last (potential) day on Earth. Doom-inspired beers and a last supper menu will be offered. Over 50 beers on tap! Event info.

Monumental New Year's Eve
December 31, 2012 (Monday)
Pikes Peak Brewing Co - 1756 Lake Woodmoor Dr.
Monument, CO
Time: 7:00pm - 12:30am
Cost: $45 - unlimited hors d'oeuvres, 2 rink tickets, 12am champagne, casino $.
The Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce and Pikes Peak Brewing Co. invite you to ring in 2013 at the biggest small-town party in the Tri-Lakes region: Enjoy great micro-brews, cider, wine, champagne and fantastic food with friends, Hit the dance floor with Live Music, try your luck at the casino tables, take a tour of the brewery, view fireworks from Pikes Peak. For tix call (719) 208-4098.

New Years Eve Party
December 31, 2012 (Monday)
Arvada Beer Company - 5600 Olde Wadsworth Blvd.
Arvada, CO
Time: 8:00pm to 1:00am
Cost: TBA
Arvada Beer Company wants to ring in the new year in style. Your price of admission will include unlimited beer, appetizers, DJ music and dancing. Plus a special beer toast at midnight. Limited to 100 people. Inquire at the brewery for your spot. Call (303) 467-BEER.

FCB New Years EveThe Roaring 20's - Brew Year's Eve
Gravity 1020 inside the Fort Collins Brewery
1020 E. Lincoln Ave.
Ft. Collins, CO
Time: TBA (7pm - midnight+ estimate)
Cost: $90 per couple. $10 cover for Band and Toast.
Dress up in your best 1920's costumes and enjoy a 4 course beer pairing dinner. There will be a live Swing Band and Dancing along with lots of fun activities. Stay for the midnight champagne toast. Shuttle available to local hotels. More info at 970.682.2260 or at

Other events expected:
- New Year's Eve celebrations at various locations.
- Beer Dinners and Food Pairings may be found in a separate listing.
- More events will be added as details are released. Check back often - updated daily.

Related articles:
- January 2013 Colorado Beer Festivals Calendar.
- November 2012 Colorado Beer Festivals Calendar.
- October 2012 Colorado Beer Festivals Calendar.

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