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April 2013 Colorado Beer Festivals Calendar

2013 Colorado Beer Festivals & Events Calendar

April 2013 Colorado Beer Festivals & Events

April 2013 Colorado Beer Festivals & Events CalendarApril brings the last snows of the season as well as the return of warmer days and Spring flowers. Spring Breaks are underway and beer festivals are starting to pick up for the season.

Here's the calendar of upcoming Colorado beer fests, tapping parties, anniversaries, seminars and related events for April 2013. This calendar is updated weekly, 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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Tap and Handle 1st Anniversary - Sierra Nevada Tap Takeover
Monday, April 1, 2013
Tap and Handle - 307 S. College Ave.
Fort Collins, CO
Time: 5:00pm til close.
Cost: Per beer.
Monday the 1st is the Tapover with Sierra Nevada, 57 different beers, on draft, including 3 firkins! Yes, fifty seven! Very few breweries have the capability to provide this many different varietals. Sierra Nevada made it a point to bring them to Fort Collins. This is a record for Colorado for most beer on draft for a single brewery! T-shirts, pint glasses, stickers, reps kissing babies, all will be available! No tickets necessary. First come. First served. Get there late, then you may have to wait in line due to our capacity.

Rockies 20th AnniversaryColorado Rockies Opening Day in Denver
Friday, April 5, 2013
Coors Field - 20th and Blake St.
Denver, CO
Time: 2:10pm first pitch
Colorado's Boys of Summer return to the ball field today and mark the 20th anniversary of their team today. The Rockies take on the San Diego Padres to kick off the opening homestand of 2013. Bars, breweries and restaurants all over Denver will be marking the day with specials and parties. The entire LoDo area will be buzzing with activity and of course lots of great Colorado craft beer! Get your tickets early if you plan to take in the game. Or grab a barstool in a nearby business and enjoy on their big screen! Visit:

8th Annual Prohibition Party
Saturday, April 6, 2013
Bristol Brewing Company - 1647 Tejon Street
Colorado Springs, CO
Time: 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Cost: per beer.
Celebrate the repeal of Prohibition with them 1930's style! Come in costume to their makeshift speakeasy for an evening of 33 cent Yellow Kite pilsners, bathtub-fermenting beer, a costume contest (individual and group sizes), and all sorts of early 20th century antics. Feel free to wear anything circa the Roaring 20s and 30s, but you must be in costume and you must be able to say the password (which is "bootleggers and vamps") to enter. The party is held at their current location: 1647 S. Tejon Street in the warehouse. Enter through the tasting room and make your way down the hallway to join their speakeasy. Facebook event.

Taste of VailTaste of Vail Grand Tasting & Auction
Saturday, April 6, 2013
Vail Marriott Grand Ballroom
Vail, CO
Time: 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Cost: $175 per person.
The grand daddy of wine, spirits, beer and food tastings. Experience Taste of Vail's annual decadent and unparalleled wine and culinary spectacle. This event features all of Taste of Vail's wineries and restaurants, spirits and beer. The evening will include Taste of Vail's Auction. Visit:

Breckenridge Beer Festival7th Annual Breckenridge Spring Beer Festival
Saturday, April 6, 2013
100 block of Ridge Street
Breckenridge, CO
Time: All afternoon - time TBA.
Cost: VIP $75 + General admission $25 advance, $30 at the door.
The streets of Breckenridge will once again be filled with craft beer fans as dozens of breweries will be pouring unlimited tastings of your favorite craft beers. 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! More info:

Prohibition Repeal Day80th Anniversary of Prohibition Repeal Day
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Locations all across Colorado
Time: All Day Long.
Be on the look out for a big celebration to mark the 80th anniversary of the repeal of prohibition in American. April 7, 1933 marked the end of Prohibition and the return of legal beer consumption. Stop by a brewery taproom or your favorite bar and celebrate your right to drink beer!

Prohibition Party & Brew FestProhibition Party & Brew Fest
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Oriental Theater - 4335 W. 44th Ave.
Denver, CO
Times: Session 1 - 12pm-3pm, Session 2 - 4pm-7pm.
Cost: $40 includes mug & unlimited samples.
It's time to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the end of Prohibition on beer in speakeasy style as more than 25 awesome Colorado craft breweries will be pouring near 150+ amazing beers. There will also be several great local food trucks on hand to make sure you're happy and well fed. Presented by Denver Gourmet Eats and The Oriental Theater. More info here.

Saison & Farmhouse Ale FestivalSaison & Farmhouse Ale Festival 2013
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Trinity Brewing Company - 1466 Garden of the Gods Road
Colorado Springs, CO
Time: 11:00am - 5:00pm
Cost: $30 pre-sale, $35 at the door.
For the first time, Trinity Brewing Company will be opening up their new Barrel room to the public hosting their 5th annual tasting of Saisons and Farmhouse ales. Only 150 tickets will be available, and pre-sale starts on April 2nd. Get them quick! Some of the best Saisons around. More details at

Copper Kettle Two Year Anniversary Celebration
Thurs - Sun, April 18-21, 2013
Copper Kettle Brewing Company - 1338 S. Valentia Street
Denver, CO
Time: All day
Cost: Per beer.
4 Days - 4 Bands - 6 Food Trucks - 10 New Beer Releases! For those who attended last year, you know this is going to be a big throw down celebration. It's CKBC's biggest party of the year and with 10 new beers being tapped there's going to be a beer for just about everyone's taste. There will be games, outdoor tents and two specialty casks happening throughout the weekend. Visit them on Facebook for more details.

2013 The TasteThe Taste
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Hilton Fort Collins
Ft. Collins, CO
Time: 5pm-9pm VIP or 6pm-9pm General Admission.
Cost: $100 VIP, $65 General (estimate)
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. More info:

Microbreweries for the Environment21st Annual Microbreweries For The Environment
Friday, April 19, 2013
Boulder Theater - 2032 14th Street
Boulder, CO
Time: 8:00pm - 1:00am
Cost: $22 advanced for entry plus $2/pint or $12 for unlimited tasting glass.
Since 1993, the Microbreweries for the Environment benefit has raised nearly $145,000 for local environmental causes. The proceeds from this year's benefit will further the environmental initiatives of five local non-profit organizations: CU Environmental Center, Nederland Compost and Recycling Recovery, Cottonwood Institute, Growe Foundation, and Bicycle Longmont. Twenty Colorado microbreweries serve their best beers for only $2/pint. Admission includes a commemorative pint glass. Participants can opt to purchase a sampler glass for $12 to partake in unlimited tastings. Juno What?! is the evening's featured entertainment playing electro-funk and high-energy disco jams. They encourage people to walk, bike, or bus to the event. Doors open and beer tasting starts at 8:00pm, and the opening band (tba) starts up at 8:30pm. Tickets are available at the Boulder Theater Box Office (303-786-7030 or This event traditionally sells out in advance.

Kinda Bluegrass Festival 2013
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Boulder Beer Company - The Pub - 2880 Wilderness Place
Boulder, CO
Time: 12pm to 7pm.
Cost: per beer.
Come rain, snow or shine - stop in for a beer and music celebration on 4-20 Day in Boulder. They will be featuring 4 different Kinda Blue ales as well as a special 4:20pm tapping of Boulder Beer's Shakenbake Rye IPA. Live music from two bands from 12pm to 7pm. Make this your place to celebrate 4-20 mmkay?

Southwest Arbor Fest and Craft Beer ExpoSouthwest Arbor Fest & Craft Beer Expo
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Lincoln Park
Grand Junction, CO
Cost: Beer expo cost TBA
Time: 11:00am - 4:00pm
A fun family event with a craft beer expo on the side. Join in for the Colorado Beer Expo at the SW Arbor Fest in Grand Junction. Sample 40+ beers from 20 different Colorado Breweries while tasting some of the best red and green chilies on the Western Slope at the annual chili and salsa competition. The 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. Website.

Parry's One Big Ass Tap TakeoverOne Big Ass Tap Takeover
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Parry's Pizza (all 3 locations)
Highlands Ranch, Greenwood Village, & Castle Rock, CO
Time: 11:00am - 11:00pm.
Cost: Per beer.
It's billed as one of the biggest tap takeovers in history. Avery Brewing will be sending out almost every beer they've got to offer over 90 Avery beers across all three Parry's Pizza locations. Come and taste the wide spectrum of Avery Brewing's brewed taste sensations including some of their rarest beers that you normally could only get at the Avery taproom. They'll have barrel aged beers, big bold beers as well as all your Avery favorites. It's a once in a rare opportunity to try the entire spectrum of Avery beers. Avery reps will be on hand at all locations. Avery memorabilia will be raffled off as well. More info visit:

Hops for the Homebrewer: Planting to Harvesting
Sunday, April 28, 2013
High Hops Brewery - 6461 Hwy 392
Windsor, CO
Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm
Cost: FREE
This is a free class that will teach the basics of how to grow, care for and harvest your own hops. All are welcome to attend. High Hops also sells hop rhyzomes and plants on site in their garden center.

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Live Music - Beer and music go great together and many Colorado breweries and watering holes offer live entertainment every day. Check out the Colorado Brewery Music Listings and find who's playing at your favorite brewery or beer bar. Updated daily.

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