May 2013 Colorado Beer Festivals & Events
May begins the long season of outdoor beer festivals. School season is wrapping up, summer plans are being made, the crops are being planted and peoples thoughts turn to lighter more refreshing seasonal beers.
Here's the calendar of upcoming Colorado beer fests, tapping parties, anniversaries, seminars and related events for May 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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AHA Big Brew
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Designated AHA Sites Statewide
This is a annual celebration of National Homebrew Day (May 4th). Each year, homebrewers around the world invite family and friends to their brewing site on the first Saturday in May to celebrate the holiday. Everyone is encouraged to help out with the homebrewing some beer, enjoy the fun and join in on a world-wide toast at noon CDT. Find out where the designated Big Brew site is in your area and attend. Official Web Site
South Denver Beer Festival
Saturday & Sunday, May 4-5, 2013
Clement Park - 7306 W. Bowles Ave.
Time: 1:00pm - 5:00pm each day. VIP 1pm, Gen Adm. 2pm.
Cost: VIP ($85/$90), General ($40/$50) each session. (Adv/Door)
Come celebrate the start of the beer festival season in this new festival sponsored by BeerCraving.com. Up to 120 different beers from 60 breweries will be available in addition to distilleries and craft cheese shops displaying their wares. VIP entry gets you in 1 hour early. More info here. Tickets available here.
Big Choice One Year Anniversary Party
Saturday-Sunday, May 4-5, 2013
Big Choice Brewing Co - 7270 W. 118th Place
Time: Saturday, 11am-10pm, Sunday 11am - 6pm
Cost: Per beer.
Celebrating their first year of making and pouring great craft beer. Look for several returning favorites to be on tap for this party including a special anniversary collaboration ale with City Star Brewing. They will have a cornhole tournament, good food, fundraising opportunities and more.
3BAD - On The Hill Beer Tasting
Saturday, May 11, 2013
The Brittany Hill - 9350 Grant Street
Time: 6:30pm - 10:30pm
Cost: $35 adv. purchase before April 26, 2013, $40 after or at the door.
Here's a beer tasting event to raise money and awareness for The Romito Foundation, Three Brothers Against Duchenne (3BAD). Come join in for a great evening tasting some of Colorado's best Micro Brews, coupled with great food and live music at Denver's revived premier event center. Breweries pouring include: Left Hand Brewing, Echo Brewing, Colorado Native, Colorado Cider Company, Pateros Creek Brewing, New Belgium Brewing, Twisted Pine Brewing and Oskar Blues. Live music by Swerve. More info about the event and the Romito Foundation at: www.romitofoundation.org.
American Craft Beer Week
Monday - Sunday, May 13-19, 2013
Time: All week
Beer weeks are giving craft beer fans across the U.S. ever-increasing options to enjoy and share the beverage they love. Beer weeks celebrate the culture and community of craft beer, and give breweries and beer businesses the opportunity to connect with the fans. The Brewers Association, the national non-profit association on behalf of the majority of today's U.S. breweries, and publishers of CraftBeer.com, celebrate the culmination of these events each May with American Craft Beer Week (ACBW), The Mother of All Beer Weeks.
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Collusion Brew 2013
Monday, May 13, 2013
Black Bottle Brewery - 1605 S. College Ave.
Fort Collins, CO
Time: All day
Cost: Per beer
To celebrate American Craft Beer Week and the friendly, collaborative nature of the craft beer industry, all the breweries located in Fort Collins have teamed up for the 2013 Collusion Brew project. This year, they did things a little differently. Rather than have all the breweries come together to make a single beer, they all started with the same base recipe, and each brewery worked with two other breweries to make something unique. These brewing teams of 3 got together, and decided on additions to the malt bill, chose the yeast strain, and chose the hops. On brew day, they all got together and shared some beers and stories, and oh yeah, they brewed the beer, too. All 9 of the Collusion brews will be tapped at Black Bottle on May 13th. Individual brews from other brewers will available in their prospective taprooms that week.
Coast to Coast Toast Beer Fest
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Boulder History Museum - 1206 Euclid Ave.
Time: 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Cost: $20 advance, $25 at the door.
Join in and celebrate American Craft Beer Week with a Coast to Coast Toast Beer Fest at the Boulder History Museum! On May 16th, enjoy a tasting from 13 Boulder County breweries and join in for a nationwide toast at 6:30! First 100 guests receive a commemorative tasting glass! Tickets and more info at: www.boulderhistory.org.
Front Range Rally
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Loveland Food Share parking lot - 2600 N. Lincoln Ave.
Time: 3:00pm to 7:00pm rain or shine.
Cost: $33 (beer no food), $40 (beer + food), $17 (designated driver w/food), $10 DD no food.
Come to one of the largest gatherings of food trucks and craft breweries in a big benefit for Food Bank of Larimer County. Up to 15 different regional food trucks will be parked side by side 30 breweries in an event that will satisfy both your appetite and thirst. Get unlimited beer samples and $10 worth of food tokens with your entry fee. Park nearby or take the city bus right to the festival. Live music from Mosey West and more. Kids 6 and under free admission with parent. More info on their Facebook page. Tickets are now available via BrownPaperTickets.
Brew with a View at the Cliffs
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Downtown area - 2nd St & Main in the 100 block
Westcliffe, CO (southwest of Pueblo along Hwy 96)
Time: 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Cost: $20 entry for 10 drink tickets, extra drink tickets $1.00 each.
Come to a beautiful setting with a view in the town of Westcliffe for their first beer festival. Several breweries will be on hand pouring a variety of beers. Listen to live 50's and 60's music. There will also be plenty of food available and a kid's corner with fun activities for your youngsters. For more information call Ileen 719.783.2615 or Kathy at 719.783.2282.
3rd Annual Grand Valley Beer Festival
Saturday, May 18, 2013
University Center Ballroom - Colorado Mesa University Campus
Grand Junction, CO
Time: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Cost: $20 advanced, $25 at the door.
The Grand Valley Beer Festival began in 2011. This is a craft beer tasting and “People’s Choice” fundraising event for the Maverick Club, the booster organization for Colorado Mesa University Athletics in Grand Junction, CO. Enjoy music, food, and Colorado’s favorite beverage! No admission charged to non-tasters or designated drivers. For more info and tickets, go to their official web site: grandvalleybeerfestival.com. Or call (970) 248.1902. Email: info[at]grandvalleybeerfestival.com.
2013 Tipsy's Liquor World 2nd Annual Brew Fest
Saturday, May 18th, 2013
Tipsy's Liquor World - empty lot next door - 5869 S. Alkire St.
Time: 12:00pm - 4:00pm, VIPs get in at 11:30am.
Cost: VIP $45, Standard $35, Designated Driver $10.
Tipsy's Liquor World is partnering with Dakota Ridge Athletic Foundation to host an event celebrating the Dakota Ridge Community. The event will include live music and Fantastic Food. An incredible selection of over 60 local and national brews. Your ticket gets you entry into the tasting area, to sample 2 oz tastes of local and national craft beers. Live music featuring: FlipSide and The Groove Hawgs. More info and tickets at the website.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Crooked Stave Barrel Cellar - 1441 W. 46th Ave.
Time: 12:00pm to 4:00pm or until bottles are gone!
Cost: Per bottle or glass.
Crooked Stave is hosting a bottle release for their Wild Wild Brett Violet on May 19th. In order to celebrate the completion of the Wild Wild Brett Series and bottle release for Wild Wild Brett Violet, Crooked Stave will be hosting a ROY-G-BIV Day (or Rainbow Day as it has been informally mentioned)! The bottle release of Wild Wild Brett Violet will START at 12:00pm and last until the bottles are sold out. Also, there will be a 6 BOTTLE LIMIT for Wild Wild Brett Violet. Beginning at 1:00pm they will tap limited offerings of ALL the colors of the Wild Wild Brett Series every half hour: Rouge, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue & Indigo. Violet, St. Bretta and Hop Savant will be on tap all day. 21+ only event. Event is rain or shine. More info & tickets on the website.
Paddles and Pints - River Side Happy Hour Benefit
Part of CKS PaddleFest
Friday & Saturday, May 24-25, 2013
South Main Town Square / Buena Vista River Park
Buena Vista, CO
Time: 4:00pm - 8:00pm Friday & 1:00pm - 8:00pm Saturday
Cost: Per beverage.
Come down to the South Main Town Square to relax with a cold beverage, eat some fine food, let your kids play in the bouncy house and watch the best athletes in the world compete at the BV Pro/AM on the Arkansas River Friday and Saturday evenings at the Buena Vista River Park. PaddleFest is brought to you by Eddyline Brewing along with Vino Salida. New this year is the Ark Valley Libation Society which is comprised of Deerhammer Distillery, Elevation Brewing, Woods High Mountain Distillery, Moonlight and Amicas. All proceeds to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs. More information on PaddleFest on the official website.
Blues, Brews & BBQ
Saturday - Sunday, May 25-26, 2013
Beaver Creek Village
Vail Valley, CO
Time: Saturday 12pm-6pm, Sunday 12pm-6pm
Cost: $35 advance, $45 at the door.
Beaver Creek's favorite early summer festival returns for a 10th year! Join in as visiting chefs from all over the country as well as Vail Valley favorites serve up delicious BBQ while live entertainment rocks Beaver Creek Village, and of course, microbrews from across the country for your sampling pleasure. The microbrew festival happens on Saturday, May 25 from 1-5pm, and a beer garden will be open 12pm to 6pm both Saturday and Sunday. Plenty of great music, food and beer. Plus fun for the whole family. More info here.
12th Annual Festival of the Brewpubs
Sunday, May 26, 2013 (Memorial Weekend)
Arapahoe Basin (Ski Area)
Time: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Cost: $30 per person, includes mug and a BBQ slider ticket.
It's a beach party in the mountains! Come celebrate the end of the ski season at A-Basin. This is their largest party of the year! Spend the day sampling beer from a variety of Summit County brewpubs for one low price per mug (must be 21). Breweries include Pug Ryan's, Breckenridge Brewery, Dillon Dam Brewery, and more. Enjoy live music 1-4pm, springtime skiing and much more. More information here.
3rd Annual The Big Eat
Sunday, May 26, 2013
Sustainability Park (Lawrence St. & 25th Street)
Time: 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Cost: $40 incl. food + 2 drink tickets. Additional drinks $5 each.
Thirty-six restaurants, three breweries, four wineries, local spirits and cocktails will be highlighted in this event. Each restaurant brings their signature food , a plethora of unique entertainment throughout, and custom libations using some of the finest local ingredients. More info at: https://imbibedenver.com/bigeat
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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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