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May 2014 Colorado Beer Festivals Calendar

2014 Colorado Beer Festivals & EventsMay 2014

May 2014 Colorado Beer Festivals & Events Calendar

May signals the end of the snowy season and the beginning of the outdoor beer festival season. College graduations are happening, celebrations are starting, the mountains open up for warmer recreation activities and with the coming of Memorial Weekend it marks the start of a long string of weekends ahead with plenty of beer flowing.

These calendar listings are updated almost daily whenever new events are made public. Event organizers wishing to have their Colorado beer-related event added to these calendar listings please use the Contact Form and let us know all the details. In most cases, the event will be listed within a day or two.

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Colorado Springs Craft WeekColorado Springs Craft Week
Sunday - Sunday, April 27 - May 4, 2014
City wide events - many locations.
Colorado Springs, CO
Time: See website.
Cost: Varies per event.
Colorado Springs Craft Week is dedicated to cultivating the craft culture in Colorado Springs through collaboration, education, celebration, and philanthropy in their community. They build support for the many small, craft businesses in the Pikes Peak region including craft coffee, beer, cocktails, and food. By coming together as a whole craft industry, they will highlight the shift of the community seeking a higher quality, locally crafted product with several events throughout the region that will in turn help other organizations with similar missions. Several dozen events at businesses all across the area. Visit their official web site - - for full list of events.

AHA Big Brew for National Homebrew DayAHA Big Brew for National Homebrew Day
Saturday, May 3, 2014
Designated AHA Sites Statewide.
This is a annual celebration of National Homebrew Day (May 3rd). Each year on the 1st Saturday of May, homebrewers around the world invite family and friends to their brewing site 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 on the official American Homebrewers Association website: Official Web Site

Palisade Brews & Cruise FestivalPalisade Brews & Cruise Festival
Saturday, May 3, 2014
Veteran's Memorial Park - 120 W 8th St.
Palisade, CO
Time: 1:00pm to 6:00pm.
Cost: $25 per person + Eventbrite fee.
The Brews and Cruise festival will begin Saturday with gates opening 11 AM, but the beer fest part will begin at 1pm. They have over 25 different breweries to sample along with 30 different food and merchandise vendors to enjoy. Beer sampling will begin at 1 pm to 6 pm. (ID’s REQUIRED). This is a NO pet event. The previous night (Friday) they will host a Street Dance party with live music and a brew tent from 6pm to 11pm, but the main beer fest is on Saturday. More info and ticket link at:

2014 South Denver Beer FestivalSouth Denver Beer Festival
Saturday-Sunday, May 3-4, 2014
Clement Park - 7306 W. Bowles Ave.
Littleton, CO
Time: 2:00pm - 5:00pm each day, VIP 1pm entry.
Cost: $40 General, $85 VIP each session.
Come celebrate the start of the outdoor beer festival season in this 2nd year festival. Up to 120 different beers from 60+ breweries will be available in addition to distilleries and craft cheese shops displaying their wares. There will be unlimited tastings with your souvenir tasting cup and access to the Beer Education Area. Shuttle Service from Downtown Littleton Light Rail. VIP entry gets you in 1 hour early. Tickets available at official website here.

2nd Annual Beer Tasting on the Hill - 3BAD 20142nd Annual Beer Tasting on the Hill - 3BAD 2014
Friday, May 9, 2014
Brittany Hill - 9350 Grant Street
Thornton, CO
Time: 7:00pm - 11:00pm Beer Tasting.
Cost: $40 General, $60 VIP 6pm entry.
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. Around a dozen Colorado breweries are expected to participate in this fundraiser to fight Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. VIP entry includes early entry plus a Crawfish Boil. More info about the event and the Romito Foundation at:

Slue Foot Sue's ShindigSlue Foot Sue's Shindig
Friday, May 9, 2014
The McNichols Building - 144 W Colfax
Denver, CO
Time: 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Cost: $10.00
Don't miss out on this barn burner of a beer fest! The event is full of craft beer, BBQ, live country music, and western fashions by Rockmount Ranch Wear. This event highlights the art exhibit: The New West- Contemporary Perspectives of the Rocky Mountain Region. And you read that ticket price right. $10 ticket gets you into the shindig, three tokens for 12 oz craft beers, some delicious BBQ, and killer music. Breweries unveiled next week! Music provided by: Casey James Prestwood and the Burning Angels. Beer provided by: City Star, Great Divide, Jagged Mountain, Backcountry, & more! Food provided by: Moe's Original BBQ. Tickets and info.

New Brew Fest - Boulder CountyNew Brew Fest - Boulder County
Saturday, May 10, 2014
Whistle Stop Park - 1st Ave & Murray St.
Niwot, CO
Time: 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Cost: General $35, VIP $80.
25+ New Craft Breweries. 4 Hours of Sampling. Live Music. Food Trucks. More. Sample 65+ craft beers and ciders from 25+ new breweries, all less than 5 years old in and around Boulder County at this new craft beer festival. Learn more directly from brewers and owners about their passions and new locations while we kick off the summer season. Live music performances from Filthy Children & THUNK. After Party at Bootstrap Brewing Company (5PM-10PM), featuring Cat Jerky. Participants will receive a commemorative keepsake sampling glass, program guide, and sampling access to breweries for 4 hours. A limited number of VIP tickets are available, which also includes an exclusive sampling hour with brewers (12-1PM), cheese & chocolate sampling, event t-shirt, round-trip shuttle transfers, and voucher for a beer at Bootstrap Brewing at the after party. Participating breweries include: 300 Suns, 4 Noses, Asher, Big Choice, Berthoud, Bootstrap, BRU Handbuilt Ales & Eats, City Star, Crystal Springs, Echo, Front Range, Gravity, Industrial Revolution, J Wells, Kettle & Stone, Kokopelli, Odd13, The Old Mine, The Post, Sanitas, Shine, Twelve Degree, Very Nice, West Flanders, Westminster, Wild Woods, and Wonderland. Shuttle transportation available from Boulder and Gunbarrel, as well as Longmont to Niwot ($8/person/round trip). Exact locations TBA. Gluten free choices available. Tickets at Eventbrite.

American Craft Beer Week 2014American Craft Beer Week
Monday - Sunday, May 12-18, 2014
Nationwide and Colorado.
Time: All week - multiple events statewide.
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, celebrate the culmination of these events each May with American Craft Beer Week (ACBW), The Mother of All Beer Weeks. Official Web Site

Upslope Get DownUpslope Get Down | Music, Beer, Food
Saturday, May 17, 2014
Upslope Brewing Company - 1898 S Flatiron Ct.
Boulder, CO
Time: 2:00pm to midnight.
Cost: Free entry - beer extra. VIP $65.
Spring is upon us and so is festival season, so Upslope Brewing thought they'd do a lil celebrating by throwing their own music festival right there at their Flatiron Park brewery! Join in for The Upslope Get Down, a FREE music fest with beer and food on Saturday, May 17 from 2:00 - Midnight. They're taking over the back parking lot of their Flatiron Park brewery to bring you eight bands on two stages for continuous music all day long + Upslope brews and food by local food trucks. Musical groups include: Fox Street, The Movement, GOOD GRAVY!, Gipsy Moon, Rocktin Grove, Hot Soup, Rowdy Shadehouse and a headliner to be announced. VIP tent give access to rarities and food bar. For more updates, check the Facebook event page.

Grand Valley Beer Festival4th Annual Grand Valley Beer Festival
Saturday, May 17, 2014
University Center Ballroom - 1450 N 12th St.
Grand Junction, CO
Time: 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Cost: $25 advance, $30 at the door.
Join in on the Colorado Mesa University campus for the 4th annual beer festival fundraiser that benefits the CMU Maverick Club and CMU athlete scholarships. Over 50 craft breweries will be on hand pouring beers all afternoon. In addition to the unlimited sampling, there will be live music, a raffle for great prizes and a live auction as well. More info at:

2014 Blues, Brews & BBQ FestivalBlues, Brews & BBQ Festival
Saturday - Sunday, May 24-25, 2014
Beaver Creek Village
Vail Valley, CO
Time: Saturday 12pm-6pm, Sunday 12pm-6pm.
Cost: $35 adv, $45 at gate (estimate).
As the unofficial launch of summertime in the mountains, top BBQ chefs from around the state join local chefs in serving up mouth-watering barbecue complemented by thirst-quenching microbrews from over 22 breweries at one of the largest Colorado Microbrewery beer tastings. The final musical lineup is to come, but have recent Grammy Winner Charlie Musselwhite confirmed to perform live during the weekend. In addition to great music, barbecue masters will be competing for bragging rights and $10,000 in cash prizes. On Saturday a panel of professional judges will rate pork, beef and side dishes according to appearance, taste and tenderness. This year, attendees will have the chance to text their vote on Saturday and Sunday to determine the People’s Choice winner for Best Barbecue Vendor. Selected winners will be crowned Saturday and Sunday at 4:10 p.m. on the main stage in Beaver Creek Plaza. For more info visit official website.

13th Annual Festival of the Brewpubs13th Annual Festival of the Brewpubs
Sunday, May 25, 2014
Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort
Arapahoe Basin, CO
Time: 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Cost: $30 w/food, $25 no food.
It's the annual 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.

Front Range Rally2nd Annual Front Range Rally
Saturday, May 31, 2014
Loveland Food Share parking lot - 2600 N. Lincoln Ave.
Loveland, CO
Time: 2pm to 7pm General, 1:30pm VIP at 1:30pm.
Cost: General $30 earlybird, $35 gate, VIP $50.
Come to one of the largest gatherings of food trucks and craft breweries in Colorado in a big benefit for Food Bank for Larimer County. There will be more than 50 craft breweries and food trucks on site in an event that will satisfy both your appetite and thirst. Get unlimited beer samples and optionally a handful of food tokens with your entry fee. Park nearby or take the city bus right to the festival. Live music from two bands: Monocle Band, and Chain Station. Kids 6 and under free admission with parent. More info on their Facebook page. Tickets and info available at: Enter to win FREE tickets.

Burning Can FestivalBurning Can Festival
Saturday, May 31, 2014
Bohn Park
Lyons, CO
Time: General 4pm - 7pm, VIP 3pm entry.
Cost: General $25 adv, $30 gate, VIP $35 adv.
Burning Can Beer Fest is a celebration of craft beer in a CAN! Once again, they’re teaming up with Lyons Outdoor Games & the Colorado Brewers Guild to bring you entertainment for both you and your taste buds. In addition to the CANNED beer garden, there is the Burning Can Beer Fest! Come on out to Lyons, Colorado and enjoy over 30 craft breweries who CAN, outdoor sports competitions during LOG, and some good ol’ Rocky Mountain revelry. More event info at Lyons Outdoor Games.

Brew with a View & Vino TooBrew with a View & Vino Too at the 'Cliffs
Saturday, May 31, 2014
Silver Cliff & Westcliffe
Westcliffe, CO
Time: 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Cost: $20 per person.
Kick back and join in at the 'Cliffs, Silver Cliff & Westcliffe, located 150 miles south west of Denver. It all takes place in downtown Westcliffe; Saturday, May 31 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Gate fee is $20.00. You will also get a taste of 740 square miles of Wow, the backdrop for this event, experience big town fun in a small town atmosphere while discovering one of Colorado's hidden gems. Join in for "Brew with a View and Vino Too at the 'Cliffs", Saturday, May 31th starting at 1:00 p.m. More info on Facebook.

Other May Events Planned - Details coming soon.

- Fort Collins Beer Week - May 11-18, 2014 - Fort Collins, CO.

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