An Epic Beer Festival Hits Colorado

For the first time ever Denver, Colo. will be graced with the Epic Beer Festival on June 28th and 29th!

If you missed out on last weekend’s Colorado Brewers’ Festival, you can make it up to yourself by attending the Epic Beer Festival.  In its inaugural year in Denver, the Epic Beer Festival will feature 120 different craft breweries from all over the United States and plus many International breweries as well.

Local favorites like AC Golden Brewery, Boulder Brewing Co, New Belgium and Oskar Blues Brewing Co. will be in attendance. Other national favorites such as, Alaskan Brewing Co, Anchor Brewing Co, Big Sky Brewing, Flying Dog Brewing Co and Lagunitas Brewing Co, will also be sharing their craft brews.  You’ll find plenty of stouts, porters, IPAs, reds, wheats, pilsners, gluten free beers and many more styles, so be sure to branch out and try something you’ve never had.  Slated to serve upwards of 350 different crafts brews you’re bound to find at least one new favorite, if not more!

This festival will have three different tasting sessions, one on Friday the 28th and two on Saturday the 29th, and will take place at the Colorado Convention Center.  Friday’s session will start at 7pm and end at 10pm, and Saturday’s first session will take place from 1pm-4pm and the second from 7pm-10pm.  Purchase of a $40 general admission ticket will gain you entrance to the festival, an Epic Beer Festival tasting cup and 2oz tasting pours of all festival beers.  Be sure to grab a bite to eat before hand as there will be only be concession food available for attending patrons.

Are you a designated driver?  Well there’s good news for you, Epic Beer Festival has a Designated Driver program that gets you all the fun and souvenirs at the festival for FREE!  All you have to do is purchase a regular General Admission ticket, show up, have fun without drinking alcohol and then stop by the Designated Driver station on your way out to take a breathalyzer.  Blow .00 and your ticket cost will be refunded in FULL!   Otherwise, you have obviously consumed alcohol and will NOT be refunded your ticket cost.

Best of all the Epic Beer Festival benefits We Don’t Waste, a nonprofit based in Colorado that provides food for the hungry.  The program collects leftover food from various food purveyors, restaurants, and events, and then distributes the unused foods to those in need.  So purchase a ticket and help feed the hungry!

Purchase tickets and find more information at the link below!  As always, please remember to drinking responsibly and designate a driver.

http://www.epicbeerfestival.com/denver.html

24th Annual Colorado Brewers’ Festival

Join over 40 Colorado breweries this weekend in Downtown Fort Collins for the 24th year of Colorado Brewers’ Festival!

This annual event, that takes place June 22nd and 23rd this year, will have lots to offer once again.  With over 40 breweries and 80+ Colorado beers, live music performances scheduled for the entirety of the festival, and amazing food this is one of Colorado’s most celebrated beer fests.  And if you want to get your weekend and beer tasting started early you can head to All Brewers’ Eve on Friday June 21st, where you can taste small batch beers and food pairings.

All Brewer’s Eve, will take place downtown at 222 Laporte Ave, starting at 7pm Friday evening.  Prepare yourself for an evening filled with special Colorado beers and delicious food pairings, as well as the chance to meet and speak with some of Colorado’s best brewers.  This is a great opportunity to try handcrafted appetizers, desserts and beers that complement one another’s flavorful characteristics.  Tickets ($60) can be purchased online and will include all the above plus a commemorative glass to take home with you.  Space is limited at this event so hurry and purchase your ticket today!

The beer, food and fun will continue on throughout Saturday and Sunday so don’t fret if you can’t make it Friday night.  Colorado’s growing brewery population will be spread out surrounding Downtown Fort Collins’ Civic Center Park and surrounding streets.  There they will be serving up their creations all day starting at 11am for VIP Package attendees and 12pm for General Admission ticket holders.  Join the likes of AC Golden Brewing Company, Boulder Brewing Company, New Belgium, Oskar Blues, Tommy Knocker and many more from all over the great craft beer state of Colorado.  Grab a map of the tent layout once you get in and begin exploring and learning more about all the craft beers being poured!

Purchasing a VIP Ticket ($45/$55 the day of) has many advantages including; an hour head start on the sure to be large masses of General Admission ticket holders, 10 Taster Tickets, a commemorative mug, specialty beers not offered throughout the rest of the festival, and exclusive access to the VIP Lounge that offers seating, shade and hors d’oeuvres.  General Admission Tickets ($22/$28 the day of) include admittance to the festival, a commemorative taster mug and 10 Taster Tickets.

Not a beer lover?  No problem!  Non Drinker/Under 21 tickets ($10/$15 the day of) can be purchased so that you can still enjoy the awesome music and food at the festival.  Euforquestra will be headlining on Saturday and the Freddy Jones Band will be headlining on Sunday, both performing from 4:30-6pm on their respective days.  Like most festivals, there will be lots of mouth watering food options like Pizza Casbah, Waffle Lab and Stuft Burger.

Get your tickets today so you don’t miss out on one of Colorado craft beers biggest events of the year!

http://downtownfortcollins.com/events/colorado-brewers-festival

What’s this “shandy” all about?

If you’ve been wondering what all this “shandy” talk is about, then you’ll want to take a second to read this.

summershandy-bottle-pourAs the weather gets warmer and the grass and trees return to their lush green color, there are two refreshing beverages that come to mind: a cold beer and a tall glass of lemonade.  For years, people have ordered and enjoyed them side by side, but over the years creativity has combined them into one.  A few breweries and beverage companies have taken it upon themselves to take the leg work out of it for consumers, adding lemonade and or citrus flavors to their brewing process, creating perfect seasonable shandys.

Leinenkugel Brewing Company has two great shandys out on the market, their Summer Shandy and a Lemon Berry Shandy.  Summer Shandy is a wheat beer, brewed to perfection with natural lemonade flavor that offers great refreshing taste with light hop and malt characteristics.  Lemon Berry Shandy, a Weiss beer brewed with blackberry juice and natural lemonade flavor, is perfect for summer afternoon barbeques but is available year round.

New to the scene is Mike’s Hard Shandy, the combination of Mike’s Hard Lemonade and Lager.  Mike’s Hard Lemonade Co took their popular Mike’s Hard Lemonade and merged it with a golden lager, creating a classic tasting shandy.

You can find any of these refreshing shandys at many locations all over town or at your local liquor store!