26th Annual Colorado Brewer’s Festival, new and improved!

HCB - Colorado Brewers Fest 2015

The longstanding festival, taking place June 26th-28th, has seen a variety of looks and locations over the years, and vows to impress in its 26th year with new additions, improved glassware, and shorter beer lines, hooray!

Fort Collins plays host to this beer event, which attracts thousands of patrons over the course of the weekend, bringing together over 50 different Colorado breweries and 100+ beers to one convenient location. The largest brewing festival in Colorado has gained national attention over the years and continues to bring brewers and beer lovers together to partake in beer tastings, classes, and various events.

Get started on Friday night at The Summit, an event put on in collaboration with The Colorado Brewer’s Guild and caters to the connoisseur minded beer folks. Guests will be treated to 40+ rare/specialty beers, poured by the brewers themselves. A string quartet will play to your ears delight, as you sip on your beer and nibble on complimentary far from local food trucks, cheese from The Welsh Rabbit, and Kilwin’s treats.

You’ll need a good breakfast to get your Saturday off on the right foot, so why not go to Breakfast & Brews at The Mainline. In its second year, you’ll get to enjoy a specially prepared breakfast paired with carefully selected beers. Sign up for breakfast and you’ll receive your glass and tasting tickets early, as well as access to will-call entry without a wait.

After you’re fed, its time for the real fun to begin!

Saturday and Sunday festival sessions will take place in Downtown Fort Collins, Washington Park and Civic Center Park, from 11am-5pm each day. Entry to this event is FREE, however, in order to consume beer you’ll need to purchase a tasting package. The tasting package can be purchased in advance for $25 ($30 day of) and will include a commemorative Govino “Go-Anywhere” 16oz beer glass and 10 taster tickets, which can be used to redeem beer OR food.

With live music, tasty beer and food options, and lots of fun activities, this event is one you won’t want to miss this summer!

Find out more at the 26th Annual Colorado Brewer’s Festival website.

25th Annual Colorado Brewers’ Festival

HCB - 25th Annual Colorado Brewers Festival

Over 50 Colorado breweries, young and old, will once again take over downtown Fort Collins for the Colorado Brewers’ Festival!

The Colorado Brewers’ Festival is now FREE to attend and you can then purchase a beer tasting package separately.

Old Town Fort Collins, Civic Center Park specifically, will host the 25th Annual Colorado Brewers’ Festival June 27, 28, and 29.  The event to celebrate craft brewing, now one of Colorado’s most notorious industries, draws thousands of craft beer lovers from all over.

Breweries from every part of the state will bring a variety of beers for patrons to try, including their cores, seasonals, specialties, and even some rare ones that are hard to find anywhere else.

All Brewers’ Eve, Friday, June 27from 6 p.m.-9 p.m., will kick off the Colorado Brewers’ Festival.  At All Brewer’s Eve you can enjoy limited edition beers and have the chance to visit with brewers and master brewers from across the state.

Start your Saturday off right at 9 a.m. with a hearty breakfast at Mainline (you’ll need it).  After breakfast follow the tuba procession over to the festival where the tasting extravaganza begins.  Beer tasting starts at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday and lasts until 5 p.m. both days.

In addition to all the amazing beers, this year’s Colorado Brewers’ Festival will feature three themed areas:

  • Summit – The Colorado Brewers Guild will host the Summit.  The Summit is an area dedicated to serving rare beers; it will feature the Beer School education tent and provide an opportunity to meet the brewers.
  • Wilderness – No Colorado event is complete without an ode to the outdoors, so swing by the Wilderness area.  The Wilderness will have activities like rock climbing, a zip line, mechanical bull riding, and more!
  • Backcountry – The Backcountry will provide a venue to check out some local Colorado vendors, grab a bite to eat, and do a little shopping.

An eclectic mix of live music will entertain you while you taste yummy beer and participate in all the fun activities.  Acts like the 14ers, WhiteWater Ramble, Tyler Grant and Friends, and Dubskin, will play on the various stages throughout the nearly 7 acres of festival grounds.

Whether you’re a beer lover or not, this year’s festival has plenty for you to get out and enjoy!

Event Details:

  • All Brewers’ Eve, June 27 from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. ($60/person)
  • Breakfast & Brews, June 28, 9 a.m. at Mainline ($40/person)
  • Colorado Brewers’ Festival, June 28 & 29 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. ($30/wristband or $20 during presale, additional “Festival Bucks” available for purchase)
  • For more details click HERE

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.


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!