Greeley OktoBREWfest – October 2-3

Photo courtesy of Downtown Development Authority

Photo courtesy of Downtown Development Authority

What do you get when a classic autumn celebration meets Colorado? Greeley’s OktoBREWfest of course! This fall festival combines great brews with vendors, games and entertainment for a two-day affair you won’t want to miss. Here is everything you need to know about the OktoBREWfest:

Logistics

The festival kicks off Friday, Oct. 2 from 5-10 p.m. and continues on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. It is located in Lincoln Park at 8th Street and 9th Avenue in Greeley.

Entertainment

Live music and performances will grace the festival for the whole weekend. Twirling Zucchini Trio and After the Fire will hit the stage Friday evening. UNC Jazz Band, Polka Mates and Volkstanzgruppe German Dancers are only a few of the performers who will be showing off their talents on Saturday.

Brews

It wouldn’t be an OktoBREWfest without the brews! Regular and specialty brews will be available Friday and Saturday. Those who are festival-going VIP style will receive two beer tokens for use in the General Area, a complimentary tasting glass, samples from local breweries exclusive to the VIP tent and more.

Food and Vendors

Delicious food from more than 12 different vendors will be served all day. Attendees can also stop by the crafts area to check out the creations of local artists.

Games and Activities

As if great music, brews and food wasn’t enough, the event will feature numerous activities for the whole family. Kids can enjoy face painting, an obstacle course, WOW Bubbles and more. Adults can play life-size beer pong and enter in pie eating contests and stein lifting contests.

For more details, visit Downtown Greeley online .

High Country Beverage is a proud supporter of Greeley OktoBREWfest.

Autumn Gold Festival – Sept. 26 and 27

Photo courtesy of Estes Valley Sunrise Rotary

Photo courtesy of Estes Valley Sunrise Rotary

There are few things better than Estes Park in the fall…unless of course it’s a music festival in Estes Park in the fall. The Autumn Gold Festival brings together local bands, delicious grills and cold brews for a mountain fall celebration you won’t want to miss. Here are the top nine things to know about Autumn Gold Festival:

  1. The festival will be held in Bond Park in downtown Estes Park.
  1. Festival hours are 11 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26 and 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 27.
  1. Grills will be fired up to serve bratwurst all day long. Roasted corn on the cob, funnel cakes, kettle corn, fresh squeezed lemonade and ice cream will also be available, not to mention cold beer and soft drinks.
  1. Five local bands will be playing during the weekend, including Colorado favorite The Wendy Woo Band. See full lineup here.
  1. Kids can enjoy free face painting, a bounce house and bag toss.
  1. There will be a free classic car show.
  1. Entrance is free!
  1. Festival-goers can purchase raffle tickets for $25 to have the chance to win $5,000 and other cash prizes.
  1. The money from the raffle will go toward Sunrise Rotary to benefit vocational scholarships and various local and international projects.

For additional information, visit http://www.estesparkautumngold.com/.

High Country Beverage is a proud supporter of Autumn Gold Festival.

FORToberfest – September 19

Photo Source: Downtown Fort Collins

Photo Source: Downtown Fort Collins

For the past few years, Fort Collins has celebrated the changing of seasons with its own unique version of Oktoberfest: FORToberfest.

On Saturday, Sept. 19, from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Walnut Street and Linden Street in downtown Fort Collins will be transformed into a fall celebration like none other. Festival-goers can enjoy beer from more than 12 local breweries as well as create their own taster trays. Art and bike vendors will also be set up for people to peruse. And of course, there will be more delicious food than you’ll know what to do with.

Throughout the entire festival, live music will fill the streets and get everyone up and dancing to the groove. The lineup for the UCHealth stage is as follows:

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.: The Seers

12:30 – 2 p.m.: Atomga

2:30 – 4 p.m.: Tallgrass

4:30 – 6 p.m.: Arthur Lee Land

6:30 – 8 p.m.: Oakhurst

8:30 – 10 p.m.: Dan Treanor’s Afrossippi Band

So come out and celebrate fall Fort Collins style!

High Country Beverage is a proud supporter of FORToberfest.

Lafayette Brew Fest – Sept. 12

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Photo Source: Lafayette Brew Fest Facebook Page

 

Colorado and beer go together like Oreos and milk. For everyone giving a hearty “Hear, hear!” the Lafayette Brew Fest is for you! Look no further, we’ve got everything you need to know about this event.

Logistics

The Lafayette Brew Fest is Sept. 12 from 1-6 p.m. and is located at Lafayette Florist, 600 S. Public Rd. The day will be full of tasting the best variety of craft and micro brews. There will also be wine and food for sale at various booths throughout the event.

Pricing

Good news! The fest is free to attend and you don’t even need to be 21 to come for the day. Beer is priced at $2 for each four-ounce pour and wine is $6 (or three pour tickets) for a nine-ounce glass. Attendees must be 21 or older to purchase alcohol. Pour tickets can be bought ahead of time until midnight Sept. 10 for the following prices (receipt must be presented day of the event):

Seven 4-ounce pours for $12 – a $14 value

14 4-ounce pours for $24 – a $28 value

Entertainment

The festival will feature live music from Chris Daniels and the Kings!

What to Bring and What Not to Bring

It is a brew festival, so be sure to bring your ID. Cash or credit cards are also recommended as there will be multiple food and retail vendors. Do not bring any outside food or alcohol, and it is best to leave dogs at home.

For more information or to purchase pour tickets, visit the event online.

High Country Beverage is a proud sponsor of the Lafayette Brew Fest.

2015 Old Fashioned Corn Roast Festival–Aug 21-22

 

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You’re not a Coloradan unless you’re crazy about corn! Loveland is celebrating the golden crop with the 2015 Old Fashioned Corn Roast Festival Aug. 21 and 22. From 5-10 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 4th Street and Railroad Avenue will be filled will all the corn-related fun that a corn-lover can handle. Here are our top five reasons why it’s worth your time attending:

  1. Corn-shucking contest

How often do you get to show off your mad corn-shucking skills to anyone other than your family at the Sunday barbecue? At 5:30 p.m. Friday, festival-goers will have the opportunity to compete against shucking pros to see how fast they can go.

  1. Corn-eating contest

Shucking not your thing? No worries, there will also be the chance to participate in the corn-eating contest. That’s right – forget about strict etiquette and social graces because at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, it only matters how many empty cobs are left sitting on your plate.

  1. Continual entertainment and vendors

During the festival hours for both days, attendees can enjoy live music from Retro Eighties Tribute Band, Soul School and Cable 10, not to mention food and vendors throughout the day. Don’t forget about all the roasted and boiled corn to purchase!

  1. Parade

Who doesn’t love a parade? At 8:30 Saturday morning, the festival parade will travel through downtown Loveland. Parade winners will be announced later that day. View the parade route and parking here.

  1. It’s FREE!!

And the best part of the festival is that you don’t even have to pay to get in! Come for the day and enjoy all the corn you can get your hands on without having to spend an arm and a leg. For more festival details, visit http://www.loveland.org/TheCornRoastFestival/.

High Country Beverage is a proud sponsor of the 2015 Old Fashioned Corn Roast Festival.

Folks Festival – August 14-16

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Aug. 14, 15 and 16 is a great weekend for music festivals in Colorado! For those who are hailing from the foothills or the Boulder County region, Folks Fest in Lyons is definitely worth checking out. This low-key festival, featuring internationally-known songwriters, is celebrating its 25th year and is a favorite of Lyons locals and outsiders alike.

The festival gates open at 10 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday to a day of continual folk music that lasts late into the night. Celebrated performers such as Mary Chapin Carpenter, Jason Isbell and Gillian Welch are only a few of the numerous acts to hit the stage. Don’t forget to see who will be crowned the 2015 champion at the much-anticipated songwriter competition.

Festivities don’t end with great music, though. Vendors featuring a variety of food and beverages will be available for attendees to enjoy throughout the weekend. Children are also welcome to explore the kids’ area, where they can participate in fun crafts, play on the beach and engage in nature and outdoor activities.

While you’re packing your bags for the weekend, remember to bring plenty of sunscreen, blankets or chairs for seating and of course lots of water. Be sure to leave alcohol, video recorders and all furry friends at home. For all inquiries on what else is permitted along with more festival details, visit https://www.bluegrass.com/folks/.

High Country Beverage is a proud sponsor of Folks Festival.

Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest – August 14-16

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Nothing defines mid-August in Fort Collins better than Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest! This free three-day music festival in downtown Fort Collins has been a staple in the community for years, and this year it’s shaping up to be better than ever.

Kicking off NewWestFest Aug. 14 is Savage Cabbage at the Mountain Stage and Winchester Holiday at the Library Park Stage, both at 5 p.m. From there, numerous bands – including headliners Flobots, Steve Miller Band and Rodrigo y Gabriela – will take five different downtown stages during Aug. 14, 15 and 16.

Not only will festival-goers be able to enjoy continual free music throughout the weekend, but there will also be more than 250 booths featuring art, food, local businesses and more! Children are welcome to explore the two different kids’ sections as well, which includes musical instrument interaction and a full-sized carnival.

Be sure to bring lots of sunscreen and water as the festival will be outside. Keep alcoholic beverages at home, though, and wait to purchase them inside the festival. Taking the MAX (bus stops on Mason Street) is strongly encouraged; operating hours are extended to accommodate festival attendees.

For full NewWestFest details, visit Bohemian Nights online.

High Country Beverage is a proud sponsor of Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest.

Gnarley Barley Brew Festival – August 1

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It doesn’t matter if you have disagreements on hot button issues, political scandals or your neighbor’s AstroTurf. If you live in northern Colorado and it’s summertime, there’s something we can all agree on: a chilled mug of beer is quite fine indeed.

The Gnarly Barley Brew Festival on August 1 is the place to be for all the Colorado beer fanatics. From 1-6 p.m., The Larimer County Fair at The Ranch in Loveland will feature everything from great brews to great music.

Festival-goers will have the opportunity to try beers from more than 20 Colorado breweries. Throughout the afternoon, there will also be beer and food pairing every half hour on a first-come, first-serve basis. Better yet, basement brew masters will have the chance to show off their skills at the Homebrew Competition. See competition rules here.

It wouldn’t be a festival without live music to enjoy with a beer in hand. Some of the best Colorado bands will be hitting the stage at Gnarly. Full lineup:

  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Sammy Dee Morton
  • 1:30-3:30 p.m. – Rocktin Grove
  • 4-6 p.m. – Archie Funker
  • 7:30-9:30 p.m. – Von Stomper

This is an outdoor event – rain or shine – so be sure to bring plenty of sunscreen and a blanket or chair for seating. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit gnarlybarleybrewfest.com.

High Country Beverage is a proud sponsor of Gnarly Barley Brew Festival.

Loveland Loves BBQ, Bands & Brews

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Follow up your Fourth of July holiday weekend with another big weekend full of the best BBQ in Northern Colorado, spectacular bands, and cold beers, all at the 2015 Loveland Loves BBQ, Bands, and Brews!

On Friday July 10th and Saturday July 11th, Downtown Loveland will be flooded with mouthwatering BBQ and lots of live music for all to enjoy.   Two days worth of delicious eats from all of your favorite barbeque joints, with an assortment of live music from the likes of Soul School, Dixie Leadfoot, Amplified Souls, and other great performers.

Stop by beginning at 3pm on Friday afternoon to get your taste of some good eats from local barbeque spots and stick around for live music that will last from 5pm to 10pm. If you can’t make it Friday, you’re in luck because the BBQ fest starts back up on Saturday at 11am. Take the day, enjoy some finger licking good BBQ and relax while taking in some country and rock on Railroad Avenue in Downtown Loveland.

You’ll have your hands (or plate) full with this big lineup of local BBQ favorites, that will include Hog Wild BBQ, Bottle Cap BBQ, Famous Dave’s, Rat’s Woodshack BBQ, and many more. With over 17 different BBQ and food vendors there you’ll have plenty to choose from. And, don’t worry, there will be plenty of napkins when you’re ready to throw in the towel.

Come for the food, come for the music, come for brews, or a combination of the three, whatever you choose to enjoy, we bet you’ll leave happy and with a belly full of the best BBQ you’ve ever had!

Event Details:

  • When: Friday, July 10th (3pm-10pm) & Saturday, July 11th (11am-10pm)
  • Where: Downtown Loveland – Railroad Avenue (Between 4th & 5th Street)
  • What: Celebration of BBQ, accompanied by live music, and great beers
  • How much: Entry is FREE, food and drink priced by vendors

View their website for more details.

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

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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.