America On Tap Beer Festival Is Coming to Colorado!

America On Tap Fort Collins

One of the premier beer festival producers in the nation, America On Tap, has decided to bring their crew to Fort Collins, CO to have a little bit of fun, and beer of course!

Be lovers, experts, connoisseurs, beginners, and everyone in between, will gather in Washington Park on Saturday, May 2nd. From 2PM to 5PM America On Tap will showcase over 100 different beers from all over the place. Attendees will be able to experience some of America’s finest craft beers from all over the nation, as well as a few specialty imports.

A few local breweries that you should be sure to try are AC Golden, Batch 19, Breckenridge, Black Bottle Brewery, Blue Moon, Boulder Beer, New Belgium, Oskar Blues, Prost Brewing Company, and Tommy Knocker. Oh and don’t forget national favorites like Alaskan Brewing, Big Sky, Lagunitas, and Leinenkugel’s. Don’t be shy, branch out and try something that you don’t often see on tap or on store shelves!

Those in attendance will also have the pleasure of taking in live music while sipping away on their tasty beer samples. Don’t worry, you might be thinking that all this beer and dancing to music might make you a bit hungry… They’ll have you covered with some of your favorite local food vendors on site as well.

So kick back, relax, take in the live music while you taste a few beers that you might not get to have all the time, and enjoy the first Saturday in May!

Event details:

  • What: America On Tap Festival
  • When: Saturday, May 2nd 2015
  • Where: Washington Park, 301 Maple Street, Fort Collins, CO 80521
  • How much: $35 ticket includes ~ 3 hours of beer sampling, souvenir sampling glass, and live entertainment

To find out more visit America On Tap!

Darker days ahead, beers too

As clocks turn back and nightfall comes earlier in the day, the cooler weather moves in for the winter and so do the dark stouts that many have been waiting for.

Recognized by many bars, breweries, and beer lovers, November 6th is International Stout Day.  A full day dedicated to welcoming the many long lost stouts that have been missing since the spring.  Known for their dark, sometimes pitch black color, and their rich chocolaty, coffee, licorice, and roasty aromas and flavors, stouts begin to fill store shelves and continuously pour from beer taps until the warmer months begin to show their faces again.

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Just like any other style of beer, there are a variety of stouts, the most popular of which are American, Milk, Imperial, and Oatmeal.  You’ll find lots of malt character in these, stemming from the grain used in the brewing process.  The bitterness that is often associated with these robust beers comes from the use of roasted grains, which also helps give them their dark color.

Head out to your local bar or liquor store and see what they’ve brought in for the season.  Breweries are getting crafty and adding all sorts of things to their stouts, including chocolate, cocoa nibs, coffee, hazelnut, pumpkin, and even cereal.  Try a variety to find out which style is your favorite, or maybe they are all your favorites…

 

You’ve got five or so months to get your fill of these seasonal crafts so seek out your favorites and enjoy them while they last, or stash some away for those times you’re craving something with bold, roasty flavors, in your glass.

Here is a list to get you started:

  • Alaskan – Stout
  • Big Sky Brewing – Slow Elk Oatmeal Stout, Ivan the Terrible (Imperial)
  • Black Bottle Brewery – Cerealiously (Milk Stout w/ Count Chocula), Liquid Metal (Imperial Rye Stout), and Static Age (Hazelnut Breakfast Stout)
  • Lagunitas – Imperial Stout, and Cappuccino Stout
  • Moab Brewery – Black Raven Oatmeal Stout
  • New Belgium – Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout
  • Oskar Blues – Ten Fidy (Imperial Stout)
  • Sierra Nevada – Narwhal Imperial Stout, and Stout
  • Tommy Knocker – Black Powder Oatmeal Stout (Pub exclusive)

Seven stop brew fest is coming to CO

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Tour

Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp Across America is making their third stop of the tour in Denver, CO on July 25th!

The stop in Colorado will feature over 100 brewers from the all over the Rocky Mountain region, including Black Bottle Brewery, Blue Moon, Boulder Beer, New Belgium, Oskar Blues, and of course, Sierra Nevada.  Over 250 beers will be flowing from festival taps as breweries from Colorado and its surrounding states like Wyoming, Utah, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, and more, converge on the Mile High City.

Purchase your tickets to gain entry to Civic Center Park on the evening of July 25th and taste to your heart’s content from 5-10pm.  Grab your commemorative tasting glass as you enter and let the fun begin as you wander through an amazing line up of breweries, all while listening to live music from MarchFourth Marching Band.  You won’t want to miss this opportunity to try some of the best local stuff around and the hidden gems from out of state!

For this special tour Sierra Nevada collaborated with 12 different breweries to create the most unique 12-pack out there!  You can sample each of the 12 beers when you attend the festival or find the one-time-only variety pack at your local liquor store while they last.

If you happen to be in Fort Collins on July 24th, or shortly thereafter, you can find ALL 12 collaborations pouring from Black Bottle Brewery’s taps.  They were the only ones in Northern Colorado to receive the variety pack in draft form.  If you can’t make it to the festival or can’t find the Beer Camp Tour variety pack, this is your best chance to try them all!

Cheers!

Bring on Fort Collins Beer Week!

 

Join breweries, restaurants, and businesses May 11th – May 18th for Fort Collins Beer Week!  The weeklong event, coinciding with American Craft Beer Week, is meant to cultivate and ignite relationships between the community and its brewers.

The Colorado Brewers Guild and Fortified Collaborations have come together to put on this amazing event, planning beer dinners, tastings, tours, and even a Brewers Olympics!

Things will get started Sunday, May 11th with the Opening Night Bash at Tony’s Bar and Rooftop, which has seen recent renovations and has a new chef working up some great things in the kitchen.  This ticketed event ($20) taking place from 5pm-8pm will feature hors d’oeuvres, great local beer options, and live music from “The Waido Experience” starting at 6pm.  Plus you receive a commemorative FCBW glass and two drink tickets!

That is just the tip of the iceberg, as restaurants, bars, and businesses all over Fort Collins are getting in on the action offering up daily and weeklong specials.  Places like Jax Fish House, Town Pump, Choice City Butcher and Deli, and many more local favorites will be hosting a variety of deals and events to help celebrate this community building celebration.

Get out and support your local brewers and the community!

Visit their site HERE to see a full list of events and specials.