Home to over 400 breweries, beer never runs out in Colorado. To celebrate the state’s craft beer culture, here’s a list of renowned beer festivals that’s worth a spot in your calendar.
Save the Ales – Aug. 8
How would you like to raise a toast to clean and healthy water for all Coloradans for years to come? You can do so at the Save the Ales Beer Festival. Hosted by Conservation Colorado, this event aims to raise funds for environmental conservation effort. So if you want to make sure the environment is protected, and clean water keeps flowing so the beer never runs out, this event is the place to be.
Steers & Beers Whiskey and Beer Festival – Aug. 17
Riding atop a mechanical bull, you get to be a cowboy for an afternoon at the Steers & Beers Whiskey and Beer Festival. Or you can just meander through the different stands and sample beers and whiskeys, grab a bite of mouth-watering food, and enjoy the live band. Best of all, you’re having all the fun while supporting the efforts of Proteus Syndrome Foundation, the beneficiary of this fundraiser.
Boulder Craft Beer Festival – Aug. 24
Bringing together Boulder County’s breweries, the Boulder Craft Beer Festival offers you a taste of crafts beers from 30 different breweries. Aside from guzzling the ice-cold beers from the Front Range, there’s also an afternoon of live music and lawn games to look forward to. They even offer a yoga class if you’re up to it.
Bruises & Brews Festival – Aug. 24-25
Glendale’s RugbyTown 7S has attracted top domestic and international clubs as well as rugby fans all over the country. Aside from the main tournament, there’s a beer festival, aptly called Bruises & Brews, to add more thrill to the festive air. Rugby and beer—now that’s a good pair.
Rocky Mountain Beer Festival – Sept. 2
Happening on multiple dates across different cities in the Rockies, the Rocky Mountain Beer Festival is the perfect excuse to wet your whistle. You get an afternoon of lawn games and live music from local bands whilst feasting on a variety of dishes and gulping down a refreshing glass of beer.
Breckenridge Oktoberfest – Sept. 6-8
You don’t have to travel to Germany to experience Oktoberfest in all its revelry. Right within the Main Street of Breckenridge, you can take part in one of the largest extravaganzas in the Rockies. You can indulge in sumptuous German cuisine, compete in a Hammerschlagan, go polka dancing, and of course enjoy your favorite German brew. Best of all, entrance is free. Prost to that!
Great American Beer Festival – Oct. 3-5
The Great American Beer Festival is the one festival that should be a part of any beer lover’s bucket list. Hosted by the Brewer’s Association, this event brings together more than 800 breweries from all over the country to take part in this extravaganza. You get access to over 4,000 beers and dig into masterfully paired dishes. Aside from food and drinks, they’ve got entertainment covered too with live music, yard games, and a silent disco.
Fall Back Beer Fest – Nov. 2
Colorado welcomes Daylight Saving Time with a bang. Happening right at the time when the clock falls back, Fall Back Beer Fest is an opportunity for you to get educated about your favorite drink. Aside from craft beer tasting and live music entertainment, numerous industry experts will be around and they make for the most interesting homebrewing discussion.
Nitro Fest – Nov. 9
Featuring rare nitrogenated beers from all over the country, the Nitro Fest is like no other. A band of aerialist, fire dancers, out-of-this-world performers, and nationally-acclaimed touring artists are set to entertain you in this event. Plus, you’ll have to come in with your cosmic ball-inspired costume since you will be transported to the cosmos in this exhilarating event.
Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Festival – Jan. 9-11, 2020
If you love beer, you’ll find kindred spirits here at the Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Festival. This is where homebrewers and beer aficionados convene in the Colorado Rocky Mountains to taste hundreds of Belgian style and experimental beers from more than 150 different breweries, explore culinary pairings, and discuss about the ubiquitous drink that everyone just can’t get enough of. And if you’re fired up to become a homebrewer yourself, don’t miss their brewing seminars.
Collaboration Festival – March TBA, 2020
Want to see how the magic happens? The Collaboration Festival is where it’s at. This is where over 200 breweries come together and collaborate to produce some of the most exciting and rarest beers, and have a taste of it. Get your pen ready as you may be compelled to have your own tasting notes.
Breckenridge Beer Festival – April TBA, 2020
Happening during summer and springtime, the Breckenridge Beer Festival features beers from 40 different breweries, live music, and mouth-watering food. With the amazing view of the Rockies and the fun-filled outdoors, it’s the best place to spend your weekend in Breckenridge.
Burning Can Fest – June TBA, 2020
Experience the Rocky Mountains brand of revelry at the Burning Can Festival. Boasting of several awards like the Top 10 Beer Fest by the USA Today and “Rowdiest Event” by Elevation Outdoors Magazine, this party is like no other. Aside from the usual line up of craft beers, sumptuous food, and live music, there’s also that adrenaline-pumping adventure sports activities that you can watch or take part in.
The Feast of St. Arnold – June 11, 2020
Family-friendly may not be the usual adjective to describe a beer festival but organizers of the Feast of St. Arnold has managed to pull it off. Named after the patron saint of brewers, this event has been held at the Chapel of our Savior since 2013. This annual beer festival has everything for the entire family—there’s a family fun zone for the kids, continuous live music in the background, excellent food and beer samples for you.
If you can’t turn down a good time and refreshing glasses of beer, Colorado’s numerous beer festivals will be such a party for you. Tickets may sell like pancakes so book yours and clear your calendar in advance.