WeldWerks Invitational Announces Impressive Preliminary Brewery List
To say that WeldWerks Brewing has had a big year simply would not do enough justice to the meteoric rise experienced by the two and a half-year-old Greeley, CO-based brewery. At last year’s Great American Beer Festival, they earned their second GABF medal with a gold medal victory in the Wood and Barrel-Aged Strong Stout category for Medianoche after previously earning a silver medal for their Hefeweizen in the American Style Wheat Beer with Yeast category in 2015 as.
WeldWerks alongside fellow Greeley brewery success story, Wiley Roots have in recent months channeled that fervent popularity into drawing attention, support and commerce for the former farming community, that now boasts a population of nearly 104,000 residents.
Now deeply entrenched as one of the country’s hottest breweries, WeldWerks isn’t content resting on its laurels. The Northern Colorado brewery announced in October news of a massive invitational beer festival that it plans to host this summer and we now know more concrete details about the event as well as the initial list of participating breweries.
Tickets for the WeldWerks Invitational, taking place Saturday, June 23, will go on sale this Thursday, February 1 at 6pm for $100 a piece. The event taking place in Greeley, CO, will feature two sessions, an Afternoon session from 12-3pm, and an Evening session from 4-7pm. Attendees can expect to sample the same beers at each session with over 100 beers and over 40 breweries anticipated to participate. 100% of the proceeds from The WeldWerks Invitation will go to benefit local Weld County nonprofit organizations, including (but not limited to) the Immigrant and Refugee Center of Northern Colorado.
Preliminary List of WeldWerks Invitational Participating Breweries
- Amalgam Brewing
- American Solera
- Angry Chair Brewing
- Atom Brewing Company
- Barrel Culture Brewing and Blending
- Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales
- Bottle Logic Brewing
- Boulevard Brewing Company
- Brew Gentlemen
- Casa Agria Specialty Ales
- Casey Brewing and Blending
- Cerebral Brewing
- Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
- Cycle Brewing
- Destihl Brewery
- Fremont Brewing
- Funky Buddha Brewery
- Great Notion Brewing
- Hop Butcher for the World – A Beer Company
- Horus Aged Ales
- J. Wakefield Brewing
- Jester King Brewery
- Kane Brewing Company
- Liquid Mechanics Brewing Company
- Port Brewing Co / The Lost Abbey
- Mikerphone Brewing
- Modern Times Beer
- More Brewing Co.
- New Image Brewing Company
- Odd13 Brewing
- Our Mutual Friend Brewery
- Perennial Artisan Ales
- The Rare Barrel
- River North Brewery
- Scofflaw Brewing Company
- The Answer Brewpub
- The Bruery
- The Veil Brewing Co.
- Toppling Goliath Brewing Co.
- TRVE Brewing
- Voodoo Brewery
- Wiley Roots Brewing Company
Revisit our initial interview with WeldWerks co-founder Neil Fisher discussing the WeldWerks Invitational:
PD: What was the impetus for starting the WeldWerks Invitational?
NF: We had been dreaming about hosting our own festival since we opened our doors, but like the brewery itself, it was sort of a dream we didn’t really think could become a reality. But that dream seemed more and more like a possibility, so after 2.5 years of developing relationships with some of the best breweries in the country, we figured 2018 was as good a time as any to try and pull it off.
WeldWerks has increasingly been supporting Greeley and Greeley’s non-profit groups, through releases, such as last week’s lottery release of Vanilla Medianoche, and now the upcoming Invitational. For that Vanilla Medianoche release, $10 from every ticket sold went to the Weld County Food Bank. Do you see your brewery as a platform to elevate the city as a whole?
As excited as we are at the prospect of hanging out with some of our favorite breweries in the country, we’re equally excited to host them here in Greeley and give craft beer enthusiasts an opportunity to spend some more time in our hometown. Since we opened, making a lasting impact here in Greeley has been one of our primary goals, and this fest helps accomplish that goal by not only raising money for local nonprofit organizations, but also by driving tourism here in Greeley and showing the world the exciting things happening here.
What else can attendee goers expect from the Invitational?
We are working on curating a pretty epic list of beers from these amazing breweries, so you can expect to see lots of beers that have never been poured in Colorado before. Beyond that, you can expect laid back environment and an opportunity to meet brewers and brewery owners from some of the best breweries not just in the country, but in the world. All here in Greeley, CO.
What other festivals have you all attended that’s served as inspiration?
We had the privilege of pouring at The Veil’s Forever Summer festival back in August, and it radically changed our view of what a beer festival could be. Their hospitality was beyond anything we had ever experienced, so we are hoping to offer a similar level of hospitality to the breweries we have invited. Similarly, Laura Lodge has cultivated one of the best beer experiences in the world with the Big Beers Festival in Breckenridge, so we were certainly inspired by that event as well.