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CBC Week Specialty Beer Releases Guide

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Much like we’ve come to know from when the Great American Beer Festival come to town, one of the major external benefits of major industry centric events like next week’s Craft Brewers Conference coming to town, has been the growing practice of out-of-state breweries utilizing the week to make a special limited drop of beers either as a means to test the market, or just to make a splash to help grow their brands.

In previous years, breweries such as Fremont, Perennial and Burial have all used GABF week as a launch pad toward regular, or in some cases semi-regular distribution to Colorado. In other scenarios such the short-lived Bell’s Brewing’s drop a few years back, these brief market flirtations can help stoke the hype for breweries that may eye a future full-time distribution play, which in Bell’s case finally came to fruition this past year.

While the 2019 Craft Brewers Conference will be more industry facing during the day, it’s benefits always spill out to reward beer fans in their perspective host cities. With this year’s conference coming to Denver, it will also yield a healthy bounty of beer treats that aren’t typically widely available as well as plenty of special releases from local breweries thoughtfully timed to celebrate the week.

We’ve begun compiling our guide to these special releases and will continue to update this list as more information presents itself. Happy hunting!

The following brands will be distributed by Elite Brands

Photo by Holly Gerard, Aperture of Ales Photography
  • Shorts Brewing Co. – Bellaire, MI
  • Modern Times Beer – San Diego, CA
  • Revolution Brewing – Chicago, IL
  • Sun King Brewing – Indianapolis, IN

The following brands will be distributed by High Plains Distribution (formerly TRVE Distribution)

Draft Only:

  • ABGB (Draft)
  • Arizona Wilderness (Draft)
  • Brewery Bhavana (Draft)
  • Burial (Draft)
  • Highland Park (Draft)
  • LIC (Draft)
  • Resident Culture (Draft)
  • RAR (Draft)
  • Threes (Draft)
  • Trillium (Draft)
  • Trophy (Draft)

Draft & Retail

  • Commonwealth (Draft & Retail)
  • Live Oak (Draft & Retail)

The following brands will be distributed by Crooked Stave Artisans

rhinegeist brewery cans

Draft Only:

  • Toppling Goliath
  • Fifty West
  • Seventh Sun
  • Southern Grist
  • Societe
  • Bagby
  • Collective Arts
  • Little Fish
  • Monkish
  • Mikerphone

Draft & Retail:

  • Pfriem
  • Perennial
  • La Cumbre
  • Fremont
  • Crooked Stave
  • Jack’s Abby/Springdale
  • Two Roads
  • Half Acre
  • Lawson’s
  • Beachwood
  • Old Nation
  • Rare Barrel
  • Jester King
  • Cascade
  • Creature Comforts
  • Highwater
  • Pure Project
  • Ecliptic
  • Rhinegeist
  • Jackie O’s
  • Almanac
  • Finback
  • KCBC
  • Interboro
  • Equilibrium.

The following brands will be distributed by Culture Beverage (Shelton Brothers)

Brouwerij West | Photo by Justin Graziano, @BeerBreathCO

Draft Only

  • Ravenna
  • Urban Family
  • Aslan Brewing
  • Mirage
  • Standard Brewing
  • Dirty Couch
  • Spada Farmhouse Ales
  • Matchless
  • Wolves & People
  • Plan Bee Farm Brewery
  • Roughhouse Brewing
  • Suarez Family Brewery


  • 8 Wired Brewing – New Zealand
  • Achel – Belgium
  • AEppelTreow Winery – Wisconsin
  • Bellwoods Brewery – Canada
  • Brasserie Au Baron – France
  • Brasserie de la Senne – Belgium
  • Brasserie Fantome – Belgium
  • Brasserie Thiriez – France
  • Brouwerij De Ranke – Belgium
  • Brouwerji West – California
  • Carakale – Jordan
  • Cidrerie Traditionnelle du Perche – France
  • Cold Hand Winery – Denmark
  • Coniston – UK
  • Dieu du Ciel! – Canada
  • Frederiksdal Kirsebaervin – Sweden
  • Fyne Ales Ltd – Scottland
  • Garden Path – Washington
  • Henney’s Cider Company – United Kingdom
  • Kulmbacher – Germany
  • Lagar de Ribela S.L – Spain
  • Mahr’s Brau – Germany
  • Peckhams New – Zealand
  • To Øl – Denmark
  • West County Cider – Massachusetts
  • Wildflower Brewing & Blending – Australia
  • ZARRAK – BERRI – Spain

The following brands will be distributed by Classic Beverage

Black Trumpet Scratch Brewing
Photo by Tristan Chan

Draft Only

  • Bissell Brothers Brewing Co, Portland ME – draft only.
  • Tin Roof Brewing (Louisiana Brewers Guild Event ONLYat Freshcraft on Tuesday 4/9)
  • Urban South Brewery (Louisiana Brewers Guild Event ONLY at Freshcraft on Tuesday 4/9)
  • Gnarly Barley Brewing – (Louisiana Brewers Guild Event ONLY at Freshcraft on Tuesday 4/9)
  • Riip Beer Co (Cannonball Creek’s IPA event ONLY on Wednesday 4/10)
  • Snake River Brewing, Jackson WY (Specifically for Freshcraft and Star Bar)
  • Saugatuck Brewing, Michigan – limited amount of Barrel-Aged Darker Than Your Soul, which is usually a taproom-only beer.

Draft & Retail

  • Scratch Brewing, Ava IL
  • Odd Breed Wild Ales, Pompano Beach FL
  • Ology Brewing Co, Tallahassee FL
  • Oxbow Brewing Co, Newcastle ME
  • Bent Paddle Brewing, Duluth MN
  • Fair State Brewing Cooperative, Minneapolis MN
  • Fort George, Astoria OR

Retail Only

  • Farnham Ale and Lager, South Burlington VT – package only

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