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Late Summer 2019 Roundup | Can’t Miss Colorado Beer Festivals

Ultimate Colorado Beer Festival Calendar
Camila Navarrette
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Summer: The season of drinking beer and exploring the outdoors, which both happen to be very popular activities in Colorado. If the mid-summer heat has you itching to get out of town and sample some new brews, we’ve rounded up some of the can’t miss beer festivals taking place across Colorado until the Great American Beer Festival in October.

Keep in mind we know Oktoberfest has become a big deal in Colorado, so don’t worry we’ll have a full round-up on Oktoberfest celebrations taking place throughout the state shortly.

On Tap Credit Union 2019 Ultimate Colorado Beer Events Calendar
On Tap Credit Union 2019 Ultimate Colorado Beer Events Calendar

This post is brought to you by our friends at OnTap Credit Union, who have been crafting banking solutions for breweries, brewery employees and beer lovers for the past 64 years in Golden and Arvada.

Keystone Bluegrass and Beer Festival

The 23rd annual Keystone Bluegrass and Beer festival features more than 100 types of beer from 40-plus Colorado breweries. Friday night kicks off with a beer maker’s pairing with New Belgium Brewing and food inspired by Colorado ingredients; other events include Voodoo Ranger Seminar and a cornhole tournament. Drink packages that include unlimited beer tastings are available.

Where: River Run Village, Keystone, 140 Ida Belle Dr, Keystone
When: August 3 and August 4
Tickets: Free – $75 on EventBrite


Winter Park Beer Festival

This mountain festival is a popular escape for families and mountain enthusiasts. The basic general admission tickets cost $10 and get you into the festival. Unlimited tasting and VIP experiences are also available.

Where: Rendezvous Events Center (formerly Hideaway Park), 78820 US 40, Winter Park
When: August 3 from noon – 5 p.m.
Tickets: $10 to $75 on EventBrite

Save the Ales

No water = no beer. Conservation Colorado’s annual fundraiser for its water program invites brewers across the state to show how Colorado’s craft beer industry is working to learn and incorporate more sustainable practices into businesses. Expect 30-plus local favorites like Black Sky and Emporium Brewing at the event alongside local food trucks, games, and more.

Where: Mile High Station, 2027 W Colfax Ave, Denver
When: August 8 from 6 – 10 p.m.
Tickets: $15 to $80 via NightOut

Save the Ales 2017 shirt
Photo by Dustin Hall, The Brewtography Project

Boulder Craft Beer Festival

The 6th annual tasting event combines Colorado craft beer with local food and music. Get your tickets early; the festival frequently sells out.

Where: North Boulder Park, 800 Dellwood Ave, Boulder
When: August 24 from 1 – 5 p.m.
Tickets: General admission tickets start at $35 and VIP tickets are $50. Updates on the event page.

Boulder Beer Fest
Boulder Beer Fest (Pic from @downtownboulder via Facebook)

Chef & Brew

The culinary and beer competition pits 20 chefs and 20 breweries against one another for the people to decide who has the best dish and beer. Featuring some of the best chefs throughout Denver, attendees are treated to unlimited bites, and sips for the ultimate treat yo self night of decadence.

Where: EXDO Event Center, 399 35th St, Denver
When: August 28 from 6 – 9 p.m.
Tickets: Available for $49 – $69 online. Details on the event page.

Hundreds gathered at the EXDO event center for Chef & Brew

Castle Rock Brew Fest Under the Stars

The 3rd annual festival pairs local craft beer with bites from local chefs and music from three local bands. The “deviation decision” also allows guests to pick their favorite unique beer while raising funds for the Colorado Brewers Guild.

Where: 1375 W Plum Creek Pkwy, Castle Rock

When: August 31 from 4 to 10 p.m.

Tickets: Available from $30 to $65 on EventBrite. Details on the event page.


Keystone Oktoberfest

The Colorado-style Oktoberfest pours brews from New Belgium into commemorative steins to kick-off a day of oompah bands, German grub and a lot of lederhosen.

Where: Keystone Festivals, 140 Ida Belle Dr, Keystone
When: August 31 from 1 – 6 p.m.
Tickets: $35 tickets include three full steins of beer. Details on the event page.

Keystone Oktoberfest Colorado
Keystone Oktoberfest (Pic from @keystonefestivals via Facebook)

Ska Brewing 24th Anniversary Party

One of the state’s OG breweries also throws one of the best late summer beer festivals around. Bringing in big time Ska bands such as the Aggrolites, the Toasters and Mustard Plug, combined with an invitational-style lineup of 30+ breweries, Ska’s anniversary combines great beer and music for one grand celebration.

Where: Ska Brewing, 225 Girard St., Durango, CO
When: September 7 from 4 – 9 p.m.
Tickets: $45 general admission tickets.

ska brewing expands durango


Suave Fest

Already billed as one of the country’s most significant beer events of the year, Suave Fest celebrates Latino craft breweries, brewers, beers, community and culture. The event is put on by the founders of the soon to open Raíces Brewing Co. and in addition to beer from Latino-owned breweries, will also feature Latin American and Caribbean cuisine from a diversity of vendors, as well as spectacular musical performances from top Latino artists and groups from the Centennial state. Suave Fest was one of the recipients of the 2019 Brewers Association’s Diversity Grant Awards and will include Dos Luces , Donavon , Boggy Draw , Novel Strand , Cheluna , Lady Justice , Coal Mine Ave and Raíces Brewing Co among others.

Where: STEAM on the Platte – 1401 Zuni St. Denver, CO
When: September 14 from 12 – 6 p.m.
Tickets:Available from $45 to $60 on EventBrite. Details on the event page.


Gratitude

One might think throwing a beer festival the weekend before the Great American Beer Festival is a death sentence, but over the years Our Mutual Friend’s humble celebration on the dawn of the country’s biggest beer festival has become a can’t miss tradition. Paying homage to those that have made Our Mutual Friend Brewery a success, Gratitude features an expanded parking lot party featuring specialty bottle releases, extended draft lists and a full day long celebration.

Where: Our Mutual Friend Brewery – 2810 Larimer St. Denver, CO
When: September 28 from Noon to Close
Tickets: Free to Attend


The 2019 Great American Beer Festival

The Super Bowl of Beer Festivals returns to Denver. Featuring over 4000 beers from nearly 800 breweries spanning four session across three days, GABF is still one best and certainly the biggest beer festivals in the country. Tickets have become easier to find with new monitoring software that helps to drive down scalping. Plus with an increased ticket allotment of 62,000 available and a larger festival footprint the Brewer’s Association aims to make the festival more accessible without discounting comfort. 

Where: Colorado Convention Center – 700 14th St., Denver CO

When: October 3 – October 5
Tickets: $85 Tickets go on sale to the general public tomorrow, July 31 at 10am via AXS

GABF Entry Gateway
Photo by Justin Graziano @BeerBreathCO

The Second Half of 2019 Colorado Craft Beer Lovers’ Calendar

Here are all the major beer festivals we know of taking place in the later half of 2019. We’ll add anniversaries as they are announced, and we tried to keep this list focused on major established beer festivals rather than include every beer release, tap takeover, or special tapping that occur each week… that’s why we created the Denver Beer Beat. Additionally, keep in mind, these are Colorado-centric events. Be sure to check back often as we’ll be updating this throughout the rest of the year.

Once again, special thanks to On Tap Credit Union for sponsoring this post.

On Tap Credit Union 2019 Ultimate Colorado Beer Events Calendar
DateBeer EventLocation
July
July 4, 2019Independence DayNation-wide
July 12, 2019Novel Stand One Year AnniversaryNovel Strand Brewing, Denver, CO
July 12, 2019Wibby Brewing 3 Year Anniversary PartyWibby Brewing, Longmont, CO
July 13, 2019Colorado Brewers RendezvousSalida, CO
July 13, 2019Denver Beer Co's Summer Block PartyDenver, CO
July 13, 2019Finkle and Garf 5 Year Anniversary PartyFinkle and Garf Brewing, Boulder, CO
July 19, 2019Wiley Roots 6th Anniversary PartyWiley Roots Brewing, Greeley, CO
July 19, 2019Launch Pad Brewing 4th Anniversary PartyLaunch Pad Brewery, Aurora, CO
July 20, 2019Boulder Beer 40th Anniversary PartyBoulder Beer Co, Boulder, CO
July 20, 2019Hooplagers IV! Urban beach bash meets Lager beer festLongmont, CO
July 20, 2019The Jailhouse 3 Year AnniversaryThe Jailhouse, Buena Vista, CO
July 20, 2019Living the Dream Brewing 5th Anniversary PartyLiving the Dream Brewing, Littleton, CO
July 20, 2019Metric Brewing 1st Anniversary PartyMetric Brewing, Fort Collins, CO
July 20, 2019Springs Beer FestColorado Springs, CO
July 20, 2019Historic Styles Beer FestHistory Colorado, Denver, CO
July 20, 2019Stapleton Beer FestFounders Green, Stapleton, CO
July 27, 2019Dos Luces 1st Anniversary PartyDos Luces, Denver, CO
July 27, 2019Westy Craft Brew FestWestminster City Park, Westminster, CO
July 27, 2019Rose' & Beer FestivalDenver, CO
July 27, 2019Reflection Garden On Tap Beer FestivalAurora, CO
July 31, 2019GABF Tickets Go On SaleNation-wide
August
August 2, 2019International Beer DayWorld-wide
August 3, 2019Odd13 Brewing 6th Anniversary PartyOdd13 Brewing, Lafayette, CO
August 3, 2019Keystone Bluegrass & Beer FestivalKeystone, CO
August 3, 2019Purpose Brewing 2nd Anniversary PartyLongmont, CO
August 3, 2019Call to Arms Brewing 4th Anniversary PartyCall to Arms Brewing, Denver, CO
August 6, 2019IPA DayNation-wide
August 10, 2019Woods Boss Brewing 2nd Anniversary PartyWoods Boss Brewing, Denver, CO
August 10, 2019Romero's K9 Club & Tap House 3 Year AnniversaryLafayette, CO
August 10, 2019Black Sky Brewery's 6th AnniversaryDenver, CO
August 10, 2019Denver Beer Co's 8th AnniversaryDenver Beer Co, Denver, CO
August 17, 2019Liquid Mechanics Brewing's 5th AnniversaryLiquid Mechanics Brewing, Lafayette, CO
August 10, 2019Loveland Brewer's OlympicsLoveland Aleworks, Loveland, CO
August 10, 2019Big Can JamZuma's Rescue Ranch, Littleton, CO
August 17, 201912Degree Brewing's 6th Anniversary12Degree Brewing, Louisville, CO
August 17, 2019Parker Brew FestO'Brien Memorial Park, Parker, CO
August 17, 2019Steers and Beers FestColorado Springs, CO
August 18, 2019Zwei Brewing 5th AnniversaryZwei Brewing, Fort Collins, CO
August 24, 2019Trinity Brewing 11th AnniversaryTrinity Brewing, Colorado Springs, CO
August 24, 2019Resolute Brewing 3rd AnniversaryResolut Brewing, Centennial, CO
August 24, 2019Boulder Craft Beer FestivalNorth Boulder Park, Boulder, CO
August 24, 2019Central City Brew FestCentral City, CO
August 24, 2019Arvada Arts and AlesArvada, CO
August 24, 2019San Juan Brew FestDurango, CO
August 25, 2019Punk in Drublic Red Rocks Beer FestRed Rocks, Morrison, CO
August 28, 2019Chef N BrewExdo Event Center, Denver, CO
August 29, 2019Rock Cut Brewing 4th AnniversaryRock Cut Brewing, Estes Park, CO
August 31, 2019Castle Rock Brew Fest Under the StarsCastle Rock, CO
August 31, 2019Brews and Views Beer FestHudson Gardens, Littleton, CO
September
September 7, 2019Cerberus Brewing Anniversary & InvitationalCerberus Brewing, Colorado Springs, CO
September 7, 2019Boulder Valley Beer FestivalBoulder, CO
September 7, 2019Ska Brewing AnniversarySka Brewing, Durango, CO
September 7, 2019WIBtoberfestWibby Brewing, Longmont, CO
September 12, 2019Telluride Blues & BrewsTelluride, CO
September 14, 2019Suave FestSteam on the Platt, Denver, CO
September 14, 2019Rockies Brew FestCoors Field, Denver, CO
September 14, 2019Lafayette Brew FestLafayette, CO
September 14, 2019Steamboat OktoberWestSteamboat Springs, CO
September 20, 2019Longmont OktoberfestRoosevelt Park, Longmont, CO
September 20, 2019Iggy Beer FestRegis University, Denver, CO
September 21, 2019Bears, Brews, and BitesUniversity of Northern Colorad, Greeley, CO
September 21, 2019Drink RiNo OktoberfestRackhouse Pub, Denver, CO
September 27, 2019Colorado Springs OktoberfestWestern Museum of Mining & Industry, Colorado Springs, CO
September 28, 2019Heritage Brew FestManitou Springs, CO
September 28, 2019GratitudeOur Mutual Friend Brewing, Denver, CO
September 28-October 5, 2019Beer FlightsDIA, Denver, CO
October
October 3-5, 2019Great American Beer FestivalColorado Convention Center, Denver, CO
October 4, 2019Denver Rare Beer TastingMcNichols Building, Denver, CO
TBAFalling Rock Fresh Hop Fest – DenverFalling Rock Tap House, Denver, CO
November
November 9, 2019Left Hand Nitro FestLongmont, CO
November 16, 2019Locavore Beer Works 5th AnniversaryLittleton, CO
TBAWynkoop's Day of DarksWynkoop Brewing, Denver, CO
TBAAll Colorado Beer FestColorado Springs, CO
December
TBADenver FestivusDenver, CO
TBABull & Bush's Christmas Beer TastingBull & Bush Brewery, Denver, CO

Comments

  1. Brewery Boot Camp is putting on a beer festival on September 28th! Brewery Boot Camp for Breast Cancer and Beer Festival fundraiser. We’d love to be included in the beer festival list if possible. 100% of our profits will be going to Drink for Pink (www.drinkforpink.co), who raises money for Colorado breast cancer research. Please feel free to contact me for more information if you would be willing to include us. Thank you for your time! Lindsay

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