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Colorado Beer Festival Tracker | 2022 Summer Edition

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While Colorado beer festival season has technically already well underway, this past weekend officially marked the grand return to summer beer fest season in the Centennial State with a pair of heavy hitters in Odell’s Small Batch Fest and the Creekside Beer Fest.

With many large-scale events opting to take a hiatus over the past two years as a result of the pandemic, this year’s beer fest looks a little bit different with some fresh new concepts, the return of a classic fest, as well as the return of several fan favorites. To help you navigate the multitude of festivals, brewery anniversaries, and more happening around Colorado this summer, we’ve, once again, compiled your comprehensive Colorado Beer Festival Tracker. This year’s research was aided by the Facebook Group: Craft Brews &. Mountain Views: Ultimate Resource to Colorado Beer Events. Be sure to give them a follow AND bookmark this page as we’ll continue to update our list throughout the rest of the year.

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Beers Made By Walking

Beers Made by Walking Cup
Photo by Holly Gerard

One of the country’s more unique festival concepts, which invites brewers to produce beers using foraged ingredients that can be found on hikes or urban hikes, returns to Colorado after a five year hiatus. BMBW returns to Colorado Springs, the city where the event was first launched, on Saturday, June 4, 2022. Since its initial debut, the roaming beer fest has also found an audience in Seattle, WA, San Francisco, CA, Portland, OR and many more, and in total has worked with over 100 breweries on beers featuring foraged ingredients.

Where: GOCA Downtown – 121 S. Tejon St., #100, Colorado Springs
When: Saturday, June 4 from 2-4:30pm followed by a photography pop-up documenting the event’s 10 year history
Tickets: $25 plus fees: Available Here

Vail Craft Beer Classic

Vail Craft Beer Classic
Photo Courtesy of the Vail Craft Beer Classic

One of the most amazing things about attending a beer festival in the mountains is that you typically get to enjoy incredible beers set to an even more breathtaking backdrop. There might be no more magical summer beer fest than the Vail Craft Beer Classic, which returns June 17 & 18 with over 30 world class breweries and beverage producers available to sample across two sessions. What’s even more fantastic about attending a fest like this is the opportunity to sample from incredible mountain breweries, that don’t always make it down to the Front Range. Use promo code: PORCH to get 10% off your ticket price.

Where: Ford Sculpture Garden Park – 522 S Frontage Rd E, Vail
When: Friday, June 17 from 4-7pm – Saturday, June 18 from 12-2:30 & 3:30-6pm
Tickets: $59 plus fees: Available Here

Big Queer Beer Fest

Big Queer Beer Fest
Photo provided by Goldspot Brewing

Betsy Lay of Lady Justice Brewing and Kelissa Heiber of Goldspot Brewing represent a rare few solo, queer, women brewer-owned breweries in the country. And they’ve lead the charge here in Colorado to help provide greater representation and opportunities for the LGBTQ+ community. Their brainchild, the Big Queer Beer Festival, returns for its second year, this time featuring 35+ breweries who will be selling beer to raise funds for Colorado’s LGBTQIA+ community. Last year’s event raised over $6000 and this year’s is sure to be an even greater success.

Where: Town Hall Collaborative – 525 Santa Fe Drive, Denver
When: Saturday, June 18 from 12-5pm
Tickets: Free to attend but beer tokens are one for $3, ten for $25, or guests can opt to purchase the VIP package which includes unlimited drink tokens and a t-shirt or tank top of the participants’ choice for $80. 20% of beer sales will go toward LGBTQIA+-supportive nonprofits

2022 WeldWerks Invitational Festival

Photo by Justin Graziano, @BeerBreathCO

For beer geeks, this fest is the absolute zenith. Featuring some of the premier hype beer producers from across the country, the WeldWerks Invitational Festival makes its grand return after a two-year hiatus. This year’s event will feature over 120 beers from 47 world-class breweries predominantly focused on barrel-aged beers including the likes of Side Project, Forager, Moksa, Green Cheek, Phase Three, Amalgam, Jester King, Russian River, and many more!

Where: DoubleTree by Hilton Downtown Greeley – 919 7th Street, Greeley
When: Saturday, June 25 – Afternoon session from 11am – 2pm Evening session from 4pm – 7pm
Tickets: $110 plus fees: Available Here

Brewers Rendezvous

As beer festivals have grown to become a dime a dozen over the past ten years, it becomes rarer and rarer to find fests where brewers and brewery owners all clamor to actually attend and represent their establishments in person. That’s not the case with the Brewers Rendezvous, which has become an industry tradition as a destination festival in one of the most stunning regions of the state. Now in its 26th year, the Brewers Rendezvous, organized by the Colorado Brewers Guild is one of the most competitive festivals to participate in as a brewery with 60 spots available and most of the state’s breweries jockeying for a spot at the fest. This year’s event will feature a Pre-Vous event on Friday night before the main festival featuring unlimited tastings from beers exclusive to that night only from 6-8:30pm with appetizers included.

Where: Riverside Park – 110 Sackett Ave. Salida
When: Saturday, July 9 – From 1-5pm
Tickets: Friday Pre-Vous – $60, General Admission – $55, VIP – $120: Available Here

Hooplagers: Lager-Exclusive Pool Party Beer Festival

Wibby Brewing Hooplagers
Photo by Tristan Chan

If you were to dream up your ideal over-the-top summer beer festival it’d likely include sipping on a full lineup of incredible lagers while lounging in a pool on an inflatable flamingo. Luckily the folks at Wibby Brewing dreamed up that exact scenario a few years back and have blown the concept out into one of the coolest summer beer fests in the country. Transforming their sprawling space into a massive pool party with giant inflatables and a sandy beach, the Wibby team, who are no strangers to producing world-class lagers themselves have been able to curate an incredible lineup of lager producers from around the country.

Where: Wibby Brewing – 209 Emery Street, Longmont
When: Saturday, July 16 – From Noon – 6pm
Tickets: Early Bird Pricing $40: Available Here

June 1, 2022Denver Beer Co Pride PartyDenver Beer Co Platte St (Denver)
June 2, 2022Goldengrass Bluegrass WeekendNew Terrain Brewing (Golden)
June 4, 2022Beers Made by WalkingGOCA Downtown, Plaza of the Rockies (Colorado Springs)
June 4, 2022Cabin Creek Brewing Two Year AnniversaryCabin Creek Brewing (Georgetown)
June 4, 2022Sloan's Lake Beer Fest Y2K Party1611 Raleigh St (Denver)
June 4, 2022Highlands Ranch Beer FestivalCivic Green Park (Highlands Ranch)
June 4, 2022Wellington Brewfest3815 Harrison Avenue (Denver)
June 3-5, 2022Spice Trade (Greenwood Village) Two Year AnniversarySpice Trade Brewing (Greenwood Village)
June 4, 2022Copper Kettle Brewing 11 Year AnniversaryCopper Kettle Brewing
June 4, 2022Pride & LoveBurns Family Artisan Ales (Denver)
June 6-11, 2022Ursula Brewing 8th AnniversaryUrsula Brewing
June 9, 2022Burns' Fest of Lupulin LoveBurns Family Artisan Ales (Denver)
June 10, 2022Platt Park Brewing 8th AnniversaryPlatt Park Brewing (Denver)
June 11, 2022Lake Dillon Beer FestivalDillon Amphitheater (Dillon)
June 17-18, 2022Vail Craft Beer ClassicFord Sculpture Garden Park (Vail)
June 18, 2022Big Queer Beer Festival from Goldspot Brewing & Lady Justice BrewingTown Hall Collaborative (Denver)
June 18, 2022Hogshead Cask FestHogshead Brewery (Denver)
June 18, 2022Arvada On TapRalston Recreation Area (Arvada)
June 18, 2022Denver BrewsologyHistory Colorado (Denver)
June 18, 2022BrewHaHa Beer FestARISTA Broomfield (Broomfield)
June 18, 2022Bootstrap Brewing 10th AnniversaryBootstrap Brewing (Longmont)
June 23 - 26, 2022Great Divide Brewing's 28th Anniversary WeekendGreat Divide Brewing (Both Locations in Denver)
June 24-26, 2022Downhill Brewing's 5th Anniversary PartyDownhill Brewing (Parker)
June 25, 20222022 WeldWerks Invitational FestivalDoubletree by Hilton Greeley
June 25, 2022TRVE Brewing 10th AnniversaryGothic Theater, (Englewood)
June 25, 2022Call to Arms Brewing Pride FestCall to Arms Brewing (Denver)
June 25, 2022Belgian Brew FestBruz Beers (Midtown Denver)
June 25, 2022The Big Wonderful Summer Beer FestWinter Park
June 25, 2022Hops Drops Evergreen Music and Beer FestivalBuchanan Park (Evergreen)
June 25, 2022Summertime Brew VibesUhl's Brewing (Boulder)
June 25, 2022Reds Whites and Brews in the BoatDowntown Steamboat Springs
June 25, 2022Ohm Brewing's 3rd AnniversaryOhm Brewing (Golden)
July 2, 2022Field of Drinks Brew FestivalMetcalfe Park (Fountain)
July 9, 2022Brewers RendezvousRiverside Park (Salida)
July 9, 2022Blues and Brews CrawlDowntown Windsor (Windsor)
July 9, 2022Homemade Homegrown Homebrew ContestAlice Pleasant Park (Craig)
July 9, 2022Baere Brewing's 8th Anniversary PartyBaere Brewing (Denver)
July 15, 2022Joyride Brewing 8th AnniversaryJoyride Brewing (Denver)
July 15-17, 2022Luki Brewing 2nd AnniversaryLuki Brewing (Arvada)
July 15-17, 2022Wild Provisions Beer Project 2nd AnniversaryWild Provisions Beer Project (Boulder)
July 16, 2022Hooplagers: Lager-Exclusive Pool Party Beer FestivalWibby Brewing
July 16, 2022Leftapalooza1245 Boston Ave (Longmont)
July 21-24, 2022Launch Pad Brewery's 7th AnniversaryLaunch Pad Brewery (Aurora)
July 23, 2022Call to Arms Brewing's 7th AnniversaryCall to Arms Brewing (Denver)
July 23, 2022Grimm Brothers Brewhouse's 12th AnniversaryGrimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland)
July 23, 2022Denver Summer Brew FestMile High Station (Denver)
July 23, 2022Kokopelli SummerBlock PartyKokopelli Brewing (Westminster)
July 23, 2022South Downing Block Party Presented by Denver Beer CoDenver Beer Co South Downing (Denver)
July 28, 2022The Big EatDenver Performing Arts Complex (Denver)
July 30, 2022Dos Luces Brewery's 4th AnniversaryDos Luces Brewery (Denver)
July 30, 2022Westy Craft Brew FestWestminster City Park (Westminster)
July 30, 2022Lee Hill Block Party Presented by Upslope BrewingUpslope Brewing Lee Hill Location (Boulder)
July 30, 2022Lakewood Brewery Collective Block PartyGreen Mountain Beer Company (Lakewood)
August 4, 2022Denver Burger BattleAuraria Campus (Denver)
August 6, 2022NoCo Brew FestIsland Grove Regional Park (Greeley)
August 6-7, 2022Keystone Bluegrass & Beer FestivalKeystone Resort (Keystone)
August 6, 2022Hops in the HangarWings of the Rockies Air & Space Museum (Denver)
August 8, 2022Day of DorksWynkoop Brewing (Denver)
August 13, 2022Parker BrewfestO'Brien Memorial Park (Parker)
August 13, 2022IPA Bash 2022 Presented by Verboten BrewingVerboten Brewing (Loveland)
August 13, 2022RiNo Beer FestZeppelin Station (Denver)
August 14, 2022Hillside Beer AdventureHillside Gardens (Colorado Springs)
August 26-27, 2022San Juan BrewfestBuckley Park (Durango)
September 3, 2022Ska Brewing 27th Anniversary Brewer's InvitationalSka Brewing (Durango)
September 3, 2022Tour de Fat Fort Collins Presented by New Belgium BrewingNew Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins)
September 3, 20227th Annual Bears Brews and BitesNottingham Field (Greeley)
September 10, 2022Colorado Parks & Wildlife on Tap Libations FestivalChatfield State Park
September 15, 2022Telluride Blues and BrewTellurdie Town Park (Telluride)
September 16, 2022Vail OktoberfestVail Village (Vail)
September 17, 2022ThirstyFestStanley Marketplace (Central Park)
September 17, 2022Big Can JamZuma's Rescue Ranch (Littleton)
September 24, 20222022 Craft Beer & Wine FestivalThe Orchard Town Center (Westminster)
September 24, 2022Heritage Brew FestivalSoda Springs Park (Manitou Springs)
October 6-8, 2022Great American Beer FestivalColorado Convention Center
October 8, 2022Pumpkins & PilsnersBond Park (Estes Park)
December 2-3, 2022Metal & Beer Fest from TRVE BrewingSummit Music Hall (Denver)

Be sure to bookmark this page and check back often for updates!

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