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2023 Colorado Beer Festivals & Brewery Anniversary Tracker | Winter Edition

2023 Colorado Beer Festivals & Brewery Anniversary Tracker | Winter Edition

It might still be Dry January for many folks, but the beer calendar is already beginning to fill up for the first half of the year. And with so many breweries and events still working on ramping up after a few years of dormancy, it’s already starting to shape up to be a busy year for beer.

To help you navigate the multitude of festivals, brewery anniversaries, and major events happening around Colorado this year, 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 EventsBe 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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Genius Wizard Launch Party

Going beyond just a normal beer release, Ratio Beerworks has truly evolved the yearly debut of Genius Wizard, their Bourbon Barrel-Aged Stout and transformed it into a one-of-a-kind beer experience. Each year the Denver-based brewery partners with local artists to transform the brewery into a fully immersive art installation. This year Ratio will once again welcome Spectra Art Space along with featured local artist DAS (Douglas A. Schenck) to takeover not only the RiNo taproom but also their outdoor patio. Ticket holders will also get to enjoy special limited edition variants of Genius Wizard, which this year includes Chai Spice and Vanilla Coconut, alongside taco pairings from La Diabla Pozole Y Mezcaleria. In all, ticket holders receive four variants of Genius Wizard, which last year won a bronze medal at the 2022 World Beer Cup, a Genius Wizard four-pack to-go, commemorative glass, tacos, and the full immersive experience.

Where: Ratio Beerworks – 2920 Larimer Street Denver, CO 80205

When: Sat, January 28, 2023, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM MST

Tickets: $50: Available Here


New Belgium’s Lost in the Woods

New Belgium Denver's Lost in the Woods
New Belgium Brewing | Photo By: Julieanna Crynolyn

Colorado’s originator of the fully immersive beer release experience, New Belgium’s Lost in the Woods remains one of the state’s most unique and jaw-dropping beer release events. Each year New Belgium transforms its foeder forest into a fully immersive experience inviting guests to dress the part of that year’s theme. In 2023, Lost in the Woods goes the way of the Big Apple channeling New York City for a magical evening of sour beers, great eats, and dancing to commemorate the release of La Folie.

Where: New Belgium Brewing – Fort Collins: 500 Linden St, Fort Collins, CO

When: Saturday, February 11, 2023, 8:00pm – 12:00am

Tickets: $75: Available Here


Left Hand Nitro Fest

Left Hand Brewing renowned for its Nitro Milk Stout revives its long-time celebration of nitro beers after a three-year hiatus. The event which exclusively features nitro beers heads to Denver’s Mission Ballroom for the first time located right next door to Left Hand’s new Denver taproom. Nitro Fest will once again feature high-flying circus performances from aerialists, and circus performers milling throughout the crowd with guests invited to join in the “Cosmic Masquerade” theme.

This year’s festival will also feature 32 total guest breweries, 8 international breweries including representatives from Ireland, Croatia, Hungary, United Kingdom, Iceland, Argentina, and Korea, as well as several specialty releases from the host, Left Hand Brewing. To cap off the night, guests will enjoy an interstellar musical performance by world-renowned musician and record producer, Ott.

Where: Mission Ballroom – 4242 Wynkoop St, Denver, CO

When: Saturday, March 4 from 4:00pm-7:30pm

Tickets: $85 – $150 – Available Here


Collaboration Fest

Photo by Dustin Hall, The Brewtography Project

The American craft beer movement has credits its success to the industry’s collaborative and communal spirit. No festival in the country better imbues that ethos than the Colorado Brewers Guild’s Collaboration Fest. Featuring over 100 breweries collaborating on beers brewed specifically for this event.

This year’s fest moves to Westminster for the first time but will assuredly showcase some of the most inventive and creative beers produced. Colorado Brewers Guild members are allowed to collaborate with both an in-state brewery as well as an out-of-state brewery for one of the signature events of the year.

Where: The Westin Westminster – 10600 Westminster Boulevard Westminster, CO 

When: Saturday, March 25, 2023 from 2pm – 6pm

Tickets: $65 – $85 : 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 16 & 17 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.

Where: Ford Sculpture Garden Park – 522 S Frontage Rd E, Vail
When: Friday, June 16 from 4-7pm – Saturday, June 16 from 12-2:30 & 3:30-6pm
Tickets: Find out More Available Here

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DateEventLocation
January 27, 2023Alpine Dog Brewing Re-OpeningAlpine Dog Brewing (Denver)
January 28, 20232023 Super StoutRiver North Brewery (Denver)
January 28, 2023Winter Brew FestMile High Station
January 28, 20232023 Genius Wizard Launch PartyRatio Beerworks RiNo (Denver)
January 28, 2023Beer Poking at Odyssey BeerwerksOdyssey Beerwerks (Arvada)
January 28, 2023Meet Your Maker - Gueuzerie TilquinPrimitive Beer (Longmont)
January 28, 2023Ullrgrass Beer FestivalParfet Park (Golden)
January 28, 2023Hidden Gems Speakeasy ExperienceBurns Family Artisan Ales (Denver)
February 3-4, 2023Goldspot Brewing's 8th AnniversaryGoldspot Brewing (Denver)
February 4, 2023VantabrewsCerebral Brewing (Denver)
February 4, 2023Day of DarksWynkoop Brewing (Denver)
February 4, 2023Verboten's Annual Stout FestVerboten Brewing (Loveland)
February 4, 20233rd Annual Barrel-Aged & Stouts ShowcaseLiving the Dream Brewing (Littleton)
February 11, 2023HotBier FestPrimitive Beer (Longmont)
February 11, 2023Lost in the WoodsNew Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins)
February 11, 2023Crick Wooder Valentine's BallOskar Blues Brewing (Lyons)
February 11, 20232023 Lake San Cristobal Brew-Ski2700 County Road 30 (Lake City)
February 17, 2023Second Dawn Beer Grand OpeningSecond Dawn Beer (Aurora)
February 18, 2023Mardi Gras Party and Tiny ParadeCall to Arms Brewing (Denver)
February 18, 2023River North Brewery's 11th AnniversaryRiver North Brewery - Both Locations (Denver)
February 18, 2023Bruz Off Fax's 3rd AnniversaryBruz Off Fax (Denver)
February 24-25, 2023Ratio Beerworks' 8th AnniversaryRatio Beerworks RiNo (24th) & Overland (25th) (Denver)
February 25, 2023Winter Craft Beer FestivalFolsom Field (Boulder)
February 25, 2023Joyride's Winter LuauJoyride Brewing (Denver)
February 25, 2023Denver Beer Co. Lowry Grand OpeningDenver Beer Co. (Lowry)
February 25, 2023Holidaily Brewing's 7th AnniversaryHolidaily Brewing (Golden)
February 25, 2023300 Suns Brewing's 9th Anniversary300 Suns Brewing (Longmont)
February 25, 2023Halfpenny Brewing's 7th AnniversaryHalfpenny Brewing (Centennial)
March 2 - 5, 2023FlyteCo Brewing's 4th AnniversaryFlyteCo Brewing Tennyson (Denver)
March 2 - 6, 2023The Bakers' Brewery's 8th AnniversaryThe Bakers' Brewery (Silverthorne)
March 3 - 5, 2023Envy Brewing's 4th Anniversary Envy Brewing (Fort Collins)
March 4 - 5, 2023Beer, Bacon, and Coffee FestivalDenver Beer Co. Platte St. (Denver)
March 4, 2023Left Hand's Nitro FestMission Ballroom (Denver)
March 4, 2023Work from Home BreakfastCerebral Brewing (Denver)
March 4, 2023New Image Brewing's 7th AnniversaryNew Image Brewing (Arvada)
March 4, 2023HotBier FestPrimitive Beer (Longmont)
March 4, 2023Locavore Beer Works' Annual Beach PartyLocavore Beer Works (Littleton)
March 4, 2023Grilled Cheese and Mac FestivalNational Western Stockyard (Denver)
March 4, 2023Colorado Bock FestivalPaonia, CO
March 9-11, 2023Colorado Tap House 1st AnniversaryColorado Tap House (Arvada)
March 10 - 11, 2023Mash Mechanix Brewing's 2nd AnniversaryMash Mechanix (Colorado Springs)
March 10 - 12, 2023WestFax Brewing's 7th AnniversaryWestFax Brewing (Lakewood)
March 11, 2023Lowdown Brewery + Kitchen's 9th AnniversaryLowdown Brewery (Denver)
March 11, 2023Downtown Lakewood Beer FestBelmar District (Lakewood)
March 11, 2023Zuni St. Brewing's 6th AnniversaryZuni St. Brewing (Denver)
March 18, 2023Uhl's Brewing's 3rd AnniversaryUhl's Brewing (Boulder)
March 18, 2023Loveland Aleworks Spring IPA FestLoveland Aleworks (Loveland)
March 25, 2023Collaboration FestThe Westin (Westminster)
April 1, 2023Barquentine Brewing's 3rd AnniversaryBarquentine Brewing (Edgewater)
April 1, 2023Mile High Beer FestivalNational Western Complex (Denver)
April 1, 2023Ultimate Apres Avon Beer FestivalLake Street (Avon)
April 12, 2023Colorado Pint DayColorado Brewers Guild Memeber Breweries
April 22, 2023Dank Grass Bluegrass & IPA FestOskar Blues Brewery (Longmont)
May 27-28, 2023Creekside Beer FestivalBoulder Creek (Boulder)
June 3, 2023Belgian Beer FestBruz Beers (Denver)
June 3, 2023Highlands Ranch Beer FestivalCivic Green Park (Highlands Ranch)
June 16-17, 2023Vail Craft Beer ClassicFord Sculpture Garden Park (Vail)
June, 24, 20235th Street Block PartyVerboten Brewing (Loveland)
July 15, 2023Breckenridge Beer FestivalBeaver Run Resort (Breckenridge)
July 15, 2023Central Park Beer Festival(Central Park)
July 27, 20232023 Taste of Pikes Peak200 S Sierra Madre St. (Colorado Springs)
August 19, 2023Manitou Springs Heritage Brew FestivalMemorial Park (Manitou Springs)
September 8-11 & 15-17Vail OktoberfestLionshead Village & Vail Village
September 15-17, 2023Telluride Blues and BrewTelluride Town Park (Telluride)
September 21-23, 2023Great American Beer FestivalDenver Convention Center (Denver)
September 22, 2023Denver Rare Beer TastingMcNichols Building (Denver)
September 29, 2023Breckenridge Strings, Ciders, and SoursMain Street Station (Breckenridge)

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  1. Allie from Halfpenny here. We are gearing up for our 7th Anniversary party (2/25) and have a ton of beer releases in February.

    I am not sure if this is something you would be interested in promoting, but here is the release schedule:
    2/3: Caught in the Rain (Pina Colada Wheat)
    2/10: Chocolate Stout
    2/17: Dunkelweizen
    2/22: Dude, Give Me a Break (Kit Kat Porter)
    2/24: Barrel Aged Imperial Stout & Barrel Aged Rye IPA
    2/25: Neville Longbottom (English Mild)

    The actual party (2/25) will feature two food trucks, live music 3-9pm, new mugs, new beers, and a ton of fun!

  2. Vail Valley Brew’Au is on August 19th in Avon, CO at the beautiful Nottingham Park from 4-8pm!! Lots of beer, live music, live art, food trucks, and more. Hosted by Vail Valley Charitable Fund, a non-profit raising money for emergency medical grants for locals. Go to brewau.com for more info!

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