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2024 Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Festival Adds Local Flare to Up Its Fest Experience

May 21, 2024 |

The Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Festival has perennially proven why it endures as one of the country’s premier craft beer festivals. Elements that have distinguished it above the thousands of other festivals that take place each year range from the festival’s carefully curated list of participating breweries along with brewers/founders who make the trip to interact with attendees, its stellar lineup of food purveyors, dishing out all-you-can-taste high-level culinary bites ranging from charcuterie to lobster rolls, mac and cheese to artisan ice creams, its inherent advantages of showcasing one of the country’s preeminent brewing campuses located in the picturesque setting surrounded by the natural splendor of wine country, special festival-only Firestone Walker beers; with too many more to list.

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Beer Event | Strange Craft 14th Anniversary

May 15, 2024 |

With huge support from its many friends in the brewing community, Denver’s Strange Craft celebrates its 14th anniversary this coming weekend. Festivities kick off on Friday, May 17 with collaboration beers created with Strange Craft’s brewing friends, as well as one brewed by the brewery staff. Strange will host food trucks, live music and dancing in the biergarden on Saturday and Sunday. Read More

Roughhouse Brewing | New Day Navroz Mango Lassi Sour Ale

April 8, 2024 |

Across the world, over 300 million people, not far off the population of the U.S., celebrate the spring vernal equinox festival of Navroz, also known as Nowruz, Novruz, Nowrouz, Nooruz, Navruz, Nauroz or Nevruz, all of which mean “new day” and signify the first day of spring. The festival is embraced in multiple countries across South and Central Asia and the Middle East, with roots that trace back over 3,000 years to the Zoroastrian religion in ancient Persia, and is usually celebrated on or around March 21st.

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Chicago Brewery Events This April

April 3, 2024 |

Spring has sprung, and there’s no shortage of beer events happening across Chicago this month as we (hopefully) get more sunny days and patio weather. Beer Culture Center starts the month with an event at Siebel Institute of Technology, Industry Ales opens its doors, and you have options for celebrating 420. Here are Chicago brewery events this April!

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Event Recap | Feast Wilmington

March 29, 2024 |

The inaugural Feast Wilmington took place this weekend at Live Oak Bank Pavilion in Wilmington, North Carolina. The Weekend spanned four events Including a VIP Kickoff, Brunch Elevated, Pier Party and Craft + Cuisine.

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Jackie O’s Brewery | 18th Anniversary Extravaganza

March 21, 2024 |

Athens, OH-based Jackie O’s Brewery will be hosting their 18th Anniversary Extravaganza this weekend, March 22-24. Let’s dive in and take a look at what you can expect at their big bash!

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Event Recap | Duvel Perfect Pour Contest

March 19, 2024 |

Last week, industry folks and excited patrons alike gathered around Birmingham’s Hop City bar to participate in a special event hosted by Duvel Moortgat in collaboration with its distributor, AlaBev. Duvel’s Perfect Pour Contest, is one of several recurring events that Duvel hosts throughout the year to drive participation and excitement for the legacy brand. This was the first time the Perfect Pour Contest was held in Birmingham, Alabama. Read More

Can’t-Miss Beers to Try at the 2024 Collaboration Fest

March 15, 2024 |

It’s almost that time of the year again! The time to celebrate the art of collaboration at the highly anticipated Collaboration Fest. Hosted by the Colorado Brewers Guild, this unique festival features local and national breweries coming together to collaborate on distinctly unique beers made specifically for the festival. As one of the more novel festival concepts in the country has continued to serve as one of the best and brightest beer events in the country where creativity knows no bounds — and this is the largest year yet, with 145 beers from 180 breweries.

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Event Preview | Feast Wilmington

March 15, 2024 |

Wilmington, North Carolina is launching a new food and drink festival this month to showcase and celebrate the region’s emergence as a top culinary destination. Feast Wilmington takes place March 22-24 at Live Oak Bank Pavilion.

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Guinness Goes Big with First-Ever St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Chicago Open Gate Brewery

March 13, 2024 |

“Bartender – Guinness please?” It’s an actionable phrase that Guinness brewery ambassador Ryan Wagner says will be uttered more than 13 million times on St. Patrick’s Day weekend this year around the globe. And while the spectacle and celebration concentrated at Guinness’ St. James Gate brewery in Dublin, Ireland is the stuff of legends, local Chicago beer drinkers should get ready for a similar celebration fit for a city that treats St. Patrick’s Day with particular fervor.

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Barquentine Brewing Celebrates 1st Leap Day Birthday

February 28, 2024 |

Happy Leap Day and a happy birthday to all the Leap Day babies! This includes Colorado’s Barquentine Brewing, as it is celebrating its first Leap Day birthday (and fourth anniversary) … Read More

New Belgium Celebrates La Folie with Lost in the Woods Slumber Party

February 20, 2024 |

Once upon a time, nestled in the heart of the Rockies, a brewery famed for its playful spirit and delectable sour ales invited dreamers and night revelers to an enchanted gathering unlike any other.

It was no ordinary fête but the heralded Lost in the Woods of 2024, where New Belgium Brewing opened its legendary Foeder Forest for a Storybook Slumber Party that promised an evening of dance, delight and the finest sours in all the land.

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2024 Firestone Walker Invitational Announces Brewery List & On-Sale Date

February 9, 2024 |

How does the country’s best annual beer festival possibly get any better? Part of the answer lies in the brewery’s plans to expand its footprint by incorporating a month of programming and by adding a fresh wave of exciting breweries.

The Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Festival is officially BACK! Taking place on June 1, 2024, with ticket sales going on sale this upcoming Tuesday, February 13 at 10 a.m. PST, the iconic festival, which artfully pairs over 60 of the world’s most prolific breweries with over 20 of Southern California’s most impressive culinary purveyors, is primed for an even bigger year.

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Where to Find 2024 Pliny the Younger Tappings in Colorado

February 8, 2024 |

The iconic Triple IPA that has inspired so much fandom and fervor as well as its share of imitators has returned yet again. Each February, Russian River Brewing‘s limited release of Pliny the Younger becomes a major event at both of the brewery’s Santa Rosa and Windsor locations and in the limited out-of-state markets that are lucky enough to receive shipments.
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Saint Arnold Brewing Barrel-Aged Beer & Cellar Tour

February 6, 2024 |

Whatever your passion, whatever the thing that makes the world shine that little bit brighter, makes your heart beat that little bit faster, a glimpse behind the velvet curtain of how that magic is made is an immeasurable treat. Whether you’re my dad touring the Long Room at Lord’s Cricket Ground or my nephew hanging out with the drivers backstage at the Formula One, getting a sneaky peek behind the scenes is what it’s all about. For a dedicated Texan beer lover, getting a glimpse of the inner machinations of our oldest craft brewery—a two-time Great American Beer Festival Brewery of the Year-winning behemoth whose barrel-aged program is the stuff of round-the-block queues—is that trip through the back of the wardrobe into Narnia.

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2024 Colorado Beer Events & Festival Guide | February 2024

February 2, 2024 | 2

As Colorado’s winter kicks into gear, so do the major beer events and festivals designed to keep you warm and cozy. The arrival of February inherently triggers an onslaught of high-profile beer festivals and major events coinciding with the return of Stout Month. For a full list of Stout Month festivities be sure to check out our full roundup which we posted yesterday.

Additionally, we’ve begun rounding up major beer festivals, brewery anniversaries, grand openings, and events to look forward to in Centennial State with a greater showcase of some of our staff picks in the month of February. Be sure to check back often as we’ll be updating our list throughout the year.

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Copper State Beer Festival, Mesa AZ | Jan 13th 2024

February 2, 2024 |

Sweaters are being stripped off, sleeves are being rolled up, and hats are perched on heads as the sparkling winter sun permeates Mesa, AZ’s Riverview Park. Copper State Beer Festival is in full swing, and the weather is offering up its desert best for the 5,000 visitors the event has attracted. This is the third year the festival has taken place, drawing beer lovers from across Arizona and further afield to one of Phoenix’s hippest suburbs for an afternoon of imbibement. As Arizona’s craft beer scene blooms like a cactus flower, consumers are catching on, creating space for this frankly huge event featuring 72 breweries, plus a range of cideries, wineries, meaderies, distilleries, seltzer makers, bars and bottle shops. While the focus is firmly on beer, this is an event with something for everyone and an opportunity for local businesses to showcase their offerings alongside high-profile national names. There’s even a skating rink and axe throwing, which beats the heck out of the usual spin-the-wheel attractions beer festivals offer (FYI there was also spin-the-wheel).

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Where to Celebrate 2024 Stout Month in Colorado

February 1, 2024 |

You did it! You made it through Dry January! And while a reset was likely needed for all of us, the arrival of February will also welcome the return of Stout Month throughout the state of Colorado.

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LUKI Brewing’s Niche Events Find Success in the ‘Burbs

January 22, 2024 |

As DJ Saddy Jeff sulked in the corner — spinning an Emo’s Greatest Hits set of tunes — a bigger-than-usual crowd of thirsty Thursday holiday refugees gathered to pair beers and treats, watch “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and bask in the warm radiation of songs from the ghosts of a vaguely-goth past.

Courtesy of LUKI Brewery on Facebook

In the (normally) quiet West Arvada suburbs of Denver, Colorado, LUKI Brewery has found a niche in its array of unique events. From the ever-popular Gilmore Girls Day, to Goat Yoga and a bunch of wacky stuff in between, founder Jeff Smith has created something special that (perhaps strangely, at times?) really unites the community.

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Colorado Pint Day Set for April 10 by Colorado Brewers Guild

January 12, 2024 |

Recently, the Colorado Brewers Guild (CBG) announced this year’s Colorado Pint Day will occur on Wednesday, April 10, 2024. The 9th Annual fundraiser is for the CBG, which is a nonprofit trade group for independent craft breweries in the Centennial State. For Colorado Pint Day, breweries from around the state will sell the limited edition glasses and the CBG will receive $1 from each one sold.

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