Here are some fun beer events to consider in March. Also check out my St. Patrick’s Day post (including St. Patrick’s Day Parade) for holiday-specific events! Plus, Colorado Craft Beer Week is March 19-27, so there is LOTS to do!
Wed., Mar. 2, 6-11 p.m.: Homebrewer Appreciation Night, hosted by Fermentologists & TRVE at TRVE Brewing (227 Broadway #101, Denver).
TRVE Brewing started out as homebrewers and as such want to give back to the homebrew community. On March 2, our club has partnered up with them to host a homebrewer’s night at the brewery.
Join us to have a few beers, hang out with other homebrewers, and take home some FREE bottles. Just buy two pints during the event and Trve will send you home with a CASE of either 12 oz. or 750ml empty bottles.
This is a great opportunity to talk to other brewers and enjoy some great beer, plus bring home some brand new empty bottles.
(Do not bring homebrew to share, it’s illegal for public events).
Sat., Mar. 5, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.: Work From Home Beer Breakfast at Cerebral Brewing (1477 Monroe St., Denver).
We added 165 pounds of Vermont maple syrup and 10 gallons of cold-brewed Sweet Bloom coffee to our Robust American Porter, Nightglow, to create Work From Home. The result is a 9.0% Imperial Breakfast Porter teeming with lush notes of baker’s chocolate, coffee, and a slightly sweet maple finish. It’s the perfect beverage to start your day, providing you’re not going into work.
Come celebrate its release by joining us for a beer breakfast including waffles and bacon provided by Waffle Brothers! We’ll have cartoons on the big screen and highly encourage wearing your favorite pajamas.
Each ticket includes a screen-printed glass mug, a 10oz pour of Work From Home, a waffle and a side of bacon. Additional pours of Work From Home will be available for $5.
Space is limited and tickets are expected to sell out quickly!
Sat., Mar. 5, 12-5 p.m.: 14th Annual Boulder Strong Ale Fest at Avery Brewing (4910 Nautilus Ct. N, Boulder).
Please join us for our 14th annual ode to strong ales! Boulder Strong Ale Fest features epic brews from craft breweries around the country, bringing the beers of brawn and this king of categories to one holding pen for your pleasure. To make it into this fest, a beer must be 8% ABV or higher and represent something very special from the heart and soul of its creator.
Tickets are $50 each and all proceeds benefit G.O.A.L.S. – Get Outside And Learn Something. Each ticket includes 16 pours and a commemorative glass. Food will be available for purchase. Because this event is for charity, there are no discounted designated driver tickets and no refunds. This is a 21+ event—please leave your children and dog-children at home.
Sneak peek of participating breweries:
Allagash Brewing Co.
Call to Arms Brewing Co.
DogFish Head Craft Brewed Ales
Dry Dock Brewing Co.
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Goose Island Beer Co.
New Belgium Brewing Co.
Odell Brewing Co.
Oskar Blues Brewery
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Ska Brewing Co.
Stone Brewing Co.
The Lost Abbey
…and many more!
Sat., Mar. 5, 6 p.m.: Suds for SIDS Beer Fest at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum (7711 E. Academy Blvd., Denver).
The 4th annual SUDS for SIDS Beer Festival and fundraiser is taking place on March 5th from 6-10 PM at the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum. Join CAUTION: Brewery and many more of your favorite local breweries, as we help raise money and awareness for the Angel Eyes “Child Loss Awareness Program.” Tickets include unlimited tasting, beer style appetizers as well as non-alcoholic beverages (for our DD). There will also be a live DJ and a special, one-of-a-kind silent auction. Come party with CAUTION and drink some beers for a very good cause!
March’s Beer & Food Pairing features Ratio Beerworks pouring 3 different & fun beers.
Rhein Haus’ Executive Chef Eric Hiob & Bier Curator Scott McKinney host a 3-course Beer & Food Pairing Dinner @ 7 PM on the first Monday of every month. All 3-courses are carefully created to marry the seemingly infinite pool of flavors from surrounding Denver breweries.
A great opportunity to meet & mingle with brewers and other beer lovers in a family style seating atmosphere.
Tickets to the pairing dinners provide guests early VIP access to beers featured on the following Wednesday’s Tap Takeover.
Tue., Mar. 8-Fri., Mar. 11: Barrel-Aged Scottish Style Ale Tappings with Upslope Brewing & Spirit Hound of Lyons (4 dates & locations)
In the fall of 2013, Spirit Hound’s inaugural whiskey wash was cooked at Upslope. Remember the flood that year? This beer was aged in the whiskey barrels that survived the swim. The result? Only six barrels of beer.
Tues., March 8 @ 5:00 p.m. at Both Upslope Tap Rooms (1501 Lee Hill Dr., Boulder and 1898 S. Flatiron Ct., Boulder)
Wed., March 9 @ 5:30 p.m. at Backcountry Pizza & Tap House (2319 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder)
Thurs., March 10 @ 5:30 p.m. at Lyons Fork (450 Main St., Lyons)
Fri., March 11 @ 5:30 p.m. at Falling Rock Tap House (1919 Blake St., Denver)
Hey ladies! This is our third meeting of many to come! Do you love craft beer? This is a social educational club…
Don’t worry! If you don’t know much about beer or aren’t even sure if you LIKE beer…you’re more than welcome to join! This club is all about including ALL women, no matter if you’re a novice drinker or a brewer! There is no charge for this meeting. Please keep your RSVP updated.
Sat., Mar. 12, 12-6 p.m.: Hops + Handrails at Roosevelt Park (Long’s Peak and 8th Ave., Longmont).
Left Hand’s bringing the mountain to the people! In its fourth year, Hops+Handrails features the best of Colorado, mixing an epic beer fest with a live rail jam! Sip from 60 craft breweries, while riders do their best tricks down the 40ft. ramp with live music filling the air. Sam Bush will headline the Hops + Handrails stage, featuring his trademark bluegrass and jaw-dropping mandolin playing.
60 Breweries | Rail Jam | Live Music | Vendors | Kid Zone
Hops + Handrails is a benefit for SOS Outreach, Chill, and the LHB Foundation.
The Greek symbol Pi is used around the word to represent a constant – the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter which is approximately 3.14159. Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) and we’re celebrating it with our friends at Upslope by creating a craft beer and pie pairing.
We’re also following the pairing with a beer geek trivia session. Questions are created by Upslope Brewers, and friends/members of Barley’s Angels with fun prizes. Tickets for this event is $15 which includes 3 beer and pie pairings, craft beer education and service charges.
$5 reserves your seat by clicking this link. The balance is payable to the taproom on the night of the event.
Tap into the right side of your brain and join us for a night of painting and delicious beer! Canvas & Cocktials will be hosting a step by step instructional painting class with beer, music, and fun! $40 includes all painting materials, instruction, and one beer! We will be painting the above picture of the Denver skyline.
Sat., Mar. 19, 3-6 p.m.: Collaboration Fest at Sports Authority Field at Mile High (1701 Bryant St., Denver). **SOLD OUT**
Collaboration Fest is back, and is entering its third year in 2016! The first year of the festival boasted more than 20 collaborative beer projects with contributors coming from as far away as Sweden, providing limited edition, exclusive brews specifically for this event. The second annual Collaboration Fest expanded not only in size, but number of beer projects and types of collaboration. 2016 promises to be the best event yet! Don’t miss this one of a kind festival! Tickets are available at http://www.collaborationfest.com.
Sat., Mar. 19, 8 p.m.: Collaboration Fest After Party at The Mercury Cafe (2199 California St., Denver).
After this year’s Collaboration Fest on Saturday, March 19… we’ll collaborate one last time to end the day in style! Greater Than Collective, the Mercury Cafe and Two Parts have put their heads together to create a one-of-a-kind, not-to-be-missed after party for the ages. We’ll be taking over the Mercury Cafe (upstairs), and we’ve asked a slew of musicians to join us for a once in a lifetime concert featuring members of…
The Still Tide
and more to be announced!
Tickets are only $10 ahead of time, and $12 at the door!
No persons under 21
No pets, please
and remember… the Mercury Cafe is cash only!
Sun., Mar. 20, 1-4 p.m.: Beer & Cheese Pairing at Ratio Beerworks (2920 Larimer St, Denver).
Join us at Ratio Beerworks for a 4 course cheese and beer pairing on March 20th. Amy Combs, aka A Cheese Peddler, will walk attendees through the featured cheeses and why she chose to pair them with each beer. Ratio Beerworks will also describe why each beer pairs so well with each cheese selection.
Tickets are available for $15 in the taproom at the bar and we will be accepting walk-ins throughout the afternoon so no need to worry about getting here right on time.
Sun., Mar. 20, 4 p.m.: Paints & Pints with UnWined at Copper Kettle Brewing Company (1338 S Valentia St., Ste. 100, Denver).
We’re having another painting event here at CKBC with unWined Painting, a new studio in Denver! Come test your skills and learn new ones while enjoying a great beer! We’ll be painting the Eclectic Elephant (pictured) for a fun and playful art piece! Perfect for a gift to your friends and family…or yourself! Tickets, $40 per person, include all materials, instruction, and first beer!
Mon., Mar. 21, 8-10 p.m.: Black Project Homebrew Hob-Nob, hosted by Fermentologists, at Former Future Brewing Co. (1290 S. Broadway, Denver).
Join us at Former Future on March 21 2016, where Black Project Spontaneous Brewmaster, James Howat, will teach us how to make a coolship and how to apply what we’ve learned at the homebrew level. Ticket includes two 10 oz pours of beer and admission. At the March 21st event, James will discuss how to build a Coolship (Koelschip) on the homebrew level (5-10 gallons). This event will focus on the science and math needed to accurately calculate the required volume needed to create a proper spontaneous fermented beer. Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions and tour the brewery.
We’ve talked about the common styles of craft beer and their history. We’ve started to define our personal palates, and now it is time to have soem fun with this knowledge and start pairing it with delicious food!
In this third class we will learn that wine is not the only acceptable beverage to pair with food and we will explore some of these pairings and suggested ways to cook with craft beer as well. Additionally, we will be learning about women in the craft beer industry and ways to get involved if one is interested.
All three of these courses are designed just for women (by women), who are interested in learning more about craft beer. Join us for these low key, friendly, no pressure, and FUN sessions.
All classes taught by a female in the industry. All classes include multiple tastings of the subject matter and snacks. All classes allow for plenty of networking and meet and greet time.
Wed., Mar. 23: Colorado Pint Day (multiple locations)
Colorado Pint Day is a celebration of Colorado, The State Of Craft Beer. Buy a 16 ounce fresh craft beer at any of the venues below on March 23, 2016 and you will be able to keep the glass. Oh, the best part, $1 from each pint sold will be donated to the Colorado Brewers Guild.
Bonfire Brewing – Eagle
Boulder Beer – Boulder
Breckenridge Brewery and Pub – Breckenridge
Call To Arms Brewing – Denver
Epic Brewing – Denver
Farmhouse @ Breckenridge Brewery – Littleton
Fiction Beer Company – Denver
Launch Pad Brewery – Aurora
Lone Tree Brewing – Lone Tree
Mountain Toad Brewing – Golden
Odell Brewing – Fort Collins
Pug Ryan’s Brewery – Dillon
Ska Brewing – Durango
Ute Pass Brewing – Woodland Park
Ale House @ Amato’s – Denver
Breckenridge Colorado Craft – Denver
Breckenridge Ale House – Grand Junction
Wed., Mar. 23, 3 p.m.: Roaming Bull Brasserie Food & Beer Pairing at Strange Craft Beer Company (1330 Zuni St., Unit M, Denver, CO).
Two different food & beer pairing options. $1 off of pints with purchase of food.
Now in its fourth year, New Kids On The Block is a beer-centric event celebrating Colorado breweries under 2 years old. Show off your finest ’80s garb at this, all-you-can-drink event! The event will include unlimited beer tastings, ’80s tunes, and a costume contest. As a part of Colorado Craft Beer Week, New Kids on the Block is brought to you by Two Parts, The LOBBY and PorchDrinking.com.
Pull out the neon and grab a ticket at twoparts.com. VIP tickets are $45 and include a three course paired beer dinner with Call To Arms Brewing Company. Beer dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $30. Festival and general admission starts at 7:00 p.m.
Option 1: Begin your evening with entry to Chocolate: The Exhibition followed by a tasting and voting session at 7:45 p.m.
Love beer and food? So do we, but the science behind why we find certain pairings so satisfying isn’t clear. Sign up to be a part of a pilot taste test led by Dr. Nicole Garneau, Museum curator and taste expert, and her partners from the American Society of Brewing Chemists (ASBC), the Brewer’s Association, and Cicerone. You and your fellow beer nerds, citizen scientists, and foodies participate in tastings designed by the Museum’s culinary team and in return, give feedback on your experience to inform future scientific studies.
Following the tasting, hear the voting results and what it might mean about the science of taste. Includes beer tastings, hors d’oeuvres, and admission to Chocolate: The Exhibition.
We are conducting a taste test, so please plan ahead and try not to eat or drink anything but water for 2 hours before your tasting and voting session.
The Beer & Food Working Group is an interdisciplinary group of scientists, brewing experts, and industry veterans:
Ray Daniels: Creator of the Cicerone program and former BA Craft Beer Program Director/Brewers Publications Manager
Pat Fahey: Content Manager-Cicerone Certification Program and Master Cicerone
Nicole Garneau, PhD: Director of the Genetics of Taste Lab at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and ASBC Sensory Sub-Committee Member
Lindsay Barr, MA: Sensory Specialist New Belgium Brewing Company and Chair of the ASBC Sensory Sub-Committee
Julia Herz: Brewers Association Craft Beer Program Director and Publisher of CraftBeer.com
Each month TCO brings in a different Colorado brewery for a 4 course paired beer brunch. In March Denver Beer Co. will be teaming up with Chef Rich Byers to create a menu perfect for some morning imbibing. The March Brewer’s Brunch with Denver Beer Company will take place on March 26, 2016 starting at 11:30 a.m. Perfect way to celebrate the end of another great Colorado Craft Beer Week. Tickets are on sale now for $40.
Shake off those winter blues and join us at the Western CO Craft Beer Celebration! This is a fundraiser for the Colorado Brewers Guild held on the lawn at our production facility, Edgewater and will feature over 10 Western Slope breweries.
Tickets are $20 +tax and include a glass and unlimited samples. Tickets go on sale March 1st and are available for purchase (cash or credit card) at either of our locations in Grand Junction. We are selling a limited number of tickets, and last year we did sell out, so we’d recommend buying your ticket early!
Gates will open at 2pm and we’ll have live music by local favorite Retrospectacle . Our kitchen box will be open (walk up service for food and cocktails) along with our main kitchen.
The breweries in attendance:
*Kannah Creek Brewing Company
*Colorado Boy Pub & Brewery (Ridgway)
*Colorado Boy Pizzeria (Montrose)
*Copper Club Brewing
*Ourayle House aka Mr. Grumpy Pants Brewing
*Palisade Brewing Company
*Suds Bros Brewery
*Two Rascals Brewery
*** Ouray Brewing will be unable to join us but will be sending beer for the festival. The Bookcliff Home Brew Club will be at the festival pouring Ouray Brewing’s beer along with giving out information for joining the club!
We raised over $4,000 for the CBG last year and hope to increase that donation this year!
Sat., Mar. 26, Mighty Beer Run (Platt Park run only; see site for other run dates)
The Mighty Beer Run is launching its second annual event series featuring four interactive courses that will challenge runners, walkers and crawlers to earn their beer, from start to finish. The adventures will take place throughout 2016 in Denver’s top neighborhoods including Platt Park, RiNo, South Broadway and a grand finale location. Each race will include scenic views, varying degrees of difficulty and pit stops at four of Denver’s top local breweries. Racers will have two hours to hit each brewery and beat the masses, all while enjoying a cold one. The first five men and women who hit all the breweries and hiccup across the finish line will be rewarded with a golden chalice and the opportunity to race in a special wave at the grand finale.
WHO: Active participants and spectators who enjoy getting outside and have a passion for beer.
EVENTS: Platt Park on Saturday, March 26; RiNo on Saturday, May, 21; South Broadway and the grand finale dates to be determined.
WHERE: We will have a suggested route, but participants are welcome to set their own pace and choose their own path. Each neighborhood will feature four participating breweries. Current brewery partners on the Platt Park course include Declaration Brewing, Platt Park Brewing Co., Grandma’s House and Former Future Brewing Company.
TIMETABLE: The first heat of the March 26th event at Platt Park is already SOLD OUT! For the second heat, participants can check-in at Declaration Brewing around 2:30 p.m. The event begins at 4 p.m. for the Competitor Division and continues on in waves after that for the Crawler Divisions, concluding around 6 p.m. with a post-race after-party featuring food trucks and beer.
COST: There are three tiers of pricing for the races ranging from $30-$40, depending on the time of registration. For event registration, please visit http://mightybeerrun.com.
WHAT’S INCLUDED: Each entrant gets a beer koozie, beer samples from the participating breweries and access to the after-party for an afternoon of fun!
WHO BENEFITS: We are proud to benefit UpaDowna, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide access to outdoor adventures for all through events and programs that empower individuals, create healthier communities, and foster a respect for the environment.
Sun., Mar. 26, 12-8 p.m.: Easter Egg Hunt at Factotum Brewhouse (3845 Lipan St., Denver).
Join us on Sunday for a kid and adult friendly Easter Egg Hunt. Prizes include candy and complimentary beers. Starts at noon and finishes when the last egg is found!
Thur., Mar. 31, 6:30 p.m.: Painting Fun at Factotum at Factotum Brewhouse (3845 Lipan St., Denver).
Canvas and Cocktails is bringing the fun back this spring for another edition of Painting Fun at Factotum! Bring your craft beer palate and use your paint palette to paint this Latin American inspired piece.
Grab your bestie, your selfie, your kiddo, your better half, or meet a friendly stranger and sign up using the ticket link! The last class was a rocking good time so don’t procrastinate!
Ticket includes: instruction, all painting tools, one full pour of Factotum’s fresh craft beer or a Rocky Mountain Soda, and a lot of laughs!