June Beer Events
There are far too many events in any given month to post here, so for even more events, see my Facebook page!
Ongoing Promotion (through 2019): ‘Brew Your Way Into Denver’ Package at Sheraton Denver Downtown
Denver is known for its craft beer scene, experience Denver’s own Denver Beer Co. with this special package crafted for the beer lover. The package begins at $119.00 and will be available for stays from now until the end of 2019.
Valid for stays Thursday-Sunday, the Brew Your Way Into Denver package includes:
• Room accommodations
• One (1) 6-pack of beer from Denver Beer Co.
• Two (2) Pint glasses from Denver Beer Co.
• Buy One, Get One coupons and miscellaneous swag from Denver Beer Co.
Currently on tap: Griffin Wing IPA by Crazy Mountain Brewing Company at Social Fare at the JW Marriott Denver
Social Fare recently began pouring the new Griffin Wing IPA, which was created exclusively for the JW Marriott Denver by Colorado’s Crazy Mountain Brewing Company.
Inspired by the Colorado mountain lifestyle, Crazy Mountain brews craft beer with only the finest of ingredients, yielding the best-tasting ales and lagers. The new Griffin Wing IPA is a floral India Pale Ale with a grapefruit twist and a deep caramel malt to help balance the bitterness of the hops.
Now through Aug. 9, 2020: Beer Here! Brewing the New West Special Exhibition at History Colorado Center (1200 Broadway, Denver)
A river of beer flows through Colorado’s past.
Back in the gold rush, saloons weren’t just saloons. They were post offices, restaurants, hotels, and social clubs. But then Colorado banned alcohol—four years before Prohibition hit the rest of the country. By the 1970s, beer was big business again—really big business. Now, homebrewers have gone pro and it seems like there’s a brewery on every corner.
All of this making you thirsty for more? Come explore our brewing past, present, and future. See beer-brewing equipment from then to now, a massive bottle-breaker from Prohibition days, the nation’s first aluminum beer cans, and a wealth of other artifacts from our state’s hoppy history.
Visit nineteenth-century saloons, Prohibition-era “drugstores,” and the kitchen that brewed up the modern craft beer industry.
After you view the exhibit, stay awhile to enjoy a sampler tray of historic beer styles.
More than just a tale of ale, this is a story of Colorado—told over a few beers.
Beer Here! is generously supported by lead sponsors Ball Corporation and Coors Brewing Company.
Thur., Jun. 20-Sun., Jun. 23: Vail Craft Beer Classic
***Promo code for 20% off Toast of Vail tickets: COBEERGIRL20***
Tickets are now available for the third annual Vail Craft Beer Classic, taking place June 20-23 in the heart of Vail. A multi-day extravaganza of all things craft beer, presented by Team Player Productions, the festival features cooking and beer pairing classes; educational seminars; brewer-led activities such as road biking, fishing and hiking; and the state’s highest elevation beer tasting. The festival will kick off with the inaugural Rocky Mountain Burger Battle on Thursday, June 20. The four-day celebration’s array of events are priced from $25 to $195, and tickets can be purchased online at VailCraftBeerClassic.com.
The Vail Craft Beer Classic has curated a group of lauded industry leaders and public figures to lead this year’s events; participating “geeks and guests” include:
- Carol & Tim Cochran: The Cochrans are the owners and founders of Horse & Dragon Brewing Co., celebrating its milestone five-year anniversary in 2019.
- Chad Yakobson: The owner and brewmaster of Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project and a leader in understanding the Brettanomyces yeast in the brewing industry.
- Justin Wright: Certified Cicerone and competition judge.
More participating “geeks and guests” will be announced next month.
Vail Craft Beer Classic events feature the best in craft beer from across the country and internationally, with more than 300 beer, wine and spirit samples from craft breweries, wineries and distilleries over the course of the festival weekend.
- Rocky Mountain Burger Battle: Thursday, June 20, 5:30p.m. ($45)
The inaugural Rocky Mountain Burger Battle is the ultimate burger showdown. Taste and vote for the best burger from an impressive, curated bracket of independently owned restaurants across the region.
- Sip at the Summit: Friday, June 21, 6 – 9 p.m. ($75)
Ride the gondola to the top of Vail Mountain for the highest altitude beer tasting in the state (and possibly the country), complete with Rocky Mountain sunset views and a BBQ feast. Presented by the Colorado Brewers Guild, Sip at the Summit will exclusively feature Colorado beers, poured by more than 30 local brewers. The talented chefs of Vail Resorts will provide paired bites.
- Ales & Anglers: Saturday, June 22, 8 a.m. – 1p.m. ($195)
The Eagle River that runs directly through Vail supports an abundance of rainbow and brown trout. The Vail Craft Beer Classic offers a unique, intimate seminar for all fly fishing skill levels, topped off with a picnic lunch and refreshing beers with Chad Yakobson, owner of Crooked Stave Artisans. Limited to 10 tickets, anglers will be outfitted for a guided river trip followed by a boozy picnic lunch.
- Gears & Beers Lunch: Saturday, June 22, 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. ($80; $110 includes bike rental)
Vail is known for two things, both combined for the Gears & Beers event: World-class biking and dining. This road ride starts at the top of Vail Pass and ends with a paired lunch with New Belgium Brewing.
- Hike & Hops Lunchinar: Saturday, June 22, 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. ($60)
Up a mountain and down a beer. Local ambassadors will guide guests and the brewer owners of Horse & Dragon Brewery on a scenic hike throughout Vail. Following the outdoorsy excursion, adventurers will enjoy a paired lunch from Vail Chophouse, complete with beer from Horse & Dragon.
- Tales from the Taproom Brew Day: Saturday, June 22, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. ($25)
Learn practical ways to improve your homebrew from experienced brewers and owners during this informal panel and Q&A session. Three master brewers will cover their wins, fails and “we-probably-shouldn’t-admit-this” topics. Get one-on-one time during this intimate, educational seminar.
- Beer Appétit – Cooking vs. Pairing: Saturday, June 22, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ($25)
Explore the metamorphosis of beer and food together, whether expertly paired or added to the cooking process. This crash course provides guests the knowledge and confidence to create unique beer pairings and add beer to at-home recipes.
- WTF! Whiskey, Tannin, Frothy: Saturday, June 22, 12 – 1:30 p.m. ($65)
This luncheon features a deeper dive into food pairings, led by expert sommeliers and cicerones. Small plates are matched with a variety of wines, whiskeys and beers to offer guests a chance to explore the full spectrum of food pairings. This seminar aims to expand the senses, increase knowledge and impress the palate.
- Chasing Trends Tasting: Saturday, June 22, 1 – 2 p.m. ($25)
What does it take to stand out in a crowded market of breweries and new beer styles? Three master brewers discuss their latest and most creative concepts to stay on top. Guests are invited to sample hemp beers, Brut IPAs, Norwegian farmhouse and open-fermented brews, and even explore unusual pairings, like beer and bugs.
- Toast of Vail: Saturday, June 22, 3 – 6 p.m. (VIP: $79. GA: $49; $59 week of the festival)
The biggest tasting of the weekend is anything but traditional. The Toast of Vail culminates with an impressive selection of more than 50 breweries from coast to coast (and some international offerings) in the heart of Vail, adjacent to Solaris Plaza. Live bluegrass music sets the tone as guests enjoy samples of their favorites, find rare new offerings and have the chance to meet industry leaders and popular public figures during special pop-up sessions. A free concert in Solaris Plaza will carry the fun into the evening, until 7:30 p.m. VIP ticketholders can relax in a private area and enjoy extra exclusive tastings from select breweries with a special commemorative pint glass.
- Hair of the Dog Hike: Sunday, June 23, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. ($60)
There’s no better way to conclude a weekend full of beer festivities than a recovery hike, and well – more beer. Enjoy an exclusive spirits and beer tasting and the fresh mountain air.
This year, the Vail Craft Beer Classic is offering several festival package options. The VIP Beer Lovers Package ($145) includes a ticket to Sip at the Summit and VIP access to the Toast of Vail. The Beer Lovers Package ($120) includes a ticket to Sip at the Summit and GA admission to the Toast of Vail.
The VIP Beer & Burger Lover Package ($150) includes a ticket to the inaugural Rocky Mountain Burger Battle and VIP access to the Toast of Vail. The Burger & Beer Lover Package ($90) includes a ticket to the Rocky Mountain Burger Battle and GA admission to the Toast of Vail. The Beer & Burger Weekender Package($170) includes a ticket to the Rocky Mountain Burger Battle, Sip at the Summit, and VIP access to the Toast of Vail.
Tickets to individual events may be purchased à la carte at VailCraftBeerClassic.com.
Fri., Jun. 21, 4-10 pm: 2nd Annual Summer Solstice Patio Party at Funkwerks
We’re staying open late on Friday, June 21 to party in the sunshine on the longest day of the year!
Here’s the scoop:
Our Second Annual Summer Solstice Patio Party begins at 4 pm with live music from Fat Stallion. Sit back and stay a while for the smooth tunes of J.W. Schuller Band from 7 to 9 pm.
While sipping a fruity Raspberry Provincial or refreshing Hella Helles, we invite you to hang out with our special guests, Topo Designs and Ryan Dykstra Records.
Hungry? Shuck Brothers will be nearby to satiate your seafood cravings: they’ll be serving up fresh, raw oysters, buttery Maine lobster rolls, and delicious garlic fries.
Beer will be flowing until 10 pm so put on some sunscreen, grab your shades and some friends and meet us on the patio!
Sat., Jun. 22, 2-6 pm: Great Divide’s 25th Anniversary Party at Great Divide Brewing Co. (Ballpark location)
Way back in 1994, before the Rockies moved to LoDo and before brewers could be governors, a man with a business plan and a passion for high-quality beer opened Denver’s first packaging brewery. Though much has changed since then, Great Divide Brewing Co.’s dedication to beers with Bold Character has not. To celebrate 25 years, the brewery is bringing the party back to Arapahoe Street. On June 22nd, we’ll shut down the street and open up the brewery for a special anniversary celebration.
To prepare, we’re digging deep into our cellar and maxing out our pilot brew system to pour some exceedingly rare and exceptionally creative beers that you won’t see again.
Like Yeti Imperial Stout? We’ll have at least 14 variants including some old favorites (Chocolate Oak Aged and Oatmeal) and some new inventions (Maple Pecan and S’mores). PLUS, our 25th Anniversary BIG Yeti—a 13.5% ABV behemoth.
Prefer sours and barrel aged beer? We’re bringing back some popular Wood Werks entries, vintage Hibernation, a Jameson barrel aged saison and some other expertly crafted elixirs.
How about hops? We got those too. We took our popular Hazy IPA and increased the hop bill exponentially to create our 25th Anniversary Double Hazy IPA. We’ll also be unveiling a Brut IPA, a Double Juicy IPA and a Hoppy Pilsner.
Both 25th Anniversary beers will be available on draft at the party and available to-go in 19.2oz cans.
And, attendees will get a first look at the new Denver Pale Ale Artist Series #4 and a first taste of the soon to be released Great Divide Lager.
Beyond the beer, expect a great slate of live music, food trucks, lawn games, Yeti appearances and some unexpected enchantment. More details to come!
Sat., Jun. 22, 12 pm-11 pm: LandLocked Ales 2nd Anniversary! at LandLocked Ales
Come by and celebrate with us as we raise our glasses to two years and everyone who has made that possible! We are super excited to plan our party. More details to come, but here is what we’ve got:
ALL DA BEERS:
All 12 taps full plus four additional unique beers on limited release! Out of 16 beers we will have 6 NEW ONES! Anxious to hear what awesomeness our brewers have in store? Follow us and we will slowly release the magic.
We are having a local designer come up with something special for this year’s glassware. The first 50 people to buy a pint or flight will receive this glass for free! We will have plenty for sale too if you miss the mad rush.
We’ve got the Farmer in the Hive coming to jam with us and will be there at noon! They have some awesome food ranging from gyros to elk sliders to more!
Cornhole tournament! Last year we had some awesome teams. Let’s see if they can be beat. We are accepting teams of two with a $10 cash entry fee. You will be playing for a cash prize! Please email email@example.com to reserve a spot for your team! Tournament starts at 2pm.
Remember before Caller ID how you would call *69 to find out who you missed? Well, that won’t be necessary this time to find out who the band is. Star 69 will be playing awesome 90s tunes from 7-9pm. Want to be a part of the band? You can be the opening act! We will be doing open mic from 5-7! Sign-up sheet available in the taproom for a 15 minute set starting Sunday, June 16. Call or book your spot in person!
We’ve lined up Trinity Cigar Company to bring their mobile cigar lounge to the event! They’ll be set up and ready to rock and roll at Noon when we open. You’ll be able to have beer and cigar pairings, in an amazing patio-themed lounge trailer! Complete with full cut and light service. 32 lines of cigars to purchase on site!
Sat., Jun. 22, 12 pm-10 pm: Festival of Inti Raymi at Dos Luces
Each year, on the Winter Solstice (in the Southern Hemisphere) Cusco celebrates the Inca Festival of the Sun – Inti Raymi. Created by Inca Pachacutec, Inti Raymi was a tribute the the venerated Sun God Inti. Today, the festival draws thousands of local and international visitors to the ancient Inca capital of Cusco to celebrate one of the most important events of the calendar year. At Dos Luces Brewery, we will have our own celebration to commemorate Inti Raymi on June 22nd at the brewery.
The day will begin with the release of a special barrel-aged Imperial (Sapa) Chicha, Túpac Amaru III with Sour Cherries. This 12% ABV Chicha was aged in Buffalo Trace Bourbon Barrels with Palo Santo wood staves to create a unique and complex flavor combination that has notes of vanilla, licorice, maltiness, and of course cherry. It will be available both on draft and (in limited quantities) bottles to go.
Festivities will also include food available throughout the day from Azucar Bakery and some Food Trucks to be determined; a special presentation from the Peruvian Consulate, which will include tasting samples of Pisco—the other Peruvian alcoholic staple aside from Chicha— and cultural music and videos shown throughout the day; a cultural dance performance from 5:00-6:00 PM by Qashwa; and DJ Aldohualpa (Aldo Pantoja from Don Chicarrón) will be performing from 6:30-9:00 PM.
For more information about he Festival of Inti Raymi, check out https://www.theonlyperuguide.com/festival-sun-inti-raymi/
Fri., Jun. 28: Dual Beer Release at Little Machine Beer
On Friday, June 28th, Little Machine is releasing two new beers, including a gluten-free saison:
- “Secret World” Saison – Gluten Free Saison – 5.7% abv – Brewed from millet and buckwheat. Fruity yeast character. Secret, seasonal spice additions. Dry, peppery finish. This is the second Gluten Free beer I’ve made and I’m really excited about continuing to explore this new territory of brewing. My goal has been to brew and develop styles that naturally complement the nature of these gluten free grains. This one definitely nailed it.
- “You Make Me Fuschia” Citrus Hibiscus Gose – 4.6% abv – Soured, salted wheat beer brewed with ripe navel oranges, dried hibiscus and a touch of coriander.
Both these beers will be available in our usual formats: Draft, 16oz Cans To-Go and Growler Fills.
Fri., Jun. 28, 7-10 pm: The Summit at Colorado Brewers’ Festival
Experience the premier specialty beer event in Northern Colorado at Colorado State University’s Canvas Stadium on June 28th from 5pm – 8pm! Kick off your Colorado Brewers’ Festival weekend on Friday evening sampling rare and one-night-only beers with the brewers themselves during this intimate, unlimited sample tasting affair. Mix and mingle with fellow beer aficionados and representatives from over 30 Colorado breweries as they fill your tasting glass with small batch offerings and limited-release beers!
Tickets on sale May 1st!
Sat., Jun. 29, 12-5 pm: 30th Annual Colorado Brewers’ Festival
Celebrate ’30 Years of Beer’ at the award-winning 30th Annual Colorado Brewers’ Festival on June 28th & 29th! The iconic weekend festivities will take place for the very first time at Canvas Stadium at Colorado State University and will feature 150+ Colorado beers, 40+ Colorado breweries, food vendors, artisan exhibitors and 5+ hours of live music! ColoradoBrewFest.com
Sat., Jun. 29, 12-11 pm: 6th Anniversary Party at Epic Brewing Company – Denver Taproom
Time flies when you’re having fun! We’ve been in RiNo since 2013, and have been pumping out tens of thousands of barrels a year ever since.
To commemorate, we’ll have new beers to release, specials, music, and shenanigans.
More details soon!
Sat., Jun. 29, 3-8 pm: Summer Art Market at Seedstock Brewery
We are proud to announce that we are hosting another art market in our taproom. After browsing the beautiful art, take a seat on Seedstock’s new patio with their newest release, a kolsch.
Sandra Parisi: One-of-a-kind beer infused soaps
Jhenn Whalen: Portraiture @jhennwhalen
Steve Fast: Wood and metal sculpture @fast.industries
Connor Wallace: Photography @connorpwallace
Chesa Yerian: Metalsmith/Handcrafted jewelry @ramblinwomansilver
Courtney Scheskie: Vintage jewelry designs @kibokokidogo
Rosa Chavez: Jewelry @lunarosadesigns
Sat., Jun. 29-Sun., Jun. 30 AND Thur., Jul. 4-Sun., Jul. 7: Soft Opening at Knotted Root Brewing Company
In the picturesque Colorado mountain town of Nederland, an architect of Denver’s current haze craze is brewing his masterpiece. Chris Marchio will open Knotted Root Brewing Co. on July 4th, a culmination of his many years and stops in the craft beer industry. It’s an opportunity to see his brewing philosophy—an intertwining of passion and place—come to life.
“Our brewing philosophy is based on our intuition,” explained Marchio. “It is so important to take risks and follow your gut in life…because if not, then what are we here for? We want our beers to represent that, being present and in the ‘now.’ We are hoping to achieve this with nuanced, balanced, and rustic beers. Nederland is a town that I think will bring this out in our beer and the overall atmosphere of our taproom. I am so excited to be able to share what we’re doing in our little mountain town with the rest of our beautiful state.”
After a long hike or a long day, Knotted Root will provide a welcoming, authentic environment for locals and travelers alike. A reflection of its surroundings, the brewery will be rustic and independent. While the dream was always strong, getting from idea to implementation has taken dedication and perseverance.
“After two and a half years in the works, finally seeing this come to fruition is hard to put into words,” said Marchio. “I feel as if the collective spirit between everyone who helped us get to this point cannot be overstated. I am so thankful for the team we have. We work together with our own strengths to make something larger than anything we could do individually. It proves that it really does take a village.”
Knotted Root will hold its soft opening on June 29 & 30 and their grand opening on July 4-7 and expects to have 6 – 7 beers on tap, including a traditional German Kolsch, two single-hopped Pale Ales with Amarillo & Simcoe, a Southern Hemisphere IPA, an Unfiltered DIPA with fruit-forward hops grown in the Pacific Northwest, a Strawberry Smoothie Berliner-Weisse, and a locally-foraged Dandelion Brett Farmhouse Ale. Beer will also be available to go in growlers with plans to introduce can releases in 4 packs of 16 oz cans by the end of the Summer.
Thur., Jul. 4, 12-7 pm: 4th of July BBQ at Seedstock Brewery
Come join us for a 4th of July BBQ. We’ll have free bratwurst (while they last), or bring your own food and use our grill. Flip flops are recommended, but not required. Bring a shareable side dish if you’d like. No ticket is required.
Sat., Jul. 6, 10 am-10 pm: Joyride’s 5th Anniversary at Joyride Brewing Company
Can you believe we’re turning 5 this year? Join us for Edgewater’s biggest party of the year on Saturday July 6th for live music (full lineup announced soon), multiple food trucks, kids zone, and of course, delicious cold beer. Speaking of beer, we are brewing 5 Collab Beers to celebrate 5 years, with those breweries being Downhill Brewing Company, Little Machine Beer, Strange Craft Beer Company, Station 26 Brewing Co., and Westbound & Down Brewing Company.
This party is so much fun, we decided to open an hour earlier in order to party a little longer. This year promises to be the best one yet, and we can’t wait to throw down with you!
Fri., Jul. 12, 6-8:30 pm: Brewers Rendezvous Pre-Vous at the Rotary Scout Hut (210 East Sackett Avenue, Salida)
Join us the night before Brewers Rendezvous for our Pre-Vous! Held at the Rotary Scout Hut in downtown Salida. 20 Breweries will be offering exclusive brews that will only be available at the Pre-Vous. Come and chat with a brewer and enjoy a specialty beer! Appetizers will be served. This event will be limited to the first 100 people! Must be 21 to attend.
Sat., Jul. 13, 12-5 pm: 23rd Annual Brewers Rendezvous at Riverside Park (110 Sackett Ave., Salida)
The Colorado Brewers Rendezvous is a one-day brewfest at the beautiful Riverside Park in downtown Salida, CO. Sample the different and unique beers by specialty craft brewers from around Colorado. Join us as over 70 Colorado Breweries celebrate the 23rd Annual Colorado Brewers Rendezvous, with plenty of food and fun!
Sat., Jul. 13, 11 am-11 pm: Bastille Day Party at The Intrepid Sojourner Beer Project
Join us for our Third Annual Bastille Day party, complete with a craft market, food truck, beer + cheese pairing and a special beer release!
• Craft Market with Crafted Art Emporium: Artists and Crafters TBD!
• Beer + Cheese Pairing with Truffle Cheese Shop: Pairings and pricing TBD!
• Food Truck: Ninja Ramen Mobile: We know…there’s nothing French about this, but all the French trucks were booked, and ramen is delicious.
• Special French Saison Beer Release.
Check back for more details as we get closer to the event!
Sat., Jul. 20, 7-10 pm: Historic Styles Brewfest at History Colorado Center
In celebration of the History Colorado Center’s newest exhibit opening in May, Beer Here! Brewing the New West, twenty-five breweries from around the state will fill the museum atrium with historic brews.
For this unique event, the museum will showcase historic beers from Colorado breweries. There will be recreations of ancient recipes, retired craft-classics, and popular historic styles. Every beer will have a story to tell, and many of these beers will not be available elsewhere. Event attendees will enjoy tasting these beers in their commemorative cup along with complimentary pretzels and snacks to cleanse their palates.
VIP tickets include early 6 p.m. access to tastings and a guided exhibit tour of Beer Here! by lead exhibit developer Sam Bock.
Tickets on sale for History Colorado members. General sale for nonmembers will begin May 20. Guests must be 21 years old or older to attend.
Fri., Jul. 25, 5-9 pm: Craft Brew Festival at the Arapahoe County Fair
Friday night at the Fair is all about Craft Brew. The hugely popular event is back for another year. Not only is it great bargain with unlimited pours and yummy finger foods, it’s your chance to sample unique and award-winning libations.
The Craft Brew Tickets do not include a general fair admission. Buy your general Fair admission tickets online and get early bird discounts. Bundle with your Craft Brew tickets and you’ve got your night planned!
Sat., Jul. 26, 12-5 pm: Home Brew & Food Festival at the Arapahoe County Fair
Do you make the best sour or perhaps the smoothest stout? If you answered yes, then you should enter your beer for prizes! The home brew competition is in partnership with the Aurora Home Brewers Association. Registration will open in June and you will need to register at https://acf.brewcompetition.com/ More information about the home brew competition will be posted in June.
Sat., Jul. 27, 5-8 pm: Reflection Garden On Tap Beer Festival at 7/20 Memorial Foundation (15151 E Alameda Pkwy, Aurora)
Join us Saturday July 27th from 5-8 pm in the Aurora Water Wise Garden for the 4th annual Reflection Garden On Tap Beer Festival & fundraiser!
Enjoy unlimited beer tastings from local breweries, food trucks, live music featuring DJ Sinna-G and Shelvis from Shelvis and the Roustabouts, and sidewalk chalk artists all within an intimate garden setting!
Purchase of a wristband for beer tasting is required for 21 and over. Early bird prices will be available through 6/29/19. Tickets available online at https://givebacktickets.com/tickets/reflection-garden-on-tap-beer-fest-4th-annual , or visit us at one of the City of Aurora summer events for tickets!
We are grateful for the following breweries who have committed to supporting our community for this special event (more to be announced):
Resolute Brewing Company
Launch Pad Brewery
Dry Dock Brewing Company Will brew a special batch for this event!
The Intrepid Sojourner Beer Project
Boulevard Brewing Company
Horse & Dragon Brewing Company
Colorado Plus Brew Pub and Taphouse
Alternation Brewing Company
And more to be announced!