April 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.
Fri., Apr. 5, 11 am-3 pm: Opening Day Celebration at Denver Union Station
Raise a glass to the return of America’s favorite pastime at the Denver Union Station Opening Day Celebration on Friday, April 5th.
Denver Union Station will open its Terminal Bar Patio at 10 a.m. for revelers to gear up for the Colorado Rockies to take on the Los Angeles Dodgers. Paizley Park, Denver’s favorite Prince tribute band, will be playing live music from noon – 3 p.m. and baseball fans can enjoy a variety of food & drink specials. The celebration is free & open to the public.
Terminal Bar will also be officially launching the new Denver Union Station signature beer, the Union Station Helles Lager by Longmont’s Wibby Brewing. Denver Union Station’s new signature beer is a light, sweet finishing Bavarian-influenced lager.
Fri., Apr. 5-Sat., Apr. 6: Seedstock’s 3rd Anniversary Party at Seedstock Brewery
Seedstock Brewery is turning *three* the first weekend in April and is celebrating with comedy, music, a Small Stash Barrel Aged Scotch Ale bottle release and tap releases, including a no-hops beer release and Grand Marnier-aged beer!
On April 5, the West Colfax brewery will be releasing its gruit beer, a rare Viking, no-hops beer that was popular before the use of hops. An old-fashioned herb mixture is used for bittering and flavoring of the beer, creating an herbal aroma and full mouthfeel followed by hints of anise and a unique spiced tea finish. Food truck Smokin’ Bones BBQ will be on hand as well as comedy starting at 7 p.m. and music from The Deer Creek Sharp Shooters starting at 9 p.m.
On April 6, Seedstock will release Trippin’ with Grandma and feature Mile High City Sliders with music by Bouse & High Desert. Trippin’ With Grandma, an award-winning family recipe, is a big Belgian-style beer aged on oak soaked in Grand Marnier. The brew is sunset-orange in color boasting of an aroma of oranges and dried apricot with a rich oak mouthfeel and dry warm finish.
All weekend long, they’ll be selling their Small Stash Barrel Aged Scotch Ale, which was aged for six months in an Infinite Monkey Theorem cab franc barrel and has been aging quietly for an additional year. It has a smoky, toffee aroma with a slight woody sweetness.
Cheers to three years!
Sat., Apr. 6, 11 am-10 pm: Grand Opening at Lost Friend Brewing Company
We’re opening our doors and we can’t wait to share the result of all of our blood, sweat, and tears. Join us for our grand opening!
Marlee Rae’s and Piglatin Food Truck will be serving up delicious food.
*Tap list coming soon!*
Mon., Apr. 8-Thur., Apr. 11: Freshcraft’s Elevated Food And Beer Events During CBC Week at Freshcraft
Monday, April 8: Barn Town Brewing CBC Kick-Off Party
4 p.m. – Close
For the first time ever in Colorado, Barn Town Brewing out of Des Moines, Iowa will be taking over the taps with their full-flavored, artisan ales including:
- Neon Double Dry-Hopped New England IPA
- Barrel-Aged Cicada Killer Imperial Stout with Coconut
- Blueberry Muffin Fruited Pasty Sour with Lactose
- Chowdah Double New England IPA with Mosaic
- Hop Skewer IPA
Tuesday, April 9: Louisiana’s Finest on Tap
4:30 p.m. – Close
In conjunction with the Louisiana Brewers Guild, for one night only, four of Louisiana’s finest breweries show off a little southern hospitality. New Orleans-style eats and the following beers will be on tap including the inaugural winner of the Juicy or Hazy Pale category from the 2018 Great American Beer Festival®:
- Gnarly Barley Brewing- Jucifer IPA
- Parleaux Beer Lab- Lab Czeck Pilsner and Inspector Boots Tart Saison
- Tin Roof Brewing Co.- Voodoo Pale Ale (2018 GABF® gold medal winner in the Juicy or Hazy Pale Ale category)
- Urban South Brewery- Holy Roller IPA, Lime Cucumber Gose and Snowball Juice IPA
Wednesday, April 10: Food and Beer Pairing with Rudi Ghequire of Rodenbach Brewery
12 p.m. $25 per person
Join us for an extraordinary pairing with esteemed brewmaster, Rudi Ghequire of Rodenbach. $25 gets you a pour of Rodenbach beer, a lunch pairing and a seat at Rudi’s table (this event is open to all but $25 gets a you a seat at Rudi’s table which is limited to 20 people). Tickets can be purchased here.
Be[er] Here Now
4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Some of Colorado’s most notorious breweries will be tapping their favorite sessionable beers alongside their rare or heavy-hitting beers. Enjoy tappings from the following:
- 4 Noses Brewing Company- Zwicky P Zwickel Pilsner and Inherited Oak Series #2 Oak Aged Golden Sour with Blueberry and Maple
- Cerebral Brewing- International Waters Foeder Fermented Unfiltered Pilsner and Under The Stars S’Mores-inspired Imperial Milk Stout (collaboration with Mikerphone Brewing)
- Outer Range Brewing Company- Canvas Dry-Hopped Saison and Spatial Awareness Imperial/Double IPA with Sapphire and Wakatu
- WeldWerks Brewing Co.- Hefeweizen and Triple Dry-Hopped Juicy Bits
El Dorado Tap Takeover
7 – 9 p.m.
Join us as we celebrate the glory of El Dorado hops. We’ll be featuring beers that highlight this hop variety including offerings from Commonwealth Brewing Company, TRVE Brewing, Comrade Brewing Company, Epic Brewing Company, Great Divide Brewing Co. and Stone Brewing. Meet the growers from Washington’s CLS Farms, rub some hops and get some cool swag!
Thursday, April 11: Ice Cream Social
4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Four different ice cream flavors using your favorite beers from Station 26 Brewing Company and Surly Brewing and made right in front of your eyes with liquid nitrogen by Eskimo Bros. Nitro Ice Cream. Beer ice cream? Enough said.
- Station 26 Brewing Company: Juicy Banger, 303 Lager, Tangerine Cream and a specialty beer (TBD)
- Surly Brewing: Axeman, Rosé, Space Race Hazy IPA and Coffee Bender
Agave and Beer Pairings
7:00 p.m. – Close
Freshcraft is going out with a bang! Join them for tappings from Boulevard, Ommegang, and Telluride Brewing paired with amazing agave spirits including Derrumbes San Luis Potosi and Fidencio Clasico from the Classic Distributing portfolio.
Tue., Apr. 9-Thur, Apr. 11: Craft Brewers Conference: Hops & Pie Happenings at Hops & Pie
Wednesday, April 10: Special tappings from Trillium Brewing Company
Thursday, April 11: Special tappings from Jester King and Lawson’s Finest Liquids
Other specialty taps available throughout the week include Russian River, LIC Beer Project, WeldWerks Brewing, Revision Brewing, Old Nation Brewing, Creature Comforts, Fremont Brewing, Outer Range Brewing, Bierstadt Lagerhaus, pFriem Family Brewers and many more!
Fir., Apr. 12, 4-8 pm: Cherry Creek Beer Garden Launch Party at Moxy Denver Cherry Creek
Come celebrate spring and the opening of the Cherry Creek Beer Garden with live music by DJ 2AR. We will have samples of our Beer Garden menu, and 10% of our proceeds will benefit the American Heart Association.
Sat., Apr. 13, 3-6 pm: Barrel Aged Beer and Whiskey Festival at Number 38, 3560 Chestnut Place, Denver
***Use code BEERGIRL for 15% off tickets!***
The Barrel Aged Beer & Whiskey Festival, the only event of its kind in Denver, will celebrate the artistry of two of the most glorious craft industries this April. A new trend in alcohol, the event will feature unlimited sampling of beer aged in whiskey barrels, whiskey aged in beer barrels, and small batch blends in between.
Created by Denver event company 11 Creative, the festival will take place at the downtown Denver venue Number 38 on Saturday, April 13, 2019. VIP and Early Admission tickets are available for craft enthusiasts looking to beat the lines with the VIP tasting beginning at 2 p.m. and Early Admission access at 2:30 p.m. General admission for the event takes place from 3 to 6 p.m.
“This is the largest sampling of barrel aged booze at any festival of its kind, with over 60 tasting possibilities to try,” said Lacey Spruce, co-founder of 11 Creative. “Festival-goers will experience more than just the obvious — beer aged in whiskey barrels, and vice versa — but also small batch blends as well as barrel aged wine, coffee, gin and many others in this uniquely charred space.”
VIP: Start the sampling early with an extra hour of tasting as well as a VIP-only signature cocktail. VIP ticket holders will also go home with an engraved rocks glass.
Early Admission: Early admission includes 30 extra minutes of unlimited barrel aged tasting.
General Admission: Sample unlimited amounts of barrel aged whiskey, beer and other spirits while enjoying live entertainment, food trucks and vendors.
The Barrel Aged Beer & Whiskey Festival proudly supports Minds Matter of Denver, an organization committed to making college education a reality for accomplished high school students from low-income environments.
Distilleries that will be featured at the event include: 3 Hundred Days of Shine, 3 Hundred Days Distilling; Art of the Spirits Whiskey; Axe and the Oak Distillery; Bear Creek Distillery; Deerhammer Distilling Company; Distillery 291; Hale & Bradford; Hogbackdistillery; Idlewild Spirits; Ironton Distillery & Crafthouse; Mythology Distillery; and Spruce Creek. Breweries include: 14er Brewing Company; Alpine Dog Brewing Company; Blue Moon RiNo; Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project; The Intrepid Sojourner Beer Project; Joseph James Brewing Co.; Odell Brewing Co; Pug Ryan’s Brewing Company; Strange Craft Beer Company; Wit’s End Brewing Company; and Woods Boss Brewing.
Sat., Apr. 13 (10 am-6 pm) & Sun., Apr. 14 (10 am-5 pm): Fetch Spring Market at Rino Parking Garage
***Use code COBEERGIRL for 20% off entry into the Spring Market***
Formerly known as the Denver Flea, FETCH MARKETS returns for the season with our Spring Market on April 13 & 14 in RiNo!
Join us to celebrate the arrival of Spring with a community shopping event like none other. We’re gathering together approximately 180 local and regional vendors (including 40 new brands and more than 100 returning favorites) offering creative products and modern handmade goods, alongside pop-up cocktail bars, food trucks, live music, and DJ tunes, plus so much more.
All are welcome to partake in the Market festivities with two full days of Spring shopping. Tickets are $5 per person (good for entry/re-entry on Saturday and Sunday) and children 12 and under are free.
Thur., Apr. 18, 7:30-9 pm: Dos Comediantes at Dos Luces: A free comedy show at Dos Luces Brewery
An ethnically ambiguous NYer and a Swiss-Alabama man walk into a South-American brewery. Then, they start a comedy show.
CLICK ATTENDING ON THE FACEBOOK EVENT AND GET A CHANCE FOR A FREE BEER.
Dos Comediantes is a monthly comedy showcase at Dos Luces on South Broadway. Our show’s got improv games, beer prizes, and some of the best straight-up stand-up comedy this city has to offer. AND IT’S FREE!
Dos Luces is a brewery unlike any other in Denver; it specializes in brewing traditional Chicha and Pulque, from corn and aguamiel, which are gluten-free, rich in flavor and deep with history.
This month we have:
Fri., Apr. 26-Sun., Apr. 28: Copper Kettle’s 8th Anniversary Weekend at Copper Kettle Brewing Company
**CHECK BACK FOR MORE INFO BEING ADDED WEEKLY**
Raise a glass (or 5) with us to celebrate our 8th year!! We are so thankful for all of our loyal fans, the people who have been there from day one and all the new faces we’ve seen come through our taproom over the last year!!
Join us for a 3-day long celebration, with special releases, fun events, and live music!
As always, we will have:
-Staff Showdown- each staff member will brew a beer and have the public vote on which one is the best!
-Live Music on Friday and Saturday
-BOMB food trucks
-On-Site Screen printing with limited edition designs to choose from
Stay tuned for more info and save the date- YOU’RE officially invited! ♥
Sat., Apr. 27, 11 am- 10 pm: Eighth Annual Big Ass Tap Takeover with Avery Brewing at Parry’s Pizzeria & Bar
Longtime partners Parry’s Pizzeria & Bar and Avery Brewing Co. invite beer lovers to join them for the eighth annual Big Ass Tap Takeover at participating Parry’s locations.
Parry’s Pizzeria & Bar – famous for its 100+ tap locations and NY-style pizza – is once again celebrating Avery Brewing Co. with the largest tapping in one day from a single brewery at its restaurants. Seven of Parry’s locations will pour as many as 40 Avery beers ranging from beloved staples, such as Avery IPA and Maharaja IPA, to highly sought-after and hard-to-find, discontinued vintage brews like The Beast and Tweak.
This year, the two Colorado institutions are taking the event up another notch by introducing the first ever Parry’s and Avery’s collaboration beer, a unique sour blend, which pulls inspiration from Parry’s iconic NY-style pizzas.
While enjoying never-before-released Avery beers, attendees can also sample Adam Avery’s favorite pizza – on the Parry’s menu for one day only. Adam will also be making stops at Parry’s locations throughout the day. At this famed event, raffle prizes will be given out all day long, including a raffle for a VIP brewery tour at Avery at all participating Parry’s locations.
40+ hard to find, vintage, discontinued and limited release Avery brews that will be tapped at participating stores:
- Northglenn: Three years of Tweak (2016, ‘17,’18), Raspberry Truffale, Dui Cochi, Double Dry Hopped Maharaja IPA.
Highlands Ranch – Fimbulvvinter, Samaels Oak-Aged Ale 2016, Plank’d, Flavus Cattus.
Castlerock and Greenwood Village – Uncle Jacob’s 2018, Cloud 9, Double Dry Hopped Maharaja IPA.
Longmont – Radlerado, Tweak 2018, Circumcactus, Uncle Jacob’s 2016.
Johnstown – Avery Twenty Five, Uncle Jacob’s 2018, Cloud 9.
Southglenn – Sandy Claws, Avery Twenty Five, Double Dry Hopped Maharaja IPA, Amicitia.
Sat., Apr. 27, 11 am-11 pm: Five Year Anniversary at Comrade Brewing Company
Mark your calendars, comrades! Raise a glass with us on Saturday April 27th as we celebrate our fifth birthday!
As always, there will be special beer releases, good food trucks and good times. We will be announcing beer releases as the event approaches but your favorites like Grapefruit Superpower and barrel aged Quit Stalin will definitely make the tap list. Stay tuned!
*We will have limited amounts of anniversary glassware available for purchase and the first 100 people in the door will receive a free crowler coozie!*
The party will kickoff at 11am and will last until 11pm.
Please note that his is a HUMANS ONLY event, no dogs allowed.
More details to come.
Sun., Apr. 28, 1-4 pm: Belgian Brew Fest at Bruz Beers
Tickets on sale now for the 3rd Annual Belgian Brew Fest 2019! Early Bird Pricing Available till 3/14!
10+ Breweries featuring Belgian style beers, food trucks, live music and more! Festival will be held in The Garden next to Bruz Beers.
The Fest brings Belgian-style craft brewers together to celebrate the art of handcrafting these beers. This year, 12 breweries will be in attendance showcasing their best and sometimes most unusual brews:
Briar Common Brewery + Eatery, Denver, CO
Bruz Beers, Denver, CO
Elevation Beer Company, Poncha Springs, CO
Goldspot Brewing Company, Denver, CO
The Intrepid Sojourner Beer Project, Denver, CO
Liberati Osteria & Oenobeers, Denver, CO
Ommegang, Cooperstown, NY
Paradox Beer Company, Divide, CO
Periodic Brewing, Leadville, CO
River North Brewery, Denver, CO
Thirsty Monk, Denver, CO
Trubucha, Lone Tree, CO (for non-beer drinkers)
Spigot Labs provides tracking technology through its RFID taste tracking system for the festival. This technology allows customers and breweries to track the beers being tasted and captures ratings and preferences.
Kids and families welcome. More info: http://belgianbrewfest.com/
Sat., May 4: Big Brew Day
(Simultaneous toast to occur at 1:00 p.m. ET)
The American Homebrewers Association (AHA) will partner with over 300 breweries, homebrew shops, and beer clubs around the world on May 4 for the 22nd annual celebration of Big Brew. Held annually on the first Saturday of May in honor of National Homebrew Day, Big Brew is the largest annual gathering of homebrewers with an anticipated attendance of over 5,000 people.
Each Big Brew site is unique, but all of them will feature brewing demonstrations, and opportunities to learn about the greatest hobby in the world – homebrewing!
This year’s official Big Brew recipes are the TransAtlantic Blonde Ale from Simple Homebrewing (the upcoming Brewers Publications title) and Battlecow Galacticose New England IPA from Providence Brewing Company (Providence, R.I. is the site of AHA Homebrew Con June 27-29, 2019). Recipes and brewing instructions can be found online.
While local breweries and bars host activities throughout the day, at 1:00 p.m. ET, all are encouraged to participate in the simultaneous toast to one of the nation’s favorite hobbies—homebrewing.
Planning your own event? Register it and join the conversation using #BigBrew.
Fri., May 3-Sun., May 5: New Beer Release and Celebration for Cinco de Mayo at Dos Luces
Dos Luces, Denver’s newest brewery specializing in corn and maguey-based gluten-free beers inspired by Pre-Columbian traditions.
This year, Dos Luces is celebrating the Victory of the Battle of Puebla—the original celebration that has evolved into the Cinco de Mayo we know today—with their second ever bottle release, Moctezuma III.
The story of Moctezuma is one of inspired creation and tragic destruction. Moctezuma I grew the Aztec Empire beyond the imagination, to the vibrant shores of the “Sea of the Sky.” Moctezuma II outdid his namesake and brought the Empire’s reach to its absolute peak, before it was shattered by the brutal waves of history.
Dos Luces honors the two previous Moctezumas with their own “Imperial” Pulque. In the spirit of creation, they let the flavors of the maguey reach their fermented zenith, achieving a deep tartness and complexity that is then enhanced by time within tequila barrels. At 8% ABV, Moctezuma has aromas of apricot, vanilla, and white pepper bring complexity to the tart and sweet flavors. Taste a different history, a flavorful potential that aims to reach beyond the sea and the sky.
Moctezuma III will be released at noon on May 4 as part of the Battle of Puebla weekend celebrations, on tap with a limited numbers of bottles available simultaneously (bottle purchases on release day will include a 5oz taster). Limit 2 bottles per person.
The Battle of Puebla took place on May 5, 1862, near Puebla City during the Second French intervention in Mexico. The battle ended in a victory for the Mexican Army over the occupying French soldiers. Though the French eventually bested the Mexicans in subsequent battles, the Mexican victory at Puebla against a larger and better-equipped French army provided a significant boost in morale for the Mexican army, while also slowing the French army’s advance towards Mexico City.
Dos Luces will be celebrating the victory at the Battle of Puebla throughout the weekend of May 3-5, with pop-up food options, music, and lots of Pulque to go around.
Fri. & Sat., May 17-18: Odyssey Beerwerks 6th Anniversary Party at Odyssey Beerwerks
SAVE THE DATE for our 6th Anniversary Party!
Friday 5/17 and Saturday 5/18
* Special beer tappings
* Food truck
* Special beer tappings
* “Barrel garden” with select barrel aged beers on draft
* Archive bombers
* Live music
* Food trucks
MUSIC on SATURDAY 5/18: 3:00-5:00pm Matt Rouch & The Noise Upstairs; 7:00-9:00pm Jim Jamm Jimmy!
Sat.. May 25, 1-6 pm: 2019 Small Batch Fest at Odell Brewing Co
We’re celebrating our 30th Anniversary all year long so we’re going big for Small Batch 2019. Over 40 barrel-aged, sours, experimental IPAs, and a few pilots from our RiNo Brewhouse. We’ve got two stages and performances by Brent Cowles, Dragondeer, Sugarbirds, and Whiskey Blanket.
Tickets include admission, 4 beer tokens (6oz pours), and a custom globe glass.
$30 Early Bird Tickets until March 15th.
$40 Tickets after Match 15th
$45 At the door
No dogs. 21 and Up. No Exceptions.
Sat., May 25, 12-9 pm: Ursula 5th anniversary ~ Hawaiian Luau at Ursula Brewery
Get ready for our 5th anniversary celebration with a Hawaiian Luau and Pig Roast!! Music all day long plus special releases of our newest sour ~ Maluhia a pineapple hibiscus sour and the newest version of our Lazy Brewer Hazy Double IPA, (Draft and cans)
Special Hawaiian limited edition hats, headbands and t shirts will also be available for purchase.
Sat., Jun. 8, 6-10 pm: Thirsty Fest 2019 at Improper City
Born and raised right here in Denver and inspired by Water For People’s mission, Thirsty Fest volunteers are collaborating with local breweries, food trucks, and musicians to create a festival for everyone! Come check out our event, grab a beer, listen to live music and support an amazing cause!
This year, Thirsty Fest will be at Improper City in Denver’s RiNo district from on June 8th, 6pm-10pm.
ThirstyFest is a completely volunteer-led beer festival. We are supported by the Rocky Mountain Water Environment Association, and all net proceeds from the festival benefit Water For People.
Water For People exists to promote the development of high-quality drinking water and sanitation services, accessible to all, and sustained by strong communities, businesses, and governments. Water For People works in 32 districts across 9 countries to create change for more than 4 million people.
Sat., Jun. 8, 12:30-4 pm: 2019 Lake Dillon Beer Fest at Marina Park and Dillon Amphitheater
Brews from world-class Colorado craft breweries are served alongside world-class mountain views at the 9th annual Lake Dillon Brew Festival, hosted by the Town of Dillon and the Colorado Brewers Guild. More than 35 Colorado breweries will serve up craft beers to thirsty crowds of avid beer connoisseurs. Live music from The Grinz and food, to be purchased a la carte, will also be available — creating a perfect day in the mountains.
With sweeping mountain views over Lake Dillon to the Ten Mile and Gore Mountain Ranges, Marina Park offers incredible vistas to complement the tasty beers being poured by some of Colorado’s best breweries. Proceeds from tickets benefit the Colorado Brews Guild, a nonprofit trade association dedicated to the improvement of business conditions and advocates to work with the state legislature on behalf of Colorado’s craft brewers.
- 4 Noses Brewing Company
- Angry James Brewing Company
- Baere Brewing Company
- Barrels & Bottles Brewery
- Bent Barley Brewing Company
- Boulder Beer Company
- Bristol Brewing Company
- Broken Compass Brewing
- CB & Potts
- Dillon Dam Brewery
- Dos Luces Brewery
- FATE Brewing Company
- Gilded Goat Brewing Company
- Goat Patch Brewing Company
- HighSide Brewing
- Horse & Dragon Brewing Company
- Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery
- Joyride Brewing Company
- Lone Tree Brewing Company
- New Belgium Brewing Company
- New Image Brewing
- Odyssey Beerwerks
- Outer Range Brewing Company
- Periodic Brewing
- Pug Ryan’s Brewery
- Ratio Beerworks
- Resolute Brewing Company
- Something Brewery
- Square Peg Brewerks
- Station 26 Brewing Co.
- Strange Craft Beer Company
- Telluride Brewing Company
- The Bakers’ Brewery
- The Brew on Broadway (The BoB)
- Vail Brewing Company
- Woods Boss Brewing Company
Ticket Information: Tickets are on sale now for $30 with a price increase to $35 on May 1. Tickets will be available for purchase on June 8, if available for $40. Ticket includes unlimited tastings from 35+ Colorado craft breweries and commemorative glassware. For non-drinkers, tickets are $5. Kids 12 and under are free. To purchase tickets and for lodging information visit https://nightout.com/events/lake-dillon-beer-fest/tickets.
Sun., Jun. 9: Criterium and Brewfest on Ridge at 38 at The Green on Ridge at 38
Join us on Sunday, June 9 for the Criterium and Brewfest on Ridge at 38. This exciting and fun event has something for the entire family to enjoy. This year’s bike race will once again act as the state championships, and the Brewfest will include local breweries showing off their best summer beers. In addition to racing and beer, this free, family-friendly day features a kids’ zone, food trucks, a beer garden, an outdoors expo and a community fun ride!
Schedule of Events:
- Pro & Amateur Racing | 9am – 5:30pm
- Kids’ Zone | 11am – 5pm
- Brewfest | 12 – 6pm
- Outdoors Expo | 12 – 6pm
Time: 9:00 am – 6:00pm
Location: The Green on Ridge at 38 | 7101 W 38th Avenue
Thur., Jun. 20-Sun., Jun. 23: Vail Craft Beer Classic
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.