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Collaboration Fest: Cheers to Another Great Year!

On Saturday, March 25, hundreds of excited beer lovers attended the 4th Annual Collaboration Fest. Collaboration Fest is one of the most unique beer festivals in the country, as each beer is created specifically for this event. Not only that, but every beer was brewed collaboratively between two or more breweries, with some having as many as six different breweries contributing to a single beer.

Welcome!

Collaboration Fest started in 2014 at the Curtis Hotel in downtown Denver. After the inaugural event, word got around and it grew considerably over the next couple of years, moving into a larger space—Mile High Stadium—in both 2015 and 2016. This year it was held at the National Western Complex for the first time. And there is a reason it continues to gain popularity, as the beers seem to get better and better each year. 2017 featured over 100 special beer projects from nearly 200 breweries!

Casey James Prestwood & the Burning Angels. Best band I’ve ever heard at a beer fest!

As I looked over the pour list before the event, one thing that really struck me was the sheer ingenuity when it comes to ingredients. Here are just some of the interesting items used in this year’s collaborations: birch bark, gooseberries, pretzels, boysenberries, mushrooms, kelp, seaweed, elderflower, spruce, rose, gold, and even onion! (though unfortunately, the onion beer didn’t make it to the festival for reasons beyond the breweries’ control). Aside from ingredients and recipes, the utter creativity of ideas that went into these beers is impressive. Many had clever names (Intergalactichoptopia, Knackered Knickers, Wanna Be Stoutin’ Somethin’ and Japance Off, to name a few), and two beers were actually blessed by a father from a local church.

Enjoying the beer!

Last year, I wrote that 2016 Collaboration Fest had been the best one yet. Well, guess what? 2017 topped it! There were so many great beers this time around that I had a tough time narrowing down my list of favorites. I was ultimately able to come up with a list of seven beers I personally found to be outstanding.

My favorites from 2017: 

Caribbean Rum Cake Beer (CO-Brew and Southern Brewing and Winemaking)

Bianca Raspberry Wild Wild Brett (Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project and Omnipollo)

Paperback Writer Barrel Fermented Brett Stock Ale (Fiction Beer Company and Ursula Brewing Company)

German Chocolate Cake Stout (Living the Dream Brewing Company and Alter Brewing)

Rum Barrel-Aged English IPA (Mockery Brewing, Baere Brewing, Root Shoot Malts and Inland Island Yeast Co.)

Des Cousines Barrel Aged French Wild Ale (Beryl’s Beer Company and Goose Island)

Slow Death Whiskey Barrel Aged Dark Mixed Fermentation Culture Ale with cinnamon & lemon peel (TRVE Brewing and Burial Beer Co.)

Drinking the blessed beers! (From Joyride and Little Machine)

For those who missed out, or for those craving one or more of the beers at the fest, head to First Draft Taproom & Kitchen (1309 26th St, Denver) THIS Wednesday, March 29 at 5 pm for Collab Fest Tap Takeover, where you’ll find over 25 of the festival’s collaborations on tap.

Thanks to all the breweries who participated and shared their awesome collaborations with us! See you in 2018!

2017 Collaboration Fest Pour List is available!

What: The 4th Annual Collaboration Fest 

When: Saturday, March 25, 4-7 pm (3 pm for VIP)

Where: the National Western Complex (4655 Humboldt St, Denver)

Why: To try over 100 special beer projects from nearly 200 breweries!

By now you’ve probably heard of a little thing called Collaboration Fest. Started in 2014, this festival is like no other in that all of the numerous beers were brewed in collaboration with other breweries. Some beers are a collaboration between two breweries, whereas others may work with three, four, or even five other breweries to create a special beer just for this occasion. I’ve attended every year since its inception, and each festival gets better and better. And, after seeing this year’s pour list, I couldn’t be more excited about Collaboration Fest 2017! Click on the breweries for more information about about the beers.
I’m looking forward to tasting as many of these unique beers as possible, but here are a few that jumped out at me as I was browsing the list:
  • The Post and Dogfish Head: Bulky Oxen is an English-style barley wine brewed with smoked sweet onion and citrus marmalade.
  • Grossen Bart Brewery and Verboten Brewery: I Must Break You is a White Russian Imperial Stout.
  • Living the Dream Brewing Company and Alter Brewing Company: A German Chocolate Cake Stout with flavors of pecans, chocolate, vanilla and coconut.
  • Cerebral Brewing and Great Notion Brewing: Blurpleberry is an IPA hopped with Citra, Mosaic and N1/69, and brewed with oats and conditioned on lactose, boysenberry and vanilla beans.
  • Mockery Brewing and Molly’s Spirits: Good Golly Miss Molly is a Randlized Pineapple IPA.
  • Mockery Brewing, Baere Brewing and Inland Island Yeast Co.: A rum barrel-aged English IPA.

Will I see you there? Be sure to get those tickets before it’s too late!

Collaboration Fest 2016: The Best Year Yet!

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The third annual Collaboration Fest was last Saturday, March 19th at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. In addition to over 85 unique beers, this fest is one-of-a-kind in that it brings to light the camaraderie and extraordinary relationships among so many brewers. It is this spirit of working together that adds something special to to the overall atmosphere of Collaboration Fest.

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In my opinion, the 2016 festival was the best yet. I had more excellent beers this year than ever before! But to mention a few of my favorites:

Skeptic Ale: Barrel Aged American Peach IPA from Epic Brewing & Ska Brewing

Rock Star Part III: Sour Blend from Falling Rock Tap House & Star Bar

Neptune’s Fickle Grace: 100% Brett Citrus IPA from Fiction Beer Company & Tivoli Brewing Co

I Smoka: Coffee Mocha Porter from Oskar Blues & Horse & Dragon Brewing Company

ÜberMountain Barleyshine: English-Style Barleywine from Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery & Uber Brew

Morning in Havana: Tropical Stout from Upslope Brewing Co. & New Belgium Brewing Company (great on its own but even better with coffee added!)

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Understandably, Collaboration Fest sold out well before the actual event. If you missed it, make a mental note to get your tickets early next year, as it just keeps getting better and better.

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And whether you attended or not, here is where you can catch some of the beers that were brewed for Collaboration Fest:

  • Boulder Beer Co. and Fat Heads: Available at Boulder Beer starting 3/21. Available 4/1 in Ohio at all Winking Lizard Restaurant locations as well as additional tap takeovers in Ohio.
  • Factotum Brewhouse and Tow Yard Brewing: Available in cans at the end of March/beginning of April and in the Factotum taproom.
  • Fiction Beer Company and Tivoli Brewing Company: Available in both taprooms.
  • Great Divide Brewing Co. and TRVE Brewing: Available in both taprooms.
  • Hall Brewing and Kokopelli Beer Company: Available at both taprooms starting on 3/21.
  • Holidaily Brewing Company and Yak and Yeti Brewpub: Available in both tasting rooms.
  • Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery and Brewery Rickoli: Available at Brewery Rickoli tasting room starting on 3/19.
  • Joyride Brewing Co. and Heretic Brewing Company: Available at Joyride taproom.
  • Kannah Creek Brewing Company, Roaring Fork Beer Company and Colorado Boy Brewing: Available in all taprooms.
  • Launch Pad Brewery and 38 State Brewing Company: Available at 38 State starting 3/20 at noon. Available at Launch Pad on 3/26 from noon until 8pm.
  • The Bakers’ Brewery, Broken Compass, Dillon DAM Brewery, Backcountry Brewery, Pug Ryan’s Brewery and Breckenridge Brewery OG: Available in taprooms.

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Collaboration Fest, After Party, Where to Find the Beers Post-Fest & More!

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Collaboration Fest  is sold out. But even if you missed out on getting tickets, you shouldn’t let that stop you for getting your hands on some of those collaboration beers!

On Friday night, March 18th, head over to Falling Rock Tap House for the Collaboration Fest Pre-Party. This event is free to attend (pay as you consume) and will feature a handful of the beers that will be at the Fest on Sat. Click here to see what the folks at Beer Advocate have to say about the party, including a preview of which beers will be tapped, a chance to win tickets to the sold-out Fest, and more.

After party

Continue the fun at the Mercury Cafe on Saturday night at 8 p.m. for the After Party. Tickets are available now for just $10 ($12 at the door). 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. The party will be taking over the Mercury Cafe (upstairs), with lots of great musicians for a unique concert featuring members of:

Porlolo
Montropo
Lee Avenue
Cop Circles
The Still Tide
King Cardinal
and more to be announced!

No persons under 21, no pets, please, and remember–the Mercury Cafe is cash only!

 

And here is where you can find some of the beers after the festival:

Beer Availability Post-Fest
Boulder Beer Co. and Fat Heads: Available at Boulder Beer starting 3/21. Available 4/1 in Ohio at all Winking Lizard Restaurant locations as well as additional tap takeovers in Ohio.
Factotum Brewhouse and Tow Yard Brewing: Available in cans at the end of March/beginning of April and in the Factotum taproom.
Fiction Beer Company and Tivoli Brewing Company: Available in both taprooms.
Great Divide Brewing Co. and TRVE Brewing: Available in both taprooms.
Hall Brewing and Kokopelli Beer Company: Available at both taprooms starting on 3/21.
Holidaily Brewing Company and Yak and Yeti Brewpub: Available in both tasting rooms.
Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery and Brewery Rickoli: Available at Brewery Rickoli tasting room starting on 3/19.
Joyride Brewing Co. and Heretic Brewing Company: Available at Joyride taproom.
Kannah Creek Brewing Company, Roaring Fork Beer Company and Colorado Boy Brewing: Available in all taprooms.
Launch Pad Brewery and 38 State Brewing Company: Available at 38 State starting 3/20 at noon. Available at Launch Pad on 3/26 from noon until 8pm.
The Bakers’ Brewery, Broken Compass, Dillon DAM Brewery, Backcountry Brewery, Pug Ryan’s Brewery and Breckenridge Brewery OG: Available in taprooms.

March Beer Events

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!

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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).

Work From Home 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!

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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!

Suds for SIDS

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!

Ratio

Mon., Mar. 7, 7 p.m.: Beer & Food Pairing with Ratio Beerworks at Rhein Haus (1415 Market St., Denver).

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.

Upslope

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)

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Wed., Mar. 9, 6:30 p.m.: Women For Delicious Beer: Caution Brewing Co. (1057 S Wadsworth Blvd., Ste. 60, Lakewood).

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.

Handrails

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.

Pi Day

Mon., Mar. 14, 7 p.m.: Celebrate Pi / Pie Day for Beer Geeks at Upslope at Upslope Brewing Co. ( 1898 S. Flatiron Ct., Boulder).

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.

Canvas

Wed., Mar. 16, 6:30 p.m.: Canvas & Cocktails at Cerebral Brewing (1477 Monroe St., Denver). 

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.

Collab Fest

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. 

After party

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…
Porlolo
Montropo
Cop Circles
The Still Tide
King Cardinal
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!

Ratio

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.

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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!

Hob Nob

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.
Factotum

Tue., Mar. 22, 6 p.m.: Women’s Only Craft Beer Classes Part 3 of 3 at Factotum Brewhouse (3845 Lipan St., Denver).

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.
Purchase tickets in our taproom or on our website: http://factotumbrewhouse.com/events-classes/

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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

Strange

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.

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Thur., Mar. 24, 7-10 p.m.: New Kids on the Block Beer Festival at The Lobby (2191 Arapahoe St., Denver).

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 PartsThe 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. 

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Sat., Mar. 25, 6:30 p.m.: Crowdtasting: The Science of Beer and Food Pairings at Denver Museum of Nature & Science (2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver).

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

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Sat., Mar. 26, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: March Brewer’s Brunch with Denver Beer Company at The Corner Office (1401 Curtis St., Denver).

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.

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Sat., Mar. 26, 2-6 p.m.: 4th Annual Western CO Craft Beer Celebration at Edgewater Brewery (905 Struthers Ave., Grand Junction).

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
*Horsefly Brewing
*Ourayle House aka Mr. Grumpy Pants Brewing
*Palisade Brewing Company
*Revolution Brewing
*Rockslide Brewery
*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!

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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.
EVENTSPlatt 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 BrewingPlatt 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. 

Factotum

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!

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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!

Collaboration Fest 2016!

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Click to enlarge poster to see all the breweries that will be at Collaboration Fest 2016!

Collaboration Fest will be held on Saturday, March 19 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Now in its third year, this year’s festival features 149 breweries from 5 countries and 21 states. It is shaping up to be the biggest, best Collaboration Fest yet!

Those who have attended before know what a unique beer festival this is. For those who haven’t, check out my posts from 2014 and 2015 to see what you missed. Tickets are on sale now, but they are expected to sell out soon. Grab your tickets today, as you don’t want to miss out on this one!

For more information on the beer you’ll be drinking, here are the details of which breweries are collaborating and what beers you can expect to find. There is also a bunch of great content and photos on the Collaboration Fest blog that is well worth looking at.

I urge you to get those tickets while you still can for this one of a kind festival!

Collaboration Fest 2015: Recap

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The second annual Collaboration Fest was a huge success. With 70 collaborations, 2000 attendees and a larger venue, this year’s festival was even bigger and better than last year.

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Welcome beer from Telluride Brewing and String Cheese Incident

Collaboration Fest 2015 was held on the club level of Sports Authority Field at Mile High with fantastic views of downtown Denver. There was more than enough space, which was refreshing, as most festival-goers know that an overly crowded situation can definitely put a damper on the experience. The lines weren’t ridiculously long (yay!), and there was ample space to wander around, eat, and enjoy those tasty beers.

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Lots of space

Since I wasn’t able to find a list of all the beers (like they had last year), I unfortunately missed a couple that I wish I would have gotten to try. But luckily for me, I found one of them on tap at Falling Rock a couple days later: New Belgium Brewing/Star Bar/Falling Rock: Rock Star Part Deux sour brown. Though I didn’t drink it at the festival itself, I’m still going to call this my favorite beer overall. So tart–just the way I like it!

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Other standouts include:

Lady Brew: FMR Double Red IPA (all female collaboration)

FATE Brewing Company and Yak & Yeti:  Belgian Style Cherry Dubbel

Odell Brewing and Mountain Sun: Mutual Respect Java Imperial Stout

Bootstrap Brewing and Walnut Brewery: NutStrap Imperial Coffee Stout

Odell Brewing and Liquid Mechanics: Charlie’s Sour Brown

Fiction Beer Company/Chain Reaction Brewing/Cerebral Brewing: Ultimate Simpatico Farmhouse ale with Cascara and plum fermented with Brett. I was hanging out at Fiction the night they were brewing this, so I was excited to try it. It had delightful a hint of spiciness that I wasn’t expecting.

I missed the Carrot Cake Brown from Front Range Brewing and Kokopelli, but I have a feeling it would have been a fave of mine. I’ll have to look for it at either brewery to see if I can catch it.

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See you again next year, Collaboration Fest!

Collaboration Fest 2015: Breakout Sessions

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Attending Collaboration Fest next Saturday, March 21st? If so, check out these breakout sessions that will be going on during the festival. And don’t worry–you can take your beer with you!

Sour Beers with Lauren Salazar
Time: 5:00 pm
Guests will learn about the art of blending from grain to glass focusing on techniques Lauren Salazar uses in New Belgium’s cellar. Lauren is the Wood Cellar Manager, Blender and the Specialty Brand Manager at New Belgium Brewing Company. She held the title of Sensory Staff Specialist from 1998-2012. Lauren focused primarily on sensory science, where she developed the sensory program from a basic production check to its present world-class program.

The Flavor of Colorado Craft
Time: 5:45 p.m.
You have a long history with flavor, and Colorado has a long relationship with beer. Take your knowledge of both to the next level with Dr. Nicole Garneau, curator at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Dive into the science of experiencing a craft beer the way you were meant to. Along the way take home a few historical gems that will make you Colorado proud, even if you don’t call the “Napa of Craft Beer” home.

Comedy by The Fine Gentleman’s Club
Time: Varies
The Fine Gentleman’s Club started when Chris Charpentier, Nathan Lund, Sam Tallent, and Bobby Crane got into a bidding war at the yacht store. When none of the men backed down, ever, it was mutually agreed that each one was a Finer Gentleman than the next.

Collaboration Fest 2015 Beer Update

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After sampling so many great beers at last year’s Collaboration Fest, I was a little sad that I wouldn’t be able to get a full pour any of them. I was grateful to have gotten to try them, but getting only a few ounces of something so amazing was a bit of a tease. So I am ecstatic that this year, many of the beers will be available in tap rooms, bars and/or restaurants after the festival! Check it out:

Beers featured at this year’s festival are:

4 Noses Brewing, Big Choice Brewing and Wonderland Brewing 
Beer Name: Bazinga!
Beer Description: This ménage a trois collaboration starts with a Belgian wit base recipe. After adding loads of lemongrass and rose hips to the mash and boil, each brewery used different yeasts to impart a distinctly different flavor. To top it all of, a modest dose of vanilla beans were added during conditioning to get the flavor explosion.
Available After Festival: Yes
Bootstrap Brewing and Walnut Brewery 
Beer Name: NutStrap Imperial Coffee Stout
Beer Description: Imperial Stout with Ozo coffee
Available After Festival: Yes. Available on tap at both breweries.
Comrade and Crooked Stave 
Beer Name: TBD
Beer Description: Imperial Wit
Available After Festival: Yes. Available at the breweries and select bars and restaurants.
Comrade and Hogshead 
Beer Name: TBD
Beer Description: English IPA
Available After Festival: Yes. Available at the breweries and select bars and restaurants.
FATE Brewing Company and Lost Highway Brewing Company
Beer Name: TBD
Beer Description: German style pilsner with Barke Heirloom Barely and Polaris and Sorachi Ace hops.
Available After Festival: Yes. Available at FATE, Lost Highway and Cheeky Monk.
FATE Brewing Company and Yak & Yeti
Beer Name: TBD
Beer Description: Belgian Style Cherry Dubbel
Available After Festival: Yes. Available at FATE and Yak & Yeti.
FATE Brewing Company and Cannonball Creek
Beer Name: TBD
Beer Description: German Style IPA
Available After Festival: Yes. Available at FATE and Cannonball Creek.
Eastside Nano Collaboration: FATE Brewing Company, BRU and Wild Woods
Beer Name: TBD
Beer Description: Three different versions of a hoppy belgian golden strong ale, all brewed with the Wyeast 1388 yeast strain, Saaz and Styrian Goldings hops. Each beer is between 9-10 percent alcohol by volume and 40-50 IBUs.
Available After Festival: Yes. Available at all three breweries
Epic Brewing Company and Devils Backbone  
Beer Name: Midnight Mischief
Beer Description: This is a non-traditional American hopped black lager Schwarzbier. Available After Festival: Yes. Available in both Colorado and Virginia.
Fiction Beer Company, Chain Reaction Brewing and Cerebral Brewing
Beer Name: TBD
Beer Description: Farmhouse ale with Cascara and plum fermented with Brett.
Available After Festival: Yes. Available at Fiction Beer Company.
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse, Loveland Aleworks, Verboten, Crow Hop, Big Beaver and Buckhorn 
Beer Name: Anything for Love
Beer Description: Belgian Quad
Available After Festival: No
Grist Brewing Company and No Label Brewing Company 
Beer Name: Skiing in Jeans
Beer Description: This is a traditional German bock using all German malt and hops with the addition of Colorado wildflower honey and Texas pecans. The nutty flavor and residual sweetness from the honey shine through on this perfect-for-spring beer.
Available After Festival: Yes – Available at Grist Brewing Company and select bars and restaurants.
Kannah Creek Brewing and The Bakers’ Brewery
Beer Name: The Prickly Peach
Beer Description: A Belgian strong ale fermented with Palisade peaches, prickly pear cactus and spiced with eucalyptus and Jamaica peppers (whole allspice).
Available After Festival: No
Mockery Brewing, River North Brewing, Our Mutual Friend Brewing, Zephyr Brewing, Beryls Beer Co., Brew ‘n Q Homebrew Shop
Beer Name: RyeNo Cluster Fuggle
Beer Description: 51 percent rye beer with roasted barley (roasted at Our Mutual Friend), Belgian house yeast from River North Brewing.
Available After Festival: Yes. Available at Mockery and Beryls Beer Co.
Mockery Brewing and Baere Brewing
Beer Name: Brevis and Butthead
Beer Description: Kettle Sour Pale Ale
Available After Festival: Yes. Available in both taprooms.
Odd13 and 12 Degree
Beer Name: 12/13/2014
Beer Description: Sour Belgian Strong Ale
Available After Festival: No
Powder Keg Brewing Company and Avery Brewing Company 
Beer Name: TBD
Beer Description: Powder Keg and Avery will  be blending various vintages and styles from selected sour barrel projects at both breweries.
Available After Festival: Maybe. If any remains it will be available at Avery Sour Fest.
Renegade Brewing Company and Sanitas Brewing Company
Beer Name: TBD
Beer Description: Triple Saison
Available After Festival. Yes. Available at Renegade taproom.
River North Brewery and Red Leg Brewing Company 
Beer Name: West of Ardennes
Beer Description: Rye barrel fermented Belgian Imperial Brown
Available After Festival: No
Ska Brewing and Stone Brewing Collaboration
Beer Name: Mighty Mighty Bastogne
Beer Description: A Tripel Tripple brewed with Bagstonge Belgian Ale yeast.
Will Be Available After Festival: No
Ska Brewing, Wynkoop Brewing Company and Reel Big Fish
Beer Name: Reel Big Stout
Beer Description: Oak aged imperial stout
Available After Festival: Yes, at Wynkoop and Ska draft accounts in the Denver metro area.
Station 26 Brewing Co. and Call to Arms Brewing Company 
Beer Name: Schwarzbier
Beer Description: Schwarzbier is an easy drinking German black larger.
Available After Festival: Yes. Available on draft in the Station 26 taproom and on draft in select accounts in Denver and Boulder.
Station 26 Brewing Co. and Cigar City 
Beer Name: White IPA
Beer Description: White IPA brewed with wheat, oats and orange peel and hopped with Amarillo, Citra, Lemondrop, Mandarina Bavaria, and Summer.
Available After Festival: Yes. Available on draft in the Station 26 taproom and on draft in select accounts in Denver and Boulder.
Strange Craft Beer Company and Freetail Brewing Company
Beer Name: StrangeTail IV
Beer Description: Either a Belgian IPA or hoppy saison. Single malt with four hops (German Magnum, Hersbrucker, Triskel and New Zealand Waimea).
Available After Festival: Yes. At Strange tasting room and limited draft accounts.
Summit County Collaboration: Backcountry, Breckenridge, The Bakers’, Dillon DAM, Broken Compass and Pug Ryan’s Breweries 
Beer Name: Summit Safety Meeting Barleywine
Beer Description: A full strength barleywine with flaked rye and Mosaic hops balancing out the caramel malts and fresh figs and dates sweetness.
Available After Festival: Yes. Some of the beer is being barrel aged in Breckenridge Bourbon barrels for later consumption.
The Very Nice Brewing Company and Twisted Pine 
Beer Name: TBD
Beer Description: Midnight Wheat, Cherry, Sage, Saison
Available After Festival: Yes. Available at The Very Nice Brewing Company.
The Very Nice Brewing Company and Strange Craft Beer Company
Beer Name: TBD
Beer Description: Chickory Black IPA
Available After Festival: Yes. Available at The Very Nice Brewing Company.
Twisted Pine and Blind Tiger
Beer Name: Twisted Tiger
Beer Description: Weizenbock
Available After Festival: Yes. Available at the Twisted Pine ale house and other select Colorado craft beer establishments.
Verboten Brewing and New Belgium Brewing
Beer Name: Top Bunk-Bottom Bunk
Beer Description: Collaboration in a glass: Black and Tan, Peppermint Stout called Top Bunk and a Chocolate Brown named Bottom Bunk. Stout will float on brown.
Available After Festival: Yes. Available in both tap rooms and other Northern Colorado bars.
Wynkoop and Tivoli
Beer Name: Double OG aka D.O.O.G
Beer Description: Imperial Malt Liquor
Available After Festival: Yes. Available at Wynkoop Brewing Company and other Denver accounts.
Zwei Bruder and Tivoli
Beer Name: Pass the Buck
Beer Description: Resurrected the original Sigi’s beer recipe.
Available After Festival. Yes. Tune into 99.5 The Mountain to find out where this beer will be available.

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Collaboration Fest is back! Saturday, March 21st, at 3:00 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Tickets are on sale now!

 The current list of collaborations include:

  • All Summit County Collaboration – The Bakers’ Brewery, Breckenridge Brewery, Backcountry Brewery, Dillon Dam  Brewery, Broken Compass Brewing and Pug Ryans Brewing Company
  • BJ’s BrewHouse – Boulder and Vindication Brewing Company
  • Black Bottle Brewery, Zwei Bruder Brewing, Scrumpy’s Cider, Verboten Brewing and Trinity Brewing
  • Boulder Beer and Cigar City Brewing
  • Breckenridge Brewery and Starr Hill Brewery
  • Big Choice Brewing Company and Wonderland Brewing
  • Big Choice Brewing Company and 4 Noses Brewing
  • CAUTION: Brewing Company, Hall Brewing, Dry Dock Brewing Company and Renegade Brewing
  • Copper Kettle Brewing Company and Strange Craft Beer Company
  • East Side Nano Brewers – FATE Brewing Company, BRU Handbuilt Ales and Wild Woods Brewery
  • Epic Brewing Company and Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company
  • FATE Brewing Company and Cannonball Creek Brewing Company
  • FATE Brewing Company and Lost Highway Brewing Company
  • FATE Brewing Company and Mission Brewing Company
  • FATE Brewing Company and Yak & Yeti Brewing Company
  • Front Range Brewing Company and Crystal Springs Brewing
  • Front Range Brewing Company, Echo Brewing Company and Gravity Brewing
  • Kokopelli Beer Company and Pateros Creek Brewing Company
  • Lady Collab – Bootstrap Brewing, Strange Craft Beer Company, Wynkoop Brewing Company, Big Choice, Barrels & Bottles Brewing, CAUTION Brewing Company
  • Left Handing Brewing Company and Backcountry Brewery
  • Odell Brewing Company and Beavertown Brewery
  • Oskar Blues Brewery and DC Brau Brewing Company
  • Oskar Blues Brewery and Perrin Brewing Company
  • Renegade Brewing Company and AC Golden
  • Rockyard Brewing Company and Pagosa Brewing Company
  • Sanitas Brewing Company and Dillon Dam Brewery
  • Sanitas Brewing Company and Renegade Brewing Co.
  • Sanitas Brewing Company and The Bakers’ Brewery
  • Sanitas Brewing Company and Wild Woods Brewery
  • Sanitas Brewing Company, Renegade Brewing Co., Dillon Dam Brewery and The Bakers’ Brewery
  • Ska Brewing and Stone Brewing
  • Strange Craft Beer Company and Freetail Brewing Company
  • TRiNiTY Brewing Company and Epic Brewing Company
  • TRVE Brewing and Ska Brewing
  • TRVE Brewing and The Bruery
  • Twisted Pine Brewing Company and Blind Tiger Brewery
  • Wit’s End Brewing Company and Colorado Cider Company
  • Wit’s End Brewing Company and Strange Craft Beer Company

**More collaborations are being added, so stay tuned for updates**

This event was awesome last year and looks to be even bigger and more impressive this time around. Be sure to get your tickets, as these are some one-of-a-kind brews you don’t want to miss!

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