Collaboration Fest 2018: Recap, My Favorites

The 5th Annual Collaboration Fest was held at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Denver last Saturday, March 31st. 123 beers, over 200 participating breweries (144 from Colorado) from 42 states and six countries. I seem to say this every year, but Collab Fest 2018 has topped them all! First, I loved this venue. I thought it worked…

Cheers to New Beers! Yard House’s Annual Beer Review

On Monday, March 28th, Yard House locations all across the country tapped approximately 1,581 new beers as a result of its Annual Beer Review. The Beer Review consists of evaluating beer sales and ultimately selecting 20 to 30 new beers to replace the lowest selling brands at each restaurant, a process that takes about 3 months to…

Boulder Strong Ale Fest 2016

The 14th Annual Boulder Strong Ale Fest was held at Avery Brewing last Saturday, March 5th. And I was extremely excited to attend for the first time ever. I’ve been to numerous beer festivals over the years, and there are several factors that play into how enjoyable–or not–each event is. For me personally, the main…

January Beer Events

Farewell, 2015! Time for a new year and new beer events! Fri., Jan. 1, 3-10 p.m.: New Year’s Day Tamales, TV’s, and Brewski’s at Factotum Brewhouse (3845 Lipan St, Denver). We know our crowd isn’t a bunch of amateurs and will be ready to get out on the first day of 2016 to get the weekend…

Collaboration Festival

Last Saturday I attended a beer festival in Denver. A beer festival? In Denver?! Yes–another festival. They happen so frequently these days that one might wonder how it’s possible to put together a beer event that is different, special. Well, the folks behind Collaboration Festival made it happen. Collaboration Fest took place on March 22nd…

Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Festival 2014

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of attending my first Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines Festival at Vail Cascade Resort. I had heard about this festival for a few years and was extremely excited to finally go. My drive to (and especially from) Vail was treacherous. There were several points that were so scary I honestly…