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7 Coming-Soon Booze Fests to Book Now

By Ruth Tobias
February 5, 2014
Photo by: flickr/Denver Beer Co

Coloradans' unquenchable thirst for local beer is reflected in a constant stream of festivals that, despite their frequency, tend to sell out well in advance. Purchase tickets for any and all of these suds-heavy events ASAP.

February 13

Masters of the Brewniverse
To benefit the Mile High United Way, Wynkoop Brewing Company is hosting this beer showcase and “pageant” at the Oriental Theater from 6:30 to 10:30 PM. A $25 fee gets you unlimited tastings from the representatives of 16 local brewers, including Crooked Stave and Renegade, who will also strut their stuff onstage to win the title of Brewniverse Master. Click here for tickets.

4335 W. 44th Ave.

February 22

3rd Annual Beer, Bacon & Coffee Fest
From 9 AM to noon, the folks at Denver Beer Co., pictured, aim to rev your engines with the breakfast of champions. For $32 (tickets here), they’ll give you a souvenir mug for drinking your fill of beer along with java from Coda Coffee Co., Chile Billy breakfast burritos and bacon from Denver Bacon Company.

1695 Platte St.; 303-433-2739

10th Annual Firkin Rendezvous
Head to Colorado Springs for this celebration of cask-conditioned beer. Host Bristol Brewing Company welcomes 32 other Centennial State producers to pour their live ales alongside food samples from 1 PM to 5 PM. General-admission tickets are $35 and include a souvenir glass. Tee shirts come with the $60 VIP tickets, which get holders in at noon. Proceeds go to the Colorado Brewers Guild. 

1604 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs; 719-633-2555

February 28

12th Annual Boulder Strong Ale Fest
The March 1 session of Avery Brewing Company’s wildly popular strong-ale festival is already sold out, but if you hurry you can still gain admission to the Friday-evening session (5 PM-10 PM). One $50 ticket gets you 16 pours of beer weighing in at 8% or higher ABV, plus a souvenir glass; food vendors will be on the premises to help you soak up the alcohol.

5757 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder; 303-440-4324

March 13

DSTILL Showcase

As part of a week-long conference for craft-spirits producers, this public tasting at the McNichols Civic Center Building (7-10 PM) will highlight the wares of some 50 distillers from Colorado and beyond, including the Golden-based Golden Moon, Loveland’s Dancing Pines and Death’s Door out of Wisconsin. Tickets are $50 in advance, $60 on site, and include cocktail and food samples.

144 W. Colfax Ave.

March 22

Collaboration Festival

Held on the third floor of The Curtis hotel during Colorado Craft Beer Week, this festival is showcasing over 20 beers made by collaboration between at least one local brewery and various partners. Think Odell with New Belgium, Oskar Blues with La Cumbre, Former Future with Station 26, and many more. See the complete list of participants and get tickets here; general admission from 3 PM to 7 PM is $50, while holders of the Aficionado pass will enjoy early access, a private lounge and a commemorative growler.

1405 Curtis St.

March 29

2nd Annual Hops & Handrails

While being treated to pours from Ska, Twisted Pine and others, attendees of Left Hand Brewing Company’s “craft-beer and rail jam” can also enter test their snowboarding skills in a competition on a 25-foot ski ramp. Food and live music further fuel the festivities (12-6 PM). Get your $25 tickets here quick; they go up to $30 on Monday.

1270 Boston Ave., Longmont; 303-772-0258

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