Colorado Craft Beer Week Calendar

(Photo Credit: Colorado Brewers Guild)

(Photo Credit: Colorado Brewers Guild)

Colorado Craft Beer Week is here! From today until Saturday, March 29, breweries, brewpubs, and restaurants are celebrating with special tappings, beer dinners, festivals, and contests.

The headline event of Craft Beer Week is Collaboration Fest, taking place on Saturday, March 22, 3-7 p.m. at The Curtis Hotel. During the Fest, presented by Imbibe and the Colorado Brewers Guild, over 40 collaboration beers will be released, brewed by CBG members with other local breweries as well as out-of-staters and one international brewery. (Tickets are still available on Imbibe’s website).

Collaboration Fest includes several breakout sessions including beer and food pairings with Emily Hutto, author of Colorado’s Top Brewers, and a Women of Craft Beer panel.

Hiding out being a ski bum in the mountains this weekend? The Fitz Lounge at the base of chair 6 in Vail has Colorado craft on tap throughout Craft Beer Week so you can enjoy a bluebird spring day on the slopes and après ski like a champ. How Colorado of you.

Here is a list of events taking place during Craft Beer Week. Be sure to check out Fresh Taps for specialty tappings all weekend and throughout CCBW.

Friday, March 21 

Epic Brewing, 3001 Walnut St., Denver

During Four Firkin Night, Epic will be tapping four firkins, Sour Apple Saison, ginger Santa Cruz brown with Novo cascara, 825 Stout with coconut, and Escape to Colorado IPA dry hopped with Amarillo at 4 p.m. Get a flight of all four or a full pour for $5.

Barrels & Bottles Brewery, 600 12th St., Golden

Odell is taking over with 12 draft brews on tap starting at 5 p.m.

Road 34, 1213 W. Elizabeth St., Fort Collins

Fort Collins kicks off Craft Beer Week with a New Belgium tap takeover starting at 6 p.m. and live music starting at 9 p.m. with a $5 cover charge. 

Saturday, March 22

Collab Fest The Curtis Hotel, 1405 Curtis St., Denver

Collaboration Fest! Takes place 3-7 p.m. with unlimited tasting of over 40 collaboration brews released at the festival. All beers were brewed by at least one Colorado Brewers Guild member with other breweries from near and far. Tickets are still available.

Dulce Vida, 1201 Cherokee St., Denver

The newest bar and restaurant in the Golden Triangle neighborhood is hosting a Craft Beer Week kickoff party starting at noon with six specialty drafts reserved for Ska, Left Hand, Bristol, Funkwerks, Upslope, and River North in addition to its 16 other taps.

Lone Tree Brewing, 3201 Walnut St., Boulder

Happy Halfte Oktoberfest! Lone Tree is celebrating halfway to Oktoberfest by tapping its Weisen-style Oktoberfest paired with tots from El Toro the Tot starting at 11 a.m.

Epic Brewing, 3001 Walnut St., Denver

Brewer Brian Arnold will lead an educational afternoon on beer tasting including styles, proper glassware, and tips on cellaring beer from 1 – 2 p.m.

Crazy Mountain Brewery, 439 Edwards Access Rd., Edwards

Head to this Edwards haunt for $2 post-slope brewskis and bites from The Crazy Wagon Food Truck, 4 – 8 p.m.

Vail Ale House, 2161 N. Frontage Rd., West Vail

Only one keg of Avery Brewing and Russian River Brewing’s ‘Collaboration not Litigation’ made it up to the mountains and it’s set to start flowing at Vail Ale House at 6 p.m.

Sunday, March 23

A.K.A. Hair of the Dog day. Thanks Collab Fest. Luckily brewery friends are hosting Sunday fun day soirees so we don’t have to use our aching hangover brains.

(Photo Credit: DOTW Stock)

(Photo Credit: DOTW Stock)

Epic Brewing, 3001 Walnut St., Denver

Big Kiwi Eats will be dishing up copious amounts of hangover curing Vitamin G (grease) with breakfast burritos starting at 10 a.m. Even better, hit the bar for $1 off drafts with the purchase of a burrito. Too soon for a real beer? Epic’s got your back with a Utah Sage Saison Bloody Mary or Brainless Golden Beermosa, or even coffee from Novo.

Black Shirt Brewing Sunday Funday, 3719 Walnut St., Denver

Join the BSB crew, 2-6 p.m. for a Sunday Funday full of specialty tappings, food truck eats, and live music. Those wearing their BSB t-shirts will have additional perks.

Station 26, 7045 E. 38th Ave., Denver

Starting at 11 a.m., this newbie brewery will start pouring a Coffee Vanilla Porter paired with donuts from Glazed & Confuzed and bluegrass music from the Hayward Strangers.

Monday, March 24

Epic Brewing, 3001 Walnut St., Denver

Ladies only! Presented by Barley’s Angels, Epic brewer Kim Collins hosts a salsa and beer pairing while touring the brewery. Reserve your spot here.

Lucky Pie Louisville, 637 Front St., Louisville

Starting at 7 p.m. Elevation Brewing and Lucky Pie kick off a trivia night and tap takeover with seven Elevation beers on draft. Trivia prizes will be presented by Elevation co-founder Xandy Bustamante.

Tuesday, March 25

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project, 3350 Brighton Blvd., Denver

Tap-it! Tuesday starts at 6 p.m. with a tapping of Nightmare on Brett sour dark ale aged in Leopold Brothers Maryland Rye Whiskey barrels. It’s only a sixtel so get there early!

(Photo © Adam Larkey)

(Photo © Adam Larkey)

Lou’s Food Bar, 1851 W. 38th Ave., Denver

In celebration of Craft Beer Week, Lou’s Food Bar is hosting four top Colorado breweries – Avery, Left Hand, Upslope, and Prost – for a five-course beer dinner with innovative comfort food dishes like spice-roasted quail with sweet potato cake, sautéed cauliflower, and pineapple chutney, or the dark chocolate torte with espresso panna cotta, milk stout bacon ice cream, and toasted almond brittle. Beers include: Upslope Craft Lager and Thai IPA; Prost Dunkel and Altbier; Avery Lilikoi Kepolo and IPA; Left Hand Nitro Milk Stout and Smokejumper Smoked Imperial Porter. Tickets are $55, call Lou’s for reservations: (303) 458-0336.

Upslope Brewing Co., 1501 Lee Hill Dr., Boulder

Hit Upslope’s North Boulder taproom for its Belgian Pale Ale Barrel Aged Fruit Beers Release Party. Taps feature Upslope’s Limited Release Belgian Style Pale Ale in red wine barrels aged with a variety of fruits including cranberries, blackberries, raspberries, and blood oranges.

Snooze, 2262 Larimer St., Denver

Who says you can’t have breakfast for dinner? Join Great Divide at 6:30 p.m. at Snooze for four brews paired with four brunch dishes.

Euclid Hall, 1317 14th St., Denver

Elevation Beer Company and Grimm Brothers Brewery take over Euclid Hall for a five-course beer dinner starting at 7 p.m. Tickets and info available here.

Wednesday, March 26

Ale House at Amato’s, 2501 16th St., Denver

The BEERmuda Triangle Breweries – Breckenridge, Strange, Renegade, Wits End, Black Sky and TRVE – are presenting a Collaboration Beer Dinner, 6 – 10 p.m. at Ale House @ Amato’s. Call restaurant for details and reservations (303) 433-9734.

Epic Brewing, 3001 Walnut St., Denver

Finger painting isn’t just for kids. Join Westword’s Eric Matelski, 5-8p.m., for a night of beer-themed painting while drinking brews from Epic. Paintings will be auctioned off with proceeds benefitting the Colorado Brewers Guild. 

Thursday, March 27

NKOTB The Lobby, 2191 Arapahoe St., Denver

The second annual New Kids on the Block, an event celebrating Colorado breweries under two years old, presented by Imbibe and PorchDrinking.com, takes place at The Lobby 8-11 p.m. Come dressed in ’80s duds for unlimited beer tastings, ‘80s music, beer-themed buffet, and a costume contest. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Colorado Brewers Guild.

Elevation Beer Company, 115 Pahlone Parkway, Poncha Springs

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. learn how to commercially brew from Elevation head brewer Christian Koch. Email info@elevationbeerco.com to reserve your spot.

Renegade Brewing Company, 925 W. 9th Ave., Denver

The currently can-only brewery is releasing its first-ever bomber and is celebrating with a shindig at the taproom. Grab a pint and buy a bomber of Sunday Morning, a coffee-infused American strong ale, from the source starting at 6 p.m. Novo Coffee will be on hand providing samples of the coffee used in the brew as well as one-pound bags of beans for purchase.

Hogshead, 4460 W. 29th Ave., Denver

Starting at 6 p.m., Hogshead will be pairing cask ales with artisanal cheeses from St. Killian’s Cheese Shop.

Avenue Grill, 630 E. 17th Ave., Denver

From 6:30-9:30 p.m., Avenue Grill will host Odell Brewing for a six-course beer dinner featuring comfort food dishes like beer-battered chicken with cornbread waffles and rosemary syrup or elk and cheddar brats on pretzel croissants. Tickets are $55 and can be purchased at Avenue Grill.

Friday, March 28

Epic Brewing, 3001 Walnut St., Denver

Meat and beer. Apparently this is what Colorado is known for, as highlighted in the Denver BrewDogs episode. So Epic is embracing its newfound status as a Coloradan with a Tender Belly pork rib beer pairing, 4-8 p.m. at the RiNo taproom.

Crazy Mountain Brewery, 439 Edwards Access Rd., Edwards

Girl Scout cookies are irresistible on their own but paired with beer they might as well just jump down your throat. Crazy Mountain Brewery is partnering with the Girl Scouts of Colorado for a beer and cookie pairing, 5-8 p.m. Think Thin Mints with SnowCat Coffee Stout and Tagalongs with Bridge Street Winter Ale. Yum.

Elevation Beer Company, 115 Pahlone Parkway, Poncha Springs

Hit the taproom for a special screening of Beer Hunter, a documentary about beer and whiskey journalist Michael Jackson, 6-8p.m.

Lone Tree Brewing Co., 8200 Park Meadows Dr. #8222, Lone Tree

The Centennial brewery is hosting a palate adventure, 6:30-8 p.m., with a blind tasting of small bites and beers. While tasting, participants will be blindfolded and guided by Gerry Leary, blind coffee roaster and owner of the Unseen Bean.

Saturday, March 29

The Old Mine, 500 Briggs St., Erie

The newly opened cidery and taphouse is throwing a Grand Opening bash, 11 a.m. tp 11 p.m., with a stellar line-up of specialty tappings including brews from Crooked Stave, The Bruery, and Dogfish Head. 

HH_WP_BB_CS Left Hand Brewing Co., 1265 Boston Ave., Longmont

Left Hand’s craft beer and rail fest, Hops & Handrails, returns 3-9 p.m. at the brewery with a 25-foot ramp and snowboard competition, local food vendors, live music, and of course, beer.

Edgewater Brewery, 905 Struthers Ave., Grand Junction

More than 10 breweries will pour specialty brews during the 2nd Annual Western CO Craft Beer Celebration taking place on Edgewater’s large outdoor lawn, 2-6 p.m. For $10 guests enjoy unlimited tastings and live music from Tight Thump & Retrospectacle. All of the proceeds benefit the Colorado Brewers Guild.

Week Long Events

Grimm Brothers, 623 Denver Ave., Loveland

The Loveland brewery is celebrating CCBW with a Little Red Cap beer run. It involves solving a puzzle by ordering any Grimm Brothers beer at nine locations, collecting puzzle pieces at purchase, and being one of the first 50 people to turn in a completed puzzle. The winners get a free draft beer, a can of Red Cap on April 12th, and a brewery pint glass.

Hogshead Brewery, 4460 W 29th Ave., Denver

Nightly tappings of specialty English cask ales.

Twisted Pine Brewing Co., 3201 Walnut St., Boulder

Each day during Craft Beer Week, Twisted Pine will tap at least one rare specialty keg upon opening.

Lowry Beer Garden, 7577 E. Academy Blvd., Denver

From March 21-March 30, Lowry Beer Garden will feature drafts from Epic Brewing and Odell Brewing.

Epic Brewing, 3001 Walnut St., Denver

For every pint of Escape to Colorado IPA sold during Craft Beer Week, Epic will be donating $.25 to the Colorado Brewers Guild.

 

About Sarah Haughey


Editor, Denver off the Wagon. Sarah is a native of the "Napa Valley of beer," but her beer-drinking roots stretch all the way back to the Emerald Isle where Haughey (Haw-hee) is famous. Sure, our name may have got it's rap from the corrupt prime minister, but we like to think it stands strong due to our long-standing ability to pound a few too many pints. After stints on the East Coast and in San Francisco, Sarah came running back to Denver where her full-time job is exploring all the city's new craft breweries one sip at a time. Follow me @sarahhaughey4 to see where I'm grabbing a beer or for news about local breweries. Like to cook? Me too, check out: Lifewithalittlespice.com