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Break Out the Wristbands: A look at the upcoming beer festival season
March 24, 2015
Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending this year’s Collaboration-fest at Mile High Stadium, which turned out to be a surprisingly good location for an indoor festival. While sampling the fantastic beers concocted by the breweries who prove they can play nice with each other I once again found myself in one of my favorite environments rubbing elbows with other true beer nerds. Now that I have fed my addiction to everything a beer festival has to offer, I am going to need my fix again soon. Luckily Collaboration-fest was just the first of many brew focused shindigs over the spring and summer, all of which have a focus on a specific niche of the craft beer community. This allows for everyone to have a chance to mingle with folks of a similar pallet and try some of the best beer from Colorado and the rest of the country. With that, I’ve decided to highlight a few that have resonated with my own interests to share with y’all:
New Kids on the Block:
This particular get-together combines all of the most awesome things ever in one place. The title for this is literal for both the beer and atmosphere to be expected, with the primary focus being breweries in Colorado who are less than two years old. While sampling the beer from our newest additions, the organizers have also decided to include an 80’s soundtrack, (Why 80’s music? Because it’s the best music ever made and if you don’t like it you should feel bad that’s why.) This is a bit of a short notice on this one as it is coming up this Thursday, but if you can swing it I’m anticipating a fantastic evening.
I may be getting a bit ahead of myself with this one as the date for the 2015 iteration hasn’t been announced yet, but I had such a great time at last year’s event that I can’t help but mention it in anticipation. If you are a hop head, or if you someone wanting to explore the range of what hops can do to beer this is the perfect place for you. All of the beer offered at this one has been fresh hopped (also known as wet hopped…for the most part) which means that the hops are about as close to “off the vine” as you can get when they are introduced to the brew. This can result in some surprising flavors and aromas that far surpass the bitter generalities given to this magic green cones (I’ve actually written a few posts in the past exploring this further, ya know if you’re interested). The festival is held at Falling Rock, one of the best taphouses in Downtown Denver, and I’m looking forward to this year’s shindig being unveiled.
I need to give full credit for my knowledge of this one to my Mom who mentioned it to me knowing that beer is my jam (thanks for being awesome Mom!) Of the festivals mentioned in this post this is by far the largest with 50 breweries on the list, and by proxy is also likely to be the most diverse in the beers one might encounter. Looking at the names that will be serving beer at this one there are some heavy hitters from the area and a few out of towners that make some solid libations. I’m planning on hitting this one with my brother in law, and if any of you are looking for an excuse to spend some time in the sun on a Saturday afternoon in Ft Collins you should do the same.
There are plenty of other beer-centric events happening around Denver and the rest of Colorado so if none of these strikes your fancy it’s worth looking for one that does. I am a big fan of Imbibe (click on the name to take you there) which has all of the libation rich to-do’s your heart desires. Even if you’re not a festival person, I hope you find a way to enjoy a good pint with good people this spring and summer. Cheers Everyone!