Back for the second year under the leadership of the guild is Colorado Craft Beer Week, which is taking place March 21 through 29. This nine-day celebration spans the state at breweries, pubs and restaurants. Dozens of events will showcase brewers and educate beer lovers about Colorado’s experimental and cutting-edge craft beer community.
Colorado Craft Beer Week kicks off with the first-of-its kind Collaboration Festival. “Collaboration Fest was created to showcase the camaraderie between craft brewers near and far,” says manager of the Colorado Brewer’s Guild Steve Kurowski. “The idea of working with another brewers to create a special beer just for this event is truly unique; I’m pretty sure this is the only event of it’s kind in the country and probably the world.”
The lady brewers from Wynkoop, Pikes Peak Brewing, Renegade Brewing, Barrels & Bottles Brewery, Strange Brewing, Epic Brewing, CAUTION: Brewing Co., Bootstrap Brewing, Former Future, and Horse & Dragon Brewery gathered at Big Choice Brewing to brew “The Big C,” a hoppy Belgian-style beer, on behalf of the Pink Boots Society. This is one of the many one-of-a-kind beers to be found at Collaboration Festival on March 22.
Also coming up during Colorado Craft Beer Week are a beer and salsa pairing at Epic Brewing, the New Kids on The Block festival featuring breweries 2 years old or younger, the Western Colorado Beer Celebration in Grand Junction, and the Hops & Handrails beer fest and rail jam at Left Hand Brewing.
Also during beer week will be endless firkins and tap takeovers; new releases from Upslope, Copper Kettle, and Renegade (among many others); beer dinners at Lou’s Food Bar, The Ale House at Amato’s, and Euclid Hall; a half-way-to-Oktoberfest festival at Lone Tree Brewing; and a lot more to come.
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Cheers to the week of The State of Craft Beer!