The Great American Beer Festival (pictured) is canceled for 2021, but luckily for local drinkers, there are plenty of other events to try in the summer and fall. (Seth McConnell, Denver Post special)
Denver’s Great American Beer Festival may have canceled its public event for 2021 due to concerns about COVID-19, but local drinkers still have plenty of options to enjoy the festival style.
Here are 10 beer events to get your pipe wet this summer and fall.
Winter Park Resort Beer and Liquor Festival, July 24th
If you’re looking for a mountain retreat, consider Winter Park Resort Beer and Spirits Fest, where more than 20 Colorado beverage vendors give away samples to the tunes of local bluegrass bands at 9,000 feet . Heck, you could probably do a morning hike before heading to the resort base for the event at 1pm
1-5pm July 24th at Winter Park Resort, 85 Parsenn Road, Winter Park. $ 35 through Eventbrite.
Belleview Station Beer Fest, August 14th
Dress in your best ’80s outfit and head to Belleview Station Beer Garden at the Denver Tech Center for a beer festival and dance party with themed music and a costume contest. More than 30 breweries are expected to try soapy water to pair with lawn games and eating from food trucks.
3 p.m. – 7 p.m. Aug. 14 at Belleview Station Beer Garden, 6785 E. Chenango Ave., Denver. $ 35- $ 45 through Eventbrite.
Vail Valley Brew’Au, August 21
The city of Avon brings a beach vibe to inland Colorado with the Luau-inspired Vail Valley Brew-Au. This kid-friendly event features limitless beer tastings alongside sandcastle sculptures, live music, and more. The event is also a fundraiser for the Vail Valley Charitable Fund, which helps families in dire financial straits due to medical emergencies or prolonged illness.
1-8pm August 21 at the Avon Performance Pavilion at Harry A. Nottingham Park, 1 Lake St., Avon. $ 20- $ 45 through Eventbrite.
Brewfest at Coors Field, August 21st
When you buy tickets to see the Colorado Rockies play the Arizona Diamondbacks on August 21, you can visit a sort of tailgate at the ballpark, where 20 local breweries serve samples. The tickets include six drinks cards for small portions and a commemorative cup. Vote for your favorite and it could get a tip in the ballpark in the 2022 season. All the fun happens before the first pitch.
4-7 p.m. August 21 (first pitch 6:10 p.m.) at Coors Field, 2001 Blake St., Denver. $ 35- $ 65 through Ticketmaster.
RiNo beer festival, August 28th
Denver’s RiNo neighborhood will have a serious case of Saturday Night Fever when this disco-themed beer festival takes place. Break out the platforms and bell bottoms to compete in a costume contest, and expect the music to groov you all afternoon as you sample libations from more than 30 breweries.
3-7pm Aug 28 near the Ramble Hotel, 2424 Larimer St., Denver. $ 35- $ 45 through Eventbrite.
Rare Beers Tasting in Denver September 9th
At least part of the GABF experience will take place in 2021: The Denver Rare Beer Tasting. Hosted by the Colorado Brewers Guild and nonprofit Pints for Prostates, the event features more than 60 of the most respected breweries in the country serving specialty recipes and rare vintages for exclusive tastings. There will also be free male checkups and a silent online auction. Proof of a COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test is required for entry.
1-5 p.m. September 9 at the McNichols Civic Center Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave., Denver. $ 125 via Universe.com.
Park Hill Beer Festival, September 18th
Rock and roll will never die, at least not at this themed beer festival in Denvers Park Hill. More than 30 breweries sample beers to classic rock hits from a live DJ. Expect food trucks, lawn games, a costume contest, and more.
3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. September 18 at Oneida Park, 2225 Oneida St., Denver. $ 35- $ 45 through Eventbrite.
Colorado Brewers Rendezvous, 1-2. October
Expect a double dose of beer fest at the Colorado Brewers Rendezvous, which returns to Salida for the 25th time. October 1st marks a “pre-vous” at the SteamPlant Event Center, where drinkers can sample specialty beers that are only available that evening. On October 2nd, more than 20 breweries will meet in Riverside Park for an open-air soiree against the backdrop of the Collegiate Peaks.
6:00 p.m.-8: 30 p.m. October 1st at the SteamPlant Event Center, 220 W. Sackett Ave., Salida. $ 40 through Eventbrite; and 1 pm-5pm October 2nd at Riverside Park, 110 Sackett Ave., Salida. $ 15- $ 110 through Eventbrite.
Sloan’s Lake Beer Fest, October 2nd
Viva the ’90s at Sloan’s Lake Beer Fest, inspired by the music to the encouraged dress from the decade before the millennium. More than 30 breweries, food trucks, a DJ, and more are being set up on Sloan’s Lake for the event, which also features lawn games, a pretzel necklace-making station, and a costume contest.
3 p.m. – 7 p.m. October 2 at Sloan’s Lake, 1565 N. Raleigh St., Denver. $ 35- $ 45 through Eventbrite.
San Juan Barrel Festival, October 9th
Head west to the San Juans Mountains for a beer event, which is also a fundraiser in support of the Ridgway arts scene. The San Juan Barrel Fest hires brewers, cider makers and winemakers from the Western Slope to create something special in Hartwell Park in downtown Ridgway. The festival serves as the finale of the Ridgway 1K race, but you don’t have to be running to take part. The proceeds will go to the Sherbino Theater.
3 p.m. – 6 p.m. October 9 at Hartwell Park, 201 N Railroad St., Ridgway. $ 30 via ridgway1k.com.
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