The Denver Beer Festivals are again in 2021

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The 2021 beer festival season unofficially started last weekend with the Vail Craft Beer Classic, which happened to be the only festival in 2020 (organizers were able to sufficiently distance the participants who had to stay at their tables, where they were served beers in compostable disposable cups ). And it went well, despite the rain and hail at Vail’s Ford Sculpture Park. Actually delete that. It went fantastic, because for many of the participating breweries and the participants it was the first beer festival in a year and a half.

And although some celebrations hoped for in 2021 – including the Great American Beer Festival and the Collaboration Fest – have already been canceled or postponed due to ongoing concerns about COVID-19, many more have been announced or are currently being planned or re-planned.

Are you ready to participate? Maybe and maybe not. It will be interesting to see which organizers change their formats or headcounts in order to increase the well-being of the participants and whether the need for fun is so great that some organizers do not make any changes at all (long queues, joint pitchers).

Here are most of the beer festivals we know so far:

Left Hand is bringing its Oktoberfest back this fall.EXPAND

Left Hand is bringing its Oktoberfest back this fall.

Brows with the left hand

Summer Brew Festival Saturday
Saturday July 24th
Mile High Station
The Summer Brew Fest 2021 will take place as usual in Mile High Station, with two different sessions spread over the day. Breweries, music and more will be announced shortly.

Winter Park Resort beer festival
Saturday July 24th
Winter park resort
Celebrate summer with unlimited drink samples from over twenty craft breweries and distilleries in Colorado, including several in the Fraser area, along with food and live bluegrass music.

Parker Brewfest
Saturday August 14th
O’Brien Memorial Park, Parker
The annual Parker Brewfest returns to O’Brien Memorial Park with around thirty breweries – most of them from the southern suburbs of Denver, but also from other areas outside of the city.

Belleview Station Beer Festival
Saturday August 14th
Belleview train station
Local events company Gumpop Presents hosted at least four different beer festivals for the Denver area this summer and fall. The first is located in Belleview Station in the DTC and includes unlimited samples from more than thirty breweries as well as food trucks, street food vendors, a themed dance party and costume contest with live DJ, lawn games, a photo booth, a DIY pretzel necklace station, thematic swag and more.

Bruz Beers holds its Belgian brew festival in September.

Bruz Beers holds its Belgian brew festival in September.

Bruz beers

RiNo beer festival
Saturday, August 28th
2424 Larimer Street
This festival of gumpop includes unlimited tastings from more than thirty breweries, plus food trucks, street food vendors, a themed dance party and costume contest with live DJ, lawn games, a photo booth, a DIY pretzel necklace station, themed swag, and more .

Belgian brew festival
September 4th
Bruz beers
It’s time for the annual Belgian Brew Fest! This year’s gadgets will be left out from 1pm to 4pm. As always, this is a brewery-only festival. Bruz Beers carefully selects who is invited and selects those from the community that best represent real Belgian beers from their diversity. The brewery says it has a killer lineup of breweries this year: with four food trucks and two bands, the first free beer festival of the season shouldn’t be missed. The festival sells out every year. Get your tickets soon – $ 40 early bird, $ 48 general admission.

25-26 Ska Brewing’s anniversary party
Saturday 4th September
Durango
Like everyone else, Ska Brewing missed its 2020 anniversary – which was especially sad as it was Durango’s 25th milestone. So Ska combines its 25th and 26th into a single blowout with beers from 25 breweries and live music from the Mighty Mighty Bosstones and the Pietasters.

Events on the topic of Craft Beer Conference Conference
9-12 September
Denver
Although the annual Craft Beer Conference, postponed from Spring in San Diego to Fall in Denver, is an industry-only convention and trade show, the city typically hosts dozens of special events and tapping events that make the weekend a GABF- similar feeling.

Get your liters at the Denver Oktoberfest 2021.EXPAND

Get your liters at the Denver Oktoberfest 2021.

Denver Oktoberfest

Denver Oktoberfest
17th-19th and 24-26. September
Downtown Denver
The organizers of the long-running Oktoberfest celebration in downtown Denver say the 51st annual Denver Oktoberfest is officially back. Details will follow shortly.

Telluride Brews and Blues Festival
17th-19th September
Telluride City Park
This multi-tiered festival of music and craft beer features an eclectic mix of live blues, funk, indie, rock, jam band, gospel and soul performances accompanied by some of the best craft breweries in the country. The festival also features activities for kids, leisurely late night club shows, free morning yoga classes, local and regional food and craft vendors, and much more.

Gentle feast
Saturday 18th September
Root brows
Dubbed “the first Latino craft beer festival in the US” in its first iteration two years ago, Suave Fest is returning after a year hiatus due to the pandemic. Focusing on Latino craft brewing owners and professionals, the festival will feature at least a dozen breweries including Coal Mine Avenue Brewing, Atrevida Brewing, Dos Luces Brewing, Jade Mountain Brewery, Wah Gwaan Brewing, and Lady Justice Brewing. In addition to beer, there’s six hours of live Latino music, multiple food trucks, handicrafts, handicrafts, cool merchandise, and “one of the best vibes the state has to offer,” says Raíces.

The Suave Fest focuses on Latin American owned breweries.EXPAND

The Suave Fest focuses on Latin American owned breweries.

Sarah Cowell

Park Hill Beer Festival
Saturday 18th September
Oneida Park
This festival of gumpop includes unlimited tastings from more than thirty breweries, plus food trucks, street food vendors, a themed dance party and costume contest with live DJ, lawn games, a photo booth, a DIY pretzel necklace station, themed swag, and more .

Longmont Oktoberfest
Saturday September 25th
Roosevelt Park, Longmont
This annual event, hosted by Left Hand Brewing at Roosevelt Park in Longmont, will only run on one day from 11am to 9pm this year. Typically family-friendly and crammed with the usual Oktoberfest music, food, beer and fun. it has included other Longmont breweries in the past. Details are still TBA.

Salida is a nice place for a beer festival.EXPAND

Salida is a nice place for a beer festival.

Colorado Brewers Guild

Brewers rendezvous
Saturday October 2nd
Departure
The 25th Annual Brewers Rendezvous will take place in 2021, but the date has been postponed from summer to autumn. As always, this annual fundraiser for the Colorado Brewers Guild takes place at Riverside Park in Salida, but the number of participants is limited to a smaller amount.

Sloan’s Lake Beer Fest
Saturday October 2nd
16th Avenue and Raleigh Street
This festival of gumpop includes unlimited tastings from more than thirty breweries, plus food trucks, street food vendors, a themed dance party and costume contest with live DJ, lawn games, a photo booth, a DIY pretzel necklace station, themed swag, and more .

WeldWerks invitation
Saturday October 30th
Greeley
The WeldWerks Invitational brings in 45 of the best breweries in the country, serving some of their rarest and most sought-after beers in an intimate and relaxed setting. Expect classic breweries like Horus Aged Ales and Jester King, who have been with the Invitational since year one, fan favorites like Side Project Brewing, and newcomers like HOMES Brewery, Ology Brewing, and Equilibrium Brewery, to name a few. Tickets for people who already bought them for last year’s canceled Invitational will go on sale on July 1st. The remaining tickets will go on sale to the general public on July 7th.

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Jonathan Shikes is from Denver and writes about business and beer for Westword.

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