DENVER - March 1, 2018 - Colorado’s breweries will celebrate the state of craft beer at the sixth annual Colorado Craft Beer Week, March 31 through April 7. From Collaboration Fest, Colorado Pint Day, tap takeovers and special events, Colorado Craft Beer Week 2018 is one celebration beer lovers do not want to miss. All events will be listed at coloradobeer.org, the official site for Colorado Craft Beer Week.
“Craft beer is not just about the liquid in the glass,” said Steve Kurowski of the Colorado Brewers Guild. “It is a part of our state’s DNA through community, entrepreneurial spirit, jobs and building the local economy.”
The celebration will kick off on Saturday, March 31st with the fifth annual Collaboration Fest at the Hyatt Regency Denver (650 15th St, Denver, CO 80202). Each day following will have a theme to highlight a different aspect of the industry. Breweries around the state will use these themes to create one-of-a-kind events in their taprooms, with local restaurants and beyond. All events for Colorado Craft Beer Week will be listed at coloradobeer.org
Saturday, March 31st
Headline Event: 5th Annual Collaboration Fest
Collaboration Fest is the original craft beer collaboration festival that showcases the collaborative nature of the craft beer industry. Featuring 100+ projects from more than 190 breweries, this festival shows how unique and radical the craft beer industry is by highlighting how they work together. Each beer is brewed specifically for this festival, so expect some of the most interesting, exciting, rare and delicious beer tappings. Tickets start at $65 and can be purchased at CollaborationFest.com.
Monday, April 2
Daily Theme: Education
Craft beer lovers are looking for additional ways to learn more about craft beer, from beer styles and flavors to what makes a brewery work. On Monday, April 2, breweries will host a plethora of events like sensory analysis classes and craft beer 101. Whether you are a resourceful homebrewer or a complete novice, there will be plenty of craft beer education to go around.
Tuesday, April 3
Daily Theme: Food and Beer
From hosting Bravo’s Top Chef to award-winning food and drink, the food and beer scene in Colorado is gaining national recognition. To showcase their skills, brewers and chefs will be teaming up across the state to host beer dinners, special menus, and pairings.
Wednesday, April 4
Featured Event: Colorado Pint Day
Colorado Pint Day is a celebration of Colorado, The State of Craft Beer. The Colorado Brewers Guild reached out to artist Brendan O’Connor from Goodland Design to create a glass around the theme of 300 days of sunshine and 300+ breweries in the state. Pint glasses will be available for purchase at a number of breweries across the state. $1 from each pint sold will be donated to the Colorado Brewers Guild.
Thursday, April 5
Daily Theme: Craft Beer Gear Day
With 350+ amazing breweries in Colorado, it’s obvious that the state has a lot to be proud of. On April 5, the CBG is encouraging beer lovers all over Colorado to share their pride by wearing their favorite brewery t-shirt, hoodie, hat, etc. Look for merchandise sales and promotions at your favorite local brewery.
Friday, April 6
Daily Theme: New Beer Friday
Thousands of different beers are brewed by Colorado Breweries each and every year. New Beer Friday will showcase dozens of these highly anticipated beers and specialty firkins. Check with your local brewery, pub or beer store to see what new beer they will release today.
Saturday, April 7
Daily Theme: Tour the Brewery or Meet the Brewer
Each of Colorado’s independent craft brewers is a local small business, and on April 7th, the CBG will encourage locals and visitors alike to see how and who makes their beer. Today is a day to put a face to the beer you love so much. It is the entrepreneurial spirit of these brewery owners and staff that build our communities and create a gathering place for us all. Some breweries are working together to develop “Brewery Loop Tours” via vans, shuttles or buses to transport you safely to multiple locations all in one day.
“The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in the Colorado craft beer industry. Take Colorado Craft Beer Week as your time to explore the breweries in your neighborhood; you might just find something unique that you cannot find in a glass anywhere else,” said Kurowski.
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About the Colorado Brewers Guild
The Colorado Brewers Guild is a non-profit trade association representing Colorado craft breweries and brewpubs. CBG is dedicated to the improvement of business conditions and is an advocate for its members. CBG sponsors a variety of beer events each year designed to increase the awareness and appreciation of Colorado-brewed beer. Board members include: Brian O’Connell (Renegade Brewing Company), Chris Wright (Pikes Peak Brewing Company), Kristen Muraro (Ska Brewing Company), Matt Cutter (Upslope Brewing Company), Mike Bristol (Bristol Brewing Company), Tim Myers (Strange Craft Beer Company), Carrie Knose (Living the Dream), Mike Lawinski (FATE Brewing), Dave Bergen (Joyride Brewing), David Axelrod (Broken Compass), and Wynne Odell (Odell Brewing Company). For more information about the Guild, visit www.coloradobeer.org.