Beer festivals and celebrations are nothing new in the US – they’re everywhere. However, residents of Colorado got their very own celebration recently. The first ever Colorado Beer Week kicked off on April 8, and ran through the 16. The result was nothing less than spectacular.
Colorado has long been known as one of the nation’s foremost centers for craft beer, but Colorado Beer Week gives residents an upfront and personal experience with the brewers in their community. It was also the site of some unique events and experiences that can’t be found in other celebrations. If you missed this year’s event, then it’s definitely time to start planning for next year! Here’s a glimpse at some of the things that you missed.
The Colorado Brewers Guild
If you ever wanted to taste every beer brewed in the state, then this meet-greet-taste option was an excellent way to do just that. There was a sample of almost every beer crafted in the state, and those responsible for brewing them were also on hand for questions or just general chatting. This event was a huge hit this year and will certainly be back again in 2012.
Charity Golf Tournament
Do you love both golf and beer? If so, then this will be the highlight for you in 2012. The 2011 event was hugely popular and allowed you to enjoy free beer at each hole of the course. Held at the Pradera Golf Club, the event also offered a food/beer pairing experience after the tournament ended. Of course, the tournament did have an entry cost. The 2011 tournament required a $150 entry fee and the 2012 fee has not been set yet.
The Kickoff Party
The 2011 Colorado Beer Week got off to a great start with the kickoff party held throughout the city of Denver. Quite a few taverns and bars got in on the act, offering live music, fresh beer and great food. The kickoff party required a $39.99 entrance fee but was enormously popular. It was certainly an amazing way to start the weeklong celebration and you’ll need to make plans to attend if you’re going to visit in 2012.
Colorado Beer Week saw a number of other great experiences – the Oyster Fest, and the Saturday Afternoon Affair to name just a couple of them. With the immense success of this celebration, you can bet that 2012 is going to be even better so make plans now to attend.