Happy May Day! While most of us don’t have big May Day celebrations planned, May is the time of year when the Colorado Beer Festival season really starts to heat up and that’s certainly worth celebrating. While there are events every weekend in one corner of the state or another, we’re going to focus on just a few fun events or festivals that are near and/or dear to us. For an even bigger list of beer events, visit our Event Calendar.
Featured Beer Fests and Event for May
Colorado Springs Craft Week, April 26-May 4: Colorado Springs Craft Week features and supports the many small, craft businesses in the Pikes Peak region including craft coffee, beer, cocktails, and food. There are events across Colorado Springs all week-long, with the featured event being the Crafter’s Festival, May 2nd from 4pm-9pm at Venue 515. A $30 GA or $45 VIP ticket gets you in to sample beer, coffee, spirits and gives you access to artisanal food vendors and live music. Get your tickets to this event and learn about all the other events at cscraftweek.com.
AHA Big Brew for National Homebrew Day, May 3rd: The American Homebrewers Association (AHA) created AHA Big Brew as an annual event to celebrate National Homebrew Day around the world on the first Saturday in May. If you’re a brewer or just interested in learning more about brewing, view the Big Brew Event Calendar at homebrewersassociation.org to find an event near you where you join in and brew, or just hang out an learn. Invite your friends and family to gather around the brew kettle and join in the celebration of this great hobby!
South Denver Beer Festival, May 3rd and 4th: The South Denver Beer Fest is back in beautiful Clement Park, featuring over 60 breweries, both local and national, and over 120 beers. There will also be a Beard/Mustache competition and Best Costume competition with great prizes. Tickets get you access to unlimited tastings and souvenir cup. VIP tickets get you in an hour early, a festival t-shirt, and entry into a special VIP section devoted to local distillers, chocolate and cheese producers, and VIP Only beers. For more information or tickets, visit southdenverbeerfest.com.
Slue Foot Sue’s Shindig, May 9th: Imbibe Denver and Denver Arts & Venues are throwing a barn burner of a beer festival on Friday, May 9 from 6pm-10pm at the McNichols Building in downtown Denver. The event highlights Imagine 2020: Denver’s Cultural Plan art exhibit The New West: Contemporary Perspectives of the Rocky Mountain Region. Tickets are only $10 and includes three 12-oz craft beers, BBQ from Moe’s BBQ, live country music from Casey James Prestwood and the Burning Angels, and the opportunity to purchase Western fashions and accessories by Rockmount Ranchware. Visit the imbibedenver.com for tickets and additional event details.
Boulder County New Brew Fest, May 10th: Take part in this new beer festival to sample 70+ craft beers and ciders from 26 new breweries, all less than 5 years old in and located around Boulder County. Talk directly from brewers and owners about their passions and new locations while we kick off the summer season with beers and live music. The festival will be held at Whistle Stop Park in Niwot, and shuttle service is available. For more details and tickets visit their Eventbright page. Link removed; no longer valid.
American Craft Beer Week, May 12-18: Since 2006 American Craft Beer Week (ACBW) has been the mother of all beer weeks, celebrating small and independent craft breweries nationwide. With over 2700 craft breweries in the US, you should have no problem finding a craft brew to celebrate with this year. Get more info on ACBW events at craftbeer.com.
Fort Collins Beer Week, May 11-18: Running in conjunction with American Craft Beer Week, this first Fort Collins Beer Week (FCBW) is being called an “un-festival”—a community-wide event that will infuse a celebration of craft and community into the city’s restaurants, breweries and businesses. They will have three featured events: the Opening Night Bash, the Brewers Olympics and the Brewers Brunch. Visit fortcollinsbeerweek.com to see what’s going on each day and for information and links to tickets for these events.
AHA Rally at Colorado Cider Co, May 17: The American Homebrews Association (AHA) is inviting homebrewers to Colorado Cider for the first of two rallies in Denver in 2014. AHA rallies are free to current AHA members. You can sign up there to become an AHA member join online, or sign up online before the event. Participants will enjoy Colorado Cider samples, get a cidery tour, and take home a complementary Colorado Cider Co tasting glass and an exclusive AHA rally gift. It’s also a great time to mingle with local homebrewers. For more details on this event or to RSVP, visit homebrewersassociation.org for more details.
Upslope Get Down, May 17th: As a part of their ACBW celebration, Upslope Brewing is throwing their own music festival at their Flatiron Park brewery! The Upslope Get Down is a free music fest with eight bands on two sages for continuous music all day long. You’ll also be able to enjoy Upslope beers and food by local food trucks. To check out the lineup and get more info, visit the Upslope Facebook Event page. Link removed; no longer valid
Blues, Brews and BBQ Festival, May 24th-26th: As the unofficial launch of summertime in the mountains, this event features mouth-watering barbecue, thirst-quenching microbrews and great live blues! Barbecue masters will compete for bragging rights and cash prizes, and attendees will have a chance to vote for People’s Choice. Over 30 Colorado-based breweries will be on hand and tickets include beer tastings and a commemorative tasting mug. Visit the event page on BeaverCreek.com for all the details on this festival.
Burning Can Beer Fest, May 31st: This year Oskar Blues is bringing 45 breweries to the Burning Can Beer Fest, which it holds in conjunction with the Lyons Outdoor Games. The event runs from 4pm-7pm, with live music continuing after the fest. Tickets for Advance General Admission are $30, Day of General Admission $35, and VIP passes $45. For a full list of breweries, musical lineups or to purchase tickets, visit the Oskar Blues Brewing events page at brew.oskarblues.com/events. For info on the Lyons Outdoor Games visit lyonsoutdoors.com.
Front Range Rally Craft Beer & Food Truck Festival, May 31st: The Front Range Rally is a festival celebrating Colorado’s rich culture of Craft Brewing and the emergence of a growing fleet of great food trucks. The two certainly go hand-in-hand and are a logical choice to support the work of Food Bank for Larimer County, who is receiving 100% of the net proceeds from this festival. General admission is 2:30pm to 7:00pm, with a VIP session starting at 1:30 pm. For more info and tickets, visit frontrangerally.com.
If you know of any can’t miss events that aren’t already on our Event Calendar, please let us know!