It’s September! The air is starting to cool, football is back on TV, and they’re already stocking the shelves with Halloween candy. If you look closely, you can even see a preview of what’s to come in our trees. The autumn maple in our front yard already has a few leaves starting to turn red. It’s true, summer is winding down and fall will soon be upon us. But never fear, September is a great time of year for beer drinkers. In fact, the fall seasonal beers are already hitting the shelves. MMM.. pumpkin beer! It’s just one of the many things to love about fall.
At this very moment, we are in route to one of our favorite late summer shindigs: the Ska Brewing Company’s 19th Anniversary Party and Brewers Invitational. This party has everything: live music from three ska bands, awesome food from several vendors, and best of all, unlimited beers from Ska and about 30 of their closest brewery friends. This party is epic and should not be missed. Unfortunately, unless you have a ticket, it’s SOLD OUT. Sorry.
Great Beer Events for September
Now that we’ve probably bummed you out, let us cheer you up. Below we are highlighting 5 great beer events happening this month that you can still attend for some great beer-filled fun:
Tour de Fat Denver: Join New Belgium for bikes, beer, and bemusement as they roll through Denver’s City Park with their Tour de Fat! Tour de Fat is New Belgium Brewing’s traveling celebration of all things bicycle. It opens with a costumed bike parade through the city, followed by a festival that includes a 1,000 person dance contest, the winner of which receives a New Belgium cruiser bike! Go for the bicycles and stay for the beer, food, and music. For full details visit NewBelgium.com for more details.
Lafayette Brew Fest: Do like the ideahttp://www.newbelgium.com/events/tour-de-fat/denver.aspx of a beer fest, but you’re a cheapskate that hates to cough up the high upfront cost to get in? Then check out the Lafayette Brew Fest on Saturday 9/13/2014, where you can explore craft beers one pour at a time with no entrance fee! There will be craft, business, food and beer booths for you to explore, and you’ll pay per pour: $2 for a 4-oz pour of beer or $6 for an 8-oz glass of wine if vino is more of your thing. If you purchase tickets in advance you can receive extra pours or other prizes. Visit lafayettecolorado.chambermaster.com/ for more details.
The 20th Annual Breckenridge Oktoberfest takes place the weekend of 9/14-9/16. This is when Munich meets Breck with a street party on Main Street that includes traditional German costumes, food, oompah, and polka bands, and of course, beer! For full details on hours, events, and the VIP experience visit the GoBreck.com website.
Denver Oktoberfest is so big that it spans two weekends: 9/19-9/21 and again 9/26-9/28. Dust off your lederhosen and chicken hat for this party, which attracts over 350,000 people a year and has been called “The Best Oktoberfest” in the U.S. by Maxim Magazine and USA Today. There will be music, dancing, food, vendors, and plenty of beer! For the schedule or to pre-purchase your stein, visit thedenveroktoberfest.com for more information.
Fresh Hop Festival: On Saturday 9/27 the brewtastic folks at Lovibond (Collaboration Fest, Sesh Fest) will be taking over Falling Rock Tap House to showcase fresh hopped beers created from great breweries across the country. The majority of the beers will come from the Colorado area, but some out-of-state brewers will be there with their wet-hopped creations as well. Cost for this event is $40, which includes unlimited tastings, a commemorative glass, snacks and more. Visit Imbibe-events.com for tickets.
We hope these ideas of what’s happening this month inspire you to go have some fun and some great beers.