May Beer Fests and Events

In Beer by Chris

Happy May Day! We hope you are having a fun day singing, eating cake and dancing around the maypole! No, you’re not doing any of that? Well, neither are we. But we are still excited that it’s finally May! This month means the snow should finally be giving way to warm and sunny spring days. Plus, there’s plenty of May beer fests, holidays and events to keep you busy this month!

We know that you probably don’t need a reason to drink, but we have some for you anyway. We’ve gathered for you more than a dozen great events and reasons to celebrate this month. Enjoy!  

May Brings So Many Reasons to Drink…

There are almost too many reasons to celebrate in May! There are so many fun events happening that some difficult decisions will need to be made. The first weekend of May brings us Star Wars Day (May the 4th, duh), plus Cinco De Mayo (May 5, of course) and Kentucky Derby Day (May 6th). This month we’ll also be celebrating Mother’s Day (May 12). You can find a number of celebrations for each of these days at breweries all over the state. Follow our Event page on Facebook to see all the great events in one spot. Just know that you still have the tough job of deciding which ones to attend. May the force be with you!

May Beer Anniversaries

Judging by the several anniversary parties this month, May is a popular time to open a brewery. Below is just a list of the celebrations we know about so far. More will likely be announced as the month goes on. Better pace yourself.

Featured May Beer Fest & Other Awesome Events

Below is just a sampling of some of the other great events happening this month. Visit our Event Page for even more!

The Real Dill’s 5 Year Anniversary

Friday, May 5, from 5 PM – 10 PM
The Real Dill, 33 S Fox St, Denver

It’s going to be a party for the ages as the Real Dill celebrates their 5th anniversary at The Dillery! Enjoy beer from Spangalang Brewery, cider from Stem Ciders, cocktails by Bear Creek Distillery & Backyard Soda Co and a Bloody Mary station featuring spirits from Blank & Booth Distilling Co. The Colorado Pickle and Beer Society will be there with, you guessed it, pickles and beer. Quiero Arepas, Em’s Ice Cream, Ethiopian Food Truck, and Rocky Mountain Slices will be selling delicious food. Live music from Denver’s own The Raritans starts at 7:30pm. 105% of the proceeds will benefit The GrowHaus, a nonprofit indoor farm, marketplace, and educational center. Tickets and more information is available at therealdill.com/5year

Grand Valley Beer Festival

Friday May 12, from 5 PM to 9 PM
Colorado Mesa University, 1100 North Ave, Grand Junction

Enjoy craft beer and live music at this ‘People’s Choice’ competition of craft brews from Colorado and beyond! Colorado wines can also be sampled. Tickets include appetizers, and additional food is available for purchase. Proceeds support the Maverick Club’s Student-Athlete Scholarship Fund. More details at supportingcmu.org/events/2017-grand-valley-beer-festival

Denver Bacon and Beer Classic

Saturday, May 13, from 12 PM – 10 PM
Sports Authority Field at Mile High, 1701 Bryant St, Denver

Arrive hungry and thirsty to the Bacon and Beer Classic! The festival takes place on the field at Sports Authority Field, home of the Denver Broncos. Experience more than 80 craft beers, 30+ bacon-infused dishes, plus music, games, contests and more. The afternoon session will run from 1 PM to 4 PM, following by an evening session from 7 PM to 10 PM. For tickets and more info, visit baconandbeerclassic.com.

American Craft Beer Week

May 15 through May 21
Various locations

For the 12th year in a row, the Brewers Association invites you to celebrate American Craft Beer Week, the nationwide celebration of U.S. small and independent craft brewers. This week-long tribute provides an opportunity for craft brewers to share their diversity, creativity and passion for the beverage they love. Events will be held around the state, including exclusive brewery tours, special beer releases, beer and food pairings, tap takeovers and more. Join the fun, and celebrate everything you love about America’s ever-advancing beer culture. For more information & a full calendar of American Craft Beer Week events, visit craftbeer.com/news/american-craft-beer-week

4th Annual Upslope Get Down

Saturday, May 20 from 1 PM – 10 PM
Upslope Brewing Company, 1898 S Flatiron Ct, Boulder

Join Upslope Brewing Company at their Flatiron Park brewery for their 4th annual Upslope Get Down, a free music fest featuring Upslope beer, food trucks, games, art, vendors and more. They’re taking over the back parking lot of the brewery to bring you a day full of live music on 3 stages. Proceeds benefit Protect Our Winters.

Front Range Rally 2017

Saturday, May 20 from 2:30 PM – 7 PM
Loveland Food Share, 2600 N Lincoln Ave, Loveland

Celebrate Colorado’s rich culture of craft brewing and the growing cadre of quality mobile food vendors at this year’s Front Range Rally! Enjoy live music, beers and cider from over 55 brewers, and food from 10 food trucks. 100% of the net proceeds go directly to Food Bank for Larimer County to support hunger relief initiatives in our community. Tickets and more info available at frontrangerally.org/

The Pressed Conference

Saturday, May 27, 2 PM – 5 PM
Highlands Masonic Lodge, 3220 Federal Blvd, Denver

The Pressed Conference is Colorado’s premier cider festival, featuring dozens of cideries under one roof. Expect crisp, bright craft ciders plus plenty of lawn games, live music, and general summertime shenanigans. You’ve never attended a ‘conference’ quite like this one! Tickets and information are available at thepressedconference.com

Festival of the Brewpubs

Sunday, May 28, 12 PM – 4 PM
Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, 28194 US Highway 6, Keystone, Colorado 80435

Beer + live music= a great day in the Colorado mountains! The 16th annual Festival of the Brewpubs is A-Basin’s largest party of the year. Spend the day sampling beer from breweries from Summit County and beyond. Featuring live music on the stage in the Base Area Plaza and outdoor food stations, this is a spring-time party not to be missed.

Want more events?

This is just a sampling of all the great events happening in May. Check out our Event page or follow our Facebook Event Feed for so many more awesome events. Let us know which May beer fests or events you’re excited about in the comments below. Maybe we’ll see you there!

Cheers!