August Beer Fests & Events

It’s August, can you believe it? Where has the time gone? Another month is behind us and the summer is slowly winding down. Now is the time to get out there and enjoy the warm weather and cold beer, so without further ado, let’s make some August plans!

But first… it’s GABF ticket time!

While we are planning ahead, don’t forget that today is the day that Great American Beer Festival tickets go on sale. If you are an AHA or BA member, ticket pre-sales kick off today at 10 a.m. MT. For everyone else, tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. tomorrow. Don’t snooze on this one, since the 2017 looks to be the biggest and best yet! Get all the details on tickets at

Now that we have that important message out of the way, on to the August Hoppy Happenings!

August Brewery Anniversaries

Cheers to the following breweries for a full year of full pints and great craft beer. Make a point to stop by to celebrate their continued success this month.  As more anniversary celebrations and other events are planned, we’ll keep you posted.

  • Bull & Bush Brewery (46 years!) – August 5
  • Avery Brewing (24 years) – August 5
  • Odd13 Brewing (4 years) – August 5
  • C Squared Ciders (2 years) – August 5
  • Liquid Mechanics Brewing Co (3 years) – August 12
  • Denver Beer Co (6 years) – August 12
  • Resolute Brewing Company (1 year) – August 19

August Event 6-Pack

This month we’ve paired down the full list of August fun happenings to a manageable 6-pack size of featured events. Here are our picks for six events this month that shouldn’t be missed. Fair warning, you may need the technology to clone yourself if you want to hit all six…

Leftapalooza 2016 |
Leftapalooza 2016

Leftapalooza Mile High Tribute Band Competition
Saturday August 5, 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Roosevelt Park, Longmont

Back for the 7th year, the Leftapalooza Mile High Tribute Band Competition showcases 8 of the best tribute bands. This year the lineup includes Hells Belles playing the music of AC/DC, Shakedown Street and the music of the Grateful Dead, plus bands that will pay tribute to greats such as David Bowie, Primus, Jethro Tull, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Neil Young & Crazy Horse and Gov’t Mule. All that great music and loads of craft beer from hosts Left Hand Brewing and about a dozen of their brewery friends. It’s a full day of music and beer that you don’t want to miss. | Event page


4th Annual Sesh Fest
Saturday August 5, 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Denver Highlands Masonic Center, 3550 Federal Blvd, Denver

What could be better on a summer day in Colorado than enjoying some easy drinking beer, lawn games, live music, and lounging in the grass. Experience it all at Sesh Fest, featuring session-style ales and lagers from more than 50 breweries. New this year, bring a friend and save on ticket prices. Score!  | Event Page

Lost Highway Brewing Company opens in Centennial |

Lost Highway Brewing Company Grand Opening Celebration
Saturday August 5, 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Lost Highway Brewing Company, 12741 E Caley Ave Unit 140, Centennial

Lost Highway Brewing Company is celebrating their move to Centennial, and we should all welcome them to their new ‘hood. Their taproom and production facility are finally open, and during the party they’ll be offering brewery tours, pouring new beers, and celebrating with music from The Dollhouse Theives, and more. | Event Page

Hops in the Hangar
Saturday, August 12 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, 7711 E Academy Blvd, Denver

Each year dozens of the Denver Metro area’s best breweries gather to Wings Over the Rockies WWII-era hangar for an evening of friends, food and of course, fantastic local beer from more than 30 local breweries. Tickets include unlimited beer tastings, a meal, access to games, activities, aircraft cockpits, music and lots more. | Event Page

Boulder Craft Beer Festival
Saturday, August 19, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
North Boulder Park, Boulder

The 4th Annual Boulder Craft Beer Festival brings together the best craft breweries (and a few cideries) from Boulder County and beyond for a tasting festival, offering attendees samples of the best beer on the Front Range. The festival includes beer from over 30 breweries, live music and food for purchase from local food trucks. | Event Page

Tour de Fat comes to Denver, August 26 |
Credit: New Belgium Brewing Co

Fat Tire Presents: Tour de Fat Denver with Capital Cities
Saturday, August 26, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt St, Denver

Expect to experience the unexpected at this year’s Tour de Fat. Fat Tire is bringing the party with Capital Cities and the Tour de Fat ensemble cast of performers. Ready your eyes and ears for a mix of musicians, circus performers, vaudeville acts, magicians, comedians, and mind-blowing provocateurs. Costumes are highly encouraged and a mindset to party is mandatory. Proceeds from the Denver Tour de Fat benefit Bike Denver and Denver Cruisers.| Event Page

Still Thirsty For More?

This is just a tip of the August iceberg (?) of events. If you still haven’t found what you’re looking for, or if you just want more, check out our full list of August special events, festivals and beer releases on our Hoppy Happenings page. We update this page throughout the month as we discover fun new can’t-miss happenings.