Oh hi, summer!

Happy Summer Solstice! Today marks the onset of summer and the longest day of the year. Or if you’re a pessimist, it’s the beginning of our days slowly getting shorter again. Either way, we hope you find a way to celebrate the season, even if our Colorado weather isn’t exactly playing along with the theme. Oh, Colorado, we do know how much you enjoy your weather pranks…

It’s been a quiet few weeks around Bottle Makes Three HQ. We had an incredible trip to Montana for the Beer Now Conference a few weeks ago and we will be sharing some stories from that trip soon. However, one of our souvenirs I seem to have brought back from Montana is a lingering chest cold. I blame the airplane. Seriously, I can’t fly anywhere without picking up some sort of virus! And let me tell ya, a summertime cold is even worse than Colorado playing all loosey-goosey with the weather each & every season. It’s THE WORST.

Nevertheless, I shall persist, and now that summer is here I’m ready to rally and get back to us having some fun! Which of course you know, is code for beer! If you are looking for fun, beer-filled ways to kick off your first weekend of summer, today we have a few ideas to get you started. Check the local weather reports, and plan to dress accordingly.

Beer Fests & Hoppy Happenings

The 2019 WeldWerks Invitational Festival is happening tomorrow, but unless you already snagged your ticket, this event is sold out. If you missed getting a ticket not all is lost! You can get a sneak preview of some of the great new WeldWerk beers today at their brewery in Greeley. There’s an impressive list of new cans and draft beers available right now, so start your weekend early at WeldWerks! For more information on the sold-out WeldWerks Invitational, visit their event page. Who knows, maybe someone online will have a ticket or two up for grabs…

Do you like big beer and big horses? Well then, you should know that the Budweiser Clydesdales are back in Fort Collins through this weekend. You can stop by the Budweiser Brewery Experience in Fort Collins to see these incredible horses in their stable today through the weekend from 11 am to 6 pm. If you want to pose for a close up with a Clydesdale, visit during Camera Day on Sunday 6/23 between 1 pm and 3 pm for your chance to pose with a Budweiser Clydesdale. Visit the Budweiser Brewery Experience website for more information on this event and more happenings with Budweiser & their brands.

Burgers, Beer & the Biggest Lineup Ever, that’s what you can expect at The Denver Deluxe, a community event celebrating local art and music culture in RiNo. This year’s music headliner is G. Love & Special Sauce, joined by a full lineup of great music all day long. Park Burger will be cooking up the burgers, 10 Barrel Brewing Co will be tapping their beers, and local artists will be creating live art throughout the festival. | Event Page

Rocky Mountain Beer Festival takes place Saturday, June 22 from 1 pm to 6 pm at the Louisville Community Park. Grab your tickets and sample beer from more than a dozen local breweries and more. Enjoy food vendors, live music, lawn games, and plenty of good times. Ticket packages start at just $16.50 and entrance to the festival grounds is free and open to all ages (tickets required for tasting.) | Event Page

The 47th Annual Denver Cherry Blossom Festival takes place this Saturday and Sunday, June 22-23, at Sakura Square in Denver. This celebration of Japanese-American culture is a summertime favorite and admission is free. To learn more about the festival, check out the marketplace vendors, plan which foods you’ll want to taste and see the performance schedule at https://cherryblossomdenver.org/. While you’re there, make sure you stop by Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery! Jagged Mountain will be celebrating the festival with their adventurous beer and the Koi and Ninja Food Truck from 2 pm to 8 pm on Saturday.

Arvada on Tap, a craft beer and BBQ fest, is back for the 5th year this Saturday, June 22. Enjoy beer from 25 of your favorite breweries and cideries, live music, kid zone activities and of course, BBQ. Sample and vote for your favorites in the amateur BBQ competition. Ticket presales have ended, but you can purchase tickets at the door for the 2 pm to 6 pm General Admission session. | Event Page

Try Someplace New!

Visit Colorado’s newest cidery and Boulders first cidery by visiting BOCO Cider. BOCO Cider is celebrating their soft opening this weekend (June 21-June 23) and will be open daily from 4 pm to 9 pm. Head on over and taste some of their ciders, made the Boulder way – unfiltered, naturally carbonated, with no artificial ingredients. BOCO Cider is located near Upslope Brewing and Bookcliff Vineyards in North Boulder; it seems like a fun day of drinking could be had by paying all three a visit, we’re just sayin’… Learn more about BOCO Cider at https://www.bococider.com/.

Celebrate the opening of Sparge Brewing in Wellington tomorrow at their official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony! As one of the fastest growing towns in an already fast-growing state, Wellington is the perfect home for Sparge Brewing. Join the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce as they cut the ribbon to celebrate this new brewery at 10:30 am, then stick around for 1/2 price beers and beermosas until 1 pm. | Event Page

So Many Craft Beer Celebrations!

Great Divide’s 25th Anniversary Party is bringing the block party back! Join the celebration on Saturday, June 22nd from 2 pm to 6 pm at the Great Divide brewery at 2201 Arapahoe, where they’ll be blocking off the street and throwing open the taproom doors! They’ll have unlimited pours of specialty beers, including returning favorites and new releases. Will there be music? For sure. Will you see a Yeti? Most definitely. | More Info

Moonlight Pizza & Brewpub in Salida is also celebrating 25 years this weekend! Stop by tonight, June 21, between 6 pm and 9 pm and celebrate this big milestone with them. They’ll have great eats, tasty drinks, and some awesome live music. | Event Page

Hogshead Brewery is celebrating 7 years with a big party all weekend long. The biggest even of their celebration is their Cask Fest, happening Saturday, June 22 from 5 pm to 11 pm. Enjoy a collection of the best beers in Denver, all cask-conditioned by Hogshead Brewery. Tickets are $35 and they include a souvenir glass plus your beer, food, and live music by Robby Peoples. Check out the Hogshead Anniversary Weekend event page on Facebook for more information on this event & all the weekend happenings at Hogshead Brewery.

Also celebrating 7 years this weekend is Bootstrap Brewing Company in Longmont! Join them on Saturday, June 21 for live music all day, food by CHUBurger, corn hole in the brewery, and of course, plenty of incredible Bootstrap beer. The fun starts at noon! | Event Page

Looking for a soft celebration this weekend, Letterkenny style? Chain Reaction will be celebrating 5 years of great beer and general awesomeness at the Chain Reaction’s Super Soft 5th Anniversary Party. They’ll have La Xochitl Burger & Tacos food truck, plenty of great craft beer, cupcakes, beer slushees, and all sorts of super soft shenanigans! | Event Page

Hideaway Park Brewery is also turning 5 this weekend, and you’re invited to their celebration! They’ll be selling $5 tokens outside the brewery, and each token can get you a beer, a burger, a hot dog, or a special Hideaway Park Brewery pint glass! They’ll have special beers on tap, including some collabs and some barrel aged releases. Enjoy live music and festivities all day from 11 am to 10 pm. | Event Page

Celebrate Landlocked Ales 2nd Anniversary this Saturday, June 22 from noon until 11 pm. They’ll have all their taps flowing, including 6 new brews, plus the first 50 people to buy a pint will get a great anniversary glass to keep. They’ll also have great food, live music, a cornhole tournament, and a mobile cigar lounge to help you celebrate the occasion properly with a great beer & cigar pairings! | Event Page

Whatever you decide to do this weekend, we hope you make it fun and enjoy some great, local, craft beer!!