Category: Happenings

All the best hoppy happenings, beer festivals, and events.

The Beer Drinking American's Comprehensive Guide to Oktoberfest | BottleMakesThree.com

The Beer Drinking American’s Guide to Oktoberfest: Part 1

At Bottle Makes Three, we like to think we know a bit about beer. If you want a beer recommendation, need a great beer & food pairing, or if you want to know the best up-and-coming Colorado breweries, we’ve got you covered. Unfortunately when it comes to beer beyond our U.S. borders, we have a lot to learn. So if you come to us about Oktoberfest, we can certainly point you to several great local […]

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10 Beer Fests & Events for April

Happy April Fool’s Day! You could say we deal with April Fool’s all month. After all, spring is the time that Mother Nature loves to prank us Coloradans. She’ll give us warm, sunny days followed by heavy, wet snow; non-stop rain followed by something we like to call “fire weather” warnings. Yep, April’s weather forecast can feel like a never-ending prank. Fortunately, there’s plenty of great indoor events that you can enjoy no matter what […]

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2017 Collaboration Fest Delivered as Biggest and Best Yet | bottlemakesthree.com

Collaboration Fest 2017: The Biggest and Best Yet

Last Saturday we attended the 4th Annual Collaboration Fest at the National Western Complex in Denver. As promised, this year’s Collaboration Fest was bigger and better than previous years. The expanded space allowed for more brewers, more beer, and more thirsty beer drinkers. It was just generally more fun! There was so many great beers to be enjoyed, that we couldn’t even get to them all. There were over 100 beers and despite our best efforts, we just couldn’t […]

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Let’s Celebrate Colorado Craft Beer Week!

Beginning today, the Colorado Brewers Guild and breweries will host hundreds of events in celebration of Colorado Craft Beer Week. So beginning today and continuing all week, we urge you to get out there and experience why Colorado is known as the state of craft beer! Now we could list out a bunch of events for you, but we decided against doing that this year (with one exception… keep reading). After all, it’s time you learn […]

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2017 Collaboration Fest Preview: Little Machine Beer & Joyride Brewing Collaboration Brew Day

We are continuing our sneak peak at the beers available at the upcoming Collaboration Festival. The Collaboration Fest returns to Denver for their 4th year on Saturday, March 25. With featuring more than 150 breweries working together (yay teamwork!) to brew more than 100 beers, the Collaboration Fest has long been a favorite annual beer festival of ours. Most of the beers at the fest are available just once, making this one of the most […]

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2017 Collaboration Fest Preview: 105 West Brewing & Chain Reaction Collaboration Brew

The Collaboration Festival is returning to Denver for their 4th year on Saturday, March 25th. This is one of our favorite annual festivals, because when great breweries come together to collaborate on a brew, you’re certain to get some very special and unique beers. This year the Collaboration Fest features more 100 beers from over 150 breweries, each made by two or  more breweries partnering together. The collaborations often include Colorado breweries, but also feature […]

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Inside the Denver Rye Fest Collaboration Brew, hosted by The Brew on Broadway

If you’re looking for a reason to get rye-led up this month, we have just the event for you. The Denver Rye Fest returns for their 3rd year on Saturday, March 18. The festival features an awesome collection of Denver-area breweries pouring some supryesingly tasty brews. The Denver Rye Fest offers incredible beer, music, and hopefully some rye-inspired puns much more creative than ours. In short, it’s going to all-ryete! We joined Paul Webster at […]

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Celebrate Stout Month at Mountain Sun Breweries

Hellooooo February! It is no small accomplishment that we managed to survive the first month of 2017. So far this year has seen people pretty divided, but February is the month that we turn the corner. After all, this is the month when we finally give up on those resolutions and get down with a heart-shaped box of chocolate temptation. But if you’re more into beer than candy and flowers, there’s a whole other reason […]

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Event Preview: Denver Winter Brew Fest

We used to write about how the summer months in Colorado were Beer Festival Season. When the weather is sunny and warm, the number of beer festivals are staggering. Summer time in Colorado is filled with more beer festivals than any one person could attend – at least until they perfect cloning or time travel. It’s an embarrassment of riches. In the winter months the festivals are fewer and further between, but we think that just […]

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The Denver [only] Beer Festivus 2015

Event Preview: The Denver [only] Beer Festivus

It’s a Beer Festivus for rest of us! Back for their 5th year, the Denver [only] Beer Festivus is happening this Saturday, December 17th. UPDATE: Tickets are sold out! So if you have a ticket, you’re sure to enjoy escaping the cold winter weather with some cold, delicious craft beers. What’s Festivus you ask? This holiday-themed beer festival celebrates the amazing craft beers of Denver. Every brewery in Denver is invited to attend and pour […]

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Colorado Brewers Win Big at GABF

The 35th annual Great American Beer Festival (GABF) wrapped up on Saturday evening after yet another fun and successful event. We’ve had a full two days to recover from attending the fest, so we’ll be bringing you several stories recapping the event over the next several days. However the biggest news is perhaps the GABF beer competition, so today, lets talk about medals!

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GABF Week Events - 2015 | BottleMakesThree.com

GABF Week Events That Aren’t GABF

We know that lately our focus has been all about the Great American Beer Festival (GABF).  It’s been GABF this, GABF that, which we’re sure leaves those of you without tickets rolling your eyes and cursing our every post. But hey, even if you don’t have tickets to the festival itself, there are tons of great beer to be had all around Denver this week. It’s officially Denver Beer Fest Week, so you have no […]

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Experience Everything GABF Has to Offer (Spoiler: It’s More Than Just Beer Samples)

It’s just one week until the kickoff of the 2016 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) and we couldn’t be more excited! Over the next several days, brewers and beer lovers from across the country will make their way to Denver for the 35th anniversary of this annual celebration of American beer. Leading up to the event your Bottle Makes Three team will be posting several articles to help you get prepared and pumped for the kickoff of GABF. So […]

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Rendezvous At The Rock Recap

This past weekend we attended the Rendezvous At The Rock beer festival in Castle Rock. It’s incredible that this is the first time we’ve attended this beer fest, given it’s held literally 15 minutes from our house. I can’t explain how we’ve missed out on so many Rendezvous, but I can assure you we won’t skip this event again. Held annually at Rockyard Brewing Company, Rendezvous At The Rock is just about the perfect community beer festival. […]

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IPA Day and Our 11 Favorite Colorado IPAs

Happy IPA Day! Since 2011, the first Thursday in August is the day we stop to celebrate our favorite hoppy beer, the India pale ale (IPA). On this date beer lovers and beer makers across the globe are invited to raise a glass of their favorite IPA and toast America’s most popular style of craft beer. Ashley Routson (@TheBeerWench) says it best in her IPA Day article on CraftBeer.com: “IPA Day is not the brainchild of […]

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