Here are a few fall beer festivals that are sure to tickle your taste buds.
Fall Back Beer Festival, Estes Park, October 31, 2015
Ryan and I attended this event last year and it was one of our favorite festivals of last year. Held at the new Estes Park Events Center & Pavilion, what sets this festival apart are the educational seminars and home brewing demonstrations.
This is a Sip & Learn type of beer festival and I highly approve of this type of format. Of course, you can just come and drink, but I’d encourage you to take advantage of the free seminars.
This year, in honor of Halloween, some of your favorite candies will be paired with some of your favorite beers throughout the festival. Snag tickets here before they sell out.
All Colorado Beer Festival, Colorado Springs, November 7, 2015
Drink for a great cause in Colorado Springs this November at the All Colorado Beer Festival. Fifty breweries have already signed up for this annual event that raises money for Colorado Springs’ nonprofits. To date, ACBF has raised more than a quarter of a million dollars for their beneficiaries.
They expect to have 70 Colorado breweries represented at the event serving more than 200 different kinds of beers. That’s a whole lot of beer, folks! Get your tickets here.
I’m going to skip December. Not because there aren’t any beer festivals, but dates haven’t been set for any of them. For instance, the Parade of Darks that takes place annually in December at Wynkoop has no date yet.
Big Beers, Vail, January 7-9, 2016
Technically this is a winter beer festival, but since December was a dud I thought I would mention this event. I have never attended, but we know many people (including brewers) who never miss it and think it’s one of the best beer festivals in the state.
This is a festival of big beers, Belgians and barlywines. This is NOT an event for light beer drinkers. These beers will put hair on your chest.
Festival packages are already sold out for 2016, but you can still get tickets for the tastings and seminars.