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Tasting Packages On-Sale Now!

***Advance Purchase of Tasting Packages has ended, however taster packages are available onsite at the Box Office in Miner's Alley***

Tasting Packages are now available! New this year, all patrons will receive a 16oz Govino "Go-Anywhere" Beer Glass and pre-sale buyers will be granted access to a separate Will Call entrance plus save $$!

26th Annual Colorado Brewers' Festival

This iconic annual event is the largest outdoor brewing festival in Colorado and one of the highest profile events of its kind in the nation, drawing over 20,000 people into Downtown Fort Collins. The weekend features 100+ Colorado beers, over 50 Colorado breweries, live music, dozens of vendors and food trucks, and an interactive "Beer School" with tastings and demonstrations. In addition to the mighty haul of Colorado beers, this year's fest will reflect the essence of Fort Collins brewing culture in a new area dubbed, "The Neighborhood," which will showcase Fort Collins breweries and their beers, from flagships to exclusive creations brewed just for COBF. Kick off the weekend at The Summit, a Friday night connoisseur-minded event produced in conjunction with the Colorado Brewers Guild. Then, wake up on Saturday morning and go to Breakfast & Brews, a plate-lickin' breakfast paired with beer. Finally, finish the weekend with Colorado Brewers' Festival! 

What is new this year?

  1. The Summit: A Pre-Fest Beer Connoissuer event.
  2. Quicker admission.
  3. Shorter and more beer lines.
  4. A newfangled pint-size beer glass.
  5. The neighborhood: An area to meet the brewers. 
  6. An expanded beer school with Cicerone class.

See the complete beer list here. 

Dates: June 27 (Saturday) and 28 (Sunday)

Location: Downtown Fort Collins, Washington Park & Civic Center Park areas. Main entrance at Laporte Ave & Mason Street. Will Call-only entrance to Civic Center Park on Mountain Ave., just west of the Global Village Museum. 

Event Hours: Saturday & Sunday 11am-5pm

Admission Process: The Colorado Brewers' Festival is not a ticketed event and there is no admission charge to enter the festival grounds (Free Entry!).  In order to consume beer, the one-time purchase of a tasting package is required, which includes a commemorative Govino "Go-Anywhere" 16 oz beer glass and 10 Taster Tickets redeemable for food and beer. Advance pre-sale tasting packages can be purchased online for $25 or on-site at the festival for $30.  Additional Taster Tickets can be purchased for $1 each. It costs four Taster Tickets for a full glass of beer, or one ticket for a 4 oz sample pour. Regarding food vendors, Taster Tickets are treated as cash: 1 Taster Ticket equals $1.00.

Transportation: The festival strongly encourages responsible drinking and urges patrons to ride their bike, car-pool, or ride the MAX Bus Rapid Transit Service, which runs along the Mason Street corridor, directly adjacent to the festival grounds.  Whether a plane, train or taxi - just don’t drink and drive!  

Parking: It will be $5 to park for the entire day in the Civic Center Parking Garage (Southeast corner of Mason & Laporte). Normal parking prices will apply for the Old Town Parking Garage. 

Click here for the Festival FAQ's

See what beers will be at the festival here!

Purchase Now and be Entered to Win a Downtown Fort Collins Adventure Package!

Purchase a Tasting Package today (June 1st - June 19) and be automatically entered to win a Downtown Fort Collins Adventure Package! The winner will receive two tickets on the Magic Bus “Fort Collins Craft Brews Cruise,” a $250 gift card to Wilbur’s Total Beverage, and a $100 Downtown Fort Collins gift card (which can be used at over 150 local businesses - and several breweries, too!). How do you become eligible? Simply buy a tasting package and be entered to win or mail an entry form to our office. Learn more about the contest by clicking here to read our contest rules & regulations.  

What’s up with the new glass this year? Why isn’t it made of “glass?”

No more “tiny beer mugs!” This year, every tasting package will include a 16 oz Govino “Go-Anywhere” Beer Glass. It’s made of a clear BPA-free polymer that is recyclable, reusable, hand-washable, shatterproof, does not taint aroma or taste and features an “ergonomic thumb notch.”

Music Line-Up

Saturday: June 27

11:00 am -11:55 am: Cary Morin 

12:15 pm – 1:10 pm: Shaley Scott Band 

1:30 pm – 2:25 pm: Pete Pidgeon & Arcoda 

2:45 pm – 3:40 pm: Taylor Scott Band  

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm : ATOMGA 

Sunday: June 28

11:00 am -11:55 am: Elise Wunder

12:15 pm – 1:10 pm: The 14ers 

1:30 pm – 2:25 pm: Grant Farm

2:45 pm – 3:40 pm: Wasteland Hop 

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: The Afrosippi Band featuring Erica Brown 

*Learn more about the entertainment here.

Beer School Schedule

Saturday, June 28th:

Pateros Creek at 11:30am - "Grab Some Cans- The surefire way to enjoy craft beers" 

Cicerone Certification Program at 12:30pm - "Beer Drinkers' Guide to Tasting"

Boulder Beer Company at 1:30pm - "History of Colorado's Oldest Craft Brewery"

Odell Brewing Co. at 2:30pm - "Sour Beer and Sour Mashing Brewing"

1933 Brewing Co. at 3:30pm - "Beer Fermentation 101" 

Sunday, June 29th:

Weldwerks Brewing Co. at 11:30am - "Coffee and Beer"

Cicerone Certification Program at 12:30pm - "Beer Drinkers' Guide to Tasting"

Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine at 1:30pm - "Craft Beer and Fine Cuisine Pairing"

Keep CO Local at 2:30pm - "Keep CO Local Campaign"

Dan Rabin at 3:30pm - "A Taste of Western Colorado: Some Small-town Breweries you Should Know"

Interested in Being An On-Site Vendor?

Food Vendor Application

Non-Food Vendor Application

Volunteers?

COBF is celebrating its 26th year and we need you to make it happen!  Please join us at this iconic Colorado event as a festival volunteer.  You’ll receive a free Govino “Go-Anywhere” 16 oz tasting glass, a volunteer T-Shirt and complimentary taster tickets (free beer!).  Preferred shifts fill quickly, so sign up as soon as possible!  Please allow 72 hours for scheduling and shift confirmation. Due to the large volume of volunteers, please arrive 45 minutes before the start of your shift.

 If you have a volunteer log-in, click here to check out the opportunities and availabilities. If you want to become a new volunteer, click here to register. Questions?  Contact DBA Volunteer Coordinator, Torre Wilkinson: Torre@DowntownFortCollins.com.

Contact Information

Downtown Fort Collins Business Association: 970-484-6500
Email: info@DowntownFortCollins.com

Check out the Digital Version of our Festival Event Guide!

 

 

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