The 29th edition of the award-winning Colorado Brewers’ Festival returns to Downtown Fort Collins on June 22nd, 23rd, and 24th, 2018! The weekend festivities feature 150+ Colorado beers, 40+ Colorado breweries, food vendors, artisan exhibitors and 10+ hours of live music on the Choice Organics Stage in Washington Park!
Here’s what’s new this year:
The debut of the Fort Collins Collaboration Beer Pavilion: 20+ Fort Collins breweries join forces to brew six exclusive festival beers available only at COBF!
All breweries will feature different beer on Saturday versus Sunday!
All beer served out of brewery’s 10’ x 10’ tents: meet and mingle with the brewers and brewery staffs!
Online combo package purchase options – attend all three events and save money (and drink more beer!).
Grand Beer Hall featuring interactive Beer School presented by Green Co2 and Live Comedy
Make an online purchase before June 1st and be entered to win a complimentary weekend stay at the Armstrong Hotel in the heart of Downtown Fort Collins!
When is the Main Festival?: Saturday, June 23rd (Noon-6:00 pm) and Sunday, June 24th (Noon-5:00 pm).
Cost: Free Festival Entry! Tasting Packages $40 online and onsite OR $30 in select Fort Collins Brewery Taprooms.
How: View online purchasing options below, ranging from tasting packages for the main festival to the all access package, which grants access to all three events: Breakfast & Brews, The Summit and the Main Festival!
Where: The Summit and The Main Festival takes place in Washington Park, Downtown Fort Collins, CO (321 Maple St.); the Breakfast and Brews event takes place at Union Bar & Soda Foundation (250 Jefferson St).
Why: The 29th annual Colorado Brewers' Festival carries on the tradition of Fort Collins craft brewing and the significant contributions made to the craft brewing industry throughout the state of Colorado. COBF is the 4th longest-running beer fest in the nation!
Who: The Colorado Brewers' Festival is proudly produced as a fundraiser by and for the Downtown Fort Collins Business Association, a 501c6 non-profit whose mission since 1982 is to advance the vitality and prosperity of Downtown Fort Collins.
Support your local taprooms and save money on your Tasting Package!
For $30 each, purchase limited-availability Tasting Packages directly from participating Fort Collins locations, including Coopersmith's Pub and Brewing, Equinox Brewing, Intersect Brewing, Prost Brewing, Horse & Dragon Brewing Company, Snowbank Brewing, Visit Fort Collins, Gilded Goat Brewing Company, Black Bottle Brewery, Rally King Brewing, Maxline Brewing, Wilbur's Total Beverage, Zwei Brewing, and Soul Squared Brewing.
Find a place to stay during the festival with Visit Fort Collins Lodging!
When is the Summit, Breakfast & Brews, and Colorado Brewers’ Festival?
The Summit at Colorado Brewers' Festival is a Friday night specialty tasting event takes place on June 22nd from 5:00 - 8:00pm, located in Washington Park.
The Colorado Brewers’ Festival is the last weekend in June; this year, June 23rd and 24th. The main festival takes place on the Saturday, the 23rd (12:00 pm - 6:00 pm) and Sunday, the 24th (12:00 pm - 5:00 pm), and is located in the Washington Park area.
Why purchase Tasting Packages early?
Save money by purchasing your pre-sale Tasting Packages in select Fort Collins brewery taprooms and other locations for $30 each. Tasting Packages purchased online are $40, and Packages purchased at the festival are $40.
What is “The Neighborhood?”
This area in Washington Park features Fort Collins breweries encircled around the Main Stage. Lounge in the shade, listen to live music and meet some of Fort Collins’ finest brewers in their element.
Is there any food on-site?
The Colorado Brewers' Festival will feature over a dozen of the areas best food trucks, carts and mobile eateries; these will be located throughout the festival. Food will be available for purchase with both cash and credit.
How can I find the beer I want?
Please reference the festival guidebook for beer lists and locations, and stay tuned to our website for last-second updates and a detailed site-map. “You are here” maps will be displayed throughout the festival and all pouring stations will be clearly labeled by brewery and beer. If you’re looking for that Fort Collins fix, head to "The Neighborhood".
Will any of the beers run out?
Yes! Be prepared for beers to run out toward the end of the evening and by Sunday afternoon. Why? The Colorado Brewers' Festival purchases a minimum of kegs from each of the participants to place them on a level playing field and they flow until they run dry. Some beers will inevitably sell faster; there is a good chance that the beer "everyone is talking about" will probably run out! If you are coming to taste specific beers, we recommend you come earlier in the day.
Where can I find parking?
Bikes: racks will be located near the main entry gate (Laporte Ave. & Howes St. intersection)
Cars: Civic Center Parking Garage located at Laporte Ave. & Mason St., or the Old Town Parking Garage located at Remington Ave. & Mountain Ave.
MAX: The MAX Rapid Transit travels the Mason St. corridor and drops you several hundred feet from the main entry gate. To learn more, visit their website.
What’s up with the Entry Station lines?
Entry to the festival grounds is free, however, festival policy is to check Identification of all who enter the festival to ensure they are of proper drinking age. Please have your ID ready. We also need to check your bag for outside alcohol and prohibited items. Best solution to beat the lines?
1. Purchase Tasting Packages before the festival
2. Just bring your Tasting Package and ID to enter
3. Leave your backpacks and bags at home; just show your ID and walk in.
What is the appropriate ID to get a wristband?
No matter your age, please be prepared to show proper identification as proof of age. Valid ID includes a valid state driver license with a photo; a valid ID card issued by a state with photo, name, date of birth and physical description; a valid passport; or a valid United States military identification card. We are unable to accept any foreign driver's license (with the exception of Canada). Note that the identification cannot be expired at the time of the festival.
Can I bring a child? What’s the “under-21” policy?
The Colorado Brewers' Festival is a family-friendly event located at Washington Park. Minors are allowed during all hours of the festival with a parent or guardian. All festival patrons MUST be wearing a wristband if sampling beer. Local law will be enforced by Fort Collins Police Services. Please do not rely on a minor as a designated driver option.
Can I bring my pet?
Please leave your pet at home! Animals are not allowed on the festival site except for service animals while performing their qualifying services. If you bring an animal that does not qualify, you will be asked to remove the animal.
What does the festival cost to enter?
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 beer.
Advance pre-sale Tasting Packages can be purchased at a variety of locations for $30, online for $40 or on-site at the festival for $40. 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. Tickets will only be valid for beer purchases only. All food vendors will be accepting CASH AND CREDIT ONLY.
On-site, Tasting Packages (glasses and Taster Tickets) are sold at the Box Office. The tent is open from 12:00 pm to 5:30 pm and closes one-half hour before the taps shut off. All purchases are non-refundable but glasses are good throughout the entire weekend, so take it with you and bring it back. If you forget your glass upon return, you’ll have to purchase a new one.
What’s up with the glass this year?
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.”
What’s up with Taster Tickets this year?
As in past years, the Taster Tickets provided in your Tasting Package are valid on both Saturday and Sunday of the main festival.
Does The Colorado Brewers' Festival accept credit cards or checks?
Tasting Packages and additional Taster Tickets may be purchased with cash or credit card. Sorry - we don’t accept checks at the festival!
Can I bring in outside food and beverage to the venue?
Outside food and beverages are prohibited. Please come hungry and support our hard-working food vendors! Empty water bottles are allowed and free water table drinking fountains are available to the right of the stage in Washington Park. Please stay hydrated out there.
Is smoking allowed?
The Colorado Brewers' Festival is a non-smoking event! Please respect your fellow fest-goers and use neighborly discretion - common sense goes a long way.
Is there any alcohol besides beer on the premises? Gluten-free options?
We are working on securing some tasty gluten-free beer options and will update you here, as well as the master beer list.
Is the event ADA accessible?
Yes, the festival is ADA accessible. Fencing and other crowd barriers are placed to provide an accessible route. The event is located near the fully accessible Civic Center parking garage and MAX rapid public transportation. Most of the footprint takes place in city parks and in city streets with afforded access. There are ADA restrooms available in multiple locations (app. one ADA unit per every 10). There is accessible ADA service available and marked at each of the beer trailers with beer runners provided to get beers. Food and other beverage options are located on an accessible route, with all self-service items placed accordingly when possible. If you would like a music sign language interpreter, please call the DBA office at least 72 hours prior at (970) 484-6500.
Who produces The Colorado Brewers' Festival?
The festival is produced by the Downtown Fort Collins Business Association (DBA), a 501c6 non-profit with the mission to “Advance the vitality and prosperity of Downtown, the heart of Fort Collins.” We think Fort Collins is an awesome place to live, work and play and would like to keep it that way!
Where does the money go?
After covering expenses (such as paying brewers for their beer!), event proceeds fund year-round Downtown Fort Collins activities and programs such as monthly art and food walks, Downtown Sessions Concerts, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the Downtown gift card program, the annual Downtown Holiday Lighting Ceremony. The DBA also produces annual events such as Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest, the Old Town Car Show, Fortoberfest, First Night Fort Collins and more.
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