27th Annual Colorado Brewers' Festival: June 25-26
Beer (and Music) Fans rejoice! The award-winning* Colorado Brewers’ Festival (COBF) returns to Downtown Fort Collins on June 25th & 26th! This iconic event weekend will feature 90+ Colorado beers, 40+ Colorado breweries and an interactive Beer School with tastings and demonstrations. The fest also proudly features some of Northern Colorado’s finest musicians, vendors and food trucks – with no admission charge to enter the festival grounds in Washington Park.
While entry is free, the one-time purchase of a tasting package is required to sample beer, which includes a commemorative Govino "Go-Anywhere" 16-ounce beer glass and 10 Taster Tickets redeemable for beer.
Date: June 25, 2016 12:00 – 6:00 pm and June 26, 2016 12:00 - 5:00pm
Location: Washington Park, Downtown Fort Collins
Tickets: $25 at a local brewery (see details below), or $35 day-of. ONLINE SALES HAVE ENDED (as of 12pm on Friday 6/24)
Stay tuned for announcements on the beer list and entertainment schedules for the 2016 festival!
Purchase a Tasting Package Early: Save $$ and Time
Beginning May 2nd, save time and money by purchasing specially-discounted tasting packages directly from local brewery taprooms at the promotional price of $25 each. Save even more by picking up tasting packages for your friends, family, co-workers or your entire festival crew!
- $25 each: Purchase limited-availability tasting packages directly from these participating Fort Collins taprooms: 1933 Brewing, Black Bottle Brewery, CooperSmith’s, Fort Collins Brewery, Horse & Dragon, Snowbank Brewing, Rally King Brewing, Zwei Brewing, Patero's Creek Brewing Company and Wilbur's Total Beverage.
- Or…$35 each: Wait in line the day of the festival and purchase at the box office (while your friends sample beer without you!).
Saturday June 25th
11:45 – 12:40pm = Cary Morin
1:00 – 1:55pm = Colony Funk
2:15 – 3:10pm = Lunde Station
3:30 – 4:25pm = Wasteland Hop
4:45 – 6:00pm = Mason Howling
Sunday June 26th
11:45 – 12:40pm = Matt Skinner Duo
1:00 – 1:55pm = The Seers Band
2:15 – 3:15pm = Taylor Scott Band
3:45 – 5:00pm = Atomga
Beer Geeks Unite! On Friday, June 24th, we’re welcoming the weekend by rolling out the red carpet for aficionados at this Friday night kick-off specialty tasting affair! "The Summit @ COBF" features unlimited tastings of 40+ rare and special-release beers, as curated by The Colorado Brewers' Guild. Beneath Washington Park’s lush tree canopy, the brewers themselves will mingle, play host and delight in pouring your beer amidst the sounds of Classical Revolution Northern Colorado, a string-driven classical ensemble (that plays both Beethoven and Led Zeppelin!). Online sales have ended (as of 6/24 at 12pm), tickets will be available onsite for $50.
To learn more, click here.
**A Tasting Package purchase does not include a ticket to The Summit on June 24th.
Interested in being a non-food vendor at the 2016 Colorado Brewers' Festival? The application is now ready. Please click here to apply.
Interested in being a food vendor at the 2016 Colorado Brewers' Festival? The application is now ready. Please click here to apply.
Does your brewery want to pour at the 2016 Colorado Brewers' Festival? Click here.
*2015 Governor’s Award for Excellence: “Best Event or Festival” in the State
2016 Guide Book
Beer List 2016-Updated Daily
Main Festival Only
AC Golden Brewing-Golden, CO
Colorado Native Golden Lager- Golden in color with a creamy head, balanced toasty malt and earthy hop notes featuring a slight fruity ester character that finishes with a moderate hop bitterness. ABV 5.7%
Blue Moon Brewing Co.-Loveland, CO
Blue Moon Belgian White -An unfiltered wheat ale brewed with Valencia orange peel that results in a subtle sweetness and smooth finish. ABV 5.4%
Boulder Beer Company-Boulder, CO
Pulp Fusion Blood Orange IPA – This combination of aromatic hops and zesty blood oranges blends the beauty of an IPA with vibrant citrus flavor from the juice of blood oranges for a smooth finish without lingering bitterness. ABV 6.5%
Breckenridge Brewery-Littleton, CO
Mango Mosaic Pale Ale - Mosaic hops provide aromas of guava and mango lending a unique sweetness to the hop character of this pale ale. To build upon the tropical attributes of the hops, brewers added a healthy dose of mango resulting in a well-balanced montage of fruit and a crisp finish. ABV 5.5%
Bristol Brewing Company-Colorado Springs, CO
Automation White IPA-Brewed with flaked wheat and malted barley, this hybrid melds citrus aromas with Mandarina Bavaria and Citra hops, and fruity Belgian yeast esters with coriander and orange peel. ABV 6%
Dry Dock Brewing Co.-Denver, CO
Sour Apricot - This beer strikes the balance of sour and sweet. Tart and fruity with bright effervescence, this Sour Apricot packs apricot flavor while retaining just the right amount of acidity from the use of Lactobacillus Brevis in the kettle. 5% ABV
Elevation Beer Company-Poncha Springs, CO
Wave Wheel Wit- Aromas of grain and citrus with flavors of subtle orange zest and wheat meld with coriander and spice. Easy drinking with an effervescent finish . 4.6% ABV
High Hops Brewery-Windsor, CO
Blueberry Wheat-Refreshing with a forward blueberry aroma; subtle flavors from Cascade and Mt. Hood hops complement and balance this American wheat-base beer. ABV 4.8%
Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery-Denver, CO
Grey Wolf Belgian IPA-Abundant orange and pineapple aromas and flavors combine with American citrus and tropical hops, fruity and peppery-spicy Belgian yeast, resulting in an intense, yet approachable and refreshing, IPA. ABV 7.4%
Loveland Aleworks-Loveland, CO
Single Hop Hefeweizen - This traditional Bavarian-Style beer with a twist was hopped exclusively with American Amarillo hops. The result is a thirst-quenching wheat beer with bright citrus notes. ABV 5.3%
Redd’s Apple Ale - Crisp like an apple, brewed like a beer! ABV 5%
Old Colorado Brewing Company-Wellington, CO
Old Colorado Porter - A robust and roasty porter. ABV 6.0%
Oskar Blues-Longmont, CO
Dales Pale Ale -A tried and true American Pale Ale from Colorado. ABV 6.5%
Upslope Brewing Co.-Boulder, CO
Thai-Style White IPA- Belgian yeast, American hops and Asian herbs make this a novel IPA with citrus and spice notes. ABV 6.5%
Neighborhood Session Only
Black Bottle Brewery-Fort Collins, CO
Scuba Steve –A base of American Pale Malt combines with a bulk of Maris Otter and crystal malt to lend a supporting grainy sweetness to this big-bodied beer. Aromatic hops deliver an array of tropical fruit, citrus, floral, berry, herbal, spicy, earthy, and pine characteristics. ABV 6.3%
There Goes The Neighborhood- A crisp rye saison with spicy notes, a complex maltiness and pronounced yeast characteristics. ABV 7.3% (available from 2:30 until supplies last)
CooperSmith’s Pub and Brewing-Fort Collins, Co
What a Melon- Beer and Watermelon! Say hello to summer with this light blonde ale aged with fresh watermelon juice. ABV 5.4%
Full Nelson Pale Ale- Ale- American Pale Ale brewed exclusively with New Zealand’s Nelson Sauvin hops, known for their white-wine “fruitiness” character. ABV 5.9%, (availabe friom 2:30 until supplies last)
Equinox Brewing-Fort Collins, CO
Space Ghost IPA - Hops dominate the aroma, reminiscent of citrus with floral notes. Heavy dry hopping contributes a strong haze, clouding the golden color. Light malt sweetness accents heavy hop bitterness with a hop flavor that leans toward a grapefruit and pine character. The hops slowly fade in the finish with a lingering bitterness. ABV 6.4%
Supergiant Imperial Hefeweizen - Clocking in at a whopping 9.1% , double that of a standard hefeweizen, Supergiant defies classification. The traditional Bavarian weizen yeast provides a complex aroma and flavor profile. Hints of clove, banana and alcohol build upon each other. A light tartness balances the larger flavors, making the finish crisp. (available from 2:30pm until supplies last)
Fort Collins Brewery-Fort Collins, CO
Far Away IPA - From an exotic tropical fruit nose to a juicy, piney body, the hops speak for themselves. Brewed with Cascade, Columbus and Chinook and dry-hopped with Centennial and El Dorado, this beer is bursting with brewers’ favorite flower. ABV 6.5%
Haus Lager – This light and extremely drinkable lager is clean and smooth with a unique but restrained hop character. Brewed with a special enzyme to reduce the gluten level. (available from 2:30pm until supplies last)
Horse & Dragon Brewing CompanyFort Collins, CO
NoCO IPA- A balanced hop-forward beer, copper in color and topped by a strong, slightly off-white foam that features a citrusy, spicy pear hop aroma backed by caramel malt notes. This flavorful American hop experience balances hop bitterness with a sweet malt backbone and lingers on the palate, yet finishes clean. ABV 7.3%
Sage Adweisse Berliner Weisse - Created by adding lactobacillus to the mash, this light, effervescent and tart wheat ale is beer’s answer to champagne. With a low ABV and a high thirst-quenching and palate-cleansing factor, grab a glass and take a break from the routine! (available from 2:30pm until supplies)
New Belgium Brewing-Fort Collins, CO
Citradelic Tangerine IPA- A mystical marriage of Citra hops and tangerine, which elevates each sip onto a plane of pure tropical, fruity pleasure. ABV 6%
Belgian Golden Ale collaboration with Hof ten Dormaal- Old World ingredients meet modern flavors. Spelt, malted sunflower seeds and wild carrot herbs dance with Saaz and Mosiac hops for spicy, tropical accents. ABV 7% (available from 2:30pm until supplies last)
Odell Brewing Co.-Fort Collins, CO
Drumroll- A bold, juicy, citrus-inspired and tropically hop forward APA that looks and tastes like pineapple, orange, mango, and grapefruit. ABV 5.3%
Brombeere- This tart, low-ABV and highly refreshing German-style sour wheat beer is enhanced with an addition of blackberries for complexity and fruity thrills. ABV 4.8% (available from 2:30pm until supplies last)
Pateros Creek Brewing Company-Fort Collins, CO
Old Town Ale-A light, crisp Kolsch with a low ABV that is smooth and highly palatable, even for the newest of craft beer lovers. ABV 4.5%
Opening Day IPA - Grapefruit IPA made with real grapefruit juice in a refreshing summer style, well-balanced among fruit, hops, and malt. ABV 5.9% (available from 2:30pm until supplies last)
Prost Brewing-Fort Collins, CO
Helles - This crisp, clean and refreshing beer is brewed in the traditional German style. ABV 5%
Dunkel - This dark, malty and smooth beer is brewed in the traditional German style. ABV 5.2% (available from 2:30pm until supplies last)
Rally King Brewing-Fort Collins, CO
Surfer Girl - A heavily hopped but not overly bitter imperial pale ale. This beer has a balanced body and bountiful hoppy aroma. ABV 6.5%
H.I.P. (Hoppy Imperial Pilsner) - Rich and smooth with a big hop aroma and balancing hop bitterness. ABV 7%
Shock Top Brewing-Fort Collins, CO
Shock Top Lemon Shandy --Belgian- style wheat beer brewed with spices and natural lemon flavor. ABV 4.2%.
Shock Top Belgian Wit - An unfiltered spiced Belgian-style wheat ale with real orange, lemon and lime peels, naturally cloudy with a light golden color and smooth finish. ABV 4.2% (available from 2:30pm until supplies last)
Snowbank Brewing-Fort Collins, CO
Colorado Red- Deep amber, medium body, balanced caramel and crystal malt flavor with a hefty tropical hop bitterness and resiny, citrus aroma. ABV 7%
Sourado Tart Session IPA- A tart kettle-soured IPA dosed with a hefty amount of earthy hops. ABV 4.3% (available from 2:30pm until supplies last)
Soul Squared-Fort Collins, CO
Soul Squared Belgian Blonde - Light, crisp and refreshing. A Trappist yeast strain contributes subtle spiciness with citrus undertones. Williamette and American Northern Brewer hops create a beer that goes well with any meal in any season. ABV 7.5%.
Soul Squared India Brown Ale - Toasty, with hints of chocolate and a firm bitterness. Malt (pale, brown and chocolate) and hops (Columbus and Cascade) share equal billing for a decidedly Indian twist to the traditional English Brown Ale. ABV 7.0% (available from 2:30pm until supplies last)
Soul Squared XPA - What’s extra about this Pale Ale? The hops! This Extra Pale has the drinkability and alcohol content of a classic American pale ale and the light, crisp body and hopping levels of an IPA. A solid malt backbone with notes of biscuit is the palate for three varieties of Northwestern hops, resulting in a hop-driven beer without the high alcohol of an IPA. ABV 6.5% (available Sunday from 2:30pm until supplies last)
Zwei Brewing Co.-Fort Collins, CO
Helles- ABV 5.2%
Black Forrest Baltic Porter-ABV 9% (available from 2:30pm until supplies last)
1933 Brewing Company-Fort Collins, CO
Dillinger Pale Ale - A Pale Ale dedicated to showcasing the complexity of the Citra hop variety. Inviting aromas of lemongrass, citrus and pear. Strong notes of grapefruit accompany a crisp and clean malt backbone, followed by a lively Citra hop bouquet finish of grapefruit, lychee and honeydew melons. Packed with flavor, yet light enough to be a refreshing session beer. ABV 5.5%
IPA using Troubadour Malt - TBD (available from 2:30pm until supplies last)