Thank you for another amazing festival, we look forward to seeing you again at the 2017 Colorado Brewers' Festival. Please check back here for more information as the date approaches.
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)
Thank you for another amazing festival, we look forward to eeing you again at the 2017 Colorado Brewers' Festival. Please check back here for more information as the date approaches.
*2015 Governor’s Award for Excellence: “Best Event or Festival” in the State
2016 Guide Book
Beer List 2016
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)
When is COBF?
The last weekend in June; this year, June 24th, 25th and 26th. The Summit @COBF Friday night specialty tasting event takes place on June 24th from 5:00 - 8:00 pm. The main festival takes place on the Saturday, the 25th (12:00 pm - 6:00 pm) and Sunday, the 26th (12:00 pm - 5:00 pm).
Where is COBF held?
The festival grounds are located in the Washington Park & Civic Center Park areas in Downtown Fort Collins. The main entrance is located at Laporte Ave & Mason Street (nearest the box office and will call). There are also three other entrances: 1. Howes St. and Mountain Ave. 2. Laporte Ave. and Howes St. 3. Howes St. and Maple St.
Why purchase tasting packages early?
You will save money: pre-sale tasting packages cost in select Fort Collins brewery taprooms are available for $25 each. Tasting packages purchased online are $30, and packages purchased at the festival are $35.
Where can I find parking?
Bikes: racks will be located near the main entry gates (Laporte Ave & Mason St intersection)
Cars: Civic Center Parking Garage located at Laporte Ave. & Mason St., or the Remington 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.
What’s up with the Entry Station lines?
Why the line at all? 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 or 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?
COBF is a family friendly event located in a City park. Minors are allowed during all hours of the festival with a parent; guardians are not acceptable. All festival patrons MUST be wearing a wristband if sampling beer. Local law will be enforced by 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?
COBF 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 $30 or on-site at the festival for $35. 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 and water purchases only. All food vendors will be accepting CASH AND CREDIT ONLY.
On-site, tasting packages (glasses and taster tickets) are sold under the same tent, located in Civic Center Park. 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 new glass this year? Why isn’t it made of “glass?”
No more “tiny beer mugs!” This year, every tasting package this year 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.”
Does COBF 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 COBF!
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 brewery tents located in Washington Park.
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 COBF 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.
Why is there only one beer allowed from each brewery?
The purpose of our festival is to promote as many breweries as possible, not as many labels. Each brewery that enters the festival is made aware of this policy, and makes a decision about which beer it wants to promote. The exception is a newly programmed area that features Fort Collins-only breweries and affords them a second beer brand.
What is “The Neighborhood?”
This newly designed 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.
What are The Neighborhood Sessions?
Beginning at 2:30pm each day (until taps run dry!), Fort Collins breweries will tap a 2nd seasonal beer brand and host “meet the brewer” sessions at their individual tents. Mingle with the masterminds!
Is there any food on-site?
The COBF will feature over a dozen of the areas best food trucks, carts and mobile eateries; these will be located throughout 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?
COBF 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, COBF is ADA accessible. Fencing and other crowd barriers are placed so as 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. Please call the DBA office for specific requests: 970-484-6500
Who produces the COBF?
COBF 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 hear 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!), COBF event proceeds fund year-round Downtown Fort Collins activities and programs such as monthly art gallery walks, free concerts, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the Downtown gift card program, Santa’s House and the annual Downtown holiday lighting celebration. The DBA also produces annual events such as Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest, the Old Town Car Show, FORToberfest, First Night Fort Collins and more.