Beer (and Music) Fans rejoice! The award-winning* Colorado Brewers’ Festival (COBF) returns to Downtown Fort Collins on June 24th & 25th, 2017! 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.
Stay tuned for 2017 beer list, music lineup, and more!
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When is the Colorado Brewers' Festival?
The last weekend in June; this year, June 23rd, 24th and 25th. The Summit @COBF Friday night specialty tasting event takes place on June 23rd from 5:00 - 8:00 pm. The main festival takes place on the Saturday, the 24th (12:00 pm - 6:00 pm) and Sunday, the 25th (12:00 pm - 5:00 pm).
Where is COBF held?
The festival grounds are located in the Washington Park area in Downtown Fort Collins.
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. 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 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 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 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!), 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.