Thank you to everyone who came out for the 28th Annual Colorado Brewers' Festival! We'll see you back in Washington Park on June 23rd and 24th, 2018 for the 29th Annual Festival!

Beer (and Music) Fans rejoice! The award-winning Colorado Brewers’ Festival returns to Downtown Fort Collins on June 22nd, 23rd, and 24th, 2018! 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. 

  What is a Tasting Package?

While entry into festival grounds is free, a Tasting Package is required to sample beer. A Tasting Package includes a commemorative Govino "Go-Anywhere" 16 oz beer glass and 10 Taster Tickets redeemable for beer.  

Purchase Tasting Packages Early! Save Time & Money!

Beginning May 1st, save time and money by purchasing specially-discounted Tasting Packages directly from local brewery taprooms, liquor stores, and other locations 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! 

Here's How:

Option #1 - $25 each: Purchase limited-availability Tasting Packages directly from these participating Fort Collins locations: Equinox Brewing, Gilded Goat Brewing, Maxline Brewing, Intersect Brewing, Rally King Brewing, Black Bottle Brewery, CooperSmith’s Pub & Brewing, Zwei Brewing, Horse & Dragon Brewing, Snowbank Brewing, Prost Brewing, Wilbur's Total Beverage, Bad Daddy's Burger Bar, Mulberry Max, and Visit Fort Collins.

Option #2 - $35 each: Wait in line the day of the festival and purchase at the box office (while your friends sample beer without you!). 

2017 Festival Information

Neighborhood: 2017 Main Tap & Neighborhood Sessions Beer List

Black Bottle Brewery

Fort Collins, CO

Main Tap: Tropical Depression - Coconut IPA. ABV: 6.3%

Neighborhood Sessions: To Be Discovered!

CooperSmith’s Pub and Brewing

Fort Collins, CO

Main Tap: What-A-Melon - A light blond ale aged with fresh watermelon juice. IBU: 10 ABV: 5.4%

Neighborhood Sessions: Punjabi - This India Pale Ale has a big, malty body with huge Cascade hop flavor and aroma. IBU: 65 ABV: 6.6%

Equinox Brewing

Fort Collins, CO

Main Tap: Moonwalker IPA - Notes of citrus and tropical fruits, with an aroma that slides into subtle maltiness. A light body and intense hop character combine to give the illusion of a session beer while the higher ABV drags you the other way. IBU: 65 ABV: 7%

Neighborhood Sessions: The Details Belgian-style Golden Strong Ale – The aroma hints of pear and white pepper with a soft malt character and similarly complex flavor. IBU: 24 ABV: 10%

Fort Collins Brewery

Fort Collins, CO

Main Tap: Red Banshee - A ruby red alt ale featuring classic German noble hops and a caramel malt aroma with an herbal spiciness that is balanced by the caramel tones. IBU: 37 ABV: 5.3%
Neighborhood Sessions: Double Down Gose IPA - Tropical flavors from Equinox and Summer hops are balanced against a wheat backbone with a sour kick. IBU: 51 ABV: 5.5%

Gilded Goat Brewing Company

Fort Collins, CO

Main Tap: Altanator (Altbier) - Dark amber and clear in appearance with a clean aroma of grainy-rich malt and earthy hops. Just the right amount of bitterness and carbonation balanced by a nutty sweet, clean malt character provide a smooth and crisp finish. IBU: 24 ABV: 5.6%

Neighborhood Sessions: Lightfoot Pale (Coffee Pale Ale) – Single hopped with El Dorado hops and infused with a light roasted Ethiopian coffee, giving it a bold and fruity aroma. Grapefruit and citrus evolve into a mildly sweet malty flavor. Finished with a light bitterness and dryness. IBU: 65 ABV: 6.3%

Horse & Dragon Brewing Company

Fort Collins, CO

Main Tap: Picnic Rock Pale Ale – Crisp and refreshing with a hoppy orange peel finish ABV: 5.6%

Neighborhood Sessions: Whistle Blast Oak – Our beloved Whistle Blast Honey Brown, aged for several months in whiskey barrels, lends spirits on the nose and a chocolatey, whiskey-oak combo as you sip. ABV: 6.3%

Intersect Brewing

Fort Collins, CO

Main Tap: Keys to the Kingdom - Kolsch. IBU: 24 ABV: 4.8%

Neighborhood Sessions: Hollywood Bungalow – A passionfruit gose. IBU: 8 ABV: 5.5%

Maxline Brewing

Fort Collins, CO

Main Tap: Maxline ESB – An extra special bitter. IBU: 35 ABV: 6.4%

Neighborhood Sessions:  Irish Red - This brew boasts notes of caramel, bread crust, and bing cherries. Aromas of sweet caramel and toffee greet the nose as this medium-bodied brew is enjoyed. ABV 6%

McClelland’s Brewing Company

Fort Collins, CO

Main Tap: Kilt Tilter - Wee Heavy. IBU: 30 ABV: 7.0%

Neighborhood Sessions: Benbecula - Hoppy ESB. IBU: 70 ABV: 7.5%

New Belgium Brewing

Fort Collins, CO

Main Tap: Trippel Belgian Style Ale - A bold blast of spicy Noble hops gives way to fruity Belgian yeast aromas. This beer sings high notes of sweet citrus with a dry, warm, boozy finish. IBU: 43 ABV: 8.5%

Neighborhood Sessions: Tart Lychee - Brewed with exotic Lychee fruit and cinnamon, then blended with our wood aged sour beer, “Felix”. Tropical & citrusy with a tart bite. IBU: 12 ABV: 7.5%

Odell Brewing Co.

Fort Collins, CO

Main Tap: Drumroll - A bold, juicy, citrus-inspired and tropically hop forward APA that looks and tastes like pineapple, orange, mango, and grapefruit. 42 IBUs & 5.3%

Neighborhood Sessions: 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. IBU: 7 ABV: 4.8%

Prost Brewing

Fort Collins, CO

Main Tap: Kolsch - This classic hybrid ale is delicately balanced with subtle fruit-like characteristics that result from fermentation. IBU: 32 ABV: 4.8%

Neighborhood Sessions: Dunkel - Translated as “Dark”, this lager is dominated by the soft, rich and complex flavor of darker Munich malts with a light mouth feel. IBU: 24 ABV: 5.6%

Rally King Brewing

Fort Collins, CO

Main Tap: Surfer Girl IPA - A heavily hopped but not overly bitter India Pale Ale with a balanced body and bountiful hoppy aroma. IBU: 70 ABV: 7.4%

Neighborhood Sessions: Bloody Good - A refreshing kettle sour with a bold citrus nose that finishes tart, dry and juicy. IBU: 15 ABV: 6.6%

Snowbank Brewing

Fort Collins, CO

Main Tap: Colorado Red - This American red ale has a deep amber color with medium body and balanced caramel and crystal malt flavor with a tropical hop bitterness and resiny citrus aroma. IBU: 45 ABV: 7%

Neighborhood Sessions: Cucumber Sourado - Snowbank's Sourado session sour infused with real cucumber juice. IBU: 50 ABV 4.3%

Soul Squared Brewing Company

Fort Collins, CO

Main Tap: Belgian Blonde - Light, crisp, and refreshing. A Trappist yeast strain contributes subtle spiciness with citrus undertones, while Willamette and American Northern hops produce a beer that pairs well with everything. IBU: 33 ABV: 7.5%

Neighborhood Sessions: Honey Hibiscus

Zwei Brewing Co. 

Fort Collins, CO

Main Tap: Zwei Pils - TBD. IBU: 37 ABV: 5.1%

Neighborhood Sessions:  Saluu - Belgian Dark Strong with chocolate and coffee.

Beer Trucks 2017 Beer List

AC Golden Brewing

Golden, CO

Colorado Native Pilsner - 100% Colorado brown and malted two-row barley combine with several different hops for a subtle floral and spicy aroma and balanced bitterness. IBU: 38 ABV: 5%

Bootstrap Brewing Company

Niwot CO

Insane Rush IPA =  This drinkable IPA features five different hops, a balanced malt profile and a unique blend of citrus and pine aroma and flavor. IBU: 51 ABV: 7.6%

Blue Moon Brewing Company

Loveland, CO

Blue Moon Mango Wheat - Ripe with mango aroma and flavor, this yellow-orange ale features a light wheat and biscuity malt sweetness balanced by a slight clover honey sweetness and low bitterness. IBU: 19 ABV: 5.4%

Boulder Beer Company

Boulder, CO

Bump ‘n’ Rind Watermelon Kolsch-style Ale - A crushable Kolsch-style beer with a fresh watermelon zing. IBU: 25 ABV: 5.6%

Denver Beer Co.

Denver, CO

Princess Yum Yum Raspberry Kolsch - This sparkly German style Kolsch is fermented with real raspberries and features a tart dry finish. 4.8% ABV

Dry Dock Brewing Co.

Denver, CO

Sour Apricot - Rich apricot flavor, tart and fruity with bright effervescence. IBU: 14 ABV: 5%

Elevation Beer Company

Poncha Springs, CO

First Cast IPA - This IPA pours golden in color with pleasing notes of grapefruit and pine. IBU: 60 ABV: 6.5%

High Hops Brewery

Windsor, CO

Blueberry Wheat - An American wheat with a beautiful blueberry aroma and subtle hop flavors from Cascade and Mt. Hood hops. 4.8%

Old Colorado Brewing Company

Wellington, CO

Opa’s Brown Ale - Molasses, brown sugar and a healthy dose of chocolate malt lend this beer a dark smooth character with surprising drinkability. 28 IBUs & 6.2%

Oskar Blues

Longmont, CO

Pinner IPA – Several varieties of hops combined with tropical fruits, citrus juices, pineapple and spice berry combine to balance out the hops and create a truly drinkable IPA. IBU: 35 ABV: 4.9%

Wibby Brewing

Longmont, CO

Wibby IPL - A hop head lager with a smooth, malt finish and a pungent, citrusy hop aroma. IBU: 76 ABV: 7%

Lightshine Helles – A light, sweet finishing, Bavarian influenced lager. IBU: 22 ABV: 5.5%

2017 Festival Guest Taps

Big Sky Brewing Co.

Missoula, MT

Summer Honey - A full-flavored summer seasonal balanced with a unique blend of spices, European hops and a touch of honey. IBU: 20 & ABV 5%

Samuel Adams

Boston, MA

Summer Ale = Lemon peel and Grains of Paradise combine to provide a rich citrusy flavor that is balanced by malted wheat and a two-row pale malt blend. 

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

Chico, CA

Side Car -  A crisp hop bite and citrusy balance, this hoppy pale ale is brewed with Cascade, Equinox, and Mandarina hops and a hint of orange peel that adds a zesty pop of bright orange flavor. IBU: 35 & ABV 5.3%

Alaskan Brewing Co.

Juneau, Alaska

Amber - Richly malty and long on the palate with just enough hop backing to make amber colored “alt” style beer notable well balanced.

 *Please note that we have eliminated festival bucks! Food vendors will be allowed to use cash or credit card to collect payments, as well as sell non-alcoholic beverages. Because of this change, the Downtown Business Association will not be collecting any commissions off of sales. 

Find a place to stay during the festival with Visit Fort Collins Lodging!

2017 FAQs

When is the Colorado Brewers' Festival?

The last weekend in June; this year, June 23rd, 24th and 25th. 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). The Summit @ Colorado Brewers' Festival is a Friday night specialty tasting event takes place on June 23rd from 5:00 - 8:00 pm.


Where is The Colorado Brewers' Festival 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 are available in select Fort Collins brewery taprooms and other locations 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 gate (Laporte Ave & Mason 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 $25, 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 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 new glass this year?

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 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!


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.


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 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.


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.  Please call the DBA office for specific requests:  (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.