June 28th & 29th

The weekend festivities feature 150+ Colorado beers, 40+ Colorado breweries, food vendors, artisan exhibitors and 5+ hours of live music in Canvas Stadium at Colorado State University!

Tickets on Sale May 1st!

View Last Year’s Tasting Guide!

2018 COBF Tasting Guide

Colorado Brewers’ Festival has your weekend covered.

 

June 28th

On Friday evening, enjoy unlimited pours of specialty beer and barrel-aged creations served by the brewers themselves.

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7:00pm – 10:00pm, Canvas Stadium, Fort Collins, CO

June 29th

The Saturday afternoon festivities feature 150+ Colorado beers, 40+ breweries, artisan exhibitors and 5+ hours of live music at Canvas Stadium!

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12:00pm – 5:00pm, Canvas Stadium, Fort Collins, CO

Event Details

When is the Main Festival?: Saturday, June 29th (Noon-5:00 pm).

When is The Summit?: The Friday night specialty tasting affair, The Summit, will be hosted on Friday, June 28th (7pm-10pm)

Cost: Stay tuned for pricing information on this year’s festival.

How: Purchase your tickets online below, and stay tuned for physical ticket locations.

Where: The Summit and The Main Festival takes place in Canvas Stadium, Fort Collins, CO (751 W Pitkin St).

Why: The 30th 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, vibrancy and prosperity of Downtown Fort Collins.  

Music Lineup

Colorado’s original craft beer festival returns on June 28th and 29th! Celebrate in Canvas Stadium at Colorado State University with 5+ hours of live music on the Choice Organics Stage.

 

Music Lineup Coming Soon!

Purchasing Options

1. summit ticket

Enjoy an evening of unlimited pours, specialty beer and barrel-aged creations served by the brewers themselves.

On Sale May 1st!

Friday, June 28th – 7:00pm – 10:00pm

2. COBF Ticket

Featuring 150+ Colorado beers, 40+ Colorado breweries, food vendors, artisan exhibitors and 5+ hours of live music!

On Sale May 1st!

Saturday, June 29th – 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Interested in Volunteering for this Event?

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FAQs

 

Interested in featuring your brewery at the event?

Please fill out our intent to participate form here.

What is the Colorado Brewers’ Festival?
The award-winning Colorado Brewers’ Festival returns to celebrate its 30th year in Fort Collins June 28-29!

Established in 1990, the Colorado Brewers’ Festival is the first statewide brewers’ festival in Colorado and America’s fifth-oldest beer festival.  This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Colorado Brewers’ Festival.

Three decades ago, Doug Odell of Odell Brewing Company, Scott Smith & Brad Page of CooperSmith’s Pub & Brewing and Maggie Kunze of the Downtown Fort Collins Business Association put their heads together to form the humble beginnings of the Colorado Brewers’ Festival (COBF).  When the COBF started, only 11 breweries were operating in Colorado: Odell Brewing, CooperSmith’s, Boulder Beer, Walnut Brewery, Wynkoop, Old Colorado Brewing Co., Breckenridge Brewery, Durango Brewery, Carver Brewing Co., Coors Brewing Company, and Anheuser-Busch.  All 11 were present for the inaugural festival and helped put Fort Collins on the map as craft beer destination.

COBF started with simple goals: to promote Colorado breweries, encourage togetherness and cooperation amongst fellow brewers, and to teach the populace what craft beer was all about.  It’s fair to say that the results of these efforts have far exceeded what anyone imagined.

What is The Summit at Colorado Brewers’ Festival?
The Summit at Colorado Brewers’ Festival is a Friday evening “elevated” tasting event designed as a kick-off to the festival on Saturday.  Enjoy limited-release, rare and specialty beers including barrel-aged creations and summer seasonals, all made right here in Colorado. Compare notes with fellow beer connoisseurs while you meet and mingle with head brewers and brewery reps during this intimate, limited-ticket tasting affair.

When is the festival?

  • The Summit at Colorado Brewers’ Festival
    • Friday, June 28th from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • 30th Annual Colorado Brewers’ Festival
    • Saturday, June 29th from 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

What does the ticket include?

  • Tickets for The Summit at Colorado Brewers’ Festival on Friday evening include a complimentary tasting glass for sipping unlimited craft beer samples and complimentary light appetizers. Limited tickets are available for this premier specialty beer event so be sure to get your tickets early as this event WILL sell out!
  • Tickets for the Colorado Brewers’ Festival on Saturday include a complimentary tasting glass for sipping unlimited craft beer samples from nearly 50 Colorado breweries.

Where does the festival take place?

NEW THIS YEAR: The 30th Anniversary Colorado Brewers’ Festival is taking over Colorado State University’s Canvas Stadium!  The multi-purpose, on-campus stadium, located less than 3 miles from Downtown Fort Collins, embraces Colorado’s natural beauty, topography and visual connections to the Rocky Mountains.  Click HERE for directions.

The festival takes place inside the Markley Family Hall of Champions, Orthopaedic & Spine Center of the Rockies (OCR) Sideline Field Club and the Stadium Club on the 4th level.   

There are no street closures associated with this event.

What is the appropriate ID to have at entry?
Regardless of your age, be prepared to show proper identification.  Acceptable forms of ID include:

  • Any State, Canadian, Mexican, US Territory or Foreign Driver’s License
  • Military ID
  • Passport or US Passport Card
  • State-Issued ID Card
  • Alien Registration Card
  • Valid Employment Card w/ Photo and DOB issued by the Department of Homeland Security

Note that the identification cannot be expired at the time of event.  Please call or email us in advance of the event if you have questions (contact info below).

What should I bring to the event?
Please bring your printed or mobile ticket confirmation email and a valid, government issued photo ID (see list above). Attendees who do not have their ticket or ID will not be admitted to the event and will not be refunded. All attendees must be 21+.

What can’t I bring?
It’s recommended to just bring your ticket, a government issued ID, and an empty belly!  However, if you must bring a bag, it will be subject to a security check at the entrance.  All guests must follow Canvas Stadium’s Clear Bag Policy, which prohibits bags and backpacks over a certain size. No exceptions will be made.

Note the following prohibited items:

  • Aerosol cans
  • Aluminum bottles
  • Animals (service dogs and service dogs in training permitted)
  • Artificial noisemakers
  • Bags larger than 16″W x 6″D x 12″H (see Approved Bags graphic for examples of acceptable bags)
  • Balloons
  • Bat, poles and sticks
  • Bicycle helmets
  • Coolers/ice chests
  • Camera lenses larger than 4”
  • Clothing deemed obscene or indecent
  • Firearms
  • Fireworks
  • Flags on poles
  • Glass bottles
  • Illegal drugs
  • Laser pointers
  • Marijuana (all forms)
  • Metal cans
  • Objects that can be used as projectiles
  • Outside food and beverages including alcohol (exceptions will only be made for those with medical requirements and/or special needs)
  • Scooters, Strollers, Bicycles, Roller skates, Skateboards
  • Tobacco products
  • Tripods, monopods and selfie sticks
  • Umbrellas
  • Unauthorized video cameras
  • Water bottles (disposable and crushable bottles, empty and without a cap are permissible
  • Weapons or any object that might pose a risk to the guest or others

How do I get there?  Where Is parking available?
Whether you bike, take the MAX, or carpool, getting to Canvas Stadium is easy!  

Bikes: Bicycle racks are located across Colorado State University’s campus.  Check out the Main Campus Bicycle Parking Map to find the location most convenient for you.  Remember, bicycles may not be locked to trees, plants, signs, railings, fences, posts, hydrants, or buildings.  

MAX: The MAX Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) travels the Mason St. corridor and drops you just a few hundred feet from the main entry gate.  Learn How to Ride MAX.

Motor vehicles:
Parking is available for free in Lot #240 after 4:00 p.m.

  • To access Lot #240: From I-25, take Exit 268 (Prospect Road). Head west on Prospect Road for 4/6 miles.  Turn right onto S. Whitcomb Street then left onto W. Lake Street. Parking lot entrance is on the right.

Parking is also available in the Lake Street Garage.

  • Note that parking is $1.75/hour and payment is required 24/7. Your payment is tracked by your license plate number. Please ensure you enter and pay at the pay station located near the garage exits.
  • To access the Lake Street Parking Garage: From I-25, take Exit 268 (Prospect Road). Head west Prospect Road for 4.4 miles.  Turn right onto Center Avenue then right onto W. Lake Street. The parking garage entrance is on the right

Please note overnight parking is not permitted. Hughes Way will not be accessible during the event; therefore, parking is not available in the Library parking lot.

Where do I pick-up my tasting glass?
All tasting glasses will be provided upon check-in at the Ticket Office located on the northwest side of Canvas Stadium, off of Pitkin Street.  

  • Where is the festival entrance?
    Use the ‘Premium Entrance’ located on the west side of Canvas Stadium, near the practice fields.  Look for directional signage onsite.

Is the event ADA accessible?
Yes, the Canvas Stadium venue complies with ADA accessibility standards.  Ramps, elevators and restrooms are all handicap accessible.

The event is located near the fully accessible MAX Bus Rapid Transit station.  Additionally, guests with mobility issues may be dropped off on the west side of Canvas Stadium, near the Premium Entrance. If you would like a music sign language interpreter, please call the DBA office at least 72 hours prior at (970) 484-6500.

Can I re-enter the festival?
Re-entry will only be permitted with your wristband intact. If you are removed for intoxication, re-entry will not be permitted.

PLEASE DRINK RESPONSIBLY
The Colorado Brewers’ Festival is focused on providing a fun environment for guests to experience new beers.  All guests are expected to drink responsibly and ensure they have a safe means of transportation to and from the event.

Any guest who is visibly intoxicated or disruptive before entering the event, as determined by event security, will be denied entry. Any guest found to be overly intoxicated during the event or causing a disturbance, as determined by event security, will be asked to leave the facility without a refund and may be subject to further consequences.

What Breweries are participating?
Participating breweries coming soon.

Is there food onsite?
On Friday evening, complimentary appetizers will be provided as part of your Summit at Colorado Brewers’ Festival ticket purchase.

Concessions will be available for purchase in the Stadium Club on the 4th level.

Is Smoking Allowed?
No. Colorado State University is smoke-free, vape-free and tobacco-free.

Will the event be canceled due to weather?
The Colorado Brewers’ Festival takes place indoors and is a rain or shine event.  However, in extreme conditions, the organizers reserve the right to cancel the event. If the cancellation occurs prior to the commencement of the event, attendees will be notified of the cancellation by email.

Where does the money go? Is this a fundraiser?
Answer: Yes! The Colorado Brewers’ Festival is proudly produced by, and serves as a fundraiser for, the Downtown Fort Collins Business Association (DBA), a 501(c)(6) non-profit.  Since 1982, the non-profit DBA has promoted and programmed the Downtown district and remains active as a producer of signature events, community festivals and business promotions that “advance the vitality, prosperity, and vibrancy of Downtown Fort Collins.”

In addition to the Colorado Brewers’ Festival, the DBA annually produces 75+ days of free family-friendly entertainment, including Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest, Noontime Notes Concert Series, Old Town Car Show, Great Plates of Downtown, Fortoberfest, First Friday Art Walk, Foodie Walk and many more.

Who are this year’s sponsors?
The DBA would like to thank its Annual Sponsors: High Country Beverage/Coors Light, First National Bank, Colorado State University, The Eye Center of Northern Colorado, Dellenbach Motors, Xfinity and Odell Brewing Co. for their ongoing support of Downtown Fort Collins

How can I volunteer for this event?
Thank you for your interest in volunteering!  For available opportunities, click HERE.

How can my company get involved as a partner?
Please email info@downtownfortcollins.com and a member of our team will be in touch.

Who do I contact if I have questions?
Please email us at info@downtownfortcollins.com or call 970-484-6500 for assistance.