This weekend, when the beers start flowing in downtown Fort Collins it will mark the 25th year of the Colorado Brewers’ Festival.
The fest got started when brewers from CooperSmith’s Pub & Brewing and Odell Brewing Co. partnered with the Downtown Fort Collins Business Association for the love of beer. They wanted to celebrate craft beer and all its glory.
Now, these years later the Colorado Brewers Festival is a three-day affair that starts at 6 p.m. Friday with the Brewers’ Eve. The fest is downtown and covers seven acres with 48 breweries tapping some of the Colorado favorites like Bristol’s Yellow Kite Pilsner and Odell’s St. Lupulin.
The fest will be a chance for brewers to test out some specialty brews too. Oskar Blues will feature a collaboration beer it worked on with Two Brothers Brewery and Steamworks Brewing Company will pour Backside Stout. And fest attendees can count on at least seven other collaboration beers.
There is a base camp, where the music will play, a beer school and a chance to meet the brewers and talk everything beer.
For $20, fest goers get a beer glass and 10 festival bucks. The All Brewers Eve will cost you extra but is described by organizers as “the true beer geek event.”
June 27. All Brewers Eve, 6 to 9 p.m.
June 28-29. General festival, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.