Colorado Brewers Festival

Christopher Willey

Living in Fort Collins, CO, I must say that I am pretty lucky to be in a town that boasts 9 different microbreweries; each having an amazing selection of different craft beers.  I grew up the first half of my life living in Oklahoma.  In Oklahoma, you drank Coors, Miller or Budweiser. If you took an import over one of the “Big Three” then you were outcast as some sort of “fancy pants” who was too stuck up to mingle with the “regular folk”. Needless to say, craft beer was non-existent then.   Now, the only life I know is the life of craft beer because from the first day that I lived in Colorado, there was never a Coors or Miller in our fridge ever again. Sure there were times in college when those domestic beers were my best friends, but that was when beer drinking was a contest, now it’s for flavor and the satisfaction.

So now the summer is here, and the peak (craft) beer-drinking season is upon us, and with that comes one of my favorite events of the year, the Colorado Brewer’s Festival. The festival is June 23rd and 24th, from 12:30pm-6:30pm, and includes eight of the Fort Collins breweries: New Belgium, Odell’s, Fort Collins, Big Horn, Coopersmiths, Funkwerks, Pateros Creek, Equinox (my favorite), and yes, the Anheuser-Busch brewery here in Fort Collins. Now I don’t know how Anheuser-Busch got in there, but I think we can all agree that the Shock Top Belgian White is pretty decent. Anyhow, the way it works is you buy a “sampling package”, which includes your entrance fee and 10 free beer samples. If you buy it online it is $20, if you purchase at the gate it is $25. Beyond that, every 4 oz sample is $1. There will be plenty of food from the local restaurant scene, which isn’t too shabby, and live music all day. So mark your calendars beer enthusiasts and be in Fort Collins that weekend. I guarantee you won’t regret it!