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Toast-Worthy Fall & Winter Brew Fests in Colorado

It’s no secret that Colorado is among the country’s capitals for craft beer. That’s one reason why grand-slam events like the Great American Beer Festival (Sept. 20–22, 2018) are hosted here. But, GABF tickets sell out faster than a Justin Bieber concert on an island of teenage girls.

Beer steins at Breckenridge Oktoberfest
Beer steins at Breckenridge Oktoberfest
The Grand Tasting at Telluride Blues & Brews
The Grand Tasting at Telluride Blues & Brews
Revelers at UllrGrass Music & Beer Festival in Golden
Revelers at UllrGrass Music & Beer Festival in Golden
Beer fans attend the Winter Craft Beer Festival in Boulder
Beer fans attend the Winter Craft Beer Festival in Boulder

Not to worry! Coloradans love beer so much that there are sudsy gatherings throughout the fall and winter.

Breckenridge Oktoberfest

Sept. 7–9, 2018
Hoist a stein at the largest Oktoberfest street party in the Rocky Mountains. Strap on some lederhosen, sample authentic German cuisine and enjoy the golden glow of the aspen trees changing colors.

Chili & Beer Festival 

Crested Butte, Sept. 8, 2018
This charming former mining town celebrates a perfect culinary pairing on the side of a mountain each fall. Enjoy a bevy of Colorado-made beers, hot chili and amazing views.

Telluride Blues & Brews Festival

Sept. 14–16, 2018
Thousands of people (some in silly costumes) gather in one of the state’s most picturesque valleys to enjoy live music, craft breweries and camping. If this sounds like your dream, then dreams do, in fact, come true.

Longmont Oktoberfest

Oct. 5–6, 2018
Home to Colorado favorites like Left Hand BrewingLongmont’s annual German-themed celebration combines local breweries with live music, brat-eating contests and more.

La Veta Oktoberfest

Oct. 6, 2018
This tiny town in the shadow of the Spanish Peaks hosts a memorable party with German bands, beer and dancing in the streets. Check out the nearby Scenic Highway of Legends during your trip, but not after a couple beers.

Durango Oktoberfest

Oct. TBA, 2018
Sure, there’s lederhosen and polka music, but Durango’s Oktoberfest is more about local flavor than Teutonic heritage. Sample six local breweries, cuisine from locavore chefs and more during this two-day celebration.

Fall Back Beer Fest

Estes Park, Nov. 3, 2018
Held each year on the day before the clocks fall back, this event includes seminars, craft-beer tastings, homebrewing advice and live music. There’s also Colorado-made craft soda for the kids.

All Colorado Beer Festival

Colorado Springs, Nov. TBA, 2018
If you want to taste your way around the state without a lot of driving — and get exclusive tastes of beers not available anywhere else — then ACBF is your ticket to hop-and-malt heaven. 

Denver Beer Festivus

Dec. TBA, 2018
The holiday-themed beer festivus for the rest of us will celebrate its seventh anniversary in 2018 with a veritable who’s who of Denver craft beer (and cider). From sours to stouts, you’ll find dozens of the Mile High City’s top brewers under one roof.

Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines Festival

Breckenridge, Jan. 10–12, 2019
Why not pair a visit to one of the state’s best-known ski towns with a world-class beer festival? Tastings, seminars and homebrew competition anchor a weekend of fun with fermentation.

UllrGrass Music & Beer Festival

Golden, Jan. 25–27, 2019
More than 20 notable craft brewers join forces for a bottomless tasting session that’s part of a weekend of bluegrass music, food and fun honoring the Norse God of winter.

WinterWonderGrass

Steamboat Springs, Feb. TBA, 2019
Bounce between stages that showcase some of the top names in bluegrass and two heated beer-tasting tents showcasing 18 Colorado-based craft breweries. There’s also a homebrew competition, if you’re ready to take your game to the next level.

Winter Craft Beer Festival

Boulder, March TBA, 2019
Sample local-favorite breweries like Fate and Upslope alongside nationally recognized craft beers from Lagunitas, Deschutes and more at a tasting party designed to beat any winter blues that may have sprung up between beer fests.

Want More?

Discover more awesome fall and winter happenings, additional fall festivals in Colorado and get the scoop on the top winter beers at breweries across the state.