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 (Oct. 16-17, 2020) are hosted here. But, GABF tickets sell out faster than a Justin Bieber concert on an island of teenage girls.
Not to worry! Coloradans love beer so much that there are sudsy gatherings throughout the fall and winter.
Sept. 11–13, 2020
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.
Crested Butte, Sept. 12, 2020
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.
Sept. 18–20, 2020
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.
Oct. TBA, 2021 (canceled in 2020)
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.
Sept. TBA, 2020
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.
Estes Park, Nov. TBA, 2020
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.
Dec. TBA, 2020
The holiday-themed beer festivus for the rest of us will celebrate its nineth anniversary in 2020 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.
Breckenridge, Jan. 7–9, 2021
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.
Golden, Jan. 24–26, 2020
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.
Steamboat Springs, Feb. 19–21, 2021
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.
Boulder, Feb. TBA, 2021
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.