Wednesday, March 26, 2014

5 Events Not to Miss Still Scheduled for Colorado Craft Beer Week

It may be about this time when you look at the calendar and think, "Oh (insert expletive here), Colorado Craft Beer Week is halfway done and I haven't gotten out to anything yet."

Fear not. For while you may have missed Collaboration Fest and a few cool tappings, there is still a lot to catch before this springtime celebration of the state's most wonderful beverage ends on March 29. And here's a quick primer to five of them.

1) Colorado Springs Tap Takeover at Brewer's Republic
Today, 3 to 10 p.m.
Lots of beer bars are welcoming one or two breweries to pour a plethora of beers from their collections. But this downtown Colorado Springs watering hole is putting the whole city's craft beer collection on display. Makes me wish I was back in my old hometown tonight.

2) New Kids on the Block
Thursdsay, 8 to 11 p.m., $25, The Lobby in Denver
Roughly 100 new breweries have opened in Colorado in the past two years. Not all of them will be pouring at The Lobby, but the good folks at Imbibe and promise enough will be there to let drinkers really sample the breadth and depth of this new wave of beer makers.

3) Twisted Pine Blind Beer and Bites Pairing
Friday, 6:30 to 8 p.m., $20
Of all the beer/food pairings this week, this may be the most unique — an event where participants are literally blind-folded as they make their way through five small-plate pairings without knowing until the end what they are eating and drinking.

4) Hops and Handrails at Left Hand Brewing
Saturday, noon to 6 p.m., $30
This will be the only beer festival this year in which the brewery installs a 25-foot ski ramp and invites people to come by with their snowboards. Oh, and there will be a good number of brewers there as well at this truly Colorado-centric event.

5) 2nd Annual Western Colorado Craft Beer Celebration
Saturday, 2 to 6 p.m., $10, Edgewater Brewery in Grand Junction
The Western Slope beer scene is growing more quickly than most Front Rangers would realize. This gathering will bring about a dozen of those breweries together, and it will be a great chance to learn about some new beers if you happen to be crossing the Continental Divide.

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