Colorado Brewers’ Festival – Fort Collins
Colorado Brewers Festival, or COBF, is celebrating 25 years of showcasing local brewers on Saturday, June 28th and Sunday, June 29th. This year the festival will be presenting about 100 Colorado craft beers from over 50 Colorado brewers.
When the festival started in 1990 Fort Collins had only three microbreweries. Today Fort Collins has fourteen breweries and is one of the most respected brewing centers in the United States. Colorado itself is nearing 300 across the state and the U.S. has become the most advanced brewing nation on Earth.
This year for the first time there will be no entry fee for the festival. Peggy Lyle, festival director says, “We are making it easier for more people and families to come in and enjoy the bands, food and recreational activities we offer beyond beer.”
The Festival provides a complete new ”Colorado” experience which features beer, outdoor activities, Colorado music, and a chance to enjoy all of this with friends! There will be themed areas will help visitors to navigate through everything COBF has to offer. Start with some of the unique opportunities that Colorado has to offer like zip lining and rock climbing in “The Wilderness” area. In “The Backcountry” area visitors can check out the booths for more information on the different vendors and brewers attending the event. Wanting to learn more about the brews you will be enjoying all weekend? Attend Beer School in “The Summit” area where visitors can speak with brewers and learn more about their craft. “The Great Plains” is the entry station area on Laporte Avenue. “Base Camp” is where you go to relax and enjoy the main stage or maybe just hang out in the grass under a shade tree. “The Springs” offers free water stations so you will be able to stay hydrated while visiting the festival. At “The Chuck Wagon” you will fi nd food trucks with food at its fi nest. “The Outhouse” area, which is pretty self-explanatory, is very necessary at a beer tasting event!
This year COBF is happy to have Marty Jones, “an award-winning journalist turned beer evangelist” to share some of his ideas and to help us understand the ever-changing beer environment and culture. He is also a popular speaker at the annual Craft Brewers Conference and works with a select group of small-batch beer and beverage makers to continue to improve their products with new ideas and promotion.
Start the weekend by attending All Brewers’ Ever on Friday and help to welcome the brewers and master brewers from across Colorado while sampling some of the exclusive craft beer. Saturday morning start your day with Breakfast and Brews at Mainline. Brunch will be served alongside a tasting of beers. The entire week leading up to the festival brings excitement to Fort Collins. Arrive early and check out the local breweries, shopping, and dining of Fort Collins.
This article is featured in the Summer 2014 edition of Living in Fort Collins. To access more articles and digital editions of our magazine follow Pelican Publications at www.issuu.com/pelicanpublications.