Successful 10th Festival

The 10th All Colorado Beer Festival is over, and it was a success!

We raised enough revenue to donate $82,000, and we are now handing out the beneficiary checks. So far we have given The Home Front Cares $23,000, the Empty Stocking Fund $23,000, and the ACBF Scholarship Fund $10,000. That leaves one more check of $26,000 that will be presented to THEATREWORKS on Friday, December 9th.

Each ticket buyer helped make this possible. We estimate that 67% of the price of each ticket is a donation to the beneficiaries! Congratulations to each of you for your support of Colorado Springs nonprofits.


The Home Front Cares receives check for $23,000  
  ACBF Scholarship Fund receives c heck for $10,000

Champion Award

This year the ACBF celebrates its 10th anniversary. To date we have given away over $315,000 to our beneficiaries.

Each year, in addition to raising a lot of money for our beneficiaries and pouring a lot of beer for our 3,200 guests, the ACBF presents its Champion Award to an individual or organization that has provided special support to the ACBf and/or the Colorado brewing industry. In the past, we have presented the award to Mike Bristol of Bristol Brewing, Kieth Villa of Blue Moon, and New Belgium Brewing. This year we take great pleasure in presenting the award to a true Colorado brewing pioneer: Governor John Hickenlooper.

Governor Hickenlooper was part of the group that opened Wynkoop Brewery in lower downtown Denver and converted that sketchy neighborhood into the destination it is today. Wynkoop was the second craft brewery in the state after Boulder Beer and truly transformed a neighborhood. Just another example of the amazing impact of beer!

The ACBF team presented the award to Governor Hickenlooper in his office on Thursday.

 Champion Award with John Hickenlooper Champion Award with John Hickenlooper

 

71 and Counting!

That’s right, we have 71 breweries already signed up and planning which of their beer lineup to bring to the festival. Recent additions include: BRU, Durango, Florence, Halfpenny, Periodic, Ursula, and Vail. Be sure to check out our Brewer Lineup page for a complete list of the brewers at this year’s event.

 Bru Durango Brewing florence-brewing halfpenny-round-logo-copper-white-400x400 periodic-brewing ursula-brewery-logo Vail Brewing

Festival Sponsors

The primary mission of the All Colorado Beer Festival is to raise money for local nonprofit organizations. (Check out our Beneficiaries page.) Most of this money comes from your purchase of tickets to the event – over half of your ticket price goes to our beneficiaries!

However, there are still costs associated with running the festival: t-shirts for volunteers, tasting glasses, ice, venue rent, insurance, and much more. Our Sponsors offset these costs with their contributions to the festival. Every dollar these sponsors provide is another dollar we can give our beneficiaries.

Today another sponsor, Deluxe Corporation, joined our team. Their contribution coupled with a great price from our ice vendor, Ice N Easy, means our ice cost this year will be zero! Check out all our wonderful Sponsors!

Deluxe Corporation

2016 Brewer Lineup at 59!

Here’s the brewer lineup so far for 2016. The count is at 59 so far. We are aiming for 80 with well over 225 beers! If your favorite brewer is missing on our 2016 BREWER LINEUP page, please ask them to contact us. Please remember to thank these brewers when you visit them. There would be no festival without the support of our brewers. Remember, the brewers are not paid. They donate all the beer for the festival.

Below are four of our sponsoring brewers. Their financial support is key to making the festival a success.

Breckenridge Brewing  New Belgium Brewing  Oskar Blues Brewing  Blue Moon Brewing

Here’s Your Next “Where Am I?”

Here’s your next “Where Am I?” This one should be easy! The trick is that I need the specific location because this brewery has multiple sites.

Whoever correctly identifies the specific brewery location first (based on the date/time stamp of your response below) will receive two GA tickets to the session of your choice. Fill out the entry form below.

We will notify the winner as soon as we receive a correct answer and post the correct answer on the website and Facebook page.

Where Am I

Where Am I?

Very good. You got it! Yes, this is the centerpiece over the new RiNo Blue Moon Brewery bar. The bar serves 23 Blue Moon beers on tap including a really tasty Grand Cru, and Eldorado Brown IPA, and a Cappuccino Stout. Stop by when you are up in Denver. Congrats to Karen D. who posted the correct answer.

Another “Where Am I?”

This one is not a brewery, but it is a place that you need to know about. 60 beer taps and at least as many specialty bottles!

Whoever correctly identifies the brewery first (based on the date/time stamp of your response below) will receive two GA tickets to the session of your choice. Fill out the entry form below.

We will notify the winner as soon as we receive a correct answer and post the correct answer on the website and Facebook page.

 Where Am I?   Where Am I?

Where Am I?

OK – That was another easy one. Yes this is the Brass Tap opening today. The Brass Tap is a sponsor of this year’s ACBF. Come by later today (Monday) for more ACBF prizes!

The winner is Dana A. who had the right answer just 9 minutes after the posting.

Groupon Ticket Deal

For all of you who want an extra special deal on tickets, we have arranged with Groupon to provide a short time half off price for Festival tickets. See the deal!

 Link to Groupon deal