The All Colorado Beer Festival made a final round of 2013 donations delivering checks to:
- The All Colorado Beer Festival Scholarship Fund at UCCS
- Care and Share
- Crosses for Losses – benefiting those who lost homes in the Black Forest fire this summer
- Manitou Emergency and Recovery Fund
As the year 2013 draws to a close we take pride in the $55,500 in donations we made this year and look forward to an even larger amount for 2014!
Check number three from this year’s All Colorado Beer Festival was delivered this afternoon to The Home Front Cares. The check for $15,000 is a 67% increase over last year’s check. April Speake, Executive Director of THFC, said, “We have been receiving a lot of calls from military families trying to make it through the holiday season. This will really make a difference for many families.”
Just before the Friday performance of It’s a Wonderful Life, the All Colorado Beer Festival planning committee came on stage at THEATREWORKS to present Artistic Director Murray Ross with a check for $20,000. The ACBF check is 25% more than last year. It comes in the midst of THEATREWORKS’ annual fund drive. Randy Dipner challenged each donor to increase their giveing to THEATREWORKS by a similar 25%.
The Committee stayed to see the evening’s performance and were surprised by a radio advertising jingle embedded in the show that featured the All Colorado Beer Festival! We highly recommend the show for one and all: THEATREWORKS
Wednesday, November 20th marked the kickoff of the 30th annual Empty Stocking Fund. Last year the program raised over $1 million for 15 local social service charities. The All Colorado Beer Festival was once again a featured community partner at the event. With the help of all our guests, brewers, sponsors, vendors, and volunteers, we were able to increase our contribution this year to $15,000. In addition, the ESF volunteers raised almost $1,000 at their beer pong booth.
The All Colorado Beer Festival thanks our 2013 festival brewers, volunteers, vendors, sponsors, and especially all of you who purchased tickets to the festival. Through your support, we will donate over $55,000 to local nonprofit organizations.
Our first check presentation will be at the Empty Stocking Fund kickoff on Wednesday, November 20th. The THEATREWORKS check presentation will be on Friday, December 6th before the performance of It’s a Wonderful Life. The Home Front Care will receive a check on Wednesday, December 18th at their monthly board meeting. We want each of you to share these events with us because without you they would not be possible. We will post photos of each presentation.
If you answer yes to any of these, we recommend heading up to the Chef n Brew Festival on November 14th from 7:00-10:00 PM. The event won the Reader’s Choice for Best New Festival in Westword last year. This year the venue is bigger and food and beer list is super. I went to the festival last year, and it was impressive (if a bit overly crowded).
Visit the Chef n Brew website for more details and to purchase tickets.
Just to whet your appetite, here is the list of brewers and chefs that will be featured:
- Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project with Jay Leandro - Pub 17
- Funkwerks with Elise Wiggins – Panzano
- Caution: Brewing Company with Jensen Cummings – Slotted Spoon Meatball Eatery
- TRiNiTY Brewing with Jorel Pierce – Euclid Hall Bar and Kitchen
- Breckenridge Brewery with Chris Cina – Breckenridge
- Prost Brewing Company with Sean McGaughey – Opus Fine Dining & Aria Wine Bar
- Strange Brewing Company with Doug Mace – CY Steak
- Wynkoop Brewing Company with Darren Pusateri – Gallo di Nero
- River North Brewery with Joe Troupe – Lucky Pie
- Wit’s End Brewing Company with Rachel Kesley – WaterCourse Foods
- Elevation Beer Company with Mike Peshek – Lou’s Food Bar
- Wasatch Brew Pub and Squatters Beers with Robin Bar-On – Udi’s
- Dry Dock Brewing with Alex White – Jonesy’s Eat Bar
- Epic Brewing Company with Tom Coohill – Coohills
- City Star Brewing with Brandon Muncy – The Lobby
- TRVE Brewing with John Broening – Le Grand
- Denver Beer Company with John Little – Harman’s Eat & Drink
- Renegade Brewing Company with Tim Hefty – Renegade Publik House
Save the date! The 2014 All Colorado Beer Festival will take place on November 1, 2014.
Tickets for the 2014 All Colorado Beer Festival to go on sale September 1, 2014! We expect to sell out next year before the doors open. That means no tickets for sale at the door!!
Stay tuned to the All Colorado Beer Festival site for the latest on brewer recruiting, special pre-sale offers, and more!
Travis Flett from New Belgium pulled the winning door prize ticket from almost 240 entries this morning at the Freedom Financial Services Expo Center. Travis will be contacting the lucky winner, Greg C., in the next day or two and will personally deliver the Fat Tire cruiser. Congratulations Greg!
Additional door prize winners are:
- Bryan F. – 2 tickets to the VIP Zone at the 2014 ACBF
- Topher – 2 early entry tickets for the 2014 ACBF
- Steve E. - 2 early entry tickets for the 2014 ACBF
- Jeff M. – 2 general admission tickets for the 2014 ACBF
- Tim W. – 2 general admission tickets for the 2014 ACBF
- Nicola L. – 2 general admission tickets for the 2014 ACBF
- John J. – 2 general admission tickets for the 2014 ACBF
ACBF staff will be in touch with each of our ticket winners over the next few days to confirm names and email addresses for delivery of you tickets to next year’s ACBF on November 1, 2014.
The All Colorado Beer Festival selected Mike Bristol and Bristol Brewing to receive this year’s Champion Award for furthering the mission of the All Colorado Beer Festival and the Colorado brewing industry. Bristol brewing has attended every ACBF since the early years when we were struggling to get brewers. Bristol Brewing is also one of the greatest philanthropic organizations in Colorado Springs. Mike Bristol is, personally, one of the leaders of the brewing industry in Colorado. The festival was honored to have Tom Zurenko, General Manager of Bristol Brewing, accept the award at the sold out evening session of the festival. Please congratulate the Bristol staff the next time you stop in for a pint or growler refill.
Also note that Bristol’s Winter Warlock was the gold medal winner in the Stouts and Porters category at this year’s festival!
Over two sessions, 2,803 beer fanatics sampled over 175 beers from 66 brewers at the Freedom Financial Services Expo Center.
The best news is that those guests helped the All Colorado Beer Festival raise enough money to make donations to local non-profit organizations estimated at over $50,000. (See Beneficiaries)