The Colorado Craft Spirits Festival is scheduled for Saturday, June 27th from 5:30 until 9:00 PM. A very limited number of tickets are available for the event: 300! Each general admission ticket includes tastings of the spirits from participating distillers plus gourmet food from regional caterers and restaurants. The designated driver ticket holder also has access to all the food samples just like the GA ticket holder. There will be music and lectures on the distilling process, spirits tasting, etc.
Buy you tickets NOW before they are gone!
The inaugural Colorado Craft Spirit Festival will take place in Colorado Springs on Saturday, June 27th from 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM at tTHEATREWORKS Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater on the UCCS campus.
So far 11 distillers have committed to attend including: 3 Hundred Days of Shine, Altitude Spirits, Axe and the Oak Distillery, Black Bear Distillery, Breckenridge Distillery, Cockpit Craft Distillery, Coppermuse Distillery, Distillery 291, Downslope Distillery, Lee Spirits Company, and Woods High Mountain Distillery.
If you are looking for more information on distilleries in Colorado, we suggest picking up a copy of the Beer, Wine, and Spirit Drinkers Guide to Colorado.
Don’t stop by the Paradox Brewing tap room in Woodland Park. It is closed while Paradox relocates to its new facility nine miles west in Divide. And WOW, what a facility. Paradox is moving up to a ten barrel brewhouse with three 30 barrel and one 20 barrel fermenter. Jeff Aragon hopes to be open to the public in the new facility by Memorial Day weekend but admits that they may get into June before a full opening. The new facility will have room for an incredible number of barrels including some huge barrels with a 30 barrel capacity that are on order.
Stay tuned. We will let you know as soon as the reopening date is firm. In the meantime, Paradox is still bottling and selling throughout Colorado and four other states.
Coming soon is another Skully series release – salted mango habenaro. I had a chance to taste it this afternoon, and it is really great! Just a bit tart with a warmth but no real heat like some chili beers. Watch for it in stores in the next week or so.
We’ve all been hearing about the new Breckenridge Brewing location – The Farmhouse at 2920 Brewery Lane in Littleton. They are now beginning to hire staff for the location, and I hear that they have the fermenters in place in the brewhouse. To keep track of the progress, check out https://www.facebook.com/breckenridgebreweryfarmhouse/timeline.
You should also know that there are 50 golden tickets floating around out there that will get 50 lucky folks an early tour of the facilities.
Check it out online at csbeermap.com and join the Gazette 4-6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18 at the Green Man Taproom, 320 S. Weber St. The first 30 people (of legal age) through the door get a free beer, and $3 craft beer specials run all night. Sudsister Monica Mendoza and Rudy Vasquez will be there and — even better — there will be door prizes.
After visiting csbeermap.com, give the Gazette your feedback for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate to a Springs brewery of your choice.
Focus on the Beer recently posted the best beer events and festivals in Colorado Springs. All Colorado Beer Festival is very proud to have been selected as the best beer festival. Thank you to Focus on the Beer for the recognition, as well as all of you out there who voted for us!
While the recognition is great, we want to be sure that everyone remembers why we do this. All proceeds go to our beneficiaries – $70,000 this year! We also must recognize the great Colorado brewers who donate their beer, cider, soda, and kombucha to make the event possible. Without them there would be no beer and without beer there would be no festival!
Our third beneficiary check went to THEATREWORKS. This year we increased or donation by 20% to $24,000. THEATREWORKS remains the largest single organizational donor at THEATREWORKS. Almost the entire Festival Planning Committee was on hand to present the check to THEATREWORKS Artistic Director, Murray Ross. After the presentation, we stayed for the show and laughed our socks off. If you have time in the busy holiday season, treat yourself to a show at THEATREWORKS – The Lying Kind.
Pete has been flying under the radar. While several new breweries opened in Colorado Springs, he quietly assembled his 3-barrel brew house and opened the doors of Storybook Brewing just a few days before Thanksgiving. He said he knew how to brew beer, but he’d never been a bartender. Opening night was the first time he served beer over a bar. So, he turned to his daughter, an experienced bartender, to teach him the ropes. They are located at 3121 A North El Paso Street, just north of Fillmore. They will serve about five beers at any given time. Go check them out.
Last year, the All Colorado Beer Festival added a new beneficiary – the All Colorado Beer Festival Scholarship Fund at UCCS. What college student doesn’t want to claim they got money from a beer festival scholarship!
This year, the ACBF doubled it donation to the scholarship fund. A check for $10,000 was presented to the student aid committee at UCCS just before Thanksgiving.
This year, the ACBF and the Gazette convinced Chris Wright of Pikes Peak Brewing to dedicate its winter seasonal offering, AdAmAn Holiday Ale to the Empty Stocking Fund. Thanksgiving Day is the official release date. Look for four-packs of the 16 ounce cans in your favorite liquor store. Buy it quickly because there is a limited quantity. Proceeds from the sale of this special beer will go to the Empty Stocking Fund. Stop by and give Chris Wright a special thank you for this generous, community-minded offering. Read more about Chris’ AdAmAn Ale in the Gazette.