Brewer Registration Information
Save the Date!!! – November 2nd, 2013
The 7th Annual All Colorado Beer Festival promises to be even bigger and better than last year’s event. This is your chance to be involved in something truly special, while experiencing professional treatment at every turn.
The Festival is designed to showcase world-class beers from around the state of Colorado to an audience Colorado Springs locals and regional visitors alike, in an atmosphere of excitement and fun. The Festival is a one-of-a-kind event for Colorado brewers. In 2012, the ACBF hosted over 2,400 attendees.
The All Colorado Beer Festival public tasting will take place Saturday, November 2nd. We will conduct two sessions running from 1pm to 4:30 PM (VIP session starting at 12pm) and 6:30 to 10:00 PM (VIP session starting at 5:30pm). The ACBF requests that brewers provide unique beers to be served exclusively within the VIP tasting section.
The Festival will take place at the Colorado Springs Expo Center, a 20,000 square foot indoor facility. The Festival attendees will pay a one-time Festival fee which will get them a wrist band (indicating that they are 21 years of age or older and have paid) and a Festival tasting glass for as many 2-oz. samples as they can responsibly consume. There will be a trained crew of All Colorado Beer Festival staff and volunteers located throughout the Festival to handle every beer festival activity. There will also be live entertainment, a designated driver program, merchandise, and of course, plenty of food.
SUCH A DEAL!
All Colorado Beer Festival Provides:
- 10′ brewery space
- Draped table
- Rear draped panel to hang signage
- Volunteers to help pour beer
- Tapping equipment & services (please reserve ahead and let us know if you require other than Sankey taps)
- Ice and barrels for kegs
- 3 staff passes per brewing company
- High quality exposure of your brewery and beers in the Colorado Springs market
- Opportunity to sell brewery merchandise
- Special Hotel Discounts
- Brewery representatives to share in the social atmosphere of the festival
- Two kegs or ten cases of beer per beer-style
- Staff to talk about beers with guests
- Delivery of your beer to festival
- Decorative signage/decor for brewery booth space (you are welcome to bring your 10′x10′ popup tents)
Each participating brewery will be given a ten-foot table space, with rear pipe and draping, a draped table, and brewery signage with brewery name and location. You are encouraged to have one of your representatives hang around your area as much as possible, to talk about your beer and your brewery with Festival guests. You will be allowed to pour your own beer; however, please be sure your representatives are aware of the two-ounce pour rules. Remember that the 2-oz. pour rule applies to beer you and your representatives pour for yourselves. We will also be providing volunteers to assist you in pouring. Please let us know if you will be attending, and during what times you think you will be at your area. You will be able to hang your own brewery banner on the rear drape and pipe structure and distribute information regarding your beers (flyers, coasters, table tents, etc.) We highly recommend distribution of discount cards or other incentives to attract Festival guests to your brewery or brew pub especially if your beers are not available in the Colorado Springs area. Throwing items (shirts, coasters, etc.) from your brewery area is strictly prohibited. Feel free to bring a popup tent for your space. The space allotment per brewer should allow using tents this year.
Registration is simple; just fill out the form at the top of this page or contact us by email or phone. We will contact you for any additional information and to confirm you registration.
Each participating brewing company will be given three (3) brewery passes for staff at the Festival that can be exchanged among brewery staff and representatives as needed. Additional passes can be obtained for $20 each. All brewery representatives must be at least 21 years of age. All brewers and brewery representatives will be required to show proof of age before being issued their pass. Brewery representatives will be expected to conduct themselves in an appropriate and professional manner at all times during the Festival. Any activity on behalf of a brewery or brewery representative which contradicts Colorado state law may be subject to ejection at the discretion of the All Colorado Beer Festival.
Number of Beers & Quantity
Each brewery is encouraged to bring two (2) to four (4) different beers per brewing company. We ask that you bring at least two (2) kegs per beer style or ten (10) cases of bottled product per beer style. (Please note that bottled product will be poured into the consumers tasting glass before it leaves your area.) You may want to consider bringing a half keg of your “edgier” beers. We strongly recommend that you consider bringing a second keg or half keg of your most popular beer to ensure Festival attendees are not disappointed by being unable to taste their favorite beer at the Festival. A number of brewers ran out of beer during last year’s event.
All beer will be delivered to the All Colorado Beer Festival at the Colorado Springs Expo Center. The Buffalo Gals catering operation holds the liquor license for the Expo Center and therefore for our Festival. You must present an invoice to the Soup to Nuts Inc. dba Buffalo Gals Grilling Company for the donation of the product upon delivery. Please ask for Matt Favier to accept delivery. Be sure the invoice clearly indicates that the product is for the All Colorado Beer Festival.
If you have any questions about the formalities of providing your product to the Festival please contact Matt Favier (email@example.com) 719-660-4494.
Brewers will be responsible for arranging transportation for their beer and return of empty kegs. We recommend that you arrange with your Colorado Springs distributor to bring your beer to the Festival site on Friday, November 2nd, after noon. We will contact you to arrange a specific delivery date for your product. If you will be transporting your own beer you may bring it with you on Saturday not later than 10:00 AM. If you have difficulty making arrangements to get your beer to the Festival, please contact us and we will do everything we can to identify a transportation method for you.
We encourage brewers to use Festival Sankey tapping equipment; however, if you prefer you can provide your own jockey box type tapping equipment. The Festival will provide barrels and ice for your kegged product or trays and ice for your bottled or canned product. If you have questions specifically related to beer tapping please contact Mark Wiebe (firstname.lastname@example.org) 303-994-2497.
Back again this year, the All Colorado Beer Festival will hold a formal judging event as part of the festival. This year’s judging categories have not been finalized but will be derived from the GABF judging categories. The entry process is simple:
- Entries are limited to 10 in each category. This will ensure that each beer in the category receives a thorough examination and evaluation.
- Each brewer may submit two beers for judging.
- Brewers will select which category and style best reflects their entries.
- Brewers may enter their beers at any time up to 11:00 AM on the day of the festival, Saturday, November 3rd if space is available in the category.
- Early entry is encouraged to to allow us to better plan the judging.
Judging and Awards
- Our judging teams will each consist of two BJCP judges plus one celebrity judge.
- Gold, silver, and bronze medals will be available in each category plus one Best of Show gold medal.
- All medals may not be awarded in a given category.
The All Colorado Beer Festival wants to make sure your brewery and your product receive high quality exposure in the Colorado Springs market. The Festival will prepare a program listing each brewer include a brief overview of the brewery. The beer guide will run as a special insert in the Colorado Springs Gazette and will be distributed across the city. We strongly encourage brewers to bring marketing and promotional materials to distribute at their booth. We hope that this combination of efforts will provide you and your beers a level of exposure that extends well beyond the day of the Festival.
If you are interested in selling your brewery merchandise, please see the enclosed merchandise program information and registration form. The All Colorado Beer Festival will handle all brewery merchandise sales from a central location at the Festival. Brewery merchandise may include T-shirts, hats, and glassware. To cover costs of providing a central merchandise area, the sales will be split with the All Colorado Beer Festival on a 60/40 basis with 60% going to the individual brewing companies and 40% to the All Colorado Beer Festival.
Brewery Hotel Packages
The All Colorado Beer Festival has created an opportunity for all participating brewing companies to spend the weekend in Colorado Springs. The All Colorado Beer Festival has made arrangements with the Extended Stay hotel located a short distance from the Festival site to provide a special rate for the Festival.
Randy Dipner (Festival Director)
Matt Favier (Brewer Coordination)
Mark Wiebe (Beer Services)
John Haven (Judging)
Drew Martorella (Ticket Sales/Box Office)
Charlie Carter (Merchandise Sales)
Trice Dipner (Volunteer Coordinator)
Mark Lutinski (Marketing, PR, and VIP Zone)
Kortney Favier (Entertainment)