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.
So, you’ve just finished tasting some of the best beers Colorado brewers have to offer. You’re feeling all those samples just a bit. DON’T DRIVE!!! Instead contact our taxi service sponsor, Pikes Peak Cab,LLC. They will get you home safe and sound. Leave your car in the event center lot and pick it up on Sunday. You won’t regret it!
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.
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.
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!
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.