Colorado has over 50 distillers, and the number is growing every day!
Craft breweries are asked weekly to participate in various festivals that allow them to showcase their brewery and their beers. Occasionally, these beer festivals invite a few distillers to participate. This does not provide the kind of showcase we feel our burgeoning state distillery market deserves.
To correct this deficit, we are proposing to initiate an annual Colorado Craft Spirit Festival. We are planning to hold the first annual festival in Colorado Springs on Saturday, June 27th from 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM. Our goals for this first event are modest: 12 distilleries, 8 caterers, and 300 guests.
Our initial attempts to contact Colorado distilleries has been overwhelming. So far (after just a few days) 21 distilleries have expressed interest in a festival focused on spirits from Colorado. Keep your eye on the All Colorado Beer Festival website for more information. We anticipate the opening of ticket sales about mid-April. The tickets will be very limited so you will need to act quickly when they go on sale. Don’t miss out. get your chance to sample the many great spirits being produced by Colorado distillers.
Some of the distillers expressing interest include: 3 Hundred Days of Shine, 808 Distillery, Altitude Spirits, Axe and the Oak Distillery, Bear Creek Distillery, Boathouse Distillery, Colorado Gold Distillery, Distillery 291, Downslope Distillery, Feisty Spirits, J&L Distilling, Leopold Brothers, Montanya Distillers, Roundhouse Spirits, and Spring 44 Distilling. These distillers make moonshine, whiskey, rum, vodka, gin, and many other types of spirits.
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.
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.