Changes are in the works for ACBF in 2019.
Gone will be the large November event. With the proliferation of beer festivals over the past five years or so, our attendance has softened, and without a growing attendance, we cannot meet the primary goal of the event: large donations to our beneficiaries.
Thus, we will move forward with a series of specialized events. First, we will continue with a small beer festival event at the MeadowGrass Music Festival on the Friday afternoon before Memorial Day weekend. Last year we had 18 brewers and music throughout the event. It was wonderful! We will also continue to support the downtown Steers and Beers Festival and the Monument Bines and Brews Festival. We hope to remount the highly successful All Colorado Spirits Festival that many of you enjoyed a few years ago.
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Keep your eye on the ACBF website and Facebook page for more information on up-coming events.
The 2018 All Colorado Beer Festival raised enough revenue to donate $49,000. The Home Front Cares received $15,000, the Empty Stocking Fund $15,000, the ACBF Scholarship Fund $4,000, and THEATREWORKS $15,000.
The All Colorado Beer Festival is a 501(c)(3) corporation registered in Colorado. The organization was established in 2007 to operate beer festivals with the express purpose of raising funds for Colorado Springs area nonprofits. To date, through ticket sales and our entirely volunteer staff, the ACBF has generated $513,900 for our beneficiaries. We could not make these large contributions without the many people involved in the festival. First, and foremost, the brewers. Without their generous donation of beer, there would be no festival. Brewers are not paid! They donate all the beer. Second, you our guests. About two-thirds of the price of each ticket goes directly to our beneficiaries and may qualify as a donation on your taxes. Finally, our entire volunteer staff: the planning committee, the captains and assistant captains, and the individual volunteers. Every person involved is a key contributor!
The 12th Annual All Colorado Beer Festival is pleased to welcome seven new brewers to the growing list of brewers for 2018. New brewers include: Atrevida Beer Company, Black Forest Brewing, Colorado Boy Brewery, Funky Town Brewery, Metric Brewing, Mountain Cowboy Brewing, and SquarePeg Brewerks.
Here are the 18 brewers/cideries who will be at the inaugural MeadowGrass/ACBF Beer Festival:
Why is it that craft ales and music go so well together? We think it’s because there’s nothing better than kickin’ back with tunes and a beer after a good day of work, or on the weekend when you have time to putter and relax.
In order to bring you more of what you love, the All Colorado Beer Festival is delighted to join forces with the MeadowGrass Music Festival for this inaugural event on Friday, May 25th from 4:30 until 7:00 PM. The beer tasting will feature about 18 brewers with some 36 beers. AND, you can stick around until 10:00 enjoying the live music!
If you purchase a three-day pass to MeadowGrass, the beer tasting on Friday is automatically included ! For those who just want to come for the night and hear the fabulous Friday line-up while they sip delicious ales and lagers, a Friday-only ticket is available. Purchase this and your parking pass and you are ready to Take Time to Listen!
The Friday only ticket is $60. If you are over 12, but not yet 21 or want a designated driver ticket, you can get a Friday night ticket for $40. Both of these prices will remain in effect until Festival week or the night sells out, whichever comes first. You can get your ticket by clicking here.
Brewery lineup: AC Golden, Avery, Black Forest, Blue Spruce, Cerberus, Colorado Plus, Fossil, Goat Patch, Ironbird, New Belgium, Oskar Blues, Peaks N Pines, Pikes Peak, Red Leg, Rocky Mountain, Stem Ciders, Ute Pass, and Wibby.
Of course, you also get to listen to the music lineup from 1:30-10:00 including Lizzy Plotkin, Seth Glier, the New Orleans Suspects, Mike Maddux, the Steel Wheels, and the Tejon Street Corner Thieves! FRIDAY MUSIC LINEUP
Thursday the 14th of December was a good day! The Al Colorado Beer Festival presented two checks for $20,000 each to the Empty Stocking Fund and The Home Front Cares. This is by far the best part of the beer festival – giving away the money. To date, ACBF has donated almost $500,000 to nonprofit organizations in Colorado Springs.
The Home Front Cares check was presented to Andy Cain at the group’s Christmas gathering by Randy and Trice Dipner and Matt Favier.
The Empty Stocking Fund check was presented to Dan Steever by Randy Dipner, Matt Favier, Trice Dipner, and Drew Martorella. Click here to view the Facebook Live! video of the presentation.