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.
Giving Tuesday was November 28th – a fitting day to begin the distribution of the funds raised by the 11th Annual All Colorado Beer Festival.
The ACBF gave the University of Colorado Colorado Springs Giving Tuesday campaign a jump start by presenting a BIG check for $25,000 (to support THEATREWORKS and the All Colorado Beer Festival Scholarship Fund).
Venkat Reddy, Chancellor of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, accepted the check from Randy Dipner, Trice Dipner, and Drew Martorella.
It feels really good after all the hard work to begin giving away the money!
The 69 breweries and cideries at this year’s ACBF hale from 33 cities across Colorado. Of course, Colorado Springs, Monument, Peyton, Woodland Park, and Manitou Springs are represented. But we also have Bailey, Brighton, Dillon, Divide Durango, Firestone, Lafayette, Louisville, Pagosa Springs, Poncha Springs, and Windsor plus all the Denver and Denver metro areas.
Isn’t it wonderful to have so many breweries in so many areas all across the state!
Two new brewers have joined the 2017 ACBF lineup: Mad Jack’s Mountain Brewery and New Planet Beer Company.
Mad Jack’s Mountain Brewery is located in Bailey, Colorado and was formed in 2010 to become a lifelong dream for Jack and Allison (owners). After living 3 years in Germany, they ate and drank their way across the country and were inspired by the German Beers and Beer Gardens.
When New Planet’s founder first discovered he was Celiac, he thought his craft beer drinking days were over. What started out as a personal quest quickly turned into the launch of New Planet Brewery. Established in 2009, New Planet headquartered its brewing operations and Tap Room in Boulder, CO. With a view of the Boulder Flatirons in the company’s backyard, it’s hard not to be inspired to make great beer.
Many of you have known Yak & Yeti for years as a maker of fine beers in Arvada since 2008. Yak & Yeti is now Spice Trade Brewing. Spice Trade is now a stand alone brewery brewing out of Yak & Yeti restaurant in Arvada, CO. They hand craft all of theirbeer in small batches on a 7 barrel brew house and focus on a wide variety of flavors and beer styles. Spoice Trade will be at the 2017 ACBF!
There’s a lot going on at the Norris-Penrose Event Center. To help you find your way, here is a satellite photo from Google with the Event Center and Parking identified. There is lots of parking between the areas immediately to the north of the building and to the west. If those are full, you will find additional space a bit further to the west adjacent to the rodeo arena.