Colorado Brewers’ Festival - Saturday, June 28th and Sunday, June
29th in Fort Collins
(Fort Collins, CO) – The Colorado Brewers Festival (COBF) celebrates
its 25th festival this year on Saturday, June 28th & Sunday, June
29th, in downtown Fort Collins’ Civic Center area. The festival
hours are 11 AM to 5 PM each day.
The 25th edition of the COBF will present nearly 100 Colorado craft
beers from 50+ Colorado breweries. This year’s COBF will include new
features that give beer lovers and non-drinkers a chance to visit
downtown Fort Collins and “Experience What’s Brewing in Colorado.”
The festival was started in 1990 when Fort Collins brewers Doug
Odell (Odell Brewing) and Brad Page (Coopersmith’s Pub & Brewing)
approached the Downtown Fort Collins Business Association with the
idea of a festival to showcase local brewers.
At the time, Fort Collins had just three microbreweries, Colorado’s
micros could be counted on two hands, and the world snickered at
America’s beer culture.
“The Colorado Brewers Festival,” recalls Page, now the founder of
Colorado Cider Company, “was the first statewide beer festival. It
legitimized our industry.”
Today Fort Collins has 14 breweries, Colorado’s brewery total is
heading for 300, and the US has become the most advanced brewing
nation on earth.
"Fort Collins,” Doug Odell says proudly, “is one of the most respected
brewing centers in the United States. The Colorado Brewers’ Festival has
played a significant role in our city’s beer-centric progress and helped
make Colorado one of the nation’s best states for craft beer.”
In a change that reflects the fest’s first years, this year’s COBF will
feature free admission. Patrons can enjoy the fest’s entertainment,
attractions and activities for no charge.
“There will be no entry fee for the 2014 Colorado Brewers Festival,” says
festival director Peggy Lyle. “We’re making it easier for more people and
families to come in and enjoy the bands, food and recreational activities we
offer beyond beer.”
Beer lovers looking to sample the liquid art at the COBF can purchase a $20
Beer Package that includes 10 “Festival Buck” tickets for ten samples of
beer. The Beer Packages are available at the festival and online in advance.
Buyers of the online Beer Package receive special perks, including a 12-oz
commemorative beer-tasting glass and automatic entry in a drawing to win a
Year of Beer from Odell Brewing Company. Beer lovers can purchase additional
Festival Buck tickets at the event.
Online Beer Packages go on sale May 1 at
Each Festival Buck ticket gets attendees a 4-oz sample of the flagship,
seasonal and specialty beers on the COBF’s 80 main taps. Tickets can also be
redeemed for a 2-oz sample of limited-release and smaller-batch beers in
“The Summit,” a new festival area that will showcase hard-to-find and rare
beers from Colorado breweries. The Summit is presented by the Colorado
The festival grounds will include designated areas themed around iconic
Colorado places, and each area will offer unique opportunities. Those
opportunities include a zip line and a climbing wall in “The Wilderness”
area, Colorado products from vendors in “The Backcountry,” and unique beers
and “Beer School” education in “The Summit.”
Beer lovers can also attend the All Brewers’ Eve beer dinner on Friday, June
27 from 6-9 PM. There they will taste exclusive Colorado beers while
mingling with beer enthusiasts and brewers and enjoying beer & food
More new features for the festival will be announced over the next few
Proceeds from the Colorado Brewers’ Festival help fund year-round downtown
Fort Collins activities and programs such as Gallery walks, free concerts,
the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, a gift card program, Santa’s House and the
annual holiday lighting celebration.
For more details, photos, interviews and other info on the COBF, contact
Marty Jones at 303-860-7448 (office), 720-289-9345 (cell), or
firstname.lastname@example.org . Or contact
event director Peggy Lyle at
email@example.com or 970-484-6500.
More COBF information can be found at