Just when you think this year’s Beer Festival season is coming to a close, I’m going to wow you with one that highlights the best of our delicious state of beery goodness. Meet the All Colorado Beer Festival (ACBF)!
If you were anywhere near Denver earlier this month, you no doubt heard about or even experienced the madness of the Great American Beer Festival. It was BIG, it was FUN, but it’s gone away until next year. It’s time to get back to our roots. Time to refocus and revisit the amazing brewers and breweries right here in Colorado. The ACBF, held annually at the Freedom Financial Expo Center, in Colorado Springs, is your perfect chance to sip some old favorites and seek out some new ones as well.
The ACBF, which is entering its’ 6th year, aims to raise money for Colorado Springs nonprofit organizations. In five years, the festival has donated more than $85,000 to local charities! So now you can drink local, while supporting local. Get on it. It’s win / win people!
I’ll admit, I’ve never been to the ACBF, but on Saturday, November 3rd, I’m hoping to change all that. The festival offers two tasting sessions, along with a VIP option. Session 1 runs from 1 – 4:30 PM and Session 2 runs from 6:30 – 10 PM. The VIP option allows you to get in 1-hour earlier and also grants you access to beers not available to the rest of the attendees. Tickets are $30/per session ($25 with Military ID), $40 for VIP and $10 for DD. Tickets, times and other details can be found HERE. If you act quickly, you might be able to take advantage of the Groupon running right now.
As for the breweries, keep your eye out for your familiar favorites, such as Odell, New Belgium, Ska, Avery, Great Divide, etc… But what’s really exciting for a big beer nerd like myself, is the abundance of new(er) breweries that will be making an appearance. Paradox, out of Woodland Park, barrel ages everything! and has been getting quite a few good reviews from my fellow beer nerds. Rocky Mountain Brewery, out of Co. Springs, recently took home two awards for their fruit beers from the very prestigious World Beer Cup. I could go on and on, but half the fun is discovering new beers on your own. More than 30 breweries will be bringing their beers to share at the ACBF this year. Check out the complete list of breweries to map out your plan for the festival.
This year’s ACBF will also feature a formal judging event, live music, food and more. The festival is shaping up to be a great day of beer, food and fun, all for a great cause. Come on out on November 3rd and check it out for yourself.