Collaboration Fest 2017 Recap

collab fest 2017

The 4th Annual Collaboration Festival rolled into Denver’s Western Complex this past weekend. We love the spirit of this unique festival as Colorado breweries team up with other breweries both near and far to make never before tasted beers, all to be poured throughout the event.

That said, it probably wasn’t our favorite Collab Fest. I don’t want to be negative, but this year’s event seemed to have lost a little something by moving from the Club Level of Sports Authority Field to the cold, concrete floors of the Western Complex. And I really could have gone for a beer menu or at the very least, a description of the beer at each booth. That said, we still had a ball and were more than willing to cast aside our disdain for country music for a few hours in order to seek out some of the fine new brews making their debut.

A few standouts:

  • Crooked Stave and Omnipollo Bianca Raspberry Wild Wild Brett, loads of raspberry smooth creamy deliciousness.
  • Our Mutual Friend and Wiley Roots Precious Medals, NE-style Triple IPA with actual gold flakes. Ridiculously expensive tropical haze bomb.
  • Fossil Craft and Cerberus Nichoria NE-style double IPA. This Colorado Springs duo delivered an excellent juicy treat. You really need to make a trip down there and visit both of these spots.
  • Crazy Mountain and Larimer Beer Peach Slap Sour. A ton of peach, quaffable and refreshing. A great summer beer.
  • WeldWerks and Great Notion Bitsbox NE-style Double IPA. I may or may not have lined up for this beer again and again and again… and again……
  • Odd13 and Kane Spiciest Memelord Habanero & Raspberry Kettle Sour. Holy sheet good.
  • Beryl’s Beer and Goose Island Des Cousines Barrel-Aged French Wild Ale. Funky, but easy drinking and completely delicious.
  • TRVE and Cerebral Brain Transplant Mixed Culture Dry-Hopped Foeder Beer. While all 3 beers pouring at the TRVE altar were great, Brain Transplant was the perfect melding of two of our favorite Denver breweries. Look for a bottle release in the near future.
This year’s lineup was all over the board, ranging from Saison’s to Triple IPA’s. Collab Fest certainly dishes out something for everyone and is always a highlight on the beer festival calendar. Job well done Two Parts! I always love being able to see old friends, meet new ones and even find a solid brewery or 2 that were totally off my radar.
Be sure to check the upcoming Weekend Beer Buzz for some special events featuring many of the brews from Collab Fest.

By: Matt Morris and Mark Robinson

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