Denver Oktoberfest and Great American Beer Festival may be in our fondest memories, but there are still wagon loads of fall beer festivals to attend this October. We got exceptionally excited about it and made a pint glass for all those local and craft brewers who started with home brewing.
Since there are bucket tons of brew happenings, here are a few of our recommendations all over Colorado. Yeah, it's fall, and we would just post a review of our favorite pumpkin beers, but the list has gotten frighteningly long. Get ready to pop the top on October with these hoppy events!
Rocky Mountain Oktoberfest
10/2 - 10/4 from 12:00 PM to 11:00 PM
This second Denvery Ocktoberfest at Pepsi Center Grounds in the Prius West Lot will be home to "a full stein – bratwurst, sauerkraut, German potato salad, cabbage, pretzels, schnitzel ... and American food" if you get too shook up from all the German waltzes and polka music. General admission for the day is $15, but if you feel like going all out, a $100 includes a three-day grounds admission, Tasting Day admittance, tasting cup and unlimited samples, 16oz stainless steel barrel mug and commemorative 16oz acrylic stein, along with traditional German music, live concerts, Cornhole Tournament spectator admission, a bevy of Bavarian-themed contests, access to shopping and German and local food. You can't lose either way.
Manitou Springs Heritage Brew Festival
10/3 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM - $35
At Memorial Park in Manitou Springs, 24 breweries are coming together for this year's festival. There will be four food vendors, live music and, most importantly, breweries are tapping their brand new brews just for the event and your tasting pleasure.
10th Annual Fresh Hop Fest
10/3 from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Falling Rock Tap House is known for it's openly inviting downtown location on Blake Street. Walls filled with unique beer bottles, and now for $40 you can enjoy unlimited freshly hopped brews, a free commemorative glass and more.
Peace & Assist Tapping
10/4 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Berkeley Untapped is serving up the last 15 gallons of Peace & Assist No.1 brewed by Call to Arms Brewing. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of No.1 will be donated to the Mount Saint Vincent Home. Feel good about cleaning out their inventory and giving back.
Copper Kettle Brewing Beer & Cheese Pairing
10/8 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
On the second Thursday of each month, this drool worthy event occurs at Copper Kettle Brewing. Plus, who says wine is the only thing to go with cheese? For $20 you get your four craft (sometimes before tapping) beers, bread/crackers, cheeses and fruits. Not to mention it's impossible not to have a good time.
2nd Annual Harvest Party
10/10 from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Here's where the seasonal beers really come in. "We will have a full line up of fall beers, fun activities for all ages, food trucks, live bluegrass music, tours of Canworks and more." For $35 you get unlimited beer and a limited edition Denver Beer Co beer boot glass, and your kids can enjoy fall comfort food while you sip your pumpkin brew.
Haunted Brew Fest
10/10 from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM
You'll get an entirely new brew tasting experience when you head to Colorado Springs for this second annual brew fest. The scary monsters from Ghouls Gulch & Sanitarium Haunted House, which is right next to the brew fest, will be slithering through the crowds giving coupons and brewing nightmares for festival-goers. $35 buys live music, unlimited uninvited scares, free prizes and unlimited samples in a festival glass.
Brews & Bluegrass
10/10 from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM
At $25 you'll enter City Hall Events Center you'll be surrounded by all things pleasantly Autumn. That means Denver's best rated food trucks, well-known bluegrass bands from around the state and, of course, all the beer you can responsibly enjoy.
Get your beer pints, pretzel necklaces and drinkin' pants ready for October because we can't wait to taste the new unique concoctions from all our creative Colorado brewery friends, dance to live music and eat our weight in pumpkin everything. This list has deliciously stocked the first half of our October calendar, and hopefully inspired yours as well. Show us all your beerventures on Instagram or Facebook!
We absolutely love fall and all the beer/beautiful things it brings, so if you made it safely through planning your October beer drinking schedule, you can get 15% off your Vital orders by using limited time coupon OHMYGOURD at checkout.
Cheers to beers!