Boulder has one of the fastest growing craft brewery scenes in the nation. People here love making beer and even more of us love drinking it. To me, the beer scene in Boulder is all about shared passion. The breweries and beer drinkers form an enormous community with one very important thing in common: their love for beer. The awesome thing about the first ever Boulder Craft Beer Festival is that it is a chance for the entire community of Boulder beer lovers to come together in one place. All 20 of the breweries participating in the festival are based in Boulder County- and that's saying something!
There are so many things about the Boulder Craft Beer Festival to be excited about that I don't even know where to start! Here's a few of the many things I'm looking forward to:
- 20 Boulder breweries, one location
Any avid beer drinker would jump at the opportunity to taste a beer from every brewery in Boulder County. While the breweries are all local, their locations are scattered across Boulder County in office parks, warehouses, and other gigantic buildings. What I'm saying is that it's hard to get to them all, but this beer festival will make it easy by bringing the breweries to you.
- You get your own commemorative sampling glass to keep forever
This is the first ever Boulder Craft Beer Festival and it's something to be proud of. There will be more craft beer festivals in Boulder but there will never be another "first". The commemorative sampling glass is your take-home souvenir to remind yourself (and all of your friends) that you were a part of this groundbreaking and legendary Boulder event.
- It's close enough to ride your bike
The festival takes place on the west side of Central Park in Downtown Boulder (west of Broadway on Canyon Boulevard), which makes it a great location to bike to for most centrally located residents. If your lucky enough to live close to the Boulder Creek Path, you can ride right onto the trail and take it all the way to the festival for smooth and easy sailing. There will also be valet bike parking available so riding to the festival will be as easy as can be!
- If you can't bike, there are still plenty of other safe (and easy) transportation options
Did you know that Designated Driver Tickets are available for only $10 per person? These tickets include a food voucher and 5 non-alcoholic beverages at the festival so you get to enjoy all of the amazing things about the festival (good food, great tunes, and fun with friends) except for the beer. Being a designated driver is the cheap (or free, if you get your beer-drinking friends to cover the cost of ticket) way to have fun at the festival. If you can't bike or find a designated driver, RTD has several buses that stop very close to the festival.
- Um, can we talk about how well beer pairs with food?
I probably should have put this first or second on my list. Everybody loves food with their beer, it's just a fact. The inaugural Boulder Craft Beer Festival just wouldn't be complete without some amazing food-for-purchase options from some killer vendors. From creative takes on a grilled cheese sandwich to imaginative Mexican cuisine, there will be plenty of delicious food options to satisfy anybody's beer munchies.
- Your ears will thank you
Beer drinking is a vivacious activity and thus would be incomplete without some live music for your ears' enjoyment. Not only will there be plenty of items available to entertain your taste buds, the festival will also feature a performance stage with two acts. Colorado musician and indie folk singer Andy Hackbarth will kickoff the festival at 12:30, followed by The HillBenders, an energetic bluegrass quintet.
Don't forget to buy your tickets in advance and save some dough ($30 in advance/$35 day of)! I wouldn't want any beer fans to miss this first-of-its-kind event.
I hope you are as excited as I am for August 23! Cheers and enjoy the beer!