A record number of beer-centric events in The Mile High City cements Denver as America’s #1 beer city
DENVER, Sept. 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Denver Beer Fest, presented by VISIT DENVER, will celebrate its ninth consecutive year with more than 260 events – far and away the highest number that have ever been pulled together for the annual celebration of Denver’s craft beer scene. Beginning today, Denver Beer Fest events include everything from the wacky to the wonderful with exclusive pairing dinners, tap takeovers, rare beer tappings, pop-up beer gardens, collaborations and more; and it will conclude with the 35th annual Great American Beer Festival, October 5-7.
Denver Beer Fest kicked off today, featuring more than 260 beer-centric events leading up to the annual Great American Beer Festival (pictured). Photo © Brewers Association
Craft beer is an integral part of the Denver lifestyle. There are now more than 70 breweries in the city, and well over 100 in the metro area; and beer-centric events draw sizeable crowds to The Mile High City. Last year, Great American Beer Festival alone had an economic impact of $35.4 million.
"We created Denver Beer Fest nine years ago because we noticed all of these fantastic events taking place throughout the city leading up to Great American Beer Festival, but no efficient way of finding them," says Richard Scharf, president and CEO of VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau. "When we realized how significant the beer culture was becoming, even then, we wanted to take the opportunity to highlight some of the incredibly creative, collaborative things people were doing throughout the city to elevate our beer scene."
At the official kickoff event, VISIT DENVER also unveiled the fifth annual Denver Beer Trail, which features 35 local breweries – all great ways to experience Denver’s booming brewery scene. "The Denver Beer Trail serves a similar purpose as Denver Beer Fest," says Scharf. "By providing a useful guide for people, they are able to have a better experience and really get to know a lot of Denver’s craft beer culture."
Below is a small selection of events taking place around the city during Denver Beer Fest; a full listing of the more than 260 events, along with hotel deals, can be found on the Denver Beer Fest website.
Oktoberfest Denver, through Sept. 30
Denver’s Ballpark Neighborhood welcomes back one of the city’s longest running festivals and one of the largest of its kind in the nation. Oktoberfest Denver is set to once again commemorate this world-famous and time-honored tradition of German heritage by combining dynamic performance of music and dance, bier-based activities, Long Dog Derby and entertainment for all ages.
Truck Stop, A Community Food Truck Rally, Sept. 30
Truck Stop, a rally featuring Colorado’s fleet of amazing food trucks, will feature dozens of food trucks lining Denver’s Welton Street for nearly eight city blocks. This rally will explore the ever-evolving world of food truck fare through small-bite offerings of a variety of food styles, local craft beer and cocktails and a soundtrack of live soul and funk tunes.
TheBigWonderful’s 4th Annual Oktobergrass, Sept. 30 – Oct. 1
TheBigWonderful’s Oktobergrass BEERFEST features unlimited tastings from more than 20 craft breweries, wineries and distilleries, plus select breweries tapping special & unique beers at 4 PM each day. This year, BEERFEST will be interspersed with the BAZAAR vendors and BANDS, creating a fully integrated event featuring local artisans, craft beer and live music.