Beer Today

Everyone loves the Great American Beer Festival, and with good reason. But sometimes I find the sheer magnitude of that event overwhelming. Sure, I love watching people make fools of themselves during the Silent Disco, and you do learn a lot at some of those seminar sessions, but you know what? Occasionally I just want something simpler -- I mean, what’s wrong with spending a few hours just walking around and tasting a bunch of different beers?

Absolutely nothing, says the All Colorado Beer Festival’s Randy Dipner. “Our thought was that there just wasn’t a place for the smaller Colorado brewers to really get the visibility that they needed,” he adds. “And in Colorado Springs, we have the second-largest market in the state, so it’s a great way for them to show off and kind of get started in our marketplace.

“It’s more like a trade show, in a sense, for the brewers to show off their wares and for people in the public to sample those wares.”

Featuring more than 25 brewers -- including Arctic, Trinity, Blue Moon, Ska, Tommyknocker, Del Norte, Breckenridge, Lefthand, Oskar Blues, New Belgium, Rock Bottom and many more -- the festival includes three four-and-a-half-hour sessions wherein attendees will enjoy the sounds of live music and sample to their hearts content. The first session runs from 5:30 to 10 p.m. tonight; tomorrow’s sessions are from noon to 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 to 10 p.m. The All Colorado fest takes place at Mr. Biggs Event Center, 5825 Mark Dabling Boulevard in Colorado Springs, and tickets are $30, $25 in advance or with a military ID. Designated drivers will be admitted for $10 -- but no beer for them. No one under the age of 21 will be admitted. To get your tickets and more information, visit www.allcoloradobeerfestival.org or call 1-719-262-3232.
Fri., Nov. 7, 5:30-10 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 8, 12-4:30 & 5:30-10 p.m., 2008

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Amber Taufen has been writing about people, places and things in Denver since 2005. She works as an editor, writer, and production and process guru out of her home office in the foothills.
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