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The Ten Best Colorado Craft Beer Events in June

The Ten Best Colorado Craft Beer Events in June
Vail Craft Beer Classic
School's out, the sun's up, and it's time to hit the road. And there's no better destination for a road trip than a Colorado beer festival. This month, along with a healthy dose of Denver events, we're highlighting several fantastic fests up and down the Front Range, along with a few in the mountains. But you're going to need gas money — and a hotel room or campsite. Boulder, Lyons, Fort Collins, Vail and even Greeley are all putting their best beery foot forward in June to offer Coloradans the best of what the state's breweries have to offer.

click to enlarge CALL TO ARMS BREWING
Call to Arms Brewing
Friday, June 1, to Sunday, June 30
McLovin Month
Call to Arms Brewing
4526 Tennyson Street

Call to Arms Brewing presents "McLovin Month," which celebrates hoppy beers for all of June. Why is it called McLovin Month? This scene from the movie Superbad should explain it. Over the next thirty days, Call to Arms will tap twelve hoppy beers, which aren't usually the brewery's focus. The first one, which taps today, is the 7 percent ABV Hazers Gonna Haze, made with lupulin powder. On June 8, it will be Great Great Great Gam Gam, an 11 percent triple IPA, which will also be in cans. Other beer with TBD dates include: the brewery's World Beer Cup medal-winning More Like Bore-O-Phyll; McLovin, a single-hop IPA; an experimental collaboration with Cannonball Creek Brewing; CTA IPA infused with hops oils; Sweet Bloom Coffee IPA; and more.

click to enlarge CROOKED STAVE
Crooked Stave
Saturday, June 2, and Sunday, June 3
Persica Day and Stone Fruit Harvest Weekend
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project at The Source
3350 Brighton Boulevard

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project brings back Persica Day, a yearly event celebrating one of its best and oldest offerings: Persica, a golden sour ale aged with Palisade peaches. This time, however, the release takes place at the brewery's taproom at the Source (rather than the Crooked Stave Barrel Cellar) and will be extended into a weekend-long party focused on all kinds of local stone fruit. All 22 tap lines during this Stone Fruit Harvest Weekend will be dedicated to peaches, apricots, plums and more. Your first ten-ounce pour of Persica Harvest 2017 includes a custom Persica glass to keep ($15), and additional ten-ounce pours of all stone fruit sours are $6. The 750ml cork-and-cage bottles are $28, while the big-daddy 1.5 L magnums are $70.

click to enlarge AARON THACKERAY FOR WESTWORD
Aaron Thackeray for Westword
Saturday, June 2
Burning Can
Bohn Park
201 2nd Avenue, Lyons

The 2018 Colorado Burning Can Fest at the Lyons Outdoor Games is the perfect weekend for lovers of adventure, beer, music and camping. Nestled at the base of the Rocky Mountains, Lyons boasts a natural playground for runners, riders, kayakers, dogs and climbers. Featuring adventures to see and watch, a mountainside beer fest with close to 100 breweries, world-class athletes, beautiful camping and a huge concert, the Burning Can Fest at the Lyons Outdoor Games is quickly growing to be one of the top outdoor lifestyle festivals in the U.S.

DENVER BEER CO.
Denver Beer Co.
Saturday, June 9
Sun Drenched Music Festival
Denver Beer Co. Canworks
4455 Jason Street

Denver Beer Co. hosts its second Sun Drenched Music Festival outside at its Canworks production facility in the Sunnyside neighborhood from 2 to 9 p.m. The summer beach party comes complete with sand volleyball and other beach games, plus food from El Jefe, the Mighty Burger and Hops & Pie. In addition, festival-goers will enjoy craft beer, a bouncy house and an outdoor beer garden. The music lineup features a mix of indie pop rock, funk, rock and roll, and dance bands from musical guests All Poets and Heroes, the Runnikine, the Guestlist, the Brevet and Con Brio. Tickets, $30, are available at sundrenchedmusicfest.com.

click to enlarge AVERY BREWING
Avery Brewing
Saturday, June 9
Avery Brewing Invitational
Avery Brewing
4910 Nautilus Court, Boulder

Avery is throwing a massive blowout from noon to 5 p.m. that includes a whopping 200 beers from sixty different breweries. There will also be beer education sessions with Avery stalwarts Andy Parker and Travis Rupp. "We came up with the brewery invite list by polling our entire team — 200 employees — to ask what beer they want to see. There are no restrictions; the only qualifier is that it must be delicious," Adam Avery says. The Invitational is a brand-new event that replaces two other long-running and immensely popular Avery events: Sour Fest and Strong Ale Fest. Tickets are $40 at twoparts.com; proceeds benefit the Colorado Water Trust.

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Jonathan Shikes is a Denver native who writes about business and beer for Westword.
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