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The Ten Best Colorado Craft-Beer Events in March

Collaboration Fest returns for its fifth year of beery good times.
Collaboration Fest returns for its fifth year of beery good times. Danielle Lirette

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Cerebral Brewing
Saturday, March 10, and Sunday, March 11
Work From Home Beer Breakfast Party
Cerebral Brewing

Join Cerebral Brewing for the third annual release of Work From Home Breakfast Porter, a dark beer brewed with Vermont maple syrup and Colombian coffee roasted by MiddleState Coffee. As it did last year, the brewery will celebrate with a beer breakfast party from 10 a.m. to noon on both Saturday and Sunday that includes waffles and bacon from Waffle Brothers and cartoons on the big screen; wearing your pajamas is highly recommended. In addition, Cerebral will also release Barrel-Aged Work From Home in bottles and a limited amount on draft. This beer has been slumbering in Breckenridge Bourbon barrels for the past year or so. Tickets, $40, are available at eventbrite.com for both Saturday and Sunday, and they will sell out quickly. Admission includes a screen-printed mug, a ten-ounce pour of Work From Home, a four-ounce taster of Barrel-Aged Work From Home, a waffle and a side of bacon. Additional ten-ounce pours of Work From Home will be available for $5. Ticket holders also have the right to purchase one bottle of Barrel-Aged Work From Home and two bottles of regular Work From Home at the party before bottles go on sale to the general public on March 17.

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Jonathan Shikes
Friday, March 23, through Sunday, March 25
Weldwerks Third Anniversary Weekend
Weldwerks Brewing, Greeley

Based on its popularity near and far, it's hard to believe that Weldwerks Brewing is only three years old, but the brewery will celebrate that birthday with a three-day party starting each day at 11 a.m. There will be food trucks each day, along with a photo booth and daily tours. As for beers, there will be fifteen different rare or exclusive brews tapped over the course of the weekend, including five Medianoche variants. More details are TBA.

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Comrade Brewing
Saturday, March 24
2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted Release
Comrade Brewing

Comrade Brewing and Casey Brewing and Blending are certainly two of Colorado's most wanted — which is why this collaboration is likely to be in high demand. The 7 percent ABV beer, named for the Tupac and Snoop Dogg tune, is a modified version of Comrade's highly regarded Superpower IPA  that was aged in oak barrels with Colorado peaches and Casey's mixed-culture yeast strain and then dry-hopped. There will be three different versions on tap starting at 11 a.m. and one for sale in bottles (limit of two per person). Like Tupac and Snoop Dogg, this beer is West Coast forever; quantities are very limited and the beer will not see distribution outside the brewery.

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Left Hand Brewing
Saturday, March 24, and Sunday, March 25
Hops + Handrails: Beer Fest & Rail Jam
Roosevelt Park, Longmont

The Hops + Handrails Beer Fest & Rail Jam returns to Longmont's Roosevelt Park for its sixth year, and this time, Left Hand Brewing is taking things up a notch with two days of samplings, live music and spring snow. Day one, from noon to 6 p.m., will feature a forty-foot-high, four-story snowboard ramp where riders will compete in a rail jam. "Skiers and boarders will throw down big air and their gnarliest tricks on the ramp, trick rails and keg wall in men’s and women’s categories," the brewery says. Guests will enjoy unlimited samplings of beer from more than 55 craft breweries, and later, music from Karl Denson's Tiny Universe. Day two, from noon to 4 p.m., will be a more family-focused "winter wonderland," with a hill for sledding and tubing. For the first time, entry for kids twelve and under is free. There will also be boards and instructors on site for the kids. Basic tickets to the beer fest and events are $40 each day on the brewery's website, but there are also various two-day packages. Proceeds will benefit the Left Hand Brewing Foundation and SOS Outreach.

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Danielle Lirette
Saturday, March 31
Collaboration Fest
Hyatt Regency Denver

Colorado's marquis festival, Collaboration Fest, returns for its fifth year with more than 100 unusual or one-off collaborative beers from 150 breweries all over the state. Most Colorado breweries partnered with each other, but some teamed up with beer makers in other states or even other countries. The unique, can't-miss event, part of Colorado Craft Beer Week, is hosted by the Colorado Brewers Guild and Two Parts. General admission tickets are $65 and include all the beer you can drink from 4 to 7 p.m.; VIP tix are $85 and get you in an hour early, at 3 p.m. For tickets and to see the entire list of collaborations, go to collaborationfest.com.
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Jonathan Shikes is a Denver native who writes about business and beer for Westword.
Contact: Jonathan Shikes