Craft Brew Festival rises to the top

Westminster hosting 60 regional brewers July 28

Posted 7/23/18

Now in its fourth year, Westminster’s Craft Brew Festival has become a standout event for local brewers. “We go head-to-head with some pretty heavy hitting events in the area, and it hasn’t …

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Craft Brew Festival rises to the top

Westminster hosting 60 regional brewers July 28

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Now in its fourth year, Westminster’s Craft Brew Festival has become a standout event for local brewers.

“We go head-to-head with some pretty heavy hitting events in the area, and it hasn’t really hurt us,” said Rich Neumann, the marketing and outreach supervisor for the city’s Parks, Recreation and Libraries department. “It’s hard to find a good weekend for anything anymore because this is Colorado.”

The festival returns to the Christopher Fields Complex, at 104th and Sheridan, from 6-9 p.m. July 28.

For $45 — or $35 in advance — beer aficionados get a five-ounce keepsake glass that’s good for free refills at 60 local brewers expected to attend during the event. Each brewer brings a few different kegs of their favorites, so that’s a lot of beer.

“The first year we had fewer than ten brewers, and the second we had nine,” Neumann said. “So we’ve grown explosively since those first years.”

The $55 VIP section, featuring special taps and a lounge, has already sold out.

The festival was named Colorado’s ten best in June 2018 by Westword, putting it solidly among similar events in Vail, Copper Mountain and Denver’s Oktoberfest. According to Westword, the number of breweries makes it great.

“I think it is a regional event,” Neumann said. “We definitely draw attendance from throughout the region.”

The festival features Westminster breweries like the Westminster Brewing Company, Kokopelli Beer Company and Gemini Beer Co. They’re joined by regional favorites like Rock Bottom Breweries, Denver’s Bruz Beer, Edgewater’s Joyride Brewing and C.B. and Potts Restaurant and Brewery. Brewers are coming from all around Metro Denver as well as the Boulder, Fort Collins and Longmont areas.

Neumann said a big change this year is focusing on beverages for people living the gluten-free lifestyle.

“We have meaderies this year, we have New Planet who makes a gluten-free beer and we have three different cider companies,” Neumann said. “So we have at least five different stations for people who might not have been able to enjoy beer in the past.”

They’ve been included in the past, but the city is making an effort this year.

“In the past, we had one or two and now we have five, so that’s a big difference,” he said.

Meet the brewers

Neumann said the festival will give beer drinkers a chance talk to local brewers about their methods and inspirations at a special meet the brewer’s tent. Representatives from Westminster Brewing Company, Kokopelli Beer Company, Briar Common Brewery and Eatery and Bruz Beers will be talking their craft at special tent beginning at 6 p.m.

“Our plan for the future is to continue adding events in the future,” he said. “It’s about talking about the process, what inspires them and how their beers are made. It’ll be about tasting profiles and the subtle differences between tasting styles — and the not so subtle differences.”

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