🍺 🍺 🍺 Great American Beer Festival

 

As far as beer festivals go, the annual Great American Beer Festival is the biggest of them all!

September 20th through September 22nd, hundreds of brewers will descend on Denver to showcase new and unusual beers, culminating in the largest collection of U.S. beer ever assembled.

During this fun festival, brewers serve their beer directly to attendees in single-ounce tasting portions, making it possible to try a whole lot of varieties.

The festival also features two competitions—the general competition, in which a professional judging panel evaluates all entries during five three-hour sessions over the three-day period, and a Pro-Am Competition, in which commercial craft brewers submit beers created from award-winning homebrew recipes from American Homebrewers Association (AHA) members.

It’s no surprise the Great American Beer Festivals has found a home in Denver. Not only does Denver have the world’ largest single brewery (Coors), it also has the nation’s largest brewpub (Wynkoop Brewing Company) and the highest number of home brewers.

The Great American Beer Festival takes place inside the Colorado Convention Center. Over the course of its three days, there are four separate four-hour sampling sessions—one Thursday, one Friday, and two on Saturday.

After a few days of judging, awards are presented inside the convention center’s Bellco Theater on Saturday. The 2018 GABF will occupy nearly 600,000 square feet of the Colorado Convention Center, a 100,000 square foot increase from 2017. Also, 2018 will be the first year brewers will be placed alphabetically according to their name rather than grouped according to the state they come from.

For more information on the Great American Beer Festival, visit www.GreatAmericanBeerFestival.com.

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🍷 🍇 🚲Tour de Vineyard Bicycle Tour

Wine and bikes collide September 15th during Palisade’s Tour de Vineyard Bicycle Tour. This wine ride is celebrating its 25th Anniversary and wants you to join in the fun as riders from all over the country cruise through Colorado’s wine country.

The changing of seasons from summer to fall is one of Colorado’s greatest highlights. Take in the gorgeous colors along with some of the Western Slope’s most stunning scenery as you ride with friends on a 23-mile or 58-mile course. These routes are chock-full of wineries, vineyards, orchards, and mesas and have a little something for everyone.

The 2018 ride is limited to 1,300 riders, so register today to reserve your spot!

Tour de Vineyards began back in 1994 in conjunction with the Colorado Mountain Winefest with the goal of creating a rider experience unlike any other in our state. Today, Tour de Vineyards offers recreational and competitive cyclists opportunities to cycle by beautiful and lush vineyards and enjoy foods and beverages authentic to the region.

Aid stations with water and supplies line the routes. Additional support includes roadside assistance to those experiencing mechanical problems or those who become too fatigued to finish. Riders registered with the event receive a t-shirt, a wine glass charm, a post-ride brunch, a raffle ticket for prize drawings, and more.

Two days of events include a Friday night VIP party and live entertainment, massages, and exhibitors on Saturday. After the ride, participants can catch a free shuttle to Winefest where the celebration continues.

To learn more, visit www.TourDeVineyards.com.

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