Jun 192007
Authors: LIZ SUNSHINE The Rocky Mountain Collegian

Fort Collins’ annual Brewfest has been known to stir things up in Old Town.

Planners and participants of this year’s event – the 18th Brewfest – say 2007 won’t disappoint.

The two-day festival, which runs Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., will boast 32 local breweries, bringing 54 different types of beer to the taps – enough for beer-tasters of all levels.

“There are two approaches,” said Ted Devitt of Coopersmith’s in Fort Collins. “One is to actually want to taste the beers, learn about them. The other is the ‘college kid’ approach in which they see the event and want to drink all of the beers available.”

Devitt has been working for Coopersmith’s for 12 years and says Brewfest began “to represent what was, at the time, the quickly growing but not well known craft beer industry.”

Fort Collins hosts the most microbreweries per capita in that quickly growing industry in the state of Colorado.

In 1990, Odell’s Brewery Company joined forces with Coopersmith’s and the Downtown Business Association to create Brewfest, sparking the tradition that continually brings throngs of college kids and beer connoisseurs to the Choice City.

John Bryant, chief operations officer of Odell’s, said it was, at first, just a small festival in which Doug Odell, co-owner of the brewery, and a couple of guys from Coopersmith’s would sit behind a table, hand out samples of their beers and talk to the people.

Eighteen years later, the event has grown but still houses only Colorado brewers, making it one of a kind.

Bryant, who has been working for Odell’s for about three years calls himself a “90 Shilling guy” and is looking forward to “going with my family and walking around, just trying different beers.”

The DBA has always had a part in the logistics of Brewfest but now the proceeds go toward other DBA events such as 4th of July fireworks show and St. Patrick’s Day parade.

“We are super excited about the entertainment lineup,” said Peggy Lyle, event and entertainment director for the DBA. “(The band) Mission 19, who are CSU grads, have become a Brewfest tradition.”

Also taking Old Town stage on Saturday is Motorhome and Mojo Mama. And Sunday Caleb Riley Funk Orchestra, Wasabi and 12 Cents for Marvin are on the lineup.

Though each had their own advice to Brewfest patron Devitt, Bryant and Lyle all agreed that responsibility is important at such a festival.

“Approach Brewfest in a mature manner; wear sunscreen, drink water and snack on some of the local food,” Devitt said. “Just be smart about it.”

Dellenbach Motors and Pepsi are sponsoring the festival’s Designated Driver Program. Drivers who choose to accompany their friends this weekend will be treated to a free Pepsi with a valid drivers license. For people without a license, Timberline Church is also offering rides home.

New to this year’s Brewfest is what the coordinators are calling the “Meet Your Brewers” tent.

Lyle said this is a chance for home-brewers and beer enthusiasts alike to talk shop with the host brewers. The brewers will be available Saturday and Sunday from noon to 2 p.m.

For more information about Brewfest, visit www.downtownfortcollins.com.

Entertainment editor Liz Sunshine can be reached at verve@collegian.com.

Festival Hours: Saturday, June 23 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Sunday, June 24 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Tickets are $10 on Saturday for a two-day pass and $6 for Sunday only and can be purchased at the entry station on Mountain Ave.

Featured Breweries and their beers:

Anheuser Busch

Budweiser Select

Ascent 54

Spring Heat Spice Wheat

Arctic Craft Brewery

On On Ale (Milk Stout)

Avery Brewing Company

India Pale Ale

Backcountry Brewery

Ptarmigan Pilsner

Blue Moon Brewing

Blue Moon Belgian White

Boulder Beer Company

Cold Hop – British Style Ale

Sweaty Betty Blonde wheat beer

Breckenridge Brewery

Vanilla Porter

Avalanche Amber Ale

Bristol Brewing Company

Red Rocket Pale Ale

Laughing Lab

Bull & Bush Brewery

Man Beer

Hail Brau Hefeweizen

CB Potts Restaurant & Brewery

Colorado Blonde

Buttface Amber

Coopersmith’s Pub & Brewing

Existential Porter

Punjabi Pale Ale

Wayfarrer Copper Ale


Coors Banquet

Crabtree Brewing Company

Boxcar Brown

Serenity Amber Ale

Dillon Dam Brewery

EPA – Extra Pale Ale

Estes Park Brewery

Longs Peak Raspberry Wheat

Flying Dog Brewery

Tire Bite Golden Ale

Doggy Style Pale Ale

Golden City Brewery

American Honey Wit

Great Divide Brewing Co.

Samurai Ale

Hercules Double IPA

Left Hand Brewing Co.


JuJu Ginger

New Belgium Brewing Co.

Fat Tire

Skinny Dip

Sunshine Wheat

Odell Brewing Company

5 Barrel Pale Ale

Odell IPA (India Pale Ale)

Easy Street Wheat

Oskar Blues Brewery

Dales Pale Ale

Old Chub Scottish Style Ale

Palisade Brewery


Pitchers Brewery

808 Wheat


Rasta Pilsner

San Luis Valley Brewing Company

Hefe Suave

Ska Brewing Company

Pinstripe Red Ale

True Blonde Ale

Smugglers Brewpub

Rocky Mountain Rye

Steamworks Brewing Company

Colorado Kolsch

The Fort Collins Brewery

Major Tom’s Pomegranate Wheat

Rocky Mountain IPA

Chocolate Stout

Tommyknocker Brewery

Jack Whacker Wheat Ale

Wynkoop Brewing Co.

Wixa Weiss

Railyard Ale

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