To celebrate Denver's claim as one of the world's great beer cities, Visit Denver is presenting the first Denver Beer Fest (www.DenverBeerFest.com), which will take place Sept. 18-27."The Denver-Boulder-Fort Collins urban area brews more beer than any other metropolitan area in the United States, giving the Mile High City claim to another moniker - 'the Napa Valley of Beer,'" said Richard Scharf, president & CEO of Visit Denver.
The 10-day celebration of beer-centric experiences will include beer tastings at restaurants and taverns, beer-paired dinners, "meet the brewer" nights, beer tappings, brewery tours and a variety of entertaining beer events.
Denver Beer Fest will be a celebration of all-things beer leading up to America's most prestigious beer festival and competition, the Brewers Association's Great American Beer Festival. Denver Beer Fest also bridges the two weekends of Denver's Oktoberfest on Larimer Street.
"Denver has so many other beer attractions and experiences during the week of GABF that it seemed natural to pull them all together under one umbrella," Scharf said. He described how many of the breweries visiting Denver for the GABF historically have held special beer-tasting dinners and events, but there was no central place to look for information.
"The GABF had their events on their Web site, Oktoberfest had their information on their Web site and brewers had information about their events posted on a variety of restaurant Web sites, so someone would have to look at 15 resources to see everything that was going on," said Scharf.