By: Richard Colaizzi
For craft beer enthusiasts, there are many choices of beer fests throughout the summer. Summer Brew Fest held over two days from July 28 to 29, 2017 at Mile High Station is one not to miss. Over 45 craft breweries from around the state and a few from outside of Colorado were on hand each day to pour their summer beers.
The event featured live music which added to the already festive atmosphere. Food trucks flanked the event including Basic Kneads Pizza which has been with the fest each Winter and Summer.
The first Denver Brew Fest by RightOn Productions was created in a parking lot near Coors Field. Since then, the Summer and the Winter Brew fests have developed into an annual Denver tradition at Mile High Station and now the celebrations have been expanded to San Diego, California and Raleigh, North Carolina.
Some standouts from the fest included WestFax Brewing Company in Lakewood who once again brought their popular Blootylicious Blueberry Wheat, an American Wheat Ale infused with blueberries.
WeldWorks Brewing Company from Greeley went away from the typical summer ales and poured their French Toast Stout, a Milk Stout brewed with lactose, cinnamon sticks, vanilla beans and nearly a gallon of maple syrup per barrel.
Snowbank, from Fort Collins is a newcomer to the fest and brought two beers which some attendees called their favorites. They brought Snow Juice, a New England Style IPA, brewed with Citra, Galaxy, and Apollo hops and Cucumber Sourado, Sourado infused with Cucumber.
One of the most unique beers at the Summer Brew Fest came from Mama Bear's Brew, a beer blended with iced tea. “We came upon it totally by accident after getting a sweet iced tea in Brazil,” said Jackie Ross, founder of Mama Bear's Brew. “I poured my husband's beer into it to cut the sweetness. It was so delicious and refreshing we came home and tried to find someone who was making such a concoction, but to no avail, so decided to make it ourselves.”
The Summer and Winter Brew Fest held at Mile High Station has become an annual pilgrimage for many as it is a great way to sample many beers in a relaxed and festive atmosphere. “The Mile High Station is such a great venue and we have done both the winter and summer festivals for the past year,” said Ross. “It is really well organized and staffed and we feel like it is great exposure to the entire front range area for our brew.”
Proceeds from the event benefited Swallow Hill Music. For more information on all of the fests including the Winter Brew Fest in January, visit www.brewfestevents.com.