10th annual Denver Beer Fest kicks off this Friday

Posted at 4:21 PM, Sep 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-13 20:14:53-04

DENVER – There’s nothing quite like drinking a cold one to beat this infernal heat and this Friday, you’re in luck: The 10th annual Denver Beer Fest, a celebration of all things beer in the Mile High City, will kick off this Friday.

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock will officially launch the event when he unveils the 2018-19 Denver Beer Trail, featuring details on 25 of Denver’s finest breweries. VISIT DENVER officials said this year’s guide is the largest to date, featuring suggested walking/biking routes between top breweries, local beer festival listings, brewery tour information and a glossary of key beer terms.

The kickoff ceremony will start at 10 a.m. and will take place at Odell Brewing Company, 2945 Larimer Street.

The Denver Beer Fest, which runs Friday, Sept. 14 through Saturday, Sept. 22, features over 200 beer-related events at area breweries, tap houses and attractions.

“From beer tastings to firkin tappings, events include beer paired dinners, brewery tours, brewer vs. brewer competitions, meet the brewer nights, tap takeovers, and even beer street parties with bands, brews and food trucks,” a press release from VISIT DENVER states.

Beer is a big business in the State of Colorado with the craft brew scene evolving into a $3 billion industry with more than 400 craft breweries to date.