Denver’s craft beer and microbrew scene is arguably the largest in the west, and the Denver Beer Festivus is one way we celebrate our flourishing local beer culture. Two Parts for the fifth year in a row has invited each and every brewery in the Denver city limits to participate in a mass tasting.

Each brewery has become a staple in each of their neighborhoods while serving up some quality craft brews. Many of the participants are micro in size and are either only creating beverages for their tasting rooms or supplying a limited amount to outside establishments. The festivus is an opportunity for locals and visitors alike to come together and try the best that the Mile High has to offer.

Festivus at the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum. Photograph by Kyle Cooper

Festivus at the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum — photograph by Kyle Cooper

This year, event goers will have the opportunity to taste cold ones from over 50 Denver-based craft brewery participants including Baere Brewing Company, Cerebral Brewing, Little Machine, Spangalang Brewery, The Grateful Gnome, 10 Barrel Brewing and dozens more.

The event will take place on Saturday, December 17 in a nostalgic airplane hangar. Denver brewers will occupy Wings Over the Rockies—a vintage airplane warehouse that showcases 48, 1930s-era propeller airplanes. And although the location is not ideal when coming from downtown, the event hosts will also be providing a bus to enforce safe drinking. Two Parts has partnered with Bus to Show to provide event goers with pickup and drop off options at these participating breweries: Great Divide, Call to Arms and TRVE.  

Wings Over the Rockies fills with beer enthusiasts — Photo by Kyle Cooper

Wings Over the Rockies fills with beer enthusiasts — Photo by Kyle Cooper

Whether you recently moved to town or were born and raised a local, take this chance to raise a glass to the brewers that are putting Denver on the map. Festivus provides an alternative option to the secular commercialism that surrounds the holiday season. This will be a gathering with a specific purpose, to enjoy beer, each other and to pay homage to the unique and wonderful Denver craft brew scene.

Denver Beer Festivus will begin at 4:00 p.m. on  Saturday, Dec 17 at Wings Over the Rockies, 7711 E Academy Blvd #1, Denver. To purchase tickets click here.

All photography by Kyle Cooper.

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