The Bavarian tradition makes its way across the Atlantic and through the Rockies this month to stop at a number of local breweries and bars. From the River North Arts District to Royal Gorge railroad, steins are set to be flowing with seasonal selections of craft beer and to be held up with costumed arms. Wherever you are in the wider Denver area, these thirteen events are bound to rile up this year's Oktoberfest season. And yes - costumes are always encouraged.Read More
Where to Celebrate Oktoberfest in Denver and Beyond
Embrace the weeks-long German tradition while staying alongside the Rocky Mountains
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Copper Kettle Brewing Company
Stop by the brewery on September 17 for a Coloradan version of Oktoberfest similarly stacked with food and beer. Sample a seasonal Oktoberfest amber ale and traditional snacks from The Savory Life food truck. The festivities begin at noon.
Dry Dock Brewing Company - South Dock
Docktoberfest, the brewery's seasonal Märzen lager, makes a special stein appearance on the tap list during Dry Dock's annual Oktoberfest celebration on September 24. The Rhinelanders will take the stage starting at noon while Wing Hut will be on site to pair Bavarian-style bites with the lager. Pro tip: costumes are highly encouraged.
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Fort Collins Brewery & Tavern
Fort Collins tackles the Munich tradition on September 23 with a full-fledged celebration of all things German. Expect the 2015 GABF Gold Medal winning brew, Oktoberfest, to be poured all night during the stein holding contest and costume contest. The event is free and open to the public.
Great Divide Barrel Bar
The Hop Disciples class on September 21 covers the history of Oktoberfest and fall beer festivals. A member of the Great Divide production team will be onsite to illuminate the autumnal beer questions guests may have. The edification starts at 6 p.m. and visitors are encouraged to park in the employee parking lot on the south side of the building.
O Brien Park
The Eleventh Annual Fundraising Festival for Parker's Council of Arts, Science, and Culture celebrates Oktoberfest from September 16 to September 18. The family-friendly event boasts cultural dancers, competition stage, local vendors, live music, and German food and drink.
The RiNo Oktoberfest starts at The Rackhouse on Saturday, September 24 at 11 a.m.. The breweries of the River North Art District - including Great Divide, Epic, and C Squared Ciders - unite for an afternoon of exploration of local craft drafts and German goodies. For a full list of participating breweries, visit the RiNo Oktoberfest website.
Fall into the season with Left Hand Brewing at the Longmont Oktoberfest on Friday, September 23 and Saturday, September 24. The German-style festival will also feature twelve live bands, including The Wailers, and ten local breweries like 300 Suns and Oskar Blues. Tickets to each day are only $5 for general admission and $50 for the VIP treatment.
Royal Gorge Railroad Route
Colorado's rolling restaurant offers Oktoberfest-style fare throughout September until October 16. Expect a menu including veal bratwurst with mustard spatula and braised cabbage and apples along with a selection of local lagers.
Station 26 Brewing Company
The Park Hill brewery will offer its branded Oktoberfest lager by the liter while Matt's Snack Shack and City Pretzel Company will whip up bratwursts and pretzels on September 17. Start doing push-ups now to prepare for the masskrugstemmen, or stein holding contest.
Terminal Bar Plaza Beer Garden Patio
Enjoy New Belgium beers on the Plaza Beer Garden's extended patio along with live music performed by The Polkanauts. If you need a new cruiser, enter the pretzel eating contest to win a bike from New Belgium.
Couples are encouraged to stop by Uncorked Kitchen on September 17 for a German dinner paired with traditional Oktoberfest beers. Anticipated courses include black pepper pan-fried spaetzle and a brat burger. Seats for a couple are available for purchase online for $210.
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Jailhouse Craft Beer Bar
Take a trip up to the mountains on Saturday, September 17 to stop by The Jailhouse Craft Beer Bar and the All Colorado Oktoberfest. Come on an empty stomach for a variety of locally-made German style beers and Bavarian eats from The Divide: A Gourmet Food Trailer. Get competitive at the cornhole tournament (bracket style) or embrace the (not so optional) costume component.
Wibby Brewing Company
On October 4, Barley's Angel hosts an Oktoberfest education for the ladies and choice beer and food pairings. Ryan Wibby of Wibby Brewing, Ashleigh Carter and Bill Eye of Bierstadt Lagerhaus, and a Zwei brothers from Zwei Brewing will lead the lesson. Before the panel discussion, guests can partake in trivia or cornhole in the Wibby taproom. Tickets to the event are$15 and cover food, beer, gratuity, and tax.
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