Ethan Fixell
Mike Pomranz
June 22, 2017

The explosion in the US’s brewing scene has also created a cottage industry of beer festivals for new beer makers to show off their wares. In that intoxicating sea of events, it can be hard for any individual festival to stand out, but Denver’s Collaboration Fest, now in its third year, has found a niche by playing host to unique beers conceived and created by multiple breweries working together—highlighting the brotherhood in craft beer we hear so much about.

This year’s event will take place on March 19 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Yes, that’s where the Denver Broncos play. They need a lot of space: the festival has already announced 75 different collaborations from at least 120 breweries – mainly pairing Colorado brewers with others from out of state (Per the festival’s own rules, all collaborations must involve at least one in-state brewery). Look for interesting work from the teams like Oskar Blues and Three Floyds and Crooked Stave and Evil Twin.

What makes the event especially intriguing is that, unlike other festivals where brewers usually just swing by with whatever beer they happen to be promoting at the time, Collaboration Fest features a slew of brews made specifically for the festival and can be hard if not impossible to try anywhere else. It’s like some shady swingers party where all that remains afterwards is a bunch of salacious rumors.

If you’re interested in getting a look into the Collaboration Fest experience, our own Ethan Fixell covered his visit to the event last year. Or if you happen to be in Denver on the 19th, you can buy tickets to attend the event yourself this year. General admission is $50.

Check out the current list of breweries for this year (more are still being added):

3 FLOYDS BREWING CO.

300 SUNS BREWING

AC GOLDEN

ALE-MANIA

ANGRY JAMES BREWING

AVERY BREWING CO.

BACKCOUNTRY BREWERY

BAERE BREWING COMPANY

BAGBY BEER COMPANY

BARRELS & BOTTLES BREWERY

BERYL'S BEER CO.

BIERSTADT LAGERHAUS

BIG CHOICE BREWING

BLACK BOTTLE BREWING

BLIND TIGER BREWERY

BLUE SPRUCE BREWING COMPANY

BOULDER BEER CO.

BRECKENRIDGE BREWERY

BREWERY RICKOLI

BROKEN COMPASS

BRU HANDBUILT ALES & EATS

C SQUARED CIDERS

CALL TO ARMS BREWING COMPANY

CANNONBALL CREEK BREWING COMPANY

CEREBRAL BREWING

CHAIN REACTION BREWING COMPANY

CO-BREW

COLORADO BOY BREWING COMPANY

COMRADE BREWING CO.

CONSHOHOCKEN BREWING CO.

CRAZY MOUNTAIN BREWING COMPANY

CROOKED STAVE ARTISAN BEER PROJECT

DC BRAU BREWING COMPANY

DENIZENS BREWING CO.

DENVER BEER CO.

DEVILS BACKBONE

DIEBOLT

DILLON DAM BREWERY

DOGFISH HEAD CRAFT BREWED ALES

DRY DOCK BREWING CO.

ECHO BREWING COMPANY

ELEVATION BREWING COMPANY

EPIC BREWING COMPANY

EVIL TWIN BREWING

FACTOTUM BREWHOUSE

FAT HEADS

FATE BREWING COMPANY

FORT COLLINS BREWING

FITGER'S BREWHOUSE

FREETAIL BREWING COMPANY

FUNKWERKS

GEMINI BEER CO.

GOOSE ISLAND BEER CO.

GRAVITY BREWING

GREAT DIVIDE BREWERY

GREEN FLASH BREWING CO.

GRIST BREWING COMPANY

HALL BREWING

HERETIC BREWING COMPANY

HOLIDAILY BREWING COMPANY

HORSE & DRAGON BREWING COMPANY

INLAND ISLAND BREWING AND CONSULTING

JAGGED MOUNTAIN BREWERY

JOYRIDE BREWING COMPANY

KANNAH CREEK BREWING COMPANY

KOALA SAN BREW

KOKOPELLI BEER COMPANY

LEFT HAND BREWING COMPANY

LIQUID MECHANICS BREWING CO.

LITTLE MACHINE BEER

LIVING THE DREAM BREWING CO.

LOCAVORE BEER WORKS

LONE TREE BREWING COMPANY

MALLASKOSKEN PANIMO

MARSHALL BREWING

MOAB BREWERY

MOCKERY BREWING

MOODY TONGUE BREWING COMPANY

MOTHER ROAD BREWING COMPANY

MU BREWING

NYNÄSHAMNS ÅNGBRYGGERI AB

ODD 13 BREWING

OLD REDWOOD BREWING COMPANY

OSKAR BLUES BREWERY

OUR MUTUAL FRIEND BREWING COMPANY

PIZZA PORT BREWING COMPANY

PLATT PARK BREWING CO.

POST BREWING COMPANY

PRAIRIE ARTISAN ALES

PROST BREWING COMPANY

PUG RYAN'S BREWERY

RENEGADE BREWING COMPANY

REUBEN'S BREWS

RIP CURRENT BREWING

RIVER NORTH BREWERY

ROARING FORK BEER COMPANY

ROCK BOTTOM, SOUTH DENVER

SANITAS BREWING COMPANY

SAUCONY CREEK BREWING CO.

SHAMROCK BREWING COMPANY

SIXPOINT BREWERY

SKA BREWING COMPANY

SPANGALANG BREWERY

STARR HILL BREWERY

STATION 26 BREWING CO.

STEAMWORKS BREWING CO.

STILLWATER ARTISANAL

STRANGE CRAFT BEER COMPANY

SYCAMORE BREWING

TELLURIDE BREWING COMPANY

THE BAKERS' BREWERY

TOMMYKNOCKER BREWERY

TOW YARD BREWING

TRVE BREWING CO.

TWISTED PINE BREWING CO.

TWO22 BREW

UBERBREW

WIBBY BREWING

WICKED WEED BREWING

WILD WOODS BREWERY

WIT'S END BREWING COMPANY

WONDERLAND BREWING COMPANY

YAK AND YETI BREWPUB

ZWEI BREWING

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