The craft beer explosion starts at home. That's where most upstart brewers hone their skills, and where we consume a good portion of the good stuff via bottle or growler.
Of course if you don't brew or have a buddy who brews then you probably don't think much about homebrew, and the levels of excellence being achieved in garages and basements across the planet.
But for this one night, Friday, Feb. 20, you can tour the finest of local homebrews and compare them to what's available in the wider marketplace, or just enjoy another style of beer shindig, at the 10th annual Peterson Homebrew Competition and Festival
, put on by the Brew Brothers of Pikes Peak
Explains co-organizer "Saint" Nick Mueller
, the Brew Brothers' vice president, "This is the only festival in the state of Colorado which allows homebrewers to serve their hand-crafted beer to the public. The festival is open to the public, but does require participants fill out a short link to request base access
. The festival will have over 30 homebrewers along with multiple commercial breweries and vendors."
The festival will be held at The Club on Peterson Air Force Base
, at 6 p.m., with entry costing $20. That includes a commemorative glass, unlimited sampling and access to a buffet spread.
Mueller notes a record 520 entries "from all over" in the competition this year, recently judged by a club committee over the course of a day and a half. He anticipates upwards of 150 of those being available for tasting at the event.
Come see the highlights from our local homebrewers.