Beer lovers rejoice! A weekend of beer has arrived in Colorado Springs. If you want to take advantage of it, you’ll have to act fast. Starting Friday night, there will be two full scale brewfests that take over Olympic City USA. Here’s what you need to know about them and why you should attend each.

The 719 Day Brewfest – It’s All About the Locals

719 Day Brewfest lives up to its name in that it’s all about the great local breweries and distilleries around Colorado Springs. It features beer from more than 15 breweries that you can find around town (+ whiskey from Ax and the Oak Distillery). Tickets cost $40 on the day of the event, which is Friday the 20th from 6-9 PM (or 5-9 PM with a $50 VIP ticket). All tickets include unlimited tastings of beer and spirits from the featured local brands.

You’ll find this beer festival in a great outdoor setting at the 5,000 seat Weidner Field, home of the Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC.

If you’re interested in checking out beer from a long list of local breweries at one convenient location, this one is for you. It’s the perfect Friday night event.

Plus, as an added bonus, 10% of ticket sales go toward the Empty Stocking Fund, a local organization that helps people in crisis.

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Springs Beer Fest – Brews with a View

If you’re not feeling too tired from the festivities of the 719 Day Brewfest, there’s a chance for you to go beer sampling again on Saturday. The 12th Annual Springs Beer Fest takes place on July 21st from 1-4 PM, with tickets costing $35 + fees.

Taking over America the Beautiful Park in downtown Colorado Springs, this festival is surrounded by mountains. Keep in mind that this can make weather a factor, with a few raindops typically falling at some point during the event – so be prepared. There is rain on the forecast this year, but it generally doesn’t last long.

Where the beer selection varies here is that you’ll find less of a local focus and many more Colorado-wide options.

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Note: If you plan on attending either beer fest, don’t kid yourself that you’ll only have a beer or two – there are unlimited tastings. Plan ahead with a designated driver or take advantage of programs like Uber or Lyft. The average cost of a DUI is $10,000, but even worse, it puts everyone else on the road at risk. It’s NOT worth it.

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