Colorado’s love for robust craft beer definitely helps winter become a little more bearable. (Grilling season is so, so close.)

Saturday’s high in Boulder is expected to be 39 degrees and sunny, so dust off that winter jacket and head to the WinterCraft Beer Festival for a hefty four hours of unlimited beer samples. The festival, in its third year, will run from 2-6 p.m. Saturday at Twenty Ninth Street in the covered parking lot adjacent to the Century Boulder Theater. The festival’s website said beer lovers will be protected from elements with temporary walls and heat, but be sure to dress warm.

The fest will feature more than 100 winter beers on tap from 52 breweries from eight states. There will also be live tunes and games.

“In three years, WinterCraft has grown from 19 breweries in 2015 to more than 50 in 2017,” said the festival’s co-founder Ross Bowdey in a release. The festival was launched in 2015 by University of Colorado graduates Bowdey and Trevor Rhodes. “WinterCraft is now one of the largest beer festivals in Boulder County.”

There will be food for purchase from local trucks Burger Radio, Los Dos Bros, Rollin’ Bones BBQ, McDevitt Taco Supply and Goin’ South.

Tickets are $40 ($50 at the door) and are available online or at Hazel’s Beverage World. (Designated drivers who are 21 and older are free.) Tickets include samples, plus a souvenir tasting glass and a pint glass. VIP tickets ($70) get early entrance and some swag. A percentage of all proceeds will go to Community Cycles.

Power through this mini-cold spell with fermented refreshments. And easy on the complaining, February’s already brought budding flowers with unseasonable Makrobet heat. So take this cold spell and like it — it’ll be in the 50s by the end of the week.

On tap

4 Noses: Bout Damn Time IPA, Raspberry Blond, Hazels NEIPA

Avery: White Rascal, Maharaja, Tangerine Quad, Apricot Sour

Ballast Point: Manta Rey Double IPA, Victory at Sea Imperial Porter with coffee and vanilla,

Indra Kunindra Curry Export Stout

Boulder Beer: Shake Chocolate Porter, Pulp Fusion Blood Orange IPA

Breckenridge: Ophelia Hoppy Wheat, 471 IPA Barrel Series: Eureka!

CB & Potts: Moonlight Sonata Vienna Lager, Clearly Juicy IPA, Rabbit Punch Hoppy Red

Ale, Belhop Belgo Pale

Crazy Mountain: Horseshoes & Hand Grenades ESB, Local’s Stash Mint Chocolate Stout

Crooked Stave: American Style Porter, Petite Sour Tart Cherry

Crow Hop: MyCrow Hop Project 1.0 New England Red, Kneeknocker English Porter,

‘Rado’s Red Al, Progression Pale Ale, Big Water Nut Brown

Denver Beer: Graham Cracker Porter, Summit Sunrise Red Rye IPA, Incredible Pedal IPA,

Pretzel Assassin Amber Lager

Dogfish Head: Flesh & Blood IPA, Fall On Me, Beer For Breakfast

Eddyline: River Runners Pale Ale, Crank Yankee IPA, 14er Java Stout, Jolly Roger Black

Lager, Black Eddy Black IPA

Elysian: Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout, Space Dust IPA, Dragonsstooth Stout

Fate: Coffee IPA, Ryedorado Extra Pale Ale, Sudice American Stout, Apollo Tsai

Front Range: TrHOPical Illusion IPA, ALTitude Red Ale, Rocky Mt. Sherpa Porter, Piney

Ridge Dunkel

Full Sail: IPApaya, Session Black Cherry Black

Halfpenny: Bourbon Barrel-Aged Oatmeal Stout, Imperial Stout, An Ale of two Chris’ We


Holidaily: Riley’s Red, Fat Randy’s IPA

Industrial Revolution: Blonde Stout, Krystalweizen, Americaan Brown

La Cumbre: Elevated IPA, A slice of Hefen, Red Ryeot, Mapais Stout

Lagunitas: IPA, Pils, Investigation Shutdown Ale, Hop Stoopid

Liquid Mechanics: Peanut Butter Porter, Hop Nectar

Loveland Ale Works: American Sour Ale w/ Raspberries, Winter Imperial IPA, Colorado Grand Cru

Mama Bear’s Brew: Mama Bear’s Brew, Poma Packin’

Maui Brewing: Bikini Blonde Lager, Big Swell IPA, Coconut Hiwa Porter

New Planet: Tread Lightly Session Ale, Seclusion IPA

Courtesy WinterCraft Beer Festival.

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