Fall into great flavors with the craft brews of Estes Park this fall! Though any time is a good time to come sip our local beers, there’s something special about pairing these brews with our stunning fall hues. If you’re looking for an additional reason to visit Estes Park in the fall, our beer festivals might just seal the deal.

Pumpkins & Pilsners Festival

October 7, 2017

It seems like everything comes in pumpkin flavor in the fall but we also like to add some suds to the mix at the Pumpkins & Pilsners Festival in early October. This event is family-friendly  and has pony rides, face painting, and a bounce house for the young ones (though we might see some adults trying to sneak into the bounce house after a few choice brews); as well as fun for attendees of every age with pumpkin bowling, giant Jenga, a visit to the pumpkin patch, and live music.

Be sure to get your souvenir mug to sample beers from local Estes Park breweries and get some hot and cold treats from the on-site food trucks.

This festival is free but also acts as a fundraiser for the nonprofit organization, Families for Estes. Park at the new parking garage at the Visitor Center (the most hassle-free spot!) and take the short ten minute walk down the Riverwalk to Bond Park.

Fall Back Beer Fest

November 4, 2017

Before we turn back the clock, indulge in some amazing beers at the 5th Annual Fall Back Beer Fest! Sample a wide variety of Colorado beers and get to know the people who make them. This event is popular with homebrewers with its educational seminars and giveaways from supply shops.

This event is also family-friendly and everyone is welcome to sample the pours from Colorado soda breweries! Food trucks will also be at the complex.

The festival is held in the Estes Park Events Complex and tickets start at $40 for general admission. The Estes Park Shuttle will be running for free and stopping at Bond Park, the Estes Park Visitor Center, and the Estes Park Events Complex.

If you can’t make it out during the beer festivals but you’re still interested in visiting our craft breweries, be sure to visit our top recommendations:

Rock Cut Brewing Company

After exploring Rocky Mountain National Park, stop at Rock Cut Brewing Company and try one of their five flagship beers or one of their seven seasonal beers! From IPAs to porters and stouts, everyone can find something to enjoy on the menu! We’ll leave the chile-infused pale ale and whisky-infused American IPA to the more adventurous beer enthusiast!

Find them at 390 W. Riverside Dr. The brewery is open Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday – Thursday, 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Lumpy Ridge

Another excellent option for a delicious cold one is at Lumpy Ridge Brewing! With eight beers ready to pour, you’ll be impressed with the creative creations at this taproom. From the Banana Runt-infused saison to Thurman’s stout, the beers are sure to delight any beer drinker’s palate! Make sure you check out Roaming Rations, their onsite food truck, open Friday-Sunday.

Find them at 531 South Saint Vrain Ave. The taproom is open from 1 – 8 p.m. daily.

Estes Park Brewery

Estes Park Brewery has been brewing here since 1994 and has 12 hand-crafted beers on tap. If you can’t narrow down your choices, be sure to stop at the tasting area on the first floor for some free samples to help you with your decision. The brewery also makes great root beer.

Find them at 470 Prospect Village Dr.

Free up some extra room in your vacation budget for sampling our great beers by booking one of our online specials at Rocky Mountain Resorts!