56 Craft Breweries and 170 Styles of Beer and Cider
Every September since 1994, an elite group of America’s best craft breweries travel to Telluride, Colorado to showcase their beer and cider. What started as the Telluride Brewer's Festival on Telluride's Main Street, has grown into today's Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, hosting 56 of the best craft breweries in America. Each attending brewery and their beers are unique, showcasing distinct flavors, colors, aromas and personalities. Every beer is a work of art taking months and sometimes years to perfect. Just as our artist lineup showcases a variety of distinct musicians, our craft beer lineup showcases a variety of distinct craft beers.
On Saturday, September 14, the Festival hosts the Grand Tasting from 12 pm - 3 pm to celebrate the craftsmanship and excellence of craft beer. The 25-year-old Grand Tasting is widely regarded as the premiere craft beer event in the Southwest and is the perfect opportunity for thousands of festival attendees from all over the world to explore a vast offering of a dynamic variety of flavors in over 170 styles of beer and cider. As you walk into the Festival grounds in the beautiful Telluride Town Park, you will be handed a special souvenir tasting glass. This tasting glass is your vessel to sample some of the best craft beer and cider in the world. From easy-drinking lagers, fruity sours and hazy IPAs, to heady stouts, porters and ales, the variety of beer and cider are endless, while costumes, high-fives, smiles and massive crowd-wide cheers are all frequent.
All weekend long, the Festival features seven different beers on tap from our partner Sierra Nevada Brewing Co, five different styles from select breweries served in the House of Brews, and a short list of rare, exclusive, limited-edition rotating kegs served at the High Altitude Craft Beer Lounge. The Festival offers endless opportunities to discover your next favorite beer!