11th Annual Firkin Rendezvous


If you live in Colorado Springs and haven’t heard of the 11th Annual Firkin Rendezvous on Feb. 21, either you’re new to the area or you don’t pay attention. If you’re new, it’s a beer festival hosted by Bristol Brewing Company celebrating firkins. If you’ve been around a while, get tickets now.

Kristen Olson, Bristol Brewing’s Minister of Community and Director of Events, agreed to answer questions with We Like Drinking about the event. She told WLD that newcomers to the event can “taste unique beers, chat with brewers and celebrate craft beer.” Follow along as we reveal more about the 11th Annual Firkin Rendezvous.

11th Annual Firkin Rendezvous

The Firkin Rendezvous, hosted at Bristol Brewing Company, is an event to benefit the Colorado Brewers Guild, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to support and advocacy for the state’s craft brewers. All of the proceeds for the Firkin Rendezvous go toward the CBG. Olson said the event has raised more than $40,000 for the Brewers Guild over the years.

Why firkings? According to Olson, “The firkin beer style captures the experimental nature of brewers – it allows them to get creative or stay traditional and celebrate with their brothers and sisters in brewing. The Firkin style of brewing speaks to the art of crafting beer as well as the fun, carefree nature of the brewing culture.”

The inaugural Firkin Rendezvous hosted seven brewers. Thirty-seven brewers from around the state of Colorado are expected in 2015 to bring their small firkins — small (usually metal) casks of ales that are 9 gallons or fewer in size. Generally, firkins are smaller than the high of 9 gallons, and brewers bring more than one.

VIP tickets are already sold out, and your chances of getting a general $35 admission ticket at the door are somewhat slim. VIP tickets are good for entry from 1-5 p.m., while general admission includes 2-5 entry, a commemorative glass and lunch through the Meat Leaker restaurant at the Ivywild complex where Bristol Brewing is housed.

But you want to know what you can expect to drink, right? Said Olson, “There’s always a wide range of interesting ales you can’t get anywhere else, you can expect to find anything from Breckenridge Brewery’s Chocolate Raspberry Torte & Coffee Vanilla Porter to Pagosa Brewing’s Grog, a Rum Barrel Aged Brown Ale. Bristol will feature Winter Warlock Barrel Aged with Vanilla Bean, and El Darillo Imperial IPA.”