Covering the 25th Annual Microbreweries for the Environment Beer Festival

Despite the nasty conditions outside for late April, the Boulder Theater held a sold out show with music, plenty of beer and proceeds all for a good cause.

For 25 years straight, Colorado craft breweries have been gathering in Boulder to support local environmental organizations and their efforts to raise awareness and preserve landscapes both locally and nationally at the Microbreweries for the Environment Festival.

The event sold out this year at the Boulder Theater as the snow, slush and cold outside provided a good reason to come inside to drink beer, enjoy a concert and support local causes.

Breweries were lined up in every corner in the theater. Beer was poured from behind the main bar, along the walls of the hall and upstairs in the balcony bar and mezzanine. The venue was packed and navigating the hallways and stairwells was tough before the music started and people migrated to the stage.

Live music throughout the night was provided by Chain Station, The Brothers Comatose and The Drunken Hearts. All played different shades of bluegrass, folk and rock and were sponsored by independent and volunteer-powered radio station KGNU.

The Brothers Comatose performing during the evening.

Benefitting environmental charities included Friends of Red Rocks, Colorado Community Rights Network, the CU Environmental Center and Falling Fruit. All serve different roles in preserving landmarks and parks, promoting sustainable energy development, providing environmental education resources and funding and limiting food waste in urban environments. 100 percent of the proceeds went directly to these charities.

As usual, there was an All-Star lineup of breweries. I’m going to give you the full list here. It’s so awesome that all of these breweries were willing to donate their time, staff and beer to this event.

4 Noses Brewing, Asher Organic Brewing, Avery Brewing, Bakers’ Brewery, Boulder Beer, Colorado Cider Co, FATE Brewing, Left Hand Brewing, Lumpy Ridge, New Planet, Odell Brewing, Odd13 Brewery, Oskar Blues, The Post Brewing, Sanitas Brewing, Shine Brewing, Ska Brewing, Twisted Pine Brewing, Upslope Brewing, West Flanders Brewing and Wibby Brewing.

Microbreweries for the Environment has been running strong for 25 years. With the strong support of festival-goers and some of the best breweries and bands in the nation behind them, the event will look to keep up its run for another 25.

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