Courtesy of Rhyan Montgomery

2024 Colorado Pint Day Is Here

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For some, Christmas is the day to look forward to all year. For others, it’s their birthday.

 

But for craft beer lovers, the most wonderful day of the year is almost upon us: Colorado Pint Day.

 

On Wednesday, the Colorado Brewers Guild will once again be hosting its beloved fundraiser in support of craft breweries across the state. When you visit a participating brewery and order a beer in a cool Colorado Pint Day glass, $1 will be donated to the guild.

 

It may sound simple, but this is a serious event. People rush out to collect these pint glasses, because the design changes every year. And, once they’re gone, they’re gone.

 

 

Colorado Pint Day started in 2016 with just 33 breweries. But, these days, it’s taken on a bit of a life of its own. Last year was a record-setting year for Colorado Pint Day, with 215 breweries participating across the state and selling 29,000 glasses. And this year should be even bigger, with 235 participating breweries.

 

It’s always held on a Wednesday in the spring, which helps boost business at a time when breweries are usually pretty quiet.

 

“Since we launched the promotion in 2016, this statewide event has reached increased fandom over the years with beer lovers heading to their favorite local craft brewery to collect glassware to add to their collections,” says Carrie Knose Wilson, communications manager for the guild. “Not only is Colorado Pint Day a time-honored tradition but it’s also a big driver of business for local craft breweries during a typically slower season for beer.”

 

The Colorado Brewers Guild is the nonprofit trade group that represents independent craft breweries in Colorado. As a nonprofit, it needs to raise funds to keep executing its mission — and one of the best ways to do that is to tap craft beer lovers directly (pun intended).

 

This year’s Colorado Pint Day glass was designed by Rhyan Montgomery, a beertender for Ramblebine Brewing Company in Grand Junction. The theme: Spring skiing and pond skimming. What could be more Colorado than that? This is the third year in a row that the guild has hosted an art competition for guild-member brewery creatives.

 

Montgomery was born and raised in Colorado, and earned a BFA in art education from Colorado Mesa University. Montgomery co-owns Black Poppy Studio & Gallery in downtown Grand Junction and, while working at Ramblebine, began working on label and packaging design.

 

Courtesy of Colorado Brewers Guild

 

“As a Coloradan, craft beer enthusiast and artist, winning this contest is a true honor,” says Montgomery. “I have followed Colorado Pint Day for the past few years and collected the glassware, admiring each of the creative designs. Winning this contest was a huge goal of mine that I now regard as one of my highest art-related achievements.”

 

Here’s Montgomery’s full artist’s statement about this year’s design:

 

As snow starts to melt, blue skies emerge and the sun shines, signaling the beginning of springtime in the state of Colorado. However, just because the snow is fading does not mean that the sports so many of us enjoy during the winter have to come to an end. Spring is arguably one of the best times of the year to ski in Colorado. With longer days and higher temperatures, it’s easier to hang out outdoors with friends and family soaking in the sunshine. Clearer skies offer a breathtaking view of the mountain tops. Skiers can take a ride on the gondola and look below to see blue lakes and fellow skiers on the chairlift, while others make their way down the slopes. Swinging by the lodge for a glass of beer is a go-to move after a long day in the spring sun!

 

Some of the most exciting Coloradan skiing events are held during the spring. Get ready to break out your sunscreen and tote a funny outfit to partake in the tradition of pond skimming. Usually signaling the end of the season, many Colorado skiing areas hold these events to bring people together and celebrate. The goal is to get all the way across the pond on your skis, which proves to be a challenge for many. The energy is vibrant, silly and lighthearted, with many participants wearing costumes during their attempt.

 

Spring is a wonderful time in Colorado, with pond skimming and skiing being some of the most beloved activities (rightfully so!). This spring, make sure to play outside in the fresh air with your loved ones. Afterward, to reach a perfect end to a perfect day, enjoy a glass of the delicious beer our state’s breweries have to offer.”

 

A variety of Boulder County breweries are participating this year, including these below:

 

Boulder

  • Beyond the Mountain Brewing Company in Gunbarrel
  • Boulder Social in Boulder
  • Sanitas Brewing Co. in Boulder
  • The Post Brewing in Boulder
  • Upslope Brewing in Boulder (both the Flatiron and Lee Hill locations)
  • Wild Provisions Beer Project in Boulder

 

Longmont

  • 300 Suns Brewing in Longmont
  • Bootstrap Brewing in Longmont
  • Knuckle Puck Brewing in Longmont
  • Left Hand Brewing Company in Longmont
  • Oskar Blues Brewing in Longmont
  • The Post Brewing in Longmont
  • Wibby Brewing in Longmont

 

Louisville

  • Crystal Springs Brewery in Louisville
  • Gravity Brewing in Louisville
  • Mother Tucker Brewery in Louisville

 

Lafayette

  • Liquid Mechanics Brewing in Lafayette
  • Odd13 Brewing in Lafayette
  • The Post Brewing Company in Lafayette
  • Westbound & Down Brewing Co. in Lafayette

 

Nederland

  • Very Nice Brewing Company in Nederland

 

 

 

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