Happy Pride 2022!
The LGBTQ+ community has had a longtime friend in the Colorado brewing industry. Here are some of the Colorado breweries that are proudly showing their support through events, rainbow-themed merch, special beer releases, and an outpouring of love for the entire LGBTQ+ community.
This is a living article in which I will add more information throughout Pride month as I find out about it.
Queer Owned Colorado Breweries
Goldspot is a fabulous craft brewery in Denver’s Berkeley/Regis neighborhood with traditional ales and lagers and some not so much.
They strive to create a sense of community, a place to be known, to gather, to celebrate and to feel at home.
They hope their eclectic, balanced, and lovingly-crafted beer will bring people together to share in this wild adventure of living, and living well.
Kelissa Herber is their head brewer and sole-owner.
From Bartender to Owner: How Kelissa Hieber Made Goldspot Her Own by Jonathan Shikes
The Lady Justice Brewing Company was dreamed up by Betsy Lay, Kate Power, and Jen Cuesta during their 2010 service in AmeriCorps – asking the question “why can’t we brew beer and give back to our community?” What began as a small operation on a custom-built homebrew system in a tiny storage space has grown into a flourishing taproom and movement.
Today, Lady Justice Brewing is a community-focused brewery dedicating time, space, and money to nonprofits and community partners that support and empower women and girls in the state of Colorado. Our giving is focused in two direct ways: through our Community-Supported Beer (CSB) memberships with 100% of profits over cost going directly to nonprofit partners, and through the fabric of the taproom community, highlighting opportunities to volunteer, collaboration brews, and more.
Betsy Lay is their co-owner and brewer.
Betsy Lay: Brewer and Philanthropist by Lorne Fultonberg of University of Denver Magazine
Lady Justice Takes Over Longtime Brewery Space on East Colfax in Aurora by Jonathan Shikes
Mountain Toad Brewing is a small microbrewery in Golden specializing in handcrafted, creative beers.
Their focus is on providing a place for the community to gather and unwind. The taproom offers a quaint and comfortable atmosphere for locals and visitors alike to grab a pint and make a new friend.
Good vibes and high fives are always on tap.
Mountain Toad is owned by Thad Briggs & his partner Brian Vialpando
All in the (Chosen) Family by Holly Regan
Going to Breweries with Pride
The Denver Beer Queers MeetUp group (also on Facebook here) is a bunch of LGBTQ+ craft beer enthusiasts! Our goal is to encourage like-minded individuals to come out, make some new friends, and hoist a few pints of some tasty local craft beers. This meetup group has regular gatherings (2-4 times a month) at various Denver area craft breweries. As a group we have been to over 100 different breweries! All members of the LGBTQ+ community, and our straight allies, are welcome to come and hang out.
1 June: Denver Beer Company: Denver Beer Co Pride Party
Kickoff pride month with us at our Platte Street taproom on June 1! Hosted by Ximena Latinx, this party will include four vibrant drag performances, live music from DJ DeKid, free pride merch and beer raffles, and our very own sparkly Berry Proud pride beer that will be served in specialty pride glassware. Our refreshing, fruity kettle sour includes cranberries and raspberries – a berry duo that’s both flavorful and fun. Raise your glass with us and cheers to all members of the LGBTQ+ community near and far. 15% of our beer and merchandise sales will benefit our charity partner, One Colorado, so bring your friends and celebrate love with us all night long!
DJ Reed Fox (4-6pm) @decollagemedia
Drag Show (6-8pm)
*Brightening Glance Witbier release
*DJ Draytone from 4 – 7pm
* Passionfruit lime beer slush
*Custom t-shirt making (tie-dye + bleach-dye)
*Flip cup and beer pong
*What’s Happening Catering food truck
10-12 June: Station 26 Brewing: S26 Pride Weekend
18 June: Goldspot Brewing & Lady Justice Brewing:
ALERT! 𝘽𝙄𝙂 𝙌𝙐𝙀𝙀𝙍 𝘽𝙀𝙀𝙍𝙁𝙀𝙎𝙏 IS BACK, Y’ALL!
Join us at Town Hall Collaborative on Saturday, June 18th for the 𝘚𝘦𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘥 𝘈𝘯𝘯𝘶𝘢𝘭 𝘉𝘪𝘨 𝘘𝘶𝘦𝘦𝘳 𝘉𝘦𝘦𝘳𝘧𝘦𝘴𝘵: A Beer festival to celebrate and raise money for the LGBTQIA+ community.
Last year blew us out of the water — we saw over 1,000 attendees and raised over $6,000 for nonprofits!
This year we have **over 30** participating breweries!!+ ( the lineup is )
It’s important to us that anyone who wants to come to BQBF can come to BQBF. For that reason, 𝘽𝙞𝙜 𝙌𝙪𝙚𝙚𝙧 𝘽𝙚𝙚𝙧𝙛𝙚𝙨𝙩 𝙞𝙨 𝙛𝙧𝙚𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙖𝙩𝙩𝙚𝙣𝙙. You can purchase **DRINK TOKENS** to exchange for 4oz pours either through the event website or on-site at the festival.
There is a BIG QUEER VIP OPTION (unlimited tasters + t-shirt) available exclusively via pre-sale!
20% 𝘰𝘧 𝘥𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘬 𝘴𝘢𝘭𝘦𝘴 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘨𝘰 𝘵𝘰 𝘲𝘶𝘦𝘦𝘳 𝘯𝘰𝘯𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘧𝘪𝘵𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘸𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘥-𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘣𝘺 𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘪𝘱𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘣𝘳𝘦𝘸𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘴.
Poster by @yamz.world
[On June 14th, Raices will be] hosting Live and Facebook Live interviews, we want to open a space to get closer to the artist and share with the community. Thus capturing and talking about who they are, their vision, art, and trajectory in the industry. It’s a FREE event. No reservation is required. All ages welcome!
19 June: Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery: Daddy Issues Drag Brunch
20 & 22 June: Stem Ciders & Stem Ciders Acreage: Keep the Flight
25 June: Call To Arms Brewing: Call To Arms Pride Fest!
* Narinia of Partya ~ A Kiwi Hefeweizen
* My Favorite Color is You ~ A Dry Hopped Lager
* The Alumni Beer ~ A Tart Tropical IPA
* You’re Not Gay, I Am ~ A DDH West Coast IPA
– Start time: 2pm
-Start place: SW Corner of 38th and Tennyson at Highland’s Garden Village
-End place: Call To Arms Brewing
Start time: 4pm
Brewery Pride Shirts
$15 from each shirt sold is donated to the Trevor Project, providing 24/7 crisis intervention for LGBTQ youth.
Purchase these one-of-a-kind pride shirts designed by Miles McKay online. 100 percent of proceeds will be donated to the Transformative Freedom Fund.
Pride month is upon us, and we are so excited to kick off the festivities with our very own Cohesion Pride tee! The beautiful artwork featured on these tees was created by a local LGBTQ artist, Miles McKay. Designed in the Art Nouveau style, these shirts combine our support of Pride in the style of Czech artist Alfons Mucha.
We are proud to play our part as a business to create a welcoming space for all, while working towards equality and inclusion for the LGBTQ+ community outside of our doors. Profits from the sale of these shirts will be donated to Youth Seen , who works to foster and empower the social and emotional well-being of LGBTQI youth and their families in all communities.
Comrade Brewing has a brand new pride t-shirt design this year and they will be donating a portion of t-shirt sales to a yet-to-be-determined local charity. Stay tuned to their social media for more information!
The Edgewater Pride Parade is coming up on June 11th and we’re celebrating with our new batch of Pride shirts! These will be available in the taproom on Wednesday and available for pre-sale online tomorrow. We’ll be donating $5 from each shirt to the The Center on Colfax so they can continue their role in reducing harassment and discrimination in Colorado’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community.
<Details coming soon>
Left Hand Love for All- Show your PRIDE
Mountain Toad will have our “dark side of the toad” pride shirt again this year, plus a trans pride flag color-themed shirt.
100% of the sales of both going to trans charities!
Odell Brewing is celebrating Pride all month long with some proceeds from beer sales and shirts going to PFLAG.
Happy Pride Folks
Six Capital will be releasing Pride fanny packs mid-month. They are hoping to beat the $1,200 they donated to The Center on Colfax last year!
New design this year. $5 from each shirt will go to One Colorado.
Burns Family Artisan Ales: Non-Binary
Diebolt Brewing: Any Keller You Like German Pils
We are introducing our “Any Keller You Like” for Pride Month. This year is a crushable unfiltered German Pils. Proud to continue to support diversity in our local communities and in craft beer.
Launch Pad Brewery: Cosmic Rainbow Pride Saison
NEW BREW! Cosmic Rainbow Pride Saison. Farmhouse saison brewed with purple sweet potato purée, sumac berries and clementine peel.
River North Brewery: Colorful Clouds Session IPA
The Denver brewery has partnered with Bubby Goober’s Baked Goods on a label competition for River North’s Colorful Clouds session Hazy IPA for Pride month. The competition will run from May 30th through June 6th with the winner announced on River North’s social media on June 7th. The release date of Colorful Clouds will be on June 25th at River Norther where you can also pick up pastries from Bubby Goober’s Baked Goods. For more information about how to enter the contest, visit River North’s website.
Sanitas Brewing: Cranberry Black Currant Sour & Cherry Saison
Strange Craft Beer Co: Lil Garage Cream Ale
Do you know of any other Colorado breweries supporting the LGBTQ+ community in 2022?
If so, please let me (Colorado Beer Geek) know and I’ll add them to this article.