The inaugural Crafters' Festival
was held last Friday night at Manitou Springs' Venue 515 as the big-ticket event for Colorado Springs Craft Week
Tickets sold out, raising money for four local initiatives
And what proved quite cool for those familiar with our scene was first (and/or early) tastes of several upstart outfits — and at least a first look at a couple more that aren't legal to pour yet, but will be quite soon.
Some of those flavors were quite spectacular — a super strong showing right out of the gate — including a Mokaya Chocolate Blonde made as a collaborative beer between Lofty Brewing Company
, Fossil Brewing Company
and Radiantly Raw,
as well as a Gold Hill Java Pale Ale — constructed as an offshoot of that same brewery collaboration, working with local coffee.
I could go on ... but instead, here's a brief photo tour of the event, including some of those faces, and many more: