Small Batch festival returns this year and it is going big

PHOTO BY ODELL BREWING COMPANY. Fans enjoy the 2017 Small Batch Festival at Odell Brewing Company.

Odell Brewing Company’s Small Batch Festival started in 2007 with the concept that they wanted to share new beers with friends and fans. They are always experimenting and they wanted to created an event centered around their small scale projects.

After two years, the festival was postponed due to construction projects. It returned for two more years in 2011 and then was postponed again for a few more years while they installed their new brewhouse and back patio space.

In 2016, Odell brought it back. In 2018, they are making it bigger than ever. With over 40 different beers, five bands on two stages, and some of Fort Collin’s best food trucks, the festival is sure to please beer drinkers, music fans and foodies.

Small Batch is organized and staffed by Odell Brewing co-workers, and beginning in 2016 they made it a ticketed event to better manage the crowd size and line queues (in 2012 there were 30+ minute waits for a beer). With the introduction of tickets, they began outsourcing that work to a 3rd party vendor. This year they’re working with Team Player Productions out of Denver.

As for musicians, these days their events committee selects bands. The Yawpers played in 2016 with a spectacular performance. This year, the Gasoline Lollipops are headlining the festival.

“Small Batch Festival is a celebration of hand crafted beers, all created and curated by the co-owners of Odell Brewing Company,” said Adam D’Antonio, Marketing Manager and Festival Organizer at Odell Brewing. “There are very few breweries that have the ability to have some many unique beers available at one time, and Odell Brewing Company wants to celebrate their brewers for all their hard work. Available beers cover the entire spectrum of styles from heavy hitters like barrel aged imperial stouts and sours, to hoppy IPAs and Pale Ales to delicate and nuanced american-style lagers. This party is so much fun that nearly their entire staff comes out to enjoy the festivities, and to sample some of the rare vintage treats they pull from their cellar on this one special day. 5 amazing bands certainly helps too.”

The goal is to make the party feel like it never stopped. With the addition of a second stage this year, they say they’ll be able to transition immediately from the end of one bands set, to another band starting up on the other stage, with almost no breaks in the action.

“We love our Ft Collins and Northern Colorado community and we truly see this as a celebration of not only great beer and music, but of all the people that have helped our community grow and thrive,” D’Antonio said.

There will be performances from Gasoline LollipopsAnalog SonWrite MindedRusty 44, and Michael Kirkpatrick & The Honey Rider Band at the festival on May 26 at Odell Brewing Company, 800 E Lincoln Ave.

A portion of ticket sales will contribute to Odell Brewing Company’s $15,000 small batch grant.

Tickets are $35 in advance ($40 day-of) and include 2 beer tokens and a commemorative stainless steel cup.

To purchase – https://www.odellbrewing.com/smallbatch2018/