Denver Rare Beer Tasting 2021 canceled due to COVID-19

A popular Denver beer festival walked back on plans to host a 2021 event this week, offering a somber signal of how the ongoing pandemic could impact fall events.

The Denver Rare Beer Tasting, slated for Sept. 9, has been canceled due to the resurgence in cases of COVID-19, organizers announced Monday.

“Back in June when we decided to move forward with the event, rates of new cases were dropping and vaccination rates were moving forward. We were optimistic that we had turned a corner and by September we could take precautions to safely host the event,” said Rick Lyke, founder of event co-host Pints for Prostates, in a statement. “However, the latest information on the Delta variant, along with the upward trend of new cases, gave us pause.”