BOULDER - The Colorado Brewers Guild, a Boulder-based advocacy group for the state's craft brewers, announced it will be the organizer of this year's Colorado Craft Beer Week and has set the dates for March 18-24.

The guild, a nonprofit 501(c) 6 organization, will coordinate events and work to increase its profile, according to a release issued Tuesday announcing this year's event. The event formerly was known as Colorado Beer Week, and the new name and focus will highlight the state's thriving craft-beer industry.

"The CBG and our member brewers saw great opportunity to produce a world-class beer week for beer lovers all over Colorado," guild marketing and public affairs manager Steve Kurowski said in the release.

The Colorado Brewers Guild has more than 160 members around the state, and many will be participating with special tappings and meet-the-brewer nights. Tap takeovers, which are events when a bar will just serve beer from one brewery or region or a special kind of beer, also are scheduled.

Events are being announced online at http://coloradocraftbeerweek.com. The kickoff event will be from 7 to 10 p.m. Monday, March 18, at Falling Rock Taphouse, 1919 Blake St. in Denver, which will offer beer from more than 80 different Colorado breweries.

Left Hand Brewing Co. in Longmont will be hosting the Hops & Handrails Beer Fest & Rail Jam from 2 to 7 p.m., March 23, as part of the event. The event will feature beer from 23 craft brewers and a skiing and snowboard competition on a 25-foot-high ski jump at its brewery at 1270 Boston Ave.