Originally Posted by Jablestein
So I got the chance to go to my first GABF this past weekend, which was an awesome experience! Great beers, fantastic people! However, it was a real eye opener to just how little I know and understand about different beer styles and that's something I want to rectify as I feel it could only make me a better homebrewer. That being said, I'm curious if there are any events in my area where people can go to learn about BJCP styles or even just beer tasting and understanding in general. I'm still fairly new to all of this so if anyone knows of events or organizations that I should know about, I'm all ears! Thanks so much for your help!
A homebrew club is usually the best place to start. They have tastings, meetings, competitions, and of course always provide feedback. They often have BJCP preparation classes as well.
I'm sure that you have at least one local homebrew club, but others in CO will be able to help more with specifics.
One pretty easy way to learn about the different styles is on your own, by reading the BJCP guidelines and then "judging" beer on your own to see if you can pick up what is described. Here's the guidelines: http://www.bjcp.org/2008styles/catdex.php