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If you’ve ever run a marathon, the inaugural Denver Beerathon, a liver-saturating craft-beer palooza that blows into town today, should be a cakewalk. After all, Sam Gelin, the brains behind the traveling brew crawl, insists, “It’s only like a marathon with respect to the fact that there are the same number of miles in a marathon as there are brews and venues in the Denver Beerathon.” In other words, the goal is to get to the finish line still standing.

The crawl begins at noon at any one of the 26 check-in locations in and around downtown, and the $55 ticket price ($70 for a VIP pass) includes one twelve-ounce pour from each participating establishment: 1515 Lounge, 16Mix Cocktail Lounge, Appaloosa Grill, the Celtic Tavern, Central Bistro & Bar, Churchill’s Public House, Delaney’s Cigar Bar & Lounge, the Drink, Euclid Hall, Fadó Irish Pub, Giggling Grizzly, Howl at the Moon, Ignite, It’s Brother’s Bar & Grill, LoDo’s Bar & Grill, Lola, Matchbox, Paramount Cafe, Rialto Cafe, Rio Grande, Rock Bottom Brewery, T|ACO, Tony P’s, Uber Sausage, ViewHouse and the Walnut Room.

Gelin, who calls Denver the “heart of craft-beer country,” admits that the Beerathon, which started in New York City, isn’t for the faint of heart, but if your plan is to guzzle 312 ounces of beer, Gelin says think again: “That would be a superhuman feat, and I don’t think anyone at a Beerathon has ever accomplished that feat.” Then again, this is Denver, where we drink suds like the rest of the country downs soda.

Tickets must be purchased in advance at; a portion of the proceeds benefits Excelsior Youth Center, a local nonprofit. By the way, the ticket price also includes an Uber Car Service pass; in addition, the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel is offering $99 room rates.
Sat., Sept. 14, 2013


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