Inspired by both Oktoberfest and the Great American Beer Festival, Beer Flights at DIA will start pouring at 11 a.m. today. The beer garden in a fenced-off section in the center of the main terminal will feature ten Colorado craft brewers: Avery, Breckenridge, Bristol, Dry Dock, Left Hand, New Belgium, Odell, Telluride, Ska and Pug Ryan's; all but the last two already have a presence at DIA. See also: Beer Here! DIA Will Host a Beer Garden in the Main Terminal
Ten bucks buy you admission to Beer Flights, where you'll get a commemorative glass and can then sample two ounces of each brewery's craft beer. For your seating pleasure, there are eight picnic tables in the garden, all decorated by local artists. The garden will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week, until the GABF leaves town.
And yes, there will be beer garden-friendly snacks -- Southwest has donated bags of pretzels -- and DIA promises appropriate live entertainment during peak travel times, including oompah bands.
This isn't DIA's only beer-related amenity. A temporary exhibit, Colorado on Tap: The State of Brew Culture, will open tomorrow, September 20 in Ansbacher Hall on the walkway to Concourse A, where it will remain through December. "The goal of this exhibit is to provide passengers an opportunity to better understand the craft beer industry and its contributions to the Colorado creative economy," says Chris Stevens, DIA Art & Culture program manager. The display will feature artifacts from and information on the booming craft-beer industry -- including its most famous representative, Governor John Hickenlooper.
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