Great American Beer Festival Week 2015: Calendar of Amazing Events

Great American Beer Festival Week 2015: Calendar of Amazing Events
Danielle Lirette

It 5 o'clock somewhere, and during Great American Beer Festival week, it's 5 o'clock all the time in Denver. This year's festival runs September 24-26 at the Colorado Convention Center, but the fun will begin long before that with dozens, if not hundreds, of events taking place all of the Denver metro area and beyond. From tap takeovers, meet-and-greets, smaller festivals, special tappings, blowout bashes, concerts, classes, tours and dinners, there is no shortage of ways to enjoy great beer. Here's a list of many of the best things that are happening during this time period. We will continue to update this list frequently until it breaks the Internet. Cheers.

Oh, and P.S. Bell's Brewery recently announced that it will be distributed in Colorado during GABF week only. "Crooked Stave Artisans will temporarily distribute Bell’s beer across its entire distribution footprint including the cities of Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins and Colorado Springs beginning September 21," the brewery said. "Bottles of Amber Ale, Best Brown Ale, Expedition Stout, Kalamazoo Stout, Midwestern Pale Ale, Oarsman Ale and Two Hearted Ale will be available to purchase. Best Brown and Two Hearted Ale cans will also be available. Draught options will include Amber, Oarsman, Two Hearted, Black Note, Bourbon Barrel Aged Expedition Stout, Coffee Mustache, Double Two Hearted Ale, Lavender Saison, Mars DIPA, Raspberry Wild One and The Wild One."

Bell's will also have several events in town, which we will add to this calendar when they are finalized.

Monday, September 21
Falling Rock Tap House kicks off GABF week every year with a party that starts at 5 p.m. — the second that the big GABF clock inside this craft-beer mecca counts down to zero. Falling Rock owner Chris Black typically saves numerous special kegs for the event, and you can usually find craft-beer celebrities, brewers or brewery owners here downing a few pints as well. Details on this year's GABF kickoff haven't been revealed yet. We'll update this post when they are.

Denver International Airport will bring back its temporary beer garden in the center of the Jeppesen Terminal from September 19-27, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. The beer garden, called "Beer Flights," coincides with worldwide Oktoberfest celebrations and the Great American Beer Festival in Denver. Tickets are available at the door for $10. Last year's beer garden was popular. 

Freshcraft will mix things up tonight at 7 p.m. with its own GABF-week kickoff party featuring sour beers. Breweries and beer lineup are still in the works.

Backcountry Pizza & Taphouse in Boulder will bring together some of the best IPA breweries around today at 5 p.m., including Wyoming's Melvin Brewing, along with Colorado's own Comrade and Cannonball Creek breweries. There will also be a pig roast. 

Kentucky's Against the Grain Brewing will take over the the taps at the Cedar Creek Pub, located on the Fitzsimons campus in Aurora, pouring five rare beers: 70k, Something Local IPA, Poffo Pils, The Brown Note and Kamen Knuddeln Dark Sour Ale.

Work & Class will host a five-course beer dinner tonight in conjunction with Black Project Spontaneous and Wild Ales, which is a side project of Denver's Former Future Brewing. Examples of the courses include pork-belly sausage with Asian pear-mustard sauce, and crispy duck breast with lemon brown-butter faro and blueberry sauce. All five courses will be matched with one of Black Project's beers, which are all spontaneously fermented with wildly occurring yeast. Doors: 6:30 pm, and dinner is at 7. Get tickets, $75, at this website.

The Renaissance Denver Downtown — where many GABF attendees will be staying — will feature specials before and during the festival, including a keg of the Countinghouse Cream Ale, which is brewed exclusively for the hotel by Former Future Brewing. Oh, and there will be a pretzel-necklace station available in the lobby each day for patrons to enjoy.

Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery, the closest brewery to the convention center, will release Eiffel Tower Session IPA (a collaboration with Coalition Brewery) today. The Give Me Your Two Cents Taco food truck will be on hand.

Join Strange Craft Beer Company for a beer-and-cheese pairing tonight at 6 p.m. Tickets are $30 and include five beers, five paired cheeses and an added accoutrement. In addition, Strange is tapping Heather's Ale tonight. 

Stoney's Bar & Grill will host an event tonight with Sierra Nevada, which will be in the house to kick off the week and give away some GABF tickets during a Beer Olympics competition and drawing. It starts at 7 p.m.

Hayter 's & Co will host a meet-and-greet with Crooked Stave today from 3 to 6 p.m., where you can try some sour beers and meet reps from the brewrey.

Then, at 7 p.m., Crooked Stave will be at Freshcraft for Sour Monday. They will also tap offerings from Cascade and Perennial.

Osteria Marco will welcome Denver’s Copper Kettle Brewing this week for a special tap takeover. The line-up includes: Basil Cherry Blonde, Brett Golden Ale, Bavarian Helles Lager and Naja Imperial Red. Beers available while kegs last.

Russell’s Smokehouse will welcome Odell Brewing during GABF week for a special tap takeover. The line-up includes: IPA, 90 Shilling, Cutthroat Porter Nitro, Oak Haven Whiskey Peach Ale, Russian Pirate, Rawah Rye IPA, Oktoberfest, Brombeere Gose, Pina Agria Pineapple Sour. Beers available while kegs last.

The Thirsty Lion is offering flights of six Odell Brewing beer for $10 today through Sunday. The beers are IPA, 90 Shilling, Loose Leaf Wheat, Rawah Rye IPA, Oktoberfest and Myrcenary Imperial IPA.

Verboten Brewing in Loveland will start the week by tapping 2015's Mountain Man, its award-winning Imperial Dark Rye Ale aged in Bourbon Barrels. Starting at 1 p.m., bottles will be available for purchase in the taproom and on draft. It is very limited.

Tuesday, September 22
Freshcraft welcomes Great Divide Brewing and New Holland Brewing today at 7 p.m. for a special tapping night. Beer lineup is TBA.

Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery will celebrate Cougar Night by tapping three limited-release versions of its Cougar Slayer Blackberry Saison, including a coffee verson. Wong Way Veg food truck will be on hand.

Park Burger RiNo will cede all of its taps today to the rockstar breweries distributed by Crooked Stave Artisans. That includes beers from Creature Comforts, Cascade, Bells, Almanac, Perennial, Against the Grain, Prairie, Breakside, Crux, Oakshire, Fremont, Off Color, Gigantic, Green Bench, Two Roads, Societe, Evil Twin, Ecliptic, Boneyard, Jack's Abby.

Crooked Stave will be tapping special beers and selling bottles all week. Today, they'll release bottles of Nightmare on Brett (Batch #6 / Red Wine / Apple Whiskey) at noon, and of Sin Frontera Bourbon Barrel Aged at 4 p.m. They'll also tap Nightmare on Brett (Apple Whiskey) on opening, and L’Brett d’Pluot at 5 p.m.

Spangalang Brewery in collaboration with The Real Dill, will release Birth of Cool, a cucumber gose, today. The brewer and pickle company got together to brew and blend this refreshing salted wheat beer. Birth of Cool was soured with lactobacillus, gently salted, and then blended with freshly squeezed cucumber water provided by the Real Dill. The beer will be on tap at noon. 

World of Beer in LoDo will start off GABF Week with a massive, 35-plus "tap takedown" with Upslope Brewing, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (or the kegs are kicked). That's right, nothing but Upslope. Then, at 7 p.m., WOB will change out the kegs, putting on ten beers from the highly acclaimed Almanac. Some of the rare beers on today's list include: Upslope 's Tequila Barrel Aged Belgian Strong Dark, Wild Christmas, Belgian Quad, Apricot Collaboration, & Pumpkin and Almanac's Pumpkin Sour, Saison de Brettaville, & Farmer's Reserve. 

The newly-opened Rebel Restaurant, at 3763 Wynkoop Street, will host a beer dinner from 7:30 to 9 p.m. The Split EP Beer Dinner features six courses, each paired with two beers, one from TRVE Brewing and one from Ratio Beerworks. "Be ready for a killer night of punk, metal, and delicious things to put in your mouth," Rebel says. Tickets are $55 and available at Imbibe.

Backcountry Pizza & Taphouse in Boulder will bring in some unusual East Coast breweries today at 5 p.m. when it taps beers from Lord Hobo, Jack's Abby and Night Shift.

The Cheeky Monk will celebrate its anniversary with a GABF Kick-Off Party today at 7 p.m. Enjoy special tappings of anniversary beers from The Bruery, Coronado Brewing Company, Upslope and more.

Charcoal Restaurant will host a four-course beer dinner with Caution: Brewing tonight at 7 p.m. Cost: $45 for dinner/$60 with pairings.

Stoney's Bar & Grill will welcome Oskar Blues at 7 p.m. tonight for a five-year vertical tasting of Ten FIDY, the brewery's acclaimed seasonal imperial stout. Oskar Blues will also be giving away an Oskar Blues fly rod and reel.

Just how beer geeky are you? Find out by attending a panel discussion and beer tasting event that celebrates international craft beer in addition to the local stuff. Taking place at Industry, 3001 Brighton Boulevard, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., the event's panelists include: Paul Vismara, Falling Rock employee and co-author with Bryan Jansing of Italy — Beer Country; Cheek Monk and Lost Highway Brewing founder James Pachorek; Don Chapman and Aaron Heaton, founders of Grimm Brothers Brewhouse in Loveland; Alex Liberati, an Italian beer company CEO. Suggested donation of $20. A beer reception follows the panel.

Renegade, Ommegang, Shmaltz (He'brew), and Breckenridge performing standup at last year's event.
Renegade, Ommegang, Shmaltz (He'brew), and Breckenridge performing standup at last year's event.
Renegade Brewing

Wednesday, September 23
The breweries of Denver’s Sunnyside neighborhood — Denver Beer Co. Canworks, Diebolt Brewing, and Factotum Brewhouse — will host Sunnyside Beer Strolls today through Sunday, September 27, as a way to bring attention to the area. You can pick up a map and stamp card at any of the three taprooms. Each brewery will then stamp the card when you order a full pour of beer. The first 200 participants arriving at their third brewery may trade their completed card for a custom sticker and drink koozie from all three Sunnyside breweries. In addition, each brewery will randomly select a winner from their collection of completed stamp cards, the winner receiving a glass and t-shirt from each brewery. Additional prizes will be announced GABF week.

Oskar Blues brings back the Oskar Blues Ordeal this year — an hours-long immersion into the brewery's beer and culture at its various breweries and facilities in Longmont and Lyons. There are sessions today, Friday and Saturday. Today's event, the Hops & Heifer's Pig Roast, runs from 5:30 to 10 p.m. You'll be picked up at the Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center before heading to the brewery's farm near Longmont. There you'll enjoy an all-you-can-eat pig roast, along with all-you-can-drink Oskar Blues beer, music from Bonnie & the Clydes, and a tour of the hops farm. You can also take a spin on the pump track and have a root beer float courtesy of B. Stiff and Sons, an OB subsidiary. Tickets, $65, are available at eventbrite.com.

Falling Rock Taphouse doesn't slow down during the Great American Beer Festival, as it taps rare, special or vintage beers from all around Colorado and rest of the nation. Today, you can find Oskar Blues beers at 4 p.m.; Ballast Point at 9 pm. (after the GABF session); Shelton Brothers-distributed brews outside in the parking lot bar at 9:30 p.m.; the Verboten/Hoppin' Frog collab at 10 p.m.; Wicked Week, Cascade, Fremont, Two Roads and Crooked Stave in the parking lot at 10:30 p.m.; and Trinity beers at 11 p.m.

Hops & Pie will showcase the beers that are distributed by CSA (Crooked Stave Artisans) throughout the day. Beers include: Crooked Stave Petite Sour, Origins; Jester King Biere de Miel and Petite Sour; Bell's Wild One, Double Two Hearted; Perennial Maman, Blood Orange Suburban Beverage; Almanac Meyer Lemon Gose, Sour Citra; Breakside IPA; Freemont Bourbon Abominable, Brew 1000; Ale Apothecary Sahalie; Greenbench TBA; Melvin TBA; Jackie O's TBA; Two Road's Igor's Dream; Westbrook Mexican Cake; Evil Twin Aun Mas Cafe Jesus; Cascade Kreik and TBA; Societe: The Pupil, The Butcher, The Apprentice; Creature Comforts Tropicalia, Reclaimed Rye; Boneyard Armored Fist, Notorious, RPM.

Star Bar will tap some beers from Bell's Brewery today from 2 to 4 p.m.

Ratio Beerworks will host a launch party for Larimer Square’s commemorative Wicked Grin Plum Saison today from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The beer was brewed in honor of the fiftieth anniversary of the historical preservation of Larimer Square. Two Larimer Square restaurants, Bistro Vendome and Ted’s Montana Grill, will be on-site providing bites to eat. The Wicked Grin Plum Saison was given its name as a homage to Jack Kerouac’s iconic “On the Road” novel, in which the author recalls looking upon Larimer Street with a “wicked grin.”

Highland Tap & Burger will host its fifth annual Suds and Sliders event honoring the Great American Beer Festival today starting at 5 p.m., with Avery Brewing, Epic Brewing and Left Hand Brewing.

River North Brewery will offer a vertical tasting of Barrel-Aged Avarice today starting at 3 p.m. Try both the 2013 and 2014 vintages. The 2013 keg is the last in the building, so this is your only chance to get it on draft.

The Keep A Breast Foundation and the Great American Beer Festival will host a reception tonight from 5 to 8 p.m. at the LOVE Gallery for an art exhibit called Brews or Busts. It consists of "twelve breast casts of female brewers from the beer industry (with the exception of one male)," according to the nonprofit Foundation, which works to raise money for breast cancer awareness. The group of brewers includes Lauren Salazar of New Belgium. Several local and international artists will paint the breast casts, which will then  be available through an online auction on brewsorbust.com from September 24 to October 4. The casts will remain on display at LOVE Gallery through October 7, and all of the proceeds will benefit KAB’s ongoing work.

Copper Kettle Brewing will tap Vanilla Chai Pumpkin Porter today. "This beer is creamy with the perfect combination of all things fall and makes a return for the start of our Pumpkin cask series," the brewery says. The Cajun Kitch'n will be selling food.

The Battle of Fort Collins at Stoney's Bar & Grill will once again pit Odell versus New Belgium in a Tap Takeover Takedown starting tonight at 7 p.m. There will be live music from The Heresies, along with a free Big Game BBQ and Kick the Keg prizes.

Lucky Pie Pizza will tap three Ninkasi Brewery beers today from 2 to 4 p.m.: Ground Control Imperial Stout, Lux Lager, and TriceraHops DIPA. Plus brewers and representatives will be there shelling out tasters and free merchandise. Then at 5 p.m., they'll tap Sam Adams Kosmic Mother Funk Grand Cru, The Sphinx Belgian Pale Ale, Rebel Rouser DIPA, Octoberfest, Verloren Gose, and American Kriek Nitro. Reps will be on hand. 

World of Beer in LoDo has several events going on today. At 11 a.m., Avery Brewing will take over the taps with just about all of its year-round and seasonal beers, along with Beast 2014, Beast 2015, Raspberry Sour, Samael, Tectum et Elix, Uncle Jacob's, Tweak, Bourbon Barrel Reverend, Vienna Lager, Raja, Maharaja, Gored and Rumkin. Then at 5 p.m., WOB welcomes Utah's Wasatch Brewing for their annual Polygamy Party. They'll have Polygamy Porter, Ghost Rider, Squatters Hop Rising, and Black O Lantern. Then, at 7 p.m., WOB will turn on the taps for Cigar City and Coronado's Collaboration: Port Jurata. They will also have Coronado Coconado, Coronado Orange Avenue Wit, Coronado Idiot, Coronado Salty Burro, Coronado 19th Anniversary, Cigar City Jai Alai, and Cigar City Tocobaga.

The Cheeky Monk hosts  Buckets, Bottles & Cans Oh My, tonight at 7 p.m. Enjoy special bottles from St. James Brewery, cans from Firestone Walker and buckets of prizes for their Corn Hole tournament winners.

Strange Craft will host an three-course Oktoberfest dinner With Roaming Bull Brasserie today from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Strange Biergarten. Tickets are $35 and include two beers.

Comrade Brewing is releasing a new beer today for GABF-hungry drinkers. It's El Nuggarillo IPA, which is 5.8 percent ABV and hopped with Eldorado, Nugget and Amarillo.

Crooked Stave release bottles of Petite Sour Passion Fruit (2015) at noon, and of Nightmare on Brett Cherry (2015), at 4 p.m. They will also tap Batch #50 upon opening, and Nightmare on Brett Cherry (2015) at 5 p.m.

In addition, Strange Craft will take over the taps at the small but acclaimed To the Wind Bistro, which is also hosting a pairing dinner tonight. For information, call To the Wind at 303-316-3333.

Alpine Dog Brewing will tap its first Double IPA today at 5 p.m. The Electric Thunder Hop is an 8.5 percent ABV beer with more than 100 IBUs. It showcases citrus, tropical fruit, fresh floral and piney hop character.

Joyride Brewing will host a cheese and beer pairing today at 7:30 p.m. with Cypress Grove, the well-known artisan goat cheese company and makers of the iconic Humboldt Fog. There will be four different pairings (including full pours of beer) for $30. For each ticket sold, $10 will be donated to the Denver chapter of CASA, a nonprofit that advocates "for the best interests of abused and neglected children in Denver Juvenile Court," the brewery says. Aside from the beer and cheese, there will also be raffle giveaways. Joyride co-owner Dave Bergen will be on hand to walk partipants through the nuanced flavors of Joyride's beer and how it interacts with the different cheeses, and members of the Cypress Grove team will discuss all things cheese. Register at this website.

Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery will tap a very small amount of its 12.8 percent ABV Thunder Thighs Belgian Quadrupel today. There will also be live music from Whip Snap, and food from Rocky Mountain Slices food truck.

Block & Larder, which is owned by Freshcraft's Forgy brothers, will host a beer dinner tonight at 7 p.m. in conjunction with the recently-opened Call to Arms Brewing; both are located on Tennyson Street. You can find the full menu on Block & Larder's website, but here is a description of just one of the courses: "Oats and Hose bratwurst, schweinshaxe, sous vide & smoked pork belly, kartoffelkloesse potato dumplings, Brussels sprouts with pig candy, house mustard selections and house pickles, paired with Freedom Fries, Saison, ABV 7.6%"
Tickets are $60 each, and there are only 45 available. Buy them at blockandlarder.com.

Dinner with The Brett Pack is a beer pairing dinner at Avery Brewing, taking place at 6:30 p.m. — and space is very limited for reasons which may be obvious after reading Avery's description here: "After a trip to Belgium, brewing buddies Adam Avery, Rob Tod, Sam Calagione, Tomme Arthur and Vinnie Cilurzo were dubbed "The Brett Pack" for their unabashed love of the wild yeast Brettanomyces. All five brewers will be on hand during this five-course meal to present their beers from Avery Brewing, Allagash Brewing, Dogfish Head, Lost Abbey, and Russian River Brewing respectively." Tickets are $125 (tax and gratuity included) and available here.

Longtime Colorado craft beer ambassador and musician Marty Jones will bring back the Brew Night Show tonight at 8 p.m. at Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret. The show will once again feature the Charlie Papazian, founder of GABF, the Brewers Association and the American Homebrewers Association. Also on the bill will be Bart Watson (BA chief economist) and Corey Marshall, founder of the resurrected Tivoli Brewing. There will also be live music, brewlesque performers, and questionable beer humor. Tickets, $18, include an issue of Craft Beer & Brewing, beer samples and more.

Avanti Food & Beverage will host a GABF kickoff party with Odell Brewing starting at 8 p.m. when the food collective taps kegs of Pina Agria, Myrcenary, Isolation, Mountain Standard, Oak Haven (Imperial Peach IPA infused in whiskey barrel), Loose Leaf and Levity. There will also be swag giveaways by Odell brand representatives. 

The 2nd Annual Offensively Delicious: A Craft Beer Comedy Show will take place tonight at the Oriental Theater, featuring both beer and humor from the Renegade, Breckenridge, Epic, Fort Collins, Telluride, Shmaltz, New Holland, Ommegang, Lagunitas and Lakefront breweries, along with headliner Kyle Kinane and local stars Andy Juett, Sam Tallent and Adam Cayton-Holland. Guests can arrive at 6 p.m. to start sampling beer; at 8 p.m., everyone is encouraged to redeem vouchers for full pours of their choice of beers and sit down to enjoy the show. Offensively Delicious was conceived of and is produced by Kayvan Khalatbari, of Sexpot Comedy, and Laura Decker, of Renegade Brewing. Tickets went on sale through Imbibe on August 10. They are $45/person for two hours of unlimited beer samples, three full pours, and a seat at the comedy show. Proceeds will be donated to the Denver Public Library.

Left Hand’s Brewery Ping Pong is back for its third year at Ace Eat Serve. While everybody’s in town for GABF, 32 Brewers will face off in a one-on-one ping pong tournament all while throwing back some Left Hand beers. It starts at 9 p.m.

Now in its fourth year, the What the Funk!? Invitational was started in 2012 by Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project owner Chad Yakobson. The exclusive event features some of the rarest and most exceptional sour, wild and barrel-aged beers from sixty breweries all over the country (and even a few from overseas) — some of which don't even participate in GABF. There will be small bites to pair with the beer from Harman’s Eat & Drink. WTF runs from 6:15 to 10 p.m. at Highlands Masonic Event Center Tickets are $90 at wtfinvitational.com.

The Beers Made by Walking program, which was founded in Colorado Springs, invites brewers to create place-based beers inspired by plants found on nature trails. This year's fest will be held outdoors from 4:30 to 8 p.m. at Our Mutual Friend Brewing, and the program will include more than twenty Colorado breweries and numerous breweries beyond Colorado. Almost every one has created a beer inspired by native plants identified along trails across the country, while others will bring specialty place-based beers that they already produce. Tickets are $30 and are on sale now at beersmadebywalking.com.

Adam Avery (left) pulls out the stops for the Midnight Breakfast.
Adam Avery (left) pulls out the stops for the Midnight Breakfast.
Jim Wills

Thursday, September 24
Sold out: The Great American Beer Festival begins today at 5:30 p.m. at the Colorado Convention Center. Tickets were $80 but can be found on after-market sites for a variety of prices. This is the big daddy, featuring thousands of beers from more than 800 breweries — and with an additional 90,000 square feet of space this time around.

Brewers from two Italian breweries, Birrificio Argo from Parma and Revelation Cat from Rome, will come together at 10 a.m. today at Spangalang Brewery to brew a beer with their American counterpart. The beer, a 9 percent Belgian tripel, was designed to "showcase one of the most traditional Italian dishes of all time: Risotto alla Milanese, or Milan risotto," Spangalang says. It will be made with "Italian Arborio rice from the Po Valley in Piedmont and over 4,500 saffron pistils grown by a small Italian producer and flown over especially for the brew." You can hang out, drink beer and watch them brew and chat about the Italian craft beer scene.

Freshcraft will spend the afternoon starting at 4 p.m. with "two of the country's best sour, funky, and wild beer producers," Colorado's own Casey Brewing & Blending from Glenwood Springs, and Side Project, hailing from the St. Louis region of Missouri. Beer list in the works. Beers on tap include: Casey Brewing & Blending Apricot Fruit Stand, Casey Brewing & Blending Montmorency cherry Fruit Stand, Casey Brewing & Blending Blackberry Fruit Stand, Side Project Marietta, Side Project Pulling Nails, Side Project Saison Du Ble. There will also be bottles of Casey Brewing & Blending Casey Family Preserve Cherry, Casey Brewing & Blending Oak Theory, Casey Brewing & Blending Biere De Garde, Side Project Derivation, Side Project Black & Wild, Side Project Fencerow.

Hops & Pie will be tapping a variety of rare, unusual and cellared beers this week. Today's tappings include a min tap-takeover by Indian's Sun King Brewing, with beer like Grapefruit Jungle, Velour Soccer Mom, Ind Weiss, Velvet Fog, Afternoon Delight and P-Funk.

The Rare Barrel and Wicked Weed Brewing, both out-of-state sour specialists, will square off in a game of corn hole (also known as bags) today at noon at the Rino Yacht Club inside the Source. Whichever team loses must fly to the other brewery to brew a collaboration beer. New Belgium’s Lauren Salazar will be the official judge.

Old Major will host a brunch today from 10 a.m. to noon featuring beers from San Francisco's Magnolia Brewing. There will be three courses from chef Justin Brunson paired with three beers from Dave McLean and Magnolia Brewing. Tickets are $55; call 720-420-0622
for reservations or more information.

First Draft, the newly-opened pay-by-the-ounce beer joint, will host a takeover showcasing Crooked Stave Artisans' (CSA) cadre of fine craft beer offerings today beginning at 4 p.m. Beers include: Bells Brewery Two Hearted and Coffee Moustache Ale; Societe The Pupil; Boneyard RPM & Hop Venom; Creature Comforts Tropicala, Bibo, and Athena; Jack's Abbey Smoke & Dagger, Red Tape Lager, Mass Rising, & Fire in the Ham; Ecliptic Spica, Orbiter, & Canopus; Gigantic Solid; Fremont BA Abominable; Almanac Citra Sour and Perennial Suburban Beverage.

World of Beer in Lodo gets evil today when Evil Twin takes over all fifty of the taps starting at 11 a.m.

Star Bar will tap beers today from 1 to 3 p.m. from Northwest brewery standouts, Fremont, Oakshire, Crux, Gigantic, Breakside, Boneyard.

Falling Rock Taphouse doesn't slow down during the Great American Beer Festival, as it taps rare, special or vintage beers from all around Colorado and rest of the nation. Today, you can find brews from Boulder Beer at 1 p.m.; Wyoming's Melvin Brewing at 2 p.m.; Rogue at 3 p.m. and Lagunitas at 4 p.m. After the GABF session, Falling Rock will tap beers from Dry Dock at 9:30 in the parking lot bar; Ecliptic at 10 p.m.; Green Flash at the Parking Lot Bar at 10:30; Stone at 11; and Alpine at 11:30 outside.

Copper Kettle will tap Colorado LocALE today, a beer conceived by multiples breweries as a way to support the political cause of preventing supermarkets from being able to sell full-strength craft beer. This version was brewed with Copper Kettle regulars and homebrewers who ware supporting the Keep Colorado Local campaign. It's a hoppy American pale ale, made with Centennial, Cascade, and Columbus hops. Rosie's Pasties & Pizza will be on hand with their food truck.

Beer writer and author Christian DeBenedetti will sign copies of his brand new cookbook, Beer Bites, at 3 p.m. at the Hotel Teatro. Co-written with Andrea Slonecker, and with a foreword by Eric Asimov of The New York Times, the book includes 65 recipes for cooking "an array of delicious, party-friendly small plates, with just the right beer in hand, from 45 different beer styles," DeBenedetti says. In addition, the Teatro's chefs will be presenting two savory, filling dishes from the book for you to try — for free — paired with two Colorado beers.

Lowdown Brewery + Kitchen will celebrate Three Floyds Brewing today starting at 5 p.m. by pouring four beers from the well-known brewery: Zombie Dust, Alpha Kind, Gumballhead, and a sour selection.

Jagged Mountain will tap is 17.3 percent ABV Dark Moon Imperial Stout today. The Wong Way Veg food truck will be on hand.

Lucky Pie Pizza in LoDo will tap beers from Bristol Brewing and Almanac today. At 7 p.m., you'll find Bristol's Red Barron Octoberfest, Laughing Lab, Belgian Pale Ale, and brewers and representatives will be there shelling out tasters and free merchandise. From 9 to 11 p.m., Almanac will be in the house, pouring three of their most sought after beers from Northern California, Emperor Norton Dry Hopped Belgian Ale brewed with Apricots, Saison Dolores, and Pumpkin Sour. 

The KROC homebrewer's club will host their annual World Brewers Forum today at 8 p.m. at Society on Blake Street. Speakers this year are John Mallet, of Bell's Brewery, and well-known beer writer. Randy Mosher. Tickets cost $5, and there are $3 pints from Yak and Yeti, Rickoli, and Boggy Draw. Some of the money goes to support the club or to charities. 

Do you like Belgian quads? Then head to River North Brewery at noon today, where the brewery is tapping five distinct and delicious varieties: classic Quandary, Whiskey Barrel Quandary 2013, Whiskey Barrel Quandary 2015, Big City Quad and Quad XO.

Caution Brewing, Former Future, the Black Project, Mockery Brewing, and Wit's End will combine their super powers at the Denver Bicycle Cafe tonight around 8 p.m. for a super-awesome tap takeover and GABF after-party. They will also tap Captain Planet Beer, a beer made with a special element from each brewery.

Join the Post Brewing and Left Coast Brewing, of California, at Lola Mexican Fish House today for a GABF pre-party from 2 to 5 p.m. Guests will get the chance to taste some specialty suds from both breweries and to meet the brewers themselves, live and in person. Chef Kevin Grossi will be serving up an assortment of special bites to pair with the featured brews.

Alpine Dog Brewing will host a beer and cheese pairing today at 5 p.m. with the Truffle Cheese Shop. The cost will be $25 and will include five beers and five cheeses. 

Crooked Stave will release bottles of Flor d’Lees (Batch #2) & Origins (Batch #5) at noon, and of L’Brett d’Cherry (2015) at 4 p.m. The brewery will also tap Sin Frontera Horizontal (Crooked Stave / Jester King / Trois Dames / Bourbon Barrel) & Original Sin on opening, and Batonnage Vertical (Batonnage, Batonnage Dry Hopped, and Batonnage Plum) at 5 p.m.

Join Epic Brewing for its third annual Fifty Firkin Fiasco today from 7 p.m. to midnight. Each year, the brewery lets its brewers go nuts, creating fifty unique firkins of beer, which you can sample as you wander through Epic's cavernous space in RiNo. Tickets, $35, are available at eventbrite.com and include unlimited sampling. Food and souvenir T-shirts sold separately.

Star Bar and New Belgium Brewing will team up once again for a GABF after-party staring at 10 p.m. You will find some "super gnarly New Belgium rarities," the brewery promises.

Kokopelli Beer Company in Westminster is offering a variety of food and beer deals this week, but the brewery will also open its pretzel-necklace making station today from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will also be open the same hours Friday and Saturday. The cost is $3, and proceeds will be donated to Homeless Veteran Stand Down.

Avanti Food & Beverage will welcome in Dogfish Head founder and beer celeb Sam Calagione for a GABF after-party and tapping starting at 10 p.m. Dogfish Head owns half the taps at Avanti thanks to a friendship between Calagione and one of the founders of the new food collective. Tonight, they'll share bottles from Sam’s private stash, including 2006 120 Minute IPA, 2006 Fort , 2006 Raison D’Extra, 2007 Immort AleSpecial. There will also be limited-release kegs of American Beauty, Higher Math and Poppa Skull. You get two free Dogfish Head signature beer glasses with any “vintage beer” purchased.

The makers of a "stainless steel personal keg system" called the ManCan will debut their newest product, the ManCan 128, from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Declaration Brewing. There will be a raffle, GABF ticket giveaway and prizes. The ManCan is a 128-ounce container "that fits in a refrigerator door... The newly patented technology holds carbonation pressure, locks out air, and keeps beer brewery-fresh much longer than any counterpart," the company says.

Avery Brewing's astounding Midnight Breakfast returns to Euclid Hall for the fifth year in a row. This event is scheduled to begin at 10:30 p.m., shortly after the GABF session ends. "Billed as a late night beer breakfast of epic proportions, the culinary crew at Euclid Hall and Avery Brewing Co. have joined forces yet again to create a multi-course breakfast that is not to be missed. Look for special Avery brews like 5 Monks, Antonius Carmen, Tectum Et Elix, Fortuna and a few other pulls from the cellar," the event details say. Tickets are $125 and can be found at brownpapertickets.com.

The Ska Brewing crew gets funky at Star Bar.
The Ska Brewing crew gets funky at Star Bar.
Danielle Lirette

Friday, September 25
Sold out: The Great American Beer Festival continues today at 5:30 p.m. at the Colorado Convention Center. Tickets were $80 but can be found on after-market sites for a variety of prices. This is the big daddy, featuring thousands of beers from more than 800 breweries — and with an additional 90,000 square feet of space this time around.

First Draft Pour House will host a tap takeover event today at 2 p.m. with The Bruery, in Orange County. Beers include Jardinier, Humulus Lager, Smoking Wood, Cuivre Bruery Terreux Beers: Hottenroth Berliner Weisse, Gypsy Tart. Several Bruery reps will be on hand.

Casey Brewing & Blending lands at Hops & Pie today. Beers being poured include The Cut Series: Montmorency, Fruit Stand Series: Apricot, the Low End and Biere De Garde.

Denver Beer Co will host its third annual Collaboration Celebration today from 3 to 9 p.m. As in past years, they will close down the street and have a block party with food trucks, bands, and collaboration brews, including an Australian hops pale ale made with Saranac in New York, a dopplebock made with New Belgium, a peanut butter bacon brown made with Right Brain Brewing in Michigan, a huckleberry saison made with Draught Works Brewery in Montana, and a hoppy sake yeast beer made with Minnesota's Fulton Beer. The visiting brewers will all be in attendance. Admission is free and a portion of each beer sale will be donated to First Descents.

New Belgium will bring back its Kenny Lagers event from noon to 4 p.m. today at Star Bar. "Kenny Lagers is a celebration of all things easy-drinking and easy listening," the brewery says. "Recover with us as we throw back some refreshing lagers and blast some yacht rock. Nautical attire is highly recommended." There will be a variety of lagers on tap from New Belgium and other breweries.

Strange Craft will tap its excellent Pumpkin Porter today. There will also be live music from the Grasshoppers at 6 p.m. and a food truck.

Rum-barrel-aged Death by Coconut from Oskar Blues? Yes, please. At 6 p.m., Lucky Pie Pizza in LoDo will tap this rare gem, along with Gubna, Barrel Aged G’Knight, Galaxy Hopped Saison, Reeb Rye’d, and Say Sean Dry Hopped Saison. Plus brewers and representatives will be there shelling out tasters and free merch.

Falling Rock Taphouse doesn't slow down during the Great American Beer Festival, as it taps rare, special or vintage beers from all around Colorado and rest of the nation. Today, the tap house will hold its traditional Sierra Nevada Kill-A-Keg event at noon, followed by Boulevard tappings at 1 p.m.; Anderson Valley at 2; Destihl at 3; C2 Imports featuring St. Martin at 4 p.m. After the GABF session, you'll find Revolution Brewing at 9:30 p.m.; Cigar City at 10; Dogfish Head 20 Years 20 Beers Celebration in the Parking Lot Bar at 10:30 (this will include a few other breweries who also celebrating twenty years); Bell's at 11 p.m.; and Epic outside at 11:30 p.m.

Station 26 Brewing will tap Wet Hop Chinook today. This single hop pale ale was brewed with 210 pounds of whole, fresh Colorado-grown Chinook hops. Huge dank, spicy, and grassy aroma and flavor. 

Oskar Blues brings back the Oskar Blues Ordeal this year — an hours-long immersion into the brewery's beer and culture at its various breweries and facilities in Longmont and Lyons. The remaining sessions are today and tomorrow. Today's event, the Gospel Brunch, begins at 8:30 a.m. when the brewery will pick you up at the Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center and take you to Oskar Blues's Hops & Heifers Farm near Longmont for brunch and music. From there, you'll get tours of the brewery in Longmont along with the REEB bike fabrication ship and the B. Stiff Root Beer plant. Lunch will be at 1:30 p.m. at CHUBurger snacks, followed by a visit to the Tasty Weasel taproom. Oh, and there will be many beers. Tickets, $100 are available at eventbrite.com.

Avanti Food & Beverages will hold a Friday afternoon happy hour from 1 to 4 p.m. with Ratio Beerworks today. Reps from the brewery will be on hand to pour and talk about Hold Steady Coffee (Novo Coffee Infused Dark Scotch Ale), New Wave Strawberry Berliner Weisse, Wicked Grin Plum Saison, and Wild in the Streets, a wine-barrel-aged wild saison. 

Grand Teton Brewing, from Idaho, will hold a tap takeover at Mike Wright Gallery, 1412 Wazee Street, from 6 to 9 p.m. Guests can taste four beers form Grand Teton and view the latest works by Parisian artist Sabine Danze. The Grand Teton Brewing Team will be on hand to discuss brewing, barrel-aging, and souring techniques. Offerings include Sweetgrass American Pale Ale 5 O’Clock Shadow Double Black Lager Splashdown Belgian-Style Golden Ale aged in Red Wine Barrels 2014 American Sour aged in Oak Barrels . Get info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1703594173207721/ 

River North Brewery is moving, so this will be the last time to partake in the brewery's annual Barrel Cellar Sale at its current location on Blake Street. For this GABF tradition, the brewery will be offering rare beers from throughout its history. All bottles will be available a-la-carte, to drink there or take home. Look for an official list closer to GABF week, but multiple vintages of Anniversary Ale and Whiskey J. Marie will be included, as well as Barrel Aged Avarice, Barrel Reserve 2014 and Oud Bruin. Sale starts at noon.

World of Beer Cherry Creek will turn over its taps at 7 p.m. to Crooked Stave, Jester King, Bell’s, Perennial, Breakside, Omnipollo, Fremont, Gigantic, Societe, Cascade, Creature Comforts, Boneyard, Crux, Prairie, Almanac. 

Crooked Stave will release bottles of Vieille Reserva Prunus Armeniaca at noon, an of Mama Bear’s Sour Cherry Pie (2015) at 4 p.m. They will also tap Nightmare on Brett (Red Wine Barrel) at open, and Mama Bear’s Sour Cherry Pie (2015) at 5 p.m.

Copper Kettle Brewing has teamed up with Tender Belly Bacon for a southern pig roast at the brewery. To celebrate, Copper Kettle will bring back its Macallan 18 Russian Imperial Stout brewed two years ago, aged in a Macallan Scotch barrel sent to them straight from Scotland. Tickets, $20, are available at eventgrid.com, and include "a pulled pork sandwich from fresh boneless pork butts smoked right along the pig, a side of shredded pig, sourced locally and smoked right in front of you by Maine Street BBQ with custom sauces, plus two southern sides." The pig should be ready around 5 p.m.

The Cheeky Monk will feature special tappings from Dogfish Head, Boulevard, Victory, Stone and Funkwerks today starting at noon. There will also be food and Corn Hole. After the GABF session, Coronado Brewing joins the Cheeky Monk for an after-party.

Denver Bicycle Cafe will host the Throwback Tap Takeover today at 7 p.m. by tapping beers from itsfirst six brewery partners: Avery, Strange Craft, Copper Kettle, Renegade, Denver Beer Co and Great Divide. Plus, special out-of-town guest, Sun King Brewing.

Good River Beer, which went into business this month without a taproom (it is have all of its beer contract-brewed for now), will host a beer-release party at the Wazee Supper Club today. Founded by Adam Odoski, Preston Hartman and Eric Zarkovich, Good River will be serving Gunny Black Lager, a 5.5 percent-ABV traditional schwarzbier, named for the Gunnison River; Fu Fighter, an 8.9 percent-ABV Belgian golden strong ale named for the Futaleufu River in Chile; and Class V, an 8.3 percent double IPA named for Colorado’s whitewater rapids.

In Boulder? Head to the Boulder Theater at 8 p.m. where Avery Brewing will release its newest canned beer, Raja Double IPA at the Great Avery Boulder Fest. Pair it with the funky beats of Karl Denson's Tiny Universe featuring Robert Randolph. GA tickets are $25, and VIP tix are $50 and available via the Boulder Theater.

The Denver Rare Beer Tasting VII, Pints for Prostates event returns this year to the McNichols Building at 1 p.m. for its seventh edition. The tasting gives attendees a chance to "rub elbows with fifty of America's leading craft brewers while enjoying rare, exotic and vintage beers." It usually features some of the rarest beers in the land. $110 at etix.com

The Hi Dive will host a GABF after-party tonight at 9 p.m. called Miami Weiss, in conjunction with New Belgium Brewing and Miami's J. Wakefield Brewing. Try Berliner weisses from J. Wakefield and New Belgium. Music by Dragondeer and Bud Bronson and The Goodtimers. 1990s Miami attire is strongly recommended. This is ticketed event. More info TBA.

Longmont's Left Hand Brewing and Seattle's Fremont Brewing are in the house at the Monkey Barrel tonight at 10 p.m. Both breweries will have various beers on tap. 

There's always a party at Falling Rock during GABF.EXPAND
There's always a party at Falling Rock during GABF.
Danielle Lirette

Saturday, September 26
Sold out: The Great American Beer Festival wraps up today with two sessions, at noon and at 5:30 p.m. at the Colorado Convention Center. Tickets were $80 but can be found on after-market sites for a variety of prices. This is the big daddy, featuring thousands of beers from more than 800 breweries — and with an additional 90,000 square feet of space this time around.Saturday, September 26, noon and 5:30 p.m.

The Cheeky Monk will host its annual Breakfast with The Bruery today from 8 to 11 a.m. Bruery founder Patrick Rue will join the Cheeky Monk for the morning of great food and beer. Beers include Mischief, Jardinier, Autumn Maple, Humulus Lager, along with Bruery Terreux Beers: Beret, Hottenroth Berliner Weisse.

Join Denver Beer Co this morning  for their Brewer's Breakfast: Burritos and Barleywine, starting at 9 a.m. "Roll out of bed, put your sunglasses on, and get here while the burritos last!," the brewery says. "A little hair-of-the-dog always helps during GABF weekend. It also helps get the party going again." Entry is $10 and includes a breakfast burrito and a glass of barleywine.  And if that's not your favorite beers, then try one of these other rarities on tap: 2012 Russian Imperial Stout; 2014 Wilderness Russian Imperial Stout; 2014 Gnarley Wine, American Style Barelywine; 2015 Bad Motorfinger, Oak Aged Imperial Porter with espresso.

Join Denver Bicycle Cafe for their Hungover GABF Breakfast. And the cure is simple: coffee, eggs, potatoes and beer. "Yes, more beer," the DBC says. "In Beermosas (with juice), HipsterMakers (with espresso), and straight up. We'll be showing the award ceremony as it happens at GABF, so feel free to hang out! $20 get's you a plate of made-to-order eggs, potatoes and 3 beverages." Get tickets at info Imbibe.

Try five different Wicked Weed beers today starting at noon at Star Bar. 

Copper Kettle will tap a Framboise Sour Ale today at noon. This is a "refreshingly tart, Belgian lambic brewed with fresh raspberries and aged in red wine barrels for 22 months," the brewery say. The Cluck Truck will be there with chicken fingers and mac and cheese balls.

Troy Casey of Casey Brewing & Blending will me at Mr. B's Wine & Spirits downtown today at 3 p.m. for a tasting and some special releases. Details are TBA.

River North Brewery will release a new today at noon, Corundum, a tart Belgian-style red aged in red wine barrels with cherries. Corundum will be available on tap and in bombers-to-go. Look for a full announcement in the coming weeks.

Oskar Blues brings back the Oskar Blues Ordeal this year — an hours-long immersion into the brewery's beer and culture at its various breweries and facilities in Longmont and Lyons. The final session begins today at 8:30 a.m. when the brewery will pick you up at the Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center and take you breakfast at the CyclHOPS Bike Cantina, owned by Oskar Blues, in Longmont. From there, you'll hit the original brewery in Lyons for a tour, then Homemade Liquids & Solids in Longmont for lunch. After that, head to the Tasty Weasel taproom at the main brewery for one last beer and souvenirs before heading back to Denver at 3 p.m. Tickets, $100, are available at eventbrite.com.

Whiskey Sour Barrel Hour at Ophelia's will run from 1 to 4 p.m. today, featuring four New Belgium beers aged in Leopold Bros. whiskey barrels that have then been paired with the corresponding fruited whiskeys. Ticket info is TBA.

Crooked Stave will L’Brett d’Cherry (2015) at open, and Surette Reserva Cassis at 2 p.m.

Falling Rock Taphouse will finish things off today, starting with beer from Left Hand at 3 p.m. (see below); Avery at 4; Casey Brewing & Blending at 5 p.m. After the GABF session, you'll find Almanac in the parking lot bar at 9:30 p.m.; Firestone Walker at 10 p.m.; Elevation at 10:30 p.m.; and the traditional wrap-up event with New Belgium at 11 p.m.

Lucky Pie LoDo will welcome in Odell Brewing from noon to 3 p.m. today when the brewery will be pouring Barrel Thief Oaked Aged Myrcenary, Pina Agra Sour Pineapple, Loose Leaf, and Barrel Aged Oak Heaven Peach IPA. Plus brewers and representatives will be there shelling out tasters and free merchandise. Then at 6 p.m., come drink with the Ballast Point crew, who will tap Rum Barrel Aged Calico Amber Ale, Sour Wench Blackberry Ale, and Grapefruit Sculpin IPA.

Mercantile Dining & Provisions and chef Alex Seidel are going all out tonight at 6 p.m. with a five-course dinner featuring dishes from five different chefs paired with beers from Crooked Stave, Almanac, Bell’s, Jester King, Prairie. The dinner will commence with a “passed app” - three different cheese fondues to pair with Crooked Stave beer. The dinner is limited to 120 seats and tickets are available via Imbibe. 

Left Hand will be pouring two unusual versions of its Wake Up Dead Imperial Stout at Falling Rock from 3 to 4 p.m. The first is Wekken Sour, the ninth edition of De Proef’s Brewmaster’s Collaboration series. "Brewed in Belgium by both breweries, Wekken Sour is a blend of De Proef’s Zoetzuur Flanders Red style and Left Hand’s Wake Up Dead Imperial Stout. The resulting beer is nearly black with roasted malts contributing complex flavors of licorice and blackstrap molasses balanced by lively herbal hop notes. The heavy foundation of the Wake Up Dead is enlivened by Zoetzuur’s tart cherry flavor and acidity," Left Hand says. The second is Bourbon Wake Up Dead. "Enjoy the complex flavors revealing hints of raisins, black licorice, coffee, and dark chocolate."

Freshcraft welcomes back Surly Brewing for the restaurant's closing event of the 2015 Great American Beer Festival. It starts at 7 p.m. Beer list is in the works. Beers on tap include: Surly Cacao Bender, Surly Todd The Axeman, Surly Darkness, Surly Nein. Plus, there will be cans of Cynic, Furious, Bender, Overrated, Hell, Coffee Bender.

First Draft will host a Ballast Point tap takeover today from noon to 4 p.m. that includes Grapefruit Sculpin, the Calm Before the Storm, Pescadero, Tongue Buckler and Grunion.

Saint Patrick's Brewing Company in Littleton, which specializes in brewing artisan lagers, will release six different, bottle-conditioned pumpkin beers today. They are: Autumn Latte Pumpkin Oktoberfest, Belgian Brett Pumpkin Oktoberfest, Cran-Cherry Pumpkin Oktoberfest, Chocolate Cream Pumpkin Oktoberfest, Irish Coffee Pumpkin Oktoberfest, Rum Peach Pumpkin Oktoberfest.

Stone Brewing Cicerone "Dr. Bill" Sysak will once again host his underground tasting at the Falling Rock Taphouse, at 8 p.m. downstairs. "As always I recommend you get to the Falling Rock early, I'll be setting up at 7, come downstairs and pay for your lanyard. Then enjoy a beer or two from [Falling Rock owner] Chris Black's great bottle and draft lists while you are waiting for us to start. This way you won't get stuck outside in the line to get in," Sysak says in his post on BeerAdvocate. For those of you who haven't attended my previous events we ask for a $40 contribution to help pay for the beers supplied and that we will order from Chris and to tip out the service staff. Also feel free to bring beers you may want to share. That being said I will be pouring 100 great offerings. Beers from; The Lost Abbey, Russian River, Cascade, J. Wakefield, Alesmith, Firestone, Green Flash, Ballast Point, Crooked Stave, DFH, Stone, Avery, New Belgium, Great Divide, The Bruery, 50/50, Cigar City, Upright, Stillwater, Deschutes, Mikkeller, Evil Twin, Pretty Things, Iron Fist, Nebraska, Alpine, Cantillon, Drie Fonteinen, De Dolle, Upland etc., etc., etc.. I'm sure some of the previous years attendees will have some imput on the event."

You've heard a lot about Casey Brewing & Blending, but haven't been able to try much? Here's your chance. Casey will take over six or seven taps (a lot for this small-batch producer) at Falling Rock Taphouse today at 5 p.m. There will be Oak Theory, Dry Oak Theory and other beers. "If you can only go to one of my events," owner Troy Casey says, "this is the one."

Ratio Beerworks, which opened earlier this year in River North, will host a karaoke party tonight starting at 9 p.m. and continuing on after the final session of GABF. Everyone is welcome, but if you are a brewery employees and you wear your GABF brewers badge and sing a song, you will get a free beer. Tune up those vocal cords as there will be prizes for those who slay the crowd with their performances.

Good River Beer, which went into business this month without a taproom (it is have all of its beer contract-brewed for now), will host a beer-release party at Brava! Pizzeria today. Founded by Adam Odoski, Preston Hartman and Eric Zarkovich, Good River will be serving Gunny Black Lager, a 5.5 percent-ABV traditional schwarzbier, named for the Gunnison River; Fu Fighter, an 8.9 percent-ABV Belgian golden strong ale named for the Futaleufu River in Chile; and Class V, an 8.3 percent double IPA named for Colorado’s whitewater rapids. 

Breckenridge Brewery is throwing a GABF after-party featuring Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe at the Ogden Theatre at 9 p.m. along with a tap takeover there. There's also a warm-up performance by Robert Randolph. Tickets are available for sale through AXS, but Breckenridge Brewery will be giving away 500 tickets throughout the week at special events. For information on ticket giveaways, keep an eye on the brewery’s social media @breckbrew or go to www.breckbrew.com.

Robe One Out at Star Bar with Avery Brewing, as the the bar and the brewery give their traditional send-off to the GABF week, starting at 10 p.m. Commemorative robes available at Avery Brewing and Star Bar the week before GABF.

Falling Rock Tap House, in conjunction with New Belgium Brewing, will host their traditional GABF After Party tonight from 9 p.m. to close, as a way to say goodbye to the fest in style and to pay homage to "he Unofficial 'King' of GABF, Chris Black, of the Falling Rock." There will be a variety of rare New Belgium beers available.

Sunday, September 27
Station 26 Brewing will host a GABF edition of its monthly Bluegrass Brunch today, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Drink some some specialty beers and listen to live music from Cosmic Mesa. There will be barbecue from Rollin' Smoke and doughnuts from Glazed and Confuzed. Then, at 3 p.m., the brewery will also host a listening party for Widespread Panic's new album, "Street Dogs," with Ignatius Reilly.

Comrade Brewing will host a hangover brunch today at the brewery from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are $35 and include three courses and four beers. Start with Red Scare Jalapeno Red Beer or Yellow Fever Jalapeno Blonde Michelada. Then it's Spicy Granola Fried Chicken with Sweet Potato Waffles and Grapefruit Glazed paired with Superpower IPA, followed by Coffee Rubbed Pulled Pork Sliders Paired With Koffee Kream Stout, followed by Cottage Cheese Griddle Cakes with Bratwurst and Beet Jam with Sour Cream Paired with REDCON Irish Red.

Lou’s Food Bar has teamed up with Crooked Stave Artisans to host a post-festival beer brunch with beers from Evil Twin, Jolly Pumpkin and Breakside Brewery today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The three-course brunch includes a beer with each course, and is $35/person (not including tax and gratuity). No reservations. Lou’s is a first come, first serve restaurant.

Crooked Stave will tap Nightmare on Brett (Port Barrel) at opening.

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