The Great American Beer Festival, coming to town September 29 through October 1, is sold out -- completely. But that doesn't mean you can't find plenty of beer geekery all over town. One of the first big warm-ups will be the Great COntenders, taking place from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 24, at the Wynkoop Brewing Company. Now in its second year, the Great COntenders aims to celebrate some 2010 winners and give a proper send-off to many of the beers entered into this year's GABF competition; after all, they will be representing Colorado on their home turf and battling for our state's sudsy pride.
The event, a fundraiser for the Colorado Brewers Guild, will feature more than fifty beers from more than twenty breweries around the state.
Tickets are $25 ($30 at the door), and if you buy them online at www.wynkoop.com, you'll be automatically entered into a drawing for a pair of tickets to GABF.
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For our rundown of the ten best ways to celebrate the Great American Beer Festival even if you don't have tickets, and plenty of other GABF coverage, go to http://blogs.westword.com/cafesociety/beer_man.