Brews You Can Use

Denver may be the Mile High City, but there’s nothing here that doesn’t go better with a cold one, and beginning today, nothing will. For the second year in a row, the city is pulling out all the stops — and popping all the tops — for the Denver Beer Fest, a ten-day extravaganza celebrating all things related to hops, barley and yeast.

The fest began last year as a way to capitalize on the annual Great American Beer Festival, which hits town September 16 to 18, and dozens of restaurants, bars, hotels and other venues have joined the party, not to mention existing beer-centric events like Oktoberfest (now in its 41st year) and Brew at the Zoo.

A random sampling of events taking place during Denver Beer Fest, which opens today and runs through September 19: Breckenridge Brewery’s Gastravaganza of Beautiful Beer and Splendid Street Food, on September 18; Beer Gardens at Elitch Gardens, on September 10; the Beer Advocate Does Denver Pub Crawl, on September 17; brewery tours; beer buses; a home-brew competition at City, O’ City; beer-pairing dinners at numerous restaurants, including Panzano, Restaurant Kevin Taylor and Oceanaire Seafood Room; the Colorado Beer Ice Cream Fest at Sweet Action; beer burlesque; and meet-the-brewer nights.

The Denver Beer Fest is organized by Visit Denver, the city’s convention and visitors’ bureau. For details and a full list of events, go to
Sept. 10-19, 2010

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Jonathan Shikes is a Denver native who writes about business and beer for Westword.
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