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The Great American Beer Festival sloshes into town in just a few days, and the Wynkoop Brewing Company is celebrating by sending a group of local beer makers off to the competition in style, with a pep rally and beer tasting. The Great COntenders will feature 57 beers, many of them unusual or seasonal offerings, from 21 different breweries, including some that even the biggest beer geeks may not have tried.

“The goal was to get a mix of established heavies and bring in some upstarts with really great beer, so we’re covering a good section of the state’s beer culture,” says Wynkoop marketing man Marty Jones. “It’s a nice plan B for those folks who were slow to move and missed out on getting a GABF ticket.”

Some of the unusual breweries include Pints Pub, Dostal Alley, Pug Ryan’s, the Sandlot and Golden City Brewing. Some of the heavy hitters include Avery, Breckenridge, Great Divide, Odell and Ska.

The Great COntenders — one of dozens and dozens of beer-related events that are part of Denver Beer Week — runs from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at the Wynkoop, 1634 18th Street. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 today; anyone who buys a ticket online at will be entered into a drawing for two GABF tickets. For more info, go to For more on Denver Beer Week, go to
Sat., Sept. 11, 5-8:30 p.m., 2010

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