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The Gang's All Beer! Seventeen Tastiest Events on the Culinary Calendar

The Great American Beer Festival will bring thousands of beers, brewers and beer enthusiast to town this week — and Denver is going all-out for the four-day festival, with beer dinners and tap takeovers all over town. Which is handy, because the GABF was sold out long ago. We pour out just some of the events below, and also include a few tasty, non-beery activities.

Monday, September 21

Frasca Food and Wine explores the wines of Cantina Caldaro with guest Paola Antonaci for the restaurant's Monday Night Wine Dinner Series. The dinner is $50 for four courses, not including the optional wine pairings, which range from $45 to $50 per person. For reservations, call Frasca at 303-442-6966. 

Tuesday, September 22

Alamo Drafthouse executive chef Seth Rexroad and Leopold Bros are teaming up to put on a three-course meal featuring classic British fare paired with three rounds of special absinthe drinks, to be enjoyed alongside a screening of From Hell. The event starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $60; get yours here.  

Chef Troy Guard and Greg Hozinsky, executive chef of The Strand House Manhattan Beach, will collaborate today on a five-course wine dinner at Guard's flagship location, TAG in Larimer Square. The special meal, $135, will be served at 6:30 p.m. and will be preceded by a reception at 6 p.m. For more information, call TAG at 303-996-9985.

To the Wind is celebrating the Great American Beer Festival with a series of four beer dinners this week. Each dinner will feature a local brewery —- and today's dinner will highlight a local distillery as well, as the restaurant welcomes Ska Brewing and Peach Street Distillery. Tomorrow the guest brewery will be Strange Craft, and Thursday the beers of Renegade Brewing will be featured. The first three dinners are each $59 for five courses, and the last on Friday with Black Shirt Brewery and Trve Brewing will be seven courses at $79. Reservations are required and space is limited; call the restaurant at 303-316-3333. 

From 7 p.m. to bar close, Cheeky Monk is throwing a anniversary and Great American Beer Festival kick-off party. Guests can enjoy special tappings of anniversary beers from The Bruery, Coronado Brewing Company, Upslope and more. For more information, call Cheeky Monk at 303-861-0347.

Wednesday, September 23

Celebrate the Great American Beer Festival with a five-course beer dinner at The Kitchen Denver at 7 p.m. today. The dinner will feature beers from New Belgium, Avery, Great Divide, Crooked Stave and Odell. Reservations are $120; call 303-623-3127. 

Presented by Sexpot Comedy and Renegade Brewing, Offensively Delicious, a marriage of craft beer and comedy, invites brewers and drinkers alike to sample suds and laugh with comedians Adam Cayton-Holland, Andy Juett and Sam Tallent, and headliner Kyle Kinane. The fun starts at 6 p.m. at the Oriental Theater, with unlimited samples from over eleven breweries. Showtime is 8 p.m., and admission (which includes the sampling plus three full pours) is $45; tickets are available at or by calling 720-420-0030. 

1515 Restaurant welcomes Uinta Brewery and Spiegelau Glass Company today for a four-course beer dinner. The dinner gets rolling at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are $55. Call 303-571-0011 to save your spot at the table.

Taste of Iceland, a four-day cultural celebration gets under way today, bringing together foodies, music-enthusiasts and culture buffs alike. Locals can indulge in Icelandic cuisine at Coohills, where noted Chef Ylfa Helgadóttir is partnering with Chef Tom Coohill to craft a menu that highlights native Icelandic ingredients. Attendees can also sip on signature cocktails featuring Reyka vodka created by local favorite mixologist Joshua Tallent; receive their very own Icelandic portrait on-the-spot from artist Ólöf Björg; watch a series of documentary and short films at the Icelandic Film Festival; explore Iceland's robust storytelling culture with Reykjavik-based writer and editor Eliza Reid, and enjoy unique musical performances by some of Iceland and Denver’s most popular artists at Hi-Dive. For a complete schedule of events happening around town, check out

Ratio Beerworks has brewed a special beer in honor of the fiftieth anniversary of the historical preservation of Larimer Square, and the brewery is throwing a release party today. Wicked Grin, named as a nod to Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, in which the author recalls looking upon Larimer Street with a “wicked grin,” will be available for a limited time only. You can join the party from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., where there will be plenty of beer and bites from Larimer Square eateries Ted's Montana Grill and Bistro Vendome. For more information, click here

Thursday, September 24 

Euclid Hall is bringing back a Great American Beer Festival tradition for a fifth year: Avery Brewing Company and Euclid Hall are teaming up for Midnight Breakfast right after the first GABF session today. The breakfast gets under way at 10:30 p.m., and tickets are $125. Grab yours here

For the second year in a row,  Old Major chef/owner Justin Brunson and San Francisco’s Magnolia Brewing Company will join forces to host a three-course beer brunch during the Great American Beer Festival. From 10 a.m. to noon,  diners can dig into a hearty brunch, paired with three beers and set to the music of the Grateful Dead. The brunch is $55; make your reservations here.

Starting today and running through the weekend, guests at Baur's Restaurant can choose two sausages from the restaurant's housemade sausage selection that will be served with a pint of New Belgium 1554 beer for $15 — and they get to keep the glass. The restaurant will also offer a $7 Oskar Blues Old Chub and Baur's Vanilla & Salted Caramel Ice Cream Float, and for an additional $3, guests can take the Baur's glass home. For more information call Baur's at 303-615-4000.    

Friday, September 25 

Chef Troy Guard will be cooking up a four-course Tuscan wine dinner at Guard and Grace today at 6:30 p.m., featuring the wines of Brunello di Montalcino. The dinner is $175 per person, to reserve your seat call  303-293-8500. 

The Douglas County Libraries Foundation will host its inaugural “Fête des Fables” gala at the Highlands Ranch Mansion starting at 6 p.m. today. Complete with silent and live auctions, dinner, dessert, cash bar and more, the Big Bad Bash will transport ticket holders into the world of Little Red Riding Hood. But organizers promise that the event is “not your grandmother’s gala,” and have many surprises planned; guests are encouraged to come in costume.Tickets to the gala are $100 and can be purchased here.   

Grand Teton Brewing is taking over the taps at the Mike Wright Gallery today. Brewers from Grand Teton will be on hand to discuss brewing, barrel-aging and souring techniques, and there will be artwork by Parisian artist Sabine Danze on display. The tap takeover will run from 6 to 9 p.m.; admission is free and beers vary in price. For more information, check out the event's Facebook page

In honor of the opening of the Whiskey Room at Fado Irish Pub, the establishment will be launching Free Whiskey Fridays. Today's event will feature a complimentary cocktail of the featured whiskey and free sampling of whiskeys from around the world. For more information, call the bar at 303-297-0066. 

For more Food & Drink events, go to our online calendar. If you know of an event that should be included in that calendar, send information to [email protected] And watch for our full weekend calendar Friday, as well as beer updates all week.