Here we go again! The Great American Beer Festival returns to Denver's Colorado Convention Center from October 3 to 5, bringing with it some of the best beers and breweries in the country — and the longing gaze of anyone who can't attend this year. The entire week will be filled with parties, special tappings, dinners, seminars, mini-festivals and other festivities taking place at hundreds of beer bars, breweries, restaurants and venues all over the metro area and even into other beer-loving cities along the Front Range.
Some events require tickets or reservations, while others just require your presence and your credit card. But if you like beer, it's almost impossible not to have fun this week. Just make sure you drink plenty of water, tip your server prodigiously, and be VERY careful when riding those scooters.
Here's our list of events that you can plan for; we'll continue to update it over the next few weeks as we hear about more — and there will be plenty more. Cheers!
Wednesday, October 2
Finn's Manor is opening early, at 4 p.m., to throw a party with the WeldWerks Brewing crew and some of their buds from around the country. So prepare yourselves for an evening of sensory overload," Finn's says, because there will be pastry stouts, haze bombs, B.A. sours and more. The tap list includes: Cerebral Here Be Monsters, Great Notion, Double Stack and Pineapple Juice Invader, Casey Apricot Diversion and Transmountain Diversion (if the first one kicks), Forbidden Root's Radio Swan and Sprinkles Required, Highland Park Brewery's Sticks & Stones and Yo CoCo, Mikerphone Brewing Banana Ooh Na-Na and Super Imperial Smells Like Bean Spirit, Ology Brewing Company Absolute Brightness and Purple Telescopes, Other Half Brewing's DDH Citra All Day and DDH Forever Simcoe (after the first one kicks), Outer Range Brewing's Way Down, Trillium Brewing Company Permutation 6.42, and WeldWerks Single Barrel Medianoche and Extra Extra Juicy Bits.
Join Liberati Brewing, Spice Trade Brewing and H3SH3R BBQ from 4 to 9 p.m. for a laid-back GABF kickoff on Liberati's expansive Tuscan-style patio. The menu will feature dishes like Texas brisket sliders with whiskey bacon jam, smoked adobo chicken wings with tomatillo sauce, and pork belly burnt ends with Cherry Bomb BBQ sauce. These will be paired with two of Liberati's "truly tannic" wine-beer hybrids, known as oenobeers, which pair well with barbecued meats. Additionally, Liberati collaborated with Spice Trade on an "Old Fashioned," using an oenobeer that is similar to vermouth. Spice Trade will pour two other beers as well. Tickets are $30 in advance and include three six-ounce beers and bites.
Pucker up for a Celebration of Sour, a mini beer fest taking place at Baere Brewing from 3 to 11 p.m. and featuring some of the most uniquely tart beers from some excellent breweries around Colorado. They include Our Mutual Friend Brewery Mosaic Dry Hopped Solstice Collab, and How Complicated And Unpredictable The Machinery Of Life Really Is; Cerebral Brewing Forbidden Idol Singapore Sling; Verboten Brewing Roll In 'Ze Peaches Gose with Palisade Peaches & Apricot; WeldWerks Brewing Taco Gose; Purpose Brewing and Cellars Smoeltrekker #27; Atom Brewing Company (beer is TBA); Wiley Roots Brewing Imperial Peach Pie Slushie; and Baere's Baere-liner Weisse, Bring the Greenback, Blackberry Table Sour, Mixed Berry Duplicitous, and Tropical Reciprocity. The Vegan Van will be posted up out front from noon to 9 p.m., and the Real Dill will be in the house with some special pickled treats. In addition, there will be Baere-liner Weisse bottles and hoodies for sale, as well as discounts on in-house and to-go sour bottles.
Ursula Brewery kicks off GABF week by releasing four beers, including one that's brand-new, starting at noon. The first beer is Big Bully Stole My Lunch PB&J Imperial Porter (formerly known as Crustless until a "big bully" or brewery made Ursula change the name), an 11.9 percent ABV beer dosed with dehydrated peanut butter and raspberry purée. Barrel Aged Big Bully Stole My Lunch will also be available on draft and in bottles. The second beer is Scary Stories S'mores Baltic Porter, made with vanilla, chocolate, lactose, caramelized sugars and honey. The new beer, Tentacle Juice Purple IPA, is a hazy that was infused with blackberry purée, Butterfly Pea Flower for color, and Citra, Amarillo and Simcoe hops. It will be available on draft and in cans.
Falling Rock Tap House taps beers from Great Divide at 4 p.m., Bristol Brewing at 5 p.m., and a wide variety of breweries (all distributed by Crooked Stave Artisans) after the GABF session at 9 p.m. These breweries include Lawson's Finest Liquids, Toppling Goliath, 3 Floyds Brewpub, Fremont Brewing, La Cumbre Brewing Co., Half Acre Beer Company, Two Roads Brewing Company, Breakside Brewery and more.
Then at 9:30 p.m., Falling Rock Tap House and Wyoming's Melvin Brewing will host their Fourth Annual All-Star IPA Throwdown starting at 9 p.m. "This is not a competition; it’s just a good excuse for sweaty beer enthusiasts to drink some limited-edition IPAs from the most sought-after breweries in the country," Melvin says. "Twenty-two beers enter, and hopefully zero beers leave." The (madhouse) event typically features rare and highly sought-after East and West Coast IPAs from popular breweries coast to coast. This year, tickets will be available at the door; each ticket (price is TBD) gets you six ten-ounce pours and an All Star IPA Throwdown souvenir glass. Breweries include Forbidden Root, Singlecut Beersmiths, Smog City Brewing, Maine Beer Company, Pure Project, Humble Sea Brewing Co., Toppling Goliath, Pinthouse Pizza, 3 Floyds, Beachwood Brewing. Then at 10 p.m., CSA will host Cali Night with Societe Brewing, Almanac Beer Co, Moonraker and Highwater.
Hops & Pie turns over the taps to the breweries distributed by Crooked Stave Artisans at 11:30 a.m. Beers on tap include: Lawson's Finest Liquids Double Sunshine, Triple Sunshine, Space In Between, Hopzilla and Sip Of Sunshine; Societe Brewing Pupil; Half Acre Wand, Perennial's Searching For Neil Fisher (a collaboration with Weldwerks; Narrow Gauge Double Dry Hopped Hoppy Meal, Three Floyds Zombie Dust, Moonraker Electric Lettuce, Crooked Stave Raspberry Origins aged in Tawny Port Barrels; Old Nation M43 and Boss Tweed; Fremont Coconut B-Bomb; Pure Project Murk of the Beast; Ooozlefinch Hot Tub Hang Time; Maine Beer Co. Woods & Water; Hubbard's Cave Coffee and Cakes; La Cumbre Oktoberfest; and more.
Black Project Wild & Spontaneous Ales is hosting Portland's Great Notion Brewing all day long for a tap takeover, which includes Super Juice, Passion Fruit Mochi IPA, Berries n Cream Stout & Double Stack Stout.
Brass Tacks will once again host Bottom Feeders, a lager party (lagers are brewed with bottom-feeding yeast), at 3 p.m. to kick off GABF week. Co-hosted by TRVE Brewing, it features beer from Austin Beer Garden, Bagby Beer, Burial Beer Co., Bierstadt Lagerhaus, Creature Comforts, Half Acre Beer Company, Highland Park Brewery, Brewery Bhavana, Ratio Beerworks, Our Mutual Friend, Threes Brewing, Zillicoah Beer Company, and TRVE. "Beers kick quickly, so don't sleep on these crispies," TRVE says.
Freshcraft taps beers from three great local breweries at 6 p.m. They are: Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales Magic Lantern Sour with passionfruit, peach and apricot, Dagger Fruit Punch and Tagboard; Cerebral Brewing Character Reference Foeder Lagerbier, DDH Remote Island DIPA and Impulse Purchase Almond Joy; and New Image Brewing Pay It Forward IPA (Nelson Sauvin and Mosaic), Terra Form Brett IPA and Sake It to Me sake/beer hybrid with plums.
Cerebral Brewing will host Modern Times Beer Company, out of San Diego, for a showcase featuring DDH Booming Rollers, Shadow Temple Pastry Stout and Ghost Mountain IPA. It all starts at 4 p.m.
Join Crooked Stave founder Chad Yakobson for a night of Pulling Nails at the brewery's Barrel Cellar location at 6:30 p.m. and "taste the treats we have currently aging in our barrels," he says. "Some vintage bottles from my cellar are also making an appearance." Tickets are $45 at eventbrite.
Ale House is the site of the fourth annual Canwood Derby from 4 to 7 p.m. Start your engines with a roster of craft beers on tap and then cheer on the wooden cars from breweries far and wide. There will be prizes, brew swag and exclusive GABF tastings throughout the night. Go to the Facebook page for details.
First Draft Taproom & Kitchen will tap Double Otter, a collaboration beer between Outer Range Brewing and First Draft. There will also be other beers from Outer Range, including its first ever sour.
Lady Justice Brewing will do a guest tapping event at DeSteeg Brewing at 3 p.m. Lil Drunk Peach is a brown ale brewed with Palisade peaches. It was previously brewed as a private batch for the Lady Justice Community-Supported Brewery members; this is the first time the beer will be available to the public.
Factotum Brewhouse's owners have deep roots in the state of Indiana. As such, they'll once again welcome in one of that state's premier breweries, Sun King Brewing, for a rare tap takeover. It starts at 4 p.m.
Mockery Brewing throws a GABF kickoff party with several specialty tappings, including Solera #2, BA Black Forest Cake Stout, Gin BA Solera #2, Zin BA Stout, and Whiskey Sour with Tamarind.
Funkwerks will be holding court from 4 to 7 p.m. at Tap XIV in Uptown, where it will tap Barrel-Aged Tropic King, a sour imperial saison that was aged in whiskey barrels for 2.5 years.
The Westin Downtown is teaming up with River North Brewery and Denver Beer Co. for A Taste of Denver's Finest, a six-course meal and expertly paired brews from 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets, $60, are available at nightout.
Burial Beer Company takes over the taps at TRVE Brewing starting at noon. TRVE says it will be "hosting a guest tap feature of six of their legendary beers."
Tivoli Brewing and Elite Brands will host a Mini American Beer Festival starting at 5 p.m. and featuring breweries distributed by Elite. They include Colorado Cider Company, Destihl Brewery, Holidaily Brewing, Alpine Beer Company, Greenflash Brewing, Surly Brewing, Funkwerks, 4 Noses Brewing, Renegade Brewing Company, Delirium Brewery, Modern Times Beer, Duvel, Ommegang and Epic Brewing. Get tickets at eventbrite.com.
Mercantile Dining & Provision throws its 5th Annual Mercantile Invitational Chef/Brewery paired five-course sit-down dinner, with eight respected guest chefs alongside Russian River Brewing and Side Project Beer Company. Reservations for this swanky event — which starts at 6 p.m. — can be made by calling 720-460-3733; admission is $150 per person, all inclusive. Two of the chefs are Dan Jacobs and Dan Van Rite.
Cedar Creek Pub, across from Ursula Brewery in Aurora, will once again bring in some of Ohio's favorite breweries for an Ohio Tap Takeover running from 11 a.m. to close. You'll find beers from Rhinegeist, Jackie O's, Warped Wing, Hoof Hearted and Madtree, among others.
Jakes Brew Bar has been one of the best places to try small-batch and delicious craft beers in Denver's southern suburbs for a while, so it's no surprise that the watering hole is hosting a Colorado Brewery Showcase, featuring beers from Wiley Roots Brewing, New Image Brewing, WeldWerks Brewing, Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales, Odd13 Brewing, Cerebral Brewing and more. The showcase starts at 2 p.m.
New Terrain Brewing in Golden is throwing a GABF pre-party with its friends at Vail Brewing Company. From 4 to 9 p.m., they'll tap their Collaboration Saison brewed with Orange Blossom Honey, Elderflowers, and French Barbe Rouge & Strisselspalt Hops. There will also be five other VBC beers, as well as New Terrain ones. Live jam-rock-grass tunes from Feed the Dog on the stage from 6 to 9 p.m.
Westbound & Down Brewing in Idaho Springs hosts a special bottle release and tapping of Metaberry, its barrel-aged golden sour blend re-fermented on five pounds per gallon of Oregon-grown red raspberries. "Pushing the boundaries of what fruited sours can be, we used only our most select barrels of golden sour combined with the best fruit we’ve ever had. We blended golden sour from first-use Pinot Noir and Merlot barrels and added a ludicrous five pounds per gallon of whole red raspberries from Oregon's Willamette Valley for re-fermentation. The result is one of our favorite beers to come out of our experimental projects and barrel-aging program," the brewery says. Westbound will also be pulling bottles from its cellar throughout the week.
WeldWerks Brewing in Greeley will again lure many GABFers up north this week for its releases. Today's is a star: The brewery will release two new Medianoche variants, Medianoche Premier, Vol. 1, a blend of nine different barrels: and Malibu Medianoche, a version aged in freshly emptied twelve-year Jamaican rum casks. For all the details, prices and much more, go to the WeldWerks events page.
Thursday, October 3
Hops & Pie will tap beers from TRVE Brewing and its friends at 11:30 a.m. They include Alvarado Contains No Juice, Bagby Brewing Follow Us On Twheater, Bhavana's Groove, Great Notion Brewing Double Stack and Blueberry Muffin, Green Cheek Happily Deceased, Resident Culture Vicky Virago, Rowley Farmhouse Ales Fields of Rye and Meier, Trophy Brewing Cloud Surfer, Zillicoah Blossom, and two TRVE beers.
"Ain’t no party like a lager party," says First Draft Taproom & Kitchen, which is bringing in lagers from at least a dozen breweries across the country from 7 to 10 p.m. Participating breweries include: 2nd Shift Brewing, 21st Amendment Brewery, Austin Beer Garden Brewing, Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen, Creature Comforts, Green Bench Brewing, Half Acre Beer, Jack's Abby Craft Lagers, Modern Times Beer, Perennial Artisan Ales, Rhinegeist, Skull Mechanix Brewing, Sun King Brewery, 3 Floyds Brewpub, Union Brewing and Wiseacre Brewing.
The fourth annual F@#*ing Catalina Wine Mixer kicks off at Call to Arms Brewing at noon. "This glorious affair brings back all the barrel-aged beers we have created over the past year, in addition to some new releases and even a few special guest taps," the brewery explains. One of those is Peachfront Property Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Swedish Amber Lager with Peaches. Clamato Time will be in the house from 1 to 8 p.m. with Baja-style fish and shrimp tacos, ceviche and more. There will be Catalina Wine Mixer T-shirts available for purchase.
Falling Rock Tap House taps beers from Boulevard Brewing/Ommegang at noon, Boulder Beer at 1 p.m., Anchor Brewing at 2 p.m. and Unibroue at 3 p.m. Then, after the GABF session, there will be a sour showcase with 21 beers from all over, including Alesong, Springdale, Creature Comforts, Jester King Brewery, the Rare Barrel and D9. After that, it's Brouwerji West at 10 p.m. and a Culture Beverage showcase at 11 p.m.
Brooklyn's Other Half Brewing will take over TRVE Brewing at noon for a can sale and tap takeover. There will be six beers on draft (tap list TBD) and limited four-packs available.
Freshcraft will tap beers from some of the most sought-after breweries in the country starting at noon. The beers and breweries include: Creature Comforts Athena Paradisio Fruited Berliner Weisse; Parish Brewing Ghost in the Machine Hazy DIPA and SIPS Parish Sunrise; Lawson's Finest Liquids Hopzilla DIPA; Forbidden Root Radio Swan IPA; Moonraker Brewing Company Sling Jaw NEIPA; Orpheus Brewing All You Get Is All You Get Hazy Sour Ale; and the Rare Barrel A Wish For Things That Work golden sour.
Then, hit Freshcraft after the GABF session for a tap takeover starting at 10 p.m., featuring Modern Times Beer and, for the first time ever in Colorado, Pizza Port Brewing on draft. The tap list includes: Modern Time Gentle Reminder Hazy IPA (a collaboration with Pizza Port), Tent Beer Festbier (a collab with Heater Allen), Mega BA Devil’s Teeth w/Macadamia, Coconut & Cocoa Nibs, and Fusion Gem Hazy IPA; and Pizza Port Bacon & Eggs, Kook DIPA and Local’s Only IPA. Tap list is subject to change.
Finn's Manor drops bombs at the Drop the PH Homie Hang at 4 p.m. There will be beers from TRVE Brewing, Other Half, Trillium, Jester King, Rare Barrel, Green Bench, Almanac, Smog City, Trophy and Casey.
Cerebral Brewing throws its Fourth Annual All the Hops party starting at noon, when it will release four beers in cans. They are Tangerine Stuff Double Milkshake IPA, Forbidden Idol Singapore Sling Tiki Sour IPA, DDH Remote Island Double IPA, and Character Reference Foeder-Aged Lagerbier.
Brass Tacks hosts Ratio Beerworks and some of its industry best friends for a GABF tap takeover starting at 9 p.m. Along with Ratio, you'll find beers from Fremont Brewing, 3 Floyds Brewpub, Rhinegeist, Cannonball Creek Brewing Company, Call to Arms Brewing Company, and Revolution Brewing.
Indiana's 3 Floyds Brewing returns to Lowdown Brewery + Kitchen, where it holds a tasting every year during GABF. This year, Lowdown will have six 3 Floyds beers on tap from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., along with its own lineup. No cover charge or tickets — just pay as you drink.
Austin Beer Garden Brewing will take over the taps at Our Mutual Friend from noon to 10 p.m. for the Tap Takeover of Peace & Love. "ABGB is one of our favorite breweries in the entire world. They are incredibly kind people that make incredibly good beer," says OMF, which will tap Hell Yes Helles, Day Trip Pale Ale, Superliner IPA, Big Mama Hoppy Red, Negra Royale Dunkel, Kitten Mittens Strawberry Sour, and Industry Pils.
Today's the day for pretzel necklaces, if that's your thing, and you can do it with beer at Strange Craft Beer Company, which will once again host a necklace-making party. Ten bucks gets you supplies and your first beer.
Denver's Woods Boss Brewing and Portland's StormBreaker Brewing "got together to create a Portland-meets-Denver collaboration" called Speaking Truth to Stupid Jasmine Rice Saison. Woods Boss will tap the beer — hopped with Huell Melon and fermented with a blend of three yeast strains — at 4 p.m. There will also be limited tappings of other StormBreaker beers at the brewery.
Improper City hosts a coast-to-coast tap takeover from 6 to 9 p.m. Five different breweries will each bring three beers, and there will be reps on hand to talk about them. The breweries are Vail Brewing Company; Lone Pine Brewing Company from Portland, Maine; Breakside Brewery from Portland, Oregon; Calicraft Brewing Company from Walnut Creek, California; and Bell's Brewery from Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Each day during GABF, Liberati Brewery & Restaurant, which specializes in making beer/wine hybrids known as oenobeers, will present a set of eight test beers. Each night, it will isolate one specific ingredient — either yeast, grapes, malt or hops — while keeping all other parameters nominal so that tasters can appreciate the difference. Flights are $16 each night. Tonight, Liberati and Propagate Labs in Denver will pour beers with eight different strains of Kviek, a Norwegian yeast. Go to Liberati's Facebook page for details.
Missouri's Boulevard Brewing is tapping the Kansas City roots of Smok owner and executive chef Bill Espiricueta, who will help the brewery celebrate its thirtieth anniversary with a GABF Kickoff/Anniversary Party. Smok will tap Boulevard's Changeling, 30th Anniversary, Restless Nights and Chill Vibes; there will also be Chocolate Ale mini floats with Alchemy ice cream and cans of Boulevard's Space Camper, Kolsch, Wheat and Steep Drop. Boulevard will giving away coozies and other swag.
New Image Brewing in Arvada will tap Home Before the Street Lights Come On Triple IPA, a collaboration with WeldWerks Brewing and Outer Range Brewing. The hazy IPA will be available in four-packs as well, and there will be a mini tap takeover with the two breweries.
Avanti F&B will host Wyoming's Melvin Brewing from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. for a GABF after-party featuring special beer tappings only available at Avanti, sets from DJ Cut la Whut and Mikey Thunder, and live painting by RumTum. There will be a free shuttle to and from the convention center from 8 p.m. to midnight with a GABF badge or ticket stub.
Goed Zuur hosts Beachwood Blendery from Long Beach, California, with a collection of "amazing lambic-style beers, including Funky Yeah! 2019." There will be food to pair with the beers.
Copper Kettle Brewing will release some of its best beers in cans today, tomorrow and Saturday. First up is Pumpkin Mexican Chocolate Stout in nineteen-ounce cans and on draft. Tomorrow is Coconut Snowed In in nineteen-ounce cans and on draft, and Saturday is Rye Barrel Aged Imperial Stout on draft.
Safta, the Israeli fast-casual spot in the Source Hotel, will have one-night-only $30 beer pairing from 6 to 9 p.m. with TRVE Brewing and Georgia's Creature Comforts Brewing. You get one food plate and three four-ounce pours. Dishes include kebab with cornbread, sliced heirloom tomatoes, and mashed potatoes; za’atar fried chicken with green beans and tahini; and corned beef pot pie with Ararat spiced mac and cheese.
Scratch Burrito goes in Pursuit of Hoppyness with a party at 6 p.m. showcasing some of the best local IPAs, as well as few from other states. Breweries include Toppling Goliath, WeldWerks, Black Project, Comrade Brewing, Our Mutual Friend Brewing, New Image Brewing and more.
Avery Brewing will bring back Mephistopheles Stout for a limited run. Yes, you heard that right. The Boulder brewery, now owned by Mahou San Miguel, stopped making this massive monster — part of its Demons of Ale series — a couple of years ago as part of a reorganization. But it returns today at 11:30 a.m. and will be available on a limited basis in liquor stores along the Front Range and on tap at the brewery.
One of the most raucous events of GABF week in recent years — despite not having much to do with beer — is the Beer Hall Brawl at Bierstadt Lagerhaus and the Rackhouse Pub. It's a real wresting match and show set up on the game floor at Rackhouse, featuring the talents of Rocky Mountain Pro. "What do you do after four hours at GABF swigging down sours, double IPAs, pastry stouts and hazys — one-ounce pours at a time? Come recoup with liters of lager and free wrestling. You'll be right as rain in the morning," the brewery says. The event starts at 10 p.m.; it's free to attend, but Bierstadt asks that you register at eventbrite.com.
The 38th edition of the Great American Beer Festival begins today at 5:30 p.m. at the Colorado Convention Center; tickets are $85. This is the main event, the mecca, the bucket-list attraction — with more than 4,000 beers from more than 800 breweries, along with food, live music and 62,000 of your closest friends.
Friday, October 4
Hops & Pie will tap beers from Casey Brewing and Blending, Weldwerks and Toppling Goliath at 11:30. The beers are: Casey's Funky Blender Preserves Riland Apricot, Funky Blender Raspberry, Apricot East Bank, Casey Family Preserves Peach, Casey Family Preserves Apricot, Funky Blender Grape, The Cut Grape, East Bank Peach, Funky Blender Peach, East Bank Preserves Apricot, and Funky Blender Bing Cherries; Weldwerks Double Dry Hopped Juicy Bits, Extra Extra Juicy Bits, Double Dry Hopped 3.8 Miles, Imperial Starry Night, and Mexican Achromatic; and Toppling Golliath's Psuedo Sue, Pompeii, King Sue, Intergalactic Warrior, Morning Latte, Morning Delite, Ladder Mash.
Crooked Stave Artisans will showcase its distribution portfolio at First Draft Taproom & Kitchen all day long. Beers on tap include: Pure Project Brewing Murk of the Beast, Lawson's Finest Liquids Double Sunshine, Maine Beer Company Lunch, Toppling Goliath Brewing King Sue, La Cumbre Brewing/Beachwood Brewing Endless Horizon, Two Roads Plum Gose, Half Acre Daisy Cutter, Old Nation Brewing Co. M-43, Copper Kettle Coconut Snowed In, Crooked Stave Raspberry Nightmare on Brett, Societe Brewing Company Harlot, Narrow Gauge Brewing DDH Sparkle Motion, and Beachwood Brewing Citraholic. 3 Floyds, the Rare Barrel, Jester King, Fremont Brewing, MadTree Brewing, Jackie O's Brewery, and Yazoo Brewing will also be represented.
It's IPAs for Days at Improper City, which is hosting the tap takeover with four of its favorite beer makers from across the country, Outer Range Brewing, Other Half Brewing, and Resident Culture Brewing and Wren House Brewing. Here's the tap list: Outer Range DDH Way Down Double IPA, DDH Fresh Palette IPA, In the Steep IPA, and Rise IPA; Other Half DDH Citra Daydream IPA, DDH Double Mosaic Daydream Double IPA, and Triple Space Diamonds Imperial IPA; Resident Culture Vicky Virago Double IPA, Over Soul IPA, and Thunderstudy IPA; and Wren House Spellbinder IPA and Dankworth Nelson Double IPA. There will be giveaways and a DJ.
Falling Rock Taphouse hosts its annual Sierra Nevada’s Kill A Keg party at noon to see if bar owner Chris Black can beat his record of pouring a half barrel of Beer (1 Keg, 1 Faucet, 1 Person). Last year's record-setting time was six minutes, nineteen seconds. After that, Falling Rock taps Rogue beers at 1 p.m., Surly at 2 p.m., Destihl at 3 p.m., Ecliptic at 10 p.m. and the Rare Barrel and Alvarado Street Brewery at 11 p.m.
The monsters come out at noon at Cerebral Brewing, which will put interesting variations of this beer on tap. The first is the 13.5 percent ABV Monsters at Midnight: "We teamed up with WeldWerks to create a mashup of Medianoche and Here Be Monsters. The base beer for Here Be Monsters was lovingly layered with the same adjuncts as Medianoche Brewers Select, including ten pounds of fresh roasted Ghanan cacao nibs from Nuance Chocolate in Fort Collins and 1.5 pounds of Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla beans. Head Brewers from both breweries hand-selected the barrel, which rested alongside our Vanilla Rye Monsters for 22 months." The second beer is Monsters at Dawn, also 13.5 percent. This one is the Monsters base beer, aged in a Vermont whisky barrel with coffee from Modern Times, house-toasted coconut and Ugandan Vanilla beans.
Finn's Manor and Amalgam Brewing have organized a beer party featuring "a handful of uber-rad breweries from California. In addition to Amalgam (Ascendant, Hidden Bridges BA Saison, Meadowfoam Imperial Stout, there will be beers from Alvarado Street Brewery & Grill, Beachwood Blendery, Green Cheek Beer, Highland Park Brewery, Moksa Brewing, Mumford Brewing and Sante Adairius Rustic Ales.
Station 26 Brewing brings back its fun tradition of finishing a beer and then distributing it to bars and restaurants all over Denver within a few hours. "Our Same Day Hazy IPA is quite literally the freshest beer in town during GABF week," the brewery says. Brewed with Citra, Idaho 7, and Simcoe hops, Same Day will be available at more than forty locations, including the brewery. See the Facebook page for details and specifics.
Each day during GABF, Liberati Brewery & Restaurant, which specializes in making beer/wine hybrids known as oenobeers, will present a set of eight test beers. Each night, it will isolate one specific ingredient — either yeast, grapes, malt or hops — while keeping all other parameters nominal so that tasters can appreciate the difference. Flights are $16 each night. Tonight, Liberati and Propagate Labs in Denver will pour oenobeers brewed with four different strains of Brettanomyces, four with Chardonnay and four with Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Go to Liberati's Facebook page for details.
Goed Zuur welcomes Jester King Brewing, of Texas, at 1 noon for a showcase with a collection of beers that won't be poured anywhere else in town, including Moderne Dansk, Pattinson Porter, Spon 3 Three Year Blend 2017 and 2018. Rowley Farmhouse Ales from Santa Fe will be in the house later, at 9 p.m.
"Skull some coldies" at Cart-Driver's Patio Can Party starting at 5 p.m. The pizza joint will co-host with TRVE Brewing, which is bring in beers from Burial Beer Co., Creature Comforts, Green Cheek Beer Co., Brewery Bhavana, and Trophy Brewing Company.
Join the Otero Taproom for a GABF tap takeover featuring Horse & Dragon Brewing Company out of Fort Collins as well as a GABF after party. Ninja Ramen Mobile will be onsite for the eats, and music by Jonah Wisneski. $1 of every tap beer will benefit The Greenway Foundation.
Thirsty Monk will tap Trail Monk IPA, a fall seasonal that is part of the brewery's Karma series. "It pours hazy pale orange, with notes of freshly squeezed citrus fruits, pine, and a pleasantly bitter finish," the brewery says. This beer will benefit the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative.
After the GABF session ends, head to Freshcraft for a Colorado Brewers Guild showcase that features several collaborations and specialty beers from breweries all over this great state. The tap list will include: Telluride Brewing ALTitude Adjustment Altbier, Russell Kelly Pale Ale and It Would Be a Lot Cooler If You Did IPA, brewed in collaboration with Station 26 and Freshcraft; Station 26 Juicy Banger and Same Day Hazy IPA; 4 Noses Zwicky P Zwickelbier, Champagne Pilsner (a collab with Freshcraft); Upslope Berliner Weisse (served with custom syrups) and German Style Pilsner; Epic Brewing Tart N Hazy, a blend of a barrel-aged sour and a hazy IPA; Horse & Dragon Brewing Puck Drop Tart Cherry Kettle Sour; WeldWerks DDH Juicy Bits and Starriest Night Imperial Stout with Hazelnut and Coconut.
Avery Brewing in Boulder will once again host Adam Avery's Cellar Sale by digging into the founder's massive beer vault and unloading hundreds of bottles of rare and vintage brews. The sale begins at 11 a.m., though a line will probably form much earlier. The outdoor event will happen come rain or shine, and there are no limits on beer purchases. The beer list is TBA, but will likely be announced before the sale on Avery's Facebook page.
Sold out: The 11th annual Denver Rare Beer Tasting, taking place from noon to 4 p.m. at the McNichols Building, will feature more than sixty of America’s leading craft breweries, pouring exceedingly rare, exotic or vintage specialties; the brewers and brewery owners are often present to pour their own beers. The annual event is a fundraiser for the Pints for Prostates campaign. Information about the beer list (which is evolving) and tickets (which sell out long before the event) can be found at the Rare Beer Tasting Facebook page.
After a sold-out event last year, the Tank Brewing Company from Miami and Cigar City Brewing from Tampa are again teaming up for the Suds and Stogies GABF After-Party from 8 to 11 p.m. at Tap Fourteen Ballpark (across from Falling Rock). "Enjoy beautiful rooftop views, live music, specialty brews and premium cigars from Altadis USA, Rocky Patel Premium Cigars, Plasencia Cigars, General Cigars, and Smoker Friendly Cigar Lounges," Tap Fourteen says. "Every ticket purchase also means a chance to win two tickets to the Saturday GABF session and an opportunity to taste the festival's winning beers." Pre-sale tickets are $30, and tickets will be $40 at the door. They include four beers and four cigars.
The 38th edition of the Great American Beer Festival continues today at 5:30 p.m. at the Colorado Convention Center. Tickets are $85. This is the main event, the mecca, the bucket-list attraction — with more than 4,000 beers from more than 800 breweries, along with food, live music and 62,000 of your closest friends.
Saturday, October 5
"A little hair of the dog always helps during GABF weekend. It also helps get the party going again," says Denver Beer Co., which will be serving up a Brewer's Breakfast starting at 8:30 a.m. What's in it? How about a fat burrito and a glass of barleywine? That should do the trick. Tickets are $15 in advance.
Falling Rock Tap House dusts off a vintage "Demons" series keg at 4 p.m., followed by beers from Casey Brewing and Blending at 5 p.m., Vista Brewing at 9 p.m., and Firestone Walker at 10 p.m. Firestone will have vintage Parabola plus the debut of a Barrelworks Collaboration Blend with the PNC Bar Owners Group, Rolling Bones. Finally, Falling Rock says goodbye to GABF week at 11 p.m. with its annual New Belgium party. This time, the bar will pull out a keg of its 20th Anniversary Blend that was done with Philly's Monk's Café, plus a special keg of Love, Oscar Blackberry Whiskey Barrel.
"We’re just going to go ahead and state the obvious: GABF can be a little overwhelming at times," says Cerebral Brewing. "There are so many breweries in town, a staggering number of events, four different pouring sessions, awards… There comes a point during the week where all we want to do is crack open a can, settle into an adirondack on the porch and enjoy chatting with fellow beer nerds." As such, Cerebral will host a Can Jam at noon with some of its favorite breweries from across the country, selling off two cases of mostly hoppy beers from each of the breweries listed below (for on-site consumption only). The event is free, and Cerebral will charge by the can until sold out. Clamato Time will have food out front. The breweries include: Alvarado Street, Brewery, Cellarmaker Brewing, Dancing Gnome Beer, Great Notion Brewing, Moksa Brewing Company, Other Half Brewing, Pure Project, Resident Culture, Trillium, Trophy Brewing and Threes Brewing.
While GABF celebrates the best in American beer, Cerveceria Colorado's Great Mexican Beer Fiesta will toast beers, breweries and beer styles from south of the border — and feature lucha libre wresting (5 p.m.), live art with Armando Silva, a Latin market, live music and Mexican food. The Platte Street beer bar — an offshoot of Denver Beer Company — has collaborated with "some of Mexico's best craft brewers and breweries using traditional Mexican flavors and ingredients; breweries include Crucrumx, San Pascual Baylon, Cerveza Irreverente, Cerveza Caserío, and Cervecería Itañeñe. The festival runs from 1 to 8 p.m. and is free at attend. Some of the brewers from the Mexican breweries will be on hand to talk beer.
Hops & Pie brings back Trillium Brewing at noon. It will tap eight drafts, including: Congress Street, Stumpy Duck, Double Dry Hopped Melcher Street and Nauset Lighthouse.
Finn's Manor hosts a GABF Close Out Lager Party starting at 2 p.m. with lagers provided by "some of the best breweries in the country," from Colorado and beyond. They include Bierstadt, The ABGB, Bagby Beer, Burial Beer, Chuckanut, Fort George, Green Bench, Highland Park, La Cumbre, Other Half, Our Mutual Friend, pFriem Fmaily, Russian River, Trillium, TRVE and Wayfinder.
Cerebral Brewing and some of its industry friends will take over the taps at First Draft Taprooom & Kitchen. Aside from the Denver favorite, there will be beers from Dancing Gnome Brewing, Resident Culture Brewing, Alvarado Street and Transient Brewing.
If you're somehow still out and about after a raging GABF week, Ratio Beerworks will close it down with its fifth annual Karaoke GABF After-Party at 9 p.m. "Join the Ratio Beerworks team in belting out some of your favorite hits and help us send GABF's final night off in a blaze of glory," the brewery says. "This year we'll be upping the ante by awarding a trophy and other prizes to the best brewery performance. Everyone is welcome join the party, but if you sign up to sing a song, your first beer is on us. Additionally, we'll be tapping some serious heat during the party, to put the kibosh on a massive weekend."
Freshcraft will wind down (up?) with a party alongside Elite Brands of Colorado, which will be featuring beers from Russian River Brewing Company, Epic Brewing Company, Bear Republic Brewing Co, Surly Brewing Company, 21st Amendment Brewery & Maui Brewing. "We'll also be pouring some great cocktails using spirits from the Elite Brands list and our friends from Spirit Hound Distillers as well, who will be joining us to celebrate the release of The Brainless Hound, a beer aged at Epic Brewing Company's Denver Taproom in their Colorado Honey Straight Malt Whiskey barrels," Freshcraft says.
Briar Common Brewery + Eatery celebrates its third anniversary from 1 to 5 p.m. with barrel-aged beers, two local tattoo artists, merch, games, burgers and dogs and much more. Some of the proceeds will be donated to the brewery's local charity partner, Safehouse Denver.
Each day during GABF, Liberati Brewery & Restaurant, which specializes in making beer/wine hybrids known as oenobeers, will present a set of eight test beers. Each night, it will isolate one specific ingredient — either yeast, grapes, malt or hops — while keeping all other parameters nominal so that tasters can appreciate the difference. Flights are $16 each night. Tonight, Liberati teams with renowned grape grower Peter Brehm, and with Viking Malt imported and supplied by Olin Schultz. Each oenobeer will be brewed with Viking Malt, and fermented with 49% of a different varietal of wine grape, resulting in a set that allows the taster to explore and compare side by side the complex nuances and flavors of the different varietals. Grapes include Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Grigio, Mosier Syrah, Gruner Veltner, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese.
The Parlor Pickers will play some live sets at Star Bar from 6 to 8 p.m. while the bar itself taps "tons of special beers for Great American Beer Festival."
Goed Zuur welcomes in Smog City Brewing from Los Angeles, which will be on hand to pour some of its beers; the kitchen will be turning out dishes to pair with the beers.
Join the Otero Taproom for a GABF tap takeover featuring a full lineup from Great Notion Brewing from Portland, Oregon. $1 of every tap beer will benefit The Greenway Foundation.
Enjoy specialty releases at 6 p.m. at Rhein Haus from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project, La Cumbre Brewing Co., Two Roads Brewing Company, and Fremont Brewing.
Former Saint, which is just steps from the Colorado Convention Center, will FunkWerks, 21st Amendment and Brooklyn Brewery from 11 a.m. until the kegs run out. The three breweries have teamed up financially and from a sales perspective, and they'll take over the taps all day.
Winter is on the way, and Outer Range Brewing in Frisco is throwing a big party, Snow Stoke, to celebrate the the season's return. In addition to three beer releases, there will be: a meet-and-greet with Colorado Rapid Avalanche Deployment dogs at noon, and an avalanche safety class; free coffee from Mountain Dweller Coffee; food from Craftsman Vail, which makes some of the best sandwiches in the state; Weston Backcountry reps showing off their new lineup of skis and boards; a huge raffle; and waxing and tuning from the Ski Doctor. The first beer release is Whumpf Double IPA, made with Citra, Denali and Lemondrop hops, and packaged in cans. The second is Rise IPA, made with Citra, Mosaic, Hallertau and Motueka, also in bottles. The third is Burr Imperial Stout, featuring Guatemalan coffee locally roasted by Mountain Dweller Coffee.
The 38th edition of the Great American Beer Festival continues today with two sessions, at noon (sold out) and at 5:30 p.m. at the Colorado Convention Center. Tickets are $85. This is the main event, the mecca, the bucket-list attraction — with more than 4,000 beers from more than 800 breweries, along with food, live music and 62,000 of your closest friends.
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Sunday, October 6
Join Bierstadt Lagerhaus and Liberati Brewery at the Rackhouse Pub for GIBF, the German Italian Beer Feast, a post-GABF, three-course beer pairing dinner featuring a combination of food and beer from both breweries. The first course is Bierstadt Pils with scagliozzi (fried polenta); the second is Red Giant Dubbel Oenobeer with ribeye steak; and the third is Bierstadt Dunkel paired with Liberati’s tiramisu, infused with the Dunkel. Tickets are $55 per person; for more details and information, go to the GIBF Facebook page.
Hogshead Brewery and Crescent City’s Connection are teaming up to help ease your GABF hangover with cask ales and a proper (New Orleans-style) English breakfast. There are three ticket options involving things like Scotch eggs, bangers and mash, and proper pints. Go to Hogshead's Facebook page for tickets.
Each day during GABF, Liberati Brewery & Restaurant, which specializes in making beer/wine hybrids known as oenobeers, will present a set of eight test beers. Each night, it will isolate one specific ingredient — either yeast, grapes, malt or hops — while keeping all other parameters nominal so that tasters can appreciate the difference. Flights are $16 each night. Tonight, Liberati and Hophead Farms in Michigan will pour single hop ales brewed with eight different varietals of Hophead Farms hops. They include Wolf, Grungeist, Dragon, Fox, Zuper Saazer, Hüll Melon, Cashmere, Mandarina.
Goed Zuur hosts a Brunch Blowout from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. featuring Cantillon, Sante Adairius, Green Bench Brewing Co, The Rare Barrel, & Alesong Brewing and Blending. This will be a first come first serve brunch with open seating.