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!
Tuesday, October 1
Euclid Hall and Odell Brewing will come together to celebrate Odell's thirtieth anniversary with a beer paring dinner starting at 6:30 p.m. The dinner includes six courses from the Euclid Hall kitchen crew, led by executive chef Sarah Cloyd, paired with six beers from Odell Brewing: Indian Pale Ale, Mountain Standard IPA, 180 Shilling, Oak Aged Imperial IPA (Woodcut series), Brett Golden, and a collaboration beer that was made by Odell just for Euclid Hall; it's a mango guava session sour called Sidewinder. Tickets are $70 and available at brownpapertickets.com.
The Untappd beer-logging app is on a seven-city tour, and it will stop in Denver today. Join Untappd co-founder Greg Avola at Cerebral Brewing from 6 to 9 p.m.; he'll be giving away free Untappd merchandise including T-shirts, stickers and more.
Wednesday, October 2
Join Liberati Brewing, Spice Trade Brewing and H3SH3R BBQ Co. 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.
Falling Rock Tap House and Wyoming's Melvin Brewing 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.
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
Burial Beer Company takes over the taps at TRVE Brewing starting at noon. TRVE says it will "hosting a guest tap feature of six of their legendary beers."
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.
Tivoli Brewing an Elite Brands will host a Mini American Beer Festiall 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 — starting at 6 p.m. — may be made by calling 720-460-3733; it costs $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 fine 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 hold 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.
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, Wiseacre Brewing.
Indiana's Three Floyds Brewing returns to Lowdown Brewery + Kitchen, where it holds a tasting every year during GABF. This year, Lowdown will have six Three 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.