Break out the pretzels: The Great American Beer Festival kicks off today. The annual event will bring hundreds of breweries to the Colorado Convention Center. Tickets were sold out long ago, so unless you were lucky enough to have grabbed one already, you may have to enjoy the festivities from afar. But don't worry, there are barrels of related (and unrelated) beery events all over town. Keep reading for a few of today's highlights.
Old Major is hosting a brunch featuring beer from Magnolia Brewing Company and the music of the Grateful Dead. The three-course meal will include beer pairings with each course and will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. Tickets are $55; you can choose from five seatings and make your reservations here.
Euclid Hall will bring back its annual Midnight Breakfast with Avery tonight, after the GABF session ends. The meal will pair numerous specially-prepared dishes with rare, often impossible-to-find Avery beers. This year, the beers will include Meretrix, Uncle Jacob's, 2003 Czar and others. Doors open at 10:45 p.m. and dinner gets under way at 11. Tickets are $125 per person -- if there are any left; grab yours here.
Stone Brewing Company will be taking over Dorchester Social Eatery and Rooftop Lounge tonight starting at 9 p.m. Dorchester will be featuring rare and cellared beers from Stone Brewing Company, which can be enjoyed solo or with food.
For the second year in a row, heavy-metal-loving beer makers TRVE Brewing and 3 Floyds will host a GABF after-party/concert at the Summit Music Hall featuring EyeHateGod, Valient Thorr, Primitive Man, Call of the Void, Khemmis and Abrams. There will be beer on hand from TRVE, 3 Floyds, Real Ale Brewing and Surly (who are also metal heads). Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15.
Falling Rock will be tapping rare and unusual beers all day, starting at 1 p.m. with Boulder Beer. After that, it's Rogue at 2 p.m., Lagunitas at 3 p.m., Magnolia at 4 p.m., Left Hand at 9:30 p.m. (outside), Ommegang at 10 p.m., Green Flash at 10:30 p.m. (outside), and Cigar City at 11 p.m.
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