Tickets for the 27th annual Great America Beer Festival – which starts this Thursday – are sold out, but you can still get in on some beer-drinkin’ action.
Falling Rock Taphouse, 1919 Blake Street, will host a series of spillover events all week long for anyone who is locked out of the festival or simply wants more, more, more beer.
And Denver City Council will toast the festival with a special proclamation at 5:30 p.m.at the start of tonight’s council meeting. Councilmembers will recognize the event’s contributions to the Denver area and Colorado in general as councilwoman Carla Madison, reportedly a big fan of craft beer, will present the award to festival founder, beer guru, author and Brewer’s Association president Charlie Papazian, along with other Brewer’s Association bigwigs. The national association is based in Boulder. Madison took a home-brewing class from Papazian way back in 1974.
Afterward, some of these folks will get to Falling Rock. Here's the schedule there:
Today, October 6, at 5 p.m., Falling Rock hosts a GABF Kickoff Tapping Party by tapping ten to twelve unusual or special kegs that it's been saving.
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On Wednesday, October 8, at 4 p.m., Oskar Blues unleashes some of its beers aged in Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey barrels. At 9 p.m., Boulder’s Avery Brewing stops by with some of its “unusual experiments,” including Hog Heaven (dry hopped in the keg), Bad Sally #2 (aged in an oak barrel), Reverend Rare (aged in an Eagle Rare Barrel) and Deviation (fermented with Belgian yeast).
On Thursday, October 9, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Falling Rock will offer some of the San Francisco Bay Area’s best beers. At 10 p.m., importer Dan Shelton offers samples of unusual fare, such as Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus & Iris on draught. At 11 p.m., legendary California brewer Stone Brewing Company offers some of its vaunted beers, including a 2007 Russian Imperial Stout, a keg of the Alesmith/Mikkeler/Stone Collaboration, Stone’s 10th Anniversary Ale and Vertical Epic 08.08.08.
At noon on Friday, October 10, Falling Rock will try to kill a keg of Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale in under fifteen minutes and 42 seconds (last year’s time). Then at 12:15 p.m., Sierra Nevada will offer its Chico Estate Harvest Ale (the hops for this beer were harvested at Sierra Nevada’s own California hop farm on the brewery grounds). At 10 p.m., Delaware’s Dogfish Head brewery will present “Around the World in 6 Beers,” a $10 tasting of “flavors collected from all over the planet,” as represented by some of Dogfish Head’s special beers. Then, at 11 p.m., sample Alaskan Brewing's 2006 Barleywine and this year's Alaskan Smoked Porter.
And on Saturday, October 11, at 5 p.m., Falling Rock will break out two five-gallon kegs of Russian River Brewing’s Consecration, made with currants and aged for nine months in wooden Cabernet barrels. At 10 p.m., there will be a pouring of Fort Collins-based New Belgium Brewing Company’s Love Fest, as well as other beers.