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Today: Denver Beer Fest counts down to the Great American Beer Festival

Denver Beer Fest

hits its stride today when the

Falling Rock Taphouse

, 1919 Blake Street, holds its annual

Great American Beer Festival

Kickoff Tapping Party at 5 p.m.

The beer bar -- known as much for its surly staff as for its vast selection of brews -- is typically the headquarters for brewery owners, brewers and beer geeks from near and far during the festival. And although Falling Rock will have some competition this time from newer places like the Rackhouse and FreshCraft, it is still the king of the beer block.

Falling Rock will tap ten to twelve rare or special beers that it has saved for the occasion.

Other Denver Beer Fest highlights for today include:

Oskar Blues beer dinner at the Corner Office Corner Office chef Carlos A. Ruiz pairs a select menu with five beers from the maker of Dale's Pale Ale. Tickets, $40, can be purchased at the Corner Office, 1401 Curtis Street, or at www.oskarblues.com.

Beer Can History Bill Coors, who is known as the father of the aluminum can, created the Coors Container Company in Golden in 1959, and the can has been the beer-drinking container of choice ever since. Tonight, from 7 to 9 p.m., a Coors representative will give a class on the history of the beer can at Stoney's, 1111 Lincoln Street. Stoney's promises to have a "crazy special" on Coors cans for the talk.

For a full schedule, go the Denver Beer Fest website.

Follow Westword's Beer Man on Twitter at @ColoBeerMan.

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