Beer Man

Updated: The Great American Beer Festival 2012 calendar of awesome events

Updated with new events: Tourists may go to Rome to see the Coliseum, but it's the side streets, the adventures and the hidden cafes that typically fill their cameras and their post-trip stories. The same is true of the week surrounding the Great American Beer Festival. The event is the centerpiece, but there is so much more to do and see.

It wasn't always that way. Just a few years ago, you could count the number of craft beer-related venues and events inspired by the GABF on one hand. But times have changed, and it's now almost impossible to list every party, dinner, tap takeover, pub crawl, beer class, rare beer rollout and meet-the-brewer night in town -- let alone attend them all. But you can certainly try. Here is a rundown of some of the coolest places to drink good beer in Denver during GABF week. We'll keep updating this list as we hear more. Cheers.

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Jonathan Shikes is a Denver native who writes about business and beer for Westword.
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