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2013 GABF Events Guide

For a little over a week each year, beer fanatics from across the globe descend on Denver, CO in honor of the Great American Beer Festival.  They say the week’s outside events are sometimes better than the fest itself. We’ve compiled the complete guide of events surrounding this year’s Great American Beer Festival.

We’ll keep updating these lists throughout the next week as we hear of other developments. Be sure to check in every day for new updates to the GABF Events Guide.  If you are a brewery and have any other events to report please e-mail [email protected] and we’ll add you to our list.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep in the know on all things GABF! Also stay tuned over the next few days as we’ll be publishing the exclusive list of beers being poured at the actual festival.

**Updated 10/5/2013**

Friday, October 4, 2013

Hops and Pie Firkin 1st Friday- Stone Cali-Belgique Tapping

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Caution Brewing – Pre-GABF – noon to 8pm – Indigent Row will be playing, and Orange Crunch will be serving up food! Corn hole tourney for GABF tickets, and new beer releases. It should be a fun time!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Hops and Pie – Tapping at 2pm – Denver’s Littlest Big Unofficial GABF Kickoff Party Featuring Firestone Walker On Draft: 2012 & 2013 Double DBA vs. DBA, Merkin vs. Merlin, Parabajava, Lil Opal Saison

Colorado’s Top Brewers Book Release Party- at Tattered Cover Downtown– 3 p.m. *CANCELLED*

Featured at the release party will be pours from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project, Denver Beer Co., Great Divide, Trinity Brewing, Strange Brewing, and Odell Brewing. Preparing their recipes will be Chef John Little of Harman’s Eat and Drink, Masterpiece Deli Chef Justin Brunson, Pastry Chef Samm Sherman of Root Down and Linger, and Chef Lon Symensma of ChoLon. Tickets cost $65, and for $85 include the Colorado’s Top Brewers book. GABF Fantasy Brewery Draft- at Illegal Pete’s Broadway 7 p.m. hosts a mix of national and local writers who will pick breweries and earn points based on their medal results from the Great American Beer Festival. Come out to Illegal Pete’s on Broadway this Sunday to meet our local participants.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Colorado Premier of The Beer Diaries at Alamo Drafthouse- Littleton

7301 S Santa Fe Dr. Unit #850 Littleton, CO 80120

Following a sold-out run in Austin, Texas and kicking off Great American Beer Festival week, the Alamo Drafthouse is presenting the World Premiere of 12 brand new episodes of The Beer Diaries. These episodes celebrate Colorado’s amazing craft beer scene and will take place over two showings on October 7th and two showings on October 8th.

There will be beers, there will be brewers that make Colorado’s finest craft beer, and there will a chance to meet and greet the folks from The Beer Diaries!

Join them for delicious local craft beer, then sit back and enjoy the next installment of episodes which will feature some of these Colorado brewers: New Belgium, Odell, Avery, Great Divide, Oskar Blues, Boulder Beer, Upslope Brewing, Funkwerks, Wit’s End and Trve Brewing.

Monday, October 7th @ 7pm and 9:30pm

Tuesday, October 8th @ 7pm and 9:30pm

Ticket Price:       $16 per person (cost includes tasting of 3 beers to pair with the 3 shows)


GABF Kickoff Party @ Falling Rock – 5:30p – ???

Falling Rock is the headquarters for all your GABF tappings, happenings and events throughout the week. Falling Rock Tap House is located at: 1919 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202

Wit’s End Brewing – The Beer Diaries Season 2 Premier @ 9:30pm Hosted by the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Littleton, the second season of the web show “The Beer Diaries” is featuring all Colorado breweries.  In addition to many other great places, the episode featuring Wit’s End Brewing will be at 9:30pm.  Tickets are available on the Alamo Drafthouse website for $16 per showing, which will include beer pairings.

Trinity Brewing @ Ernies Bar and Pizza Eatery @ 7pm – Pouring Trinity’s 7 day Sour and Houdini Hopper

Trinity Brewing @ Hops and Pie @ 8pm – Pouring Trinity’s TPS Report


Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Crooked Stave and Perennial Artisanal Ales Beer Dinner at West End Tavern 7:30 p.m. $70

Join Chef Chris Blackwood West End Tavern, Head Brewer Chad Yakobson Crooked Stave, Cory King Perennial Artisan Ales for a 5 course dinner paired with beers from each brewery. Call 303-444-3535 to make a reservation.

Vine Street Pub Brewer’s Dinner 6 p.m. Tickets $ 60 available at all Mountain Sun locations.

Chef Brendon Flood will be preparing 6 incredible courses paired with 6 rare Mountain Sun Ales that you won’t find on our tap wall!

Highland Tap and Burger Oskar Blues and Odell Beer Dinner 6 p.m. $70

Five course beer, 12 beer dinner with Oskar Blues and Odell. Buy tickets here.

Green Flash at Tap N’ Handle in Fort Collins, 307 South College 5 p.m.

On Tap: Green Bullet Triple IPA, Belgian Trippel, NZ Single Hop, Belgian Blonde, Treasure Chest (Belgian Brown), AND the highlight:  Green Flash Barleywine vertical tasting with our Barrel Aged Barleywine (aged in whiskey barrels).

Stone Brewing – Paramount Café Beer Festival from 6 to 9 p.m.

Paramount Café, 519 16th Street, Denver, CO 80202

Stone will be one of many craft breweries participating in the 2013 Paramount Café Beer Festival. One hundred percent of the proceeds from beer sales will be donated to the Denver Scholarship Foundation, which inspires and empowers Denver Public School students to enroll in and graduate from postsecondary institutions of higher education by providing the tools, knowledge and financial resources essential for success. Stone beers available will include: Stone Enjoy By 11.12.13 IPA and Drew Curtis/Wil Wheaton/Greg Koch Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout. Tickets may be purchased at Paramount Café for $15 per person.

Stone Brewing – Star Bar & Stone Present GABF Orientation beginning at 8 p.m.

Star Bar Denver, 2137 Larimer Street, Denver, CO 80202

Join Stone’s Sales Team at Star Bar for a karaoke party! Stone special-release beers will be tapped, including: Stone “The Tiger Cub” Saison aged in White Wine Barrels and Stone Enjoy By 11.12.13 IPA.

Trinity Brewing @ Falling Rock @ 5pm – Pouring Old Growth

Falling Rock – Spiegelau Beer Connoisseur Tasting Seminar. Beginning at 2 p.m. Learn how the glassware you use changes your enjoyment of our favorite beverage, Beer. Limited seating, held downstairs, tickets on sale starting September 14th 10am (Mountain) & includes Beer & a 4-piece Spiegelau Beer Connoisseur Glass Set (retail Value $50) including the new IPA glass (a joint project of Dogfish Head, Sierra Nevada & Spiegelau) released earlier this year.

Euclid Hall Epic Collaboration Dinner at 6:59 p.m. (Denver) – Looking for a unique dining experience during GABF week? On Tuesday, October 8th at 6:59pm (sunset), Euclid Hall will host an Epic Collaboration Dinner featuring beers from Firestone Walker and spirits from Leopold Bros. This pre-GABF event features beers and spirits not generally seen by the general public paired with 8 courses from the culinary team at Euclid Hall. Tickets are $100 per person including tax and gratuity and can be purchased at Brown Paper Tickets. Representatives from Firestone Walker and Leopold Bros will be on hand to delve into the complexities of their beverages and offer behind-the-scenes info for attendees. Euclid Hall chef Jorel Pierce (currently appearing on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters) created a special menu for this dinner.

Freshcraft  – Geeks Who Drink Beer Pub Quiz with Breckenridge Brewing 8pm

Every Tuesday night at Freshcraft we host a Geeks Who Drink Pub Quiz in our back room.  On the Tuesday of Denver Beer Fest we will be turning over the entire restaurant to a quiz focusing on all things beer.  You will have the chance to win free pints of beer as well as gift cards to Freshcraft.

To pile awesome on top of awesome we’ll be tapping some amazing beers from Breckenridge Brewery including:

• Rum Barrel Aged Oatmeal Stout w/cherries

•Summer Cab Ride

• Well Built ESB

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Beyond the Beer co-sponsored by and Crafting a [email protected] Battery 621 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

A panel discussion focused on the industries and innovative practices around craft beer featuring the likes of Dale Katechis, founder of Oskar Blues, Davis Tucker of North By Northwest Brewing, John Gross, Director of Brand Promotions for Alamo Drafthouse and Co-founder of the Off-Centered Film Festival and Paul Evers who’s firm, tdb, does graphic design and branding for Odell, Deschutes, and 21st Amendment. the event will also feature a host of breweries from Texas and Colorado.

Boston Beer Company Tap Takeover at Historian’s Ale House 

Special Mystery Guest Brewery @ Star Bar

Hops and Pie Special Tappings – 11:30am until the beer kicks featuring Crooked Stave, Perennial, Jester King, Prairie Artisan Ales, and Jolly Pumpkin.

Wynkoop Brewery – Beers Made By Walking from 5:00-8:00pm

We are proud to be taking part in “Beers Made by Walking” event held at the Wynkoop in Denver.  This event features beers inspired by hikes in Colorado and feature unique ingredients inspired by nature.  Tickets are $30 and include unlimited samples.

River North – Wednesday, October 9thWe’re doubling down on events to kick off GABF week. At the taproom we’ll have Double Barrel Quad, a special edition of our weekly Wayward Wednesday tapping. B-Side Quandary is a barrel-aged version of our Belgian Quadrupel, aged in bourbon barrels with cherries. Rum Barrel Quandary is Quandary aged in Jamaican rum barrels. Available side-by-side, so you can taste how a barrel can change a beer. First pours at 1pm.

Trinity Brewing’s 5th Annual Funk, Farmhouse and FiRKiN tappings at 12pm

Oskar Blues Ordeal and Hops and Heifers Barn Burner Pig Roast – 11 a.m. – 9 p.m The Ordeal kicks off Wednesday with Ten FIDY Handshakes at the newest Oskar Blues restaurant, CHUBurger. From there, we’re serving up a Cajun-style lunch at Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids and Solids and buying you two 10 oz. Oskar Blues beers, but feel free to try any of the 43 craft beers on draft. A backstage tour of Oskar Blues Brewery and more beers will happen at the Tasty Weasel tap room, then it’s time for the main event. To kick off the Great American Beer Festival in style, we’re throwing a Barn Burner and Pig Roast at the Hops and Heifers Farm that will include live music, plenty of food, specialty beers, a bonfire and ridiculously awesome views of the Flatirons from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday’s Ordeal starts at 11 a.m., and we’ll drop you back outside of the Falling Rock Tap House at 9 p.m. *All Oskar Blues Ordeal’s begin and end at the Falling Rock Tap House in Denver, CO, include classic and specialty Oskar Blues beers all day, and off-the charts barbecue and Americana meals throughout the day.

Green Flash at  Lucky Pie LoDo1610 16th Street 6 p.m.

On Tap:

NZ Single Hop, Whiskey barrel-aged Barleywine, 30th Street Pale Ale, Treasure Chest Belgian Brown, Green Bullet Triple IPA and Saison Diego!  There will be a very special pizza & beer pairing..

Green Flash, Firestone Walker and Dogfish Head Triple Tap Takeover at Park & Co 439 E 17th Street 7 – 8:30pm

On Tap:

  • Green Flash – 30th Street Pale Ale, East Village Pilsner & Green Bullet Triple IPA
  • Firestone Walker – Wookey Jack & Double DBA
  • Dogfish Head – 60 Minute IPA, 90 Minute IPA & Burton Baton

Stone Brewing Co. Night from 5 to 7 p.m. Lucky Pie Pizza & Taphouse, 1610 16th Street, Denver, CO 80202

Mingle with some of Stone’s Sales Team and enjoy special-release beers, including: Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale aged in Red Wine Barrels, Stone Enjoy By 11.12.13 IPA and Stone Mixtape Ale vol.5 – The Winking Lizard Blend.

Stone Brewing – World of Beer Barrel-Aged Night beginning at 6:30 p.m.

World of Beer – Cherry Creek, 660 South Colorado Boulevard, Denver, CO 80246

For the first time, World of Beer – Cherry Creek will host a barrel-aged beer competition. Guests will be able to sample a wide array of wood-infused beers from various craft breweries throughout the country, including Stone’s limited release Stone Suitable for Cave Aging – An Imperial Smoked Porter Tribute to Danny Williams aged in Bourbon Barrels. For $45, attendees will receive unlimited samples from among more than 30 barrel-aged beers of their choosing. Tickets may be purchased at World of Beer for $45 per person.

Stone Brewing – Stone Night with Steve Wagner at the Cheeky Monk beginning at 8 p.m.

The Cheeky Monk, 534 East Colfax, Downtown Denver, Denver, CO 80203

Meet Stone President and Co-founder Steve Wagner, and enjoy a night of rare and special-release Stone beers, including Stone Reason Be Damned Belgian Style Abbey Ale aged in Red Wine Barrels, Stone Enjoy By 11.12.13 IPA, Stone “The Tiger Cub” Saison aged in White Wine Barrels and Stone Supremely Self-Conscious Ale.

The Colorado Rare Beer Tasting at the Rackhouse Pub 6 – 9 p.m.  *SOLD OUT*

The Colorado Rare Beer Tasting returns to the Rackhouse Pub on Wednesday night. Your $35 ticket will cover unlimited samples, a buffet and some pretty rare brews. We’ll continue to update you with attending breweries and beers as the Rackhouse releases more details. This will sell out, so grab your ticket quickly. The Rackhouse is located at: 208 S Kalamath St, Denver, CO 80223.

Goose Island Bar Event at Old Major 3 p.m.

Wednesday Falling Rock Special Tappings

  • 3pm St. Arnold (TX)
  • 4pm Speakeasy (CA)
  • 9pm Sun King (IN)
  • 10pm Cigar City (FL) with Jai Alai 4 ways.
  • 11pm Schmaltz (NY) with Death of a Contract Brewer.

Trinity Rare Beer Tasting @ Rackhouse Pub @ 5pm

Renegade Brewing – Tour Night – Wednesday, October 9 from 5:00-9:00 PM  Renegade Taproom – 925 W. 9th Avenue Denver, CO 80204

Get pumped up for the Great American Beer Festival with a backstage pass to Renegade Brewing Company! We will be offering tours on the hour, the first starting at 5:00 and the last at 9:00. Tours are free and will include free samples of a small batch that you can only get on the tour. Stop by to meet the crew, learn about beer, and have a drink!

Freshcraft – 7pm – Upslope Brewing Special Tapping

This year we were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to brew a beer with our friends at Upslope Brewing Co.   Under the direction of Upslope head brewer Alex Violette we helped to brew up a silky smooth Oatmeal Brown Ale.  Just for fun it was aged in an Appleton Estate Rum barrel for roughly six months.  Come out and try it with us.  The Upslope Brewing Co team will be here to make sure that it’s a great time for everyone, plus we’ll be tapping their GABF Gold Medal winning Pumpkin Ale, Imperial IPA, Craft Lager and more.  We will be staying open to party until 2 am

New Belgium and Leopold Bros Beer and Cocktails Dinner at Root Down 7:30 p.m.

Five courses paired with beers, cocktails and beer cocktails, Call Root Down to make reservations.

New Belgium and Odell Tap Takeover at Stoney’s 1111 Lincoln St. 7 p.m.

Featuring 8 different beers from each brewery, live music and free food including specialty smoked meats paired with beers.


Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Sour & Barrel Aged LOVE w/New Belgium & Odell @ Star Bar

Sun King at Hops and Pie – 11:30am until the beer kicks – Sun King –  on draft: Pink Taco, Afternoon Delight, Oktoberfest, Cream Dream VI, Barrel Aged Timmie, 777

River North – 7-9pm: Beer, Cheese and Enlightenment @ Stapleton Taphouse. We’re partnering with our good friends at the brand-new Stapleton Taphouse to bring you a gourmet event in an intimate setting. RNB Founder and Head Brewer Matt will join cheese expert Devin Lamma to bring you six tastings of gourmet beer and cheese pairings, including one barrel-aged brew. Attendees will also receive exclusive glassware, beer specials after the event and complimentary snacks. Tickets are $35 in advance and can be purchased at the brewery or the Stapleton Taphouse starting tomorrow!

Oskar Blues Ordeal Tour – 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. We’re hitting all the Oskar Blues stops on Thursday, and starting the tour off at our Grill & Brew brewpub in Lyons, the place where our beer began. Enjoy Steak and Egg Breakfast Burritos and our specialty Coffee Stout (the breakfast of champions) and we’ll show you around the original Oskar Blues Brewery where we’re still pumping out specialty OB brews and our B. Stiff & Sons craft root beer. 19.2 oz. cans of Dale’s Pale Ale and Mama’s Little Yella Pils will quench your thirst as we next give you a tour around Hops and Heifers Farm. Then a barbecue lunch and a cold Oskar Blues beer at Homemade Liquids and Solids Restaurant is on tap, and we’re rounding out the trip with a VIP tour of the Oskar Blues Brewery before we shuttle you back to the Falling Rock Tap House just in time to hit the first session of the GABF. *All Oskar Blues Ordeal’s begin and end at the Falling Rock Tap House in Denver, CO, include classic and specialty Oskar Blues beers all day, and off-the charts barbecue and Americana meals throughout the day.

 New Belgium & Cigar City Collaboration Tapping at Freshcraft @ 12pm (noon)

Earlier this year Cigar City & New Belgium collaborated on an ale brewed with Anaheim and Marash Chilies, weighing in at 8.5%.  At noon on Thursday 10/10/13 you’ll have a chance to try it, along with more amazing beer from each brewery.

The tentative tap list will include:

  • New Belgium / Cigar City Ale
  • New Belgium Le Terroir
  • Cigar City Humidor Series IPA
  • Cigar City Cafe Americana (Imperial Stout)
  • Cigar City Stiftung Berlinerweisse

Green Flash “Behind the Craft, Beer & Food Pairing w/ Marczyck Fine Foods at Solera Restaurant 5410 East Colfax 12pm – 3pm

“Behind the Craft” – the brewery’s popular San Diego based Green Flash University series is coming to Denver. Hosts, Marzcyk Fine Foods will present an array of house made charcuterie and cheese along with a guided tasting while Beer pairings assembled by Green Flash Director of Beer Education and Certified Cicerone® Dave Adams will offer insight on each beer and its pairing. Tickets available through Solera Restaurant.

Green Flash Beer Dinner & Meet the Brewer at Central Bistro & Bar 5:30pm 1691 Central Street

Central Bistro & Bar is assembling a spectacular menu for a special guided pairing from Green Flash Director of Beer Education and Certified Cicerone®, Dave Adams. Featured beers include: Hop Head Red, Le Freak, Rayon Vert, Green Bullet & just 1 EXTREMELY rare keg of Double Stout brewed with fresh Serrano Chilies. Tickets available at Central Bistro.

Boulevard Beer Co Tapping at Freshcraft @ 3pm

Get yourself ready for the opening GABF session with some delicious beer from Boulevard.

Tentative Tap List to include:

  • Saison Brett
  • Mid Coast IPA
  • Pop Up IPA

The Great American Beer Festival 5:30 – 10 PM

Renegade Brewing Hosts: One Flew Over The Barleywine Fest from 6:00-9:30 at Renegade Publik House – 2043 South University Boulevard Denver, CO 80210

12 Barleywines, 1 Deranged Night $30

Enjoy an unlimited tasting of a collection of barleywines from all over the country. Full-size souvenir glass included. Get your tickets at

Freshcraft 2nd Annual SKA Brewing Co+ Peach St. Distillers Denver Brew Fest/GABF Week Party @ 10:30 pm (after session) – 2am –

For the second straight year we at Freshcraft had the privilege to work with Ska Brewing Co & Peach St. Distillers to create a unique beer & barrel aged cocktail for the Denver Beer Fest / GABF crowd.  This year there was a call to our palates from south of the border.  Enter DaSkave de Fuego, a heavily hopped Extra Pale Ale infused with tropical fruit & habanero and aged in a Peach St D’Agave Gold barrel.  After the beer was transferred from the barrel we filled with DaSKAve Bam Bam – a cocktail made with more Peach St D’Agave and other great ingredients.  You’ll get the chance to try both of these and more if you show up after the GABF session lets out on Thursday this year

The drink list will include (but probably won’t be limited to):

  • DaSkave de Fuego
  • Cru D’etat –   A Belgian specialty ale aged in oak foeders for nearly 2 years and weighing in at a lofty 11.5% ABV—This revolutionary ale has flavors of caramel and raisins with a hint of alcohol heat and a repressed tartness that will overthrow your feelings of inadequacy with a desire to go wild in the streets. A push from the left and a shout from the right, all come out, let’s drink it tonight!
  • Hoperation Ivy
  • Modus Hoperandi
  • DaSKAve BAM BAM Barrel Aged Cocktail
  • More delicious classic & unique cocktails made with Peach St products

World Brewers Forum 8 PM – 12 AM!wbf/c1hir

The 19th Annual WBF is sponsored by the “Keg Ran Out Club”, a local homebrew group out of Broomfield. Although details haven’t officially been announced, the event features two guest speakers from the Craft Beer Industry, silent auction, giveaways, homebrew contest, food and a ton of great beer. Past guests include Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head and Greg Koch of Stone Brewing. More details to come.

Epic Brewing First Firkin Fiasco – 3pm-10pm The newly finished Epic Taproom in RiNo will be tapping an impressive 50 firkins the evening of October 10th. $55 VIP tickets

Avery’s Midnight Breakfast at Euclid Hall 11 PM – ? Avery Brewing Company and Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen are welcoming Great American Beer Festival attendees in great American style for the third year with Midnight Breakfast at Euclid Hall right after the first GABF session on Thursday, October 10th. The doors at Euclid Hall open at 10:45 and the breakfast gets underway at 11:00 p.m. Tickets for this legendary late night beer breakfast are $100 per person and go on sale on Monday, August 5th. Billed as a late night beer breakfast of epic proportions, Euclid Hall chef Jorel Pierce and the brewers of Avery Brewing Co. have conspired to create a nine-course sit-down breakfast. Look for rare Avery brews like Ross’s’s’ Melange, Momi Hiwa, Bad Apple, Tweak and the unreleased Thensaurum, a sour ale aged in rum barrels. Avery is pulling out all the stops to present one of the most exclusive beer menus that it will offer anywhere this year. Euclid Hall is located at: 1317 14th St, Denver, CO 80202.

 Thursday Falling Rock’s Special Tappings

  • 1pm Rogue (OR)
  • 2pm Boulder (CO)
  • 3pm Lagunitas (CA)
  • 4pm Books & Beer: Meet and Drink with the Authors of 4 Great New Books About Beer:
  1. The Pocket Beer Guide by Stephen Beaumont, with Tim Webb (Sterling Epicure)
  2. The Complete Beer Course by Joshua M. Bernstein (Sterling Epicure)
  3. California Breweries North by Jay R. Brooks (Stackpole Books)
  4. The American Craft Beer Cookbook by John Holl (Storey Publishing)
  • 10 pm Oskar Blues (CO) with 1Nut Brown, Double Impact Belgian Strong Ale and A Fresh Hop
  • 11pm Alaskan (AK) with a Vertical of Smoked Porter on Tap

Hooves and Hops with Elevation Brewing at Osteria Marco 6 p.m.

Osteria Marco executive chef Burton Koelliker will prepare five pork dishes paired with beers from Elevation Beer Co. Call Osteria Marco for reservations at 303-534-5855

GABF Weekend Ticket Raffle at Lucky Pie Pizza and Tap with Lagunitas  @10:00pm (after the afternoon session ends)

Thursday night after the first GABF session Lagunitas will be in full on party mode at Lucky Pie from 10pm till closing. We’ll have the whole Lagunitas crew and 4 or 5 of our oh so hard to find secret taproom only ales. Each glass of Lagunitas you drink gets you a entry into the raffle for a pass to the remaining GABF sessions. Be there or be… somewhere else, I guess?

1UP  – Chicago Tap Takeover featuring Half Acre

Bonded By Beer – Metal Show @ Summit Music Hall (across from Falling Rock)

Three Floyds/Real Ale/Trve Brewing/Surly Brewing METAL SHOW Thursday night,details coming soon.

New Belgium After Party Tap Takeover at Star Bar (after Thursday GABF Session)

Enjoy a collection of cellared Lips of Faith Beers


Friday, October 11th, 2013

New Belgium and Jolly Pumpkin Brewery Beer Brunch at City O City 11 a.m.

Featuring 3 courses of vegan and vegetarian cuisine with a special beer from each brewery and a one-of-a-kind collaboration beer only available at this event. Please call City O City for a reservation.

The Return of Hardcore/Softcore with Avery @ Star Bar

Cigar City at Hops and Pie – 11:30am until the beer kicks – On draft: Jai Alai IPA, Maduro Brown Ale, Marshal Zhukov Imperial Stout, Poblano Wit, Black Currant Brelinerweisse, Humidor Series Red Ale

Freshcraft – Shmaltz He’Brew Tapping Party @ 12pm (noon)

Have some lunch and drink some great beer with the Shmaltz crew.  Tentative tap list to include:

  • Death of a Contract Brewer
  • RIPA on Rye

Stone Brewing Co. Lunch with the Brewers beginning at 2:30 p.m.

Cheba Hut, 1531 Champa Street, Denver, CO 80202

Come have lunch and meet part of the talented brewing team behind Stone Brewing Co. beers. Rare and special release Stone beers will be poured, including: Stone Ruination IPA Grapefruit Slam Edition and Stone Enjoy By 11.12.13 IPA.

Stone Brewing – Denver Rare Beer Tasting V from 1 to 4 p.m. McNichols Civic Center Building, 144 West Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO 80202

Stone Brewing Co. CEO and Co-founder Greg Koch will attend this event benefitting Pints for Prostates. More than 40 rare and vintage beers will be poured from participating breweries. Stone will pour 2004 Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine and 2007 Stone Imperial Russian Stout aged in Bourbon Barrels. Admission includes a commemorative tasting glass, t-shirt, pen and three month trial subscription for All About Beer Magazine. Tickets are sold out.

Stone Brewing Co. Super Fun Time Tapping Party with Greg Koch beginning at 3 p.m. Freshcraft, 1530 Blake Street Denver, CO 80202

Mix and mingle with Stone CEO and Co-founder Greg Koch, the Stone Sales Team and Craft Beer Ambassador “Dr.” Bill Sysak as they collectively tap a slew of rare Stone beers, including Stone Ruination IPA Grapefruit Slam Edition, Stone Supremely Self-Conscious Ale, Stone Enjoy By 11.12.13 IPA, Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station Burton Snatch IPA and Stone Suitable for Cave Aging – An Imperial Smoked Porter Tribute to Danny Williams aged in Bourbon Barrels.

Stone Brewing – East Coast meets West Coast: Dogfish Head and Stone Brewing Co. beginning at 4 p.m. Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen, 1317 14th Street, Historic Larimer Square, Denver, CO 80202

Join Stone CEO and Co-founder Greg Koch as he teams up with Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales Founder and President Sam Calagione for a beer-and-food pairing event. Both breweries will pour three rare beers that will marry perfectly with creative dishes. Stone beers to be poured will include: Stone Reason Be Damned Belgian Style Abbey Ale aged in Red Wine Barrels, Drew Curtis/Wil Wheaton/Greg Koch Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout and Stone Enjoy By 11.12.13 IPA.

Stone Brewing – Stone Night with Greg Koch beginning at 10 p.m.

Falling Rock Tap House, 1919 Blake Street Denver, CO 80202

Join Stone CEO and Co-founder Greg Koch as special-release beers are poured, including Stone Suitable for Cave Aging – An Imperial Smoked Porter Tribute to Danny Williams aged in Red Wine Barrels, Stone “The Tiger Cub” Saison aged in White Wine Barrels, Stone Ruination IPA Grapefruit Slam Edition and Stone Enjoy By 11.12.13 IPA

New Belgium and Wicked Weed Brewing GABF After Party at Hi-Dive

Free show for GABF ticket holders featuring A Tom Collins, ARK Life, The Yawpers, Featuring the first tapping of the New Belgium and Wicked Weed Collaboration Beer.

Trinity Brewing – Old Growth Bottle Release @ 12pm (Colorado Springs)

Freshcraft – Stone Brewing Co Super Fun Time Tapping Party @ 3pm

Before the Friday night GABF session starts come out & drink some hard to find Stone beers.  The tentative tap list will include:

  • 2007 Stone Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Russian Stout
  • Stone Ruination IPA Grapefruit Slam
  • 10 Barrel/Bluejacket/Stone Suede Imperial  Porter 1/6 BBL

Denver Rare Beer Tasting V 1 – 4 PM This is the one you whale hunters and tickers can’t afford to miss. Think rare beers from some of America’s top craft breweries. Look for The Bruery, Cigar City, Crooked Stave, AC Golden, The Lost Abbey, Prairie, Sun King, Thai Me Up and many more. Yes, it’s $100, but the beer lineup is always stellar and the money goes to charity. This year, the event has moved to the McNichols Civic Center to allow for more space and is within stumbling distance of the Convention Center. The McNichols Civic Building is located at: 144 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80202. Update: SOLD OUT!

Oskar Blues Ordeal and Gospel Brunch – 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Back by popular demand, the highly praised Gospel Brunch, held in the hop rows at our Hops and Heifers Farm, is the first stop on the Friday Ordeal. Confess your sins to our preacher and get down to a Southern-style brunch paired with specialty Oskar Blues beers and some soul-saving live music. Grab a beer and check out the 43 craft beers on draft at Homemade Liquids and Solids next, and finish the trip with a VIP brewery tour of the Oskar Blues Brewery and Tasty Weasel Tap Room. We’ll get you back to the Falling Rock Tap House with enough time to catch your breath and make it over to the Convention Center. *All Oskar Blues Ordeal’s begin and end at the Falling Rock Tap House in Denver, CO, include classic and specialty Oskar Blues beers all day, and off-the charts barbecue and Americana meals throughout the day.

The Great American Beer Festival 5:30 – 10 PM

Freshcraft – Lagunitas Friday Side Session  @ 7pm – close

Ever go to GABF hoping to talk to folks from your favorite breweries but can never find them at their tables? Yeah, that’s cuz they like to drink other people’s beer too and love walking around the fest. Well, if you were hoping to enjoy a pint with the folks from Lagunitas, they will be hanging out here during the Friday session; from 7pm until they ask us to leave or put pants back on. Lagunitas Brew Master, Jeremy Marshall, and a couple other of our surly and over-worked brewers will be there. Don’t worry, we’ll make them shower beforehand. We’ll have a firkin (real ale, fools!) and a couple other gems on draft.


  • High West Rye Barrel Aged Cappuccino Stout
  • Maximus IPA
  • Firkin TBD

 It Started With A Beer… – 7:00-9:00 PM @ Renegade Taproom – 925 W. 9th Avenue

The Great American Beer Festival is a celebration of an industry- the people, growth, product, and fans that make craft beer great. In this week of big events and expensive tickets, we wanted to take a step back.

Renegade was built on the passion of people coming together over beer. There’s nothing quite like a good beer shared with old or new friends. We want to put aside our profits and get back to what we love- sharing beer with you.

On Friday the 11th, from 7-9 PM, all beer served at Renegade will cost $1. Bring a friend and a few bucks, we’ll share pint.

Freshcraft – Firestone Walker Brewing & Odell Brewing Co Friday Night Barrel Madness  @ 10:30 pm (after GABF evening session ends)

  • Odell Udderly Cherry (Barrel Aged Cherry Chocolate Cream Stout)
  • Odell Extra Special Red
  • Odell ’12 Deconstruction
  • Firestone Walker / Mikkeller Lil Mikkel Farmhouse Saison/Wild Ale.
  • Firestone Walker Helldorado – Blonde Barleywine
  • Firestone Walker Parabajava – Parabola infused with local (CA) coffee

Friday Falling Rock Special Tappings

  • 12pm Sierra Nevada (CA) Annual Kill A Keg (Harvest Ale). This event started when we noticed that we were pouring the season’s first keg of Harvest Ale really quickly. It started us thinking, just how fast could we pour a keg of beer? The rules are pretty simple: a 15.5gal keg, 1 person filling glasses out of one faucet. Last year’s time? 9 Minutes 36 seconds.
  • 1pm Boulevard (MO)
  • 2pm Anderson Valley (CA)
  • 3pm NoLi (WA)
  • 4pm Odell (CO)
  • 10pm Stone (CA)
  • 10:30 (outside) Dogfish Head (DE) SoupKitchen Smokebreak. World Wide Stout poured thru a Randall containing Locally Roasted Coffee Beans & Cigar Tobacco. Also on Tap will be 61 & Palo Santo Marron as well as one other (both the brewery & Chris are digging through their cellars to see what’s available). We’ll also have samples of Dogfish Head’s Beer Infused Chowder & Pickles.
  • 11pm Left Hand (CO) with Fade To Black #’s 1-4
  • Falling Rock (Tentative) “Chicago” tap takeover featuring Half Acre


Saturday, October 12th, 2013

German Beer Brunch with Prost Brewing at Lou’s Food Bar 11:30 a.m.

Lou’s Food Bar executive chef Mike Peshek will serve a 4-course brunch paired with Prost Brewing beers. Call Lou’s Food Bar for reservations at 303- 458-0336.

Beer Advocate Party and the Oskar Blues Extravaganza @ Star Bar TBD

River North Brewery Empty the Cellar Party, 1 p.m. – 10 p.m.

River North will be emptying their cellar of anything barrel aged or rare.  Join them from 1-10 p.m. for Anniversary Ale #1, Barrel Reserve 2013, Whisky Aged Hello Darkness IPA, Rum Barrel Quandary, and much more.

 Ale House at Amatos – GABF Happy Ending Breakfast Reboot w/Lagunitas @ 11am – 1pm

By Saturday morning we will all be feeling like we’ve been beaten with a sack of oranges and that a pack of coyotes used our mouths for a port-o-potty. Well fear not, brave GABFers, Lagunitas is there to set you right and help get us all through the home stretch. The good folks at the Ale House at Amato’s will be hosting us on their unrivaled rooftop patio Saturday morning from 11am till 1pm. We’ll have our favorite breakfast beer, Cappuccino Stout aged in High West rye barrels, homemade donuts and MASSAGE FUKIN THERAPISTS on hand to rub your livers back into fighting shape. A couple hours with us and you’ll be right as rain

The Great American Beer Festival Members Only Session 12 – 4 PM

Freshcraft – Sun King Tapping @ 4pm

After the Saturday GABF Members Only session the Sun King crew will be in the house.  Tentatively the tap list will be:

  • Pappy Van Muckle
  • Pink Taco
  • 666: Sympathy for the Devil

Behind the Scenes at the Great American Beer Festival 10:30 AM – 6 PM  *SOLD OUT* Here is your chance to be a participant in the ultimate experience at the Great American Beer Festival. Spend the day with Jeff Mendel (a partner at Left Hand Brewing & GABF Judge) and JoAnne Carilli-Stevenson (former Director for the Brewers Guild and Founder of the CO Distillers Guild) to learn more about the personalities and history of this exciting industry while tasting some of the best craft beers in the country. During this special day, participants will attend the award ceremony, be provided photo opportunities, tour the festival alongside the hosts, participate in a You Be The Judge education session, and complete the day with a special beer & food pairing event with selected brewers after the Festival. In addition, all participants will receive a special schwag bag of brewery memorabilia and membership to the American Homebrewers Association. This unique experience is limited to only 24 participants.


1. Meet at Hyatt Regency Denver, 15th & Stout (10:30 AM)

2. Award ceremony and photo opportunity (11:00-12:15)

3. Tour of Festival Floor (12:15-2:00)

4. You Be The Judge Session (2:00-2:30)

5. Additional time on floor (2:30 to last call)

6. Beer & Food Pairing Event at Amato’s Alehouse, 2501 16th St., Denver (4:00-6:00PM)

Saturday Falling Rock Special Tappings

  • 4pm Avery (CO)
  • 9pm Ommegang (NY) with both Game of Thrones beers
  • 10pm Firestone Walker (CA) with PNC on tap plus Parabola & Agrestic (Double DBA inoculated with Brettanomyces).
  • 11pm New Belgium (CO) Always the Finale of Falling Rock’s GABF Week. Breaking out some Barrel Program beers & raiding my Cellar for some vintage Treats!

Freshcraft – Avery “Robe One Out” Party @ 10:30 pm (after GABF evening session ends)

Come out and party with the Avery crew!  The festival is over so it’s time to relax.  We’ll be getting comfortable in our robes, drinking some fantastic beer & other adult beverages.  There will be a limited number of robes for sale as well. More details coming soon!

We’ll be tapping:

  • Bad Apple
  • Bolder Weisse
  • Tweak

Sunday, October 13th, 2013

Oskar Blues Hangover Brunch, 11 a.m. Oskar Blue Homemade Liquids and Solids (Longmont)




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