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2014 GABF Events Guide | UPDATED 10/4

GABF Events Guide 2014

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.  Denver’s events outside of the beerhall are sometimes better than the festival itself. We’ve compiled the complete GABF Events Guide surrounding this year’s Great American Beer Festival.

We’ll keep updating the GABF Events Guide 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 us cory {at} porchdrinking {dot} com 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.

Navigating such a long list of festivities can be tricky. Click a date below to jump to that day’s events!

Saturday, September 27th
Sunday, September 28th
Monday, September 29th
Tuesday, September 30th
Wednesday, October 1st
Thursday, October 2nd
Friday, October 3rd
Saturday, October 4th
Sunday, October 5th

Saturday, September 27th

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4 Year Anniversary Party @ Hops & Pie

12 p.m.

Hops & Pie (Berkeley) – 3920 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212

Hops & Pie will be celebrating their 4 Years of Pizza & Beer from 12 noon til close. They plan to offer up a fantastic lineup of beers from Avery Brewing Company including: Bad Apple, The Beast, Chai Brown, 5 Monks, Gorde, The Kaiser, Lilikoi, Obscuro/Nimbus, Pump[ky]n, Rufus Corvus, Uberschwine, and Uncle Jacob’s Stout. There will also be some raffles & shenanigans. Flights and single pours will be available. No tickets necessary.

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Beer Brunch @ Big Choice Brewing (Broomfield)

10am – Noon

7270 W 118th Pl, Broomfield, CO 80020

Beer Brunch @ Big Choice Brewing – Complete brunch w/beer – $ varies by purchase – no tickets – just show up.

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Fresh Hop Fest @ Falling Rock Tap House (LoDo/Ballpark)

12pm – 4pm

Falling Rock Tap House – 1919 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202

The creators of Collaboration Fest & Sesh Fest present: Fresh Hop Fest. All beers are fresh, hobby and won’t last long! What do I get for $40? Ticket will include unlimited libations, commemorative glass, and plenty more. Trust us when we say it will be worth every penny. Buy now and save. At door prices will surely increase (if any tickets are remaining).

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2nd Anniversary Party @ Wild Woods Brewery (Boulder)

1 – 9pm

Wild Woods Brewery – 5460 Conestoga Ct, Boulder, CO 80301

Come and party in the Boulder hills with Wild Woods Brewry. They will be tapping their Raging River Rock 2nd Anniversary Ale and some new and returning seasonal beers, food from Blackbelly , live music from Caribou Mountain Collective, and commemorative beer mugs.

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River North Brewery to Release J. Maria (Tequila Barrel Aged) (Ballpark/LoDo)


2401 Blake St #1, Denver, CO 80205

River North Brewery has gained a reputation for experimenting with exotic barrels, creating unique brews from unusual combinations of flavors. Now, right before GABF, River North is set to release its next concoction. On Saturday, September 27th at 1pm, the brewery will introduce J. Maria (Tequila Barrel Aged), their signature farmhouse ale aged in artisan tequila barrels. In total, the brewery bottled 135 cases. Both draft pours and bombers-to-go will be available at the release party. Bottles will cost $15 with a limit of three. More bottles will hit store shelves in Colorado and Kansas City in the weeks following the release.

Green. Beer. Fest. @ Boulder Bandshell (Boulder)

2 – 10pm

Boulder Bandshell – 1212 Canyon Blvd, Boulder, CO 80302

Formerly called the Frack Free Brew Festival. Now in its second year, the Green. Beer. Fest. is a day-long Colorado craft beer + creative mashup hosted in Boulder, Colorado. Created by Wade M. Norris, the Green. Beer. Fest. unites Colorado’s microbreweries, indie musicians, farmers, pioneering people and companies working across industries doing epic things to save the world (aka sustainable innovation). They hope that the eclectic and chill vibe will bring together wicked cool people like us – who sincerely CARE about – healing, saving lives and making the world a better place regardless of their background or affiliation(s).

Docktoberfest @ Dry Dock Brewing Co (Aurora)

11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Dry Dock Brewing Co. -15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014

The annual Docktoberfest celebration will take place on Saturday, September 27 at South Dock from 11 am to 11 pm. They’ll have their Oktoberfest lager on tap, bratwursts on the grill, and live music! The Rhinelanders will be playing from 1 to 4 pm.

Hoppin Frog Special Tapping Event @ Choice City Butcher & Deli (Ft. Collins)

6:30 p.m.

Choice City Butcher & Deli – 104 W Olive St, Fort Collins, CO 80524

Put this on your pre-GABF event list for Monday, September 29th. Join Owner and Head Brewer Fred Karm and the crew from Hoppin Frog Brewery as Choice City welcomes them for a night of dinner and great beers! B.O.R.I.S the crusher, Frog’s Hollow Double Pumpkin and their 10th year collaboration Pappy Van Winkle Barrel Aged Stout, along with others will be tapped! All perfectly paired with dinner. RSVP 970-490-2489! $55 per person (+tax/tip). First beer at 6:30pm and first course at 7pm.

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Oktoberfest Denver (LoDo/Ballpark)

Sept 26th-Sept 28th

21st and Larimer, Denver, CO

Denver’s Ballpark Neighborhood welcomes back one of the city’s longest running festivals and one of the largest of its kind in the nation! Oktoberfest Denver is set to once again commemorate this world-famous and time-honored tradition of German heritage by combining dynamic performance of music and dance, bier-based activities, Long Dog Derby and entertainment for all ages.

Oktoberfest @ South Pearl Street (Platt Park)

Sept 27th, 1 – 9 p.m.

1200 S. Pearl St. Denver, CO

t’s hard to think of a better way to say goodbye to summer than gathering with great company to celebrate Oktoberfest! This low-key, undeniably fun event is back with only the best beers, brats, and jams. Find us on the 1500 block of South Pearl Street starting in the early afternoon until evening when no one wants to go home. So grab your stein, pull out that German alpine hat and lederhosen, and come eat amazing food and drink lots of beer with us! Entrance is free but you have to pay to chow and imbibe. More info here.

Kokopelli Woodstock (Westminster) 

12 p.m. – 10  p.m.

Kokopelli Brewing Co – 8931 N Harlan St, Westminster, CO 80031

Live music by Dave Connelly 12-3pm, more music 5-10 by Gratefully Acoustic. Costume contest, wear tye dye for drink and food specials. Free to attend, join us for a groovy time!

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Oktoaderfest @ Mountain Toad Brewing (Golden)

2 – 4 p.m.

Mountain Toad Brewing – 900 Washington Ave, Golden, CO 80401

Come over to Mountain Toad between 2-4pm (or until they last) to get your Beer Stein and Fill it up for $10! Then raise your glass to some drinking songs in the biergarten by POTCHEEN between 3:30-7:30pm! Tasty food from Roaming Bull Brasserie. Proceeds benefit Foothills Animal Shelter and National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Prost!

Great Divide Beer Dinner @ Maggiano’s (Central Business District/Downtown)


Maggiano’s | 500 16th Street Mall #150

We know, we know. The Italian foodchain Maggiano’s is not the first place you’d run over to and sign up for a beer dinner but we are being optimistic. Great Divide pairs its beers over five courses Full menu and information here. $60/person.

Sunday, September 28th


Rumpkin Release @ Avery Brewing (Boulder)

11 a.m.

Avery Brewing Company – 5763 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80303

Avery will host their Rumpkin Tap Room Release for Batch No. 4 of their notoriously delicious Rum Barrel Aged Pumpkin Beer. A monstrous pumpkin ale, plump full of spicy gourdiness, aged in fresh rum barrels to add suggestions of delicate oak and candied molasses. Bottle sales begin at 1pm. $12 per 12oz bottle. Rare beers on draft starting at 11am.


Crooked Stave Taproom Schedule for GABF Week @ The Source (Five Points)

3350 Brighton Blvd., Denver, CO

Sunday 9/28
12 PM: Between the Staves tapping, 6 PM: Collaboration Brewers Night with Melvin Brewing
Monday 9/29
12 PM: Blackberry Dark Origins tapping, 6 PM: Collaboration Brewers Night with Almanac
Tuesday 9/30
12 PM: Surette Reserva Dry-Hopped tapping, 6 PM: Collaboration Brewers Night with Perennial
Wednesday 10/1
12 PM: Nightmare on Brett aged in Port Barrels tapping, 5:45 PM: Mama Bear’s Sour Cherry Pie toast, 6 PM: Sour Plum collaboration with Firestone Walker tapping, 6:30 PM: Collaboration Brewers Night with Greenbench
Thursday 10/2
12 PM: Passion Party tapping, 6 PM: Batonnage & Dry-Hopped Batonnage (collaborations with Mr. B’s Wine & Spirits) tappings, 6 PM: Collaboration Brewers Night with Jolly Pumpkin
Friday 10/3
12 PM: Blaeber of Love, 6 PM: Collaboration Brewers Night with Evil Twin
Saturday 10/4
12 PM: L’Brett d’Peach tapping, 6 PM: Collaboration Brewers Night with Jester King

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Fall Harvest Dinner w/ Black Shirt Brewing and Roaming Bull Brasserie (Five Points)

7 – 9pm

Black Shirt Brewing – 3719 Walnut St, Denver, CO 80205

Fall Harvest Beer Dinner with Black Shirt Brewing Co and Roaming Bull Brasserie – 5 courses – $75/pp – Denver, CO – 7:00pm to 9:00pm – Tickets online.

RiNo Brewscene and Arts District (Five Points)

1400 miles would love to invite you and your friends to volunteer for 1400 Miles on Sunday September 28th! Volunteering is easy and will help them make a difference in Prostate Cancer, the number 1 leading cause in males over the age of 30. Prostate Cancer is almost 100% curable and can be avoided if men get checked regularly. 1400 Miles uses bikes and beers to create that conversation and provide free health screenings to men. The Block party on the 28th is located in RiNO Arts District with businesses from Black Shirt Brewing to DADA art bar. Please click here to volunteer and help support the cause! Don’t forget to share this opportunity with friends and share the event with people you know on facebook!

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Black Sky Brewery 1 Year Anniversary Party (Baker)

2 p.m.

Black Sky Brewery – 490 Santa Fe Dr, Denver, CO 80204

Celebrate their first year with live music from Vimana, Grind Conspiracy, Gomorrah, Bronze BB and more. They will be grilling up all natural burgers and brats from Frontier Natural Meats along with their regular menu offerings. Special tappings and seasonal beers will be on hand.


Bristol Brewing’s Venetucci Pumpkin Ale @ Ivy Wild School (Colorado Springs)

12pm – 6pm

1604 S Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80905

Bristol’s ever popular Venetucci Pumpkin Ale will kick off the season with a pre-sale on Sunday, September 28 from 12 pm – 6 pm. Each year both the pre-sale and the release party have a cult following, resulting in lines from the Bristol Pub clear out the door to the street. This year, fans will be allowed to reserve four bottles of the ale, one more than in years preceding.

Outside the Lines South Denver Beer Tour @ Douglas County Breweries (Douglas County)

Visit five participating Douglas County craft breweries (3 Freaks, Elk Mountain Brewing Co., Grist Brewing Co., Hall Brewing Co., Living The Dream Brewing Co., Lone Tree Brewing Co., Rockyard Brewing Co.) in September. Get your passport stamped at each location, and then bring your stamped passport to any Douglas County Libraries location to collect your commemorative Great Douglas County Beer Tour glass! More info on the event and a print out of the passport can be found here.


Monday, September 29th

River North Brewery Tapping Grand Unified Theory @ Falling Rock

Evening (TBD)

River North Brewery – 2401 Blake St #1, Denver, CO 80205

River North won’t be at GABF this year as to allow other breweries a chance to showcase their offerings. However they’ll be rolling out some tremendous events like Monday’s tapping of Grand Unified Theory in the tap room. Come try their first cocktail barrel-aged beer and a few other surprises.

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Wit’s End Brewing GABF Taproom Hours and Events (Valverde)

2505 W 2nd Ave #13, Denver, CO 80219

Wit’s End Brewing will be holding special hours during GABF week.  Their taproom will be open every day during the week of September 29th.
The GABF week taproom hours will be as follows:
Monday – Thursday   2-8pm
Friday – Saturday     12-8pm

They will have special tappings throughout the week, including some of their rare beers like Sorry I’m Not Sour, Dim Mak, Big Willie Style and others!  Check out their Facebook page for updates. In addition to their presence at GABF sessions, they will be taking part in the following events:

Beers Made By Walking – Thursday, October 3rd, 12:00-4:00pm – Beers Made By Walking invites brewers to go on nature hikes and make new beers that are inspired by plants from the trail. Each beer is a unique, drinkable portrait of the landscape. Now in it’s fourth year, the event showcases over 30 place-based beers and this year they will have the return of Killer Rabbit as well as introducing a new beer by brewer Pat McNerney called “Six Pistils”.

Sweet Action Ice Cream – All Week – They are so excited to take part for the first time in Sweet Action’s Denver Beer Ice Cream Fest!  Please visit these folks and try some of the many beer-infused ice creams throughout the week, including an ice cream made with one of their GABF entries “Messenger Porter.”

BRU handbuilt ales & eats Food and Beer Pairing (Boulder)

6 p.m.

BRU Handbuilt Ales & Eats – 5290 Arapahoe Ave. Boulder, CO

BRU hosts a Beer and Food Pairing! – The Art of Pairing Beer and Food where Beer Chef / Owner Ian Clark will share his extensive beer and food knowledge for a beginner lesson of beer and food tips and tricks.

Falling Rock Tap House GABF Countdown Clock (LoDo/Ballpark)

5p – 2a

Falling Rock Tap House – 1919 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202

Each year, Falling Rock’s GABF Countdown clock marks the time until they begin celebrating the annual festival. Owner Chris Black will kick off this year’s festivities and will be offering a wide selection of specialty kegs, rare beers and taps from his cellar. This is a chance for the Colorado locals to enjoy some great beers before the crowds arrive later in the week for GABF.


Great Divide Brewing Food and Beer Pairing @ Osteria Marco (LoDo/Union Station) 

Sunday, Sept 28 – Sunday, Oct 5 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Great Divide Brewing Co. has teamed up with Osteria Marco to craft a prix fixe meal that visitors can order during lunch and dinner (11am – 10pm), Sunday, Sep 28 – Sunday, Oct 5 in honor of GABF! More info and menu found here.

Ales, Lagers and Beyond: Tasting and Appreciating Beer @ Metro State College (Auraria)

4:30. – 6:30 p.m.

Metro State College – 1190 Auraria Pkwy., Denver, 80204

Ales, Lagers and Beyond: Tasting and Appreciating Beer at Metro State – stop by from 4:30pm-6:30pm Metro State is stepping up its beer education efforts and for GABF Week they will be staging a two-hour course covering the major styles of beer, how to analyze flavor, pair beer with food and choose the right glassware. The class is led by Scott Kerkmans, a former brewer at Alaskan Brewing Company who helped start Draft Magazine. Cost is $49 per person and more information can be found here.

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Crooked Stave Distribution Takeover @ Barrels & Bottles (Golden)

5 – 10 pm

Barrels & Bottles – 600 12th St #160, Golden, CO 80401

The always-growing list of remarkable beers being brought into Colorado by Crooked Stave’s distribution spinoff is on exhibit at the Barrels & Bottles Golden brewpub. The lineup is pretty insane!

What’s pouring:

1. Crooked Stave Origins
2. Crooked Stave (TBD)
3. Almanac Gose
4. Almanac Citrus Sour
5. Almanac Strawberry Sour
6. Prairie Cherry Funk (Cherry Sour)
7. Evil Twin Yin (Imperial Stout)
8. Evil Twin Yang (Imperial IPA)
9. Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break (Imperial Coffee Porter)
10. Perennial Abraxas (Imperial Mexican Chocolate Stout)
11. Perennial IPA #8 (Brett IPA)
12. Stillwater Of Love & Regret (Saison w/ Chamomile & Lavender)
13. Stillwater A Saison Darkly (Dark Saison w/ Rosehips)
14. Local Option Morning Wood (Oak Aged Coffee Amber)
15. Gigantic IPL (India Pale Lager)

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Upslope Brewing Company Weekly Events for GABF (Boulder)

Times Specific to Each Event

Location Specific to Each Event


– Enjoy special GABF tappings all week long in both tap rooms (schedule below)!
– Daily brewery tours (12 pm & 2 pm) of our Flatiron Park brewery
– Live music and food trucks
– Special GABF Flights at Flatiron Park:
*GABF Flight (2014 GABF Entries – Craft Lager, Belgian Style Pale Ale, Brown Ale, Saison, Pro-Am Citra American Pale Ale, Barrel Aged Brown Ale): $15
* Winners Flight (Past GABF Medal-Winners – Belgian Style Pale Ale, Pumpkin Ale, Brown Ale, Dunkelweizen, Pro-Am Oatmeal Stout): $8


Hoppin’ Frog Beer Dinner @ Choice City Butcher (Fort Collins)

6 – 10 pm

Choice City Butcher & Deli Shop – 104 W Olive St, Fort Collins, CO 80524

The Fort Collins Choice City Butcher has a ridiculous beer list. Taps and bottles are amazing. (Last time I stopped in I had a 2007 Sierra Nevada Bigfoot off of the Bottle List) plays hosts to the out of state brewery, Hoppin’ Frog from Akron, Ohio, for a beer dinner. Tickets available at Choice City Butcher. Menu to be determined, call 970-490-CITY (2489) for info.


Two22 Brew Beer Dinner (Centennial)

7 – 10pm

Two22 Brew – 4550 S Reservoir Rd, Aurora, CO 80015

A four-course Mexican food beer dinner featuring delectable bites from Comfortable Food Denver paired with sultry suds from Two22 BrewTickets are $40 per person.

Breckenridge Brewery Tap Takeover @ Freshcraft (LoDo/Union Station)

7 pm

Freshcraft – 1530 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202

Freshcraft kicks off GABF Week with a tap takeover with Breckenridge Brewery.

On Draft will be:
471 Over the Moon
BA Cherry Oatmeal Stout
Mango Mosaic Pale Ale

Drink Us Dry @ Lucky Pie LoDo (LoDo/Union Station)

Lucky Pie Lodo – 1610 16th Street Mall, Denver, CO 80202

They need room for GABF beers! Come help them drink their entire keg cooler to make way for all of the fabulous beers they will be tapping for the rest of the week and be the first to try new Executive Chef Stephen Culler’s Autumn menu! It’s going to be a treat!



Sierra Nevada Tap Takeover @ Krewe Crescent City BBQ (Capitol Hill)  

7 – 10pm

Krewe Crescent City BBQ – 1109 Lincoln St, Denver, CO 80203

What would start off GABF week better than a Sierra Nevada Tap Takeover and an air guitar contest? Well nothing that the folks at Krewe can think of so they decided to do both on the same night. Come in and enjoy some specialty beers from Sierra Nevada that they wouldn’t normally have on tap. Then after a few of those try your luck in the air guitar contest to see if you can win free tickets to GABF!

Tuesday, September 30th

Highlands Hog Roast @ Prost Brewing (Highlands)

Noon to midnight

Prost Brewing – 2540 19th St, Denver, CO 80211

Free pig roast and German-style lagers? Yes! Please! The 3rd annual Highlands Hog Roast is a beer-centric food fest put on Prost Brewing, along with the foodie-friendly establishments at Highland Tap and Burger, Masterpiece Deli and Old Major.

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Paramount Café Beer Fest (Central Business District/Downtown)

5 – 8 p.m.

Paramount Café – 1631 Glenarm Place, Denver, CO 80202

More than 20 breweries pour backstage at the Paramount Theatre downtown. Tickets run $20 and are available for sale at the Paramount Cafe. All proceeds go the Rocky Mountain Autism Center. Look for some out of town breweries at this event. Maybe a big one or two like Firestone Walker and Stone Brewing!

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Fort Collins Brewery @ Lower48 Kitchen (Five Points)

5pm – 9pm

Lower48 Kitchen – 2020 Lawrence St, Denver, CO 80205 Suite A

Six beers from Fort Collins Brewery paired with six small plates from the contemporary American downtown restaurant Lower48. Pricing is a la carte. Reservations at 303-942-0262.

Schmaltz Takeover @ Barrels & Bottles (Golden)

5pm – 10pm

Barrels & Bottles – 600 12th St #160, Golden, CO 80401

For the second year, Schmaltz Brewing comes to the Golden brewpub for GABF Week. Founder/owner Jeremy Cowan will be on hand. Lineup information here.

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Upslope Brewing Pumpkin Ale Release (Flatiron Park)

5 – 9 p.m.

Upslope Brewing Company – 1898 S Flatiron Ct. Boulder, CO 80301

Just in time for the leaves to change, Upslope Brewing’s highly anticipated Limited Release Pumpkin Ale is ready to start flowin’. Rejoice, pumpkinheads! Join Upslope at their Flatiron Park tap room for their Pumpkin Ale Release Party (5-9 pm), and be the first to try this year’s batch on tap. They’ll start pouring as soon as they open at 11 am, but the party kicks off at 5 pm with live music and a food truck (details coming soon).  Cans hit shelves that week, too! Come get your fill!

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Baere Brewing Dinner and Beer Pairing w/ Sputnik (Speer/South Capital Hill)

6 p.m.

Baere Brewing – 320 Broadway Unit E Denver, CO 80203

A 4-course all vegan meal prepared by the talented Sputnik kitchen perfectly paired with beers by Baere Brewing Company. Get your tickets now!

Women of Colorado Craft Beer Calendar Release Party @ Colorado Plus (Wheat Ridge)

6:30 – 8:30pm

6995 W 38th Ave Wheat Ridge, CO, 80033

Swing by Colorado Plus to show your love for the Women of Colorado Craft Beer as they release their 2nd calendar. Many of Colorado’s premiere breweries will be featured. Make sure to stop by and mingle for a bit! Copper Penny Photography releases the second edition of this calendar and the featured women will be there to sign autographs at Colorado Plus, which has 56 Colorado-only beers on tap.

Great Divide Brewing Co Beer Dinner @ Ruth Chris’s Steakhouse (Central Business District) 

6:30 p.m.

Ruth Chris’s – 707 15th St., Denver, CO 80202

Ruth Chris’s Steakhouse hosts Great Divide Brewing Co for a beer dinner. For the $70 ticket price per person,  you will enjoy an exclusive five-course dinner with five perfectly paired beers from Great Divide Brewing Company. These are the ingredients for an unforgettable evening.

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Great Divide Brewing Co Beer Dinner @ Guard and Grace (Central Business District/Downtown)

7 p.m.

Guard and Grace – 1801 California St., Denver, CO 80202

Guard and Grace Host their First Beer Dinner! 5 Courses paired with Great Divide Brews which includes the like of Nomad, Collette, Lasso, Showdown, Claymore Scotch, and Oatmeal Yeti Stout.

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Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery Special Tappings (Five Points)

Since they’re the closest taproom to GABF, they figure they may get hit hard, so they’re also expanding their hours from Tuesday through Saturday to be open at noon, and not closing until very late (whenever that may be – late enough to handle post-GABF crowds). They should have food trucks lined up every day, as well as live music on Wednesday.

New taproom hours – open at 2pm Monday thru Friday, and noon Saturday + Sunday. Special tappings for the week include the following:

  • 9/30 – Barrel-Aged First Descent Old Ale (15.5% ABV)
  • 10/1 – Lunar Eclipse (HUGE) Imperial Stout
  • 10/2 – Fresh Hop IPA
  • 10/3 – Whiskey Barrel-Aged Voodoo Goat Barleywine
  • 10/4 – Cognac Barrel-aged Voodoo Goat Barleywine.

Yeah, we know. Shit just got crazy at Jagged Mountain.

Vine St. Pub and Brewery Beer Dinner (City Park West)

6 p.m.

Vine St. Pub and Brewery – 1700 Vine St. Denver, CO

In celebration of the Great American Beer Festival, held in Denver, Vine Street Pub and Brewery is hosting it’s annual Brewer’s Dinner!  Chef David Lawrence & Head Brewer John Fiorilli are teaming up for a particularly special event.

   This year is special because of a particular synergy between the kitchen and brewery.  Not only have all the dishes been tested with beers to create exceptional pairings, but David has gone into the brewery and grabbed some brewing ingredients to cook with!  Instead of just throwing some beer in a cheese and beer soup, look for hop infused lemon granita, or a show stopper dessert that features Heritage malted Barley as the topping for a locally sourced pear crisp.  John is also pulling out some amazing beers for the event.  For the third course two different blended sour barrel aged beers will accompany duck prepared two ways.  For a seasonal offering John has pulled out a superb classic example of Oktoberfest which will pair wonderfully with the brown butter vinaigrette drizzled over the roots & radish first course.   In addition to cooking with beer brewing ingredients David has partnered with the local indoor hydroponic farm Grow Haus to provide most of the greens.

The event is being hosted in the special event room at the Vine Street Pub & Brewery located at 1700 Vine street in Uptown Denver and will be limited to 40 seats.  The cost of the event is $60 per person and requires advanced purchase for a reservation of a seat.

New Belgium Special Tappings for Denver Beer Fest @ Freshcraft (LoDo/Union Station)

7 pm

Freshcraft – 1530 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202

New Belgium Brewery helps VISIT Denver continue their week of Denver Beer Fest at Freshcraft in LoDo with a host of special tappings. They’ll also have representatives on hand to talk about their barrel aging program.

On Draft will be:
NBB Love Blackberry
Transatlantique Kriek
The Odd Couple
Fat Tire
Tour De Fall

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Beer and Empanada Pairing @ Former Future Brewery (Platt Park)

7 pm

Former Future Brewing – 1290 South Broadway

Former Future Brewing Co. is hosting a Beer and Empanada Pairing with Maria Empanada at 7pm on Tuesday, September 30.  $18 gets you 4 beers and 4 empanadas.  Tickets can be purchased in the taproom or over the phone (720-441-4253).

San Diego Tuesday @ Tap n Handle

8 pm

307 S. College Avenue, Fort Collins, CO 80524

Join Stone and other San Diego craft brewers as they take over the taps at Tap n’ Handle. Available beers include: Stone Reason Be Damned Belgian Style Abbey Ale aged in Red Wine Barrels, Stone “The Tiger Cub” Saison aged in White Wine Barrels w/Sour Cherries, Stone Cali-Belgique IPA aged in White Wine Barrels and Stone Passion Project.

Beer Rep Karaoke @ Star Bar (Ballpark/Five Points)
9:00 – 11:30 p.m.
Star Bar – 2137 Larimer St. Denver CO, 80205
Pretty self-explanatory but there is word on the street that Firestone Walker will be pouring some Agrestic for that ass. Get over there already!


Wednesday, October 1st

The Beerliner @Wynkoop Brewery (Ballpark/Five Points)

Oct 1-4, 2014

Wynkoop Brewery – 1634 18th St, Denver, CO 80202

The Beerliner, a converted airstream/mobile craft beer bar rolls into Denver every year for GABF to share the goodness of Austin’s Craft Beer scene. This year the Beerliner will be parked outside of Wynkoop Brewery beginning Wednesday, Oct 1 through the duration of GABF. Stop by to sample some of Austin’s finest beers. Taps will rotate every hour.

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9:30am – 3pm

Colorado Convention Center – 700 14th St, Denver, CO 80202

Featuring four breweries: Odyssey BeerwerksBig Choice BrewingFront Range BrewingOdd13 Brewing, looking forward to hosting GABF revelers who’d like to get out of downtown Denver for an afternoon and check out some other great “local” breweries. Picking up near the Convention Center at 9:30am and returning around 3:00pm, $35 pricing includes transportation (on a party bus! – so drinking is allowed), buffet lunch from Lundada, happy hour beer pricing at each stop, and good times. Register here.


Parry’s Pizzeria & Bar (4 Locations in the Denver Great Area)

All the time; All of October

Highlands Ranch, Castle Rock, Greenwood Village and Parker Locations

Every month, Parry’s Pints changes to a new set of five beers. These beers will be $3 for the entire month! Check back here to see the next group of Parry’s Pints. For the month of October, the five stalwarts behind the bar are:

Single Wide Ale, IPA, 5.7%, Boulevard Brewing Co.
Red Banshee, Red Ale, 5.3%, The Fort Colllins Brewery
Mama’s Little Yella Pils, Pilsner, 5.3%, Oskar Blues Brewery
Autumn Ale – Old Ale, 6.7%, Breckenridge Brewery
Wiesn Bier – German‐Style Festbier, 5.3%, Lone Tree Brewing Co.


Joyride Brewing Co Collaboration Beers with 5280 Burger Bar @ 5280 Burger Bar (Ballpark/LoDo)

11am – 11pm

500 16th Street Mall #160, Denver, CO 80202

Be the first to try four of Joyride Brewery’s new beers at 5280 BB during the Great American Beer Festival next month.

5280 Burger Bar is proud to partner with Joyride Brewery of Edgewater for their exclusive restaurant debut from October 1 – 4.  This event is being held during the Great American Beer Festival, when tens of thousands of beer lovers descend upon Denver to celebrate America’s favorite beverage. They have created an amazing special, the 5280 Prime Burger, that will be paired with the Fresh Nugz Wet Hop Pale Ale during their exclusive debut, while supplies last.  Also during the GABF we will host several other special events, including a meet and greet with Joyride’s Brewmaster, David Bergen, on October 1.   Our chef has created a special tasting menu that will be available from October 1 – 5.  Also during that time we will be raising funds for breast cancer research and awareness and all proceeds from 5280 Burger Bar and Joyride t-shirt sales will benefit this important cause.

Oskar Blues Ordeal + Hops & Heifers Barn Burner & Pig Roast @ Oskar Blues (Longmont)

11am – 8pm

Oskar Blues Brewery – 303 Main St, Lyons, CO 80540

It’s an all day affair but once you see what’s in store, you couldn’t ask for a drop more. Each year Oskar Blues does it up right; and this year is no different. Tickets and a full rundown of the festivities can be found here.

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GABF Tapping Schedule at Diebolt Brewing Co (Sunnyside)

3855 Mariposa St, Denver, CO 80211

The Great American Beer Festival is finally upon us.  In addition to entering 5 beers into competition and pouring two at the festival, Diebolt Brewing Company will be tapping a few barrel aged beers and Experiment-Ales all week at their taproom located just 1.2 miles from the Convention Center in North Denver.  Tapping schedule is as follows…  Wednesday: Mariposa Pale Ale Firkin, dry hopped with whole Fuggle leaf hops. Thursday: Special B, Biere de Garde.Friday: Honey Hibiscus, Saison. Saturday: A Votre Sante, Biere de Garde, A Votre Sante, Bourbon Barrel Aged, A Votre Sante, Gin Barrel Aged, and Saison Voila, Gin/Oak Aged

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Crooked Stave Artisan Tap Takeover @ Hops and Pie (Berkeley)

11:30 a.m.

Hops and Pie – 3920 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212

The lineup is pretty self explanatory, Crooked Stave’s distribution arm will be hosting a tap takeover of some of their lineup’s best breweries including Crooked Stave, Prairie, Perennial, Almanac, Breakside, Stillwater, Evil Twin, Jester King, Westbrook, Boneyard, 10 Barrel, and Oakshire. This is a can’t miss as none of those breweries will be pouring at GABF.

New Holland’s The Carhartt Woodsman Mountainview Cookout


Location:  within an hour of Denver, GPS Coordinates posted 9/30 Noon

Description:  As the penultimate stop on The Road Home to Craftsmanship Tour before the GABF hits in full swing, Carhartt and New Holland are hosting the Carhartt Woodsman Mountainview Cookout for their industry friends onTuesday, September 30th. National bluegrass artists John Driscoll Hopkins of Zac Brown Band, Levi Lowry and Friends will entertain the crowd alongside plenty of refreshing Carhartt Woodsman and other New Holland beers, and a collaborative cookout featuring Chef Brandon Johns of Ann Arbor’s Grange Kitchen and Bar, and Serendipity Catering of Denver. For the enthusiastic public, The Road Home crew will post GPS Coordinates at 12 Noon on Tuesday, September 30th on the Carhartt Woodsman blog. The first 50 fans to find the party will receive complementary VIP Badges to the event, which begins at 5 pm, while other guests will still be welcome to enjoy.

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GABF Bomber Release Schedule at Strange Craft Beer Co (Lincoln Park)


1330 Zuni St, Denver, CO 80204

After 4-1/2 years, Strange Craft is finally PACKAGING BREWS! Starting October 1st, they will have four of your favorites (see above) available for purchase in bombers. Check out the great label artwork by their good friend, Dave Palmer and labels by Marni Myers Creative. They will be available for purchase at the Tasting Room starting Oct 1. Liquor stores will have Cherry Kriek available Oct 1. Farmhouse and Grapefruit should be in liquor stores sometime in November. Stay tuned for more info.

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GRAND OPENING! @ Grandma’s House Brewery (South Broadway)


1710 S Broadway Denver, CO 80210

The folks at Grandma’s Brewery figured they’d pick a slow week at the beginning of October (particularly one with a shortage of beer-related activities) to throw open the doors for the first time. They’ll have a limited tap list, but what they lack in variety they’ll make up for in gusto. They look forward to welcoming you!


Copper Kettle Cask Conditioned Pumpkin Oktoberfest (Southeast Denver)


Copper Kettle Brewing Co – 338 S Valentia St Suite 100, Denver, Colorado 80247

Copper Kettle will be tapping a cask conditioned version of their Oktoberfest with pumpkin pie spices added. This will kick off their month of Wednesday casks which will all be themed using pumpkin and spices.

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Elite Brand’s GABF Week Events Guide (Greater Denver Area)

Time Specific to Each Event

Address Specific to Each Event

So much happening this week for #GABF! Check out what Elite Brand’s friends at Elevation Beer Company are up to. They’re also excited to have Wyoming Whiskey back in town for their collaboration with Elevation at Freshcraft on Thursday at 3pm. Little Mo’ Porter aged in Wyoming Whiskey barrels. Can’t wait!

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Meet David Walker at Tap N Handle (Fort Collins)

3 pm

307 S College Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80524

Join the blokes and dames at Tap N Handle for a meet and greet sesh with Firestone Walker’s David Walker and sample some delicious brews including XVII Anniversary Ale, Lil’ Opal & Agrestic!

Ska Happy Hour Hub @ The Corner Office Restaurant (Central Business District/Downtown)

3:00 – 6:00pm

1401 Curtis St., Denver

Featuring Ska Brewing Happy Hour menu items throughout GABF. Live performances each night from Denver Vintage Reggae Society.

Wayward Wednesday @ River North Brewery (Ballpark/Five Points)

3 pm

River North Brewery – 2401 Blake St #1, Denver, CO 80205

Wayward Wednesday in the taproom! RNB is going all out with a horizontal tasting of their farmhouse ale finished four different ways. Classic J. Marie, Wine Barrel J. Marie, Whiskey Barrel J. Marie and J. Marie Barreled & Bretted will all be on tap side-by-side! Doors open and all four beers flow at 3pm!

Special Tappings @ Falling Rock Tap House (Ballpark/LoDo)

3 pm

Falling Rock Tap House – 1919 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202

Falling Rock Tap House plays hosts to a slew of delicious taps all day long:

3pm Crooked Stave Artisinal Importers (CO). 
4pm Upslope (CO). 
9pm Ballast Point (CA). 
9:30pm (outside) Shelton Brothers Import Tapping.
10pm Cigar City (FL)
11pm Schmaltz (NY)

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Hogshead Brewery (Sloans Lake/SloHi/Highlands)

Noon – 10:00pm

4460 W 29th Ave, Denver, CO 80212

GABF week is on at Hogshead – Special releases and old favorites – 7 casks on all week! Come have a proper pint! Open til 10 pm everyday!

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4 pm-10pm

Former Future Brewing Co. – 1290 S Broadway, Denver, CO, 80210

Beginning when Former Future opens at 4pm, they’ll be selling Bourbon Barrel Prim & Porter, aged in Barrel #13 from Law’s Whiskey House(opening later this year in the Platt Park neighborhood).  At only 6.5% ABV, this beer was aged for 2 months in the barrel, and then blended with their porter.  This creates a wonderfully rich and decadent beer with bourbon on the nose and a full, chocolaty mouthfeel.  It’s like dessert in a bottle.

Sour Red Saison Release @ Black Shirt Brewing

5 – 10 pm

Black Shirt Brewing – 3719 Walnut Street

Aged 14 months in a combination of Infinite Monkey Theorem’s Malbec and Leopold Brothers Whiskey Barrels.

4th Annual Suds & Sliders at Highland Tap & Burger (Highlands)

5 pm-9pm

Highland Tap & Burger – 2219 West 32nd Avenue, Denver CO, 80211

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5th Annual Lyons Beer Re-UNION Beer Festival

5 pm-10pm

Lyon’s Fork – 450 Main, Lyons CO

An evening of live music, food and beer donated by over a dozen breweries including Avery, BJs Boulder, Boulder Beer, City Star, Fat Heads, Golden Road, Left Hand, Maui, Mission, Odell, Oskar Blues, Ska, Stone, Upslope and West Flanders. Proceeds will go to the family of Kellner Schoenke of Nederland, who died in a 2010 motorcycle accident, and the Lyons Community Foundation. More information available here.

East Coast, West Coast, No Coast! Tap Takeover from New Belgium, Lagunitas & Boston Beer @ Braun’s Taphaus (Arvada)

5:00 pm

5601 Olde Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, CO 80002

Triple threat tap takeover with Boston Beer, Lagunitas and New Belgium! Showcasing some of the brewer’s favorite brews from this year! Boston Beer is tapping their Boston Lager, Octoberfest, Oats McGoats, The Vixen, Helles Bock, and Fat Jack.

World of Beer Barrel-Aged Beer Competition at World of Beer – Cherry Creek

5:00pm – 8:00pm

660 South Colorado Boulevard, Denver, CO 80246

30 plus different breweries will be featured for World of Beer’s barrel aged contest. They give WOB the best of the best and you vote on your favorite. The winning brewery gets a dedicated line for a whole year! So come vote for your favorite to guarantee WOB will have your favorite on for the next 365, yo!

GABF Welcome Event and Tap Takeover @ Lucky Pie LoDo (LoDo/Union Station)

5:00 pm

1610 16th Street Mall, Denver, CO 80202

Working with the chef, Boston Beer picked ten amazing beers and created a custom specialty menu for this evening. Come and try KMF available for the first time on draft and some amazing food pairings that will blow your mind! In addition to the first release of Kosmic Mother Funk, Boston Beer will also be tapping Boston Lager, Octoberfest, Rebel IPA, 13th Hr, The Vixen, Double Pils, Helles Bock, Double Black, and Fat Jack!

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Launch of Bruery Terreux @ Cart-Driver (Five Points)


2500 Larimer Street, Denver, CO 80205

An evening of sour ales from newly created Bruery Terreux (the sour program from The Bruery) hosted by Cart-Driver. Meet Patrick Rue and the team behind Bruery Terreux, taste a myriad of sour beers and farmhouse ales from Bruery Terreux, all while enjoying wood-fired samplings from Cart-Driver.

Firstone Walker, Barrelworks & Crooked Stave at The Source (Five Points)

6pm – 11pm

3350 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO 80216

FW Proprietor David Walker & Barrelworks’ Master Blender Jim Crooks will be at The Source.
Rino Yacht Club will be featuring Lil’ Opal, Agrestic, Sucaba & Unfiltered DBA.
Acorn Restaurant will be featuring Velvet Merkin & Pivo Pils.
Comida Restaurant will be featuring Union Jack & DBA.
Crooked Stave will be featuring a special Firestone Walker/Crooked Stave collaboration beer!

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Oriental Theater – 4335 W 44th Ave, Denver, CO 80212

Renegade Brewing and Sexpot Comedy present: OFFENSIVELY DELICIOUS – a craft-beer comedy show! Ticket includes an unlimited sampling from 10 breweries including Renegade, Epic, Breckenridge, Brooklyn, Community Beer, Ommegang, Santa Fe, Schmaltz, and Boulevard.  At 8 PM the comedy show will kick off with an Open Mic featuring “comedians” from our participating breweries. Stick around for the professionals to come on stage—Andy Juett, Adam Cayton-Holland, and headliner Nikki Glaser. Open tasting is from 6-8 and full pours will be offered during the comedy show, from 8-10. Each ticket includes 3 full pours with the option to purchase more on donation. Proceeds will go to MaxFund no-kill Animal Shelter. Tickets available here.

Beer and BBQ Roast @ OAK at fourteenth in Boulder
OAK at fourteenth – 1400 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302
A dueling dinner with beer pairings from Golden Road Brewing vs. Oskar Blues Brewery.
Golden Road team members will be there as will Oskar Blues for the friendly face-off. (As a reminder, GRB’s co-founder Meg Gill began her career in beer with Dale Katechis at Oskar Blues, though she will not be in attendance unfortunately.) First course at 6:30 p.m. $75 per person
Menu below:
Fried Pickles with Nick’s smoked poblano ranch
Golden Road 329 Lager
Smoked Scallops with apple, sage, smoked walnuts
Golden Road Might As Well IPL vs. Oskar Blues Mama’s Lil’ Pils
Buffalo Chili with poblano cream, scallions, corn bread croutons
Golden Road Get Up Offa That Brown vs. Oskar Blues Old Chub Scottish Ale
Ribs & Chicken with baked beans, baked mac & cheese, corn, pickles, onions
Golden Road Point the Way IPA vs. Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale
Banana Cream Pie
Golden Road Hefeweizen vs. Oskar Blues Death by Coconut

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Pipes and Pints with Ska Brewing @ Cheba Hut (Central Business District/Downtown)

6:00 – 8:00pm

1531 Champa St., Denver CO 80202

Anyone who orders one of three Ska beers on tap between 6 and 8 p.m. on Wednesday, October 1 will get a free hand-blown glass pipe with the Ska logo etched into it.

World of Beer Cherry Creek Barrel Aged Competition 

6 – 9 p.m.

World of Beer Cherry Creek – 660 S Colorado Blvd, Glendale, CO 80246

More details to come but New Belgium Brewing will be unleashing one of it’s rarest barrel aged beers.

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Young Guns Dinner @ The Kitchen (Union Station/LoDo)

6:00pm – 11:00pm

1530 16th Street, Denver, CO 80202

Please join The Kitchen Denver on Wednesday October 1st at 6pm for their 2nd Annual Young Guns Dinner.  They will begin with a reception featuring an aperitif beer, followed by a five-course family-style meal, featuring 10 extraordinary beers from Almanac Beer Co., Cigar City, Crooked Stave, Jester King & Prairie. Kick off your GABF week with a dinner that will highlight tastes and flavors of the season paired with two beers from each of these outstanding breweries.  All-inclusive tickets are $130/person, and are non-refundable.

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Stone Brewing Beer Dinner @ The Populist (Five Points)


3163 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205

In honor of GABF next week, The Populist will be hosting a beer dinner in conjunction with Stone Brewing. Seating is limited. They’re excited to serve some great food with some spectacular beers.
$65/per person. 7 paired courses. Call 720-432-3163 and speak with host to make your reservation.

Denver Beer Fest: Upslope Brewing Company


Freshcraft – 1530 Blake St, Denver, Colorado 80202

Boulder stalwarts Upslope Brewing is the featured brewery on the Freshcraft taps Wednesday night with special offerings including:

-Collaboration beer (name to be determined)
-Sour BPA
-Belgian Dark Strong
-2014 Pro AM entry

Stone Tapping @ Federal Bar & Grill (Jefferson Park/Federal)


2544 Federal Blvd., Denver, CO 80211

Mingle with Stone representatives as they tap special-release beers, including Stone Enjoy By 10.31.14 IPA, 2013 Stone ESPRESSO Imperial Russian Stout and Stone Arbalest (Belgian Pale Ale aged in Bourbon Barrels).

Steins and Staches (Boulder)


BRU Handbuilt Ales & Eats – 5290 Arapahoe, Boulder, CO

October 1st brings back the 2nd Annual Steins and Staches event as facial hair enthusiasts go head to head for the “best stache” while those competing and the more inclined-to-shave onlookers sip on $8 stein fills.

Stone Brewing Rare Beer Dinner @ The Populist

7 pm

The Populist – 3163 Larimer Street, Denver, CO 80205

Join Stone Craft Beer Ambassador “Dr.” Bill Sysak for a beer pairing dinner. Dishes will be served alongside the following Stone special release beers: Matt’s Burning Rosids Imperial Cherrywood-Smoked Saison, Stochasticity Project Quadrotriticale, Bourbon Barrel-Aged Arrogant Bastard Ale and 2013 Stone Old Guardian OAK-SMOKED Barley Wine. Tickets are $65 per person and may be purchased at the door. For more information please call 720-432-3163.

GABF Welcome Bash Battle of Fort Collins @ Stoney’s Bar and Grill


Stoney’s Bar and Grill – 1111 Lincoln St, Denver, CO 80203

FREE FOOD!! –  Every year Stoney’s likes to welcome all the beer lovers from around to country and invite them to a free BBQ and Fort Collins tap takeover. They will have 500lbs of game being BBQ’ed on the patio at Stoney’s that is 100% complimentary to the public. They do a battle of Fort Collins tap takeover starting at 7pm. New Belgium and Odell Brewing battle it out to see who can blow their kegs first. They have 8 specialty handles from each brewery. They will also have live Bluegrass tunes jamming away.


Treasure Chest at “The Brew Night Show” – A Brew-lesque Event


Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret –  1601 Arapahoe St, Denver, CO 80202

On Wednesday, October 1st, (just one day before the official start to the Great American Beer Festival) Green Flash, Draft Magazine and Argonaut Liquors of Denver have teamed up with craft beer industry notable Marty Jones for an event at Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret.  This pre-GABF, lively Treasure Chest event will feature live Vaudeville style acts, great music and classic burlesque. Treasure Chest beer will be on tap – and all funds raised through beer sales during the event will be donated directly to the cause. Entry Tickets are $20.

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Wynkoop Pumpkin Ale Release

Wynkoop Brewery –  1634 18th St, Denver, CO 80202

The Pumpkin Ale, part of Wynkoop’s seasonal Even Smaller Batch series, features a smooth malt backbone with additions of CaraMalt, Crystal and roasty Brown malts. These malts are complemented with light additions of a secret spice blend to add a warming drinkability to the beer. The pumpkins are added to the mash in three ways- dried, pureed and fresh-roasted.

Thursday, October 2nd

Oskar Blues Ordeal Tour 


This Oskar Blues bus tour event starts with a pick up at the Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center that begins a whirlwind tour including breakfast at the Oskar Blues Grill & Brew in Lyons, a visit to the Oskar Blues Hops & Heifers Farm, lunch at the CyclHOPS Bike CANtina, drinks at the Tasty Weasel tap room at the Oskar Blues Brewery, and finally a Ten FIDY handshake at CHUBurger before heading back to Denver. Tickets and a full rundown of the festivities can be found here.

FirkinSense GABF Industry Only Bus Tour  (Central Business District/Downtown)


Denver Convention Center

FirkinSense is once again putting on a bus tour so that you can get out and experience some of the smaller breweries at GABF. We want everyone to have an opportunity to have some great beers, and to hang out with each other without the crowds of the convention center.This year’s lineup has some great breweries that are looking forward to pouring some great beers for you. We will pick you up near the convention center by 9:45am, and plan to have you back by 3:30pm.

Thursdays Breweries                   Fridays Breweries
Wit’s End Brewing Company       Black Shirt Brewing
Station 26 Brewing Co.               Caution: Brewing Co.
River North Brewery Brewery     Brewery Rickoli
Strange Craft Beer Company     Big Choice Brewing

Magnolia Brewing Beer Brunch (Highlands)


Old Major – 3316 Tejon St, Denver, CO 80211

Chef Justin Brunson at Old Major features a 3 course meal thoughtfully paired with Magnolia Brewing beers, all set to the music of the Grateful Dead. Several seating times and tickets are available here.

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Specialty Beer Tappings @ Colorado Plus Brew Pub (Wheat Ridge)


6995 W 38th Ave, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

Looking for local Colorado brews only while bouncing around GABF; we know the place for your to hit to get the best bang for your buck! Colorado Plus has worked very hard to secure and bring in this list of 22 specialty Co beers as well as 34 additional  CO micro brews starting Thursday, October 2nd. Show them some love for representing the Centennial State so well!

Avery Pumpkyn – Pumpkin porter aged in bourbon barrels ABV: 17.2%
Avery – The Beast: Grand Cru ABV: 15-17% IBUs: 63
Big Choice/Odd 13 Collab – Chain Saw The Prince Of Karate : sour pink ale with brett and dragonfruit ABV: 5.76%
Black Bottle – Sparkles Shimmers Shines: Barrel Aged Belgian Golden Strong blended with lambic and dry hopped with topaz hops and apples ABV: 9.1%
Breckenridge – 471 Over the Moon: Imperial Oatmeal Stout ABV: 10.2%
Breckenridge – Barrel Aged Imperial 72: barrel aged imperial chocolate cream stout ABV: 7.2%
Coda – Sleepyhead: imperial passionfruit kolsch ABV: 6.5%
Colorado Plus – Barrel aged Bitter Off Dead: DIPA aged in Feisty Spirits whiskey barrel ABV: 9.7%
Crazy Mountain – Lawyers Guns and Money: Barley Wine ABV:10% IBU: 8%
Dry Dock – RYE-zing Sun Saison: Saison ABV: 6.4%
Elevation – Fanboy: Imperial IPA ABV: 8.5% IBU: 70
Elevation – Signal De Botrange: Belgian Strong Ale: ABV: 7.5% IBU: 26
Epic  – Pomme Baril: Brandy Barrel aged spiced ale ABV:8.7%
Gravity – Jubileum: Belgian peppercorn ale ABV: 8.5% IBU: 33
Odell – Comes and Gose: Gose (ancient sour ale brewed with wheat and barley, yeast and lacto with the addition coriander, sea salt, and hops) ABV: 5.8%
Rickoli – Monolith: Bourbon barrel aged imperial stout ABV: 12.5%
River North – Barrel Blonde: Whiskey and cocktail barrel aged blonde ale ABV: 6.5%
Stem – Banjo: barrel aged cider ABV: 6.9%
Trinity – 7 Day Sour: sour ale: ABV: 5.5%
Upslope – Sour Belgian Pale Ale ABV: 7.5%
Verboten – Get Bent:  Oak Barrel Aged Stout ABV: 9.0%
Verboten – Wilbur’s: Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Brown ABV: 9.0%

Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Brown Tapping at Verboten Brewing (Loveland)


1550 Taurus Ct, Loveland, CO 80537

Verboten will be tapping a Bourbon Barrel aged Imperial Brown this thursday! Also, if you buy a barrel aged beer in the tap room you can enter to win one of their barrels to take home! It’s up to you what to do with it!

Lefthand and Lucky Pie Firkin Festival (LoDo/Union Station)


Lucky Pie LoDo – 1610 16th St, Denver

Come and enjoy four special collaborative firkins created by Lucky Pie and Left Hand Brewing Company! Try them all and vote for your favorite!

Firestone Walker Specialty Tapping @ Cheeky Monk (Capitol Hill)


534 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80203

Cheeky Monk will be featuring Agrestic & Velvet Merkin from Firestone Walker.

River North Brewery Cellar Sale (Ballpark/Five Points)


River North Brewery – 2401 Blake St #1, Denver, CO 80205

On Thursday in the taproom, River North will offer rare bottles from the past year. The exact format and start time of the cellar sale will be announced soon, but doors will open at 1pm. Also on Thursday, their distributor, CR Goodman, will host Hyatt Rock the Dock, a mini-beerfest featuring some of Colorado’s best breweries, from 3-5pm. More info to come.

Barrel Aged Saison Release @ Copper Kettle Brewing (Southeast Denver)


Copper Kettle Brewing Co – 1338 S Valentia St Suite 100, Denver, Colorado 80247

CKBC will be releasing on draft a Barrel Aged Saison, a sour beer aged in wine barrels with Brettanomyces.


50 Firkin Fiasco (Five Points)


Epic Brewing – Denver Taproom – 3001 Walnut St, Denver, CO 80205

To celebrate the Denver Brewery’s first anniversary and The Great American Beer Festival, Epic Brewing is hosting a special event on October 2nd. Epic Brewing’s Second Annual 50 Firkin Fiasco will feature fifty unique cask beers that highlight the brewery’s beer portfolio and the creativity of its brewers and cellar staff. This year the full event will be open to the public from 2:00 – 7:00 pm. Tickets are $25.00 and include a 7oz tasting glass. The first 100 people through the door will also receive a “50 Firkin Fiasco” t-shirt. Tickets are available through Imbibe Denver. The brewing staff will be on hand to discuss the beers as participants explore the brewery. Food vendors will also be onsite during the event providing lunch and dinner.

Special Tappings @ Falling Rock Tap House


Falling Rock Tap House – 1919 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202

Falling Rock Tap House taps more deliciousness all day long on Thursday, October 2nd.
2pm Rogue (OR).
3pm Lagunitas (CA).
4pm Magnolia (CA).
10 pm Ommegang (NY).
11pm Cigar City (FL).

Belgian Red Strong Ale Release @ Black Shirt Brewing

2 – 10 pm

Black Shirt Brewing – 3719 Walnut Street

Aged in steel for 9 months.

Rock the Dock Beer Festival @ Hyatt Regency Hotel

3 – 5 p.m.

Hyatt Regency Hotel – 650 15th Street, Denver, CO 80202

Join Stone representatives as they pour Stone Enjoy By 10.31.14 IPA at the Rock the Dock Beer Festival. Tickets  are $20 and may be purchased at the door on the day of the event. A portion of the ticket sales will benefit Community Health Charities of Colorado. For more information please call 303-436-1234.

Ska Happy Hour Hub @ The Corner Office Restaurant (Central Business District/Downtown)

3:00 – 6:00pm

1401 Curtis St., Denver

Featuring Ska Brewing Happy Hour menu items throughout GABF. Live performances each night from Denver Vintage Reggae Society.

Freshcraft GABF Tapping: Elevation Beer Co. (LoDo/Union Station)


Freshcraft – 1530 Blake St, Denver CO

Poncha Springs beermasters, Elevation Beer Co., will be the featured brewery on the tapwall at Freshcraft on Thursday night.

Boston Beer Tap Takeover @ Pour House Pub (Union Station/LoDo)


1435 Market St, Denver, CO 80202

Tap Takeover with one of our favorite accounts in Denver featuring our release of Kosmic Mother Funk! Also on tap will be Boston Lager, Octoberfest, Rebel IPA, Fat Jack, The Vixen, Whitewater IPA, Helles Bock, and Kosmic Mother Funk!

Magnolia Brewing Special Tapping (Ballpark/LoDo)


Falling Rock Tap House – 1919 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202

Dave and the Magnolia crew will tap three kegs of Magnolia favorites: Proving Ground IPA, Blue Bell Bitter and Smokestack Lightning.

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TRVE Brewing & 3 Floyds Brewing GABF Afterparty (LoDo/Ballpark)


Summit Music Hall – 1902 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202

A PORCHDRINKING.COM SPONSORED EVENT! Get ready for the TRVE Brewing & 3 Floyds Brewing GABF AFTERPARTY at Summit Music Hall (just a few blocks NW of the GABF Convention Center). Killer tunes and killer brews with special guests Surly Brewing Company and Real Ale Brewing Company. Come party with TRVE Brewing for year two of their hippy-crushing GABF bash with EYEHATEGOD & Valiant Thorr. Local acts playing include Primitive Man, Call of The Void, Khemmis and Abrams who are gonna help crush you while you crush beers. Tickets can be purchased here.


What the Funk? Festival   SOLD OUT!!!!!


Exdo Event Center

SOUR BEER FESTIVAL – Hosted by Crooked Stave, the third installment of What the Funk!? is right around the corner. On Thursday, October 2, 2014 WTF!? will be presenting barrel-aged, sour and funky beers from many of industry heartthrobs around the world. Tickets will go fast so jump on them now!

Confirmed breweries thus far:

  • AC Golden
  • Ale Apothecary
  • Breakside Brewery
  • Cambridge
  • Cascade
  • Casey Blending & Brewing
  • Cigar City
  • Crooked Stave
  • De Garde
  • Elevation
  • Epic
  • Evil Twin
  • Fremont Brewing
  • Green Bench
  • Great Divide
  • Hogshead
  • Jester King
  • LadyFace
  • Lost Abbey
  • Mikkeller
  • Oakshire
  • Prairie
  • Societe
  • Stillwater
  • The Commons
  • The Rare Barrel
  • TRVE
  • Westbrook
  • Wicked Weed
  • Widmer
  • Yazoo
  • Shelton Brothers
  • Twelve Percent Imports

BRU Beer Dinner

BRU Handbuilt Ales & Eats – 5290 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80303

Join BRU on October 3rd for an intimate Beer Dinner in the brewery with 3 delicious courses paired with their hand built ales all served family-style. On October 4th they tap their Fresh Hop American Pale Ale made from Ian’s backyard hops.

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Revolution Brewing (Chicago) Mini Tap Takeover @ 1up – LoDo (Ballpark/LoDo)


1925 Blake Street, Denver, CO 80202

On Thursday, Revolution Brewing of Chicago is hosting a mini tap takeover!! Come enjoy Oktoberfest, Cross of Gold, and Galaxy Hero IPA. Also available will be cans of Anti-Hero IPA, Bottom Up Wit and Eugene Porter. AND there will be a pinball tournament too?! It all kicks off at 9 pm.

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Winter Wondergrass GABF Party


Cervantes Ballroom – 2637 Welton St, Denver, CO 80205

GABF pre-party with a tap takeover by four Colorado breweries – Great Divide, Left Hand Brewing, Breckenridge Brewery and Crazy Mountain Brewing. WhiteWater Ramble will perform Jerry Garcia tunes. Admission free before 9 p.m., $10 after. Tickets here.

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Ska Brewing and Cigar City Brewing Tappings @ Freshcraft


Freshcraft – 1530 Blake St. Denver, CO 80202

On draft will be:
Cigar City Invasion Pale Ale
CIgar City Lemongrass Ginger IPA
CIgar City 1 % Berliner Weise
CIgar City Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout

Ska Brewing Modus Hoperandi
Ska Brewing Collaboration Beer with Freshcraft (name TBD)
Ska Brewing Cru D’Etat
Ska Brewing TBD

Stone Tapping @ Marco’s Coal-Fired Pizzaeria (LoDo/Five Points)

7:00pm – 8:00pm

2129 Larimer Street, Denver, CO 80205

Pizza goes well with just about anything, but especially Stone Enjoy By 10.31.14 IPA and Arrogant Bastard Ale. Join members of Team Stone as they chow down on coal-fired pizza and enjoy pints of the aforementioned Stone beers.

The 20th annual KROC World Brewers Forum (Central Business District)


Denver Marriott City Center – 1701 California St, Denver, CO 80202

FREE – Come sample 20+ homebrews on tap during the event. During the event, winners of the 8th Annual KROC Great American Beer Challenge will be announced, and medals will be given out. A drawing and a silent auction will be held during the event. Prizes up for grabs include gift certificates, glassware, t-shirts, growler fills, and more! You never know what’s going to show up in our silent auction – previous years have included bags of grain, learn to homebrew kits, food tastings, beer for a year, and homebrew equipment. The event is 21+ and free to all. IDs will be checked at the door.

Stone on the Rooftop @ Dorchester Social Eatery (LoDo/Union Station)


1448 Market Street, Denver, CO 80202

Overlook downtown Denver while sipping on beloved Stone brews, including 2011 Double Bastard Ale in bottles, Stone Bang Bang (Red Ale aged in Bourbon Barrels) and Stone Cali-Belgique IPA aged in Red Wine Barrels.

Oskar Blues Tap Takeover

Hyatt Regency Hotel – 650 15th St Denver, CO

The Longmont-based brewery wrangles 10 taps at the centrally located hotel close to the convention center.

Uptown GABF After Party


Denver Bicycle Café -1308 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80218

Denver Bicycle Cafe will a post-GABF tap takeover featuring four breweries: Strange Craft Brewing, Caution Brewing, Big Choice Brewing and Comrade Brewing. Each brewery will bring three special beers and a four-way collaboration firkin will also be tapped. A special prize package compiled by the brewery will be awarded to patrons who kick their first kegs.

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Midnight Breakfast at Euclid Hall (LoDo/Union Station)


Euclid Hall – 1317 14th St, Denver, CO 80202

Avery Brewing Company and Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen are welcoming the Great American Beer Festival attendees in great American style for the fourth year with Midnight Breakfast at Euclid Hall right after the first GABF session on Thursday, October 2nd. The doors at Euclid Hall kick open at 10:45 and the breakfast gets underway at 11:00 p.m. Tickets for this late night beer breakfast are $125 per person (tax and gratuity included). Billed as a late night beer breakfast of epic proportions, the culinary crew at Euclid Hall and the brew crew at Avery Brewing Co. have joined forces yet again to create a multi-course breakfast that is not to be missed. Look for special Avery brews like Meretrix, Uncle Jacobs, 2003 Czar, and a few other pulls from the cellar.

Brewers Ping Pong Tourney @ Ace Eat & Serve (Uptown)
9:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Ace Eat & Serve- 501 E. 17th Ave. Denver CO 80203
Details TBD

GABF Afterparty (Central Business District/Downtown)

La Boheme and Diamond Cabaret

Free Admission to Diamond Cabaret and La Boheme With GABF Lanyard/Ticket Stub on Thursday, October 2- Sunday, October 5th.

Revolution Brewing Pin Ball Tournament

1UP Lodo -1925 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202

More information to follow.

Friday, October 3rd

Oskar Blues Ordeal + Gospel Brunch


Oskar Blues (Longmont) – 1800 Pike Rd, Longmont, CO 80501

Each year Oskar Blues does it up right with special events and tours and this year is no different. This bus tour begins at Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center before taking a food and beer-filled tour of five Oskar Blues locations. Tickets and a full rundown of the festivities can be found here.

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Cicerone Examination


Metro State University – 890 Auraria Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204

Registration is now open for the Certified Cicerone exam during GABF on Friday, October 3 in Denver from 10a-2p at Metropolitan State University of Denver. As always, space is limited for these exams, so be sure to register soon! To register for an exam, go here (you must be logged into your account to see exams).

Questions? Contact exam manager Jenny Pfafflin (JP) at [email protected].

Hogs & Hops Brunch


Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel – 1550 Court Pl, Denver, CO 80202

To celebrate GABF, the Sheraton will offer a Hogs & Hops Brunch on the hotel’s 16Mix patio. The menu includes items such as “Pig in a Blanket”; fried chicken on biscuit with mustard, Fat Tire syrup and fried onions; pork belly corn dogs; corn on the cob wrapped in bacon and pancakes made to order. In addition, during Denver Beer Fest, 16 Mix will host the annual 12 Tap Takeover, with beers on tap from New Belgium, Odell’s and Great Divide made only for 16 Mix.

Pipeworks Brunch


City O’ City – 206 E 13th Ave, Denver, CO 80203

Vegetarian restaurant City O’ City, has apprehended the up-and-coming Chicago brewery, Pipeworks, which has been getting plenty of notice in the Windy City for its hop bombs and small-batch experimentation along with food-centric ales. Also, a little FYI and a reason to save your money notes, Tivoli Distribution is bringing Pipeworks bombers to the Denver market. Three courses and dessert paired with Pipeworks beers for $45 per person. Call the restaurant at 303-831-6443 for reservations.

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Beers Made By Walking Fest @ Wynkoop Brewing (LoDo/Union Station)

12:00 – 4:00pm

Wynkoop Brewing – 1634 18th St, Denver, CO 80202

2014 Beers Made By Walking Festival at Wynkoop Brewery will showcase brewers’ creations from their outing on nature hikes and the new beers that are inspired by plants from the trail. Each beer is a unique, drinkable portrait of the landscape. Now in its fourth year, the event showcases over 30 place-based beers to the countless beer lovers that have gathered in Denver for the Great American Beer Festival.  Ticket available here. Including a bunch of local breweries and some out of state folks such as Riff Raff Brewing,

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New Belgium’s Kenny Lagers Yacht Rock Recovery Day @ The BSide


The BSide – 1336 E. 17th Ave., Denver CO

A variety of Colorado Craft Lagers, Fried Chicken, and Yacht Rock Dance Party to help you recover from Day 1 of GABF. This sounds amazing!

Brewers Lunch with Stone Brewing @ Cheba Hut (Central Business District/Downtown)

1:00pm – 3:00pm

1531 Champa Street, Denver, CO 80202

Have lunch and meet part of the talented team behind Stone’s beers. Special-release Stone beers will be poured, including Stone Cali-Belgique IPA aged in White Wine Barrels and 10 Barrel/Bluejacket/Stone Suede Imperial Porter.

Falling Rock Tap House Special Tappings (LoDo/Ballpark)


Falling Rock Tap House – 1919 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202

Falling Rock Tap House keeps rolling out the events all day long on Friday, October 3rd. At noon, Sierra Nevada hosts their Annual Kill A Keg. This event started when Falling Rock noticed that they were pouring the season’s first keg of Harvest Ale really quickly. It started Chris Black and staff thinking, just how fast could they pour a keg of beer? The rules are pretty simple: a 15.5gal keg, 1 person filling glasses out of one faucet.
1pm Boulevard Brewing (MO).
2pm New Holland (MI).
3pm Anderson Valley (CA).
4pm Epic Brewing (UT/CO).
9:30pm (outside) Taste of the Windy City.
10pm Stone Brewing (CA).
10:30pm (outside) Dogfish Head (DE). – 11pm Elevation Beer Co (CO).
11:30pm Epic (CO).

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Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI @ McNichols Building (Civic Center)

1:00 – 4:00pm

McNichols Building – 144 W. Colfax Avenue Denver, CO 80202

The Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI, an awareness event and fundraiser for the Pints for Prostates campaign, features the chance to sample rare, exotic and vintage beers from more than 40 of America’s top craft breweries and the opportunity to meet the men and women who made them. Each attendee receives a commemorative tasting glass, t-shirt, program and pen. A buffet lunch is included in the ticket price and guests will have the chance to bid in an exciting silent auction that includes a variety of unique beer experiences and collectibles. VIP is sold out, but there is still General Admission tickets available for the time being. This event will likely sell out, so act now!

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Odell Brewing x Boulevard Brewing @ Freshcraft (LoDo/Union Station)


Freshcraft – 1530 Blake St. Denver, CO 80202

Nowhere else on the planet will you be able to try the collaboration beer from these two amazing breweries. Join us at 2pm for a very special tapping of this Class of 89’ collaboration. Did you know Poison – Every Rose Has Its Thorn was the top song in 89’? Not saying this is a theme party but, well…use your imagination if you dare.

On Draft will be:

  • Boulevard x Odell Collaboration: Class of 89′
  • Boulevard Hibiscus Gose
  • Boulevard Foeder Projekt #1
  • Ommegang Game Of Thrones: Valar Morghulis
  • Odell Friek
  • Odell Oatmeal Stout
  • Odell 180 Shilling (25th Anniversary)

Firestone Walker Brewers Lunch at Cheba Hut (Downtown/Central Business District)


1531 Champa St, Denver, CO 80202

The Cheba Hut – Denver will be featuring Pivo Pils, Opal & more.

Guava Red Release @ Black Shirt Brewing

2 – 10 pm

Black Shirt Brewing – 3719 Walnut Street

Champagne Charlie will also be performing in the tap room at 8 p.m.

Avery BBQ and Rare Bottle Signing @ Argonaut Wine & Liquor (Capitol Hill)

3:00pm – 6:00pm

Argonaut Wine and Liquor – 760 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80203

BBQ and Rare Bottle Signing at Argonaut Wine & Liquor.


Collaboration Celebration @ Denver Beer Company (LoDo/Union Station)


Denver Beer Company – 1695 Platte St Denver 80202

DBC is brewing up collaborations with five breweries from across the U.S. and reps from each will be on hand to meet with guests and pour those beers.More info here.

Ska Happy Hour Hub @ The Corner Office Restaurant (Central Business District/Downtown)

The Corner Office – 3:00 – 6:00pm

1401 Curtis St., Denver

Featuring Ska Brewing Happy Hour menu items throughout GABF. Live performances each night from Denver Vintage Reggae Society.

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Deschutes Brewery Specialty Beer & Cheese Pairing @ Small Batch Liquors (Berkeley)

4:00pm – 7:00pm

4340 Tennyson St. Denver, CO 80212

Friday should be a real treat for Small Batch Liquors. Deschutes will be holding a very special tasting at the shop from 4p-7p! Come sample some Black Butte XXII, Green Monster, and Doppel Dinkel Bock.

Squatter’s Brewing @ Marco’s Coal Fire Pizza (LoDo/Ballpark)

5 – 7pm

Marco’s Coal Fire Pizza – 2129 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205

Meet the Squatters Brewer at Marco’s Coal Fire Pizza with some of their delicious fare pouring form it’s producers.

Great Avery Boulder Fest @ Fox Theater (Boulder)


Fox Theater – 1135 13TH ST BOULDER , CO, 8030

Avery Brewing is throwing their own GABF. The Great Avery Boulder Fest that is.  The fest is a celebration of local music and local rare beer. This fest is scheduled for Friday, October 3rd starting at 8:30pm til late at The Fox Theater in Boulder. Featuring live music from The Magic Beans and guest Analog Son. It’s during the biggest beer week of the year the they want to celebrate in Avery’s hometown and feature a local venue, local bands, and local beer. They’re bringing rarities from the Avery Tap Room like Lilikoi Kepolo, barrel-aged beers like Pump[KY]n (their brand new Bourbon barrel-aged pumpkin porter), and gems from Adam Avery’s cellar! Tickets went on sale TODAY online for $20!

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New Belgium + Perennial Artisan Ales Collaboration After Party

9 p.m.

Hi-Dive – 7 S. Broadway, Denver, CO 80223

Hey Denver, remember when New Belgium threw down at The Hi Dive during GABF last year with Wicked Weed Brewing, A. Tom Collins, Ark Life, and The Yawpers? Well, it is back for another round. This year we will havePerennial Artisan Ales in the house with us, along with music from The Blue Rider and Bud Bronson & The Good Timers.


Robe One Out @ Star Bar (LoDo/Ballpark) 


Star Bar – 2137 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205

Avery Brewing Co. hosts: Robe One Out at Star Bar! The event features 4 hardcore beers in the front of the bar and 4 softcore beers in the back patio. Don your robes, join the Avery Crew and join the PorchDrinking Crew as it has become a tradition for us to throwback a few Rumpkins at this event every year.

Stay Classy San Diego! Green Flash and Stone Brewing @ Freshcraft (LoDo/Union Station)


Freshcraft – 1530 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202

Stay Classy San Diego! – Post-festival goodnesses from SoCal with hop-mavens Stone Brewing and Green Flash at the LoDo beer holler.

On Draft will be:
Stone Enjoy By
Stone Go To
Stone Bourbon Barrel Arrogant Bastard
Stone Passion Project
Stone Wootstout 2.0

Green Flash Serrano Double Stout
Green Flash Cuvee Tripel
Green Flash Hop Head Red
Green Flash Green Bullet
Green Flash East Village Pilsner

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Siebel Sensory Analysis Seminar @ Denver Hyatt Regency (Central Business District/Downtown)

11:00am – 5:00pm

650 15th St, Denver, CO 80202

The Chicago-based Siebel Institute of Technology, one of the nation’s top centers for beer education, teams with the Brewers Association for an in-depth seminar designed to train brewers and beer enthusiasts in sensory evaluation of beer and the brewing process. Smelling and tasting beer included. Tickets are limited in number and a pricey $200 a pop plus fees.

Saturday, October 4th

Brewer’s Breakfast – Burritos & Barleywine at Denver Beer Co. (LoDo/Union Station)

9:00am – 12:00pm

1695 Platte St, Denver, CO 80202

A little hair-of-the-dog always helps during GABF weekend. It also helps get the party going again! Yeow! Saturday, October 4th at 9am DBC will serve up a Brewer’s Breakfast: a breakfast burrito and barleywine. $10 for an awesome breakfast burrito & a glass of barleywine!
If barleywine is not your breakfast of choice, they’ll serve some other big beers. Here’s the lineup:
2011 Cognac Barrel Aged Barleywine
2012 American Style Barleywine
2014 King of Jacks – Imperial Pumpkin
2012 Russian Imperial Stout
2013 Belgian Pale Ale w/ Apricot & Lacto
…..and a few others.
Roll out of bed, put your sunglasses on, and get here while the burritos last!

Crooked Stave @ Lou’s Food Bar (Sunnyside)

10:00am – 3:00pm

Lou’s Food Bar – 1851 W 38th Ave, Denver, CO 80211

October 4th and 5th – Lou’s Food Bar and Crooked Stave have teamed up to offer a 3 course beer brunch during GABF weekend. Beers also available a la carte.

New Belgium @ The Convention Center Hyatt Regency (Central Business District/Downtown)


The Hyatt Regency – 650 15th St, Denver, CO 80202

Venture across from the GABF hall to find New Belgium pouring 10 beers at the Strata Bar at the Hyatt Regency at the Convention Center.



Empty the Cellar Party! @ River North Brewery (LoDo/Ballpark)

1 p.m.

River North Brewery – 2401 Blake St #1, Denver, CO 80205

The taproom finale! River North invites you to the Empty the Cellar Party that was such a success from last year. So successful, they’re doing it again. Brewers’ choice rotating rare kegs all day…They’ve been saving the whole year for this! No tickets required, open to the public with beers-by-the-glass.

Sour Red Saison (Repeat Release) @ Black Shirt Brewing

1 – 10 pm

Black Shirt Brewing – 3719 Walnut Street

Aged 14 months in a combination of Infinite Monkey Theorem’s Malbec and Leopold Brothers Whiskey Barrels. With live music from Thunder the Radar at 8 pm and Leaded at 9 pm.

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Rare Beer Tapping and Meet the Brewer with Upslope Brewing @ Russell Smokehouse (LoDo/Union Station)

1422 Larimer Street, Denver, CO 80202

Love Upslope beers? Don’t miss the rare beer tapping on Saturday at 4pm! Meet the Brewer/Owner of Upslope Brewing including their Summer Herbal Ale (Gruit), ProAm 2014 Citra Pale Ale, and Imperial Rye.

Left Hand Brewing and New Holland Brewery Beer Dinner @ Ale House at Amato’s

4 p.m.

Ale House at Amato’s – 2501 16th St, Denver, CO 80211

Details to come soon.

Special Tappings @ Falling Rock Tap House (LoDo/Ballpark)


Falling Rock Tap House – 1919 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202

Falling Rock Tap House keeps rolling out the events all day long on Friday, October 4th.
4pm Avery Brewing (CO). 
9:30pm (outside) Odell Brewing (CO).
10pm Firestone Walker (CA). 
10:30pm (outside) Sun King (IN). 
11pm New Belgium (CO).

Firestone Walker  Tap Takeover @ Freshcraft (LoDo/Union Station)


Fresh Craft = 1530 Blake St, Denver CO

On Draft will be:
Firestone Walker Parabola
Firestone Walker Stickee Monkey
Firestone Walker Agrestic
Firestone Walker Lil Opal
Firestone Walker Pivo Pils

Stone Brewing Tap Invasion @ Euclid Hall

4 – 5 p.m.

Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen – 1317 14th Street, Denver, CO 80202

Join Team Stone between GABF sessions for a special tapping of ultra-rare barrel-aged Stone brews, including Stygian Descent (Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels), Stone Arbalest (Belgian Pale Ale aged in Bourbon Barrels) and Stone Bang Bang (Red Ale aged in Bourbon Barrels).

Smore’s Porter Tapping @ Copper Kettle Brewing Co (Southeast Denver)

Copper Kettle Brewing – 1338 S Valentia St #100, Denver, CO 80247

CKBC will feature a Smore’s Porter on cask.



Sips, Suds, & Smokes Radio Show @ Cheeky Monk (Capitol Hill)

5:00pm – 7:00pm

Cheeky Monk – 534 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80203

A GABF edition of the online weekly series that describes itself as covering “the finer things in life around wine, distilled spirits, tea, coffee, beer, cigars and just really good stuff of life,” featuring Good ol’ Boy Mike, Rev. Mark, Good ol’ Gal Julieanna, and Good ol’ Boy Dave, with special guest Chris Allen, a GABF Pro-Am 2014 Competitor. Beer and other random trivia contest.

Surly Brewing Tap Takeover @ Freshcraft (LoDo/Union Station)


Freshcraft – 1530 Blake St, Denver CO

SURLY BREWING EVENT! – 7pm – Surly Brewing takes over the tap handles at Freshcraft. Tappings still to be determined.

Battle of the Coasts @ Denver Bicycle Cafe


Denver Bicycle Cafe – 1308 E 17th Ave

It’s another East Coast, West Coast and No Coast Tap Battle!

East Coast:

  • Cigar City
  • Schmaltz
  • Ommegang

West Coast

  • Ballast Point
  • Russian River
  • Green Flash

No Coast

  • Epic Brewing
  • Telluride Brewing
  • Epic Brewing

TRVE Brewing @ The Deer Pile (Capitol Hill)


The Deer Pile – 206 E 13th Ave, Denver, CO 80203

Denver’s TRVE Brewing is sitting out GABF itself to help be a better host at their own brewery but has plenty going on GABF Week, including this stimulating dinner that promises to honor “beer, heavy metal and vegetarian cuisine.” It’s a deal, too, at $55 for six TRVE beers paired with a five-course dinner from Chef Kurt Eichenberger and Sous Chef Randa Duffy. Space is limited. Reservations at 303-831-6443.

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Colorado vs. Stone at The Monkey Barrel (LoDo/Union Station)

8:00pm to 11:00pm

1611 Platte Street, Denver, CO 80202

For the first time ever The Monkey Barrel will be pouring out-of-state beer and it’s going to happen just in time for GABF week. Enjoy Stone Brewing Favorites, Special Releases and a Special Lineup from some Colorado’s favorite breweries beginning Thursday October 2nd and Ending with a Grand Finale of Stone Special Releases on October 4th. Live Music w/ Upside Down @9pm, No Cover . Special Guest Bartender Chris Rippie. Enjoy the patio, beer specials and food specials.


Colorado vs. Stone @ The Monkey Barrel

8 – 11 p.m.

The Monkey Barrel, 1611 Platte Street, Denver, CO 80202

Team Stone will be competing against some of Colorado’s best brewers as they tap rare beers, including Stone  “The Tiger Cub” Saison aged in White Wine Barrels w/Sour Cherries, Bourbon Barrel-Aged Arrogant Bastard Ale, Stochasticity Project Quadrotriticale, 2013 Stone ESPRESSO Imperial Russian Stout, Stone Bang Bang (Red Ale aged in Bourbon Barrels), Stone Enjoy By 10.31.14 IPA, Stone Go To IPA and Stone IPA.

Dr. Bill Sysak @ Falling Rock Tap House (LoDo/Ballpark)


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

12th Annual GABF Falling Rock Beer Tasting with Dr. Bill from Stone Brewing – This longstanding tradition downstairs of Falling Rock Tap House is orchestrated by “Dr.” Bill Sysak, the beverage coordinator at Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens. It’s an informal, freewheeling affair. Sysak has promised to pour 100 great offerings from … well, too many good breweries to name from the U.S. and beyond. The suggested contribution is $40 to help pay for the beers and tip the staff. This is a big bottle share – participants can bring their own contributions.

Avery Brewing’s Demons & Pumpkins @ Lucky Pie – LoDo (LoDo/Union Station)


1610 16th Street Mall, Denver, CO 80202

Demons & Pumpkins at Lucky Pie LoDo.

Chainsaw Princess of Karate Odd 13 and Big Choice Brewing Collaboration Sour Release (Broomfield/Lafayette)

Odd 13 on Oct 4th and at Big Choice Brewery on Oct 5th. – October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Odd 13 are teaming up with Big Choice Brewing to raise money for Susan G. Komen Colorado with their pink collaboration beer, Chainsaw the Princess of Karate. The brewery is kicking off the campaign on Saturday, October 4th, while Big Choice will hold their kickoff on Sunday, October 5th. During the opening night and for the remainder of the month, Odd 13 is donating a $1 for every pint of Chainsaw sold. In addition to that, they will donate all the profits from the Chainsaw T-shirts sold as well (t-shirt design coming soon).

Sunday, October 5th

Hangover Brunch @ BRU handbuilt ales & eats (Boulder)

9:30am – 3:00pm

5290 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80303

Hangover Brunch on October 5th with an entree and two handbuilt ales or beer cocktails for $22. Don’t forget – Wear your BRU gear to the Great American Beer Festival for a complimentary pint at BRU. Just post a pic in your BRU gear roaming the halls of GABF with the hashtag #BRUatGABF. Stop by booth k4 or BRU for your complimentary beer card.

BrewAsanas @ Joyride Brewing (Edgewater)

10:00am – 11:00am

2501 Sheridan Blvd, Edgewater, CO

GABF YOGA DETOX (psst, you still get a beer at the end!) – This all levels class is ideal for anyone who is interested in exploring yoga in a different and chill environment and look to expand their minds in respect to local beers! What more can you want than yoga and beer? Each session includes a 1-hour yoga session followed by a pint of your choice. Bring a mat and water. Class will be held with 2 or more people, will be cancelled 1 hour prior if no registrants. Sign up here!

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Bluegrass Brunch @ Station 26 Brewing (Northeast Park Hill)

11:00am – 3:00pm

7045 E 38th Ave, Denver, CO 80207

Station 26 Brewing Co. is throwing down on Sunday the 5th from 11 am to 3 pm with live music from the Hayward Strangers, donuts from Glazed & Confuzed, barbecue from Rolling Smoke BBQ, and ice cream from Milk Money. Conveniently located exactly one mile off I-70 on the way to the airport, for any out-of-town visitors that want one last beer straight from its source before getting on a plane and flying home, this may be the perfect farewell toast to Denver and the GABF week!

Red Beet Saison Release @ Black Shirt Brewing

2 – 7 pm

Black Shirt Brewing – 3719 Walnut Street

And locally grown whole cone hops give away.


  1. Belinda Bïderman-Young

    Makes me want to go out there to CO!

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