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Insiders Guide to Special Beer Releases During GABF

2017 PorchDrinking GABF Coverage Generic
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As we’ve all come to know, the Great American Beer Festival has far greater implications for Colorado beer fans that extend beyond the four day festival itself. One of those external benefits is the growing practice of out-of-state breweries utilizing the week to make a special limited drop of beers either as a means to test the market or just to make a splash to help grow their brands. In previous years, breweries such as Fremont, Perennial, and Burial have all used GABF week as a launch pad toward regular, or in some cases semi-regular distribution to Colorado. In other scenarios such as last year’s short-lived Bell’s Brewing drop, these brief market flirtations can help stoke the hype for breweries that may eye a longer term distribution expansion in the future.

Regardless, the 2017 Great American Beer Festival will once again yield a healthy bounty of beer treats that aren’t typically widely available as well as plenty of special releases from local breweries thoughtfully timed to celebrate the week.

We’ve begun compiling our guide to these special releases and will continue to update this list as more information presents itself. Happy hunting!

The following brands will be distributed by Elite Brands:

  • Independence Brewing, Austin, TX
  • Sun King Brewery, Indianapolis, IN
  • Modern Times Beer, San Diego, CA
  • Marble Brewing, Albuquerque, NM
  • Short’s Brewing, Bellaire, MI
  • Surly Brewing, Minneapolis, MN

Three Taverns Brewery

The following brands will be distributed by TRVE Distribution:

  • 7venth Sun Brewery, Dunedin, FL (limited draft, potential package)
  • Burial Beer Co., Asheville, NC (limited draft, limited package)
  • Brewery Bhavana, Raleigh, NC (limited draft, potential package)
  • The Commons, Portland, OR (limited draft, potential package)
  • Commonwealth Brewing Co., Virginia Beach, VA (limited draft, potential package)
  • Finback Brewery, Queens, NY (limited draft, potential package)
  • Three Taverns Brewery, Decatur, GA (limited draft, potential package)

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The following brands will be distributed by Crooked Stave Artisans

  • Two Roads Brewing, Stratford, CT – New package and draft
  • Rhingeist, Cincinnati, OH – New package and draft
  • Arizona Wilderness Brewing, Gilbert, AZ – New package and draft
  • Pure Project Brewing, San Diego, CA – Very limited draft
  • American Solera, Tulsa, OK- New package and draft
  • Half Acre Beer Company, Chicago, IL- New package and draft
  • Alesong Brewing & Blending, Eugene, OR- New package and draft
  • Captain Lawrence Brewing, Elmsford, NY – Very limited draft
  • Beachwood Brewing, Long Beach, CA – Limited package and draft
  • Beachwood The Blendery- Limited package and draft
  • Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers, Framingham, MA- New package and draft (Already hit the state last week. Some fun barrel aged offerings will be around for GABF events)
  • Societe Brewing, San Diego, CA – Very limited draft
  • Boneyard Beer, Bend, OR – Some really cool new draft options
  • Fort George Brewery and Public House, Astoria, OR – Very limited package and draft
  • Scratch Brewing, Ava, IL- Very limited package and draft
  • Madtree Brewing, Cincinnati, OH – Limited package and draft
  • Ale Apothecary, Bend, OR – New and limited package
  • The Rare Barrel, Oakland, CA – Very limited package and draft
  • Creature Comforts Brewing, Athens, GA – Very limited package and draft
  • Jackie O’s, Athens, OH – Very limited package and draft
  • Jester King Brewery, Austin, TX- Limited package and draft
  • pfriem Family Brewers, Hood River, OR – Very limited package and draft


Toppling Goliath, Decorah, IA – Very limited draft

Special Releases from Denver Breweries

Call to Arms Brewing:

  • Frites Libertatum’ Farmhouse Ale Batch 1
  • Frites Libertatum’ Farmhouse Ale Batch 2
  • ‘Really, Really Ridiculously Good Tasting’ Petite Farmhouse Saison
  • ‘XXXX’s Belgian Quadriceps’ (or ‘Name Your Own Beer’) Sour Belgian Quad
  • ‘Costermonger’ Tart Apple Ale Batch 2
  • ‘Zany Razzy Winey Thing’ Brett IPA with Raspberries
  • ‘The Shadow’ Port Barrel Russian Imperial Stout with Pomegranate Molasses

All tapping on Thursday, Oct 5 at Noon

Cerebral Brewing:

  • Trophy Hunt, an Imperial Milk Stout that has been aging in bourbon barrels for 18 months with adjuncts – Releasing at Cerebral Brewing on Friday, Oct 6
  • Tonal Language, brewed with wheat, oats and CO wildflower honey then conditioned on mandarin oranges and fermented with a mixed culture of Saccharomyces and Brettanomyces in Sauvignon Blanc barrels for 6 months.

Copper Kettle Brewing:

  • Vanilla Bean
  • Coffee
  • Pumpkin Mexican Chocolate Stout

Tapping & Bottles on sale Wednesday, Oct 4th at 2pm

  • Scotch Russian Imperial Stout
  • Buff Trace Well Bred
  • Mocha Snowed In (2016)
  • Maple Snowed In (2017)

Tapping on Thursday, Oct 5th at 2pm

  • Apricot Sour
  • Blood Orange Sour
  • Raspberry Sour
  • Peach Golden Sour

Tapping on Friday, Oct 6th at Noon


Odd13 Brewing:

  • Eric’s Ex-Wife– huge fruity aromatic IPA from copious dry-hopping with all of the Citra, Simcoe, and Mosaic she got in the divorce settlement. $11/6pk, 2 case limit p/p. Releasing Wednesday, Oct 4 at 3pm

Ratio Beerworks:

  • Continuous Thunder Double IPA – Tapping on Wednesday, Oct 4

River North Brewery:

  • Toasted Coconut Mr. Sandman – Toasted Coconut Imperial Stout – Tapping & Bottle Release Saturday, Oct 7 at Noon
  • Mayan Chocolate Mr. Sandman – Mayan Chocolate Imperial Stout -Tapping & Bottle Release Saturday, Oct 7 at Noon

Verboten Brewing (Loveland)

  • Little Nonsense – Imperial Oatmeal Stout aged in bourbon barrels, 11%ABV.  2016 GABF Bronze.  (Draft and 12oz Bottles)- Releasing on Friday, September 29,
  • Grow Old With You – English style barleywine aged in bourbon barrels, 13% ABV. (Draft and 12oz Bottles) – Releasing on Wednesday, October 4,
  • Double Cask Little Nonsense – Blend of Little Nonsense aged in bourbon and brandy barrels, 11% ABV.  (Draft and 12oz Bottles) – Releasing on Wednesday, October 4

WeldWerks Brewing (Greeley):

  • Medianoche Variants (TBD)– Bourbon Barrel-aged Stout Variants – Releasing Wednesday, Oct 4 at 11am

Wiley Roots Brewing (Greeley):

  • Oak Rebellion– Golden Sour Aged on Peach and Blackberries – 7.3% ABV (108x 750mL bottles available) – Releasing Wednesday, Oct 4 at 11am
  • Tropical Vacay– Passion Fruit Hibiscus – 5.6% ABV (180x 750mL bottles available) – Releasing Wednesday, Oct 4 at 11am
  • Laws Barrel Aged Stout (Name TBD)- Imperial stout aged in a Laws Bourbon Whiskey Barrel – Releasing Wednesday, Oct 4 at 11am

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