Celebrate Great American Beer Festival // GABF Events in Denver
Monday October 2nd
GABF Kickoff Party 5 p.m. // Falling Rock Tap House, 1919 Blake St., Denver
Falling Rock Tap House, one of the nation’s premier beer bars, serves as the unofficial hub for GABF week. The bar’s countdown clock hits zero at 5 p.m. Monday and the bar begins serving special taps. This year’s list includes Horse and Dragon, Upslope and special collaborations to celebrate the bar’s 20th anniversary.
Bruz Beers Kickoff Party 5-10 p.m. // Bruz Beers, 1675 W 67th Ave. #100, Denver
Denver’s Bruz Beers is offering to buy your first beer at their kickoff party. Earlier in the day, the Belgian-focused brewery is tapping a special release.
GABF Colorado Night 5 p.m-2 a.m. // Goed Zuur, 2801 Welton St., Denver
Goed Zuur is raising a glass and saying cheers to the hometown team. It’s hosting a Colorado sour beer tap takeover with all your favorites: Crooked Stave, Casey, Paradox, Avery, New Belgium, Verboten, Cerebral and plenty more. More details.
Brewtography Photo Exhibit Ongoing, Sept. 15-Dec. 1, // Hotel Teatro, 1100 14th St., Denver
Denver-based photographer Dustin Hall is offering a look at his Brewtography Project in conjunction with the big festival. Hall’s photos on the Colorado craft beer culture are showcased in an exhibit at Hotel Teatro. And of course, there’s beer. The hotel and The Nickel bar are offering a beer brewed by Hall and Call to Arms Brewing called Beautiful Impression, an oak-fermented brett farmhouse ale.
Colorado and North Carolina Beer Friends 6 p.m. // Tupelo Honey, 1650 Wewatta St., Denver
Freshcraft Sour Monday 7-11 p.m. // Freshcraft, 1530 Blake St., Unit A, Denver
Freshcraft is pouring Almanac, Atom, Black Project, Crooked Stave and a couple Jester King and Jolly Pumpkin collaborations. This Denver beer bar gets the good stuff, so check their website for more details on tappings all week long. More details.
Tuesday October 3rd
Brewers Dinner with The Corner Office and Strange Craft Beer 7:30 p.m. // The Corner Office , 1401 Curtis St., Denver
Paramount Cafe Beer Festival 5-7 p.m. // Paramount Cafe, 519 16th St., Denver
Paramount Cafe is hosting its 7th annual beer festival, featuring more than 60 beers from a list of Colorado stalwarts, including Odell, Epic, New Belgium, Left Hand and more. The event benefits the Miami Animal Alliance, a no-kill
Beers Made By Walking 6-9 p.m. // Denver Museum of Nature and Science, 2001
DenverOne of the most unique events each year, Beers Made By Walking asks brewers to go to hikes outside and make beers inspired by the plants in their regions. “Each beer is a unique, drinkable portrait of the landscape,” according to organizers.The event will features more than 35 breweries — including 20 beers were made by Colorado breweries just for the event. The breweries expected at the event include: Black Project, Four Noses, Haw River, Jester King, Odd 13, Burial Beer, Fonta Flora Brewing, Paradox Brewing, Trophy Brewing and TRVE Brewing. Tickets cost $40 and proceeds benefit the museum. More details.
Wednesday October 4th
CSA Artisans Portfolio Tasting 11:30 a.m. // Hops and Pie, 3920 Tennyson St., Denver
Crooked Stave’s distribution arm is pulling from its top-of-the-line craft beers portfolio for a tasting at Hops and Pie, one of Denver’s top beer bars. Twenty three breweries are on the list, including Almanac, Ale Apothecary, Blackberry Farms, Jackie O’s, Lawson’s Finest Liquids, Pure Project, Societe and Two Roads. And Hops and Pie says to expect “additional treasures.” The event starts at 11:30 a.m. and the beers will pour until they are gone.
Toppling Goliath Night 11 a.m.- 11 p.m. // Lowdown Brewery, 800 Lincoln St., Denver
Denver’s Lowdown Brewery is hosting acclaimed Iowa brewer Toppling Goliath for a tap takeover featuring 10 beers.
GABF Farm to Barrel 3-7 p.m. // Goed Zuur, 2801 Welton St., Denver
Three breweries will offer a tasting of farmhouse beers at Goed Zuur. Look for taps from Atom Brewing, Rolwey Farmhouse Ales and Scratch Brewing. More details.
Dogfish Head Wacky Hat Wednesday 4-7 p.m. // Avanti Food and Beverage, 3200 Pecos St., Denver
Dogfish Head’s Sam Calagione will host a special tasting of the brewery’s renown 120 Minute IPA in four vintages, from 2014-2017. In addition to other special drafts, if you wear a wacky hat, you can get special prizes.
GABF Shindig 5-10 p.m. // Tivoli Brewing, 900 Auraria Pkwy., Suite 240, Denver
The historic Tivoli Brewing building on the Auraria campus is hosting a mini-festival featuring its beers and others that you won’t find at GABF. Admission is free but you can purchase a $25 ticket for unlimited tastings. More details.
Beer Drinker of the Year Contest 5 p.m. // Wynkoop Brewing, 1634 18th St., Denver
Wynkoop Brewing will award the winner of its Beer Drinker of the Year competition free beer for life, not to mention serious bragging rights. The top contestants will compete live in the final round starting at 5 p.m. More details.
What the Funk!? Invitational 6 p.m. // Studios at Overland Crossing, 2205 S. Delaware St, Denver
Denver’s sour masters Crooked Stave host their own festival each year during GABF week to celebrate barrel-aged beer — whether boozy stouts or funky sours. It’s one of the most coveted tickets for the week, despite it’s steep $100 price tag — and the event is now sold out.
The brewery list features some of the most coveted beer makers in the nation, including many of which that don’t pour at GABF. Among those expected: Casey Brewing and Blending, Rare Barrel, Creature Comforts, Shelton Brothers brands, Scratch Brewing, 3 Floyds Brewing, Alesong Brewing and Blending, Side Project Brewing, Casa Agria Specialty Ales, Arizona Wilderness, Ale Apothecary and Bell’s Brewing. More details.
Euclid Hall Beer Dinner 6 p.m. // Euclid Hall, 1317 14th St., Denver
3rd annual Mercantile Invitational // 6:30 p.m. Mercantile Dining and Provisions, 1701 Wynkoop St. #155, Denver
Three of the most exclusive breweries in the nation are partnering with seven chefs for a beer dinner at one of Denver’s top restaurants. Mercantile, located in Union Station, invited Trillium Brewing, Russian River and Sante Adairius Rustic Ales to pour seven beers at a five-course dinner. Tickets are $150. More details.
Hooves and Hops Beer Dinner 6:30 p.m. Osteria Marco, 1453 Larimer St., Denver
All-Star IPA Throwdown 9:30 p.m. // Falling Rock Tap House, 1919 Blake St., Denver
If you want to taste some of the nation’s best IPAs, this is your event. Hosted by Melvin Brewing and Lawson’s Finest Liquids, this event at Falling Rock Tap House features IPAs from nearly two dozen breweries, including many you can’t find outside the brewery.
The breweries expected to attend includes: Beachwood BBQ and Brewing, Bissell Brothers Brewing, Kane Brewing, Kern River Brewing, Lord Hobo Brewing, Modern Times Beer, Other Half Brewing, Societe Brewing and Weldwerks Brewing.
Thursday October 5th
TRVE and Friends 11:30 a.m. // Hops and Pie, 3920 Tennyson St., Denver
Denver’s TRVE (“True”) Brewing is inviting a few beer friends to Hops and Pie for a tap takeover like no other. The “friends” list is eclectic and delicious: Commonwealth, Finback, 7venth Sun, Burial, Three Taverns, Modern Times, Kern River, Gigantic and Brewery Bhavana.
Boulevard Brewing Tap Takeover 11:30 a.m. // Euclid Hall, 1317 14th St., Denver
Seven specialty kegs of Boulevard Beer is reason enough for a lunchtime excursion to Euclid Hall ahead of the opening GABF session. But there’s an even better reason: a vertical of the Love Child series from No. 3 to No. 8 at 2 p.m. Look for more sour beers from an assortment of breweries later in the day.
Call to Arms Catalina Wine Mixer Noon, // Call to Arms Brewing, 4526 Tennyson St., Denver
Denver’s Call to Arms Brewing showcasing all its wine- and port-barrel aged beers from the last year on one day. For some, it’s the final five gallons in existence. The beer styles include farmhouse, saison, Belgian quad, IPA and stout. Additional guest taps and bottles are available. Live music starts at 5:30 p.m.
5th Annual 50 Firkin Fiasco 7 p.m.-midnight, // Epic Brewing Company, 3001 Walnut St., Denver
Here’s how the Firkin Fiasco works: Take your favorite Epic Beers, add crazy ingredients from fruit to hops to spices and put them in a cask to mature. Then tap them all the first night of GABF. It’s a safe bet you’ll find plenty of unique beers. Tickets required. More details.
GABF Kickoff Show with TRVE and friends 8 p.m. // Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway, Denver
Loud metal music and beer, that’s Denver’s TRVE Brewing in a nutshell. So the brewery is hosting a concert on the first night of GABF at Hi-Dive. Other amazing breweries are joining the event, including 7venth Sun from Florida, Brewery Bhavana and Burial Beer from North Carolina, Three Taverns from Georgia and Finback from New York. Tickets are $10. More details.
Beer Hall Brawl10 p.m. // The Rackhouse, 2875 Blake St., Denver
What goes great with beer? Wrestling, apparently. Melvin Brewing, Bierstadt Lagerhaus and WWE Hall of Famer Hacksaw Jim Duggan are hosting a pro wrestling event at the River North brewery and the $25 ticket includes a beer. Duggan is the official spokesman for Melvin’s 2×4 IPA, an appropriate tie given his weapon of choice was a piece of 2-by-4 lumber. More details.
Friday October 6th
Denver Rare Beer Noon to 4 p.m. // McNichols Civic Center Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave., Denver
More than 60 craft brewers pack into two floors of the McNichols Civic Center in downtown Denver to showcase some rare beers, from big stouts to well-aged sours. The event is sold out (tickets cost $115 with VIP going for $165). The 68 breweries at this year’s event include The Alchemist, Brooklyn Brewery, Cascade Brewing, Fremont Brewing, Hardywood, Libertine Brewing, Lost Abbey, 3 Floyds Brewing and Yazoo Brewing. More details.
Adroit Theory Tap Takeover at Mockery Brewing 2 p.m.-midnight, // Mockery Brewing, 3501 Delgany St., Denver
Virginia’s Adroit Theory is offering beers you can’t find elsewhere at Mockery Brewing in Denver. The two breweries also will release a collaboration beer, Heart of a Hellraiser, an old Bruin with yeast propagated from flowers near Adroit Theory’s brewery. The beer was left to open ferment in whiskey barrels as it was driven back to Colorado, picking up all the natural yeast and bacteria of the countryside.
West Coast Night 7-9 p.m. // Public School 303, 1959 16th St., Denver
Two hop masters, Ninkasi and Stone, will showcase their art at a West Coast Night tap takeover at Public School 303 in downtown Denver. More details.
Saturday October 7th
GABF Awards Viewing Party 9 a.m. Lone Tree Brewing Company, 8200 Park Meadows Dr #8222, Lone Tree
Lone Tree Brewing will put the GABF awards ceremony on a big screen along with breakfast items from The Savory Life food truck. The event is free but reservations are encouraged. More details.
GABF Brewers Breakfast: Burritos and Barleywines 9:30 a.m.-Noon // Denver Beer Co, 1695 Platte St., Denver
Most the brewers will attend the GABF awards ceremony Saturday morning, so Denver Beer Co. is inviting you to come eat their breakfast. It’s quite a way to pregame the afternoon GABF session, too. Tickets are $15 ahead of time, $18 at the door. More details.
Even the Losers Pity Party Noon, Call to Arms Brewing, 4526 Tennyson St., Denver
Call to Arms Brewing is welcoming brewers party for those who leave the Saturday awards ceremony without any hardware. It’s even offering 4th place consolation medals, in addition to drink specials. Winners are welcome, too.
Sam Adams Octoberfest 3-10 p.m. Larimer Square, Denver
The Great American Beer Festival is not the only show in town. Sam Adams will host its own Octoberfest event blocks away in Larimer Square (between 14th and 15th streets on Larimer) with music from George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, G. Love & Special Sauce and Corey Harper. Sam Adams will pour Boston Lager, OctoberFest, Rebel IPA and a gluten-free cider. Tickets are $45 to attend. More details.
Brewers Brunch Series with Odell Brewing Co.11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. The Corner Office, 1401 Curtis St., Denver
The Corner Office and Odell Brewing Co. are offering a four-course brunch paired with Odell beers to get you ready for the big beer day. Tickets costs $40. More details.
Star Bar Afterparty 10 p.m. // Star Bar, 2137 Larimer St., Denver
If you are still standing at 10 p.m. on the final day of GABF, you’re probably at the Star Bar after-party. Expect to see plenty of brewers, robes and special tappings at this Denver dive bar.
Sunday October 8th
Post-GABF Hangover Brunch 11 a.m. // Lone Tree Brewing Company, 8200 Park Meadows Dr #8222, Lone Tree
Bloody beers and beermosas are what’s needed at the conclusion of GABF week. Lone Tree Brewing is hosting a hangover brunch with Mama Said Eat cooking the food. Tickets are $15 and include your first beer. More details.
Oyster Bash 3-9 p.m. // Oceanaire Seafood Room, 1400 Arapahoe St, Denver
Oskar Blues is pairing beer with oysters — just want you want to slurp down after a week of beer drinking.