GABF Week Events

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GABF Week: One to be Reckoned With

The uber-popular Great American Beer Festival brings craft beer connoisseurs to Denver every year to sample thousands of the best offerings. Alongside the country’s largest beer fest, set for Sept. 20-22, are hundreds of other beer-centric events hosted by breweries, bars, venues and restaurants. Colorado’s incredible brewery lineup shares the space at the events with the top brewers from across the nation. For those unable to score GABF tickets, there are plenty of opportunities to find beers from breweries that may not be found at the festival. We’ve scoured local websites to formulate a list of soirees worth checking into. 

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Sept. 14

  • Biscuits & Beer at the Delectable Egg, 7 a.m.-1 p.m., $15

  • Trail Monk IPA Release at Thirsty Monk, noon

  • Grandoozy at Overland Park Golf Course, 1:30-10 p.m.

  • Barnett’s Oktoberfest, 3-10 p.m.

  • 5th Annual Beer Flights at Denver International Airport, 4-6 p.m.

  • Friday Night Bazaar at 2845 Walnut St. Denver, 5-10 p.m.,

  • Schatzi’s Oktoberfest at Bega Park, Littleton, 5 p.m.

  • The Hunt for Red Oktoberfest at 7667 E. Iliff Ave., Ste. F, 5-11 p.m.

  • Parker Oktoberfest at O’Brien Memorial Park, 6-11 p.m.

Sept. 15

  • Biscuits & Beer at the Delectable Egg, 7 a.m.-1 p.m., $15

  • Apres Yoga at Crazy Mountain, 10:30-11:30 a.m., $17-20

  • Jagged Mountain Beer Run! 1139 20th St., Denver, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., $30-40

  • Workshop: The World of Belgian Beers at 1675 W. 67th Ave., Ste. 100 Denver, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., $25

  • GABF Bike Loop & Kickoff Party at 4255 W Colfax Ave., Denver, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., $25

  • Lone Tree Oktoberfest at 8222 Park Meadows Dr. Lone Tree, 11 a.m.- 10 p.m.

  • Boulder Film and Brew Fest at 6315 Lookout Rd., 11 a.m.-11 p.m., $45-100

  • 5th Annual Bierstadt Oktoberfest Marzen Release at Bierstadt Lagerhaus, 11 a.m.-12 a.m.

  • Drink RiNo Oktoberfest at 2875 Blake St., Denver, noon- 10 p.m., $20

  • Gratitude 2018 at 2810 Larimer St., Denver, noon-11:59 p.m.

  • Summerset Festival Craft Beer Tasting at Resolute Brewing Co., 1-4 p.m., $20-25

  • Saturday Backstage Pass at Black Shirt Brewing Co., 1:30-3:30 p.m.

  • Grandoozy at Overland Park Golf Course, 1:30-10 p.m.

  • Barnett’s Oktoberfest at Barnett and Sons Brewing, 3-10 p.m.

  • Beer Flights at Denver International Airport, 4-6 p.m.

  • Schatzi’s Oktoberfest at Bega Park, Littleton, 5 p.m.

  • Parker Oktoberfest at O’Brien Memorial Park 6-11 p.m.

  • 90’s Night at 20 Mile Tap house, 8-11:30 p.m.

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Sept. 16

  • Biscuits & Beer at the Delectable Egg, 7 a.m.-1 p.m., $15

  • Barre3 in the Beer Garden at 2990 Brewery Ln, Littleton, 9-10 a.m.

  • Brewery Boot Camp at Resolute Brewing Co., 10-11 a.m.

  • Brewery Boot Camp 1675 at 67th Ave, Ste 100, Denver, 11 a.m.-noon, $10

  • Yoga+Beer at 14er Brewing, 11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m., $25

  • Dry Dock Brewing Co. Tap Takeover at Russell’s Smokehouse, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

  • RiNo Beer & Graffiti at 2220 Blake St., Denver, 12:15-2:45 p.m., $40

  • Grandoozy at Overland Park Golf Course, 1:30-10 p.m.

  • Beer Flights at Denver International Airport, 4-6 p.m.

  • Schatzi’s Oktoberfest at Bega Park, Littleton, 5 p.m.

  • Parker Oktoberfest at O’Brien Memorial Park, 6-11 p.m.

Sept. 17

  • Biscuits & Beer at the Delectable Egg, 7 a.m.-1 p.m., $15

  • The Whisky Ambassador Denver at Finn’s Manor, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

  • Dry Dock Brewing Co. Tap Takeover at Russell’s Smokehouse, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

  • Ska Brewing Takes Over at Osteria Marco, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

  • Roadhouse Brewing Company Tap Takeover at 5280 Burger Bar, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

  • Dry Dock Brewing Co. Tap Takeover at Russell’s Smokehouse, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

  • Craft Trifecta at Strange Craft, 3-8 p.m.

  • Beer Flights at Denver International Airport, 4-6 p.m.

  • 21st Annual Kick off Tapping Party at Falling Rock Tap House, 5 p.m.

  • (RAD)Craft at Strange Craft, 5-7 p.m.

  • Monday Fun Run at Avery Brewing Company, 5:30-7 p.m.

  • Monthly Mixer: Craft Beers for Denver Beer Week at Station 26 Brewing Co., 6-8 p.m.

  • TRVE & Freshcraft launch High Plains Beer Distribution at Freshcraft, 6-11:30 p.m.

  • Zuni Street Run Club at Zuni Street Brewing Co., 6:30-8 p.m.

  • Rackhouse Pub and Bierstadt Lagerhaus Beer School Sensory Training at Bierstadt Lagerhaus, 7 p.m., $25

  • Ohco Euchre Tournament at Joyride Brewing Company, 7-10 p.m.

  • Monday Movie Night at Dusk at Declaration Brewing Company, 8-11 p.m., free

Times to be determined: 

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Sept. 18

  • Social Stretch Yoga Class at Strange Craft Beer Co., 6-7 a.m.

  • Biscuits & Beer at the Delectable Egg, 7 a.m.-1 p.m., $15

  • River North Brewery plans to summit Mount Bierstadt, 10 a.m.

  • High Plains Distributing Tap Takeover at Cedar Creek Pub, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

  • Dry Dock Brewing Co. Tap Takeover at Russell’s Smokehouse, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

  • Roadhouse Brewing Co. Tap Takeover at 5280 Burger Bar, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

  • Roadhouse Brewery from Wyoming at Falling Rock Tap House, 4-6 p.m., Beer from New Image Brewing at 5 p.m.

  • Beer Flights at Denver International Airport, 4-6 p.m.

  • 2nd Annual Tour of Colorado at Tap Fourteen Ballpark, 4-7 p.m.

  • Ursula Brewery Imperial Crustless Keg Tapping at the Crafty Fox, 4-11 p.m.

  • HAZE vs. CLEAR at Finn’s Manor, 5-11:59 p.m.

  • Jameson Caskmates & Friends at Freshcraft, 6-9 p.m.

  • Hooves & Hops, Osteria Marco and SKA Brewery at Osteria Marco, 5:30-7:30 p.m. and 8-10 p.m., $45+

  • Rocktoberfest at 1001 16th St, #A-100 Denver, 6-6:30 p.m.

  • Tuesday Run Club & Live Trivia at Factotum Brewhouse, 6-9 p.m.

  • Alpine Dog Run Club at 1505 Ogden St., Denver, 6:15 p.m.

  • Brew & Fondue at 2707 W Main St., Littleton, 6:30-9:30 p.m., $50-60

  • Brewtography Book Signing at Crooked Stave at the Source, 7-9 p.m.

  • Geeks who Drink Trivia at The Intrepid Sojourner Beer Project, 7-9 p.m.

  • Think & Drink Pub Quiz at Black Shirt Brewing Co., 7-9 p.m.

  • Simpsons Trivia Night at Chain Reaction Brewing Co., 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 19

  • Biscuits & Beer at the Delectable Egg, 7 a.m.-1 p.m., $15

  • Great Advisors for Breweries at GABF, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

  • Fort Collins Breweries Tap Takeover at Tap Fourteen Ballpark, 11 a.m.- 2 a.m.

  • Dry Dock Brewing Co. Tap Takeover at Russell’s Smokehouse, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

  • Roadhouse Brewing Co. Tap Takeover at 5280 Burger Bar, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

  • Ska Brewing Takes Over at Osteria Marco, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

  • Best of Ohio GABF Party at Cedar Creek Pub, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

  • CSA GABF Portfolio Tasting at Hops & Pie, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

  • King of Carrot Flowers Carrot Elderflower Saison Release at Ratio Beerworks, noon

  • WeldWerks Brewing Special Releases at WeldWerks Brewing, noon-9 p.m.

  • The Final Crustless Release Ever at Ursula Brewing, noon-9 p.m.

  • Tappings at Falling Rock Tap House: Stone Brewing at 3 p.m., Epic Brewery at 4, and numerous breweries after GABF, including Crooked Stave Artisans and Jester King

  • Second installment of taproom-only hazy can releases at River North Brewery, 3 p.m.

  • Loveland’s Verboten Brewing Tap Takeover at Tap Fourteen Uptown, 4 p.m.

  • Beer Flights at Denver International Airport, 4-6 p.m.

  • Rowley Farmhouse Ales from Santa Fe Tap Takeover at Crafty Fox, 4-7 p.m.

  • Stranded Pilgrim & 4 Noses Rare Beer Tapping at Denver Milk Market, 5 p.m.-midnight

  • 2018 Pink Boots Fall Members Meeting and Hops Rub at Blue Moon Brewing Co., 5:30- 8:30 p.m., $35

  • Truffle Cheese and Beer Pairing at Strange Craft, 6-8 p.m.

  • Third-annual Can-Wood Derby at Ale House, 4 p.m., happy hour and 6 p.m. race time

  • Roadhouse Brewing Co. Co-Founder joins Euclid Hall’s chef for a Beer Pairing Dinner at Euclid Hall, 6-9 p.m.

  • Kick-off Party at Avanti Food & Beverage, 6-9 p.m.

  • Hearth & Dram and Green Flash Brewing Pairing Dinner at Hearth & Dram, 6:30 p.m., $49

  • French 75 & Steamworks Brewery Beer Dinner at French 75, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

  • Denver Pickers Bluegrass Pick at Baere Brewing Company, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

  • 4th Annual Mercantile Invitational Chef/Brewery Dinner at 1701 Wynkoop #15, Denver, 6:30 p.m., $150 all inclusive

  • French 75 x Steamworks Brewery at French 75, 6:30 p.m., $60+

  • Geeks who Drink Trivia at Great Divide Brewing Co. Barrel Bar, 7-9 p.m.

  • Beer Dinner with Station 26 Brewing at Old Major, 7-9 p.m., $45

  • Open Mic with Howling Moon at Zuni Street Brewing Co., 7-10 p.m.

  • Upslope Collab Tapping Party at Freshcraft, 7 p.m.-1:30 a.m.

  • Outdoor Summer Movie Night at 1539 S Broadway Denver, 7:30 p.m.

  • Melvin Brewery presents Raekwon, GZA, Killah Priest, Young Dirty, DJ Chonz and E-Turn at Summit Music Hall, where the IPA challenge will occur with Falling Rock Tap House, 8:30 p.m., $36

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Sept. 20

  • Biscuits & Beer at the Delectable Egg, 7 a.m.-1 p.m., $15

  • Dry Dock Brewing Co. Tap Takeover at Russell’s Smokehouse, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

  • Roadhouse Brewing Co. Tap Takeover at 5280 Burger Bar, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

  • Ska Brewing Takes Over at Osteria Marco, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

  • Three Floyds Day at Lowdown Brewery + Kitchen, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

  • Euclid Hall taps eleven sours at Euclid Hall, 11:30 a.m., another tapping of 11 beers, 5 p.m.

  • GABF tour hosted by New Belgium Brewing, 11:30 a.m. $10 for 2-hour tour

  • Casey Brewing & Blending at Hops & Pie, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

  • Pretzel Necklace and Beer tapping at CraftTrifecta, noon-10 p.m.

  • Wine Barrel Brown Ale and Pumpkin Mexican Chocolate Stout Special Release at Copper Kettle, noon-10 p.m.

  • Catalina Wine Mixer at Call to Arms Brewing, noon-10 p.m., very limited supply of beers

  • Falling Rock Tap House has beers from Deschutes at noon, Boulder Beer at 1 p.m., Renegade Brewing at 2 p.m., and Rogue Brewing at 3 p.m. Parking lot and sound system to TRVE Brewing and J. Wakefield followed by Full Sail Brewing at 10 p.m., and Upland Brewing at 11 p.m.

  • Boulevard and WeldWerks Tapped at Freshcraft, 3 p.m., followed by annual Spirit Animal tapping with Telluride Brewing and Ska Brewing, 10 p.m.

  • GABF Sonoma Takes over Denver! Featuring Bear Republic Brewing! at Crafty Fox, 1-5 p.m.

  • Seshtoberfest at Call to Arms Brewery, 3-11 p.m.

  • CANarchy BBQ & Tap Takeover at the Hyatt Regency, 3 p.m.-close

  • DIA Beer flights 4-6 p.m.

  • GABF Barrel Project Weekend at Endo Brewing Company, 4 p.m.

  • Thirsty Monk & Green Man Brewery Collaboration Tapping at Thirsty Monk, 5 p.m.

  • Arts & Ales at 1265 Boston, Ave, 5-8 p.m.

  • GABF Lager Party with Rhinegeist, Wiseacre, and friends at First Draft Taproom & Kitchen, 5-10 p.m.

  • Stranded Pilgrim & Avery Brewing Rare Beer Tapping at Denver Milk Market, 5 p.m.-midnight

  • Chicago Meets Denver at RiNo Beer Garden, 5 p.m.-midnight

  • Great American Beer Festival at the Colorado Convention Center, 5:30-10 p.m., $85 or secondary market prices

  • GABF at Great Divide: Beer + Dessert Pairing at Great Divide Brewing Company Barrel Bar, 6-8 p.m., $16

  • Tricks & Trumps Euchre Night at Factotum Brewhouse, 6:45-9:45 p.m.

  • Celtic Night at the Bob at the Brewery on Broadway, 7 p.m.

  • GABF Lager Party at First Draft Taproom, 7 p.m.

  • Team Trivia at Little Machine, 7-9 p.m.

  • Beer Hall Brawl at Bierstadt Lagerhaus, 7-9 p.m., $25

  • Sixth Annual Fifty Firkin Fiasco, at Epic Brewing, unlimited sampling from 7 p.m.-midnight, $45

  • TRVE Brewing and Ratio Beerworks Kickoff Party at Hi-Dive, 8 p.m.

  • Joie de Vivre - Drop the pH at Finn’s Manor, 8-11:59 p.m.

  • 21st Amendment, Funkwerks & Brooklyn Brewery Present: The Mighty Pines at Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, 8:30 p.m., $17

  • Longmont’s Wibby Brewing at Cheba Hut Brewing, 10 p.m.

  • Late Night Karaoke Happy Hour with Dogfish Head founder at Avanti Food and Beverage, 10 p.m. -midnight.

  • Rocky Mountain Pro Wrestling Match at Rackhouse Pub/Bierstadt Lagerhaus, 10 p.m.

Times to be determined:

  • Citizen Rail + Station 26 Late Night Ice Cream Social, Citizen Rail

  • Have your Beer & Eat it Too- Interactive Cooking Event at Uncorked Kitchen, $210 per pair, purchase ahead of time

  • Mama Bear’s Day at Crooked Stave at the Source, $30

  • Tap Takeover: Funkwerks/21st Amendment/Brooklyn Brewery at Rhein Haus

  • Late Night Happy Hour at Stout Street Social

Sept. 21

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  • Biscuits & Beer at the Delectable Egg, 7 a.m.-1 p.m., $15

  • Station 26 Brewing’s Same Day IPA will be released all over Denver, starting at 10 a.m. Locations include Cheba Hut Denver, Falling Rock Tap House and 11 and other locations.

  • Forty-ninth Denver Oktoberfest, Larimer Street, Denver, 11 a.m.-midnight

  • Beer Can Chicken at Highland Tap and Burger, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

  • Roadhouse Brewing Company Tap Takeover at 5280 Burger Bar, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

  • Dry Dock Brewing Co. Tap Takeover at Russell’s Smokehouse, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

  • Outer Range Brewing Tap Takeover at Crafty Fox, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

  • Euclid Hall taps 11 beers from cellar collection at 11:30 a.m., tap eight Creature Comforts Brewing beers, 5 p.m. at Euclid Hall

  • California Breweries at Hops & Pie, 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.

  • 4 Brewer’s Reserve Sours: Menage: Raspberry, Blackberry, Cherry, Dark Sour Special Release at Copper Kettle, noon-10 p.m.

  • Denver Rare Beer Tasting at 144 W. Colfax Ave, noon, sold out

  • Annual Sierra Nevada Brewing Kill-a-Keg at Falling Rock Tap House, noon., Boulevard and Ommegang, 1 p.m., Green Flash and Alpine, 2 p.m., and Destihl at 2 p.m., Dogfish Head will take over the parking lot, 9:30 p.m., Ecliptic at 10 and Bells at 11 p.m.

  • Falling Rock Tap House Beer Showcase at Falling Rock Tap House, noon-2 a.m.

  • Bourbon Barrel-Aged Genius Wizard Imperial Stout GABF Special Tapping at Ratio Beerworks, noon

  • 2018 Great Denver Brewery Tour—guided tours and tasting of several Denver breweries. RSVP to rsvp@visitdenver.com; Buses Leave the Colorado Convention Center at 1:30 p.m. and Return at 4:30 p.m.

  • GABF Outer Range & Friends Tap Takeover at the Crafty Fox, 3-7 p.m.

  • Odell and Left Hand beers tapped at Freshcraft, 3:30 p.m.

  • Beer Flights at Denver International Airport, 4-6 p.m.

  • Great Mexican Beer Fiesta, Cerveceria Colorado, 5 p.m.

  • Rare Beers with Crooked Stave Artisanal Distributing at First Draft Taproom & Kitchen, 5-10 p.m.

  • Strated Pilgrim & Left Hand Rare Beer Tapping at Denver Milk Market, 5 p.m.-midnight

  • The GABF, 5:30-10 p.m., $85 or secondary market prices

  • GABF Barrel Project Weekend at Endo Brewing Company, 6 p.m.

  • Mile High CANarchy at The Oskar Blues Black Buzzard, 6 p.m.-close

  • Suds & Stogies at Tap Fourteen Ballpark, 8-11 p.m., $30

  • Glassware Matters! at Bierstadt Lagerhaus, 9 p.m.

  • Heroes of Craft Beer GABF After Party & Costume Contest with Station 26 Brewing, River North Brewery and Stone Brewing at Freshcraft, 10 p.m.

Times to be determined:

  • Tappings of many breweries at Freshcraft after GABF.

  • Cooking with Craft Beers at Uncorked Kitchen $210 per pair, sign up ahead of time

  • GABF Late night Party at Crooked Stave at the Source

Sept. 22

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  • Biscuits & Beer at the Delectable Egg, 7 a.m.-1 p.m., $15

  • Big Bad Brunch featuring Epic Brewing at Freshcraft, 10 a.m., beers from Green Flash, Alpine, and 4 Noses Brewing, 4 p.m.

  • GABF CSA Rare Brews Brunch Tap Takeover at the Crafty Fox, 11 am.-3 p.m.

  • Forty-ninth Denver Oktoberfest, Larimer Street, Denver, 11 a.m.-midnight

  • Roadhouse Brewing Co. Tap Takeover at 5280 Burger Bar, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

  • Field Day Music & Beer Festival at Recess Beer Garden Lohi, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

  • Dry Dock Brewing Co. Tap Takeover at Russell’s Smokehouse, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

  • Eleven beers from Dogfish Head and Stone Brewing at Euclid Hall, 11:30 a.m., River North and Station 26 beers, 5 p.m.

  • GABF Shutdown with TRVE & Friends at Hops & Pie, noon-11 p.m.

  • Cross the Celestial Equator w/ Us at Finn’s Manor, noon-11:59 p.m.

  • GABF members’ session at Colorado Convention Center, noon

  • 2018 Snowed In: Coconut Special Release at Copper Kettle, noon-10 p.m.

  • River North Brewery Imperial Stout Lineup at River North Brewery, noon

  • SOWN Together Beer Tasting at Museum of Contemporary Art, noon- 4 p.m., $30-35

  • Oskar Blues & Brews at The Four Season Edge Bar, 2 p.m.-close

  • Wibby Brewing and August Schell Brewing Tap Takeover at Rhein haus in LoDo, 3 p.m.

  • GABF the Dollhouse Thieves at Woods Boss Brewing, 3-5 p.m.

  • Live Music Series at Skyline Beer Garden, 3-6 p.m.

  • GABF Barrel Project Weekend at Endo Brewing Company, 4 p.m.

  • Avery Brewing Tap Takeover at Falling Rock Tap House, 4 p.m., Casey Brewing and Blending at 5 p.m., Telluride Brewing at 9 p.m., Sour Showcase at 9:30 p.m., Firestone Walker at 10 p.m., and New Belgium wrap-up at 11 p.m.

  • 3rd Annual Craft beer and Wine Festival at 14697 Delaware St., 4-8 p.m., $30-80

  • Stranded Pilgrim & Odell Brewing Rare Beer Tapping at Denver Milk Market, 5 p.m.-midnight

  • GABF general session at Colorado Convention Center, 5:30 p.m.

  • Boulevard Brewing Tap Takeover at Smok, 6 p.m.

  • GABF Wrap-up Party at the Sports Column, 6 p.m.-close

  • Fourth annual GABF after-party and karaoke night at Ratio Beerworks, 9 p.m.

Sept. 23

  • GABF Hangover Sunday at Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery, noon-9 p.m.

 

         Compiled by Jordyn MacDonald

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