Need help recovering after GABF?

By Neill Pieper

The Denver Beer Week and Great American Beer Festival will ultimately come to a close Saturday. The kegs are tapped and once-enthusiastic beer nerds are now wondering how to transport the “white whales” they’ve been chasing back home.

With the copious amount of beer both consumed and purchased, the thought on many minds following GABF is how to recover and get back to work on Monday.

GABF reports that 3,800 different beers were poured this year. Some simple math shows that if each tap is pouring from ½ barrel keg, there are 7.5 million ounces of beer consumed. This number does not account for multiple kegs for each beer, or the astounding amount of beer drank across the city in tap houses, release events and run-of-the mill bars. Thats a lot of beer!

So what steps can you take to sober up and be at your best starting Monday morning following GABF? Here are a few ideas.

© bRUNch Run

© bRUNch Run

3rd Annual bRUNch Run Stapleton Central Park Sunday 10 A.M. - noon.

There is no better way to kick start your way back into productivity then to get your heart pumping and sweat out some of those boozy barleywines you sampled. Participants can run a 5k or 10k and finish with some delicious brunch offerings from local providers and drinks from craft producers.

Food venders- The Corner Office, Interstate Kitchen, Masterpiece Kitchen, Vital Root, La Sandia, The Nickel, and Syrup.

Drink venders- Tito's Handmade Vodka, The Real Dill, Health-ade Kombucha, Great Divide Brewing Company, Logan House Coffee, The Pressery and Michelle Sparkling Wines.

The bRUNch Run helps support health and wellness within the Denver community. The funds go to Metro Caring, an organization that provides food to the hungry while promoting health and self-sufficiency. So power through your beer-stupor and join this event. More info here

© Hydrate IV Bar

© Hydrate IV Bar

Hydrate IV Bar -

Looking for a quick and healthy recovery option? Look no further than the Hydrate IV Bar, which provides options from IV hydration to vitamin infusion services. The Overindulgence IV is a perfect package for after GABF (and with your GABF ticket you can receive 20% off), sit back and watch tv, enjoy some music or just a nap while you get pumped full of liquid recovery. Katie Wafer from the IV Bar says “Hangovers can produce headaches, nausea, and fatigue. The use of IV therapy, at Hydrate IV Bar, can eliminate these symptoms and expedite the recovery process. IV therapy is especially great for those traveling from out of state experiencing altitude sickness and dehydration. One liter of normal saline is equivalent to drinking 2 gallons of water!”. For more information, visit their website at

Zaca Recovery -

Local recovery company Zaca also has a quick and convenient solution. Producing recovery chewables and patches, the goal is to assist your recovery quickly and affordably. Packed with essential ingredients, these chewables help hydrate and detoxify your system. Find out more at