No Tickets to the GABF? No Problem

I am adding to my blogging power by now contributing to the Ladies Of Craft Beer website! I feel very lucky to have been asked to bring my words their way and cannot wait to meet several of my fellow writers and craft beer fans at the Great American Beer Festival next week!

Speaking of the GABF, it’s sold out! (I’m volunteering which is the best way to get in, in my opinion!) But hey, you don’t have to have tickets to engage in the craft beer revelry. Dozens of Denver restaurants are hosting beer-centric events over GABF weekend, allowing you to rub elbows with brewers, chefs and fellow beer folk. Also, coinciding with the GABF is the Denver Beer Fest — a spotlight on Colorado-based beers — which will have taps flowing in all corners of the Mile High City. (Listed in chronological order.)

Great Divide Tap Room and Lounge
Hours: Wednesday, 9/15 through Saturday, 9/18 11 a.m. to midnight; and Sunday 9/19 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Tours: Wednesday, 9/15 through Sunday, 9/19 on the hour from noon to 7 p.m.

Special Release Beers: Wednesday, 9/15 through Sunday, 9/19. Check Great Divide’s Facebook page and Twitter feed for updates on what’s on tap.

Food pairing: Wednesday, 9/15 through Sunday, 9/19, during Tap Room and Lounge hours, Appaloosa Grill will prepare food to pair with GD beers. Menu is available here.

Prima Ristorante: This Italian restaurant in the Hotel Teatro will present a menu featuring Great Divide beers paired with beer-inspired dishes. Try a flight, a pint or make your own tasting menu from 9/10 to 9/30. 1106 14th St., Denver (303) 228-0770

Duo: Brush beards with brewer Taylor Rees of Great Divide on 9/13 at  a happy hour hosted by Duo. From 5-7 p.m. $15 gets you all-you-can-drink GD beer and a selection of appetizers. Two other events like this will occur in September. 2413 W. 32nd Ave., Denver 303-477-4141

Boulevard Beer Pairings: Newly opened Freshcraft will feature Boulevard beers in its Smokestack Beer Pairing Dinner from 7-9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, 9/15. Freshcraft’s home-style food will be paired with Boulevard’s Unfiltered Wheat, Tank 7 Saison, 6th Glass Quad and Two Jokers Double Wit. 1530 Blake Ste #A, Denver, (303) 758-9608

Avery Special Tapping: Freshcraft will tap a MYSTERY rare barrel from Avery Brewing Co. at http://www.averybrewing.com/ 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, 9/16. Freshcraft kitchen will be open and serving food. 1530 Blake Ste #A, Denver, (303) 758-9608

Ladies of Craft Beer “Beer for Boobs Brunch”: Although this Friday morning event is sold-out, I gotta give it up to everyone who registered to come out and support the Ladies of Craft Beer and our courageous breast-cancer fighting friends. Freshcraft will host 100 craft beer fans in this mix and mingle event that features brews from Avery, Left Hand, Ska, Odell, Stone and Bristol. Special guest Sebbie Buehler, who is the face of Rogue’s Chocolate Stout, will be present as an exclusive keg of Double Chocolate Stout will be tapped. Fifty percent of ticket sales and all proceeds from donated beer will be donated to breast cancer research.

Denver Rare Beer Tasting: Tickets for the Denver Rare Beer Tasting are $80 and include unlimited samples of 26 hard to find brews, hors d’oeuvres, a commemorative tasting glass. The event takes place from 1-4 p.m. on Friday, 9/17, at Wynkoop Brewing Company. For more info visit http://www.pintsforprostates.org. 1634 18th Street, Denver 303-297-2700

Try the sausage or the schnitzel!

Archived & Unique Beers with Stone and Odell: Stone Brewing Co. and Odell Brewing Co. will share their archived and unique beers at 10:30 p.m. on Friday, 9/17. Odell will be tapping a firkin of imperial barrel aged porter. Stone will open several bottled beers from the archives: 07 Vertical Epic Ale, 09 Vertical Epic Ale and 07 Double Bastard Ale. Word is that guests can expect some surprises from Greg Koch of Steon, including a special tapping and DVD signings. Freshcraft will have recommended pairings for the beers from its late night menu. 1530 Blake Ste #A, Denver, (303) 758-9608

The Oceanaire: Through Sunday, 9/19, The Oceanaire will serve its superb seafood paired with Great Divide beers for a three-course beer dinner.

“Tour de Colorado”: Through Sunday, 9/19, all the taps at former Denver Bronco’s quarterback John Elway’s restaurant, Elway’s Downtown, are switched out to craft beers from around the Colorado. Flights of local brews (including Great Divide Yeti and Titan IPA) will be available for $12. Daily happy hour is offered from 2-7 p.m. and features $3 draft brews and half price select bar appetizers. During the “tour,” Chef Robert Bogart will create Beer and Small Plate combos available during happy hour and a new, late-night happy hour beginning at 10:30 p.m. that runs through Sunday.

Wynkoop’s marketing guy Marty Jones told Westword, Denver’s alternative weekly newspaper, that the city’s proprietors “will get the answer to the question of whether Denver can support all of those new tap houses and beer bars” during the week’s beer festivities. If you head to Wynkoop, Colorado’s first brewpub, try the Tut’s Royal Gold. Seriously it’s an amazing twist on a hefeweizen and claims to be an unfiltered Imperial Egyptian Ale.

Also take a look at these hot spots that shine a spotlight on craft brews:

Euclid Hall

Mellow Mushroom

Stoney’s Bar and Grill

Cheba Hut

And a bit out of the way, but way worth it Oskar Blues Home Made Liquids & Solids

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