Weekend off the Wagon – GABF Edition (9/30-10/2)

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I’ll be honest, this Weekend off the Wagon is not going to be complete. We’re.. a bit beer soaked right now. Beer drenched. Beer.. monsooned.

But there’s still some fun to be had this weekend! And the weather remains beautiful. Here’s a few ideas to get soaked too.

Friday | Saturday Sunday


Special beer and special music at Star Bar

Denver Beer Co – Fith Horseman Saison
Crooked Stave – Wild, Wild, Brett Orange
Great Divide – Belgian Yeti
Odell – Friek
Lefthand – TNT
Oskar Blues – Surprise
New Belgium – Imperial Berlinerweiss,
Kick, Le Terrior, Super Cru

Music: Casey James Prestwood & the Burning Angels

Get Stone’d w/Us at Cheeky Monk

Fri Sep 30, 2011 – Sat Oct 1, 2011
Cheeky Monk

All Stone all day! Enjoy special brews from Stone you won’t find anywhere else!

12am – 2am Dark vs. Light: Alaskan Brewing Co. / Stone Brewing Co. / Odell Brewing Co. Night of Light & Dark w/ Blake St. Vault at Freshcraft 

Join us for the first annual Night of Light and Dark beers with our neighbors from the Blake Street Vault. Freshcraft will be featuring beers from the darker side of the color spectrum while The Vault will feature lighter colored beers (not “light” beer). There will be some great beers from each of the featured breweies at both locations – including speciatly draft and archived bottle releases. You will also have the option of paying $10 at the door to receive a discounted beer at each bar. Beers at Freshcraft Include: Draft: Alasan Brewing Perseverance Ale, Odell Bourbon Barrel Stout (Firkin), Stone 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA Bottles: ’00 Alaskan Smoked Porter, ’07 Stone Imperial Russian Stout, Odell TBD Beers at The Vault TBD We will be staying open until 2 am on Thursday (Kitchen open until 1 am)

12pm – 3pm Front Yard BBQ at Highland Tap & Burger

Highland Tap & Burger

Join Odell Brewing for an afternoon of beers, bbq, and lawn games from noon- 3pm. Odell specialty beers, including our Bourbon Barrel Stout and a Pumpkin Ale brewed by the HTB staff, Great beer specials including a $10 burger and Odell beer special, Specialty BBQ items from the chefs of HTB, Cornhole and Goofy Golf yard games.come play!

12pm – 1pm Sierra Nevada Harvest Release (Kill-A-Keg) at Falling Rock

Falling Rock

Our Annual insanity of releasing Sierra Nevada’s Harvest Ale (made withwet, Fresh-from-the-Fields Hops) & seeing how fast we can pour a keg ofbeer.A few years back we noticed that we were pouring a keg prettyquick (like a 15.5 gal keg in about a half Hour) & we wondered, ‘justhow fast CAN you pour a keg?’ The next year it was 20 minutes or so,the next 15, then 12minutes. Last year it was a new record: 9 minutes53 seconds. I’ll look to better that time this Year, One Man, One Keg &a bunch of glasses… After the first keg goes well tap into some more ata more leisurely pace. At 12:30 we’ll release the Sierra Nevada Estate Homegrown Ale (the same style of beer made with Malt and hops grown onthe property).

1pm – 9pm Beer Advocate ThrowDown

All over town

Showing some love to the new(er) brewers in the area, looks like another long day.

1:00-2:45pm Renegade Brewing Co.
3:00-4: 45pm Copper Kettle Brewing Co.
5:00-6:45pm Strange Brewing Co.
7:00-8:45pm Denver Beer Co.
Last Stop TBA

1pm – 4pm Denver Rare Beer Tasting


2pm – 3pm Avery Brewing at Falling Rock

Falling Rock

Try some of the Avery rarities on tap including aged kegs of Beast, Samaels and whatever Adam and Breese will let out of the brewery

2pm – 4pm Left Hand Beer Lunch

Rackhouse Pub

5 Beers • 4 courses • $40 •  Looking for a way to getwarmed up for the GABF Thursday night session? Join Dry Dock ownerKevin DeLange, and head brewer Bill Eye from 2 – 4 pm for the encore oflast year’s popular beer lunch. Rackhouse Pub chef/owner JaysonReynolds will once again pair 4 unique food courses with 5 of DryDock’s award winning beers. Getting a solid meal in you before theThursday night session is Surviving GABF 101.

3pm – 5pm Left Hand Armwrestling Tournament at Freshcraft


Try your luck armwrestling using your left hand! Winners of each round will receive one free pint of Left Hand Brewing Co. beer and the overall winner will receive 2 tickets to the Friday night GABF session, starting at 5:30 pm. $4 Pints of all beer from Left Hand Brewing during this event with 50% of the proceeds going to benefit the Colorado Brewer’s Guild. Sign up for the tournament starts at 2:30 pm Beers to include: Left Hand Week Sauce Coffee Porter & Milk Stout

3pm – 4pm Rogue Brewing at Falling Rock

Falling Rock

We’ll tap into Double Chocolate Stout & John John Hazelnut, Just incase you’re interested.

4pm – 12am Odell Brewing Special Promotion at Fainting Goat

Fainting Goat

Swing by the Goat for a pint of 90 Shilling, Easy Street Wheat, or Isolation ale for just $3!

5pm – 6pm Odell IPA Tapping Party at Govnr’s Park

Govnr’s Park

Come help us celebrate an tap the first keg of IPA!

5:30pm – 10pm Great American Beer Festival

7pm – 9pm Specialty Beer Tapping with Green Flash Brewing at Freshcraft


Stop by for some dinner and great beer from the folks at Green Flash Brewing! Beers to include: 30th St Pale Ale & Sugar Smack Belgian Dubbel

9pm – 12am Colorado Affair – A Celebration of Rare Colorado Beers at Ghost Plate and Tap 
Ghost Plate and Tap

Presented by The Beer For Brains Foundation in conjunction with Breckenridge Brewery and Wynkoop Brewin.company. Join Beer For Brains at the Great American Beer Festival as we offer our first ever Colorado Beer event. The roof of the Ghost Building at 18th and Stout (inclement weather will bring us indoors) will be the sight of this event which will feature 20 or so Colorado beers and will benefit the Foundation. Light munchies and music will also be offerred. http://coloradoaffair.eventbrite.com/

10pm – 12am Avery Brewing Co. Heaven & Hell at Freshcraft and The Blake St. Vault 
Freshcraft + Blake Street Vault

Once again we’ll be teaming up with our neighbor the Blake Street Vault as well as Avery Brewing Co. to present a night of sin and salvation. Avery’s Demons will face off with The Holy Trinity. Keep an eye out for a rare caffeinated Demon and oak-aged man of the cloth! Freshcraft Beers to include: Mephistopheles, Samael’s & The Beast ( +? ) Blake St Vault beers to include: Hog Heaven, Salvation & The Reverend (+?)

10pm – 11pm CHEERS Social at Falling Rock

Falling Rock

A special SOCIAL gathering with Colorado Brewers Guild breweries and Dogfish pouring Huge, Exotic, Esoteric, Rare and Special ale & lager. CHEERS!

10pm – 11pm Dog(fish Head) Treats at Falling Rock

Falling Rock

I’ve been saving a few of Sam (& Crew’s) special releases including aWorld Wide Stout (I think it’s a little over a year old)….

10pm – 12am Tap Hunter GABF After-Party

Star Bar, 2137 Larimer Street, Denver, CO 80202

11pm – 12am Alaskan Brewing 25th Anniversary Celebration Upstairs at Falling Rock 
Falling Rock

We’ll have kegs of their 25th anniversary Imperial Stout is brewed withan array of local ingredients and flavors to add dimension andcelebrate Alaskan’s history and home. Alaska birch syrup from Wasillalends a deep, almost tart character to the dark malt profile, whilefireweed honey from Delta Junction adds a delicate sweetness and floralnotes to the aroma and finish. The slight addition of our in-housealder-smoked malt alludes to the distinctive roasted flavor ofturn-of-the-century malting practices, without overpowering the moresubtle flavors of this dynamic anniversary brew.

11pm – 12am He’Brew Celebration Downstairs at Falling Rock

Falling Rock

We’ll have JewBelation 15, 15:15, & HopManna

Electric Six at the Bluebird

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Special beers and awesome music at Star Bar

AC Golden – Star Sour
Odell – Bourbon Barrel Stout
Black Fox – Cracked Black Pepper Saison
Great Divide – Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti
Avery – The Kaiser
Oskar Blues – Home Grown Hops
Ska – Doubel Blonde
New Belgium – La Folie, Clutch, Abbey Grand Cru

Special Post GABF Party with Avery and Ska!

Avery – Ubber Schwine, Freckle Saison
Ska – Surprise

Post GABF Live Music

Bone Orchard Revival

Local Distillers Night!

8am – 9am Breakfast with the Bruery at Cheeky Monk (Colfax)

Cheeky Monk (Colfax)

Stop by before heading to the awards and enjoy breakfast pairings w/the Bruery.

12pm – 4pm Great American Beer Festival – Members Only Session

2pm – 4pm Oskar Blues Specialty Beer Tapping at Freshcraft


Stop in to say hi to “The Gubna” himself and try some great Oskar Blues Beer! Beers to include: HGH Wet Hop Ale & Ten Fidy

5:30pm – 10pm Great American Beer Festival

8pm – 9pm Firestone Walker at Falling Rock

Falling Rock

A new Arrival to the Colorado Market, Join Head Brewer Matt Bryndelson & others for some special kegs (and a cask) of Firestone Walkers amazing beers.

10pm – 12am Euclid Hall’s RedOAKulous

Euclid Hall

Join Odell Brewing for a sampling of 3 specialty oak barrel aged Odellbeers pouring from Euclid Hall’s specialty oak barrel draft system withHiveranno, Bourbon Barrel Stout, and one surprise ale.

10pm – 11pm New Belgium at Falling Rock

Falling Rock

When the GABF is over, we tap into special releases of New Belgium’sBeers. This year I went to the brewery & did a blending session withLauren Salazar, & Eric Salazar. Each of us made our own blend of LaFolie. We will release the three versions (appropriately they will becalled 1, 2, & 3) and give time for all to sample. After people havehad the time to taste them I will ask for applause as a vote on yourfavorite. Only then will we open the envelope and disclose theBlenders. This should be interesting. I’ll also pull out a couplethings from my stash of New Belgium Beers.

Zombie Crawl

You.. should just go to the site for all the information. It’s too early in the morning for me to adequately sum up zombies: http://eyeheartbrains.com/


Skirt Chaser 5k

Women get a 3 minute head start, the men chase. For charity, of course.

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Rapids vs. Dallas

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And free bacon at Rackhouse Pub.


We’ll be back with the full glorious update next weekend! Leave any events we missed in the comments.

About PJ Hoberman

PJ likes beer. A lot. And whiskey. Gin. Wine. Cocktails. Um.. what were we talking about?