Week off the Wagon – GABF Edition

It’s that time of the year when you’re debating the merits of different pretzel sizes for the trusty pretzel necklace and planning out an group costume with your friends for the Super Bowl of beer, the Great American Be . . . wait, what do you mean you didn’t get tickets? There was a Ticketmaster snafu, you say? All the tickets sold out in record time? Well that just sucks.

Or you did get tickets (you lucky son of a… lovely woman), but want to enjoy the rest of the week as well?

Great American Beer Festival

Great American Beer Festival

Fortunately, Colorado is a thriving hotbed of craft beer, and the state has you covered – no matter if you’re a local who doesn’t want to deal with the absurd lines to sample that one super special beer from Cigar City Brewing, or if you’re an out-of-towner with non-refundable plane tickets and a hotel room who is now looking for booze-soaked ways to spend your four days in the Mile High City.

Fear not, beer lover! Denver off the Wagon will do the heavy lifting and provide you with a complete guide to all beer-related activities going on in Denver during the week of GABF that take place outside of the four GABF sessions. These unique events typically offer just as good of brews without having to stand in line and eat crappy pizza in the convention center.

Bookmark this page – we’ll update it as we learn of new events!

Multiple Days • Tuesday, October 8 • Wednesday, October 9 • Thursday, October 10 • Friday, October 11 • Saturday, October 12

Multiple Days

Denver Beer Fest

October 4-12

Location – TBD

A nine-day celebration of all things beer, including beer tastings at local restaurants, beer-paired dinners and “meet- the brewer” nights. We’ll update this section as individual events are announced. Visit the Denver Beer Fest online for more information and updates on specific festival events.

Tickets – TBD


 

Tuesday, October 8

Star Bar and Stone Brewing Co.

Time – TBD

Star Bar – 2137 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205

Star Bar is counting down to the 2013 GABF with some Big Beer events. More information will be announced closer to the event date, and you can visit www.starbardenver.com for more information on all of Star Bar’s GABF events.


 

Wednesday, October 9

Oskar Blues Ordeal

11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Oskar Blues Brewery – 303 Main St, Lyons, CO 80540

The Ordeal kicks off Wednesday with Ten FIDY Handshakes at the newest Oskar Blues restaurant, CHUBurger. From there, head over to a Cajun-style lunch at Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids and Solids and that comes with two 10 oz. Oskar Blues beers, but feel free to try any of the 43 craft beers on draft. A backstage tour of Oskar Blues Brewery and more beers will happen at the Tasty Weasel tap room, then it’s time for the main event. To kick off the Great American Beer Festival in style, Oskar Blues is throwing a Barn Burner and Pig Roast at the Hops and Heifers Farm that will include live music, plenty of food, specialty beers, a bonfire and ridiculously awesome views of the Flatirons from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday’s Ordeal starts at 11 a.m., and we’ll drop you back outside of the Falling Rock Tap House at 9 p.m. Reserve your spot(s) here: http://obordealandbarnburner.eventbrite.com/

 

Colorado Rare Beer Tasting

6-9 p.m.

Rackhouse Pub – 208 South Kalamath Street, Denver, CO 80223

Sample some freakishly exotic rare beer from your favorite Colorado breweries at the Rackhouse Pub’s 2013 Colorado Rare Beer Tasting. Tickets entitle you to unlimited samples (within reason), a buffet, and a chance to try some rare beer! Last year the event had more than 20 breweries pouring incredibly rare brews and tickets for 2012 sold out weeks in advance. Visit Rackhouse Pub online for more information and to buy tickets.

Tickets – $35

 

Star Bar and a Special Mystery Brewery

Time – TBD

Star Bar – 2137 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205

Star Bar is counting down to the 2013 GABF with some Big Beer events. More information will be announced closer to the event date, and you can visit www.starbardenver.com for more information on all of Star Bar’s GABF events.


 

Thursday, October 10

Oskar Blues Ordeal

8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Oskar Blues Brewery – 303 Main St, Lyons, CO 80540

Hit all the Oskar Blues stops on Thursday by starting the tour off at its Grill & Brew brewpub in Lyons, the place where Oskar Blues beer began. Enjoy Steak and Egg Breakfast Burritos and specialty Coffee Stout (the breakfast of champions) and the OB team will show you around the original Oskar Blues Brewery where it’s still pumping out specialty OB brews and B. Stiff & Sons craft root beer. 19.2 oz. cans of Dale’s Pale Ale and Mama’s Little Yella Pils will quench your thirst during a tour around Hops and Heifers Farm. Enjoy a barbecue lunch and a cold Oskar Blues beer at Homemade Liquids and Solids Restaurant next with a VIP tour of the Oskar Blues Brewery before you’re shuttled back to the Falling Rock Tap House just in time to hit the first session of the GABF. Reserve your spot(s) here: http://oskarbluesordealtour.eventbrite.com.

 

Fort Collins Brewery “Out of the Ashes” Beer Dinner

Two seatings – 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

Buckhorn Exchange – 1000 Osage St, Denver, CO 80204

Fort Collins Brewery (FBC) and Buckhorn Exchange are teaming up to host a beer dinner featuring beers in FCB’s limited release Out of the Ashes series during GABF week. The dinner will feature five courses, each paired with an FCB brew. In addition to Rauchbier and Mesquite Chili Lime Ale (the first two installments of the Out of the Ashes smoke beer series), diners will enjoy FCB’s Doppel Bock, Major Tom’s American Wheat, and Double Chocolate Stout. The dishes to be paired with each beer have yet to be decided, but the exotic game for which The Buckhorn Exchange is known will certainly be included. In addition to a unique array of beers and food, guests will get to meet FCB’s brewers and The Buckhorn Exchange’s chef. Guests will also receive an Out of the Ashes specialty snifter as part of the cost of the dinner. Visit the Fort Collins Brewery website for more information, including pricing and ticket availability.

Tickets – TBD

 

Avery Midnight Breakfast

11 p.m.

Euclid Hall – 1317 14th Street, Denver, CO 80202

We are working with Chef Jorel of Euclid Hall to put the finishing touches on Midnight Breakfast 2013, a sit-down affair! Right after the first GABF session, this epic event features 10 breakfast courses paired with crazy awesome beers like Ross’s’s’ Melange, Momi Hiwa, Tweak, and the unreleased Thensaurum, a sour ale aged in rum barrels! Tickets go on sale this Monday, August 5th at www.euclidhall.com and www.averybrewing.com. Don’t miss out!

Tickets – $100

 

Sour and Barrel-Aged Love with New Belgium Brewing Co. and Odell Brewing Co.

Time – TBD 

Star Bar – 2137 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205

Star Bar is counting down to the 2013 GABF with some Big Beer events. New Belgium Brewing Co. and Odell Brewing Co. will be taking over Star Bar to spread some sour and barrel-aged love. More information will be announced closer to the event date, and you can visit www.starbardenver.com for more information on all of Star Bar’s GABF events.


 

Friday, October 11

Oskar Blues Ordeal

8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Oskar Blues Brewery – 303 Main St, Lyons, CO 80540

Back by popular demand, the highly praised Gospel Brunch, held in the hop rows at our Hops and Heifers Farm, is the first stop on the Friday Ordeal. Confess your sins to the preacher and get down to a Southern-style brunch paired with specialty Oskar Blues beers and some soul-saving live music. Grab a beer and check out the 43 craft beers on draft at Homemade Liquids and Solids next, and finish the trip with a VIP brewery tour of the Oskar Blues Brewery and Tasty Weasel Tap Room. Oskar Blues will get you back to the Falling Rock Tap House with enough time to catch your breath and make it over to the Convention Center for Friday’s session. Reserve your spot(s) here: http://oskarbluesordealandgospelbrunch.eventbrite.com/.

 

Pints for Prostates

1 p.m.

McNichols Civic Center Building – 144 West Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80202

This celebration of beer passion and craftsmanship takes place in Denver during the Great American Beer Festival weekend. Proceeds from the event support the Pints for Prostates awareness campaign. Like GABF, this event is already sold out. However, it doesn’t hurt to poke around homebrew message boards to see if someone intending to travel from out-of-state for GABF had purchases Pints tickets that are no longer of use. Visit Pints for Prostates online for more information.

Tickets – Sold Out

 

The Pietasters Concert and Ska/DC Brau Tapping

Time – TBD

Marquis Theater – 2009 Larimer St., Denver, CO 80205

Ska Brewing, DC Brau, a brewery from Washington, D.C., and The Pietasters, a D.C. Ska band have collaborated on a brew that will be released during GABF week at the the Marquis Theater in Denver during a Pietaster’s concert. Taster’s Choice is a doppelbock made with coffee from a Durango roaster.

Tickets – TBD

 

Hardcore / Softcore with Avery Brewing Co.

Time – TBD

Star Bar – 2137 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205

Hardcore / Softcore returns for 2013 at Star Bar with Avery Brewing Co. ABV is the name of the game ranging from monsters to sessions, Star Bar and Avery will be sure to have something for every beer drinker. More information will be announced closer to the event date, and you can visit www.starbardenver.com for more information on all of Star Bar’s GABF events.


 

Saturday, October 12

Beer Advocate Party and Oscar Blues Extravaganza

Time – TBD

Star Bar – 2137 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205

Star Bar is counting down to the 2013 GABF with some Big Beer events. More information will be announced closer to the event date, and you can visit www.starbardenver.com for more information on all of Star Bar’s GABF events.


Are we missing an event? Want yours listed? Email us at events@denveroffthewagon.com.

About Peter MacKellar


A native Coloradan who thinks our fine state offers the best beer and snow anywhere in the U.S., Peter recently moved back to Denver after spending a few years in New York City.