Pints for Prostates. Colorado Rare Beer Tasting. What The Funk?. What do these Beer Week events have in common? They are among the premier events that happen during the 7 days and nights that surround the wonderful GABF circus. They are also completely, utterly sold out. And have been that way since forever. But don’t despair! The loving, boozy arms of Beer Week have enough events to embrace us all without selling a kidney. This list compiles events that are both awesome and not sold out, and we will keep it updated as more events come to our attention or sell out. Also, this is not a complete list. Ain’t nobody got time for all that!
Sunday, October 6th
Kick off Beer Week on a classy note. Join author Emily Hutto to celebrate the release of her new book, “Colorado Top Brewers”, by enjoying some excellent pairings of beer and scrumptious grub. In addition to the author hanging out, you will also get to chat with brewers and chefs from some of the breweries featured in the book. While tickets will set you back $65, you can use discount code “BookPerk” to save $20.
Monday, October 7th
Get into fine Drinking Form for Beer Week at the first of many Falling Rock Tap House parties. Owner Chris Black always pulls some amazing stuff out of his cellar for the occasion and it’s always a little hard to remember what happened the next day. Yanno, like the whole of Beer Week. Party gets rolling at 5:30 PM.
Tuesday, October 8th
Available for only one night, all these beers have been inspired by a hike through Colorado’s signature mountains and features some pretty excellent breweries, such as Crooked Stave, Our Mutual Friend, Paradox and many others. Tickets will run you $30 each, and does include unlimited tasting.
Another event that would be excellent for those new to beer as well as Level 80 Beer Nerds. Learn how the glass you drink from changes how you perceive the beer itself by tasting the same beer side-by-side in different glassware. The event costs $50, and you get to keep four of the glasses from the tasting.
An Epic Collaboration Dinner Sold Out 🙁
Spend an evening before the circus relaxing with the crew over at Euclid Hall for impressive food-and-beer/spirits pairings (and it appears that the beer is of the unusual-to-rare variety). As if that weren’t enough to entice you, representatives of both Leopold Brothers and Firestone Walker will be on hand to walk you though the intricacies of their products and pairings. Tickets will set you back $100 a head, but that’s about what you would spend at Euclid Hall anyway, right?
Wednesday, October 9th
Join Avery’s Barrel Herder, Andy Parker, at the Rackhouse Pub from 3-5 PM for a primer on all things Sour. Andy will lead you through the ins-and-outs, hows-and-whys of blending a sour beer. You will also go through a guided tasting of an Avery sour, as well as the individual component beers that were blended into it. Tickets are $45 and will crank your beer nerd level to 11.
Speakeasy Ales and Lagers Tapping
4 PM at Denver’s undisputed GABF headquarters, the Falling Rock Tap House. Go get some great beer! No tickets required, just a willing palate and belly. Stay until (or come back at) 10 PM for the Cigar City tapping!
Hops & Pie
Starting at 11:30, Hops & Pie will have a host of amazing beer on tap! Jester King, Perennial (out of St. Louis), Jolly Pumpkin, Prairie (out of Oklahoma) and our very own Crooked Stave will all be on tap until the keg dies. Get here early and bring your patience.
Thursday, October 10th
Want to get away from the herds of people downtown? Check out this event happening down in the DU neighborhood at the Renegade Publik House. 12 barleywines, a full size glass, and unlimited tasting. Tickets will set you back $30 and looks to be well worth it.
Spend some time at the new Stapleton Tap House with River North Brewery’s head brewer, Matt Hess, and Devin Lamma, a cheese professional. These two have teamed up to pair River North beers with delicious cheeses. Tickets are $35 (available at the Stapleton Tap House or River North’s tap room) and includes a taste of these six beers (one of which is barrel-aged!), its paired cheese, a free full pour, and a full size glass to take home.
The crew at Euclid Hall are throwing a 25th birthday party for Deschutes Brewery! There is going to be birthday cake paired with beer and games of some sort. You can buy individual tickets (for just one beer/food pairing), 10 tickets, 20 tickets, or an all-you-can-eat-and-drink pass for $65.
Want to spend some time away from Denver’s crazyness? Check this event out. For $75 a person, a bus will take you from Denver to Oskar Blues’s breweries (new and old), their Hops and Heifers farm, as well as their restaurant Homemade Liquid and Solids. Lots of food and beer are included. Full details in the link above.
Sour Beer Symposium Sold Out 🙁
Another excellent event taking place at Euclid Hall! This event brings in New Belgium’s Wood Cellar Manager, Lauren Salazar, to answer every possible question you may have about sour beer, its forms, and flavor profiles. Perfect for dyed-in-the-wool beer nerds and for those just discovering their love of sours. The Second Session is already sold out, but the First Session tickets are still available for $50.
Friday, October 11th
$1 Beer Night @ Renegade Brewing Company
Friday night, from 7 PM to 9 PM only, Renegade wants to remind you how much they love and appreciate you. For this 2 hour window, everything they pour is just a buck. Because they want to thank you for supporting them by getting you drunk. Seems fair to me!
Cigar City at Hops & Pie
Starting at 11:30 AM, Hops & Pie will be featuring a host of Cigar City’s brews all day (or til they run out). Feautred beers include the ever popular Jai Lai, Maduro, the Humidor Red Ale, and others. Get you some!
Change up your Friday night with a little live music and a special release beer (of course). Ska Brewing and DC Brau have teamed up to make a collaboration beer. It will be on draft and in cans all night long, while you enjoy some good ol’ fashioned ska tunes from the DC band, The Pietasters at the Marquis Theater. Tickets are $15, doors are at 7 PM.
What exactly is going on at Star Bar? Oh yanno, just pouring some world class beers is all. Like Boulevard’s LOVE Child #3 (on Friday 3 PM) and who knows what all else these folks have in store! I highly recommend stopping by at least once and checking out their tap list. It never disappoints.
Friday Side Session at Freshcraft
Starting around 7 PM, some of the charming and handsome brewers from Lagunitas, including brew master Jeremy Marshall, will be hanging out at Freshcraft. Use this opportunity to rub elbows, pick brains, and drink with some excellent brewery people!
Basically, this is a bike-powered crawl to 5 premier locations in Denver on the second day of GABF. You get a 4 ounce pour of a barrel-aged Avery beer and a 6 ounce pour of a lighter palate cleanser at each of the 5 bars. You also get a playing card and the best Poker hand at the end of the event (which finishes at Star Bar) wins a special prize. Ticket to ride is $45. Last year, this was an amazing event and comes highly recommended again this year!
Starting the day off early? Check out this brunch event at City O’City at 11 AM! While the food here is always excellent, and the event features 3 courses with a different beer from each course, the main star of this event is certainly going to be the collaboration brew between New Belgium and Jolly Pumpkin which be available ONLY at City O’City! Tickets are going to run you $55 a head and are going fast. Click the above link for further details.
Saturday, October 12th
German Beer Breakfast with Prost
Feeling rough? Everyone is, by Saturday morning. Prost is here to help with a 4-course Brunch, each pair with a Prost beer (of course). Tickets are $40 and obtained by calling Lou’s Food Bar at (303) 458-0336.
Robe One Out with Avery Brewing CO
This event is among the more zaney GABF events that I have personally heard of. Wear a comfy robe, PJs, slippers, and whatever and go bar crawl for a while. No tickets needed, just show up at 10 PM at any of the following 3 bars: Freshcraft, Lucky Pie LoDo, and the Pour House Denver. First 30 en-robed folks through the door at each location get a free beer. Note that if you buy a limited edition Avery robe, you also get a free beer. Rare and standard Avery offerings will be on tap at all three locations. Go get ’em, cowboy. At least you’ll be comfy when you pass out?
River North’s Empty the Cellar Party
Some people are too hung over to do much of anything on Saturday as Beer Week winds down. Not so at River North! They will have a host of their limited and/or rare beers on tap (and these are not small beers… Trust me! I work there). It is possible some surprises may enter the rotation, but they call them surprises for a reason… Event starts when the tap room opens at 1 PM and rolls on til close at 10 PM.
The undisputed King of GABF ends Beer Week strong with a 9 PM tapping of Brewery Ommegang (including their recent Game of Thrones beers) and a 10 PM tapping of Firestone Walker (including some crazy version of Brett-ed Double DBA). Sounds like a party!
For a more complete list of events going on around town, including the sold out events and a bunch of special tappings not included in this list, check out this Week Off The Wagon and this list from the diligent Jon Shikes at the Westword.
What else is going on around town that isn’t sold out yet? What events do you plan to hit up? Let us know what we’re missing!
(Edit: Sold out events noted, 2 events added)