Craft Brewers Conference: Events outside the Convention Center

Craft Brewers Conference 2014 cans, Centennial Pale Ale (Photo Courtesy: Oskar Blues)

Craft Brewers Conference 2014 cans, Centennial Pale Ale (Photo Courtesy: Oskar Blues)

The Craft Brewers Conference (CBC), April 8-11, is like the Great American Beer Festival for industry folk. That means specialty tappings, events, and beer-fueled debauchery galore. While a lot of the action takes place within the Convention Center, brewers and industry reps will be hitting the streets of Denver to blow off steam after sitting in seminars and panels all day.

Highlights include a wild/sour/funky beer fest at EXDO Event Center on Thursday, killer tappings all week at Star Bar, and multiple beer and cheese pairings. Be sure to grab a glass around town of the Colorado Brewers Guild (CBG) collaboration Centennial Pale Ale brewed with Oskar Blues. The brew is the official Symposium Beer of the Conference.

Here’s a calendar of sorts to guide you to the top spots in Denver to shmooze and drink with the best in the biz. Be sure to check out Fresh Taps for news about specialty brews on draft around town.

Monday, April 7

Pub 17 (Grand Hyatt, 1750 Welton St.)

Kick off the week with a tap takeover featuring eight different beers from Left Hand Brewing. Suds start flowing at 2 p.m.

Cheeky Monk (534 E. Colfax)

Join members of Stone Brewing Co., 6 – 9 p.m. for four Stone brews paired with wings. Beers include: ‘Enjoy By 04.20.14,’ ‘Suitable for Cave Aging Imperial Smoked Porter aged in Bourbon Barrels,’ ‘Cali-Belgique IPA aged in Red Wine Barrels,’ and ‘Kyle Hollingsworth/Keri Kelli/Stone Collective Distortion Double IPA.’

Star Bar (2137 Larimer St.)

Get a taste of Britain with tappings of hard to find UK brews from Magic Rock, Siren, Fyne Ales, and others. The ‘Not-So-Mild British Ales’ event starts at 6 p.m. and brewers will be on hand to share a pint and chat about British brewing.

Denver Beer Co. (1695 Platte St.)

The DBC crew teamed up with beer guru Randy Mosher to recreate an old Belgian Amber Wit recipe with a Colorado twist. The beer starts flowing at 6 p.m. with free cheese pairings to go with. Randy Mosher will also be available for book signings and beery chats.

Freshcraft (1530 Blake St.)

Starting at 7 p.m. beer cocktails will be featured with New Belgium brews & Leopold Bros. booze.

Ace Restaurant (501 E. 17th St.)

It wouldn’t be an industry event without a bit of competition and ping pong is the name of the game. Starting at 9 p.m., 32 breweries will go head-to-head to see who reigns as “lord” or “lady” of the court.

Tuesday, April 8

Hops & Pie (3920 Tennyson St.)

River North Brewery is taking over the taps starting at 11 a.m. with specialty brews like J. Marie Barreled & Bretted (farmhouse ale aged in red wine barrels with Brett) and a one-time-only pilot brew of a Belgian Dubbel with tart cherries.

Ernie’s (2915 W. 44th Ave.)

(Photo Credit: Denver Bicycle Cafe)

(Photo Credit: Denver Bicycle Cafe)

Look out boys! The girls are taking over and they’re bringing their stellar beer with them. Starting at 11 a.m., Ernie’s will feature a 30 Female Tap takeover featuring brews from ladies across the country plus live bluegrass music. Beers will be on tap through Friday, April 11 but there’s no guarantee they won’t sell out before then. Half of the proceeds will benefit the Pink Boots Society’s scholarship fund to help send a female brewer to school.

Falling Rock (1919 Blake St.)

Italy may be known for its wine but some pretty stellar brews come out of the the boot-shaped country as well. Head to Falling Rock at 1 p.m. for the release of The Story of Italian Craft Beer, a book about the history of Italian craft beer. Chat with the authors and sample brews from Toccalmatto, Birrificio Italiano, Del Ducato, Loverbeer, Panil, and Baladin.

Star Bar (2137 Larimer St.)

Cigar City Brewing out of Tampa brings a stellar lineup to Star Bar starting at 4 p.m. Florida Cracker Belgian-style White Ale, Jai Alai IPA, Tocobaga Red Ale, and Passion Fruit Guava will be on draft plus Invasion Pale Ale and Humidor Series IPA in cans.

Crooked Stave (3350 Brighton Blvd.)

The barons of Brett are releasing something special in honor of CBC. ‘Between the Staves’ collaboration with Anchorage Brewing, a dark ale aged in Cognac barrels, starts flowing at 6 p.m. Oh and there’s a bottle release on top of that: 750 ml bottles of Between the Staves for $17 each (CASH ONLY), 2 bottle limit. Crooked Stave owner/head brewer Chad Yakobson and Anchorage owner/head brewer Gabe Fletcher will be on hand to chat and geek out over Brettanomyces.

Crooked Stave & Anchorage Brewing release their collab sour on Tues. 4/8 @ 6p.m. (Photo Courtesy Crooked Stave)

Crooked Stave & Anchorage Brewing release their collab sour on Tues. 4/8 @ 6p.m. (Photo Courtesy Crooked Stave)

Star Bar (2137 Larimer St.)

Following the Welcome Reception at Sports Authority Field, Star Bar is hosting an after-party starting at 8 p.m. with insane tappings from Odell, Perennial, Funkwerks, Firestone Walker, Lefthand, and Stone.

Wednesday, April 9

Star Bar (2137 Larimer St.)

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CANARCHY starts @ 9 p.m. at Star Bar on Weds. 4/9. (Photo Credit: Star Bar)

The Swedes are invading! (At least from 5 – 8 p.m.) Ska Brewing and Swedish brewery Nynäshamns Ångbryggeri will release their second collaboration beer ‘Wipa Snapa,’ a White IPA featuring ingredients from both Colorado and Sweden. Nynäshamns also collaborated with Dogfish Head to create Kvasir as part of Dogfish Head’s ‘Ancient Ales’ series, which will also be released at Star Bar. Sam Calagione and brewers from Ska will be pouring both Wipa Snapa and Kvasir.

Starting at 9 p.m., Star Bar and Sun King Brewery (Indianapolis, IN) present CANARCHY featuring an insane selection of canned brews from Sun King, Rhinegeist (Cinncinati, OH), DC Brau (Washington, DC), Oskar Blues (Lyons, CO), Revolution Brewing (Chicago, IL), Eddyline Brewing (Buena Vista, CO), Cigar City Brewing (Tampa, FL), and Ska Brewing (Durango, CO).

Acorn (The Source, 3350 Brighton Blvd)

From 4-7 p.m., take a break from beer and wake up your palate with sudsy cocktails mixed by Acorn’s renowned mixologist and beverage director, Bryan Dayton. Cocktails will feature brews from Golden Road Brewing (Los Angeles, CA) like the Hefeweizen, ‘Point the Way’ IPA, ‘Wolf Among the Weeds’ IPA, ‘2020 IPA,’ and ‘Get Up Offa That Brown.’

Pub 17 (Grand Hyatt, 1750 Welton St.)

Strange Brewing Co. will be taking over the taps with eight specialty beers and possible food pairings (TBA). Brewers from Strange will be on hand to talk about the brews and shoot the shit.

TRVE (227 Broadway #101)

From 6-8 p.m. the heavy-metal themed brewery is becoming a bit more refined with goods from Ritual Chocolate, Huckleberry Roasters, A Cheese Peddler, and Black Sheep Baker paired with specialty brews from TRVE. Tickets are $15, available here.

Freshcraft (1530 Blake St.)

The Bruery (Orange County, CA) and Cigar City Brewing (Tampa, FL) are collaborating to bring a stellar line-up of brews to Freshcraft. Come sample the likes of Margarita Gose and Tangerine Florida Weisse from Cigar City, as well as Grey Monday and Melange #1 from The Bruery. Other specialty beers will be on tap, but we don’t want to spoil all the fun. Find out for yourself – brews start flowing at 7 p.m.

Cheeky Monk (534 E. Colfax Ave.)

Shelton Brothers distributes some of the best brews in the world and is bringing a handful to the Cheeky Monk Belgian beer cafe starting at 7 p.m. Sample brews from Jandrain-Jandrenouille, Toccalmatto, Trois Dames, Fyne Ales, Ridgeway, Amager, Prairie, Dieu du Ciel!, De la Senne, Nøgne Ø, Magic Rock, and Siren, plus a few surprise tappings.

(Photo Credit: Denver Beer Co.)

(Photo Credit: Denver Beer Co.)

Denver Beer Co. (1695 Platte St.)

From 6-11 p.m. hit the brewery for an adult pizza party. Basic Kneads and Brava! Pizzeria will be parked out front slinging slices to pair with a number of DBC original brews, plus live music from Modern Whiskey Market.

Black Shirt Brewing (3719 Walnut St.)

The brewery with one of the best taproom atmospheres in the city is adding backyard space to its repertoire. From 6-8 p.m., anyone wearing a CBC badge can check out the new space and grab a draft or $2 can of red ale from head brewer Branden Miller behind the bar. Co-founder Chad Miller will be offering tours of the brewery starting at 7:30 p.m.

About Sarah Haughey


Editor, Denver off the Wagon. Sarah is a native of the "Napa Valley of beer," but her beer-drinking roots stretch all the way back to the Emerald Isle where Haughey (Haw-hee) is famous. Sure, our name may have got it's rap from the corrupt prime minister, but we like to think it stands strong due to our long-standing ability to pound a few too many pints. After stints on the East Coast and in San Francisco, Sarah came running back to Denver where her full-time job is exploring all the city's new craft breweries one sip at a time. Follow me @sarahhaughey4 to see where I'm grabbing a beer or for news about local breweries. Like to cook? Me too, check out: Lifewithalittlespice.com

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