Upslope Brewing Company to Celebrate 3rd Anniversary

Upslope Brewing Company, Boulder’s all-canned craft beer brewery, will be celebrating their 3rd anniversary on Saturday, November 5th from 2pm to 9pm.  The event promises live music, food, and over 12 taps of Upslope’s rarest beers. Since Upslope only cans and distributes four beers, this event is great for any beer geek who wants to sample […]

The Liquid Diet

GABF… LIQUIFIED! This week The Liquid Diet takes a detour from its usual uninformative, unimaginative and underwhelming un-ness to take a look at the mystique that becomes a reality when we step foot into the Colorado Convention Center for GABF.  What is it about this gargantuan event that gets us into a fevered frenzy?  Most […]

Ignite Denver Off The Wagon – A Boozin’ Good Time

Great American Beer Festival is no stranger to beer events a’plenty, just as Denver Off The Wagon writers (and readers) are no strangers to drinking beer a’plenty. Combine the two, along with a kick-ass Denver event called Ignite Denver, and you’ve got yourself a bomber (or 5) of a good time. As part of GABF […]

GABF 2011 – a love-story-hug-fest-drinkathon full of friends, family, and excess

The Great American Beer Fest is a combination of Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Thanksgiving, and your birthday, all rolled into a week. It’s a love-story-hug-fest-drinkathon full of friends, family, and excess. The event is officially only 4 sessions, or a total of 18 hours of “show time”. But Denver shines its shoes, puts on a pretty […]

The Best of the Best: DOTW’s GABF Superlatives

It feels like I’ve been waiting forever for the Great American Beer Fest to arrive… and just like that, it’s gone.  The Denver off the Wagon crew had a great time at all 4 sessions.  We came, we drank, we conquered… and we saw many of our loyal readers in the process.  Perhaps we even […]

Wynkoop Brewery Premiers Rooftop Honey Saison at the Brown Palace

The last time I was at the Brown Palace Hotel was several years ago, for a very fancy-schmancy high tea.  There were black ties and high heels and tiny food served on silver trays.  Given that neither cucumber sandwiches, petifores, nor high heels are really my style, I never found much reason to venture back.  […]

Colorado Brings Home 44 GABF Medals and the Most Gold

Colorado wins at beer, period. The Centennial State brought home 44 medals at the 30th annual Great American Beer Festival, and only California brought home more with 51. Here are the top 5 states by medals won: California – 51 Colorado – 44 Oregon – 15 Illinois – 12 Indiana & Washington – 10 (TIE) […]

We went to GABF last night, and found some booths you should check out

The Wagon was represented hard last night at GABF. There were about 10 writers present, and we drank the place dry. You know, with the help of a few thousand people.  And now we’re here to pass our tips, obsessions, and repeat rounds with you for the Friday night session: One unanimous beloved brewery: DEHSTILE.  […]

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

Weekend off the Wagon in your inbox, every Friday 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 […]

Eating pretzels off a stranger’s neck? Check. (DO’s and DON’Ts for Great American Beer Festival)

by Julia Yugel, Lisa Bongiovanni, and Jess Hunter The Great American Beer Festival is this weekend and the level of happiness this inspires in us is more than Christmas, Disney World, and finding a basket of puppies on our doorstep combined. The festival falls right after Oktoberfest and coincides with Denver Beer Week,  which means […]

GABF Taps Around Town

What is better than GABF? I am inclined to say the parties, rare beer tappings around the city, and perhaps praline bacon. You may or may not be going to the festival, so pay close attention if you belong to the latter. And if you are going, you should probably read this too. Beer nerds […]

“Other” Things to do at GABF

So you’re hanging out, having a great time at GABF and it hits you… you need to take a break.  It’s ok, don’t beat yourself up.  It happens to the best of us.  Better to step aside for a few than participate in the amateur-hour puke fest so often seen by those pesky kids who’s […]

GABF Late-Night Eats

So, it’s late and you’re drunk from trying 80+ beers. And you’re hungry. Typical night, except for the amount of beer you drank in 1 oz portions, and it’s possible you may be in a strange city. No need to fret, the Wagon has you covered. There are a few places in Denver that will […]

Meet the Brewers – Renegade Brewing Co.

Renegade Brewing Co. is another newcomer to the Denver craft beer scene.  Located in the Santa Fe Arts District, they opened a little over three months ago to very positive reviews.  In that time they’ve already taken home 2 medals at the Colorado State Fair (silver and bronze).  If you’re in the mood for big, […]

GABF: The Checklist

I woke up on Monday and jumped outta bed.  Like a kid on Christmas morning, I was stoked for Great American Beer Festival (GABF) week.  And it’s not because of the beer, which it’s great, truly.  Don’t get me wrong, this is about beer.  And that’s just it.  Friends are coming from across the country […]

Two Scoops of Beer {Ice Cream}, Please!

Sweet Action Ice Cream has been a Denver institution since opening in March of 2009.  Located on Broadway, owners Chia Basinger and Samantha Kopicko have always done their best to keep their menu interesting, which includes flavors like Roasted Green Chile, Pocky Red Bean, Earl Grey, and Vegan Coffee & Doughnuts.  For the past 3 years, […]

Big Beer Crawl – GABF style – Tuesday night

GABF is upon us, and in our “We were never on the wagon in the first place” fashion, we’re going to kick it off right. If you like beer and good company then join us tomorrow to make the most of your Tuesday night! We’ve got a beer crawl tomorrow, Tuesday, the 27th of September, […]

GABF – All Events

This list of events is a work in progress. It’s going to be cleaner and more organized very, very soon. If you know of an event not listed here, or see something that looks wrong, please email us at You can also see this as a calendar view on our Google Calendar (tip: click […]

In other news

From all over the interwebs, right to your face, here are some things we’ve been reading this week: Five ways to freshen up GABF Jonathan Shikes of the Westword gives some thoughts on making GABF better. The Case for Low Mileage Beer A look at keeping it local, rather than shipping across the country. Utah […]

Know Thy Beer – Oktoberfest

As the Great American Beer Festival approaches (7 days!), I’ll be highlighting some of the beer styles you are likely to encounter and what makes them unique.  Today we’ll be covering Oktoberfest-style beers (separated into two sub-categories). This is what the Brewers Association says about the two variations of Barley Wine-Style Ale in their Competition Style […]