Week off the Wagon | GABF 2014 Edition

A constantly updated list of events happening the week around the 2014 Great American Beer Festival

Are you the Great American Beer Festival veteran and already have your brewery map planned out or is this the first year you scored tickets to at least one session? Even if you have no plans of going to GABF this year (or you missed out on tickets… again), there will always be awesome and unique events that occur during the same week.

Photo: Brewers Association, GABF 2013

Photo: Brewers Association, GABF 2013

GABF is a wonderful time to network and meet fellow beer nerds that have traveled to Denver to enjoy the festival. Grabbing breakfast/lunch/dinner/sloppy after-dinner meals together is always a great idea, so you might as well show people a good time at the local restaurants and breweries that are celebrating in a big way. And don’t worry, we’ve done the hard work for you already.

Get your drink whole ready. The number of breweries in attendance this year is recorded at 692, whereas last year there were 624.

Don’t get left behind in all the GABF 2014 events that will keep you busy outside of the Convention Center.

Bookmark this page – We’ll keep it updated as more events come up! 

Multiple Days |  Saturday, Sept. 27 | Monday, Sept. 29 | Tuesday, Sept. 30 | Wednesday, Oct. 1 | Thursday, Oct. 2 | Friday, Oct. 3 | Saturday, Oct. 4 | Sunday, Oct. 5

Multiple Days

Oskar Blues Ordeal + Hops & Heifers Barn Burner & Pig Roast

Various Locations, Longmont

October 1-3

Want to spend a whole day touring Longmont and all that is Oskar Blues? Well, the Oskar Blues Ordeal is for you! For $100, spend your day being bused around to CHUBurger, OB’s Homemade Liquids & Solids, REEB Cycles, B. Stiff & Sons Root Beer Brewery & Cannery, the Oskar Blues brewery and Tasty Weasel tap room, CyclHOPS Bike CANtina and finally the Hops & Heifers Farm for the Barn Burner and pig roast.

Don’t have all day but want to make the pig roast? That’s cool. You’re still invited to OB’s Hops & Heifers Barn Burner and pig roast! Catch the OB Trolley outside of the Tasty Weasel Tap Room at 4:30 p.m. and head out to the farm for some live music, a bonfire, plenty of food, specialty brews and ridiculously awesome views of the Boulder Flatirons!

On Friday, enjoy a peaceful Gospel Brunch at the Hops & Heifers Farm before the OB Ordeal with breakfast and Mama-mosa’s.

The Beerliner at Wynkoop

October 1-4

Wynkoop Brewing Company, 1634 18th St.

The Beerliner, a converted airstream/mobile craft beer bar rolls into Denver every year for GABF to share the goodness of Austin’s craft beer scene. This year, the Beerliner will be parked outside of Wynkoop Brewery beginning Wednesday, Oct 1 through the duration of GABF. Stop by to sample some of Austin’s finest beers. Taps will rotate every hour.

GABF Happy Hour

October 2-4

The Corner Office, 1401 Curtis St.

The Corner Office, in partnership with SKA Brewing Company, is hosting a happy hour each day of the festival from 3-6 p.m. The restaurant is a short walk from the convention center and a perfect place to grab a drink during the “lull time” between events. SKA Brewing Company is providing a reggae DJ and three beers on tap, including their brand new IPA (so new we don’t even know what it is yet!).

October 3 & 4

The Corner Office is also hosting “Hop Out of Bed,” a beer breakfast to “pregame” GABF on Friday and Saturday from 8-11 a.m. On Friday, breakfast will include biscuits and gravy, huevos rancheros, corned beef hash, and breakfast burritos, while the Saturday menu boasts shrimp and grits, dead head waffles, and porchetta hash. All breakfast items will be paired with a selection of beers from SKA Brewing Company, Great Divide Brewery, Oskar Blues and more.

Saturday, September 27

Fresh Hop Festival

Falling Rock Tap House, 1919 Blake St.

The creative folk over at Imbibe Denver and the Colorado Brewers Guild close out the Lovibond series with the tastebud-tingling Fresh Hop Festival at Falling Rock Tap House. Other events in the series included Collaboration Festival and Sesh Fest, so you know you can expect magical things to happen. The event costs $40 for unlimited fresh-hopped beer from noon to 4 p.m. along with snacks to munch on. If you’re in town early for GABF and want to taste some truly fresh Colorado hops, than this is certainly the event to do it at.

Hops & Pie Turns 4!

Hops & Pie, 3920 Tennyson St.

Hops & Pie will celebrate its fourth anniversary beginning at noon with a tap takeover by Avery Brewing that features Pumpkyn, Uncle Jacob’s, Bad Apple, Beast, Chai Brown, Kaiser, Gorde, Lilikoi, 5 Monks, Rufus Corvus, Obscuro, Uberschwein. Birthday parties are always better when pizza and beer are involved.

Monday, September 29

Crooked Stave Artisan Ales at Backcountry

Backcountry Pizza & Taphouse, 2319 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder

Get familiar with CSA brands starting at 6 p.m. with pours from Crooked Stave, Evil Twin, Perennial, Almanac, Stillwater, Off Color, Jackie O’s, Breakside, Oakshire, and Jolly Pumpkin.

Tuesday, September 30

Women of CO Craft Breweries Pinup Calendar Release Party

Colorado Plus, 6995 W. 38th, Wheat Ridge

Meet the lovely pinups of 13 local breweries for this year’s Women of CO Craft Breweries Pinup calendar at Colorado Plus! The party starts at 6:30 p.m.! Don’t be late to grab your calendar for $20 and get it signed by the Brewery Pinups in person!

Baere Brewing Beer Dinner with Sputnik

Baere Brewing, 320 Broadway

The newest brewery on Broadway is featuring a four-course vegan beer dinner provided by the talented folks from Sputnik! Dinner starts at 6 p.m. in Baere Brewing‘s taproom. Get your tickets now!

Wednesday, October 1

Offensively Delicious

The Oriental Theatre, 4335 W 44th Ave.

Don’t you ever feel like you just want a good laugh while drinking some awesome beer? Well, Renegade Brewing Co. and Sexpot Comedy felt that way, too. On Wednesday, experience the comedy stylings of Nikki Glaser and Adam Cayton-Holland all while drinking unlimited beer tastings from 10 breweries at Offensively Delicious! Open tasting is from 6-8 p.m and full pours will be offered during the comedy show, from 8-10 p.m. Each ticket includes three full pours with the option to purchase more on donation. Proceeds will go to MaxFund no-kill Animal Shelter, so help your furry friends out.

Od(d) Corridor Brewery Bus Tour

Bus Pick-up at Colorado Convention Center @ 9:30 a.m.

For the first time this year, four breweries along the NW Denver Metro area bring you the Od(d) Brewery Bus Tour! Get yourself picked up from the Convention Center nice and early and go on a tour to Odyssey Beerwerks in Arvada, Big Choice Brewing in Broomfield, Front Range Brewing in Lafayette and Odd13 Brewing also in Lafayette. Cost is $35 per person and includes transportation to each brewery and a Mexican lunch buffet from Lunada. Beer is not included, but there will be beer happy hour specials at each brewery. Get your tickets now!

Stoney’s GABF Welcome Bash

Stoney’s Bar and Grill, 1111 Lincoln St.

Starting at 7 p.m. until close, Stoney’s Bar and Grill in the Golden Triangle will be welcoming GABF 2014 enthusiasts with eight specialty taps from New Belgium and Odell Brewing. They’ll also reel you in with some free barbecue and blue grass, too.

Hops & Pie Until They Kick 

Hops & Pie, 3920 Tennyson St.

In continuation of their special tappings for the week, the folks over at Hops & Pie are doing an ultra-special tapping starting at 11:30 a.m. and lasting until the last drops are drank. Expect brews from Crooked Stave, Praire Ales, Perennial Artisan Ales, Alamanac Beer Co., Breakside Brewery, Stillwater Artisan Ales, Evil Twin Brewing, Jester King Brewery, Westbrook Brewing, Boneyard Beer, 10 Barrel Brewing Company and Oakshire Brewing. Some delicious rarities will be on tap!

Left Hand’s Brewery Ping Pong at Ace

Ace Eat Serve, 501 E 17th Ave.

Brewery Ping Pong is back! Thirty-two brewers will face off in a one-on-one ping pong tournament all while throwing back some Left Hand beers! Party starts at 8:30 p.m. and goes until 2 a.m.! Go see your favorite brewers chase after little white balls all the over the place!

Launch of Bruery Terreux at Cart-Driver

2500 Larimer St.

An evening of sour ales from newly created Bruery Terreux hosted by Cart-Driver. Meet Patrick Rue and the team behind Bruery Terreux and taste a myriad of sour beers and farmhouse ales all while enjoying wood-fired samplings from Cart-Driver. Event starts at 5:30. Get your tickets now, and dress a bit warmer (the event is partially held outdoors).

Grandma’s House Grand Opening

1710 S. Broadway

Craft and craft beer collide with the newest Denver brewery opening it’s doors at 2 p.m. Grandma’s House is a collective brewery that celebrates all things craft. In addition to fostering the growth of new local breweries, they spotlight many of the incredible products handmade with pride and care right here in Colorado.

GABF Welcome Event @ Lucky Pie LoDo

Lucky Pie Pizza & Taphouse, 1610 16th St.

Working with the chef at Lucky Pie, Boston Beer picked ten amazing beers and created a custom specialty menu for this evening. Come and try KMF available for the first time on draft and some amazing food pairings that will blow your mind! In addition to the first release of Kosmic Mother Funk, Boston Beer will also be tapping Boston Lager, Octoberfest, Rebel IPA, 13th Hr, The Vixen, Double Pils, Helles Bock, Double Black, and Fat Jack!

Thursday, October 2

Midnight Breakfast with Avery

Euclid Hall, 1317 14th st.

Avery Brewing Company and Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen are welcoming the Great American Beer Festival attendees in great American style for the fourth year with Midnight Breakfast at Euclid Hall right after the first GABF session on Thursday. The doors at Euclid Hall kick open at 10:45 and the breakfast gets underway at 11:00 p.m. Tickets for this late night beer breakfast are $125 per person (tax and gratuity included).


Exdo Event Center, 1399 35th St.

For its third installment, Crooked Stave’s “WHAT THE FUNK?!” fest will once again have a unique and killer lineup of breweries that will be pouring some tart and crazy brews (even some that won’t be at GABF). Breweries attending include Cascade out of Portland, St. Louis-based Perennial, Austin-based Jester King and many more. If you’re lucky enough to have snagged tickets early, good job! If not, the event is unfortunately sold out already.

TRVE Brewing and Three Floyds Brewing Present: EYEHATEGOD & VALIENT THORR

The Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St.

Local Denver brewery TRVE Brewing Co. is at it again this year by teaming up with Three Floyds Brewing, Surly Brewing Company and Real Ale Brewing Company to bring you one hell of a good time at The Summit Music Hall. EYEHATEGOD, Valient Thorr, PRIMITIVE MAN, Call of The Void, Khemmis and ABRAMS are gonna crush you while you crush beers. Tickets are only $15 and the fun starts at 6 p.m.

Left Hand & Lucky Pie Make Firkins

Lucky Pie Pizza LoDo, 1016 16th St.

As a special part of Left Hand Brewing Company‘s firkin program, some fine folks over at Lucky Pie Pizza in LoDo teamed up with tap room members at Left Hand to bring you four very unique firkins to try at LP! You’ll decid who’s creation is the best by finishing the first pin, but there’s no doubt all of them will be super tasty (think Novo coffee-infused Stranger–yum!). Tapping starts at 3 p.m.

20th Annual World Brewers Forum

Denver Marriott City Center, 1701 California St.

Are you an aspiring homebrewer? Want to spend hours with craft brewing industry speakers from around the nation for free? Well, for the 20th year in a row, you can! Hosted by the Keg Run Out Club (or better known as the KROC) World Brewers Forum starts at 8 p.m. and continues until midnight. Try some awesome homebrews from club members and enter a silent auction to win some neat gear!

First Night Tap Takeover After Party 

Denver Bicycle Cafe, 1308 E 17th Ave.

In celebration of the first night of GABF, Denver Bicycle Cafe is hosting an after party from 7-2 a.m. in the taphouse. Join Strange, Comrade, Big Choice and Caution as each feature three beers for you to enjoy until they run out.

Friday, October 3

Beers Made By Walking

Wynkoop Brewing Company, 1634 18th St.

Beers Made By Walking invites brewers to go on nature hikes and make new beers that are inspired by plants from the trail. Each beer is a unique, drinkable portrait of the landscape. BMBW is excited to announce its annual festival at Wynkoop Brewing in Denver from 12-4 p.m. Now in it’s fourth year, the event showcases 30 place-based beers to the countless beer lovers that have gathered in Denver for GABF 2014. Get your tickets here and see the entire list of participating breweries!

Denver Rare Beer Tasting

McNichols Civic Center Building, 144 West Colfax Ave.

The sixth edition of the Pints for Prostates Denver Rare Beer Tasting will again take over the McNichols Civic Center Building this year. As of now, tickets are still available online here for $110. This year’s lineup of rare, exotic and vintage beers from 50 breweries includes 15 brand new participants. Here is the just-released pour list.

Alpha King Challenge

Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery, 1001 16th Street Mall #100

Since 1999, Hopunion LLC, Brewing News Publications and Three Floyds Brewing Company, have been scouring the country for the best hop-laden beers. Each year, a team of brewers and veteran beer writers test the vigor of their hoppy findings and crown an Alpha King, deeming his or her beer to be the holy grail of well-balanced and drinkable, yet highly-hopped ales. The Alpha King Challenge is a battle of the brews! Judging begins at 1 p.m. The King will be crowned between 3 and 4 p.m. Join in anytime!

Siebel Institute Sensory Analysis Seminar at GABF

Denver Marriott City Center, 1701 California St.

For $200, finally get the chance you’ve been waiting for to become an expert at tasting and smelling beers! The Chicago-based Siebel Institute of Technology, one of the nation’s top centers for beer education, teams with the Brewers Association for an in-depth seminar designed to train brewers and beer enthusiasts in sensory evaluation of beer and the brewing process. The course fee includes the four hour presentation, a seminar notebook and all tasting samples.

Denver Beer Co. Collaboration Celebration

Denver Beer Co., 1695 Platte St.

Denver Beer Co. is brewing up collaborations with five breweries from across the US and reps from each will be on hand to mingle with guests and pour beers. Breweries to be named at a later date. Expect to taste these mystery brews starting at 3 p.m.

Great Avery Boulder Fest

Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St, Boulder

Join Avery Brewing Company at the Fox Theater during the biggest beer week of the year for an event that celebrates a local venue, local beer and local bands–The Great Avery Boulder Fest. Beers available will include rare tap room exclusives and some gems from Adam Avery’s cellar.

Robe One Out

Star Bar, 2137 Larimer St.

Slip into something more comfortable and Robe One Out with Avery Brewing after the GABF session! A limited number of plush Avery robes will be available to buy at Star Bar, and we’ll have rare hardcore and softcore Avery brews on tap! Fun starts at 10 p.m.!

Saturday, October 4

Beer Brunch with Crooked Stave

Lou’s Food Bar, 1851 W. 38th Ave.

Wind down the busy GABF week with a Crooked Stave beer brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The day includes a 3-course prix fixe paired with Crooked Stave Vieille, St. Bretta, and Original Sin.

“Shun” Saturday at Cyclhops

CyclHOPS Bike CANtina, 600 S. Airport Rd. Longmont

Oskar Blues’ passion for bikes and craft beer is the inspiration behind the CyclHOPS Bike CAN-tina. All week, the folks at CycleHOPS will have something fantastic on draft for you to try, from a Anejo tequila barrel-aged Chub to taps from Firestone Walker, Port and Evil Twin. On “Shun” Saturday, they will be tapping Russian River Consecration, Supplication and Temptation at 3 p.m. sharp. If you can’t go to GABF this year, I’d definitely hit this spot up.

East Coast, West Coast, No Coast! Battle of the Coasts

Denver Bicycle Cafe, 1308 E 17th Ave

It’s a battle of the coasts at Denver Bicycle Cafe starting at 7 p.m.! The first keg to be kicked wins! Representing the east coast, Cigar City Brewing, Shmaltz Brewing Company and Brewery Ommegang. In the west coast corner, Ballast Point, Russian River and Green Flash show their stuff, and representing the land-locked state we know and love, Elevation Beer Co., Telluride Brewing Co. and Epic Brewing bring the artillery.


Sunday, October 5

Recovery Brunch with Saucony Creek Brewing Co.

Dorchester Social Eatery, 1448 Market St.

The new rooftop bar and restaurant in LoDo is making a name for itself in the craft beer world. Dorchester Social Eatery will team up with Saucony Creek Brewing Co. out of Kutztown, PA to bring GABF attendees one heck of a recovery brunch starting at 11 am. Expect plenty of beermosas and cure your hangover the good ol’ “hair of the dog” way.

Sips, Suds & Smokes Radio Show Live

Cheeky Monk, 534 E Colfax Ave.

A GABF 2014 edition of the online weekly series that describes itself as covering “the finer things in life around wine, distilled spirits, tea, coffee, beer, cigars and just really good stuff of life,” featuring Good ol’ Boy Mike, Rev. Mark, Good ol’ Gal Julieanna, and Good ol’ Boy Dave, with special guest Chris Allen, a GABF Pro-Am 2014 Competitor. There will be a beer and random topic trivia contest, too. Listen in live at Cheeky Monk from 5-7 p.m.!


Event list last updated October 1, 2014 9:25 a.m. MT