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GABF Week Events 2014

It’s almost my favorite time of year again: GABF week! The Great American Beer Festival is something to get very excited about. But even for those not attending the festival, there are endless other great beer events going on before, during and after it. Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been reading about dozens of upcoming tappings, dinners, and more, and there are too many to keep track of. However, there are several that stood out to me, and I would like to pass along my picks to you.

I decided to keep it to Denver-based events only, though there are plenty of other happenings in Boulder, Ft. Collins, and other surrounding areas.

My top picks:

Euclid Hall held a series of beer dinners during September with one more happening on 9/25 with Trve. And of course their annual midnight beer breakfast with Avery Brewing on 10/2.

9/28 1400 Miles Denver Finale Party

9/29 Annual GABF Tapping Party at Falling Rock

9/30 Beerfest at Paramount Cafe

9/30 Vegan Beer Dinner at Sputnik with Baere Brewing

10/2 Trve Brewing’s GABF Kickoff Show at Summit Music Hall

10/3 Beers Made by Walking Festival

10/3 What the Funk!? CBC Denver 2014 (sold out)

10/4 Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI

Freshcraft has a bunch of special tappings:

  • 9/29 Breckenridge Brewery
  • 9/30 New Belgium
  • 10/1 Upslope
  • 10/2 Elevation, Cigar City, Ska
  • 10/3 Stone, Green Flash, Odell, Boulevard
  • 10/4 Surly, Firestone Walker

Again, there are numerous other beer events that will be going on in the area the week of September 28th-October 5th. These are just the ones that are particularly interesting to me. I hope you all get out there and enjoy some of these wonderful events!

 

 

Fall-Back Beer Fest in Estes Park

fest It’s already starting to feel like fall in Colorado. There’s no better time to get excited about the Fall-Back Beer Fest in Estes Park! Aptly named, this beer festival takes place every year on the day our clocks “fall back” an hour. Fall-Back Fest will be held on Saturday, November 1st at the Estes Park Events Center & Pavilion. I’ve attended numerous beer festivals in Colorado, but I haven’t been to one in Estes Park. It’s such a beautiful town–especially in the fall–and seems like the perfect setting for an afternoon of sampling local brews. I am really looking forward to this event!

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Here is the brewery list:

300 Suns Brewing

1933 Brewing Company

Beer By Design

Black Bottle Brewing

Blue Spruce Brewing Co.

Boulder Beer

Buckhorn Brewers, LLC

City Star Brewing

Coda Brewing Co.

C.B. & Potts

Comrade Brewing Company

Crow Hop Brewing

Elk Mountain Brewing

Epic Brewing

Fort Collins Brewery

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse

High Hops Brewery

Horse & Dragon Brewing Company

J Wells Brewery

Kannah Creek Brewing Company

Kokopelli Beer Company

Living The Dream Brewing

Loveland Aleworks

Odyssey Beerwerks

Pateros Creek Brewing

The Post Brewing Company

Prost Brewing

Snowbank Brewing

Two Rascals Brewing

Very Nice Brewing

Wiley Roots Brewing Co.

Wonderland Brewing Company

Verboten Brewing

There are also several interesting vendors and seminars too, which you can read about here. Check out their site for all of the information about this event. And get your tickets here. Hope to see you in Estes!

4th Annual Save the Ales Beer Tasting Event & Fundraiser

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This is happening this Friday, September 5th! Check it out!

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Drinking beer is fun. Drinking local beer is even better. But the absolute best is drinking beer from several local breweries all under one roof for a great cause. The fourth annual Save the Ales Beer Tasting Event & Fundraiser takes place on Friday, September 5th at Exdo Event Center. Water is one of the main components of beer; without access to good clean water, we wouldn’t be able to enjoy the amazing beers we’re so lucky to have here in Colorado. So please come out and support Conservation Colorado’s efforts to protect our state’s water, air and beer!

Some of the fantastic breweries that will be pouring at this event are:

Avery, Caution, Crazy Mountain, Diebolt, Eddyline, Epic, Fate, Former Future, Hall, Joyride, Living the Dream, Mountain Toad, Mu, New Belgium, Odell, Oskar Blues, River North, Trinity, Rock Bottom, Upslope, and Wynkoop.

Click here for tickets. $35 General Admission, $60…

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First Ever Boulder Craft Beer Festival

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Last Saturday I attended the first ever Boulder Craft Beer Festival in downtown Boulder.  Great breweries, a nice outdoor venue, tasty food, and live music all contributed to a fun afternoon at this inaugural event.

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Some of my favorite Boulder County breweries were there, such as Fate, Gravity, Avery and Sanitas, to name a few. The full brewery list is as follows:

12 Degree Brewing, Oskar Blues Brewery, Upslope Brewing Co., Avery Brewing, Gravity Brewing, The Post Brewing Co., Vindication Brewing Co., Bootstrap Brewing, J. Wells Brewery, Sanitas Brewing Co., Walnut Brewery, Boulder Beer, Left Hand Brewing Company, Shine Brewing Co., West Flanders Brewing, BRU Handbuilt Ales, Fate Brewing Company, Odd 13 Brewing, Twisted Pine Brewing Co., and Wild Woods Brewery.

The Sanitas crew enjoying a well-deserved drink

It was a fantastic day for a beer festival. We briefly got hit with some showers, leaving it nice and cool afterward. It felt like fall weather in the middle of August! It was perfect for hanging out, leisurely sipping on numerous delicious beers. There were a handful I got back in line for, as they were so good I needed another pour: Oskar Blues’ Deviant Dale’s, Avery’s Twenty One Anniversary Ale, Gravity’s Tsar Bomba, and the Black IPA from Sanitas. The festival allowed attendees to vote in two categories, and the winners are: Favorite Brewery: Gravity Brewing, and Favorite Beer: Boulder Beer’s Chocolate Shake Porter. Way to go!

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Having attended numerous beer festivals, I believe the layout of this one could have been a little better planned. When I left, just about 2 hours into the event, many booths had 50+ people waiting, causing lines to spill over the main sidewalk that ran through the event. I’m not sure how many tickets were sold, but with just 20 breweries in attendance, lines were bound to be much longer than the space allowed for. These things sometimes happen at  brand new events, so perhaps it could be more carefully thought out next year.

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Andy Hackbarth on stage. The Hillbenders performed later that afternoon.

I definitely had a great time at the Boulder Craft Beer Festival. Boulder is a beautiful city, and I’m happy that they finally had their first beer fest! I would surely return next year and hope this becomes an annual event.

Fermentation Festival & Market

Violette Hour cocktail from Breckenridge Distillery: Breckenridge vodka, Plum bitters, Creme de Violette, Gooseberry lemonade

Violette Hour cocktail from Breckenridge Distillery: Breckenridge vodka, Plum bitters, Creme de Violette, Gooseberry lemonade

Last weekend was the second annual Fermentation Festival & Market. It was a great “celebration of all things fermented” with breweries, spirits, food vendors, educational seminars, live music, and more. This event was again held at the Highlands Masonic Center, which was the perfect venue for the occasion. I liked that it was both indoors and outdoors, and it was pretty spacious. It’s never comfortable to feel like you’re in a can of sardines, which happens too often at this type of festival. So I’m a fan of this space (plus, the indoor part came in handy when the storm blew in that Saturday).
unnamed (7) It was such a fun afternoon full of tastings. I had an exceptional cocktail from Breckenridge Distillery (see photo above) and sampled lots of delicious beers. I tried yummy bites like alcohol-infused ice cream from Twisted Cream and flavored tempeh from True Java Tempeh.
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4th Annual Save the Ales Beer Tasting Event & Fundraiser

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Drinking beer is fun. Drinking local beer is even better. But the absolute best is drinking beer from several local breweries all under one roof for a great cause. The fourth annual Save the Ales Beer Tasting Event & Fundraiser takes place on Friday, September 5th at Exdo Event Center. Water is one of the main components of beer; without access to good clean water, we wouldn’t be able to enjoy the amazing beers we’re so lucky to have here in Colorado. So please come out and support Conservation Colorado’s efforts to protect our state’s water, air and beer!

Some of the fantastic breweries that will be pouring at this event are:

Avery, Caution, Crazy Mountain, Diebolt, Eddyline, Epic, Fate, Former Future, Hall, Joyride, Living the Dream, Mountain Toad, Mu, New Belgium, Odell, Oskar Blues, River North, Trinity, Rock Bottom, Upslope, and Wynkoop.

Click here for tickets. $35 General Admission, $60 VIP. I hope to see you there!

Beer Brunch at Boone’s Tavern

Next Saturday, August 16th, Boone’s Tavern will be hosting a beer brunch in celebration of the Premier League Kickoff. I’m not a sports fan, so at first I had no idea what this even was. But I can say that this brunch sounds delicious, as do the beers that are paired with each course. It starts at 11:00, and you can make a reservation by calling 720-961-0320.

Four courses, five beers (the event begins with a Stella toast). $35. Check it out!

  • Warm Asparagus Salad with wild mushrooms and asparagus on a salad with poached eggs and hollandaise — paired with Hoegaarden

 

  • Caprese Sandwich with heirloom tomatoes, house-made Mozzarella, and arugula pesto — paired with Leffe’ Belgian Blonde

 

  • Chorizo and Pepperjack Cazuela with chorizo and potato hash, pico de gallo, fresh cilantro, and poached eggs —  paired with Solstice Belgian Blonde

 

  • Buttermilk and Palisade Peach Upside-Down Cake with fresh peaches –paired with Perpetual Darkness Belgian Black

 

 
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