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Fall Seasonal Menu at Thirsty Lion Cherry Creek!

I’ve been a regular customer of Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill since it came to Denver two years ago. The first location opened at Union Station, followed by the latest addition in Cherry Creek (click here to see my initial post about the Cherry Creek location). No matter which Thirsty Lion I visit, I can always rely on quality food, service, cocktails, and a stellar tap list.
Pear Pomegranate Cooler

Pear Pomegranate Cooler

I have a few favorite dishes I look forward to when I stop in, but I get particularly excited when they put out a new seasonal menu. Thirsty Lion is currently offering several new items on their Fall Seasonal Menu, available through early December. Last week I went to Thirsty Lion Cherry Creek to try it out.
While I normally opt for beer or two from the extensive tap list, I also like to try the seasonal cocktails. So this time I went for the Pear Pomegranate Cooler: Absolut Pear Vodka, Prosecco, pear purée, pomegranate juice, simple syrup and sliced pear. After a long day at work, this drink really hit the spot: slightly sweet, not overly boozy, with a garnish of fresh pear (that I saved until the end so it was fully saturated with the drink–yum!).

Pan Seared Shishito Peppers sautéed in olive oil with fresh lemon and kosher salt. Served with chipotle aioli dipping sauce

I’m a big fan of blistered Shishito Peppers, and Thirsty Lion knows how to do them right. Incredibly delicious, this dish keeps things interesting because you never know when you’ll get an especially spicy one. And the Chipotle Aioli dipping sauce is the best sauce I’ve ever had with Shishito Peppers, anywhere.
Note: If you’re looking to order these peppers, they are on the regular lunch/dinner menu at the Cherry Creek location, but at the Union Station Thirsty Lion they can be found on the Fall Seasonal Menu.

Fennel Sausage & Sundried Tomato Pizza: Fennel sausage, roasted yellow peppers, caramelized onions, sun dried tomatoes, eggplant, toasted fennel seed, fresh herbs, red pepper flakes, extra virgin olive oil, goat cheese crumbles, roma tomato sauce and four cheese blend

For the main course: a Fennel & Sundried Tomato Pizza. Talk about a gourmet pizza! This hearty pie is packed with a ton of ingredients including fennel sausage, goat cheese, four different kinds of veggies, and more.
One of the seasonal beers on tap at Thirsty Lion Cherry Creek is a local favorite of mine: La Folie from New Belgium. I thought this sour beer would pair well with something on the opposite end of the taste spectrum, so I drank it with dessert…the Caramel Apple Cheesecake.
Caramel Apple Cheesecake** Cinnamon graham cracker & pecan crust, brandy glazed Granny Smith apples, pecan streusel, Myers’s Rum caramel sauce and whipped cream

Caramel Apple Cheesecake

You must order this cake! With brandy glazed Granny Smith apples, Myer’s Rum caramel sauce, pecan streusel, and a graham cracker & pecan crust, it truly captures the essence of autumn!
As if all of the above isn’t enough to tempt you, there’s lots of other good stuff on the Fall Seasonal Menu, such as:

Peppercorn & Artisan Blue Cheese Burger: 1/2 lb. burger, three peppercorn rub, demi glaze, melted Artisan blue cheese, arugula, tomato, red pepper tapenade and garlic aioli on grilled ciabatta



Black Cherry BBQ Pork Tenderloin: Apple brine marinated and grilled with ginger black cherry BBQ glaze. Served with white cheddar mashed potatoes and bacon sautéed Brussels sprouts

Be sure to catch everything here and more from now until early December at Thirsty Lion Cherry Creek!
Note: My camera decided to start acting up just before my visit, so these all photos here are courtesy of Thirsty Lion.

The Ultimate (B)Eerie Halloween 2016 Guide!

Looking for something to do Halloween weekend? These Colorado breweries are celebrating in a big way, so see below for lots of great ideas!


Fri., Oct. 28, 7-10 p.m.: CAUTION: Halloween Bash at CAUTION: Brewing Co. (1057 S Wadsworth Blvd, Ste 60, Lakewood).

Be afraid. Be very afraid. It’s time for CAUTION: Brewing CO’s annual Halloween party! BOO!
Come for the trick-or-treat goodies, stay for the beer! Everyone in costume gets candy.
For ONE NIGHT only, we celebrate the return of Frisky Bat, the Colorado whiskey-barrel aged version of Toaster Bat. This is a reeeeeally rare one, make sure that you don’t miss this one. It’s scary-good.
Karaoke and fun music videos at 7 PM by Sound Master Entertainment.
Draw your little heart out on tiny little pumpkins with a prize given at 7 PM! What will you draw? Everyone can participate.
To round the spooky night out, at 9 PM we will judge your costume! Prizes for First and Second. Silliness is highly encouraged.


Fri., Oct. 28, 6-11 p.m.: Halloween Costume Contest at Avery Brewing (4910 Nautilus Ct N, Boulder).

Get in touch with the spirits of Halloween past by trying vintage brews from our cellar, such as 2012 Mephistopheles or 2010 Beast, watch silent scary movies, and be part of the ultimate Costume Contest.

The top 3 costumes will be announced at 8:00pm and a live audience vote will determine the winners of the best beer-lover prizes ever.

First Place: Your choice of 24 Gold Foil beers from our cooler. A $280+ value!
Second Place: $100 gift card that can be used for Avery gear and beer.
Third Place: $25 gift card that can be used for Avery gear and beer.

Our special vintage beer list will be available starting at 6:00pm, so come thirsty and ready to party.

Vintage Beers Available: 6:00pm
Costume Contest Winners Announced: 8:00pm


Sat., Oct. 29, 1-6 p.m.: 2nd Annual Halloween Craft Brew Ball Hosted by Colorado Beer Trail at Wonderland Brewing Company (5450 W 120th Ave, Broomfield).

A Hauntingly Good Time
A Family Friendly Afternoon at Wonderland Brewing Co.
13 Colorado Craft Breweries. Costume Contest. 4 Hours of Sampling. Music. Food Trucks. More!
Come celebrate Halloween with Wonderland Brewing Co, Colorado Beer Trail, and local guest craft brewers in a big festival tent behind Wonderland! Event benefits the Arc of Adams County.
The event is a family-friendly Halloween experience. Costume contest, trick or treating, temporary tattoos, games, face painting, live music, local food vendors, & more!


Sat., Oct. 29, 2-11 p.m.: Halloween Party with Live Music at Fiction Beer Company (7101 E Colfax Ave, Denver).

We celebrate Halloween this year with a party!
While the sun shines, bring the kiddos for treats while you enjoy a beer. Wear your costume get $1 off all beers (no limit)!
When the sun sets, we have The Sun Dried Nanners starting at 7:00 pm. A costume contest will be held at set break. Winner takes home free beer and bragging rights (groups are welcome)!
Based in Denver, Sun-Dried Nanners sound has been described as diverse, melodic and catchy. In a world of short attention spans and ADD, if you aren’t digging one of our tunes, just try the next and you may be pleasantly surprised. From rock to reggae, jam to pop and everything in between, there is something for everyone to enjoy.


Sat., Oct. 29, 6-11 p.m.: Halloween Costumes & Cocktails Party at 300 Suns Brewing (335 1st Ave, Unit C, Longmont).

Our mad scientists are concocting the perfect goulish beer-cocktail recipes to delight and entertain your palate. Join us for a night of fun. Costume contest with prizes at 8:00pm. We’ll be open to 11pm.


Sat., Oct. 29, 6 p.m.-11:59 p.m.: Annual Halloween Party! at Asher Brewing Co. (4699 Nautilus Ct S, Ste 104, Boulder).

Happy Halloween! Come get spooky with us at our annual Halloween Party! Don’t miss out on delicious Cuban food, organic ales, live music, and a chance to win cool prizes for our costume contest!
5:30pm- Cuban Fusion Food Truck
6:00pm- The party begins!
8:00pm-DJ Headfridge Set 1
9-10:00pm- Costume Contest
10-12:am-DJ Headfridge Set 2
We can’t wait to see you there!


Sat., Oct. 29, 7-11 p.m.: Beryl’s Monster Mash Halloween at Beryl’s Beer Co. (3120 Blake St, Denver).

Halloween Party at Beryl’s! You don’t want to miss our 3rd annual Monster Mash Halloween Bash. Who will win our costume contest? Winner announced at 10PM with a terrific prize.
I LOVE this image!

I LOVE this image!

Sat., Oct. 29, 8 p.m.-12 a.m.: Halloween Foolery at New Belgium Brewing (500 Linden Street
Fort Collins).

A wicked good gathering oozing with voodoo and villains, new brews and brujas. $10 for your soul to drink (ticket includes one complimentary beer), your bones to boogie and your alter-ego to costume-up!


Sat., Oct. 29, 5-11:30 p.m.: Halloween & Kids Haunted House at Oskar Blues Grill & Brew (303 Main St, Lyons).

Let the Halloween celebrations begin! Our kids OB Haunted House is back and SCARY! #getinhere to enjoy games and candy from 5-7pm.
#livemusic from Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams 8:30-11:30pm
Late Night Costume Contest: Winner chosen at set break. 1st Place gets a $50 OB Gift Card, 2nd Place gets a FREE PINT!


Sat., Oct. 29, 8-11:30 p.m.: Sanitas Halloween Bash hosted by Acrophobia Fest at Saints Brewing (3550 Frontier Ave. Unit A, Boulder).

Sanitas Brewing Co. & Acrophobia 2.0, an acro yoga festival,
are joining forces to celebrate this haunted holiday.
Come sip the Sanitas brew, devour delicious tacos from
McDevitt Taco Supply and celebrate in your freakiest costume.
While others are tricked, we will have treats including an
Acrobatic Circus Freak show, costume contest and dance party with Artisan Jones spinning live music.


Sat., Oct. 29, 9-11:30 p.m.: Day of the Dead Halloween Party w/ Quemando at Left Hand Brewing Co. (1265 Boston Ave, Longmont).

Join us in our Day of the Dead Halloween Bash!! Come in costume, listen to Quemando, get your face painted by our Sugar Skull face painter, and watch Thriller performed…salsa style!!
*Must be 21 years old or older to attend
IID Checking: The Tasting Room has a 100% IDing policy. Please be prepared to show a valid ID.


Sat., Oct. 29, 7-11 p.m.: Halloween Party! at Station 26 Brewing Co. (7045 E 38th Ave, Denver).

Halloween dance party and costume contest!
Costume contest results announced at 8:30. Prizes for the best costumes.
Basic Kneads Pizza will be here all day making wood fired pizzas.


Sat., Oct. 29, 3 p.m.-12 a.m.: Halloween 2016 at Alpine Dog! at Alpine Dog Brewing Company (1505 Ogden St, Denver).

Howl at the Moon with us for Halloween at Alpine Dog! Come in costume for a chance to take home a filled growler as the 1st place winner, with the 2nd place costume earning a free pint… We’ll also be re-releasing our hugely popular “Liquid Pancakes” Maple Red Ale, which will only be on draught until the keg kicks for the night, so don’t miss it!
We know you’re curious what your favorite Alpine Dogs will be dressed as… and there’s only one way to find out!😉


Sat., Oct. 29, 9 p.m.-12 a.m.: Upslope Swills & Chills – Halloween Costume Party at Lee Hill at Upslope Brewing Company (1501 Lee Hill Road N20, Boulder).

Start planning your costume and get ready for a freaky fun time with some beats, boos and brews at our Swills & Chills Halloween Costume Party!
– Live DJ! Tunes by Old Man Winters
– Costume contest @ 11 pm

>> 1st place = $40 tap room gift card + 1 case of Pumpkin Ale
>> 2nd place = $25 tap room gift card + hat or shirt
>> 3rd place = $15 + hat or shirt
– Schnibs Pretzels (8-11 pm)


Sat., Oct. 29, 7-11 p.m.: Halloween at Pikes Peak Brewing at Pikes Peak Brewing (1756 Lake Woodmoor Dr, Monument).

Come dressed as your favorite Jim Henson character…. or any other character. This party will have music from The Constant Tourists, food by Vore Food Truck and of course…. amazing beers by Pikes Peak Brewing.


Sat., Oct. 29, 8 p.m.-1 a.m.: Ratio Halloween Party: Return of the Ramoans at Ratio Beerworks (2920 Larimer St, Denver).

Join us at Ratio Beerworks on Sat., Oct. 29th to celebrate Halloween with a night of special beers, crazy costumes and the return of the RaMoans.
Ratio will be also have Darklands – a hoppy brown lager, back on tap, along with Nobody’s Darlin’, a Barrel-Aged Whiskey Ale on tap along with a few special firkins.
The RaMoans (Ramones tribute band) will take the stage around 9:30pm. We’ll have costume contests throughout the night and we’ll keep the party rolling as late as the dance party allows. So join us for another year of spooky scary fun!


Sat., Oct. 29, 12 p.m.-11 p.m.: Halloween Party at 38 State Brewing Company (8071 S Broadway, Ste A, Littleton).

Join us for an all day party at 38 State Brewing Company! We’re kicking things off with our guests from the Humane Society of the South Platte Valley and their adorable adoptable pups!
Noon-2 PM there will be a PET COSTUME CONTEST!!!
3 PM bring your children for some trick or treating and their own costume contest.
4 PM We will have a people’s choice voting on the best pumpkin carving:
“Dude With The Food” food truck will be serving up food.
7 PM Miles Wide will help keep us entertained with some live music!
8 PM- Adult costume contest! Best individual and best group costumes will take home a prize! No cover!


Sat., Oct. 29, 4-10 p.m.: Halloween Party at Diebolt Brewing Company (3855 Mariposa St, Denver).

DJ, Candy infused beer tappings at 4:00, 6:00 and 8:00. More details to come!


Sat., Oct. 29, 6-6:30 p.m.: Dog/Human Costume Contest (CLOWNS DISQUALIFIED) at Paradox Beer Company (10 Buffalo Ct, Divide, Colorado).

We are holding a costume contest on the tasting room patio at 6:00 p.m. during our Doggo de los Muertos (Dia de Los Muertos/Halloween) celebration on Saturday, Oct. 29.
Prizes go to best human costume, best dog costume, and best themed pair (dog/human or human/human).
Dia de los Muertos costumes are encouraged. HUMAN CLOWNS DISQUALIFIED (dog clowns are ok).
Come and party with us, and bring your best friend.


Sat., Oct. 29, 6-11 p.m.: Odd13’s Halloween Costume Bash at Odd13 Brewing (301 E Simpson St, Lafayette).

Come join the Odd Squad for our Annual Halloween Costume Bash! Be sure to come in your best costume for a chance to win some great prizes. Our judges will announce the winners at 9:30 pm. Rogue 2 will also be in the house, rocking some great covers.


Sat., Oct. 29 – Sun., Oct. 30: Halloween Festivities at Kokopelli at Kokopelli Beer Company (8931 Harlan St, Westminster).

costume contest and
live music by Live Music with Corey Rezner
SUNDAY 10/30
FREE pumpkin carving 11am-2pm
(you provide the pumpkin, we provide the tools and clean up)
then stay and watch the Denver Broncos beat the Chargers at 2:05!


Mon., Oct. 31, 6-8:45 p.m.: Halloween Party! at Vindication Brewing Co. (6880 Winchester Cir, Boulder).

It’s Halloween, and the best way to celebrate is in costume with good beer. So, come to Vindication IN COSTUME at 6pm, and join us for a celebration. We’ll have a vote for best costume at 8pm, winner takes home a free growler of their favorite beer.
Let’s celebrate spookiness!


Mon., Oct. 31, 5-8 p.m.: HOWL-o-ween Doggie Costume Contest at Denver Beer Co (1695 Platte St, Denver).

Its time to pimp your pup in his cutest or scariest Halloween costume at DBC’s 1st Annual Howl-o-ween Doggie Costume Contest! Join us with your canine on Monday, October 31st in costume for an evening of pumpkin beer drinking and tricks and treats for doggies and humans!
We’ll be giving away $25 gift card prizes for 3 categories:
Best pup costume – solo
Best human – pup couples costume
Best pup – pup couples costume
So grab your pups and get creative! We’ll see you on Halloween for a doggone scary good time!


Mon., Oct. 31, 8 p.m.-2 a.m.: All Hallows Eve at Black Sky at Black Sky Brewery (490 Santa Fe Dr, Denver).

Come join us to celebrate Metal Halloween! Black Sky style! with LEGION OF DEATH, Scalafrea, and Bound By Years.

Get Ready for Chef and Brew Festival 2016!


The Fifth Annual Chef and Brew Festival is Thur., Nov. 17, 2016, from 7-10 pm (6 pm for VIP) at Exdo Event Center (1339 35th Street, Denver). Tickets are $49 for General Admission and $69 for VIP.  VIP ticket holders gain early entry and a Belgian style glass.

At Chef and Brew, you’ll be able to sample of all of the dishes and all the beer and vote for your favorite. Judges will select three awards: Best Dish, Best Beer, and Best Pairing, while the Grand Prize – Best in Show – will be selected by festival attendees. A portion of the evening’s sales will be donated to Project Angel Heart.

Here is a sneak peek at one of the dishes at this year’s festival. This pairing is from Brewed Food and Spanglang Brewery:


Tender Belly Pork Bulgogi / mix-culture beachu kimchi, fermented blueberry sriracha, paired with Bon Voyage Barrel-Aged Brett Tripel (a blend of a young Tripel and a Tripel aged in French red wine barrels with Brettanomyces. The resulting beer is dry and slightly tart with a delicate earthy funk from the Brettanomyces and floral esters from the blend of Belgian yeast used during fermentation).

Tempted yet?! This is just one of many unique pairings you’ll find at Chef and Brew. Which other chefs and breweries will be there?

This year’s pairings are from:

Brewed Food – Chefs Jensen Cummings and Brandon Muncy
Spangalang Brewery

Mizuna – Chef Ty Leon
Strange Craft Beer

Euclid Hall – Chef Jorel Pierce
Ratio Beer Works

Blueprint Bar – Chef Ryan DiFranco
Wit’s End Brewery

The Good’s Restaurant – Chef Seth Murty
Fiction Brewing Company

Squeaky Bean – Chef Darren Pusateri
Elevation Brewing Company

Cho77 – Chef Ryan Gorby
Caution Brewing Company

Kline’s Beer Hall – Chef Tim Hefty
Little Machine Beer

Range Restaurant – Chef Paul Nagan
Former Future Brewing

Glazed and Confused Donuts – Chef Josh Schwab
Brewery TBD

Samples World Bistro – Chef Ryan Shaw
Left Hand Brewing Company

Lena Restaurant – Chefs: Jerry Mansfield and Matyas Urban
Post Brewing Company

C. Y. Steak – Chef Anthony Jakowski
Epic Beer Company (tentative)

Pub 17 – Chef David Lillich
River North Brewing

Silvi’s – Chef Richard Sickler
Crazy Mountain Brewery

Farmhouse at Breckenridge Brewery – Chef Nate Gravina
Breckenridge Brewery

New Image Restaurant – Chef Darian Blackwell
New Image Brewing

Elk Creek Ranch – Chefs Scott Creecy and Dustin Brafford
Renegade Brewing Company

Be sure to follow my Facebook page, as I’ll be sharing more yummy photos of some of the items you can find at 2016 Chef and Brew!

Paired: Craft Beer + Food at GABF 2016


The Bruery, Placentia, CA + Alex Seidel, Mercantile Dining & Provision, Denver, CO: Bruery Terreux Confession + Olathe corn budino with savory brown butter cake, candied hazelnuts, puffed chili sorghum

Paired, a craft beer & food event at the Great American Beer Festivalwas one of the most impressive pairings I have even attended. This year, 21 chefs teamed up with 21 craft brewers to create 42 different food and beer pairings. And the results were stunning.

The Bruery, Placentia, CA + Alex Seidel, Mercantile Dining & Provision, Denver, CO: Bruery Terreux Confession + Olathe corn budino with savory brown butter cake, candied hazelnuts, puffed chili sorghum

Paired was held in a separate pavilion just off of the festival hall. One of the bonuses about Paired (aside from everything you see here!) is that it featured special craft beer releases: beers that are not available the festival hall. The standout beer at Paired for me personally was Confession from Bruery Terreux.

Alaskan Brewing Co., Juneau, AK + Kyle Mendenhall, Arcana, Boulder, CO: Alaskan Cran-Spruce + Carrot cake with spruce cream, orange & maple caramel

As a vegetarian I wasn’t able to indulge in all of the pairings, though there were a number of them that were meatless (which I always appreciate very much). I got to taste as many beers as I wanted, but I missed some of the bites that went with them. So the photos here represent all of the vegetarian pairings I sampled at Paired.

Swamp Head Brewery, Gainesville, FL + Paul Reilly, Beast & Bottle and Coperta, Denver, CO: Morning Glow + Mushroom agnolotti, cambozola cream, hazelnut

I ended up with two overall favorite pairings this year: Tenaya Creek Brewery (Las Vegas, NV) + Jordan Wallace & Chris Donato of Pizzeria Locale (Boulder, CO): Old Jackalope Barleywine + Budino: Butterscotch pudding, milk chocolate ganache, caramel & whipped cream. And Alaskan Brewing Co. (Juneau, AK) + Kyle Mendenhall of Arcana (Boulder, CO): Alaskan Cran-Spruce + Carrot cake with spruce cream, orange & maple caramel.

Oskar Blues Brewery, Lyons, CO + Scott Dolich & David Sapp, Park Kitchen, Portland, OR: Rum Barrel-Aged Death by Coconut + Boilermaker ice cream sundae

Paired is an awesome addition to the Great American Beer Festival. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys learning about beer and food pairings, how chefs and brewers decide what works and what doesn’t, or simply to those who like to try new and delicious bites with their beer.

Tenaya Creek Brewery, Las Vegas, NV + Jordan Wallace & Chris Donato, Pizzeria Locale, Boulder, CO: Old Jackalope Barleywine + Budino : Butterscotch pudding, milk chocolate ganache, caramel & whipped cream

If you’ve never been to Paried at GABF, consider it for next year. It’s worth it!


2016 Great American Beer Festival: Favorites & More


The Great American Beer Festival celebrated its 35th anniversary last weekend, October 6th-8th. It was another year of a very well run, very well attended (60,000 people!) festival, featuring 780 breweries and 3800+ unique beers from all across the country. I am so thankful to the Brewers Association, the thousands of volunteers, and sponsors who put in countless hours of time and effort to make GABF 2016 a huge success. And of course, many thanks to all the breweries who brought such incredible beers to share.

Fun & games at The Backyard (which was new this year)

Fun & games at The Backyard area (new this year)

It’s always hard to fit in all the breweries and beers I want to try. I spend a lot of time preparing my list, mapping out a plan, and doing my best to stick to it. But inevitably there are so many pit stops I end up making when I find something interesting along the way. I tried a beer made with BBQ sauce, two peanut butter & jelly beers, several with maple syrup, a red velvet cake beer, a couple brewed with mushrooms, and more. Talk about variety!

Of all the beers I had, here are my top 10, in no particular order. Except I have to say that the Barrel-Aged Mexican Achromatic was my absolute favorite beer this year!

Barrel-Aged Mexican Achromatic from Weldwerks Brewing (CO)

Coffee Maple Achromatic from Weldwerks Brewing (CO)

Atrial Rubicite from Jester King Brewery (TX)

Oyster Weiss* from Scratch Brewing Company (IL)

Blueberry Maple Stout from Saugatuck Brewing Co (MI)

Bourbon Barrel Aged Chocolate Barleywine from Moody Tongue Brewing (IL)

Dubious Nights from The Rare Barrel (CA)

Monmouth Red from Allagash Brewing Co (ME)

Cassis Amour Rouge from Mantra Artisan Ales (TN)

Ode Bruin from Two Brothers Brewing Co (IL)

*Oyster Weiss won a bronze medal in the category of Experimental Beer

One of my favorite parts of the festival

Bagpipes: one of my favorite parts of the festival

Awards! There is something very special about attending the awards ceremony. Hearing the announcements and watching all the deserving breweries go up and get their medals is truly inspiring. There were 254 medalists this year with a total of 286 medals! Congratulations to all of the 2016 Award Winners!


These Colorado breweries took home a total of 38 medals: Bootstrap Brewing Co., Echo Brewing Co., 12Degree Brewing, Cerebral Brewing, 14er Brewing Co., Front Range Brewing Co., Fiction Beer Co., El Rancho Brewing, 4 Noses Brewing Co., Verboten Brewing, Upslope Brewing Co., Telluride Brewing Co., Coors Brewing Co., Ska Brewing, Cannonball Creek Brewing Co., Black Bottle Brewery, The Post Brewing Co., Steamworks Brewing Co., Denver Beer Co. – Canworks, Prost Brewing, Echo Brewing Cask and Barrel, Carver Brewing Co., Baere Brewing Co., Coopersmith’s Pub & Brewing, Colorado Boy Pub & Brewery, Left Hand Brewing Co., Blue Moon Brewing Co., Grimm Brothers Brewhouse, Rockyard American Grill & Brewing Co., Broken Compass Brewing, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse – Boulder, Glenwood Canyon Brewing Co., Dry Dock Brewing Co. – South Dock, and Copper Kettle Brewing Co.


I’ve been attending the Great American Beer Festival since 2009, and I feel like each year gets better as far as the organization of the event and the quality of beers. I had a wonderful time, tried some amazing beers, met some great people, and can’t wait for next year’s festival (October 5-7, 2017)!

GABF 2016 Is (Almost) Here!


The 35th Annual Great American Beer Festival is upon us! Just ONE WEEK away!

Thursday, October 6-Saturday, October 8th, the Great American Beer Festival returns to Denver. And I couldn’t be more thrilled! GABF is my absolute favorite beer festival of the year. Why? For starters, approximately 800 breweries and thousands of unique beers, many of which are unavailable in Colorado 362 days of the year. If that isn’t something to get excited about, I don’t know what is! If you’ve been to the Great American Beer Festival before, you know what to expect. But there are some great new things in store for 2016:

Golden Ticket. This year, six lucky attendees (and their friends) will get the chance to enter the hall early to go tasting with some big names in beer. The brewers below will randomly select one person from the entrance line and personally escort them through the hall before the event opens to the public. How cool is that?!


  • Matt Brynildson – Firestone Walker Brewing Company
  • Rob Tod – Allagash Brewing Company


  • Vinnie Cilurzo – Russian River Brewing Company
  • Tomme Arthur – The Lost Abbey / Port Brewing Company


  • Sam Calagione – Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
  • Garrett Oliver – The Brooklyn Brewery

The Backyard. What exactly is The Backyard? Think 1982: Throwback arcade games, temporary tattoos, awesome photo ops and music at the Jambulance and Silent Disco. There will also be picnic tables so attendees can have a place to sit and eat or just take a load off.


Whether you are a first-timer or a pro, here are a few of my personal tips to help you get the most out of your experience.

First, have a plan. While the official beer list doesn’t come out until Wednesday, Oct. 5 (by the end of the business day), you can get started with the brewery list. Is there a particular region of the US whose breweries don’t distribute in your area that you’d like to try? Have you heard great things about certain breweries but haven’t had a chance to get your hands on their beers? Now is the time to give it some thought. Once beer list is out, if you love a certain style (or five) of beer, do a search for that style, see what’s being poured, and make note of it. So have a plan, but keep in mind that it’s fine to deviate from it. Make random stops when you see something interesting.’s 2016 GABF Pour List Preview already has over 1500 beers and is being updated on an hourly basis. I highly recommend checking it out for those who want to start their planning early.

Next, eat before the festival. This is very important. Each session is 4.5 hours long (with the Saturday Members Only Session being 4 hours), and there are way too many excellent beers to sample to get too tipsy too early; don’t risk getting overly drunk too quickly and missing your chance to try as many beers on your list as possible. I personally like to eat a fairly light meal so that I’m not completely stuffed, leaving plenty of room for beer. And then of course there are numerous food options inside the venue should you get hungry during the event.

Also, don’t fear the new entrance. In 2015, a second entrance was added at 14th & California. Since I had waited in the usual line at all past GABFs, I decided to try the new one last year. When I got there I thought I’d made a mistake. There were so many people! And people arriving after me were directed to a different line which appeared to be shorter than the one I was in. I wasn’t sure why, and I wondered if I should change lines. Was I ever wrong! Once the doors opened, I was shocked at how quickly the line moved and how fast I got in. Trust those who are working the entrances; they have been through this before and are quite skilled at what they do. UPDATE: Since publishing this post I have received information that the entrance at 14th & California is the only entrance this year. 

Download the app. It contains a ton of helpful information such as a festival map, brewery/beer list, and much more. You’ll be glad you got the app, trust me!

Want to know some of my favorite breweries and beers from years past? Just click the links below to read all about it!

GABF 2015: Recap, Best in Show

GABF 2014: Best in Show

Best in Show: The Standouts of GABF 2013

Best in Show: The Standouts of GABF 2012

Even if you weren’t able to score tickets this year, don’t forget about all the amazing tappings and events going on before, during, and after GABF. Take a look at my special GABF Week Events post for a some truly fantastic options. Take advantage of the entire week and drink some rare and/or otherwise unobtainable beers! And most importantly: have fun! Cheers!

Beer Events: Special GABF Week Edition!


Photo courtesy of the Great American Beer Festival Facebook page

Whether you’re attending the Great American Beer Festival or not, there are lots of exciting beer events leading up to GABF and continuing throughout the week. While Colorado is always a great place for craft beer, GABF week is the absolute best time to be here!

***Note: I will be updating this as other event information is released, so check back! Also, there are far too many awesome events to include in this one post; these are just some of my personal picks. See my Facebook Events page for even more good stuff!***


Sat., Oct. 1, 1-5 p.m.: 1st Annual Townie Fest at The Post Brewing (105 W. Emma St., Lafayette).

Uptown, downtown, eastside, westside; we’re all townies and we all need a beer when we meet. Townie Fest is a day of fun with the friends and family and all Townies are welcome. Oktoberfest is happening in Germany and costumes are welcomed! Great American Beer Fest is the next weekend, didn’t get a ticket? Great! Come to Townie Fest and get your drink on and earn yourself a chance at GABF tickets for 2016!
We’ll have a “Celebrity Dunk Tank” for all to dunk their favorite local celebrity. Lots of games and activities to keep you laughing, and winning awesome prizes including an all expenses paid trip to Portland Oregon to tour some breweries!
We’ll have special tappings throughout the day – so get here early and stay a while to get be a part of all the excitement! We’ll have a boot-stomping good time to start it off with a local jam and end with live music from Malai Llama.


Sat., Oct. 1, 1-4 p.m.: 11th Annual Fresh Hop Fest at The Future Home of Brewery Liberati (2403 Champa St., Denver).

The beer-centric minds of the Colorado Brewers Guild, Falling Rock Tap House, and Two Parts have done it again! We present to you: The 11th Annual Falling Rock Fresh Hop Festival!
This year’s event has landed in a new and improved location—the old Golden Bell Press building, and the future home of Liberati Brewing is located just a few blocks from Falling Rock. This event showcases a medley of fresh hopped beers created by breweries from across the country. The majority of beers will come from the greater Colorado area, but some out-of-state guests will grace us with their presence as well!
What in the heck is a fresh hopped beer? Here’s the timeline… Hops growers have about 24 hours to get the hops from the farm to the brewery’s drying kiln before they start showing signs of spoilage. But if these hops are utilized within that 24-hour window, then eureka, we’ve got ourselves one heck of a beer! These beers are exciting because each one is different, all have varied levels of hoppy flavor, and are super exclusive due to the fresh hop process. Don’t miss out!
Ticket includes entry to the event, unlimited libations, and a commemorative glass. Trust us when we say it will be worth every penny. Buy now and save. At door prices will increase by five dollars (if any tickets remain)…


Sat., Oct. 1, 2 p.m.-11:59 p.m.: Gratitude 2016 at Our Mutual Friend Brewery (2810 Larimer St, Denver).

It’s time for Gratitude! A celebration of friendship and the beer made possible by it. Every year (the Saturday before GABF) we take the opportunity to celebrate you! We wouldn’t be where we are today without the support of our customers, friends, family, and countless people in the craft beer industry.
To show our appreciation we will have $4 standard and $5 special release pours all day! Over 20 beers on tap! At least 6 bottle releases (including Gratitude 3 sour ale)! Food trucks! Music! Giveaways! No ticket required.


Sun., Oct. 2, 11:30 a.m.: Brewers Brunch with Ska Brewing Company and Peach Street Distillers at The Corner Office (1401 Curtis St, Denver).

Course 1 – Crispy cabbage roll with blonde dubbel hot mustard + cilantro japanses mayo paired with True Blonde Dubbel 
Course 2 – Pork carnita sopes with citrus black beans + pico paired with Modus Mandarina IPA.
Course 3 – Slow cooked ESB beef rib, tender belly ham + smoky blue drizzle paired with ESB Special Ale
Course 4 – Double chocolate ten tin shake paired with Ten Pin Porter


Mon., Oct. 4, 5 p.m.: Annual GABF Tapping Party at Falling Rock Tap House (1919 Blake St., Denver).

Join us as we celebrate the Great American Beer Festival in our own special way! Featuring many of the great beers we are are known for carrying as well as some special kegs including new, fun and one-off beers from our friends. Be there early to get a good spot for watching the clock count down to zero and toast the start of one of the Greatest Weeks in Beer!


Mon., Oct. 3-Sat., Oct. 8: GABF Week at Freshcraft (1530 Blake St., Denver).

Freshcraft has special tappings and events all week long, starting on Monday Oct. 3rd and going through Saturday Oct. 8th. Click on individual events for more information:
Mon., Oct. 3: Wild & Sour Monday
Tue., Oct. 4: Local Showcase Tuesday 
Wed., Oct. 5: Upslope Brewing 
Thur., Oct. 6: Casey Brewing and Blending, Cigar City Brewing, and Ska x Telluride Spirit Animal Night 
Fri., Oct. 7: Odell x Wicked Weed, Left Hand Warrior Firkin Tapping, and Stone, Green Flash, Station 26 and Melvin 
Sat., Oct. 8: Breakfast with The Bruery and Surly Brewing 


Mon., Oct. 3, 4-7 p.m.: Meet the Brewer at Strange Craft (1330 Zuni St, Unit M, Denver).

Our brewer, Tim Myers, will be giving tours every 30 min. He’ll lead a Q&A about Strange Craft beers and share samples. Limited to 10 people each half hour. Signup sheet in the tasting room.


Mon., Oct. 3, 6-9 p.m.: GABF Launch Party with Great Divide at Avanti F&B (3200 Pecos St, Denver).

We are working on our line up for GABF week, and its all going to start here with our Great Divide Launch Party! Going to be a great week for craft beer, we hope to see you here.


Mon., Oct. 3, 5-10 p.m.: Stone + First Draft Collab Release at First Draft Taproom & Kitchen (1309 26th St, Denver).

We collaborated with Stone on a crazy blend to create Stone Mixtape Ale vol. 15 – Brett the Rockies. With the help of Stone’s Senior Manager of Brewing and Innovation Steve Gonzalez, we blended a Brett-fermented foudre blend with Stone Ruination 2.0, and added cannibis oil as a finishing touch.
Come try this one-of-a-kind beer at First Draft starting Monday during GABF week. We’ll also be tapping Stone Barrel-Aged Brown Ale with Balaton Sour Cherries and Stone Cali-Belgique aged in Tequila Barrels!


Tue., Oct. 4, 5:30-8:30 p.m.: Beers Made by Walking at Denver Museum of Nature & Science (2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver).

Beers Made By Walking invites brewers to go on nature hikes and create new beers inspired by plants identified on the trail. Each beer is a unique, drinkable portrait of the landscape. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Museum. Must be 21+ to attend. Tickets are $35. 
Participating breweries: Baere, Black Project, Bonfire, Burial (NC), Cerebral, Crazy Mountain, Crooked Stave, Dry Dock, Elevation, Fiction, Fieldhouse, Fonta Flora (NC), Great Divide , Happy Leaf Kombucha, Hopworks (OR), Horse and Dragon, Living The Dream, Mockery, Odd 13, Odell, Our Mutual Friend, Paradox, Ratio, Riff Raff, Scratch (IL), Spangalang, Stem Cider, Strange Craft, TRiNiTY, TRVE, Goldspot + The Grateful Gnome collaboration.


Tue., Oct. 4, 6-10 p.m.: What the Funk!? Invitational 2016 at Exdo Event Center (1399 35th St., Denver).

What the Funk!? Invitational is a celebration of all things barrel-aged from boozy and strong to wild, sour, and funky. Sponsored by Denver-based brewery Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project and Shelton Brothers this festival features numerous breweries from across the United States and around the World making some of the best Barrel-aged libations. For more information and tickets please visit


Tue., Oct. 4, 5-10 p.m.: Odd13 Brewing Showcase at First Draft Taproom & Kitchen (1309 26th St, Denver).

We’re getting the GABF party started early with some great offerings from Odd13 Brewing! The Odd13 crew will be in the house with giveaways as well. Taplist includes:
– Codename Superduper Fan
– Hawaiian Bartender
– The Economist
– Codename Superfan
– Boulder Brett
– Chainsaw the Princess of Karate (collab with Big Choice Brewing. Proceeds from Odd13 Taproom sales go to support breast cancer charities)


Tue., Oct. 4-Fri., Oct. 7: GABF Week Events at The Crafty Fox (3901 Fox St, Denver).

Tue., Oct. 4: The Crafty Fox & CSA Distributing Present GABF Gems! Come on down to The Crafty Fox on Tuesday October 4th and try some rare beer gems! We will be tapping fun rare beers from the following breweries: Lawsons, Bell’s, Half Acre, Two Roads, Council, Perennial, Fremont, Jack’s Abby, Boneyard, Gigantic, Blackberry Farms, Stillwater, Off Color, La Cumbre, Greenbench, Almanac, Ecliptic, Crux, Cascade, AleSong, Jolly Pumpkin, Against the Grain, and Lord Hobo!
Wed., Oct. 5: The Crafty Fox & Horse and Dragon Food/Beer Pairing! We will be teaming up with Horse & Dragon Brewery out of Fort Collins and doing a custom food and beer menu. We will be pairing a fun custom food menu with their Sad Panda Coffe Stout, Bounty of the Bine Fresh Hop Pale Ale, The Agitated Aardvark Imperial IPA, The Scottish Tradesman Rum Barrel Aged Coconut Porter, Perambluation Gose, and Harry Hughes Aggie Jasmine Green Tea Pale Ale! Not only will be have some fun food/beer pairings we will also be cooking the food with their spent grain, hops, wort, and yeast.
Thur., Oct. 6: The Crafty Fox presents Wicked Weed! We will be teaming up with Wicked Week Brewery out of North Carolina and we will be tapping 21+ of their rare beers. Like sours, IPAs, stouts?! Well, Wicked Weed will be sending out a very diverse lineup of beers which will help showcase the brewery. Come on down and help us welcome Wicked Weed to Colorado!
Thur., Oct. 6: The Crafty Fox presents Odd 13! We will be tapping some of the rarest beers that Odd 13 Brewery out of Lafayette CO has to offer! Like Odd 13 beers? Well, we will be tapping some of Odd 13’s heaviest hitters.
Fri., Oct. 7: Bellingham Beer in Denver w/ Melvin & Crooked Stave! Check out Bellingham’s finest breweries as they visit the Crafty Fox in Denver on October 7th from 4:00 PM – close! Drink beer and win prizes!

Wed., Oct. 5, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.: CSA Portfolio Tasting at Hops & Pie (3920 Tennyson St, Denver).

Featuring Beer FromThese Breweries:
3 Floyds
Beachwood Brewing& BBQ
Creature Comforts
Blackberry Farms
La Cumbre
Green Bench
Two Roads
Half Acre
Jester King
Fonta Flore


Wed., Oct. 5, 4 p.m.: Jax LoDo pre-GABF party featuring Bad Mutha’ Shucka at Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar LoDo (1539 17th St., Denver).

Doors open at 4:00 p.m. and happy hour runs 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar LoDo will be the official GABF headquarters for The Post Brewing Company. On Wed., October 5, the day before the festival kicks off, Jax LoDo will host a pre-GABF party with a special tapping of Cask-Conditioned, Dry-Hopped Bad Mutha’ Shucka. Weighing in at 5.75% ABV, this amber ale is dripping in citrus and tropical fruit aromas supported by a classic, full malt flavor. It was brewed from American 2-row barley malt, Munich malt and two types of crystal malt for a rich and satisfying malt profile. The beer was hopped with a blend of Cascade, Willamette and Azacca hops resulting in a distinctly fruity, American hop aroma and flavor. And while no oysters were harmed in the making of Bad Mutha’ Shucka, it pairs exceptionally well with a dozen on the half-shell.
This one-of-a-kind firkin will offer beer fans a different drinking experience. Similar to the cask-conditioned ales that fill beer halls across Europe, this batch of Bad Mutha’ Shucka was put into the cask immediately after the initial brew, at which point an enormous amount of dry hops was added. And until it is tapped, no one will know what it tastes like!
Jax LoDo will feature five additional Post Brewing Co. beers on October 5, and Brewmaster Bryan Selders himself will be in-house to tap the firkin, answer questions about cask beer and beer in general, and throw back a pint or two. Complimentary snacks will be provided, and guests drinking POST beer can enjoy $1.50 oysters all night long. Also, anyone drinking from the firkin will get a chance to win a $100 Big Red F gift card.


Wed., Oct. 5-Sat., Oct. 8: Beerliner & Chill: Brewers Health Initiative at 14th & Stout, Denver).

When: Wednesday, October 5th – Saturday October 8th
Texas Craft Beer Showcase: 3-5 PM and 10-12 PM EVERY DAY
FREE PSA TESTS: Onsite Thursday from 12:00pm-5:00pm and Saturday 10:00am – 2:00pm.
30 SECOND FUNDRAISER | Worlds’ Largest #shotgunfriday 11:00pm Friday
Tickets: Prepaid Tickets Available.
$10 Day tickets (good for afternoon and night session) $10/wristband
$30 4-Day Tickets (valid all 4 days!)
$5 #ShotgunFriday Token (must have a token to get a canned beer)
Food Available for purchase inside the event from Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

This awesome event is brought to you by 1400 Miles with some generous help from our friends at Pints for Prostates, Prostate Conditions Education Council, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and more.
Don’t forget, #dontfearthefinger, y’all! See you in Denver!


Wed., Oct. 5, 8:30 p.m.-12 a.m.: Breast Friends w/TRVE, Ratio, Burial and Revolution at Hi-Dive (7 S Broadway, Denver).

Join TRVE Brewing, Ratio Beerworks, Burial Beer Co. and Revolution Brewing for a night of pre-GABF fun. These four Breast Friend breweries have teamed up for a tap takeover and punk rock / metal music showcase featuring Cloud Catcher, Space In Time, Major Sports, and Cheap Perfume all benefiting Keep A Breast Foundation!
Doors open at 8:30 show begins at 9pm, tickets are available for $10 via the Hi-Dive Denver.


Wed., Oct. 5, 4-10 p.m.: GABF ORDEAL: HMLS Pig Roast at Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids & Solids (1555 S Hover Road, Longmont).

The Oskar Blues ORDEAL is back, and we’re showcasing our beers, our brewery, and the brand new outdoor patio and stage at Oskar Blues Home Made Liquids and Solids. You’re going to be treated to an all you can eat family-style Pig Roast as well as the brewery experience at the Longmont Brewery and Tasty Weasel tap room! Don’t wait! There are a limited number of tickets available, so save your spot right away!
Come on out for some live music courtesy of Coop and the Chicken Pluckers, good times, and great beers on Wednesday, October 5, to indoctrinate you to the Great American Beer Festival.  We’ve arranged for transportation from the Denver Hyatt Regency to the brewery and back in the ORDEAL Ride Along ticket. Don’t need a ride? We’ve got you covered with the ORDEAL Local Ticket.  Festivities will kick off at HMLS at 6:30 PM.


Wed., Oct. 5, 5-10 p.m.: Pre-GABF Shindig! at Tivoli Brewing (900 Auraria Pkwy, Denver).

It’s that time of year again!  And just as you’d expect, we’re going to kick this week off the only way we know how…Party!
Join our mischief and bafoonery Wednesday October 5th!


Wed., Oct. 5, 6-10 p.m.: Offensively Delicious, a Craft Beer Comedy Show at McNichols Building (144 W Colfax Ave, Denver).

Offensively Delicious is a celebration of the craft and personality behind the beer industry. Laugh the night away with 10 breweries and 4 comedians. The event begins with a sampling from 10 breweries. At 8 PM brewers take the stage to crack some jokes. After the brewers’ stand-up, local and national comedians take the stage and are certain to leave the crowd rolling in their seats. Headliners for Offensively Delicious are Beth Stelling and Matt Braunger (bios below). This event is a nonprofit fundraiser for the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.


Thur., Oct. 6-Sat., Oct. 8: Great American Beer Festival (SOLD OUT) at Colorado Convention Center (700 14th Street, 14th and Stout Streets, Denver).

The Great American Beer Festival is the premier U.S. beer festival and competition. Each year, GABF represents the largest collection of U.S. beer ever served, in a public tasting event plus a private competition. GABF brings together the brewers and diverse beers that make the U.S. the world’s greatest brewing nation. GABF was founded in 1982, and has been growing and evolving along with the American craft brewing industry ever since.


Thur., Oct. 6, 12-2:30 p.m.: GABF Pre-Party at Strange Craft (1330 Zuni St, Unit M, Denver).

• Beer tasting
• Keep the Pint Glass and get a free fill
• Pretzel kit to make your own necklace
• Brewery tour
$10 Signup sheet in the tasting room


Thur., Oct. 6, 7 p.m.-12 a.m.: 4th Annual Fifty Firkin Fiasco at Epic Brewing Co. (3001 Walnut St., Denver).

Join us for our 4th Annual Fifty Firkin Fiasco! Our brewers have put together 50 unique firkins for your enjoyment as you wander through the brewery to sample all of them. Be a part of history, be a part of the fun and chaos of this popular event!
Ticket price includes unlimited sampling of the 50 Firkins from 7pm – Midnight. Last call is at 11:45pm. Food and Souvenir t-shirts sold separately.
General admission tickets will be available for $30 until October 5th (price does not include shirt). A limited amount of tickets will be available the day of at the door for $45 (price does not include shirt).  Must be 21+, must have valid photo ID (non-expired: passports, military ID, driver’s license or state issued ID cards).


Thur., Oct. 6, 5-11 p.m.: Three Floyds Night at LowDown Brewery + Kitchen (800 Lincoln St., Denver).

We are so excited to host Three Floyds Brewing the Thursday of GABF this year!!! We will have all of our own craft beer plus four offerings from this amazing brewery. Join us! No tickets. No reservations. Just drinking, eating and happiness.


Thur., Oct. 6, 10 p.m.-12 a.m.: 120 Minute Happy Hour with Sam Calagione! at Avanti F&B (3200 Pecos St, Denver).

Join us for a GABF after party with Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head Beer! We will be featuring flights of everyone’s favorite IPA, the 120 Minute from 2007, 2009, and 2011. Who better to taste with than the man himself? Join in celebrating the 120 minute IPA with 120 minutes of party!


Thur., Oct. 6-Sun., Oct. 9: Mexican Chocolate Stout Tap and Bomber Releases at Copper Kettle Brewing Co. (1338 S Valentia St, Ste 100, Denver).

October 6 – We will release the first of four new adaptations of our 2011 Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal Winner, Mexican Chocolate Stout! Coffee Mexican Chocolate Stout – brewed with Pablo’s coffee, cinnamon, cacao nibs, and chili peppers to create this rich, historical Central American inspired desert drink with a coffee twist. – ABV: 7%, IBU: 50
October 7 – We will release the second of four new adaptations of our 2011 Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal Winner, Mexican Chocolate Stout! Pumpkin Mexican Chocolate Stout – brewed with pumpkin, cinnamon, cacao nibs, and chili peppers to create this rich, historical Central American inspired desert drink. – ABV: 7%, IBU: 50
October 8 – We will release the third of four new adaptations of our 2011 Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal Winner, Mexican Chocolate Stout! Double Chocolate Mexican Chocolate Stout – brewed with cinnamon, a double dose of cacao nibs, and chili peppers to create this rich, historical Central American inspired desert drink. – ABV: 7%, IBU: 50
October 9 – We will release the fourth new adaptation of our 2011 Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal Winner, Mexican Chocolate Stout!Vanilla Bean Mexican Chocolate Stout – brewed with vanilla bean, cinnamon, cacao nibs, and chili peppers to create this rich, historical Central American inspired desert drink with a vanilla twist. – ABV: 7%, IBU: 50


Thur., Oct. 6-Sat., Oct. 8, 3-8 p.m.: GABF Celebration at Avery Brewing Co. (4910 Nautilus Ct N, Boulder).

Who is ready for GABF?!! We are!!! In case you weren’t able to get tickets, or if you just want to come by and grab some beer and grub we will be hanging at the brewery both inside and out. We will have food tents and the draft trailer rolling outside as well as Tap Room and restaurant open. Food tents will be running Thursday 3-8pm and Friday/Saturday 3-8pm. We look forward to seeing you soon!


Thur., Oct. 6, 10 p.m.-2 a.m.: Star Bar After Party hosted by New Belgium at Star Bar (2137 Larimer St, Denver).

The legendary after party for the first GABF session continues!
Tappings Include: Whiskey Barrel-Aged Fat Tire, NBB Love Blackberry Oscar, NBB Love Apple Felix, Peach Wheat Wine, Tart Lychee, RockStar


Fri., Oct. 7, 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.: GABF week Tapping: Casey Brewing & Blending and Cascade Brewing at Hops & Pie (3920 Tennyson St, Denver).

From Casey –
Cherry Cut : Balaton
Cherry CFP :Attika
Apricot Cut
East Bank
Cherry CFP : Golden Cherry
From Cascade –
Black Cap Raspberry
2014 Project : Noyaux
Sang Noir
Manhattan Project


Fri., Oct. 7, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: GABF ORDEAL: Gospel Brunch at Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids & Solids (1555 S Hover Road, Longmont).

Come on out for some live music and the brewery experience on Friday, October 7, and get saved before the Friday session of the Great American Beer Festival.
The Oskar Blues ORDEAL is back, and we’re showcasing our beers, our brewery, and the brand new outdoor patio and stage at Oskar Blues Home Made Liquids and Solids. You’re going to be treated to Gospel Brunch, live music courtesy of the Jonny Barber Gospel Review with Erica Brown, as well as the brewery experience at the Longmont Brewery and Tasty Weasel tap room! Don’t wait! There are a limited number of tickets available, so save your spot right away!
We’ve arranged for transportation from the Denver Hyatt Regency to the brewery and back in the ORDEAL Ride Along ticket. Don’t need a ride? We’ve got you covered with the ORDEAL Local Ticket.  Festivities will kick off at HMLS at 10:30 AM.


Fri., Oct. 7, 3-9 p.m.: 2016 GABF Collaboration Celebration at Denver Beer Co. (1550 Platte St., Denver).

Come celebrate the Great American Beer Festival! We will be introducing 6 collaboration brews with some amazing breweries from around the country. Plus, live music, food trucks, block party, games, photobooth, and more! Entrance is FREE and open to the public!
Beer Tickets: $25 gets you:
A 2016 Collaboration Celebration Commemorative Glass
8 oz. pour of each of the 6 Collaboration Celebration Beers
PLUS – $5 from every ticket goes to our charity partner, First Descents!


Fri., Oct. 7, 8 p.m.-1 a.m.: Levitt Pavilion Denver Live! at Summit Music Hall (1902 Blake St, Denver).

Levitt Pavilion Denver Live! with Jameson Irish Whiskey and Great Divide Brewing Co. present a special evening of music, drinks, and food at The Summit Music Hall Friday, October 7, 2016.
This event celebrates the final show of the season for Levitt Pavilion Denver’s free concert programming with performances by 2016 The Voice runner-up, Laith Al-Saadi, along with Colorado’s rising star Brent Cowles and Austin mainstay Garrett Lebeau Band.
Tickets are only $25 and 100% of ticket sales will benefit the Levitt Pavilion Denver (501(c)(3), a local non-profit focused on elevating the local music scene and increasing accessibility to live music through construction of the new Levitt Pavilion in Ruby Hill Park, a free music venue opening in July of 2017.
Each $25 ticket includes:
– An exclusive opportunity to try ‘The Smoothness’, a Jameson and Great Divide collaboration beer
– Jameson Irish Whisky
– Great Divide Brewing CO. beer
– Sliders, appetizers and more.
Must be 21+ to attend.


Sat., Oct. 8, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.: GABF Brewers Breakfast: Burritos & Barleywines at Denver Beer Co. (1695 Platte St, Denver).

A little hair-of-the-dog always helps during GABF weekend. It also helps get the party going again! Saturday, October 8 we will serve up a Brewer’s Breakfast:$12 for an awesome smothered breakfast burrito & a glass of barleywine!

If barleywine is not your breakfast bevie of choice, we’ll have a few of our other aged big beers on tap for the tasting.

Roll out of bed, put your sunglasses on, and get here while the burritos last!

Black Project

Sat., Oct. 8, 10 a.m.: Special GABF Bottle Releases at Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales (1290 S. Broadway, Denver).

Join us on Saturday, October 8th at 10am for a special release of MULTIPLE beers, new and old! We are clearing out a bit of the back-cellar and have a couple never-before-released bottles. Note that ALL of these bottles will be extremely limited, and the list is subject to change:
-LUNEX – Spontaneous Blended Sour with Corvus Coffee
-DREAMLAND (Batch 3) – never released in bottles
-кальмар Spontaneous Imperial Gose
-SUPERCRUISE Tempranillo
-DREAMLAND (Batch 1) – Waxed and capped old-school bottle
-DREAMLAND (Batch 2)
-VOODOO (Batch 1)
-ELSEWHERE (Batch 1)
-JUMPSEAT (Batch 2) (cold-stored since release)
-EJECTOR (Batch 1) (cold-stored since release)
-JUMPSEAT (Batch 3)
-EJECTOR (Batch 2)
-Probably some other stuff that I find a couple bottles of😉


Sat., Oct. 8, 4-10 p.m.: Bottlefest 2016 Sponsored by Tavour at First Draft Taproom & Kitchen (1309 26th St, Denver).

Sample some of the tastiest brews ever put into a bottle! A mini beerfest with the cream of the crop craft beer. Buy tokens to use for 4 oz. pours of high quality suds. Bottle list includes: Casey Brewing & Blending, Cantillon, Jester King, Avery, Tilquin, Drie Fonteinen, Hill Farmstead, Paradox Beer Co, The Bruery, Lawson’s, Westbrook, and much much more!
Limited space available. Purchase a timeslot for $10 to guarantee attendence and receive 6 tokens. Tokens will be sold first come first serve on the day of the event at $2 per token.
Purchase Tickets:


Sat., Oct. 8., 9 p.m.-12 a.m.: 2nd Annual Ratio Karaoke GABF After-Party at Ratio Beerworks (2920 Larimer St, Denver).

You made it! You survived GABF, now let’s party! After the final session of the Great American Beer Festival on Sat., Oct. 8, join the Ratio Beerworks team in belting out some of your favorite hits and sending off the final night in a blaze of glory! We will be firing up the karaoke machine around 9pm so come prepared to throw-down your go-to tune. Everyone is welcome join the party, but if you bring your brewers badge and sign up to sing a song, your first beer is on us. Additionally, we’ll be tapping some serious heat during the party, to put the kibosh on a massive weekend.

Win Tickets to Epic Brewing’s 4th Annual 50 Firkin Fiasco!


It’s almost that time again: Thursday, October 6th is Epic’s Fifty Firkin Fiasco! If you’ve been before, you know it is one of the best beer events of the year!

Details from Epic Brewing:

Our brewers have put together 50 unique firkins for your enjoyment as you wander through the brewery to sample all of them. Be a part of history, be a part of the fun and chaos of this popular event!

Ticket price includes unlimited sampling of the 50 Firkins from 7pm – Midnight. Last call is at 11:45pm. Food and Souvenir t-shirts sold separately. General admission tickets will be available for $30 until October 5th (price does not include shirt). A limited amount of tickets will be available the day of at the door for $45 (price does not include shirt). Must be 21+, must have valid photo ID (non-expired: passports, military ID, driver’s license or state issued ID cards).

***Want a chance to win a pair of tickets to Epic’s 50 Firkin Fiasco on Thursday, October 6th?! Just leave a comment below with your favorite Epic beer, and you’ll be entered in a drawing for the tickets! Contest ends Friday, September 16th at 3 p.m. Winner will be randomly selected and announced at that time. (Entries via this blog post as well as on the Colorado Beer Girl Facebook page will be eligible to win).***

September Beer Events

Alpine Dog

September is an especially wonderful time in Colorado. There are still plenty of warm days, yet cooler mornings and evenings remind us that autumn is near. What better way to enjoy this most perfect weather? How about a beer event or five?!

This month we’ve got beer and food events: a chip & dip off, a chili competition, and a beer & cheese pairing. Want a bit of culture with your beer? Check out Beethoven & Brews. Anniversary parties? No shortage of them in September. Beer festivals? Tons. Bikes & brews at Tour De Fat, beer & roller coasters at Elitch Gardens, and much more!

Click here for the full list!

September events include these local breweries:

New Belgium

Black Shirt Brewing

Gravity Brewing

300 Suns Brewing

Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales

Ska Brewing

Sanitas Brewing

Odell Brewing

Chain Reaction Brewing

Alpine Dog Brewing

Diebolt Brewing

Barrels and Bottles Brewery

Spangalang Brewery

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