Did you miss out on this year’s Great American Beer Festival (GABF)? Whether you woke up late to find out all the tickets sold out in minutes, you just can’t deal with huge crowds, or your computer was on the fritz, we have a list of craft beer-related events that will help you enjoy the spirit of the GABF even if you can’t get in to the main event. Below is a sampling of events happening in Denver from Monday, September 21 to Sunday, September 27:
Monday, September 21
Work & Class is hosting a 5 course beer dinner on this night with Black Project Spontaneous and Wild Ales. Get the details here.
Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery is having a special release of the Eiffel Tower Session IPA, and they’re real close to the Convention Center near the GABF. Info on Jagged Mountain here.
Freshcraft will be hosting a GABF kickoff party featuring sour beers at 7pm. Details on where Freshcraft is are here.
Falling Rock Tap House with the in-house motto, “No crap on Tap.” always kicks off a great party starting at 5pm counting down the hours when the GABF starts. Usually one will see brewers from various breweries around the country during GABF, here chilling out having a pint. Details about Falling Rock Tap House here.
Tuesday, September 22
The Cheeky Monk will have a GABF kick-off party and celebrate their anniversary too. Special beer releases from The Bruery, Coronado Brewing Company and Upslope. Here’s the details on The Cheeky Monk.
Rebel Restaurant on 3763 Wynkoop Street, will team up with Ratio Beerworks and TRVE Brewing for a 6 course beer dinner. All the details are here.
Freshcraft will be host to New Holland Brewing and Great Divide Brewing with some special tapping’s starting at 7pm.
Wednesday, September 23
Falling Rock Tap House will start tapping rare, special or vintage beers from all around Colorado and rest of the country. Starting with Oskar Blues beers at 4pm, Ballast Point at 9pm, Verboten/Hoppin' Frog collaboration at 10pm, Crooked Stave at 10:30pm and Trinity beers at 11pm.
Joyride Brewing plays host to a cheese and beer pairing at 7:30 pm. Register here.
Hops & Pie throughout the day will be tapping beers distributed from Crooked Stave Artisan Project.
On this day, Copper Kettle Brewing will tap their Vanilla Chai Pumpkin Porter. Oh, yes please, and here’s the info on Copper Kettle Brewing.
Thursday, September 24
Epic Brewing will host its 3rd Annual Fifty Firkin Fiasco starting at 7pm. The brewers of Epic create 50 unique firkin beers for your drinking pleasure. Tickets here.
Star Bar and New Belgium Brewing team up again to bring you some New Belgium rarities at 10pm.
Avery Brewing’s fifth annual Midnight Breakfast returns to Euclid Hall ,and it’s an epic beer breakfast indeed. Tickets here.
Friday, September 25
Denver Beer Company hosts its third annual Collaboration Celebration today from 3 to 9pm. There will be a block party with food trucks, bands, and collaboration brews. Admission is free!
Copper Kettle Brewing will be doing a southern pig roast at the brewery. Copper Kettle is celebrating with its “Macallan 18 Russian Imperial Stout” aged in a Macallan Scotch barrel sent to them straight from Scotland. Tickets here.
The Cheeky Monk will be tapping special beers from Dogfish Head, Boulevard, Victory, Stone and Funkwerks starting at 12pm.
Saturday, September 26
Ratio Beerworks is hosting a karaoke party starting at 9pm after the final session of GABF. Prizes go to the one who can bring the crowd the most vocal pleasure.
The Cheeky Monk host its annual “Breakfast with The Bruery” from 8 to 11am, and Bruery founder Patrick Rue will join in with the breakfast fun. Some of the beers involved are Mischief, Jardinier, Autumn Maple, and the Humulus Lager.
Falling Rock Tap House teams up with New Belgium Brewing for their traditional GABF After Party starting at 9pm. A variety of rare New Belgium beers will be available.
Sunday, September 27
No events today, go home because your liver needs a break!