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September 2011 Colorado Beer Festivals



2011 Colorado Beer Fests and Events
September 2011 Colorado Beer Festivals

Here is a list of the upcoming Colorado beer fests, beer dinners, tapping parties, seminars and related events for September 2011. These listings are updated every week, so stop back often to see the latest happenings with beer in Colorado. Dates and events are subject to change at any time so please check with the event web site before attending. If you know about another event not listed here please add a comment below.


Colorado September Oktoberfests
September 1-30, 2011

Here are the dates for Oktoberfest celebrations across Colorado this month.
* Aspen/Snowmass - September 10, 2011
* Boulder - September 24, 2011
* Breckenridge - September 16-18, 2011
* Brush - September 24, 2011
* Castle Pines - September 24, 2011
* Denver - September 16-18 + 23-25, 2011
* Durango - September 17, 2011
* Estes Park - September 24-25, 2011 - Autumn Gold
* Fort Collins - September 25, 2011
* Frisco - September 2-4, 2011
* Glenwood Springs - September 24, 2011
* Governor's Mansion - Denver - September 1, 2011
* Granby - September 24, 2011
* Greeley - September 23-24, 2011
* Gypsum - September 24, 2011
* Longmont - September 9-11, 2011
* Lyons - September 24, 2011 - Osktoberfest at Oskar Blues
* Pagosa Springs - September 10, 2011 - ColorFest
* Steamboat Springs - September 16-18, 2011
* Woodland Park - September 17, 2011
* Vail - September 9-11, 2011
(Some of these events are detailed below)

Belgian Beer Month Celebration
September 1-30, 2011
(all month)
Vine Street Pub & Brewery - 1700 Vine Street
Denver, CO
Time: Business hours all month
Come taste the best Belgian-style beers from Colorado and the world during Vine Street Pub's 1st annual Belgian Beer Month. Each day will bring new Belgian-style brews on tap. September 15th - Belgian Beer 101 class. September 17th - Belgian Block Party 1pm-9pm including Brewer's Olympics that afternoon featuring: Boulder Beer, Twisted Pine, Golden City, Upslope, Oskar Blues, Avery, Great Divide and more.
Web site

Oktoberfest at the Governor's Mansion
September 1, 2011
(Thu)
Colorado Governor's Residence at the Boettcher Mansion
400 East. 8th Avenue
Denver, CO
Cost: $25 for CCIA/CBSA members, $35 non-members
Time: 5:30pm - 8pm
Celebrate the beginning of Oktoberfest season with the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association (CCIA) and the Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA). Several breweries including Funkwerks, Great Divide, Tallgrass Brewing and Twisted Pine will be on hand serving up samples. Enjoy Beer, BIO and good CLEAN fun! Register now at http://ow.ly/61dDu

Four Corners Folk Festival
September 2-4, 2011
(Fri-Sun)
Reservoir Hill Park - Pagosa Springs, CO
Cost: Advance $40/$50 - At gate $45/$55 - Discount multi-day passes. Kids under 12 get in FREE with paid adult.
Join Breckenridge Brewery and Folk West for the greatest Folk & Bluegrass Festival. Music starts Fri @ 3pm, Sat & Sun @ 11am. Great music, family fun and of course lots of fine beer will be available. Camping nearby with shuttles to the fest.
Web site

Tour de Fat - Fort Collins
September 3, 2011
(Sat)
Downtown - Fort Collins, CO
Time: 10am ride starts
New Belgium Brewing's Tour de Fat will once again be meandering and pandering through 13 U.S. cities spreading the good word about the positive societal offerings of the bicycle. Along with our exceptional ability to roust a city’s inner-cyclist, in 2011 we hope to drive our message even deeper by bringing you the biggest, most enjoyable traveling bike festival that we know of. Ride ends at the New Belgium brewery with music, theatrics and beer!
Web site

Hop Picking Party
September 4, 2011
(Sun)
High Hops @ The Windsor Gardener - 6461 Hwy 392 (Main Street)
Windsor, CO
Time: 12pm to 6pm
Come out to the greenhouse and help pick the huge crop of hops at the High Hops Farm just west of town in Windsor. Over 32 varieties were grown in this year's bountiful crop. The best 2-person teams who pick the most hops gets prizes - including 2 tickets to the GABF. Awards for the best costume, most picked by 1 person, and by a group. Free event. Come prepared for the heat. More info - call (970) 686-9771.
Web site

Steamworks Fundraiser for DELC
September 6, 2011
(Tue)
Steamworks Brewing Co. - 801 E. 2nd Ave.
Durango, CO
Time: 4pm to 7pm in the courtyard
Cost: $10/adults, $5 Kids
Help raise funds for the Durango Early Learning Center with a great Taco bar with your paid admission. Happy hour beer prices $3/pint and free root beer for the kids. 50% of all beer sales will go towards DELC. Fun activities for the kids too.
Details on Facebook

Denver Rare Beer Pub Crawl
September 7, 2011
(Wed)
Multiple locations - starting at Ale House at Amato's
Denver, CO
Time: 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Cost: Depends on what you want to drink. 1 beer per stop then keep moving.
Join BeerCraving.com for an informal beer crawl around Denver sampling some of the best beer Denver has to offer. Scheduled walking stops include: Ale House at Amato's from 5:30pm to 6:20pm. Then head over to Denver Beer Company from 6:30pm to 6:55pm. Next up is Freshcraft from 7:10pm to 7:35pm. Then on to Wynkoop Brewing from 7:40pm to 8:05pm, then finally coming to rest at Falling Rock Tap House at 8:10 until you say when.
Facebook Event Page

Brew at the Zoo
September 9, 2011
(Fri)
Denver Zoo
Denver, CO
Time: 7pm-10pm
Cost: Members $65, Individuals $70 - 21 and over only.
Join in for an evening of tasting good brews and good food in the company of your favorite animals. It’s the 14th annual Brew At The Zoo. This year’s event will feature samples from more regional breweries and restaurants than ever before. Add in some dancing under the stars and you’ve got the perfect party at summer’s end. Tickets include tasting mug, complimentary food, unlimited beer and specialty beverage tasting.
Web site

Harvest Release Party
September 9, 2011
(Fri)
Crabtree Brewing Company
Greeley, CO
Time: 5pm
Join Crabtree Brewing for a celebration of two separate releases. #1 - "Afternoon Delight" - a ProAm raspberry porter, and their "Peachtree Cherry Wheat" a barrel-aged brew chuck full of peaches and cherries.

Meet the Brewer Night
September 9, 2011
(Fri)
Rackhouse Pub
Denver, CO
Time: 4pm - 6pm
Meet up with one of the brewers from Great Divide Brewing Company and share in with a Cocoa Yeti firkin. Plus it's "Steal-the-Pint" night.

Colorado Pork 'n' Hops Challenge
September 9-10, 2011
(Fri-Sat)
Lincoln Park
Grand Junction, CO
Time: Fri 4:30pm-10pm, Sat 11am-10pm
Cost: Fri. TBA, Sat General Admission $20, Kids 12 and under FREE
The Colorado Pork & Hops Challenge has become one of the top annual events in Western Colorado. On the weekend of September 9th &10th at Lincoln Park in beautiful Grand Junction, the 2011 Colorado Pork & Hops Challenge kicks off with over 13,000 people coming out for this All-American Family Festival which includes a professional KCBS BBQ competition where over 50 professional BBQ teams from all over the country flock to Grand Junction to compete for over $20,500 in cash and bragging rights. An Amatuer BBQ competition for local contestants will also take place for anyone who thinks their BBQ is the best in the city. Although this event is sponsored by a big macro yellow fizzy beer company - the food alone is worth it. Tons of live bands will be performing as cap off the event Saturday night with a great headliner band.
Web site

Longmont Oktoberfest
September 9-11
(Fri-Sun)
Roosevelt Park - Longmont, CO
Time: Fri 5-10pm, Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 11am-5pm
The Longmont Oktoberfest is an established event held in Roosevelt Park each
September. Brought to you by Boulder Creek Events, Oktoberfest features three days of great live music, local breweries, delicious foods, arts & crafts exhibitors, and kids’ rides and attractions. There’s something for the whole family.
Web site

3rd Annual Band and Brew Blowout
September 10, 2011
(Sat)
Hermosa Street
Pagosa Springs, CO
Time: 12pm-6pm
Live music, food and beer on the streets of Pagosa Springs.

Tour de Fat - Denver
September 10, 2011
(Sat)
West Side of City Park - Denver, CO
Time: 10am ride starts
New Belgium Brewing's Tour de Fat will once again be meandering and pandering through 13 U.S. cities spreading the good word about the positive societal offerings of the bicycle. Along with our exceptional ability to roust a city’s inner-cyclist, in 2011 we hope to drive our message even deeper by bringing you the biggest, most enjoyable traveling bike festival that we know of. Ride ends with a bevy of music, theatrics and beer!
Web site

ColorFest 2011
September 10, 2011
(Sat)
Athletic Field in Town Park - Pagosa Springs, CO
Time: Microbrew tasting 2pm-7pm - 21 and over only
A weekend to celebrate the Fall Colors in beautiful Pagosa Springs. There will be fantastic brews from around Colorado and Northern New Mexico. Wines will also be available. Brew tasting and live music will also be performed from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. At approximately 7 p.m. there will also be a Hot Air Balloon Glow. There will be a food court and activities for the children. This is a great family event. Bring the whole family out to the Bands, Brews, Etc.
Web site

Boulder Beer's Beer Rave
September 10, 2011
(Sat)
Boulder Beer Company - 2880 Wilderness Place
Boulder, CO
Time: 2pm-6pm
Cost: $25 includes all samples.
It's Boulder Beer's 32nd anniversary! And to cap off Boulder Beer Week they're hosting a huge party with 32 breweries will be tapping their hard to get or experimental taproom only brews at this event. Tickets available now! This is a fundraiser for The Miracle On Walnut Street - feeding Boulder's hungry and homeless on Christmas Day.
Web site

EvansFest
September 10, 2011
(Sat)
Riverside Park - Evans, CO
Time: 9am - 2pm
Local breweries will be serving beers in the beer garden at this annual festival in Evans, Colorado. Other events include a walk/run race, parade, music, games, inflatables, food courts. Family fun.
Web site

Fall Festival of Beers & Chili Cook-off
September 10, 2011
(Sat)
Crested Butte Mountain Resort
Base Area - Crested Butte, CO
Time: 12pm-4pm
Lots of local craft brews from area breweries, a chili cook-off competition, music and more all in the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains. Details at the web site.
Web site

Golden City's Oktoberfest
September 10, 2011
(Sat)
Golden City Brewery - 920 ½ 12th Street
Golden, CO
This is an annual tradition at GCB. Brats, Beer & Music - Life is Good. No admission charge - proceeds donated to charity. Normal tap room hours.
Web site

Renegade Brewing Grand Opening Party
September 10, 2011
(Sat)
Renegade Brewing - 925 W 9th Ave
Denver, CO
Time: Noon to 10pm
Renegade Brewing is throwing a bash to celebrate their grand opening! They will have live music, rare Renegade beers, food trucks and beer cupcakes. Yes, beer cupcakes. So mark your calendar and get ready to party like a renegade.
Web site

Taps Beer Dinner
September 15, 2011
(Thu)
Taps Sports Bar - 165 Boardwalk Dr.
Fort Collins, CO
Time: 6pm
Cost: $35 - only 35 seats available
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse and Taps are joining forces for a 4-course beer dinner featuring pork tenderloin and chocolate mousse and 2 other courses. Seats are limited. RSVP to (970) 449-4462.
Web Site

Belgian Beer 101
September 15, 2011
(Thu)
Vine Street Pub & Brewery - 1700 Vine Street
Denver, CO
Cost: $50 per person
Time: 6:00pm
This is a class that is hosted by the Mountain Sun Brewers and includes a tour of their new brewery (Vine Street) before they brew their first beer, a history of Belgian Beer, and a food tasting with Belgian beer and food. Menu includes: Charcuterie tray, buttermilk fried chicken and waffles, Belgian Frites and handmade local sausages - all that paired with 6 locally brewed Belgian-style beers and a variety of guest Belgian beers. Tickets on sale at any Mountain Sun location. Call (303) 388-2337.
Web site

Durango Beer Week
September 16-24, 2011
(Fri-next Sat)
Multiple locations
Durango, CO
The Bootlegger’s Society, the local consortium of Durango’s four award-winning craft brewers, launches the inaugural Durango Beer Week. Festivities, which include Durango’s official Oktoberfest, are set for Friday, Sept. 16 through Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011. Details at Steamworks Brewing, Carver Brewing, Durango Brewing and Ska Brewing's press release.

Oktoberfest on the Royal Gorge Railroad
September 16 through October 9, 2011

Sante Fe Depot - 401 Water Street
Canon City, CO
Time: All 12:30pm departure trains.
Cost: $65/adult $45/Children 3 and over, Dome seating $30 extra
Ride the rails for Oktoberfest and tour Royal Gorge. In addition to their regular lunch menu, they're adding a special Oktoberfest entree including a Royal Gorge Route logo pint glass (beverage cost extra). Oktoberfest beer on tap for the occasion. 3-course lunch while viewing the Royal Gorge.
Web site

Telluride Blues & Brews Festival
September 16-18, 2011
(Fri-Sun)
Telluride Town Park
Telluride, CO
Cost: Fri & Sat $65, Sun $55, 3-day pass $160
18th Annual festival. The Telluride Blues & Brews Festival takes place in Telluride Town Park, a renowned outdoor music venue with breath-taking mountain peaks for a backdrop. At the heart of our venue is the Fred Shellman Memorial Stage, a small, humble wooden stage that has held the weight of legends over the years. Telluride's main street, just steps away from the festival grounds, is home to a wide variety of shops, restaurants, and bars. At night, after the music ends in the park, we move the festival scene into various music venues located throughout the town of Telluride and Mountain Village. These are the "juke joints", and once they get jamming a walk down main street feels like a walk down Beale Street in Memphis.
Web site

Breckenridge Oktoberfest
September 16-17, 2011
(Fri-Sat)
Main Street - Breckenridge, CO
Cost: 1/2 litre stein $25, 1 litre stein $30, 2 beer tickets $5
17th annual event. A fun-filled weekend of fall foliage, great parties, Paulaner Bier, genuine German cuisine, collectable steins and special accommodation packages. Don’t miss the largest Oktoberfest in the Rocky Mountains. Gourmet multi-course dinner Friday night. Saturday and Sunday party in the streets 11am to 5pm.
Web site

41st Oktoberfest Denver
September 16-18 & 23-25, 2011
(Fri-Sun 2 weeks)
20th and Larimer, Downtown
Denver, CO
It's a Denver tradition. Great food, beer, music and fun activities right in the heart of downtown near Coors Field. Free entry. Buy beer & food separately.
Web site

Steamboat OktoberWest
September 16-18, 2011
(Fri-Sun)
Steamboat Ski Resort, alongside the Torian Plum
Steamboat Springs, CO
Cost: Free admission, beers cost extra
Celebrate the season at a Steamboat-style OktoberWest Sept. 16-18, 2011 featuring live music, food, beer, games and activities for kids and adults, mechanical bull-riding competition and much more. No German beer here, just good ol’ Rocky Mountain brews!
Web site

Cheeky Monk 4th Anniversary Bash
September 17, 2011
(Sat)
Cheeky Monk - 534 E. Colfax
Denver, CO
Time: 11am to close
Come help the Cheeky Monk celebrate their 4th anniversary. Live broadcast of "Colorado Craft Beer Radio" with hosts Fary V and John Turk from noon to 1pm. Drink specials all day long. Lots of fun with rare beers and great food.
Web site

Brewer's Olympics
September 17, 2011
(Sat)
Vine Street Pub and Brewery
Denver, CO
Time: 1pm
To kick off the best block party of the year, nearly a dozen breweries from across the front range have assembled Olympic teams to compete for the gold and, of course, bragging rights. Events Include: Relay Tricycle Races, The Hand-Cart Obstacle Course, Grain Stacking Relay, Beer Transfer Competition, The Yeast-Filled Balloon Toss. The Olympics start at 1pm, and the medal ceremony will immediately follow the completion of the final event. Each participating brewery will be bringing two kegs to contribute to our beer garden. All proceeds from the beer garden support Cancer Support Community Colorado. Participating breweries include: Mountain Sun, Breckenridge, Wynkoop, Upslope, Boulder Beer, Great Divide, Oskar Blues, Twisted Pine, and Avery.

Beer vs Wine Dinner
September 20, 2011
(Tues)
Gravity Ten Twenty @ Fort Collins Brewery
Fort Collins, CO
Time: 6pm - 9pm
Cost: $55 per person
It's being billed as a classic showdown. On one side, Beer. On the other side, Wine. And between them both is a table filled with a 5-course meal fit for a king and queen. You get to decide which pairs better with each course. The fate of the drinking world is in your hands (er mouth that is).
More info

Great Divide Beer Dinner
September 20, 2011
(Tue)
Caldonia's - 2252 South Parker Road
Aurora, Colorado 80231
(303) 752-3829 to RSVP
Time: 6pm
Four course meal paired with four different Great Divide brews.

Dogfish Head Beer Dinner
September 21, 2011
(Wed)
The Blue Star - 1645 S Tejon St.
Colorado Springs, CO
Time: 6:30pm
Cost: $90 per person (not including tax + tip)
An exquisite 4 course meal with a special DFH beer paired with each, plus a reception beer and a Nightcap beer afterwards. A dinner not for the faint of heart nor light of wallet. A special treat for those with special tastes. RSVP for reservations: (719) 632-1086. Check out Focus on the Beer for details.

BEER VS. WINE
September 22, 2011
(Thu)
Warwick Denver Hotel - 1776 Grant St.
Denver, CO
Time: 6:30pm to 10pm
Cost: $69+ per person
Colorado Food, Colorado Beer, Colorado Wine. The time has come to choose a winner. Hops vs. Grapes, Weizen Glass vs Flute Glass, Pizza vs Filoet Mignon, Gorganzola vs. Brie, Bavaria vs. Bordeaux, Denver vs. Napa. Breckenridge Brewery is squaring off against Infinite Monkey Theorem to determine which is better - beer or wine - and you get to participate. RSVP for reservations to 303-861-2000.
Web site

Big Beer Bash
September 22, 2011
(Thu)
Paramount Cafe - 519 16th Street
Denver, CO
Great Divide will be pouring several of their special brews including Grand Cru - Hercules and several Yetis. Time and Details to come.
Web site

Greeley Oktoberfest
September 23-24, 2011
(Fri-Sat)
Lincoln Park - Greeley, CO
Time: Fri 5pm-10pm, Sat 11am-6pm
Friday night hosts kick-off concerts complete with beer and brats. Saturday - Enjoy a full day of polka, German music, food, crafts booths, beer, and more! Oktoberfest is a family friendly event and offers a great Children’s Area with an inflatable slide and obstacle course, pumpkins to decorate, face painting and lots of games to play. And of course, there are games for big “kids” too including a beer stein race, brat toss, beer barrel roll race, and life-size beer pong.
Web site

3rd annual Denver Beer Fest
September 23 - October 1, 2011
(9 days)
Multiple Venues
Denver, CO
The citywide celebration coincides with America's most prestigious craft beer festival and competition, the Great American Beer Festival (Sept. 29-Oct. 1) and the two-weekend-long Oktoberfest Denver (Sept. 16-18 & Sept. 23-25). The nine-day Denver Beer Fest includes rare beer tastings, beer-paired dinners, "brewer vs. brewer" nights, beer tappings, brewery tours and a variety of entertaining beer events.
Web site

Downtown Boulder's Fall Festival
September 23-25, 2011
(Fri-Sun)
Pearl Street Mall
Boulder, CO
Time: Fri (5-10 p.m.), Sat (11am-10pm), Sun (11am-5pm)
For over two decades, Downtown Boulder’s Fall Festival has been one of Boulder’s most beloved community celebrations. This 3-day autumn festival features food, brews and music with the added excitement of a Children’s Carnival and more than 30 artisan booths.

Ska Brewing's 16th Anniversary Party & Brewers Invitational
September 24, 2011
(Sat)
Ska Brewing World Headquarters, 225 Girard Street
Durango, CO
Time: 4pm-9pm
Cost: $25
Join in for Ska Brewing's 16th Anniversary Party and Brewer's Invitational: featuring the legendary Toasters- celebrating 30 years of Ska Music! Your ticket includes entrance into the event, a commemorative Toasters tasting glass and samples of beer from 16 of Colorado's and the Four Corners Regions finest Breweries! Breweries include: Avery, Breckenridge, Bristol, Carver's, Durango Brewing Company, Left Hand, Marble, New Belgium, Oskar Blues, Ouray Brewing, Pagosa Brewing, Santa Fe Brewing, Santan, Steamworks and Three Rivers Brewing! This event will sell out. Doors open at 4:00pm and the Blue Hornets and the Nuns of Brixton will play before the Toasters take the stage. A benefit for the Durango Bootlegger's Fund and the Colorado Brewer's Guild.
Web site

Stevetoberfest 2011
September 24, 2011
(Sat)
Pateros Creek Brewing Company - 242 N. College Ave
Fort Collins, CO
Time: 12pm to 9pm
Join Pateros Creek as they celebrate the tapping of their Marzen (and the brewer's birthday) - hence the name Stevetoberfest! There will be festivities all day long, including live music, awesome food from their friends at Matador Mexican Grill, who are branching out into German-style grub just for us, and of course delicious beer.
Web site

Docktoberfest
September 24, 2011
(Sat)
Dry Dock Brewing - 15120 E. Hampden Ave
Aurora, CO
Time: 11am - close
Wear your lederhosen and German blouses and enjoy food and great beer! You know the Marzen will be flowing!!! Colorado Craft Beer Radio (AM 760) will be broadcasting live from noon to 1pm at the event.
Web site

SeptFest 2011
September 24, 2011
(Sat)
Ritz-Carlton Denver
Cost: $45
Time: 3pm-6pm
BEERS + BRATS + MUSIC - It’s SeptFest at The Ritz-Carlton, Denver! Celebrate the spirit of ‘suds’ with the kick-off to the city's 3rd Annual Denver Beer Fest. Savor cold, craft brews on the hotel's outdoor Plaza Level Terrace with festivities featuring an array of beer provided by Great Divide Brewery Company and Oskar Blues, house-made Denver Pale Ale brats and oversized pretzels, with live music by Denver's own Kentucky Parlor Pickers. Call (303) 886-6625 for info.
Web site

The Great COntenders
September 24, 2011
(Sat)
Wynkoop Brewing Company - 18th & Wynkoop
Denver, CO
Time: 1pm-4:30pm
Cost: $25 advance / $30 day of event.
Wynkoop's 2nd annual pre-GABF showcase of the state's best beers kicks off Denver Beer Fest week and raises money for the Colorado Brewers Guild while partnering with Westword newspaper and Visit Denver. Get tickets upstairs at the brewery while supplies last.
Web site

Osktoberfest at Oskar Blues
September 24, 2011
(Sat)
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Lyons, CO
Join Oskar Blues for their annual Osktoberfest featuring live music with Bonnie & the Clydes from 5pm to 8pm. More music all afternoon plus plenty of Osktoberfest beer and German style food with lots of surprises. Polka from 3pm to 5pm.
Web site

Stella Artois Draught Masters Regional Semi-Finals
September 24, 2011
(Sat)
Fado Irish Pub - 1735 19th St.
Denver, CO
Time: 8pm - midnight
Stella Artois is hosting a beer pouring competition at Fado's in Denver and you're invited. Competitors vie to follow strict 9-step pouring rules and compete for a spot in the National Finals in Washington DC later this year. Contest details can be found on the official Web site.

Autumn Gold: A Festival of Brats, Bands 'n' Beer
September 24-25, 2011
(Sat-Sun)
Bond Park - downtown
Estes Park, CO
Time: Sat. 10am-7pm, Sun. 10am-5pm
Estes Park celebrates the Oktoberfest season with it's 19th annual festival. Live music, great food, plenty of beer. Enter the big raffle for a chance to win $5000. Set in the heart of downtown Estes Park.

Attack of the IPAs
September 26, 2011
(Mon)
Wazee Supper Club - 1600 15th Street
Denver, CO
Time: 6pm - 9pm
Join in for samples of 32 draft beers, featuring IPAs from Wynkoop, Ska, Mad River, Great Divide, Grand Teton, and many others! They'll will offer 10 or more different IPAs in addition to many Belgian-style craft beers. On tap- The Bruery, Russian River, Boulevard, Duchesse, Tripel Karmeliet, and many more.
Web site

Butterflies and Beer
September 27, 2011
(Tue)
Butterfly Pavilion - 6252 West 104th Ave
Westminster, CO
Time: 6pm to 8pm
Cost: $30 member couples, $35 non-member couples.
Sip, Savor and Stroll ... Join in as they celebrate Denver's Beer Week and the end of summer with Butterflies and Beer! This adult-only event that will feature a tasting of Odell specialty brews, a guided tour through our tropical rainforest and light appetizer pairing. Odell Brewing Company's own Derek Struble will be there to answer any and all of your questions! RSVP to 720.974.1878 or emailing astruble@butterflies.org by 4pm Sept. 24th.
Web site

Beers, Brats and Burlesque - "Tastings & Tassels"
September 27, 2011
(Tue)
Lannie's Clocktower Caberet - 1601 Arapahoe St.
Denver, CO
Time: 6:30pm doors open, 7pm start
Cost: $30 for 9 beers to taste, food and the burlesque dancers. 21+ years old only.
Lannie's is celebrating the Great American Beer Fest! Avery Brewery will guide you through a full selection of beers, from crowd favorites to rare batches. In between rounds of ale, the Clocktower Clockettes will delight and amuse you with fun, flirty burlesque dancing and comedy. They'll also have FREE hot brats, and drinking songs a'plenty.
Web site

Maggiano's and Great Divide Beer Dinner
September 27, 2011
(Tue)
Maggianos Little Italy - 500 16th St., Suite 150
Denver, CO
Time: 6:30pm
Cost: TBA - 50 tickets available
This is one of the events for the Denver Beer Fest. Details TBA.

Grimm Brothers - Pourhouse Beer Dinner
September 27, 2011
(Tues)
Pourhouse Restaurant - 124 East 4th Street
Loveland, CO
Time: 6:00pm
Cost: $35 per person
Come to a scrumptious beer dinner with 5 courses each paired with a beer from Grimm Brothers in Loveland. Courses include: Pork schnitzel bites with apple sauerkraut, beer pretzel bread with trio of spreads, three cheese ale soup, filet with peppercorn cream sauce, and a pecan pie ala mode with caramel sauce. RSVP at The Pourhouse or Grimm Brothers.

Hoppin' Frog Beer Dinner
September 28, 2011
(Wed)
Choice City Butcher & Deli - 104 W. Olive
Fort Collins, CO
Time: 6pm - 9pm
Cost: TBA
5 beers and 5 courses! Lowest abv is 8.4%. This is one not to miss!! FIRST Frog’s Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale Served w/ a spicy pumpkin soup with crema and green pian ... SECOND Hop Dam triple ipa Served w/ a homemade spicy Italian sausage with kale and asiago cheese over penne. THIRD B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout Served w/ manchego cheese canapés with olives and piqillo peppers. FOURTH Barrel-Aged B.O.R.I.S. Imperial Stout Served w/ braised short ribs with baby boc choy and carrots. FIFTH Barrel Aged BORIS Royale Served w/ chocolate whisky balls with smoked sea salt and black pepper vanilla ice cream.
Reservations: (970) 490-2489

Colorado Rare Beer Tasting
September 28, 2011
(Wed)
The Rackhouse Pub - 208 S. Kalamath St.
Denver, CO
Cost: $35
Time: 6pm - 9pm
Visit the pub at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Distillery to kick off your GABF experience. There will be some rare beers being poured along with some great food pairings. Breweries bringing rarities include: Ska, Avery, Upslope, Great Divide, Breckenridge, Bristol, Left Hand, Odell, Dry Cock, Funkwerks, New Belgium Crazy Mountain, AC Golden, Elk Mountain, Strange Brew and Wynkoop.
Facebook event

Stone Brewing Denver Beer Fest Dinner
September 28, 2011
(Wed)
Simms Steakhouse - 11911 W. 6th Ave
Golden, CO
Time: 7pm
Cost: $75 per person
The radical guys from Stone Brewing are co-hosting a GABF beer dinner at Simms Steakhouse. Area beer enthusiasts are invited to participate for a 6 beer 6 item beer dinner. Appetizer, 4 courses and a dessert each paired with one of Stone's awesome craft brews. Not to be missed. Call (303) 237-0465 for reservations.
Web site

TRiNiTY Pre-GABF Kick Off Party
September 28, 2011
(Wed)
Trinity Brewing Company
Colorado Springs, CO
Time: 11am - ???
Help Kick Off GABF with a day full of fun and BEER! Trinity will be tapping super special beers from Colorado a couple from around the country. So far the line-up consists of beers from: AC Golden Avery Crooked Stave Sierra Nevada Strange Brewing Tommyknocker and MORE to come!
Web site

6th Annual Boulder County Brews Cruise
September 28, 2011
(Wed)
Departs from Colorado Convention Center
Denver, CO
Time: 8:00am - 4:00pm
Cost: $60
The wildly popular Boulder County Brews Cruise is back for round 6! Founding breweries Avery Brewing Company, Boulder Beer Company, Left Hand Brewing Company and Oskar Blues Brewery will be the stops on this year’s tour. The “Perfect Six Pack Tour” cracks open on Wednesday, September 28th, one day before the start of the Great American Beer Festival at the Colorado Convention Center. Brews Cruisers get a seat on the bus, free samples at each stop, a light breakfast, lunch, a commemorative “Perfect Six Pack Tour” 32oz Stainless Steel Water bottle from Liberty Bottleworks and 15% off all beer and merchandise at each brewery. This sells out so get tix quick.
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Elysian Pumpkin Beer Fest
September 28, 2011
(Wed)
Falling Rock Tap House - 1919 Blake Street
Denver, CO
Time: 8:00pm
Join Dick Cantwell and the Elysian Brewing Company team for a pre-GABF Pumpkin Beer Throwdown! There will be 10 Elysian pumpkin beers on tap at Falling Rock, including collaboration pumpkin beers,, guest pumpkin beers and a very, very special surprise!
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Happy Beerthday - Years of Beers with Breckenridge Brewery and Ska Brewing
September 28, 2011
(Wed)
Wazee Supper Club - 1600 15th Street
Denver, CO
Time: 5pm - 7pm
Cost: $40 per person
Join Breckenridge and Ska for Happy Beerthday! A Women's only event celebrating "Years of Beers with Breckenridge Brewery and Ska Brewing!" Come celebrate during Denver Beer Fest at our birthday style women's only beer celebration. Along with great beer, food, fun and a goody bag to take home we will have Women Enjoying Beer founder and beer enthusiast Ginger Johnson on hand to share her knowledge and expertise of Women in the beer world. Here is a brief description of what Ginger will be sharing.
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Great American Beer Festival
September 29 - October 1, 2011
(Thu-Sat)
Colorado Convention Center - Downtown
Denver, CO
Cost: $60 per session, $50 AHA members only (Sat afternoon)
Time: Thu-Fri-Sat nights 5:30pm-10pm, Sat afternoon 12pm-4pm
One of the biggest beer festivals in the world! Four sessions, 450+ breweries, 2000+ beers! This is the 30th annual GABF. Nearly 40,000 people will attend this year. Tickets go on sale end of June and will absolutely sell out. Don't miss out on the grand-daddy of all American beer festivals in beautiful downtown Denver.
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Summit Beer Garden
September 29 - October 1, 2011
(Thu-Sat)
Summit Music Hall - 1902 Blake Street
Denver, CO
Time: 4pm - 1am each day
Cost: Free - VIP tickets available
Rueben’s Burger Bistro and the Summit Music Hall have teamed up to bring you the premier place to drink beer and eat during the Great American Beer Festival. With well over a hundred different beers from the best breweries around the world, a sausage garden, live entertainment, and over 12,00SF of space, there is nothing like it in Denver! Here are just some of the highlights: Way over a hundred different beers, Many beers never seen in Colorado before. Beers from the best breweries competing in the GABF. 16 taps just for rotating beers…always something new on tap. Tons of the best international beers available. Meet many of the brewers and representatives of your favorite breweries. Sausage garden with amazing selections of food. Live entertainment.
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Avery/Euclid Hall Midnight Breakfast
September 29, 2011
(Thu)
Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen - 1317 14th St.
Denver, CO
Time: 11pm
Cost: $70
A little late night breakfast after a session of the GABF has long been a tradition for many beer lovers and brewers alike. This year the Avery Brewing Co. and Euclid Hall have teamed up to take this tradition to a whole new level. Super rare Avery beers and mind-blowing breakfast interpretations by Euclid's Chef Jorel Pierce and his crew. Check out this menu! Bacon will also be served!

Meet the Brewers Thursday Nights
September 29, 2011
(Thu)
Wazee Supper Club - 1600 15th St.
Denver, CO
Time: 6pm-8pm
Wazee Supper Club presents Meet the Brewers Night every Thursday night from 6pm-8pm. Different brewers each week, including Odell, Wynkoop, Breckenridge, Great Divide, Avery, Ska, New Belgium, Batch 19 and others. Join in and sample some delicious beers!
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Dry Dock Beer Lunch
September 29, 2011
(Thu)
Rackhouse Pub - 208 S. Kalamath
Denver, CO
Time: 2pm - 4pm
Cost: $40 per person
Five beers - 4 courses. Looking for a way to get warmed up for the GABF Thursday night session? Join Dry Dock owner Kevin DeLange, and head brewer Bill Eye for the encore of last year's popular beer lunch. Rackhouse Pub chef/owner Jayson Reynolds will once again pair 4 unique food courses with 5 of Dry Dock's award winning beers. Getting a solid meal in you before the Thursday night session is Surviving GABF 101. (303) 570-7824
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Denver Rare Beer Tasting III
September 30, 2011
(Fri)
Wynkoop Brewery - Denver, CO
Time: 1pm-4pm
Cost: $80
The Denver Rare beer Tasting III will take place on Sept. 30th from 1-4pm at the Wynkoop Brewery on 18th Street in the LoDo section of the city. Beer fans lucky enough to score a ticket to the Denver Rare Beer Tasting III will be able to brag to friends that they got the chance to taste some of the rarest, most exotic and highly sought after brews in America, while chatting with some of craft beer’s most respected personalities. 100 percent of the net proceeds from the sales going towards the awareness mission of Pints for Prostates, a 501(c)3 non-profit charity founded by beer writer and prostate cancer survivor Rick Lyke. It is expected that more than two dozen rare beers will be poured during the three hour session.
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2nd Annual Beer for Boobs Brunch
September 30, 2011
(Fri)
Freshcraft - 1530 Blake Street
Denver, CO
Time: 9:30am - 11:30AM
Cost: $30
Come join the Ladies of Craft Beer as they clear up our hangovers from the Thursday night GABF session and help support breast cancer awareness. Guys also welcome to join the ladies. Ticket prices include access to buffet style brunch and discounted draft beer and bottles. 100% of the proceeds from the discounted beer will also go towards breast cancer charities. Tickets should be printed out and brought to the door, or can also be brought via mobile device.
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The Colorado Affair - Celebration of Rare Colorado Beer
September 30, 2011
(Fri)
Ghost Building Rooftop - 800 18th Street
Denver, CO
Time: 9:00pm - midnight
Cost: $50 + ticket fees
Presented by The Beer For Brains Foundation in conjunction with Breckenridge Brewery and Wynkoop Brewing Company. Join Beer For Brains at the Great American Beer Festival as we offer our first ever Colorado Beer event. The roof of the Ghost Building at 18th and Stout (inclement weather will bring us indoors) will be the sight of this event which will feature 20 or so Colorado beers and will benefit the Foundation. Light munchies and music will also be offered.
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