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October 2012 Colorado Beer Festivals Calendar

2012 Colorado Beer Festivals & Events Calendar
October 2012 Colorado Beer Festivals & Events

October 2012October brings the early snows, the last few Oktoberfests, Fall and early Winter seasonal beers and the end of the outdoor festival season. There are always plenty of drink and food events going on at most Colorado breweries and entertainment venues as well. This page will be updated often as news of upcoming events are announced.

Here is a list of the upcoming Colorado beer fests, beer dinners, tapping parties, seminars and related events for October 2012. 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.

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Gary Brewsey: Men's Beer Club
Every Monday Night
The Mayor of Old Town - 632 S. Mason St.
Fort Collins, CO
Time: 5:30pm - 6:45pm
Cost: $5 taster flight
Join the growing number of men who meet each week at The Mayor of Old Town to talk beer and learn about it's history, the styles and how it's made. Select samples from the 100 different beers on tap each week.
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Beer Bettys: Ladies Only Beer Club
Every Tuesday Night
The Mayor of Old Town - 632 S. Mason St.
Fort Collins, CO
Time: 6:00pm
This free to join Ladies Only club meets every Tuesday at 6pm. They are a grass roots group of women who are interested in learning more about beer, it's history, the flavors and more. Sample from over 100 different beers on tap.
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October 2012 Oktoberfests in Colorado
Here is a list of known dates and cities hosting Oktoberfests this year. Many more will be added as they become known:

* Arvada - October 5-6, 2012 - Olde Town Arvada.
* Berthoud - October 6, 2012 - 11am to 6pm.
* Carbondale - October 5-6, 2012 - Celtic Fest & Oktoberfest combined.
* Castle Rock - October 6, 2012 - Festival Park. 
* Colorado Springs - October 19-21 - Security Service Field.
* Erie - Rods & Wings Day / Oktoberfest - October 6, 2012.
* Grand Junction - October 6, 2012 - downtown - 10am - 10pm.
* La Veta - October 6, 2012 - on Main Street. 

* Littleton - October 19-20, 2012 - courtyard in the Jvation building - betw. Santa Fe/Broadway.
* Montrose - October 6, 2012 - Centennial Plaza - 1pm - 6pm.
* Niwot - October 6, 2012 - Cottonwood Square - 2pm - 9pm.
* Ouray - October 6, 2012 - Ouray Community Center.

Denver Beer Fest
October 5-12, 2012 (Friday through Friday)
Denver Metro Area - various venues
Denver, CO
Time: Multiple events
Beer is booming in Denver! The city is packed with brewpubs, each boasting its own handcrafted takes on ales, stouts, lagers and all other sorts of suds. Go visit www.denver.org/denverbeerfest for a complete list of events and activities associated with the celebration of everything beer in Denver. There will be organized tours, dinners, tappings, parties and more! Something for every beer fan.

Cultivate - Food, Ideas & Music Festival
October 6, 2012 (Saturday)
City Park
Denver, CO
Time: 10:00am - 6:00pm
Cost: Free to attend, food and drink separate.
Cultivate is a celebration of delicious, sustainably raised food, where it comes from and the farmers who raise it. To that end, the farmers that are supplying the food for Cultivate are here as well − because understanding the connection between farms and the food we eat is essential to creating a better food supply and a more sustainable future. There will also be free live music concerts all day long and a big Brewer's Hall tent set up with beer and wine from all over Colorado including 11 breweries. Listen to presentations from chefs and local farms, enjoy great food and have some fun outdoors in the park. 


2012 ProAm Beer Fundraiser - Trips for Kids
October 6, 2012 (Saturday)
Coalesce Design & Fabrication - 1930 Central Ave, Suite A-1
Boulder, CO
Time: 2pm to 10pm
Cost: $35 donation entry fee
This fundraiser brings many scrumptious beers including Boulder Beers, Avery, Asher, Mountain Sun, Oskar Blues, Upslope, along with some amazing home-brewers! They also will be providing food including McDevitt Taco Supply, BeauJo's Pizza and some phenomenal concoctions from Master Chef John Mann. For your donation entry of $35, you get all you can drink and eat and dance! Live Bluegrass music will begin shortly after the beer begins to flow. A live DJ set will end the night with some serious dancing.

GABF Week at Falling Rock Tap House
October 8 - 13, 2012 (Monday - Saturday)
Falling Rock Tap House - 1919 Blake Street
Denver, CO
Time: (see schedule)
Cost: By the beer or special event.
The countdown clock is once again nearing 0:00:000 for the annual celebration that happens around the Great American Beer Festival. Special events and tappings are being planned all week long. It all starts on Monday, October 8th and runs through Saturday, October 13th. Tappings from Great Divide, Elysian Brewing, St. Martin, AC Golden, 50/50 Brewing, Odell, Boulder Beer, Rogue, Oskar Blues, Sun King, Sierra Nevada, Boulevard, Green Flash, Cigar City, Anderson Valley, Stone Brewing, the CHEERS event, Avery Brewing, English beers, Firestone Walker, and New Belgium. Even more being planned so stay tuned.

Funk, Farmhouse & Firkins: GABF Kick-Off Party
October 9, 2012 (Tuesday)
Trinity Brewing Company - 1466 Garden of the Gods
Colorado Springs, CO
Time: Noon til ???
Cost: Per beer.
Whether you are attending this years GABF or not, you DON'T want to miss this 4th Annunal GABF Kick Off Tapping: Funk, Farmhouse, & Firkin! Trinity Brewing will be tapping an array of those funky Saisons that we have all grown to love as well as a few other special treats! Over 12 different Saisons to choose from.

FW Lion Bear BrewmasterThe Lion, The Bear & The Brewmaster
October 10, 2012 (Wednesday)
Mile High Station
Denver, CO
Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Cost: $75 per person includes logo snifter and beer/food tasting.
It's a big kick-off before the GABF! Come to a special evening of food, beer and banter with Firestone Walker Brewing Company. Chef Hosea Rosenberg (winner of Top Chef Season 5) has prepared some awesome food pairings. Get a vertical library tasting of four rare, sold-out Firestone Walker anniversary ales: XII, XIII, XIV and XV, plus the debut of Firestone Walker's 2012 anniversary ale: XVI. Listen and talk with Adam Firestone, David walker and Brewmaster Matt Brynildson as they reveal stories and scuttle from inside the brewery. Get tickets at fwdenver.eventbrite.com

Colorado Rare Beer Tasting
October 10, 2012 (Wednesday)
Rackhouse Pub - 208 South Kalamath Street
Denver, CO
Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Cost: $35 per person.
Come sample some freakishly exotic rare beer from your favorite Colorado breweries at the Rackhouse Pub’s 2012 Colorado Rare Beer Tasting. Miss out and you will never forgive yourself! One night only, at the Rackhouse Pub on October 10, 2012 from 6-9pm.
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Beers Brats and BurlesqueBeers, Brats & Burlesque
October 10, 2012 (Wednesday)
Lannie's Clocktower Caberet - 16th Street Mall downtown
Denver, CO
Time: 7:00pm
Cost: $35 per person.
Avery Brewing is teaming up with Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret the night before GABF for an evening of Beers, Brats & Burlesque on October 10th at 7pm. For $35, get 9 beers, all you can eat brats, and watch nine burlesque dancers. Avery Brewing will guide you through a selection of delicious brews as the Clocktower Clockettes delight and amuse you with fun, flirty burlesque dancing and off-the-cuff comedy. Lannie's is on the 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver just a few blocks from the GABF. Ticket available at www.lannies.com.

2012 GABFGreat American Beer Festival
October 11-13, 2012 (Thursday - Saturday)
Colorado Convention Center
Denver, CO
Time: Thurs, Fri, Sat evening 5:30pm - 10pm, Sat. afternoon 12pm - 4pm.
Cost: SOLD OUT!!!
One of the biggest beer festivals in the world! Four sessions, near 450 breweries, over 2400+ beers. This is the 31st annual GABF. Nearly 50,000 people will attend and volunteer for this event. Tickets will sell out early. Public Tickets available starting August 2nd, 2012. Put this event on your beer bucket must-see list.
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Avery Midnight Breakfast
October 11, 2012 (Thursday)
Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen - 1317 14th Street.
Denver, CO
Time: 11:00pm
Cost: $103.45 including service fee.
A late night beer breakfast pairing of epic proportions. The first night of the GABF. If you are a night owl and still have energy left after the first session of the GABF then head to Euclid Hall. They guarantee you won't go away hungry plus you'll get to try several rare Avery beers!
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Brews Cruise Rendezbrew
October 11, 2012 (Thursday)
Breckenridge Brewery - Kalamath St.
Denver, CO
Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Cost: $15 for unlimited samples and a brat.
Here's a special pre-GABF tasting event at the brewery. Breweries from each of the cities that Brews Cruise serves will be there pouring their beer including: Denver, Asheville NC, Atlanta GA, Bend OR and Charleston SC.

Pucker Up Poker Run
October 12, 2012 (Friday)
Falling Rock Tap House - 1919 Blake Street
Denver, CO
Time: 11:00am to 5:00pm
Cost: $45
On the 2nd day of GABF, join the crews from Avery Brewing Company and Denver Off the Wagon for a crazy crawl among five of Denver's premier pubs. At each stop, you will get a 4oz pour of a rare, barrel-aged sour beer, a 6oz pour of a palate cleansing beer, and a playing card. The best poker hand at the end of the run wins a prize! Everyone will meet at Falling Rock Tap House at 11am and split up into groups to visit Lucky Pie Pizza & Tap House, Highland Tap & Burger, Euclid Hall, and finish at Star Bar. Dress up in your wildest outfit, and bike or walk to each location - but don't drink and drive. Get tickets at TicketAlternative.

Denver Rare Beer Tasting IV
October 12, 2012 (Friday)
Wynkoop Brewing Company - 1634 18th Street
Denver, CO
Time: 1pm - 4pm (estimate)
Cost: $100 - Tickets on sale June 17th at noon & include glass, t-shirt and buffet lunch.
The Denver Rare beer Tasting IV will take place on October 12th 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 IV 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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The Colorado Affair, A Celebration of Colorado Beer
October 12, 2012 (Friday)
Ghost Plate & Tap - 800 18th Street
Denver, CO
Time: 9:00pm - 12:00am
Cost: $50 per person. 
The Beer for Brains Foundation will be hosting the 2nd annual beer festival The Colorado Affair at the Ghost Plate and Tap in Denver, CO on Friday, October 12th from 9pm to midnight. This event is co-sponsored by Breckenridge Brewery and Wynkoop Brewing Company and will feature not only beer but also some light appetizers. Beers include: Breckenridge Well Built ESB, Breckenridge Barrel Aged Christmas Ale, Breckenridge Porter's Pride (meant only for GABF winners), Ska Brewing Hoperation Ivy, Colorado Cider Grasshop-ah (a hopped cider), and Elevation Beer's Apis IV. They will also have barrel aged specialties from over a dozen other breweries. The cost is $50/pp and limited to about 70 people. Check out http://www.thebeerforbrainsfoundation.org/ for details.

Alpha King Challenge 2012
October 12, 2012 (Friday)
Rock Bottom Brewery - 1001 16th Street #100
Denver, CO
Time: 1:00pm 4:00pm
Cost: Free to watch
While many will contend, only one will earn the crown. The Alpha King Challenge is a battle of the brews! Since 1999, Hopunion LLC, along with Brewing News Publications and Three Floyds Brewing Company, has been scouring the country for the best hop-laden beers in the land. Each year, a team of brewers and veteran beer writers test the vigor of each year’s hoppy findings and crown a new Alpha King, deeming his beer to be the holy grail of well-balanced and drinkable, yet highly-hopped ales. Named in honor of Three Floyd’s Alpha King Pale Ale, the Alpha King Challenge is an annual competition held during the Great American Beer FestivalSM and is open to commercially licensed breweries throughout the United States. Entries are judged on overall quality and balance of flavor, and must have a minimum 60 IBUs (no barley wines allowed). Brewers, home brewers, and beer fans alike are all invited to join in as they crown the new king. We will be highlighting and sampling each of the 100+ hop laden entries over the course of the challenge. This is your chance to witness the ultimate Battle of the Brews.
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Chili Cookoff
October 13, 2012 (Saturday)
Golden City Brewery - 920 12th Street
Golden, CO
Time: 12pm - 4pm
Cost: TBA
This is a benefit event with chili competitions and tastings and of course plenty of Golden City beers. Proceeds to help the Golden Food Bank. More info at (303) 279-8092.
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Epic Brewing Hangover Buffet and Tap Takeover
October 14, 2012 (Sunday)
Oskar Blues Home Made Liquids & Solids - 1555 S. Hover
Longmont, CO
Time: 10am - 1pm
Cost: TBD - beers separate.
Join Epic Brewing for a Sunday brunch at OBHMLS. They will have 12 different beers available including the extremely rare Big Bad Baptist Imperial Coffee Stout. Kevin Crompton, head brewer, will be there to kick off the fun and start getting you rehab'ed from GABF.

F-Town Gear Down Bike Festival
October 19-21, 2012 (Friday - Sunday)
Fruita, CO
Time: All weekend
Cost: TBA
Three wild days of mountain and road biking events, bike vendors, live music and beer. Formerly called the "Bikes, Bands & Beer Festival". More details coming soon.
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OktoberFest at Carbondale Beer Works
October 20, 2012 (Saturday)
Carbondale Beer Works - 647 Main Street
Carbondale, CO
Time: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Cost: $10 suggested donation at the door for fundraiser.
Come listen to 4 live bands from 4pm to 10pm, drink lots of great craft beer, feast on some scrumptious food and participate in a silent auction to benefit the Thompson Divide Coalition. More info: (970) 355-4223 or at savethompsondivide.org.

Barrel-Aged Fest - Monument Beer Week
October 22, 2012 (Monday)
Pikes Peak Brewing (barrel room) - 1756 Lake Woodmoor Dr.
Monument, CO
Time: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
Cost: Per beer.
Choose from 25+ rare barrel-aged beers. Join in at the new PPBC Barrel Room for an opportunity to experience a wide variety of unique barrel-aged craft brews. No reservations are required - just a thirst. 

Trinity Brewing Halloween Costume Party
October 27, 2012 (Saturday) 
Trinity Brewing Company - 1466 Garden of the Gods
Colorado Springs, CO
Time: 5pm to close
Cost: Per beer. 
It's their annual Halloween Costume Party! Come dressed up in your best costume. First place costume will receive a $100 Trinity gift card! 

Grimm Brothers Monster Mash Bash
October 27, 2012 (Saturday)
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse - 623 Denver Ave. 
Loveland, CO
Time: 12pm to 9pm
Cost: Per beer.
Looking for some Halloween fun? Come to the Grimm Brothers Monster Mash Bash on Saturday, October 27th from noon to 9pm at the taproom. There'll be a costume contest for the best Grimm Brother's story character and best overall costume, a Mummy Rap Race, Pin the beer on Frankogrimm, and a special release of Orange Griffin - a pumpkin spiced hefeweizen. Games, prizes and more!

Rackhouse Pub 3rd Anniversary Party
October 27, 2012 (Saturday)
Rackhouse Pub - 208 S. Kalamath Street
Denver, CO
Time: All day
Cost: Per beverage.
Batten down the hatches! They're celebrating their 3rd anniversary with a Dry Dock Brewing Tap Takeover. Come dressed in your best costume and compete in the contest. Live music by the Goat Ropers starting at 10pm. No cover. Dry Dock will be bringing some of their best and rare beers. Don't miss out.

FCB's Halloween Party 2012
October 31, 2012 (Wednesday)
The Fort Collins Brewery - 1020 E. Lincoln Ave.
Fort Collins, CO
Time: 4:00pm to 9:00pm
Cost: Free to attend.
It's their annual Halloween celebration. Come in your best costume. There will be live music from "The Band Wagon", food from Gravity 1020, Carnival Games, a Costume Contest at 7pm, and an award for the best FCB-themed costume as well. Kid friendly fun - bring them.

Avery Tap Room Halloween Costume Party
October 31, 2012 (Wednesday)
Avery Brewing - 5763 Arapahoe
Boulder, CO
Time: 11:00am to 11:00pm
Cost: Free to attend. Beer extra.
Start your Halloween night off in their alley with the Avery Tap Room Halloween Costume Party! The best costumes from each category...scary, best pun, and beer-themed...will win beer to take home! (Remember, they must be able to see your face to ID you!) Scary silent movies in the Barrel-Aging Cellar and costume judging at 7pm.

Shamrockin' Halloween Shindig
October 31, 2012 (Wednesday)
Shamrock Brewing Co - 108 W. 3rd Street
Pueblo, CO
Time: 8:00pm to close
Cost: Free to attend. Beer extra.
Join in for the Shamrockin' Halloween Shindig! Halloween Night Starting at 8 pm. They're having a pumpkin carving/ decorating competition (entries must be at the Shamrock by 5 pm October 27, winners announced at the beginning of the shindig. Winners recieve a $50 gift card for best carved and best decorated pumpkin! They're also having a Killer Costume Contest! The best costume gets $100 ($50 cash $50 gift card). And starting at 9 they have The Change Agents playing! Great music, Great beer! Great fun! and un-boo-lievable drink specials!

Other events anticipated:
- 9th Annual Gorilla Run - Wynkoop Brewing - Denver - October 27th 11am.

Related articles:
- November 2012 Colorado Beer Festivals Calendar.
- December 2012 Colorado Beer Festivals Calendar.
- 2012 Colorado Beer Festivals & Events Calendar.

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