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From Beers Made By Walking to 50 Firkins to Midnight Breakfasts, This Is The Best Of Denver Beer Fest

Great American Beer Festival 2012
Great American Beer Festival 2012
Photo: Adam Larkey

It's that time again when the great beer pilgrimage is made to our fair Mile High City. If you were lucky enough to get a ticket to the Great American Beer Festival, then hydrate. If you're still deciding what to do, here's a list of Eater's most anticipated Denver Beer Fest events around town.

1400 MILES
When: October 7 and 8
Where: Upslope Brewing, Black Shirt Brewing
What: The 1400 miles ride is a 14-day event with 100 mile bike rides across the country, with all proceeds supporting Pints For Prostates. Kick off the week tonight with a couple beers at Boulder's Upslope Brewing. Then after a good night's sleep head back to the brewery for the bike race in the morning, or take an extra day to sleep off the beers and ride 100 miles in Denver (beginning at Black Shirt Brewing) on Wednesday.
More info and tickets: To register and for more information visit

When: October 7, 8, and 9
Where: Stoney's Bar and Grill, 1111 Lincoln Street
What: This year Stoney's Bar and Grill presents an unforgettable line up of beer events, including a cocktail competition with California's Sierra Nevada Brewing tonight, a vintage beer night showcasing beers from Alaskan Brewing Company, and a Thursday night double tap takeover showdown between Odell Brewing and New Belgium called The Battle of Fort Collins.
More info and tickets: For more details click here.

When: Tuesday October 8; 5 to 9 p.m.
Where: Wynkoop Brewing, 1634 18th Street
What: This week marks the Denver debut of Beers Made By Walking, a program started by Colorado Springs art professor Eric Steen that invites brewers to make beer inspired by nature hikes and urban walks. Wynkoop will be serving ten BMBW creations.
More info and tickets: For more information go to

When: Tuesday October 8; sunset at 6:59 p.m.
Where: Euclid Hall, 1317 14th Street
What: This grandiose event features rare beers and spirits from Central Coast brewer Firestone Walker Brewing Company and local distilling legend Leopold Bros. paired with eight courses from the culinary team at Euclid Hall. The larger-than-life menu created by Chef Jorel Pierce includes items like oysters with vanilla lime granita, salmon tartare, pheasant served with caramelized squash, and juniper-rubbed venison haunch.
More info and tickets: Tickets are $100 per person including tax and gratuity, and can be purchased here.

When: Tuesday October 8; 6:30 p.m.
Where: BRU Handbuilt Ales & Eats, 5290 Arapahoe Unit 1
What: In celebration of the Great American Beer Festival, chef and brewer Ian Clark will prepare this celebration of all things food and beer at his new restaurant and brewery BRU Handbuilt Ales & Eats in Boulder. The multi-course meal includes wood oven diver scallops, curried black garbanzo bean soup, and shrimp and mussels with sweet potato kimchi.
More info and tickets: Tickets cost $55 per person and can be reserved by calling 720.638.5193.

When: Wednesday October 9, 12 to 5 p.m.
Where: Euclid Hall, 1317 14th Street
What: Get an all-access pass to this food and beer pairing celebration, or enjoy it á la carte. Pairings include bleu cheese, cashew, strawberry popcorn with Deschutes Barleywine, and tangerine and hop flavored cotton candy paired with Hop Henge Experimental IPA.
More info and tickets: All-access tickets are $60 per person or $80 at the door. They can be purchased here.

When: Wednesday October 9, 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: World of Beer, 660 Colorado Blvd.
What: Odell Brewing will host this first annual Barrel Aged Competition where thirty breweries, large and small, will compete for a dedicated draft line in Odell's bar for the year.
More info and tickets: Unlimited tastes of the competition beers cost $45. Click here for details.

When: Wednesday October 9, 6 p.m.
Where: Mizuna, 225 E 7th Avenue
What: Join Master Cicerone Rich Higgins on the eve of the Great American Beer Festival for a five-course beer dinner executed by Mizuna executive chef Stephen McCary with transatlantic beer pairings. Each course will be paired with both a U.S. and imported craft beer of the same style.
More info and tickets: Tickets cost $95 per person. Call Mizuna for reservations at 303.832.4778.

When: Wednesday, October 9, 6 p.m.
Where: OAK at fourteenth, 1400 Pearl Street
What: OAK at fourteenth in Boulder will host its 3rd annual fall roast, themed Beer & Berkshire, that features a pork-centric menu that has been paired with beers from Los Angeles' Golden Road Brewing and Lyons' Oskar Blues Brewery.
More info and tickets: The dinner is $65 per person. Reservations can be made by calling the restaurant at 303.444.3622.

When: Thursday October 10, 3 to 11 p.m.
Where: Epic Brewing, 3001 Walnut Street
What: This event features 50 unique cask ales that showcase Epic's considerable beer selection and the creativity of its brewers. VIP passes include a gift bag with tasting glass, event t-shirt and a food voucher.
More info and tickets: Click here for more information.

When: Thursday October 10, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Central Bistro and Bar, 1691 Central Street
What: Meet the brewers from San Diego's famous Green Flash for a guided tasting that includes four courses and five beers. One of the beers is Green Flash's very rare Serrano chili double stout.
More info and tickets: Tickets are $49 per person and can be reserved by calling 303.477.4582.

When: Thursday October 10; 6 to 9:30 p.m.
Where: Renegade Publik House, 2043 S. University Blvd.
What: Enjoy an unlimited tasting of a collection of barleywines from all over the country, including Avery Hog Heaven, Strange Brewing Dr. Strangelove, and Great Divide Old Rufian.
More info and tickets: Tickets cost $30 and include a full-size commemorative glass. Click here for more information.

When: Thursday October 10, 10:30 p.m.
Where: Freshcraft, Blake Street
What: Post GABF-session, Ska Brewing and their sister company Peach Street Distillers host will host this second annual bash that will feature several of Ska's beers on tap, a barrel-aged cocktail, and other cocktails that showcase Peach Street's spirits. Freshcraft stays open until 2 a.m. for this party.
More info and tickets: For details visit

When: Thursday October 10, 11 p.m.
Where: Euclid Hall, 1317 14th Street
What: Following the first GABF session, Euclid Hall will prepare a beer breakfast of epic proportions with nine courses. Dishes by Chef Jorel Pierce include benedict, a Bloody Joe cocktail, lyonnaise potatoes, braised eggs, brown butter shortbread and many more surprises.
More info and tickets: Tickets cost $100 and can be purchased here.

When: Friday October 11, 3 to 9 p.m.
Where: Denver Beer Co. Barrel Room,
What: Denver Beer Co. is collaborating with four breweries from across the nation, and closing down the street in front of the brewery to celebrate. Enjoy bands, food trucks and collaboration beers with Pizza Port Brewing Company (California), Rahr & Sons Brewing Company (Texas), Saranac Brewery (New York) and Telluride Brewing Co. (Colorado).
More info and tickets: For more information visit

When: Friday October 11, 6 p.m.
Where: Sherman Street Event Center, 1770 Sherman Street
What: In collaboration with Funk n' Wild, Crooked Stave will present the What The Funk?! festival, showcasing the barrel-aged, the wild, the sour, and the funky. Crooked Stave's Chad Yakobson will be joined by brewers from all over the country, including Portland's Cascade Brewery, California-based The Bruery, and local companies like AC Golden and Hogshead Brewery, to present beers push the boundaries of style, often blurring the lines between beer, wine, and spirits.
More info and tickets: For more information, visit

When: Saturday October 12; 1 to 10 p.m.
Where: River North Brewing, 2401 Blake St #1
What: River North closes out GABF with a clean slate, and that means emptying the cellar. Anything barrel-aged or limited that's been collecting dust in the cellar will be up for grabs, including Anniversary Ale #1, Barrel Reserve 2013, whiskey-aged Hello Darkness, Rum Barrel Quandary, B-Side Quandary and more.
More info and tickets: For details visit

When: Sunday October 13, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Linger, 2030 W 30th Avenue
What: Oskar Blues and Linger restaurant team up for a post-GABF breakfast in which 25 percent of all food sales will go to the Oskar Blues' new Can'd Aid Foundation, launched to support victims of Colorado's flooding. Free Mama's Little Yella Pills on the house while supplies last.
More info and tickets: For reservations call 303.993.3120.

When: Saturday October 12, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Flatiron Park, 1898 Flatiron Court
What: Enjoy brunch in Boulder on Upslope, Aussie-style, as the brewery grills eggs, sausage, hot dogs, and brats to celebrate the last day of the 2013 Great American Beer Festival. Expect specialty brews and featuring trivia every hour on the hour with prizes.
More info and tickets: Click here for more information.

When: Saturday October 12, 11 a.m.
Where: Lou's Food Bar, 1851 W 38th Avenue
What: Toast to the final day of GABF over brunch with Prost Brewing Company, Denver's most talked about German-style brewery. Lou's Food Bar executive chef Mike Peshek will serve a four-course brunch spread paired with signature beers from Prost.
More info and tickets: Tickets cost $40 per person. Call Lou's Food Bar for reservations at 303.458.0336.

Note: this is not an exhaustive list, as the number of events taking place around town this coming week is staggering. Stay tuned on Eater this week for more events, or check out event lists via Denver Off The Wagon, the Denver Beer Fest website, and the Brewers Association.

· Denver's 14 It-List Breweries To Visit During GABF [EDen]
· The Great American Beer Festival Costume Extravaganza [EDen]
· Guide To GABF From The Pro's Corner [EDen]
· Seven Step Program To The Great American Beer Festival [EDen]

Upslope Brewery

1501 Lee Hill Road, Boulder, CO 80304 303-449-2911

Epic Brewing Denver

3001 Walnut Street, Denver, CO 80205

Prost Brewing

2540 19th Street, Denver, CO 80211 303 729 1175 Visit Website

Euclid Hall

1317 14th St, , CO 80202 (303) 595-4255 Visit Website