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At local breweries like Ratio, beer drinkers will find special events happening all week long
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16 GABF Events to Find Around the Beer Festival

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At local breweries like Ratio, beer drinkers will find special events happening all week long
| Ratio Beerworks [official]

Six days of beer events and more than 4,000 brews means one thing: The Great American Beer Festival is back. From Thursday September 20 to Saturday September 22, fans can break out the pretzel necklaces (and tickets are still available for the festival). But starting on Monday, they can say goodbye to responsibilities for the week. Here, a list of 16 GABF-related events. If these options aren’t enough to fill the calendar, check out the full list of things happening around GABF here.

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Call to Arms Brewing Company

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Call to Arms brewery hosts a Catalina Wine Mixer, complete with taps from Cellar West Brewing Co., TRVE Brewing Co., and Westbound & Down Brewery. The event will pay homage to different brewing techniques and the modern classic “Step Brothers”; the tapping begins at 12 p.m. on Thursday.

The limited-supply tapping starts at noon.
Call to Arms/Facebook

Hops & Pie

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Hops & Pie honors the Great American Beer Festival from Thursday, September 20 throughout Saturday, September 22. Thursday features multiple beers and blends from Casey Brewing & Blending; on Friday, California brewers will share the Hops & Pie spotlight before the restaurant wraps up on Saturday with brews from eight different GABF breweries.

Taps available at Hops & Pie

Black Shirt Brewing Co

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Black Shirt Brewing celebrates citra beers on Friday, September 21. The CITRAfest tap takeover features eight beers to help guests explore how the hop shines across a variety of styles. The evening will highlight Colorado beers alongside hoppy brews from California, Oregon, and Washington. Pours start at 6 p.m. and will run until 11 p.m.

A shot of a BSB IPA
Black Shirt Brewing/Facebook

Colorado Sake Co.

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Colorado’s newest — and only — sake distillery offers up four unique sake-beer infusions combining its locally brewed sake with different hop varieties on Wednesday afternoon.

Try something new this GABF week.
Colorado Sake Co./Facebook

The popular southern-style restaurant hosts a beer can dinner each night of the Great American Beer Festival. A $65 ticket gets duos an appetizer, main course, two sides, and optional beer pairings. Dinner concludes with chocolate stout cupcakes.

Beer Can Chicken
Julep

Avanti Food and Beverage

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Avanti F + B dives into the Great American Beer Festival on both Wednesday and Thursday. Wednesday’s kickoff party includes tasters from four local favorites: Ratio, Outer Range, New Image, and Elevation, while Thursday brings a karaoke night punctuated with special Dogfish Head brews.

A packed patio at Avanti F + B
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Ratio Beerworks

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Visitors and locals alike are invited to Ratio for a pre-GABF pampered afternoon on September 19. Guests can get massages, relax on hammocks, enjoy free snacks and ice cream before the debauchery fully begins.

Ratio Beerworks is ready for GABF.
Facebook / Ratio Beerworks

Ale House

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The third annual Can-Wood Derby starts at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, September 18. The free event supplies partygoers with all the supplies they need to create their own can-wood car. Before the race, racers can gain some liquid courage at happy hour and pre-GABF tastings.

Action shots from last year’s Can-Wood Derby
Ale House

Cervecería Colorado

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Guests can expect eight collaborative beers here, brewed with inspiration and ingredients from esteemed Mexican breweries, while watching Lucha Libre Mexican pro-wrestling and live art demonstrations. Check out the event page for more details about the festive Friday event.

Cervecería Colorado
Cervecería Colorado/Facebook

Hearth & Dram

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The Union Station whiskey joint embraces beer while the Great American Beer Festival is in town. On Wednesday, September 19, Hearth & Dram will partner with with San Diego’s Green Flash Brewing for a four-course paired dinner featuring a wild salmon tataki and scallop poke.

Hearth & Dram
Hearth & Dram

Mercantile Dining and Provision

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The fourth annual Mercantile invitational chef/brewery paired dinner kicks off on September 19. The five-course dinner will be prepared by five esteemed chefs and coupled with five brews from Russian River Brewing Company and the Beachwood Brewery. All-inclusive tickets are $150 per person.

Mercantile Dining and Provision
Mercantile Dining and Provision

Thirsty Lion Gastropub - Union Station

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Both Thirsty Lion locations are offering legacy flights, packed with winners from previous Great American Beer Festivals, including Dry Dock’s 2012 winning apricot blonde and Telluride Brewing’s Face Down Brown from 2014. The Legacy Flight is available from September 1 through 30.

SOWN Together Beer Tasting

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Breweries united by the common goal of using local ingredients gather at the Museum of Contemporary Art in LoDo on Saturday, September 22, for a rooftop tasting. Local favorites include Goldspot Brewing Company, Our Mutual Friend, and TRVE Brewing. Tickets start at $30.

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GABF Brewery Bus Loop

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For only $5, beer enthusiasts can get rides to Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery, Woods Boss Brewing, Spangalang Brewing, Baere Brewing, and the Intrepid Sojourner Beer Project during the afternoon of September 20. Tickets available at participating breweries only.

Spangalang Brewery
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Osteria Marco

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It’s the seventh year of plenty of pig and plenty of hoppy beers at Osteria Marco. Ska Brewing is this year’s featured brewer; four Ska beers will be paired alongside four pork-heavy courses. Tickets start at $45. Interested diners can call (303) 534-5855 to reserve seats for the Tuesday dinner.

Osteria Marco
Osteria Marco/Facebook

The Cherry Creek hotel celebrates the launch of the multi-day festival with Pug Ryan’s Brewing and a party on Thursday, September 20, from 4 to 8 p.m. Guests can bring their pup, sip on Brut IPA and Pug Ryan’s Pilsner, and snag swag.

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Call to Arms Brewing Company

Call to Arms brewery hosts a Catalina Wine Mixer, complete with taps from Cellar West Brewing Co., TRVE Brewing Co., and Westbound & Down Brewery. The event will pay homage to different brewing techniques and the modern classic “Step Brothers”; the tapping begins at 12 p.m. on Thursday.

The limited-supply tapping starts at noon.
Call to Arms/Facebook

Hops & Pie

Hops & Pie honors the Great American Beer Festival from Thursday, September 20 throughout Saturday, September 22. Thursday features multiple beers and blends from Casey Brewing & Blending; on Friday, California brewers will share the Hops & Pie spotlight before the restaurant wraps up on Saturday with brews from eight different GABF breweries.

Taps available at Hops & Pie

Black Shirt Brewing Co

Black Shirt Brewing celebrates citra beers on Friday, September 21. The CITRAfest tap takeover features eight beers to help guests explore how the hop shines across a variety of styles. The evening will highlight Colorado beers alongside hoppy brews from California, Oregon, and Washington. Pours start at 6 p.m. and will run until 11 p.m.

A shot of a BSB IPA
Black Shirt Brewing/Facebook

Colorado Sake Co.

Colorado’s newest — and only — sake distillery offers up four unique sake-beer infusions combining its locally brewed sake with different hop varieties on Wednesday afternoon.

Try something new this GABF week.
Colorado Sake Co./Facebook

Julep

The popular southern-style restaurant hosts a beer can dinner each night of the Great American Beer Festival. A $65 ticket gets duos an appetizer, main course, two sides, and optional beer pairings. Dinner concludes with chocolate stout cupcakes.

Beer Can Chicken
Julep

Avanti Food and Beverage

Avanti F + B dives into the Great American Beer Festival on both Wednesday and Thursday. Wednesday’s kickoff party includes tasters from four local favorites: Ratio, Outer Range, New Image, and Elevation, while Thursday brings a karaoke night punctuated with special Dogfish Head brews.

A packed patio at Avanti F + B
Avanti F + B/Facebook

Ratio Beerworks

Visitors and locals alike are invited to Ratio for a pre-GABF pampered afternoon on September 19. Guests can get massages, relax on hammocks, enjoy free snacks and ice cream before the debauchery fully begins.

Ratio Beerworks is ready for GABF.
Facebook / Ratio Beerworks

Ale House

The third annual Can-Wood Derby starts at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, September 18. The free event supplies partygoers with all the supplies they need to create their own can-wood car. Before the race, racers can gain some liquid courage at happy hour and pre-GABF tastings.

Action shots from last year’s Can-Wood Derby
Ale House

Cervecería Colorado

Guests can expect eight collaborative beers here, brewed with inspiration and ingredients from esteemed Mexican breweries, while watching Lucha Libre Mexican pro-wrestling and live art demonstrations. Check out the event page for more details about the festive Friday event.

Cervecería Colorado
Cervecería Colorado/Facebook

Hearth & Dram

The Union Station whiskey joint embraces beer while the Great American Beer Festival is in town. On Wednesday, September 19, Hearth & Dram will partner with with San Diego’s Green Flash Brewing for a four-course paired dinner featuring a wild salmon tataki and scallop poke.

Hearth & Dram
Hearth & Dram

Mercantile Dining and Provision

The fourth annual Mercantile invitational chef/brewery paired dinner kicks off on September 19. The five-course dinner will be prepared by five esteemed chefs and coupled with five brews from Russian River Brewing Company and the Beachwood Brewery. All-inclusive tickets are $150 per person.

Mercantile Dining and Provision
Mercantile Dining and Provision

Thirsty Lion Gastropub - Union Station

Both Thirsty Lion locations are offering legacy flights, packed with winners from previous Great American Beer Festivals, including Dry Dock’s 2012 winning apricot blonde and Telluride Brewing’s Face Down Brown from 2014. The Legacy Flight is available from September 1 through 30.

SOWN Together Beer Tasting

Breweries united by the common goal of using local ingredients gather at the Museum of Contemporary Art in LoDo on Saturday, September 22, for a rooftop tasting. Local favorites include Goldspot Brewing Company, Our Mutual Friend, and TRVE Brewing. Tickets start at $30.

View of MCA Denver
MCA Denver/Facebook

GABF Brewery Bus Loop

For only $5, beer enthusiasts can get rides to Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery, Woods Boss Brewing, Spangalang Brewing, Baere Brewing, and the Intrepid Sojourner Beer Project during the afternoon of September 20. Tickets available at participating breweries only.

Spangalang Brewery
Spangalang Brewery/ Facebook

Osteria Marco

It’s the seventh year of plenty of pig and plenty of hoppy beers at Osteria Marco. Ska Brewing is this year’s featured brewer; four Ska beers will be paired alongside four pork-heavy courses. Tickets start at $45. Interested diners can call (303) 534-5855 to reserve seats for the Tuesday dinner.

Osteria Marco
Osteria Marco/Facebook

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The Cherry Creek hotel celebrates the launch of the multi-day festival with Pug Ryan’s Brewing and a party on Thursday, September 20, from 4 to 8 p.m. Guests can bring their pup, sip on Brut IPA and Pug Ryan’s Pilsner, and snag swag.

MOXY
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