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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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1. Call to Arms Brewing Company

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4526 Tennyson St
Denver, CO 80212
(720) 328-8258
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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

2. Hops & Pie

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3920 Tennyson St
Denver, CO 80212
(303) 477-7000
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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

3. Black Shirt Brewing Co

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3719 Walnut St
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 993-2799
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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

4. Colorado Sake Co.

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3559 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205
(720) 449-6963
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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

5. Julep

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3258 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 295-8977
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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

6. Avanti Food and Beverage

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3200 N Pecos St
Denver, CO 80211
(720) 269-4778
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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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7. Ratio Beerworks

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2920 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 997-8288
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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.
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8. Ale House

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2501 16th St
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 433-9734
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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

9. Cervecería Colorado

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1635 Platte St
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 279-8248
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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

10. Hearth & Dram

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1801 Wewatta St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 623-0979
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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

11. Mercantile Dining and Provision

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1701 Wynkoop St #155
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 460-3733
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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

12. Thirsty Lion Gastropub - Union Station

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1605 Wynkoop St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 623-0316
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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.

13. SOWN Together Beer Tasting

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1485 Delgany St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 298-7554
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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.

View of MCA Denver
MCA Denver/Facebook

14. GABF Brewery Bus Loop

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1139 20th St
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 689-2337
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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
Spangalang Brewery/ Facebook

15. Osteria Marco

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1453 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 534-5855
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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

16. MOXY

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240 Josephine St
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 463-6699
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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
MOXY

1. Call to Arms Brewing Company

4526 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212
The limited-supply tapping starts at noon.
Call to Arms/Facebook

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.

4526 Tennyson St
Denver, CO 80212

2. Hops & Pie

3920 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212
Taps available at 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.

3920 Tennyson St
Denver, CO 80212

3. Black Shirt Brewing Co

3719 Walnut St, Denver, CO 80205
A shot of a BSB IPA
Black Shirt Brewing/Facebook

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.

3719 Walnut St
Denver, CO 80205

4. Colorado Sake Co.

3559 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205
Try something new this GABF week.
Colorado Sake Co./Facebook

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.

3559 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205

5. Julep

3258 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205
Beer Can Chicken
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.

3258 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205

6. Avanti Food and Beverage

3200 N Pecos St, Denver, CO 80211
A packed patio at Avanti F + B
Avanti F + B/Facebook

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.

3200 N Pecos St
Denver, CO 80211

7. Ratio Beerworks

2920 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205
Ratio Beerworks is ready for GABF.
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.

2920 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205

8. Ale House

2501 16th St, Denver, CO 80211
Action shots from last year’s Can-Wood Derby
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.

2501 16th St
Denver, CO 80211

9. Cervecería Colorado

1635 Platte St, Denver, CO 80202
Cervecería Colorado
Cervecería Colorado/Facebook

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.

1635 Platte St
Denver, CO 80202

10. Hearth & Dram

1801 Wewatta St, Denver, CO 80202
Hearth & Dram
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.

1801 Wewatta St
Denver, CO 80202

11. Mercantile Dining and Provision

1701 Wynkoop St #155, Denver, CO 80202
Mercantile Dining and Provision
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.

1701 Wynkoop St #155
Denver, CO 80202

12. Thirsty Lion Gastropub - Union Station

1605 Wynkoop St, Denver, CO 80202

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.

1605 Wynkoop St
Denver, CO 80202

13. SOWN Together Beer Tasting

1485 Delgany St, Denver, CO 80202
View of MCA Denver
MCA Denver/Facebook

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.

1485 Delgany St
Denver, CO 80202

14. GABF Brewery Bus Loop

1139 20th St, Denver, CO 80202
Spangalang Brewery
Spangalang Brewery/ Facebook

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.

1139 20th St
Denver, CO 80202

15. Osteria Marco

1453 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80202
Osteria Marco
Osteria Marco/Facebook

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.

1453 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80202

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16. MOXY

240 Josephine St, Denver, CO 80206
MOXY
MOXY

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.

240 Josephine St
Denver, CO 80206

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