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Guide to the Great American Beer Festival Tap Takeovers

Find out which sought-after breweries are pouring at bars and restaurants around town.

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Brewery representatives and beer enthusiasts from all over the world will take Denver by storm later this month for the biggest week of the year in the beer world. Great American Beer Festival may be sold out, but locals still have plentiful opportunities to celebrate the cause and drink craft beer at the following tap takeovers.

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1. Freshcraft

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1530 Blake St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 758-9608
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Freshcraft is an excellent place to celebrate GABF with some of the most rare tap takeovers in town including Cigar City, Casey Brewing & Blending, Firestone Walker, and Green Flash.
https://www.facebook.com/Freshcraft/photos/a.10150581767186603.379826.304022631602/10150581767216603/?type=1&theater

2. First Draft

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1309 26th St.
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 763-8400
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The first pour-it-yourself beer bar in Denver, First Draft, is doing tap takeovers throughout the weekend of GABF. Crooked Stave Artisans will take over on Thursday, September 24, and on Friday, September 25, pour yourself one of many rare and award-winning brews from California-based The Bruery. Ballast Point will rule the taps on Saturday, September 26.
https://www.facebook.com/firstdraftdenver/photos/pb.1492230854365152.-2207520000.1442425406./1615522665369303/?type=3&theater

3. Star Bar

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2137 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205
(720) 328-2420
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Local favorite craft-meets-dive-bar, Star Bar, is hosting a GABF kickoff event with Ratio Beerworks and Ska Brewing on Tuesday, September 22 starting at 8 p.m. The event will feature many-a-beer from each of the brewery sponsors as well as a karaoke cup. Star Bar will be running some killer tap takeovers throughout the weekend from acclaimed breweries like Bells.
https://www.facebook.com/StarBarDenver/photos/a.493350690688440.104493.107413252615521/652124381477736/?type=1&theater

4. Tap Fourteen

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1920 Blake St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 297-8279
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Tap XIV will host Left Hand Brewing Company in a rooftop tap takeover on Thursday, September 24 beginning at 9 p.m. Tap XIV is directly across the street from Falling Rock Tap House and features 70 Colorado beers on tap at all times.

5. World of Beer

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1555 Blake St Ste 102
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 534-2337
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World of Beer LoDo invites you to celebrate GABF with tap takeovers every night of the festival. Beginning on Thursday, September 24 with Evil Twin Brewing, Friday, September 25 with a lineup of all California-based breweries, and Saturday, September 26 with Left Hand and Odell. For more information on participating breweries and hours, check out World of Beer's Facebook.
https://www.facebook.com/woblodo/photos/pb.244561789077258.-2207520000.1442425805./340395962827173/?type=3&theater

6. Osteria Marco

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1453 Larimer St.
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 534-5855
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Frank Bonanno's Osteria Marco will have its taps taken over by Copper Kettle Brewing all week long with a very impressive lineup from the Denver-based brewery.
https://www.facebook.com/osteriamarco/photos/pb.43697674503.-2207520000.1442425914./10152865791884504/?type=3&theater

7. Russell's Smokehouse

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1422 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 524-8050
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Beginning Monday, September 21 and running all week long, Odell Brewing Co. will be taking over the taps at Larimer Square eatery, Russell's Smokehouse. Odell will bust out some old favorites as well as more rare breeds of their award-winning beer.
https://www.facebook.com/russellssmokehouse/photos/pb.166999013380313.-2207520000.1442426294./844849228928618/?type=3&theater

8. Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill

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1605 Wynkoop St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 623-0316
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This Union Station haunt will feature a tap takeover by New Belgium through September 18 showcasing some of the Fort Collins brewery's classics as well as more rare releases from the Lips of Faith series. September 19 - 26, Odell Brewing will be taking over the taps at Thirsty Lion.
https://www.facebook.com/thirstyliondenver/photos/pb.278146772332561.-2207520000.1442426699./565010323646203/?type=3&theater

9. Avanti F&B, a collective eatery

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Lohi's fantastic new food hall will be hosting various tap takeovers and events all throughout GABF weekend including an Odell tap takeover on Wednesday, September 23, Dogfish Head takeover Thursday, September 24, and Ratio Beerworks takeover on Friday, September 25.
https://www.facebook.com/avantifandbacollectiveeatery/photos/a.293473844176384.1073741826.290498621140573/401379616719139/?type=1&theater

10. Cedar Creek Pub

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2100 N Ursula St
Aurora, CO 80045
(303) 537-4124
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Against the Grain Brewery from Louisville, Kentucky will be taking over the taps at Cedar Creek Pub in Aurora beginning Monday, September 21.
https://www.facebook.com/Cedar.Creek.Pub/photos/pb.116984841719541.-2207520000.1442427281./897458803672137/?type=3&theater

11. Park Burger RiNo

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2615 Walnut St
Denver, CO 80205
(720) 381-0126
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Crooked Stave Artisans' distributing arm will be hosting a tap takeover at Park Burger RiNo on Tuesday, September 22 starting at noon. You can expect beers from Cascade, Bells, Almanac, Against the Grain, Prairie, Breakside, Societe, Green Bench, Crux, Ecliptic, Boneyard, Evil Twin, Jack's Abby, Oakshire, Fremont, Creature Comforts, Perennial, Two Roads, and more.
https://www.facebook.com/ParkBurgerRiverNorth/photos/pb.712013828845502.-2207520000.1442427595./865934966786720/?type=3&theater

12. Hops & Pie

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3920 Tennyson St
Denver, CO 80212
(303) 477-7000
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Hops & Pie is known for some of the most rare tap takeovers in town, and this GABF the Berkeley spot is showcasing some special stuff starting Wednesday, September 23 with rare beers from Crooked Stave Artisans distribution arm. Thursday, September 24 will bring a taste of Sun King Brewing to Denver. On Friday, September 25 starting at 11:30 a.m., one of the most sought after breweries in the country, Casey Brewing & Blending, will feature some of their finest brews on tap at Berkeley favorite, Hops & Pie.
https://www.facebook.com/HopsandPieCO/photos/a.444358502268908.99882.138817909489637/444803238891101/?type=1&theater

13. Falling Rock Tap House

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1919 Blake St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 293-8338
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Falling Rock is the uncontested grandfather of tap takeovers and GABF celebrations alike. There will be multiple tap takeovers by some of the best breweries in the country happening all week long at Falling Rock that are too plentiful to list here. Want a teaser? Melvin, Trinity, Rogue, Ballast Point, Anderson Valley, Boulevard, Cigar City, Dogfish Head, Bell's, Avery, Almanac, Firestone Walker, Casey brewing & Blending- to name a few.
https://www.facebook.com/FRTH1997/photos/pb.115418858481050.-2207520000.1442428627./905215052834756/?type=3&theater

14. To The Wind Bistro

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3333 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206
To The Wind Bistro on Colfax will be hosting some highly acclaimed local breweries in tap takeovers and pairings throughout the week. Guest taps will feature Ska Brewing, Strange Craft, Renegade, Black Shirt and TRVE.
https://www.facebook.com/tothewindbistro/photos/pb.610597838975507.-2207520000.1442430814./634443723257585/?type=3&theater

15. Lowdown Brewery+Kitchen

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800 N Lincoln St
Denver, CO 80203
(720) 524-8065
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Lowdown will be joining forces with Three Floyds Brewing on Thursday, September 24 for a tap takeover event starting at 5 p.m.
https://www.facebook.com/LowDownBrewery/photos/pb.456826637744688.-2207520000.1442431055./860924354001579/?type=3&theater

16. Lucky Pie Pizza & Tap House

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1610 16th St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 825-1021
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Not full blown takeovers, the tappings at this LoDo spot are not to be missed. Rare brews will be offered as follows: On 9/23, Ninkasi (from 2 to 4 p.m.), Sam Adams (5 to 9 p.m.); on 9:24, Bristol (7 p.m.), Almanac (9 to 11 p.m.); on 9/25, Oskar Blues (3 to 6 p.m.); on 9/26, Odell (12 to 3 p.m.) and Ballast Point (6 to 9 p.m.).
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17. Ace

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501 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 800-7705
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The Uptown spot is hoisting its annual Left Hand Brewery Tap Takeover and Brewers Ping Pong Tournament on Wednesday September 23. The takeover lasts all day and the tournament starts at 9 p.m. and goes until a winner is crowned. The tournament is held for brewers only but spectators will have no shortage of beer to drink while cheering for their favorite brewery!
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18. Backcountry Pizza & Tap House

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2319 Arapahoe Ave
Boulder, CO 80302
(303) 449-4285
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Head to Backcountry on Sunday, September 20 for Boulder’s largest annual sour beer tap takeover featuring Crooked Stave, Almanac, Cantillon, Gueuzerie Tilquin, and Prairie. Tappings run all day long. On Monday, September 21, there is an IPA takeover with some of the best IPA's in the country right now including some from Melvin Brewing, Cannonball Creek, and Comrade. The fun and rare beer takeovers will continue throughout the week.
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1. Freshcraft

1530 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202
https://www.facebook.com/Freshcraft/photos/a.10150581767186603.379826.304022631602/10150581767216603/?type=1&theater
Freshcraft is an excellent place to celebrate GABF with some of the most rare tap takeovers in town including Cigar City, Casey Brewing & Blending, Firestone Walker, and Green Flash.
1530 Blake St
Denver, CO 80202

2. First Draft

1309 26th St., Denver, CO 80205
https://www.facebook.com/firstdraftdenver/photos/pb.1492230854365152.-2207520000.1442425406./1615522665369303/?type=3&theater
The first pour-it-yourself beer bar in Denver, First Draft, is doing tap takeovers throughout the weekend of GABF. Crooked Stave Artisans will take over on Thursday, September 24, and on Friday, September 25, pour yourself one of many rare and award-winning brews from California-based The Bruery. Ballast Point will rule the taps on Saturday, September 26.
1309 26th St.
Denver, CO 80205

3. Star Bar

2137 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205
https://www.facebook.com/StarBarDenver/photos/a.493350690688440.104493.107413252615521/652124381477736/?type=1&theater
Local favorite craft-meets-dive-bar, Star Bar, is hosting a GABF kickoff event with Ratio Beerworks and Ska Brewing on Tuesday, September 22 starting at 8 p.m. The event will feature many-a-beer from each of the brewery sponsors as well as a karaoke cup. Star Bar will be running some killer tap takeovers throughout the weekend from acclaimed breweries like Bells.
2137 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205

4. Tap Fourteen

1920 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202
Tap XIV will host Left Hand Brewing Company in a rooftop tap takeover on Thursday, September 24 beginning at 9 p.m. Tap XIV is directly across the street from Falling Rock Tap House and features 70 Colorado beers on tap at all times.
1920 Blake St
Denver, CO 80202

5. World of Beer

1555 Blake St Ste 102, Denver, CO 80202
https://www.facebook.com/woblodo/photos/pb.244561789077258.-2207520000.1442425805./340395962827173/?type=3&theater
World of Beer LoDo invites you to celebrate GABF with tap takeovers every night of the festival. Beginning on Thursday, September 24 with Evil Twin Brewing, Friday, September 25 with a lineup of all California-based breweries, and Saturday, September 26 with Left Hand and Odell. For more information on participating breweries and hours, check out World of Beer's Facebook.
1555 Blake St Ste 102
Denver, CO 80202

6. Osteria Marco

1453 Larimer St., Denver, CO 80202
https://www.facebook.com/osteriamarco/photos/pb.43697674503.-2207520000.1442425914./10152865791884504/?type=3&theater
Frank Bonanno's Osteria Marco will have its taps taken over by Copper Kettle Brewing all week long with a very impressive lineup from the Denver-based brewery.
1453 Larimer St.
Denver, CO 80202

7. Russell's Smokehouse

1422 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80202
https://www.facebook.com/russellssmokehouse/photos/pb.166999013380313.-2207520000.1442426294./844849228928618/?type=3&theater
Beginning Monday, September 21 and running all week long, Odell Brewing Co. will be taking over the taps at Larimer Square eatery, Russell's Smokehouse. Odell will bust out some old favorites as well as more rare breeds of their award-winning beer.
1422 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80202

8. Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill

1605 Wynkoop St, Denver, CO 80202
https://www.facebook.com/thirstyliondenver/photos/pb.278146772332561.-2207520000.1442426699./565010323646203/?type=3&theater
This Union Station haunt will feature a tap takeover by New Belgium through September 18 showcasing some of the Fort Collins brewery's classics as well as more rare releases from the Lips of Faith series. September 19 - 26, Odell Brewing will be taking over the taps at Thirsty Lion.
1605 Wynkoop St
Denver, CO 80202

9. Avanti F&B, a collective eatery

Denver, CO
https://www.facebook.com/avantifandbacollectiveeatery/photos/a.293473844176384.1073741826.290498621140573/401379616719139/?type=1&theater
Lohi's fantastic new food hall will be hosting various tap takeovers and events all throughout GABF weekend including an Odell tap takeover on Wednesday, September 23, Dogfish Head takeover Thursday, September 24, and Ratio Beerworks takeover on Friday, September 25.

10. Cedar Creek Pub

2100 N Ursula St, Aurora, CO 80045
https://www.facebook.com/Cedar.Creek.Pub/photos/pb.116984841719541.-2207520000.1442427281./897458803672137/?type=3&theater
Against the Grain Brewery from Louisville, Kentucky will be taking over the taps at Cedar Creek Pub in Aurora beginning Monday, September 21.
2100 N Ursula St
Aurora, CO 80045

11. Park Burger RiNo

2615 Walnut St, Denver, CO 80205
https://www.facebook.com/ParkBurgerRiverNorth/photos/pb.712013828845502.-2207520000.1442427595./865934966786720/?type=3&theater
Crooked Stave Artisans' distributing arm will be hosting a tap takeover at Park Burger RiNo on Tuesday, September 22 starting at noon. You can expect beers from Cascade, Bells, Almanac, Against the Grain, Prairie, Breakside, Societe, Green Bench, Crux, Ecliptic, Boneyard, Evil Twin, Jack's Abby, Oakshire, Fremont, Creature Comforts, Perennial, Two Roads, and more.
2615 Walnut St
Denver, CO 80205

12. Hops & Pie

3920 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212
https://www.facebook.com/HopsandPieCO/photos/a.444358502268908.99882.138817909489637/444803238891101/?type=1&theater
Hops & Pie is known for some of the most rare tap takeovers in town, and this GABF the Berkeley spot is showcasing some special stuff starting Wednesday, September 23 with rare beers from Crooked Stave Artisans distribution arm. Thursday, September 24 will bring a taste of Sun King Brewing to Denver. On Friday, September 25 starting at 11:30 a.m., one of the most sought after breweries in the country, Casey Brewing & Blending, will feature some of their finest brews on tap at Berkeley favorite, Hops & Pie.
3920 Tennyson St
Denver, CO 80212

13. Falling Rock Tap House

1919 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202
https://www.facebook.com/FRTH1997/photos/pb.115418858481050.-2207520000.1442428627./905215052834756/?type=3&theater
Falling Rock is the uncontested grandfather of tap takeovers and GABF celebrations alike. There will be multiple tap takeovers by some of the best breweries in the country happening all week long at Falling Rock that are too plentiful to list here. Want a teaser? Melvin, Trinity, Rogue, Ballast Point, Anderson Valley, Boulevard, Cigar City, Dogfish Head, Bell's, Avery, Almanac, Firestone Walker, Casey brewing & Blending- to name a few.
1919 Blake St
Denver, CO 80202

14. To The Wind Bistro

3333 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80206
https://www.facebook.com/tothewindbistro/photos/pb.610597838975507.-2207520000.1442430814./634443723257585/?type=3&theater
To The Wind Bistro on Colfax will be hosting some highly acclaimed local breweries in tap takeovers and pairings throughout the week. Guest taps will feature Ska Brewing, Strange Craft, Renegade, Black Shirt and TRVE.
3333 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206

15. Lowdown Brewery+Kitchen

800 N Lincoln St, Denver, CO 80203
https://www.facebook.com/LowDownBrewery/photos/pb.456826637744688.-2207520000.1442431055./860924354001579/?type=3&theater
Lowdown will be joining forces with Three Floyds Brewing on Thursday, September 24 for a tap takeover event starting at 5 p.m.
800 N Lincoln St
Denver, CO 80203

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16. Lucky Pie Pizza & Tap House

1610 16th St, Denver, CO 80202
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Not full blown takeovers, the tappings at this LoDo spot are not to be missed. Rare brews will be offered as follows: On 9/23, Ninkasi (from 2 to 4 p.m.), Sam Adams (5 to 9 p.m.); on 9:24, Bristol (7 p.m.), Almanac (9 to 11 p.m.); on 9/25, Oskar Blues (3 to 6 p.m.); on 9/26, Odell (12 to 3 p.m.) and Ballast Point (6 to 9 p.m.).
1610 16th St
Denver, CO 80202

17. Ace

501 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80203
Adam Larkey
The Uptown spot is hoisting its annual Left Hand Brewery Tap Takeover and Brewers Ping Pong Tournament on Wednesday September 23. The takeover lasts all day and the tournament starts at 9 p.m. and goes until a winner is crowned. The tournament is held for brewers only but spectators will have no shortage of beer to drink while cheering for their favorite brewery!
501 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80203

18. Backcountry Pizza & Tap House

2319 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302
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Head to Backcountry on Sunday, September 20 for Boulder’s largest annual sour beer tap takeover featuring Crooked Stave, Almanac, Cantillon, Gueuzerie Tilquin, and Prairie. Tappings run all day long. On Monday, September 21, there is an IPA takeover with some of the best IPA's in the country right now including some from Melvin Brewing, Cannonball Creek, and Comrade. The fun and rare beer takeovers will continue throughout the week.
2319 Arapahoe Ave
Boulder, CO 80302

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