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Guide to This Week's Great American Beer Festival Tappings

Sample select brews in some of Denver's best restaurant and bars before the three day beer festival

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The Great American Beer Fest fever takes over the Denver area this week at a medley of bars and restaurants. Different craft breweries from across the country, as well as from Colorado, will take over the taps for a week-long celebration in honor of GABF. Even if you don't have a ticket to the three-day event, you can still sample select craft beer, from new brews to old favorites at many of the beer-crazed spots in town.

The listings here are in alphabetical order. They are not meant to be a comprehensive look at the GABF festivities going on in Denver this week. For special dinners and events, check out our Best Beer-Paired Dinners from yesterday. And if you in town just this week and want to see what is hot, check out our list of the Twelve Hottest Breweries this fall. Still need more? Here are our Essential 38 Colorado Breweries.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Ratio Beerworks

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2920 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 997-8288
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Check out select tappings and firkins on Thursday and Friday at the brewery. Highlighted brews will include Grapefruit IPA, Blueberry Saison, Genius Wizard, and Kiwi Banana Saison. The website below includes full listings of the events.
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2. Dry Dock Brewing Company - South Dock

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15120 E Hampden Ave
Aurora, CO 80014
(303) 400-5606
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The brewery's two locations will have extended hours, special tappings, and and events all week long. Starting on October 5, South Dock will tap a specialty brew every day at 10 a.m.. To be tapped beers include Lucine, Turkish Delight, High Line Plum Saison-Brett, and Dry Dock Pilsner. To check out events at both locations, visit the website.
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3. Lucky Pie Pizza & Tap House

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1610 16th St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 825-1021
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On Wednesday, the pizzeria partners with River North Brewery and Funkwerks Brewery for beer tappings and giveaways. Expect Raspberry Provincial, Saison COnspiracy Blanc, and Cascade saison from Funkwerks and Saison COnspiracy Noir, Avarice, and White Ale. Representatives from each brewery will be around from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. to give out samples and prizes.
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4. Hops & Pie

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3920 Tennyson St
Denver, CO 80212
(303) 477-7000
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Casey Brewing and Cascade Brewing visits Hops & Pie on Friday, October 7. For a full tapping line-up, visit the Facebook event page.
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5. Avanti F&B, a collective eatery

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3200 Pecos St
Denver, CO 80211
(720) 269-4778
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The collective eatery celebrates GABF all week long with kickoff parties and happy hour tap takeovers all week. Odell Brewing Co. swings by on Wednesday evening while Ratio Beerworks will be in house on Friday, October 2.
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6. Freshcraft

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1530 Blake St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 758-9608
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Freschcraft will host multiple GABF guest brewers this week for tappings of special brews. Cigar City Brewing, Odell Brewing, and Lagunitas are slated to be on the tap list. Click on the website for a rundown of the events.
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7. Ale House at Amato's

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2501 16th St
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 433-9734
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New Image Brewing takes over the taproom at the bar and grill on Friday, October 7 . Starting at 6 p.m., head brewer/owner Brandon Capps will lead the charge. Tickets to the event are free and include a 10 oz. Firkin with paired dessert.
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8. The Crafty Fox

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3901 Fox St
Denver, CO 80216
(303) 455-9666
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On Tuesday, October 4, the casual beer and pizza spot will tap select rare brews from a variety of beloved breweries to be featured at the festival, including Bell's Brewing, Blackberry Farms Brewery, Cascade Brewing Barrel House, and more.
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9. Crooked Stave

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3350 Brighton Blvd
Denver, CO 80216
(720) 508-3292
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The taproom of the popular sour-centric brewery will be the place to be for the release of the L'Brett d'Or Batch #3 on Tuesday, October 4. On Wednesday, October 5 at 11:30 a.m., Crooked Stave is releasing for the first time a special blueberry version of their Dark Sour, called Nightmare on Brett. Nightmare on Brett Blueberry is aged with whole fruit, getting the most out of the blueberries including color-change from the skin contact. Limit is six bottles per customer.
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10. First Draft Taproom & Kitchen

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1309 26th St.
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 736-8400
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Odd13 Brewing stops by the restaurant on Tuesday, October 4 to tap select GABF Week worthy brews and hand out special giveaways. The tap list features brews like Boulder Brett, The Economist, and the collaboration brew Chainsaw the Princess of Karate.
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11. Baere Brewing Co.

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320 N Broadway
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 733-3354
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The brewery hosts signature GABF events all week long. In addition to holding extended hours all week long, the brewery will release bottles from select Frambruin and different Table Sour batches on Friday, October 7.
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12. Backcountry Pizza & Tap House

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2319 Arapahoe Ave
Boulder, CO 80302
(303) 449-4285
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On October 4, the taphouse hosts Michigan craft brew's holy trinity: Bells Brewery, Shorts Brewing Company, and Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales. The taplist will include favorites like Bells 2 Hearted Ale, Shorts Huma Luma Liscious IPA, and Jolly Pumpkin Pinchadiscos.
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13. The Monkey Barrel

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4401 Tejon St
Denver, CO 80211
(720) 638-3655
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On Wednesday, Stone Brewing invades the "Colorado Only" lines at the Monkey Barrel for tastings of popular and specialty drafts. There will be twenty taps featured, passed appetizers, a special Carbone's menu, and a full bar.
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14. Denver Beer Co.

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1695 Platte St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 433-2739
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The brewery kicks off the 2016 festival in style on Friday with an all-out celebration in collaboration with a range of domestic craft breweries. Denver Beer Co. will release six new beers brewed in collaboration with Saranac Brewery, Base Camp Brewing Company, Mother Road Beer, Destihl Brewery, Draught Works Brewery, and Rhinegeist Brewery. Bring cash along for bites from food trucks and enjoy live music Dave Connelly and Thunder and Rain.
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15. Lowdown Brewery+Kitchen

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800 N Lincoln St
Denver, CO 80203
(720) 524-8065
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The restaurant welcomes Three Floyds Brewing on Thursday night and will feature craft drafts from Three Floyds along with their own beers.
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16. Appaloosa Grill

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535 16th St
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 932-1700
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On Thursday, October 6, New York's Southern Tier Brewing stops by the restaurant for a tap takeover in honor of GABF. Drinks start flowing at 8 p.m..
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17. Diebolt Brewing Co.

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3855 Mariposa St
Denver, CO 80211
(720) 643-5940
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Stop by either Diebolt Brewery or Factotum Brewhouse anytime this week for a chance to win two tickets to this weekend's Great American Beer Festival. Get a card at either bar and grab a pint and a stamp to enter a raffle.
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18. Star Bar

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2137 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205
(720) 328-2420
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Stop by Star Bar to keep the beers flowing at a celebration after Thursday's GABF festivities. New Belgium will take over the tap and pour Whiskey Barrel-Aged Fat Tire, Love Blackberry Oscar, and RockStar.
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19. Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen

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1317 14th St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 595-4255
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After a collaboration dinner with Telluride and Elevation on Wednesday, this LoDo beer emporium hosts an all-sour tapping event on Thursday, a tap takeover from Avery Brewing Co. on Friday, and then to close out the week an East Meets West event with Dogfish Head and Stone Brewing and a tap takeover with Wicked Weed on Saturday.
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1. Ratio Beerworks

2920 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205
Facebook
Check out select tappings and firkins on Thursday and Friday at the brewery. Highlighted brews will include Grapefruit IPA, Blueberry Saison, Genius Wizard, and Kiwi Banana Saison. The website below includes full listings of the events.
2920 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205

2. Dry Dock Brewing Company - South Dock

15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014
Facebook
The brewery's two locations will have extended hours, special tappings, and and events all week long. Starting on October 5, South Dock will tap a specialty brew every day at 10 a.m.. To be tapped beers include Lucine, Turkish Delight, High Line Plum Saison-Brett, and Dry Dock Pilsner. To check out events at both locations, visit the website.
15120 E Hampden Ave
Aurora, CO 80014

3. Lucky Pie Pizza & Tap House

1610 16th St, Denver, CO 80202
Facebook
On Wednesday, the pizzeria partners with River North Brewery and Funkwerks Brewery for beer tappings and giveaways. Expect Raspberry Provincial, Saison COnspiracy Blanc, and Cascade saison from Funkwerks and Saison COnspiracy Noir, Avarice, and White Ale. Representatives from each brewery will be around from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. to give out samples and prizes.
1610 16th St
Denver, CO 80202

4. Hops & Pie

3920 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212
Facebook
Casey Brewing and Cascade Brewing visits Hops & Pie on Friday, October 7. For a full tapping line-up, visit the Facebook event page.
3920 Tennyson St
Denver, CO 80212

5. Avanti F&B, a collective eatery

3200 Pecos St, Denver, CO 80211
Facebook
The collective eatery celebrates GABF all week long with kickoff parties and happy hour tap takeovers all week. Odell Brewing Co. swings by on Wednesday evening while Ratio Beerworks will be in house on Friday, October 2.
3200 Pecos St
Denver, CO 80211

6. Freshcraft

1530 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202
Facebook
Freschcraft will host multiple GABF guest brewers this week for tappings of special brews. Cigar City Brewing, Odell Brewing, and Lagunitas are slated to be on the tap list. Click on the website for a rundown of the events.
1530 Blake St
Denver, CO 80202

7. Ale House at Amato's

2501 16th St, Denver, CO 80211
Facebook
New Image Brewing takes over the taproom at the bar and grill on Friday, October 7 . Starting at 6 p.m., head brewer/owner Brandon Capps will lead the charge. Tickets to the event are free and include a 10 oz. Firkin with paired dessert.
2501 16th St
Denver, CO 80211

8. The Crafty Fox

3901 Fox St, Denver, CO 80216
Facebook
On Tuesday, October 4, the casual beer and pizza spot will tap select rare brews from a variety of beloved breweries to be featured at the festival, including Bell's Brewing, Blackberry Farms Brewery, Cascade Brewing Barrel House, and more.
3901 Fox St
Denver, CO 80216

9. Crooked Stave

3350 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO 80216
Facebook
The taproom of the popular sour-centric brewery will be the place to be for the release of the L'Brett d'Or Batch #3 on Tuesday, October 4. On Wednesday, October 5 at 11:30 a.m., Crooked Stave is releasing for the first time a special blueberry version of their Dark Sour, called Nightmare on Brett. Nightmare on Brett Blueberry is aged with whole fruit, getting the most out of the blueberries including color-change from the skin contact. Limit is six bottles per customer.
3350 Brighton Blvd
Denver, CO 80216

10. First Draft Taproom & Kitchen

1309 26th St., Denver, CO 80205
Facebook
Odd13 Brewing stops by the restaurant on Tuesday, October 4 to tap select GABF Week worthy brews and hand out special giveaways. The tap list features brews like Boulder Brett, The Economist, and the collaboration brew Chainsaw the Princess of Karate.
1309 26th St.
Denver, CO 80205

11. Baere Brewing Co.

320 N Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
Facebook
The brewery hosts signature GABF events all week long. In addition to holding extended hours all week long, the brewery will release bottles from select Frambruin and different Table Sour batches on Friday, October 7.
320 N Broadway
Denver, CO 80203

12. Backcountry Pizza & Tap House

2319 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302
Facebook
On October 4, the taphouse hosts Michigan craft brew's holy trinity: Bells Brewery, Shorts Brewing Company, and Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales. The taplist will include favorites like Bells 2 Hearted Ale, Shorts Huma Luma Liscious IPA, and Jolly Pumpkin Pinchadiscos.
2319 Arapahoe Ave
Boulder, CO 80302

13. The Monkey Barrel

4401 Tejon St, Denver, CO 80211
Facebook
On Wednesday, Stone Brewing invades the "Colorado Only" lines at the Monkey Barrel for tastings of popular and specialty drafts. There will be twenty taps featured, passed appetizers, a special Carbone's menu, and a full bar.
4401 Tejon St
Denver, CO 80211

14. Denver Beer Co.

1695 Platte St, Denver, CO 80202
Facebook
The brewery kicks off the 2016 festival in style on Friday with an all-out celebration in collaboration with a range of domestic craft breweries. Denver Beer Co. will release six new beers brewed in collaboration with Saranac Brewery, Base Camp Brewing Company, Mother Road Beer, Destihl Brewery, Draught Works Brewery, and Rhinegeist Brewery. Bring cash along for bites from food trucks and enjoy live music Dave Connelly and Thunder and Rain.
1695 Platte St
Denver, CO 80202

15. Lowdown Brewery+Kitchen

800 N Lincoln St, Denver, CO 80203
Facebook
The restaurant welcomes Three Floyds Brewing on Thursday night and will feature craft drafts from Three Floyds along with their own beers.
800 N Lincoln St
Denver, CO 80203

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16. Appaloosa Grill

535 16th St, Denver, CO 80202
Facebook
On Thursday, October 6, New York's Southern Tier Brewing stops by the restaurant for a tap takeover in honor of GABF. Drinks start flowing at 8 p.m..
535 16th St
Denver, CO 80202

17. Diebolt Brewing Co.

3855 Mariposa St, Denver, CO 80211
Facebook
Stop by either Diebolt Brewery or Factotum Brewhouse anytime this week for a chance to win two tickets to this weekend's Great American Beer Festival. Get a card at either bar and grab a pint and a stamp to enter a raffle.
3855 Mariposa St
Denver, CO 80211

18. Star Bar

2137 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205
Facebook
Stop by Star Bar to keep the beers flowing at a celebration after Thursday's GABF festivities. New Belgium will take over the tap and pour Whiskey Barrel-Aged Fat Tire, Love Blackberry Oscar, and RockStar.
2137 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205

19. Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen

1317 14th St, Denver, CO 80202
Facebook
After a collaboration dinner with Telluride and Elevation on Wednesday, this LoDo beer emporium hosts an all-sour tapping event on Thursday, a tap takeover from Avery Brewing Co. on Friday, and then to close out the week an East Meets West event with Dogfish Head and Stone Brewing and a tap takeover with Wicked Weed on Saturday.
1317 14th St
Denver, CO 80202

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