Maybe you’ve heard the saying – you can’t drink all day if you don’t start in the morning. When the Great American Beer Festival rolls into Denver next month we’ll be amending that phrase to: You can’t drink all week if you don’t start on Monday! Because when it comes to GABF week, there are dozens of great tappings, events, parties and festivals scheduled all week-long! So whether you have ticket to the big fest or not, you won’t have a problem finding something awesome to do, or something incredible to drink.
Below we shine our spotlight on some of the best events taking place during GABF week. The list is long, but it’s far from being a complete list of events. Fabulous new functions are being added almost daily. To keep up on all the GABF week happenings, visit our Event Calendar & scroll ahead a few weeks to September 21st. Then take a deep breath and try to figure out how you’re going to tackle this insane, beer-filled week of awesomeness.
Note: Since all these events are now in the past, links have been removed.
Monday, September 21st
17th Annual GABF Kickoff Party at Falling Rock Tap House (5:00 pm)
At 5pm when the big countdown clock at Falling Rock reaches zero, the tapping party begins! While the party starts on Monday, stop by Falling Rock all week-long during GABF to enjoy some rare, vintage or otherwise incredible brews. Seriously. Just check out their full calendar of daily tappings & events and you’ll see that FRTH is where it’s at during GABF.
Work & Class + Black Project Beer Dinner (6:30 pm)
Pair a five-course dinner at Work and Class with some ridiculously great beer from Black Project Spontaneous and Wild Ales, and you’re sure to reach new levels of gastronomic bliss.
GABF Sour Monday Kickoff at Freshcraft (7:00 pm)
Freshcraft’s event calendar is brimming with incredible & rare beer tappings during GABF week. On Monday they start the festivities with their GABF Kickoff, featuring thing sour and wild!
Tuesday, September 22nd
Mockery Brewing + Revelry Events Beer Dinner (6:00 pm)
Enjoy a four course dinner including an appetizer, salad, main dish and dessert from Revelry Events, plus a pair of tasty Mockery Brewing beers to pair with each pairing.
Cheeky Monk Anniversary Party (7:00 pm)
Stop by Cheeky Monk on Tuesday of GABF week to celebrate their anniversary! Admission is free, and you can enjoy anniversary beers from The Bruery, Coronado, Firestone Walker and more.
Caution: Brewing Co + Charcoal Restaurant Beer Dinner (6:30 pm)
To celebrate the start of GABF Charcoal has teamed up with Caution: Brewing Co to create an incredible 4-course beer pairing dinner.
Wednesday, September 23rd
Beers Made By Walking Denver Festival (4:30 pm)
Enjoy beers from more than 20 Colorado breweries and numerous breweries beyond Colorado, all who created beer inspired by plants found on nature trails.
Oskar Blues Ordeal: Hops & Heifers Pig Roast (5:30 pm)
Enjoy a trip to Longmont to the Hops & Heifers Farm owned by Oskar Blues. There you’ll be treated to an all-you-can-eat pig roast, live music, a walk amongst the hops, and plenty of OB beer!
What The Funk?! Invitational (5:30 pm)
Sponsored by Crooked Stave and featuring over 60 breweries from places near & far, the What the Funk!? Invitational is a celebration of all things barrel-aged from boozy and strong to wild, sour, and funky.
Offensively Delicious: A Craft Beer Comedy Show (6:00 pm)
Back for its second year, the Offensively Delicious comedy show will feature beer and humor, including comedy from this year’s headliner Kyle Kinane.
Thursday, September 24th
Crooked Stave Artisans Distributing Tap Takeover at First Draft (4:00pm)
Denver’s new pour-your-own taproom will be hosting a tap takeover showcasing the Crooked Stave Artisans’ (CSA) lineup of beers. Offerings will include Crooked Stave (of course) plus Bells, Societe, Creature Comforts, Jack’s Abbey, Ecliptic, Fremont, Prairie, Breakside, Against the Grain, and more!
Great American Beer Festival (5:30 pm)
It’s the opening session of the premier U.S. beer festival & competition! Although the festival is sold out, if you want it badly enough, tickets are available through the secondary market.
Epic Brewing’s 3rd Annual 50 Firkin Fiasco (7:00 pm)
No GABF tickets tonight? No problem! The brewers at Epic have put together 50 unique firkins for you to sample as you wander through their brewery!
GABF After Party with New Belgium at Star Bar (10:00 pm)
When GABF ends, join the folks from New Belgium Brewing at Star Bar and sample some rare and wonderful NBB beers.
Avery’s Midnight Breakfast at Euclid Hall (10:30 pm)
Finish off your night in style, with a late night beer breakfast of epic proportions! You’ll enjoy a multi-course breakfast paired with several special Avery brews.
Friday, September 25
Kenny Lagers Celebration (12:00 pm)
Join the team from New Belgium Brewing at the Rino Yacht Club inside the Source for a celebration of all things easy-drinking and easy-listening. Wear your best nautical attire and enjoy a variety of lagers from New Belgium and other breweries.
Denver Rare Beer Tasting VII (1:00 pm)
Every year the Denver Rare Beer tasting attracts some of the most respected breweries, who bring their most exotic beers, all to benefit Pints for Prostates. This year is no exception, but unfortunately if you haven’t already grabbed your ticket it’s too late – this event has sold out.
2015 Collaboration Celebration at Denver Beer Co (3:00 pm)
Celebrate GABF week with a block party at Denver Beer Co! You can taste their 5 new collaboration beers, plus there will be food, music and lots of fun times.
Denver Oktoberfest (5:00 pm)
Enjoy the first day of Denver’s incredible 2-weekend Oktoberfest celebration, which was deemed “Best Oktoberfest” in the USA by Maxim Magazine and USA Today. Enjoy beer, music, food, games and more starting Friday at 5pm through the weekend.
Great American Beer Festival (5:30 pm)
It’s Friday and it’s GABF, which is like the biggest, best happy hour ever. TGIGABF!
Saturday, September 26
Breakfast With The Bruery at Cheeky Monk (8:00 am)
On Saturday morning Cheeky Monk will be serving some delicious food to help get your final GABF day started. Enjoy your breakfast with Patrick Rue of The Bruery, who will be there with plenty of special Bruery beers to get your morning started right.
Great American Beer Festival (12:00 pm and 5:30 pm)
On Saturday, the GABF Member Session starts at 12:00 pm, and the final session for the general public kicks off at 5:30 pm.
Casey Brewing & Blending Tap Takeover at Falling Rock (5:00pm)
Falling Rock will have incredible beers all weekend, but this tap takeover with Casey Brewing & Blending is one not to miss. Come see why people drive all the way to Glenwood Springs and line up to buy these amazing beers!
GABF Week Closing Party with Surly Brewing at Freshcraft (7:00 PM)
Join Surly Brewing Co and Freshcraft as they celebrate the end of another successful GABF year!
New Belgium Loves Falling Rock – GABF Closing Party (11:00 PM)
All good things must come to an end, even the Great American Beer Festival. Some special New Belgium beers will help you drown your sorrows as they reset the countdown clock to next year’s fest.
Sunday, September 27
Seriously, you’re still here? The festival is over, go home! Make sure you do something extra nice for your liver for keeping you alive during your week of ale-filled antics. Here’s a link to some hangover remedies and detox juice recipes.