With the numerous events occurring the week of GABF here are some of my favorites that are offering something unique or rare and won’t cost you your life savings.
SENSORY TRAINING 101 AT RACKHOUSE
6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.: GABF beer school at the Rackhouse Pub continues with professor Scott Kerkmans, one of the first certified cicerones, a lead judge at GABF and creator of Colorado Craft Beer Week. Kerkmans will cover palate development, flavor recognition, style guidelines and overall beer enjoyment. Tickets, $35 each,available here. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/460565
Rackhouse Pub, 208 S Kalamath St, Denver, CO 80223
CROOKED STAVE BOTTLE RELEASE
11 a.m.: Crooked Stave’s first bottle release at its new location at The Source, an artisan market in a former foundry building in Denver’s River North neighborhood. Featuring Batch 2 of its Origins Burgundy Sour. Six bottle limit.
The Source, 3350 Brighton Blvd, Denver, Colorado 80216
HOPS AND PIE TAPPINGS
11:30 a.m.: Miss out on tickets to Crooked Stave’s WTF!? Fest? Here’s a chance to check out breweries on the bill. Along with Crooked Stave, tappings from Jester King of Austin, Texas, St. Louis-based Perennial, Jolly Pumpkin of Dexter, Michigan and Prairie Artisan Ales of Tulsa.
Hops and Pie, 3920 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212
BEYOND THE BEER AT BATTERY 621
5 p.m.-midnight: Lots going on in this new event, presented by The Business of Fun and Crafting a Nation (the beer documentary) and hosted by John Gross, marketing director for Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. First, a panel discussion covering everything from beer to cycling and sustainable agriculture, featuring Dale Katechis of Oskar Blues, Davis Tucker of NXNW, Amanda Johnson King of Odell Brewing and Paul Evers of TBD Creative. Then 25 breweries will be pouring “select beer that cannot be found anywhere else in Denver during the week of GABF at any event.” Hmmm … a tall order. More details can be found here. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/472567
Battery 621, 621 Kalamath St Denver, CO 80204
NEW BELGIUM/CIGAR CITY COLLABORATION TAPPING AT FRESHCRAFT
Noon: That’s right, New Belgium Brewing has collaborated with Tampa-based Cigar City Brewing, and brewers from each brewery will be at Freshcraft brewpub to tap their Lips of Faith series collaboration and more.
Freshcraft, 1530 Blake St. Unit A, Denver, CO 80202
HOOVES AND HOPS WITH ELEVATION BEER CO. AT OSTERIA MARCO
6 p.m.: As the name suggests, this will involve five pork dishes paired with beers from the kids in Poncha Springs. $45 per person before tax and tip, reservations at Osteria Marco, (303) 534-5855.
Osteria Marco, 1453 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80202
19TH ANNUAL WORLD BREWER’S FORUM
8 p.m.-midnight: Shut out of the opening GABF session? Head over to the Denver Marriott City Center for the 19th edition of The Keg Run Out Club’s World Brewer’s Forum, which is free and open to those of drinking age. This year’s speakers are Jeremy Cowan of Shmaltz Brewing and Colin Kaminski, brewmaster at Downtown Joe’s Brewery in Napa, Calif., and co-author of “Water: A Comprehensive Guide for Brewers.” Sample 19+ homebrews on tap. While the event is free, please RSVP to email@example.com.More info here. http://www.kroc.org/#!wbf/c1hir
Denver Marriott City Center, 1701 California St., Denver, CO 80202
CIGAR CITY AT HOPS AND PIE
11:30 a.m.: Cigar City Brewing tapping. The popular Tampa brewery – normally unavailable in Colorado – returns with an intriguing lineup of Jai Alai IPA, Maduro Brown Ale, Marshal Zhukov Imperial Stout, Poblano Wit, Black Currant Berlinerweisse and Humidor Series Red Ale.
Hops and Pie, 3920 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212
DENVER BEER CO. BLOCK PARTY
3 p.m.-9 p.m.: Denver Beer Co. is closing down Platte Street for a big party with bands, food trucks and the pouring of four collaboration beers with Pizza Port Brewing (California), Rahr & Sons Brewing (Texas), Saranac (New York) and Telluride Brewing Co. (Colorado, duh).
Denver Beer Co., 695 Platte St, Denver, CO 80202
RIVER NORTH BREWERY EMPTY THE CELLAR PARTY
1-10 p.m.: RNB closes out GABF with a clean slate, and that means emptying the cellar. Anything barrel-aged or limited that’s been collecting dust in the cellar will be up for grabs, including Anniversary Ale #1, Barrel Reserve 2013, whiskey-aged Hello Darkness, Rum Barrel Quandary, B-Side Quandary and more.
River North Brewery, 2401 Blake St #1, Denver, CO 80205
FALLING ROCK TAP HOUSE
9 p.m.: Brewery Ommegang of Cooperstown, N.Y., taps two beers that sprung from an unorthodox collaboration with HBO taking inspiration from “Game of Thrones:” Take the Black Stout and the Iron Throne Blonde Ale.
10 p.m. Firestone Walker, known for pitch-perfect beers, has branched into sours with its Barrelworks project. The brewery will tap Agrestic, a double DBA inoculated with Brettanomyces, PNC Imperial Buckwheat Stout and Parabola Russian Imperial Stout.
11 p.m.: Traditional finale with New Belgium Brewing – barrel program beers and other vintage treats.
1919 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202
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