Colorado beer calendar: Great American Beer Festival edition

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Falling Rock's Chris Black greets Maui Brewing owner Garrett Marrero on Tuesday.
Water, water everywhere, and not a drop to drink. Well, not when there's this much beer around. Welcome to Great American Beer Festival week in Denver -- which is, for some, the most wonderful time of the year. And the presents have already started arriving. But whether you have tickets to the main event or not, there are beautiful beers to drink all over town. Here's an extensive list of many of the events going on. Cheers.

Great Divide
Wednesday, September 28

Ignite Denver 10 is an unusual event that will feature fifteen or so courageous beer lovers presenting five-minute beer-related slide shows, during which the slides will automatically advance every fifteen seconds. Oh, and a $10 ticket gets you several beers from Ska, Great Divide, Odell and Renegade Brewing, along with cider from Colorado Cider. Co-organized by Denver Off the Wagon, on online booze news blog, the lineup of speakers includes some beer celebrities like Stone Brewing's Greg Koch, blogger Ashley "The Beer Wench" Routson, Ska Brewing's Dave Thibodeau, Odell's Amanda Johnson, along with some everyday people who just want to be made fun of. Ignite fires up at 6 p.m. at the Sherman Events Center, 1770 Sherman Street.

Afterward, there will be an Ignite after party at Star Bar, which will have many beers on tap, including the Fifth Horseman Saison, AC Golden Star Sour, Crooked Stave Wild, Wild Brett Rouge, Odell Hiverano, Funkwerks Cochon, Oskar Blues Home Grown Hops, Great Divide 2010 Grand Cru and 2009 Hibernation, and New Belgium Super Cru, Abbey Grand Cru, and Dunkelweiss.

Hops & Pie will feature beers from California's Green Flash, including a firkin of West Coast IPA, and kegs of La Freak, Hop Head Red and Imperial IPA . Tapping is at 5 p.m.

The Rackhouse Pub's Rare Beer Tasting will offer an insane lineup of seasonal, rare or unusual Colorado beers. It runs from 6 to 9 p.m.; tickets are $35. The list includes: Ska Brewing's Sethvleteren 8, Hoperation Ivy and Toasters Shebeen Black IPA; Great Divide's Stranahan's Barrel Aged Yeti Imperial Stout and Fresh Hop Ale; Bristol Brewing's 2003 Oud Bruin, 2004 Grand Cru and 2005 Cuvee; Left Hand's 2008 Twin Sister IPA, 2009 Oak Aged Imperial Stout and 2008 Smoke Jumper; Dry Dock's Swabby Belgian Quad, Stranahan's Old Bligh's Barley Wine, and White Tail Chardonnay Barrel Sour Wit; Funkwerks Brewing's Chardonnay Barrel Blonde, Southern Tropic and Cherry Saison; New Belgium's Transatlantique Kriek; Crazy Mountain's Single Batch Sticky Fingers Fresh-Hop Harvest Ale, Lava Lake Wit and Hookiebob IPA; AC Golden's Baltic Porter and Bock; Oskar Blues's Stranahan's Barrel Aged Cherry Sour Ten Fidy; Elk Mountain's Biere de Garde; Strange Brew's Cherry Kriek, Farmhouse Ale and 7 Barrel Saison; along with brews from Avery, Breckenridge, Odell, Upslope and Wynkoop.

Does the Cheeky Monk Belgian Beer Cafe make you dream of Belgian nights? How about Belgian Knights? Cheeky Monk owner James Pachorek, who was recently inducted into the Knighthood of the Brewers' Mash Staff (an honor doled out by the Belgian brewers' guild) and Stone Brewing beer celebrity Greg Koch, who is also a Knight of the Mash Staff, will be pouring some special barrel-aged Stone beers beginning at 6 p.m.

Freshcraft will tap a series of specialty beers on the hour tonight, beginning with something from Sierra Nevada at 7 p.m.; Boulevard's Saison Brett at 8 p.m.; Dogfish Head Sony Legacy Series at 9 p.m.; and a brew from Victory Brewing at 10 p.m.

The Brown Palace and the Wynkoop Brewing Company introduces a new beer made from honey from the hotel's beehives that it keeps on the roof. Rooftop Honey, a Belgian -style ale, will be on tap at the hotel and at the Wynkoop beginning this week.

Euclid Hall will make Yeti lovers cry tears of joy today at 6 p.m. when it taps a lineup of at least four versions of Great Divide Brewing's most sought-after beers: Expresso Yeti, Chocolate Yeti, Oak Aged Yeti and Belgian Yeti.

You can pretty much show up at Falling Rock Taphouse any hour of any day this week and find something going on. But here's the official schedule. At 4 p.m., they'll tap some new offerings from California's Anderson Valley. At 9 p.m., you can lose your gourd with Elysian head brewer Dick Cantwell and the Elysian Brewing team for a pre-GABF Pumpkin Beer Throwdown. There will be ten Elysian pumpkin beers on tap, including Night Owl; The Great Pumpkin Imperial Pumpkin Ale; Dark o' the Moon Pumpkin Stout; Hansel & Gretel Ginger Pumpkin Pilsner; Mr. Yuck Sour Pumpkin; and Coche de Medianoche -- a Mexican-themed pumpkin ale with cumin, cinnamon, black pepper, chiles and roasted pumpkin seeds. And at 11 p.m., Falling Rock will tap four Stone Brewing collaboration beers, including Hwy 78 Scotch Ale and Japanese Green Tea IPA.

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Joey M.
Joey M.

Don't forget the first annual Great American Techno Festival, which starts on Thursday and goes through Sunday with different venues and craft beer specials for anyone looking for after the beer fest events.

The Great American Techno Festival celebrates the marrying of Denver’s artisan beer scene with one of the nation’s richest electronic dance music scenes!


Great list!  Makes it easier to navigate all the activities outside of the convention center.  Will definitely have a full 5 days!

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