Updated: The Great American Beer Festival 2012 calendar of awesome events
Wednesday, October 10
Hops heads at last year's fest.
Falling Rock Taphouse will hold a series of tappings today, beginning at 2 p.m. with a Great Divide Yeti Party; it will have multiple years and versions of the brewery's mythical beer.
At 3 p.m., Falling Rock will start pouring Elysian Brewing's Night Owl, The Great Pumpkin & Dark O' the Moon.
At 4 p.m., meet Marc Antoine DeMees, the brewmaster for St. Martin's, a Belgian brewery that will debut its Quadruple for the first time.
At 5 p.m., try Colorambic, a sour beer from Golden's AC Golden.
At 9 p.m., Truckee, California's 50/50 Brewing will be pouring
At 10 p.m. try Odell Brewing's Deconstruction Ale and Saboteur (2010).
Rackhouse Pub continues its Beer School today with Yeast 101, from 4-6 p.m. Left Hand Brewing head brewer Ro Guenzel and White Lab's yeast guru Neva Parker will teach you about the history and growth of brewing science, as well how brewers use different yeast strains to manipulate the flavor profiles. To make the lesson hit home, they'll be serving four cask beers featuring identical hop and grain recipes but dosed with four different yeast strains. Tickets are $35 and limited to 60 people.
Upslope takes over (many of) the taps at Euclid Hall at 8 p.m. tonight with some beers that you won't find very often outside the Boulder brewery's own taproom. They include Pumpkin Ale (which won gold at last year's GABF), Thai White IPA, Barleywine, Rye IPA and Belgian Wit.
The Kitchen [Next Door] in Boulder is celebrating five of Colorado craft breweries that have consistently been on tap there: Oskar Blues, Dry Dock, Odell, Funkwerks and Upslope. There will ten specialty beers on tap, all paired with eats from the the Kitchen. Tickets to the GABF kickoff are $65. They'll be joined by special guest Christian DeBenedetti, Editor-in-Chief of Weekly Pint, a free e-newsletter on craft beer, and author of The Great American Ale Trail, a travel guide to hundreds of breweries and craft beer destinations around the U.S. (including The Kitchen).
River North Brewery will offer side-by-side-by-side barrel-aged tastings of its classic River North White, plus both white-wine aged and whiskey-aged versions. This way, the brewery says, "you can try the same beer three different ways, to experience how barrel-aging can create entirely new flavor profiles with otherwise identical ingredients."
Fort Collins's two biggest brewers take over the taps at Stoney's Bar & Grill today at 5 p.m. New Belgium and Odell will pour at least eight beers each in honor of GABF. Two of the Odell rareties are Sintium Orange Session and Haven & Hale Peach Ale. There will also be a pig roast and live music starting at 7 p.m.
Star Bar pours Cigar City beers beginning at 5 p.m. The Florida brewer doesn't distribute in Denver, so this is a one-time deal. You'll find Jai Alai IPA, Big Sound Scotch Ale, Florida Cracker White Ale, Vanilla Maduro, and Mango Habanero Red Ale.
Come sample some freakishly exotic rare beer from your favorite Colorado breweries at the Rackhouse Pub's 2012 Colorado Rare Beer Tasting, 6-9 p.m. Details are TBA. Tickets are $25.
Highly-regarded California beer maker Firestone Walker will team up with local celebrity chef Hosea Rosenberg tonight from 6:30 to 9:30 for The Lion, The Bear & The Brewmaster -- or what the brewery is calling, "Firestone Walker unplugged, a rare night of food, barrel-aged beers and brewery banter." The event, at Mile High Station, will feature a vertical tasting of the brewery's last four anniversary ales: XII, XIII, XIV and XV (all of which are now sold out). Firestone Walker will also unveil the latest vintage, XVI. All of the anniversary ales are made by blending various other Firestone Walker beers -- with help from the wine-making community in Paso Robles, California -- and then aging them in barrels. Meanwhile, Rosenberg, the former Top Chef winner who owns Boulder's Blackbelly Catering, will offer a small-plate menu created to pair with the beers. "Along the way, brewery proprietors Adam Firestone (aka the bear) and David Walker (aka the lion) and Brewmaster Matt Brynildson will share unscripted stories and scuttle from inside the brewery," according to Firestone Walker. "The conversation will be moderated by Justin Crossley of The Brewing Network." Tickets are $75.
Pub 17 in the Grand Hyatt Denver gets happy with an Avery Brewing-hosted happy hour beginning today at 3 p.m. and featuring Ale To The Chief Pale Ale, a double-dry-hopped beer made to celebrate the presidential election. The bar will also have Lilokoi Kepolo, a Belgian white infused with spices and passion fruit.
Boulder's West End Tavern will tap a firkin of something (it's TBA) from Crazy Mountain Brewing in Edwards today at 6 p.m. to celebrate GABF week. At 8 p.m., the bar will screen Warren Miller's Freeride from 1998.
Freshcraft will hold A Bitter Welcome to GABF at 8:30 p.m. with some hoppy beers from Stone Brewing and Oskar Blues. Details are TBA.
Osteria Marco will welcome beer enthusiasts with the five-course Hooves & Hops dinner, in which chef Burton Koelliker has prepared a menu specifically designed to be paired with beers from Durango's Ska Brewing. The beers include Euphoria Pale Ale and Steel Toe Milk Stout. The cost is $55 plus tax and tip.
Russell's Smokehouse will serve a four-course German beer dinner with San Francisco's Rich Higgins, one of only four Master Cicerones in the country. Together, Higgins and chef Taylor Drew will lead guests through an evening of German beers paired with tender cuts of smoked duck, roasted venison loin and braised short ribs. The meal, which is capped with a marzen beer and carrot cake, costs $55.
Sam Adams will take over a whopping nineteen taps at Lucky Pie Pizza in Denver today from 5 p.m. to close. There will also beer/food pairings, giveaways and a meet-and-greet with Master Brewer Jennifer Glanville and the Sam Adams team.
Oskar Blues is throwing a double top-secret party at Blake Street Tavern tonight - one in which all the details will be revealed to you and you alone - and anyone else who prints off an invite from the brewery's Facebook page! The It's All About the Package Launch and GABF After-Party, starting at 9:30 p.m., will feature The Deuce, Oskar Blues's new, behind-closed-doors collaboration with Indiana's Sun King Brewing, as well as sixteen-ounce tall boys of G'Knight for the first time. And the brewery will reveal a brand-spankin' new package as well - something it calls "craft beer history in the making." The party is free, but to get in, you need to print out an invite from the Facebook page or show it to the doorman on your smartphone. There will also be live music by Halden Wofford & the Hi Beams and gigantic giveaways.
FreshCraft will pour some amazing beers from Florida's Cigar City Brewing from 3 to 5 p.m., in the two hours before the GABF session opens. Beers include Cinnamon Apple IPA, Hotter Than Helles, Guava Grove Saison, Marshal Zhukov's Russian Imperial Stout and Ligero Black Lager.
Rackhouse Beer School continues today with Hops 101, from 3 to 5 p.m. Dry Dock Brewing owner Kevin DeLange and Brewers Supply Group purchasing and inventory manager Justin Livengood will show students how brewers use hops to create balance and bitterness, and how different soil content, regional climates and genetic variations keep things interesting. Oh, and you get to try four casks from Dry Dock that feature beer made with identical grain and yeast recipes, but four different hops. Tickets are $35.
The Kitchen Denver will feature an unusual visitor today from 3 to 5 p.m. when it hosts Golden Road Brewing from Los Angeles, which has teamed up with Oskar Blues for a GABF Pregame Party. Both breweries will be pouring specialty beers, and Golden Road, which doesn't normally distribute in Denver, will release its latest canned beer, Burning Bush IPA. Reps from both breweries will be on hand.
Freshcraft will tap Big Brown Rye, a special beer that it brewed in collaboration with Durango's Ska Brewing and Peach Street Distillers (which has some of the same owners as Ska) tonight at 10 p.m. Big Brown Rye is a high gravity brown made with rye malt and aged for three months in Peach Street bourbon barrels. There will also be other great beers and barrel-aged cocktails, along with ska music and appearances by the owners of Ska and Peachtree. Other Ska beers on hand will include Euphoreigner, a firkin of Euphoria dry-hopped with Simcoe and El Dorado hops; the brand new Mole Stout on nitro; GABF gold-medal award winning Steel Toe Stout; Hoperation Ivy; Euphoria; and Modus Hoperandi.
Star Bar "wraps your lips around some barrels," beginning at noon with a big selection of barrel aged and sour beers, special releases, and colabeerations. This will be mostly a local affair, with a couple of non-natives thrown in. Beer's include Odell Shenanigans, Saboteur, Deconstruction and The Meddler; Funkwerks Leuven; New Belgium La Folie, Tart Lychee, Brett Beer, Biere De Mars, Clutch, Kick, Super IPA, Peach Porch Lounger.
Falling Rock will serve up its daily dose of awesome beginning at 2 p.m. with some brewers from Boulder Beer Company, followed by:
3 p.m.: Portland, Oregon's Rogue Brewing John/John and Chatoe Orgasmic.
10 p.m.: Try a trio of barrel-aged Beers from Oskar Blues, Ten-Fidy aged in a Jim Beam barrel, Gubna aged in a Wild Turkey barrel and Old Chub aged in an Austin Nichols barrel.
10:45 p.m.: Chaka, the first Oskar Blues/Sun King collaboration beer, will be on tap, followed by...
11 p.m.: A tapping of beers from Indiana's Sun King. Try Osiris, Cream Dream V, Velvet Fog and Pappy Van Muckle.
Breckenridge Brewery will hold its first annual Brews Cruise RendezBrew today from 1 to 3 p.m., featuring beer from each of the cities that the Brews Cruise touring company serves, Denver (Breckenridge, Strange, Renegade, Wit's End, Colorado Cider), Asheville, North Carolina (Pisgah Brewing), Atlanta (Jailhouse Brewery), Bend, Oregon (Good Life Brewing, Deschutes Brewery), and Charleston, South Carolina (Holy City Brewing). Breck will be serving Avalanche Amber Sausages. Tickets are $15.
Renegade Brewing kicks off the GABF festivities with a mellow evening of music and by bringing back its Black Gold Peanut Butter Cup Stout, one of the most interesting beers of the year. The band starts at 7:30, beer will be flowing from 1-10 p.m.
Strange Brewing will tap two new beers made for its recurring One-Barrel Wednesday series. The brewery will also show the movie Strange Brew, host author Ed Sealover for a book signing and showcase live music from the McKenzie Bros at 6:30 p.m.
River North Brewery brings back its Barrel Series No. 3, Quandary Quadrupel aged in whiskey. Oak and whiskey notes blend with the dark fruit characteristic of a Belgian-style Strong Dark Ale, elevating this already big beer to another level.
Pub 17 at the Grand Hyatt Denver submits to the Left Hand and Ska breweries, who will take over the taps today and tomorrow beginning at 7 p.m. Some of the beers include:
Left Hand's Chainsaw Ale, Widdershins Barrel Aged Barley Wine, Java Lava Vietnamese Coffee Infused Milk Stout, and Fade To Black, Volume 2 Smoked Baltic Porter, along with Ska's Modus Hoperandi, Mole Stout, Hoperation Ivy and Euphoria Pale Ale.
Copper Kettle will feature a few beers on tap this week for one night only. Tonight's beer is Imperial Black IPA, followed by Black Quad tomorrow and Anniversary Barleywine on the following day, along with a live band and food truck.
SOLD OUTEuclid Hall debuted its Midnight Breakfast with Avery Brewing during last year's GABF to rave reviews and a handful of beer celebrities. The draw: an intense, palate-pounding menu by Euclid chef Jorel Pierce paired with an equally overwhelming series of some of Averys' rarest, most delicious and most sought-after brews. This year's breakfast starts at 11 p.m., after the end of the GABF Thursday night session, and includes nine decadent culinary creations that Pierce designed specifically to match nine of Avery's beers, most of them barrel-aged and created by Avery's Andy Parker.
Lucky Pie Pizza and Taphouse will host three tapping parties today at which you can meet a brewer from three different renowned breweries and taste some of their more rare beers The first is from noon to 2 p.m. with Rogue Brewing out of Oregon, followed by Sierra Nevada from 4:30-7 p m. and Stone at 8 p.m.
Straight from the New Belgium Brewing's wood cellar of LOVE, Star Bar taps Funky Friends, Dunkel Apple, and Prickly Passion Peach tonight at 9:30 p.m. There will be live Music with Mad Dog & The Smokin' J's.
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