Updated: The Great American Beer Festival 2012 calendar of awesome events


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Friday, October 12

Avery Brewing and Denver Off the Wagon, a local boozehound blog, will host the Pucker Up Poker Run today from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For $45, players get a four-ounce taster of a rare sour beer from Avery at each of five locations around town, along with a six-ounce pour of an Avery "palate cleanser" to wash it down. They'll also get a playing card; the person with the best hand at the end of the day wins a prize. Oh, and you'll need a bike, a designated driver or a solid pair of walking shoes to get from location to location. The beers are Odio Equum at Star Bar; Sui Generis at Falling Rock; Dihos Dactylion at Highland Tap & Burger; Bad Apple at Euclid Hall and Immitis at Lucky Pie Pizza &Tap House.

Beer lovers are invited to the First Annual Colorado Brewers Brunch this morning from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Freshcraft, which will be pouring beers from Colorado Brewers Guild members (including Great Divide Espresso Oak Aged Yeti, Upslope Pumpkin Ale, Left Hand Java Lava, Denver Beer Company's Pueblo Chili Beer and a barrel aged sour from Dry Dock). There will also be some fancy grub from Freshcraft. Fifty percent of the proceeds go to the guild, which will be on hand, along with some brewers. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/274033.

Hops & Pie will give you a chance to sample perhaps the largest variety of beer from Indiana's Sun King Brewing today; the brewery doesn't normally distribute in Colorado, but made an exception for GABF week. You'll find Osiris Pale Ale; Velvet Fog, a Belgian quad; Cream Dream V imperial IPA; barrel-aged Oktoberfest; Grapefruit Jungle, the highly-regarded IPA; Sunlight Cream Ale; and Pink Taco, which is described as a raspberry and hibiscus sour made with a Sunlight Cream Ale base.

Star Bar welcomes Dogfish Head into the house today. Pack a lunch (or hit Biker Jim's across the street) and sip some brews, including Burton Baton, Bitches Brew, Indian Brown Ale, Punkin, Black and Blue, and Theobroma.

Euclid Hall continues its series of tappings and brewer events with David Walker of California's Firestone Walker at noon; he'll be pouring Parabola, Double DBA, and Wookey Jack. Later in the day, at 6 p.m., Boulevard Brewing will tap Saison-Brett, Collaboration #3 - Stingo Old Ale, Imperial Pilsner.

Falling Rock's daily dose of tappings begins at noon with the annual Sierra Nevada Kill-A-Keg, in which the bar's patrons attempt to kill a keg of the brewery's Harvest Ale as quickly as possible.
1 p.m.: Boulevard Brewing from Kansas City, Missouri, taps Saison Brett, Double Wide Double IPA and Collaboration #3.
2 p.m.: Green Flash beers
2:45 p.m.: Green Flash/Cigar City Collaboration beer -- Candela (Candelas are a green wrapped cigar), followed by...
3 p.m.: Florida's Cigar City brings in its Oatmeal Raisin Cookie, Humidor IPA, Good Gourd, Apple Brandy Barrel Aged Hunahpu's, Cucumber Saison.
4 p.m.: Anderson Valley, Booneville, California, taps Mendo Mello Wet Hopped Beer and Bourbon Barrel Aged Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout.
10 p.m.: Stone Brewing brings its Japanese Green Tea IPA aged in red wine barrels, CaliBelgique aged in red wine barrels, a 2004 Old Guardian and a Smoked Porter
10:30 p.m.: Head downstairs at Falling Rock for the annual CHEERS fundraiser that Delaware's Dogfish Head Brewing holds for the Colorado Brewers Guild. There will be twenty beers from twenty CBG breweries along with a specialty keg from Dogfish Head. Tickets are $40 ($30 for members of the Guild's SOCIAL) and include tasters of all 21 beers and a T-shirt. Tickets are limited and go on sale at 10:15 at Falling Rock.

Denver Beer Co.'s brewers both went to college in upstate New York where they spent four years drinking Saranac Brewery beer, and last spring at the Savor Beer and Food event in Washington, D.C., Rich and Nick of the Saranac Brewery had a few beers with DBC owners Patrick Crawford and Charlie Berger. The result is Continental Collide, an east-meets-west collaborative effort that will be tapped at 4 p.m. The beer, which celebrates both the Adirondacks and the Rockies, uses Colorado malted barley and rye from the foot of the Rockies along with Galena and Cascade hops raised at the base of the Adirondacks. The result is a vermilion Rye IPA with a touch of Colorado honey to compliment the citrusy New York hops.

Wake Up Dead this morning at Left Hand Brewing in Longmont, which will host an early morning Friday kickoff from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today featuring draft specials, tours, cigars and live music. The party is named after one of Left Hand's beers.

Rackhouse Beer School wraps up today with Sours 101, from 3-5 p.m. with Chad Yakobson of Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project, Andy Parker of Avery Brewing Company and Troy Casey of AC Golden, who will talk barrel-aging, souring, blending, Brett and everything in between. There will also be a specialty guided tasting of select sours from Crooked Stave and Avery.

Freshcraft will dedicate the evening to barrel-aged beers from Firestone Walker and Odell at 10 p.m. by pouring Firestone Walker Parabola 2012, Odell Bourbon Barrel Stout 2011, Firestone Walker Reginald Brett, Odell The Meddler Oud Bruin, Firestone Walker Anniversary XIV, and Odell Deconstruction 2012.

Get it the way you like it with Avery Brewing Co.'s Hardcore & Softcore at Star Bar tonight at 10 p.m. The place will go big -- and small -- by tapping four of Avery's high ABV beers (up to 17 percent) and eight of its low-ABV beers, down around 3.5 percent. "Who knows how this will end? We're sure it won't be in the back of a van," the bar says.

Twisted Pine Brewing in Boulder raids its own cellar, bringing out some 2011 Bough Breaker Barleywine and 2011 Northstar Imperial Porter at 4 p.m. There will be live music from Danny Schafer from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Lucky Pie Pizza & Taphouse in Denver will feature beers from Pennsylvania's Victory Brewing today from 1 to 3 p.m., when you'll also be able to meet one of their brewers. That will be followed by a similar event with Idaho's Grand Teton Brewing from 4-6 p.m.

Saturday, October 13

The Cheeky Monk hosts its annual Breakfast with the Bruery today at 8 a.m. with Patrick Rue, founder of the Orange County sensation. Special beer paddles will be served with some great food choices.

Denver Beer Co will dish up a Brewers Breakfast today, serving breakfast burritos and barrel-aged barleywine starting at 10 a.m. Ten bucks gets you a burrito and a twelve-ounce pour of barleywine aged for twelve months in a French cognac barrel.

At noon, Freshcraft will break out its small supply of beers from Sun King, which will be pouring in Denver for the first time ever this week. Beers include Osiris and Pappy van Muckle. Then, at 4:20 p.m., hit Freshcraft's Lagu-F'in-Itas celebration by hanging with representatives of the California brewery and trying a firkin of Undercover Investigation Shutdown Ale, along with Hop Stoopid and Fusion #10.

Pub 17 cedes its taps to Oskar Blues today at 2 p.m. for a tap takeover that includes Ten FIDY, Smitty and Chaka. Customer will get a free OB pint glass while supplies last.

Euclid Hall continues its series of noon specialty tappings with Odell Haven and Hale Peach Ale, and some Goose Island Sours.

Star Bar hosts Beer & Booze Not Divided, and an Oskar Blues Fuh CAN Rally (all craft cans are $3, $4, or $5). At 2 p.m., there's a Beer Advocate Cocktail Party, with six beer cocktails being made featuring brews from Oskar Blues and Great Divide, local spirits, and recipes from their own in-house team and The Beer Wench. Oskar Blues and Great Divide will also be sending over some specialties from their cellars.

Falling Rock Taphouse will get things started at 4 p.m. with a 2009 (or possibly 2008) keg of Avery Brewing's Beast, along with a few other Avery treats.
6 p.m.: English Beers with Melissa Cole (Beers TBD)
10 p.m.: Firestone Walker taps Velvet MerLIN Firkin and a Parabola.
11 p.m.: For its final 2012 GABF event, Falling Rock digs into its stash for a keg of New Belgium Vrienden (2010) and Abbey Grand Cru (2010), along with a couple of single-barrel experiments (called 'Love') that the brewery has brought down.

What, it's over already? Say goodbye to GABF week in mild style with the Avery Lounge Party at Freshcraft, which takes place at 10 p.m. after the final festival session. Avery will be tapping some of its low-alcohol beers that have never been tried outside of the Boulder brewery's taproom.

Twisted Pine Brewing in Boulder hosts Twisted Tastes with Ginger Johnson: "Start GABF-Saturday off on the right foot with small bites paired with rare beers, accompanied by an edutaining seminar by Ginger Johnson, founder of Women Enjoying Beer. The tasting will take place at the Twisted Pine tap room from 9:30-11am. Those purchasing tickets through October 7 will be entered into a drawing and two lucky participants will each win a pair of tickets to the sold-out GABF! Visit www.twistedpinebrewing.com for more details."

Central Bistro Bar's chef Lance Barto and national beer writer Christian Debenedetti will host a four-course evening of the chef's American classics alongside specialty craft beers. The $55 price tag includes a signed copy of Debenedetti's award-winning guide book, The Great American Ale Trail. Rolling seatings begin at 6 p.m. Grab your spot by calling 303-477-4582.

Sunday, October 14

San Francisco-based Master Cicerone Rich Higgins will join forces with Lou's Food Bar chef Mike Peschek for a three-course beer-driven brunch paired with Belgian beers. It involves hangover-curing veal brats, waffles, chicken-fried pork belly and house-made pastries. The brunch is priced at $35/person, exclusive of tax and gratuity.


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Location Info

Falling Rock Tap House

1919 Blake St., Denver, CO

Category: Music

Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen

1317 14th St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Highland Tap and Burger

2219 W. 32nd Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

West End Tavern

926 Pearl St., Boulder, CO

Category: Music

Wynkoop Brewing Company

1634 18th St., Denver, CO

Category: Music

Rackhouse Pub - CLOSED

208 S. Kalamath St., Denver, CO

Category: Music

The Cheeky Monk

534 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Music

Stoney's Bar and Grill

1111 Lincoln St., Denver, CO

Category: Music

Star Bar

2137 Larimer St., Denver, CO

Category: Music

Blake Street Tavern

2301 Blake St., Denver, CO

Category: Music

Los Lagos

5072 W. 92nd Ave., Westminster, CO

Category: Restaurant

Osteria Marco

1453 Larimer St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Freshcraft

1530 Blake St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

La Abeja Bakery

508 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Highland Tap and Burger

2219 W. 32nd Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Lucky Pie Pizza & Tap House

1610 16th St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

The Kitchen Next Door

1035 Pearl St., Boulder, CO

Category: Restaurant

Renegade Brewing

925 W. 9th Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Music

River North Brewery

2401 Blake St., Denver, CO

Category: General


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