Oktoberfest is over but that doesn’t mean we have to stop celebrating our love of beer. That’s right, the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) is here tomorrow through Saturday at the Convention Center.
Breweries from almost every state will put their best recipes, some never-before-tasted, to the test in hopes of winning a coveted award in the country’s biggest beer festival. While tickets are sold out, all is not lost; you can still get your hands on a pint of freshly tapped grog from GABF-participating breweries at some Denver brewpubs. Here, some spots to check out this weekend. Note: almost all listed below will have specialty beers on tap throughout the weekend.
Amato’s Ale House, 2501 16th St., LoHi
Be sure to swing by the patio on Thursday, 3-5 p.m. for special tastings with Ska and Avery breweries.
Blake Street Vault, 15th and Blake St., LoDo
Working in good neighborly fashion, the Vault and Freshcraft team up for a Night of Light and Dark on Thursday 11 p.m.–2 a.m., which features rare beers from Alaskan, Odell, and Stone breweries. The Vault will host the light beers, while Freshcraft hosts the dark beers.
Also in collaboration with Freshcraft, the Vault hosts Avery Brewing Company’s “Heaven & Hell,” featuring the brewery’s Holy Trinity and The Demon series at 10 p.m. on Friday.
Euclid Hall, 14th and Larimer St., LoDo
Want to learn more about wood aged beers? Talk with experts from Dog Fish Head on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. Be sure to head to Euclid Hall any time this weekend for rare and specialty beers on tap.
Falling Rock Taphouse, 19th and Blake St., LoDo
Head here any day during GABF and you’ll find specialty beers, but on Thursday at 10 p.m., Full Sail head brewer John Harris will tap into some rarities.
Freshcraft, 15th and Blake St., LoDo
Lady beer lovers rejoice! Head to the Beer for Boobs brunch on Friday, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and try the ForniSKAtor Dopplebock collaboration between Freshcraft and Ska Brewing. The event helps support breast cancer awareness.
For a somewhat less “organized” event, don’t miss the Left Hand Arm Wrestling Tournament at 3 p.m. Winners of each round get a free pint of Left Hand Brewing beer and the overall winner gets two tickets to the sold-out Friday GABF session!
Great Divide Brewery, 22nd and Arapahoe St.
Starting at 2 p.m. on Thursday, head to Great Divide’s beer lounge for live music, food carts, and, of course, beer! Festivities run throughout GABF, ending at 12 a.m. Friday.
Highland Tap and Burger, 2219 West 32nd Ave., LoHi
Beer and BBQ, what more could you ask for? Head to HTB’s patio Friday 12-3 p.m. and sample craft brews from Odell.
Rackhouse Pub, 208 South Kalamath St., Baker
Wine pairings are always popular, but what about beer pairings? Enjoy four courses from Rackhouse chef Jayson Reynolds paired with beers from Aurora-based Dry Dock Brewery Thursday 2-4 p.m. and again on Friday 2-4 p.m. with beers from Left Hand Brewery. Bonus: Throughout the weekend, Rackhouse will feature 14 Colorado beers that won GABF medals in 2010.
Strange Brewing Company, 13th and Zuni St.
Grab some grub from Alvie’s Eats food truck and listen to live music Saturday 6-10 p.m.
Wynkoop Brewing Company, 18th and Wynkoop St., LoDo
On Wednesday, Wynkoop will unveil its new Belgian-style ale, Rooftop Honey, made with honey from beehives on the Brown Palace’s roof. The beer will be on tap at Wynkoop following the reveal.