Friday, October 4, 2013

Brews News GABF

It has been a long year but it is finally that time of year again. The time where hundreds flock to Denver, Colorado for the annual Great American Beer Festival. Now for those of you who were unable to secure a ticket into this event there is a lot going on throughout the week to keep those thirsts quenched with great craft beer.
Monday, October 7 The beginning of the week starts off slow, but there will be special tappings.
-Odyssey Beerwerks n Arvada, Colorado is tapping a special beer every night and donating $2 from every pint to the Salvation Army in flood relief. They kick off the week with a Fluffy Pumpkin Porter. Quantities are limited so arrive early and thirsty.
Tuesday, October 8 will truly kick of the festivities at a great event that does not include a brewery, but instead a great bar that features amazing beer. The Rackhouse Pub in Denver will be hosting a sensory training class with Scott Kerkmans (Lead Judge at GABF). This class will help guests learn how to pick up subtle flavors in beers, and help enhance their pallets all while enjoying great beer in what will be an amazing learning experience from one of the best in the business.
Wednesday, October 9 is where the events will begin at the breweries and various tap rooms.
-Copper Kettle Brewing Company in Denver will be continuing their theme of dead style ales on cask, and today will be releasing a rare style known as a White Stout. This is called a stout for when beers were named stouts due to their ABV, not by style.
-A few miles away at Renegade Brewing in Denver they will be opening up their back room and allowing tours, something not often offered at this tap room. Tours will begin at 5 and will also feature a taste from an exclusive small batch made for the tour only, so arrive early.
-In their new home at The Source Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project will be selling bottles of their Origins Burgundy Sour. Quantities are limited, so arrive early to get your hands on this great beer.
Thursday, October 10 kicks off the Great American Beer Festival, and also continues the festivities around the state.
-One of Denver’s newest breweries who is not participating in the festival will be hosting a small one of their own. Diebolt Brewing in Denver will be hosting their Oktoberfest party with the new release of their Dunkelweizen. This party will include a band and brats as well.
-The Stapleton Tap House is partnering with River North Brewery for a special beer and cheese pairing. $45 at the door this night will include 6 beers from River North including a rare barrel aged offering, a special pint glass to take home, plus a full pint from the Tap House.
-Barrel Aged beers are going to be in high demand this week and at Our Mutual Friend Malt and Brew they will be tapping a Barrel Aged IPA.
-To go along with barrel aged beers Copper Kettle Brewing Company will be releasing 4 of their 2012 barrel aged offerings. These include the popular Breakfast Stout, English Barleywine, Double IPA, and Port aged Belgian Dark Strong. Vote on your favorite and which one you think will win a medal and possibly win a prize.
-Odyssey Beerwerks in Arvada will be tapping special discovery beers all week and on Thursday they will be tapping a Toffee Scotch Ale.
Friday, October 11 while the Festival is in full swing there will still be some small events going on around town.
-Renegade Brewing will be saying thank you to all of their loyal customers and from 7-9 pm they will be selling all their beers at the tap room for $1. A rare opportunity to have some great beers at unbeatable prices.
-If you are a fan of Barleywines than at Copper Kettle Brewing Company there is a rare chance to have a vertical pairing. The 2012 and 2013 will be both be available, and they will be giving guests a chance to see the difference that a year can make.
Saturday, October 12 will be the last day of the GABF, and the day all the awards are announced. As people await to see if their favorite brewery has some new hardware there will be plenty of beer in the Denver area to sip on while the awards are being handed out.
 -At Lou’s Food Bar in Denver they will be hosting a German Beer Brunch along with Prost Brewing Company. Tickets are $40 and will feature 3 delicious courses along with 4 great beers from Prost including their Oktoberfest Marzen.
-Our Mutual Friend will be tapping yet another new beer, and this will be a Chocolate Cherry Stout.
-Copper Kettle Brewing Company will be tapping a new barrel aged beer, a Belgian Tripel that has been aging in Malbec red wine barrels from Creekside Cellars in Evergreen.
-North of Denver in the small town of Lafayette Odd 13 Brewing will be hosting Sour Saturday. Their Dr. Cougar Petite Saison will be served with fresh raspberries, and they will also be tapping a rare and exclusive sour blonde. This is a blonde ale that has been aged on oak chips and has had both lactobacillus and Brett Yeast added. Both sound delicious and both are sure to go quick.
In spite of the fact that the festival will be the most sought after even of the week there is still a plethora of great events for craft beer lovers of all kinds. No matter how many nights you are available or what sounds best this week will be proof that there is something for everybody. Enjoy the week while it flies by, because it will be a long year before we get this week again.

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