In less than 45 minutes, all 49,000 tickets to the Great American Beer Festival were snatched up, leaving thousands more upset and empty handed. However, you don’t need a ticket to the main event to enjoy the epic amount of beer that will flow through Colorado next week. Enterprising breweries and restaurant owners saw the demand and set to fill it. The number of pairings and tastings in Denver the week of GABF is enormous, many of which are already sold out. And everyone is pulling out all of the stops. This morning I received an invite from Shock Top for a tasting party that features helicopter rides over a wheat field than an artist has “crop circled” into a special surprise.
Fort Collins is 63 miles from the Colorado Convention Center, the venue of the fest. Being home to 9 breweries and several beer bars, we were not going to miss out on creating some fun too. Rare beers will be tapped, swag will be given away and great food will be eaten while sipping some suds. Below is a list of events by date in what is sure going to be an incredibly packed week. List will be updated as more details are released, so check back often 🙂
The Mayor of Old Town is starting their Tap into Northern Colorado event. 2 weeks of all Northern Colorado beers on 100 taps. Visit their website for a list of all the beers available. You can do epic things like this…a flight of 27 New Belgium Beers
The first of 8 beers in 8 days is being tapped at Pateros Creek Brewing Company. Their popular Owl Canyon Pumpkin Ale is being released at 2pm.
Day 2 of Pateros Creek Brewing’s 8 days will feature their Peach Festival People’s Choice Award winner, Peche Hime. This peaches and cream porter taps at 3pm.
I will be hosting a beer and cheese pairing event at The Welsh Rabbit Cheese Shop. Featuring all GABF medal winning beers from Northern Colorado. First course will be served at 7pm. Tickets are $30 and almost sold out.
Continuing with the trend of popular beers, Pateros Creek Brewing Company taps their winter seasonal, Snowy River, at 2pm.
Tap and Handle has their first night of GABF celebration with 3 special events in one night! At 5pm join in on a Great Divide Yeti Sighting and get a chance to try all the different version of their Yeti Imperial Stout. Stick around because at 6pm Avery Brewing Company will be tapping their legendary Uncle Jacobs Stout, and if you order one you get to keep the glass! But the fun doesn’t stop there, at 7pm Grand Teton will be tapping 4 special brews.
The crowd from BeerAdvocate will be around Fort Collins both today and tomorrow. Here is the schedule is you want to show up and have a beer with the Alstrom Bros.! 12:00pm – 2:00pm Lunch at Choice City Butcher Shop And Deli, 3:00pm – 5:00pm Funkwerks, 5:30pm – 8:00pm Grimm Brothers, 8:30pm – END Coopersmiths for Dinner
Starting today The Mayor of Old Town is a shuttle stop for the Hops and Shops brewery shuttle. Hit all your favorites by catching this convenient ride around town.
Bike bar Crank N Steins is releasing their fun line up today. Look for several GABF Pro-Am beers, a Yeti or two and also Crazy Mountain Peach IPA, among others.
Funkwerks will be adding more tours all week at noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm and 5pm.
Pateros Creek Brewing Company taps their newest IPA in the 14er series, Mt. Massive, an imperial, at 2pm.
Odell Brewing Company is upping their tour schedule this week. Tours will be offered at noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm. Plus, today the Cupcake Cruiser will be there featuring their Cutthroat Porter cupcake.
Enjoy an amazing pairing dinner at Choice City Butcher and Deli, voted one of the best beer restaurants in the country. This time around they are working with Hoppin’ Frog Brewing out of Ohio. Tickets are $55 and going fast.
Only two events tonight at Tap and Handle. At 5pm enjoy Upslope Brewing beers, including their Pumpkin Ale that won gold at last years GABF. Lots of schwag will be given away. Then at 7pm Victory Brewing will be taking over 8 tap handles, including beers that have never been tapped in Colorado!
Check out The Forge Publick House to see their tap line up for the week, it is sure to impress.
Loveland Aleworks is tapping some special kegs this week, many of which will be cask conditioned. Also, buy a shirt, get a free pint.
$1 off pints of Bom-bastic at Fort Collins Brewery
The Alstrom Brothers are still in town, here is where you can find them today. 10:00am – 12:00pm New Belgium, 12:15pm – 2:15pm Fort Collins Brewery / Gravity 1020, 2:15pm – 4:15pm Odell, 4:30pm – 6:15pm Equinox, 6:15pm – 8:00pm Pateros Creek Brewing, 8:30pm – END The Mayor
Pateros Creek Brewing Company will tap the Conundrum Porter. This bourbon barrel coffee porter is the creation of Cathy, brew wife and marketing guru and was her entry for the staff outlaw contest this year.
Tours continue at Odell, and afterwards enjoy live music from 4-6pm and Umami Mobile Asian Eatery.
Head on over to The Melting Pot on Mountain Avenue for a 4 course pairing dinner with Odell Brewing Co. Dinner starts at 6pm, with tickets priced at $5o. Seating is limited, so purchasing a ticket in advance is advised.
It is $1 sliders (my addiction) at Choice City Butchet and Deli, AND they are tapping several rare and aged beers. One I am looking forward to is an Epic Brainless on Cherries that was infected with Brett. yum!
Special secret tappings are rumored at Tap and Handle at 5pm and then again at 8pm. But at 7pm you can enjoy more than 15 kinds of New Belgium Lips of Faith.
If you head into Fort Collins Brewery, order a glass of Obsessed Barley Wine you get to keep the glass
Throwing in a second 14er release, Sunlight Peak taps at Pateros Creek Brewing Company at 2pm.
While your waiting for your tour at Odell Brewing Company enjoy some oysters and seafood from Jax Fish House.
A special after party tapping at Tap and Handle that is still unannounced. But rumors have it that it may include Odells and cherries……
Equinox Brewing always offers a firkin on today, tune into their Facebook to find out what it will be
Starting at The Forge Publick House today you can be a GABF judge. All the beers on tap will be local GABF entries, and you get to vote for your favorite. Next Saturday, Oct. 20th, all the winners will be on for $2 along with some BBQ and brewery revelry.
Today at Fort Collins Brewery 1900 merch is 10%. Get a new shirt to wear to GABF tomorrow
An Oatmeal Raisin Stout dubbed Stone Giant taps at 2pm at Pateros Creek Brewing Company
The Rio Grande won’t be pouring margaritas, but their breakfast burritos and tacos go nicely with Odell Brewing Company’s brews while they will be serving in the taproom.
Join the head brewer of Fort Collins Brewery at Tap and Handle as he releases his newest barley wine. Sure to be amazing!
Live music will happen after 6pm in the Equinox Brewing Beer Garden
Chocolate lovers should go to Fort Collins Brewery where they can get a 1/2 pint of Double Chocolate Stout and a slice of Double Chocolate Stout cheesecake for $6
The last of the 8 beers in 8 days, Hopped Up Owl, will be tapped at Pateros Creek Brewing Company at 2pm. This hopped up version of their pumpkin ale should be a hit.
Today’s food selection in the Odell Brewing Company’s taproom will be Marco’s coal-fired pizza.
More live music today at Equinox, don’t miss out if you are in town!
$2 off pints of ESB at Fort Collins Brewery