2018 marks the 37th consecutive year Great American Beer Fest is held in Colorado. With 800 breweries and more than 3,800 beers inside the Colorado Convention Center, it can be an overwhelming endeavor. Below are some events worth attending:
For more than two decades Falling Rock Tap House has been the unofficial GABF gathering place. With special events planned every day this week, that distinction is not at risk this time around. On Monday the bar will tap dozens of special beers as part of it's 21st tapping party. Stay up to date on Falling Rock's facebook page.
Great Divide Brewery is hosting a pre-GABF whiskey and beer bash September 18th with Jameson Irish Whiskey. The Denver brewery also hosts a beer and dessert pairing on Thursday.
Kline's Beer Hall in Arvada also kicks off its week with a beer dinner Tuesday. The four-course meal features seven beers from California's Beachwood Brewing.
"Food and beer is such an amazing thing," Kline's Beer Manager Andrew Dahler said. "You can do whatever the heck you want with beer!"
Dinner is $50 per person and tickets are available for purchase at Kline’s or via phone (303) 351-7938.
Tennyson beer staple Hops & Pie taps a limited portfolio of beer from Crooked Stave Artisans on Wednesday.
"Three Floyds is always a show-stopper," Hops & Pie Co-Owner Drew Watson said. "Everybody has heard of them but can rarely get them, so that's a super-treat. Jester King out of Austin is one of the best sour houses in the country, so that's always a blast."
Call to Arms Brewing's third annual Catalina Wine Mixer takes place Thursday. It's a celebration of the brewery's wine-barrel aged beers from the past year. The event runs from 12p - 10p.
"It's not ticketed," according to brewery owner John Cross. "We've always been a neighborhood brewery and this is all about sharing beer with people. We just want to invite people in to sit down, enjoy beer and have a good time."
Following the festivities Sunday, Call to Arms Brewery is also hosting a Post-GABF Hangover Bruch featuring eats from The Noshery.