It’s pretty much the same story every year. Tickets for the Great American Beer Festival go on sale—and about a minute later, they’re gone—leaving a string of sad craft beer fans all along the Front Range.
Fortunately for Boulderites, our hometown breweries throw some pretty awesome events during the week of the fest, and we’ve put together a list of those events—just for you.
Cheers. Prost. Salud. And happy GABF week to all of you craft beer lovers!
Friday, September 25th | 8 p.m. | Boulder Theater
Avery goes big when it comes to GABF festivities, and they’re throwing a big party to celebrate the week of the festival along with the release of the Avery Raja Double IPA. The party will feature the funky beats of Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe featuring Robert Randolph. Beer. Music. Boulder. Tickets to this party will run you $25 for general admission, and $50 for VIP. Tickets can be purchased here.
Win GABF Tickets
Monday, September 21st and Wednesday, September 23 | After 5 p.m. | Boulder Beer Brewery & Pub
Boulder Beer really wants to send you to this year’s Great American Beer Festival. They’re giving away two tickets to the Friday night session on Monday and Wednesday, after 5 p.m., at their brewery and pub.
Book Signing with Jeff Alworth
Tuesday, September 22nd | 5:30 p.m. | Boulder Beer Brewery & Pub
The author of the The Beer Bible will be on hand at the pub, signing books and chatting more about his published friendly guide to craft beer.
Tapping of 2014 Scourge of the Dude
Thursday, September 24 | 4 p.m. | Boulder Beer Brewery & Pub
Boulder beer will be releasing the second installment in their barrel-aged Dude Series. Scourge of the Dude is a Barleywine made using a blend of caramel malts, toasted rye, and a hint of smoked malt. It’s been aged for eight months, and will be making it’s debut for the first time on Thursday of GABF week.
$40 Prix Fixe Menu
September 21 through 26 | All Evening | BRU Handbuilt Ales
Chef Ian Clark is going big for this year’s GABF week. This east Boulder brewery and eatery will be serving a 4-course prix fixe menu all week featuring dishes paired with the brewery’s GABF entries.
Special Uncappings & Tappings
September 22, 23 & 25 | BRU Handbuilt Ales
BRU is breaking into the vault for three special tappings throughout the week. On September 22 at 6 p.m. they’ll be uncapping and pouring their 1st Anniversary Ale while supplies last. On September 23rd at 7 p.m., the 2nd Anniversary Ale will be uncapped. And on September 25th at 6 p.m And on September 25th at 6 p.m. they’ll be tapping a Fresh Hop American Pale Ale
The Art of Pairing Beer with Food
Wednesday, September 23 | 6 p.m. | BRU Handbuilt Ales
He’s known as the “Beer Chef”, which makes Ian Clark a pretty good authority on pairing beer with food. For $25, guests of this event will enjoy paired tasters and bites. Reservations are required for this event and can be made by calling 720.638.5193.
$2 Loch Wee Heavy Scotch Ale
September 24 | All Night | BRU Handbuilt Ales
In 2014, BRU won a silver medal at the Great American Beer Festival for their Loch Wee Heavy Scotch Ale, which they’re serving up on September 24th for $2.
Win GABF Tickets
Through September 18th | FATE Brewing Co.
This people at FATE are pretty generous, and they want to send you to the Great American Beer Festival. Visit FATE anytime through September 18th. Get a punch card. Purchase menu items, get punches on your punch card, and cross your fingers. This could be your year to win.
September 22 through 26 | Wild Woods Brewery
It’s all about the beer this week, and the folks at Wild Woods have been busy brewing up a handful of specialty beers that will be released during GABF week. The brewery will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 2-9 p.m. with a new beer release each day. Tuesday: Doppelbock. Wednesday: Chris’s Wheat IPA with Chinook and Galaxy Hops. Thursday: Cask Peaches in Cream (a cream ale conditioned with fresh Palisade peaches). Friday: Eagle Rare Bourbon Barrel Black Smoke Imperial Stout. Saturday: “Very Wild” Pineapple Weed Pale (a collaboration with Very Nice Brewing Co. brewed for the Beers Made By Walking event in Denver).