Lauren Salazar, New Belgium's sensory Jedi, wood-cellar manager and specialty brand manager, will teach two sour beer symposiums today upstairs at Euclid Hall. Session one
runs from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and costs $65 (buy tickets here). Session two, also $65, runs from 1:30 to 4 p.m. "This workshop is a once in a lifetime experience and have been held in cities such as Chicago, Asheville, Portland, San Diego, and Washington D.C. Spaces are limited and both sessions will sell out," according to Euclid Hall.
Crooked Stave will release a bottled beer at 11 a.m. today at its brand-new brewery at the Source. L'Brett d'Or is a golden sour aged in oak barrels. There is a six-bottle limit and it will be sold on a first-come first-served basis.
The Country Malt Group and Black Shirt Brewing Company are hosting a party from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight to celebrate a beer they concocted together. The special Sticke Alt uses the new Best Malz RedX, and food will be skillfully prepared by renowned Chef Bill Greenwood using Denver based Tender Belly Pork purveyed products. RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org
Oskar Blues continues its series of all-day Oskar Blues Ordeal bus adventures today with a tour that picks you up at 8 a.m. at Falling Rock Taphouse in Denver and lasts til 4 p.m., when the bus drops you back off in time for the first GABF session. The tour starts at the OB Grill & Brew brewpub in Lyons for steak-and-egg breakfast burritos and Coffee Stout and a tour. From there, you'll head for Hops and Heifers Farm for another tour and 19.2-ounce cans of Dale's Pale Ale and Mama's Little Yella Pils. A barbecue lunch (and more beer) follows at Homemade Liquids and Solids, along with a VIP tour of the brewery. Ticket are $75 and available at eventbrite.com.
Here's Falling Rock's tapping schedule for today: Rogue at 1 p.m.; Boulder Beer at 2 p.m.; Lagunitas at 3 p.m.; and a special meet-and-greet at 4 p.m. with the authors of four new beer books. They are: The Pocket Beer Guide by Stephen Beaumont; The Complete Beer Course by Joshua M. Bernstein; California Breweries North by Jay R. Brooks; and The American Craft Beer Cookbook by John Holl. Then, after the GABF session, you'll find: Oskar Blues at 10 p.m. with 1Nut Brown, Double Impact Belgian Strong Ale and A Fresh Hop; Alaskan at 11 p.m. with a Vertical of Smoked Porter on tap.
Stapleton Tap House will turn over some of its taps to River North Brewery tonight from 7 to 9 p.m. by offering a beer and cheese pairing with River North owner Matt Hess and Devin Lamma of Whole Foods. They'll be serving six beers paired with six cheeses. Tickets are $35 in advance and are available at River North or the Stapleton Taphouse.
Epic Brewing, which just opened its Denver taproom on September 28, will celebrate with the First 50 Firkin Fiasco, featuring fifty unique firkins "that highlight Epic's beer portfolio and the creativity of their brewers and cellar staff." And although ten of those firkins will be available in the taproom, which is open to the public, you'll have to buy a VIP pass for $55 to try the other forty. But you also get a t-shirt, glassware, logo goods and access to the brewery itself. The event runs all day from 3 to 11 p.m., and the brewery staff from Denver and Salt Lake City will be on hand to talk beer. Food vendors will be onsite. Buy your passes at http://50firkins.eventbrite.com
. Some of the firkins that will be on hand include: Imperial IPA high krausened with Hopulent IPA and cask hopped with whole leaf Cascade, Imperial Red Ale with cocoa nibs, Utah Sage Saison with cracked black pepper corns, Brainless Golden Ale high krausened with Hopulent IPA and cask hopped with whole leaf Amarillo, Spiral Jetty with Chipotle Peppers, Imperial IPA with toasted coconut flakes, and Captn' Crompton's Pale Ale high krausened with Hopulent IPA and cask hopped with whole leaf Chinook.
Hops & Pie will tap several beers from Indiana's Sun King Brewing today at 11:30 a.m.; they include Pink Taco, Afternoon Delight, Oktoberfest, Cream Dream VI, Barrel Aged Timmie and 777.
At noon, Freshcraft will tap a beer brewed collaboratively by New Belgium and Florida's Cigar City; the 8.5 percent ABV concoction was made with Anaheim and Marash chile peppers. But there will be plenty of other beers from both breweries on hand, including New Belgium's Le Terroir and Cigar City's Humidor Series IPA, Cafe Americana (Imperial Stout) and Stiftung Berlinerweisse. Then, at 3 p.m. Freshcraft will welcome Boulevard Beer Company from Kansas City, who will tap Saison Brett, Mid Coast IPA, Pop Up IPA.
Osteria Marco will host a tap takeover by Mountain Sun Brewing today beginning at 11 a.m. It's rare to find Mountain Sun brews outside of the company's four Boulder and Denver pubs. All of Osteria Marco's taps will be given up to the brewery. In addition, Osteria and Elevation Brewing will hold a Hooves & Hops pork/beer dinner tonight at 6 p.m. Tickets are $45/person.
Freshcraft turns up the head after the GABF session with its Second Annual Ska Brewing. Peach St. Distillers GABF Week Party at 10:30 p.m. The three companies worked together to brew a new beer and create a barrel-aged cocktail. The beer is DaSkave de Fuego, a heavily hopped Extra Pale Ale infused with tropical fruit and habanero and aged in a Peach St D'Agave Gold barrel. "After the beer was transferred from the barrel we filled with DaSKAve Bam Bam - a cocktail made with more Peach St D'Agave and other great ingredients," Freshcraft adds. Other beverages in the house include: Cru D'etat, a Belgian specialty ale aged in oak foeders for nearly two years, Hoperation Ivy and Modus Hoperandi.
Lucky Pie LoDo will tap two Avery beers at 10 a.m. as part of its Breakfast with Avery Brewing. At 2 p.m., there will be a celebration of southern Colorado breweries with beers available from Elevation Beer Co., Telluride Brewing, Amicas Brewing, 3 Barrel Brewing and Pagosa Brewing. That evening, at 10 p.m., Lucky Pie will host a Lagunitas After Session party and giveaway some GABF passes.
Denver's TRVE Brewing will host a beer-and-heavy-metal festival tonight in the Summit Music Hall's Moon Room with three like-minded and acclaimed breweries from elsewhere in the country, Minnesota's Surly Brewing, Real Ale Brewing of Texas, Three Floyds of Indiana. It will be a good opportunity to drink beers that aren't normally available.
The 1Up will feature an unusual mini tap-takeover by four Chicago-area breweries that don't distribute in Denver. Haymarket Pub, Revolution Brewing, Half Acre Beer Company and Solemn Oath Brewer will all be pouring.
Star Bar and New Belgium will team up for a New Belgium throwdown after the GABF session, featuring several stashed Lips of Faith beers and live music.
Euclid Hall and Avery Brewing have hosted one of the hottest events of GABF week for the past two years, and they're bringing back the Midnight Breakfast at Euclid Hall for a third go-round this year -- but with a slight twist. The epic nine-course, late-night beer breakfast/pairing will be a sit-down event so that attendees don't have to fight one another for food and beer. Chef Jorel Piece is planning a menu that includes Hog Head Benedict, a Bloody Joe cocktail, Bad Apple, Fresh Fruit Ambrosia, Smoked Loch Duart gravlax, Caraway Bagel Holes, Lyonnaise potatoes, Braised Eggs and Brown Butter Shortbread, while Avery will be bringing some of its rarest beers, including Ross's's' Melange, Momi Hiwa, Tweak and the unreleased Thensaurum, a sour ale aged in rum barrels. Doors open at 10:45, following the end of the Thursday night GABF session, and the breakfast gets underway at 11. Tickets are $100 per person (tax and gratuity included) and are available at Brown Paper Tickets.
Rackhouse Pub will double its taps today through Sunday from thirty to sixty so that it can host Battle of the Barley, a curated list of the some of the best beers from the best breweries in both Colorado and California. The list is pretty stellar, so you're going to want to log onto the Rackhouse web site to check it out.
The Copper Kettle will be tapping four barrel-aged beers today that it submitted to GABF -- and you can vote for your favorite and the one that you think has the best chance of winning a medal (and which medal). If CK wins, you also win, although CK hasn't said what the prizes will be yet. Beers are: 2012 High Country Breakfast Stout, 2012 Bourbon Barrel English Barleywine, 2012 Bourbon Barrel Aged Double IPA, and 2013 Port Barrel Belgian Dark Strong. Dogtown Concessions will be in the house serving food at 4 p.m.
Great Divide takes over the taps at Row 14 Bistro all day today right across from the Colorado Convention Center. On tap: Fresh Hop Pale Ale, Hibernation Ale, Colette Farmhouse Ale and Hoss Rye Lager.
World of Beer in Glendale will be tapping some rare beers today, including several from Florida's Cigar City and the new Game of Thrones beer from Ommegang.