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Great American Beer Festival 2014 Google Calendar

We’ve had a ton of requests for Scott to bring back his GABF Google Calendar. Well, we listened and are happy to present our GABF Calendar in Google format.

Don’t forget, we’ve also got our traditional rundown of events, which can be found under the Festival tab or by clicking HERE. We’ll continue to update and add events as we get ‘em.

Hope you enjoy.



Falling Rock Tap House 2014 GABF Calendar

We’ve got the full rundown of timed tappings and events planned for Falling Rock Tap House during GABF Week. Here’s a look at what’s in store, straight from the Falling Rock website:

Here’s the post you’ve been asking for: the calendar of events so far for the 2014 Great American Beer Festival. Don’t forget we are kicking it off (and Denver Beer Fest Week) with the Fresh Hop Fest here at the Rock on Saturday, Sept. 27 from 12-4. And now the good stuff…

Monday,September 29th
– 5:30 pm Falling Rock Tap House Annual GABF Tapping Party What better way to kick off GABF week than by enjoying the beers Chris pulls from his cellar and has been saving just for this little (ha!) party?

Wednesday, October 1st
– 3pm Crooked Stave Artisanal Importers (CO)
– 4pm Upslope (CO)
– 9pm Ballast Point (CA)
- 9:30pm (outside) Shelton Brothers Import Tapping
– 10pm Cigar City (FL)
– 11pm Schmaltz (NY)

Thursday, October 2nd
– 1pm Boulder Beer (CO)
– 2pm Rogue (OR)
– 3pm Lagunitas (CA)
– 9:30pm (outside) Left Hand (CO)
– 10 pm Ommegang (NY)
– 10:30pm (outside) Green Flash (CA)
– 11pm Cigar City (FL)

Friday, October 3rd
– Noon Sierra Nevada (CA) Annual Kill A Keg. This event started when we noticed that we were pouring the season’s first keg of Harvest Ale really quickly. It started us thinking, just how fast could we pour a keg of beer? The rules are pretty simple: a 15.5gal keg, 1 person filling glasses out of one faucet.
– 1pm Boulevard (MO) )
– 2pm New Holland (MI)
– 3pm Anderson Valley (CA)
– 4pm Epic (UT)
– 9:30pm (outside) Taste of the Windy City
– 10pm Stone (CA)
– 10:30 (outside) Dogfish Head (DE)
– 11pm Elevation (CO)
– 11:30pm Epic (CO)

Saturday, October 4th
– 4pm Avery (CO)
– 9:30pm (outside) Odell (CO)
– 10pm Firestone Walker (CA)
– 10:30pm (outside) Sun King (IN)
– 11pm New Belgium (CO) Always the Finale of Falling Rock’s GABF Week.

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Avery Brewing Set To Release Pump[KY]n

Avery Brewing will release Pump[KY]n on Sunday, September 21st. This beauty’s a 17.22% ABV Bourbon Barrel-Aged Pumpkin Porter that was brewed with cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and allspice. Pump[KY]n will join Rumpkin and Uncle Jacob’s Stout in Avery’s lineup of Annual Barrel Aged Releases. Tweak will be added to the family in November. Scroll down to get the full scoop on this new Fall Seasonal and Sunday’s release party.

Avery Brewing to release Pump[KY]n Bourbon Barrel-Aged Beer

New behemoth joins Avery’s Annual Barrel Series at Release Party on Sept 21

Boulder, CO – This Sunday Avery Brewing Company will release its latest session beer. At 17.22% ABV, perhaps it’s not a “session beer” by most standards, but for a brewery releasing 6 beers that are over 16% ABV within a period of 5 months, this is right up their alley.

Pump[KY]n may be a huge beer, though Founder and CEO Adam Avery says that doesn’t necessarily mean you need to find a bunch of friends to split a bottle. “I try to just limit myself to one per drinking session. So I’d call it a sessionable beer…your session just ends quicker.”

Avery says beers of this gravity are as fun to drink as they are to make. “You can pour them into a glass and drink a different beer over the next hour as the beer warms.”

Pump[KY]n Bourbon barrel-aged pumpkin porter was spiced with nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, and cloves, and aged in fresh Bourbon barrels for 6 months. “We wanted to age a pumpkin beer in Bourbon barrels because we thought the vanilla and char flavors from the barrels would meld really well with the pumpkin and spices.”

Avery’s Chief Barrel Herder Andy Parker decided to go big with the spices in this brew. “If you added this spice level to a 5% ABV beer, it’d be undrinkable. But with this beer, the high alcohol, residual sugar, specialty malts and flavors from the Bourbon barrels allowed us to get aggressive.”

When asked what is behind the unusual beer name, Avery said, “I wanted to call it Bourb[KY]n but everybody here shot it down for six months. I finally conceded because the [KY] already calls attention to the fact that it’s aged in Bourbon barrels, so ‘Bourb’ was redundant. Plus, it sounded like ‘burp’. Changing a few little letters makes all the difference.”

Pump[KY]n is the newest member of Avery’s Annual Barrel Series, which also includes Uncle Jacob’s Stout aged in Bourbon barrels, Rumpkin pumpkin ale aged in rum barrels, and Tweak coffee stout aged in Bourbon barrels. This year’s batch of Rumpkin will be released later this month, with Tweak following in November, and Uncle Jacob’s Stout being released early next year from Avery’s new brewery.  Read more »

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Weekend Beer Buzz 09/18/2014

Your Weekend Beer Buzz is juiced up this week. Man, there are a freakin’ ton of events to talk about. And if you’re opening a brewery, maybe don’t do it on the 2nd weekend of September. I’m not sure this town can handle any more Anniversary Parties on the same weekend.

Anyway, here’s the scoop.

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Belgium’s Brasserie d’Achouffe will pay a visit to Denver during Gnome Week.

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Freshcraft will be serving up Gnomegang and the classic La Chouffe. I love these little dudes. Brewery reps will be giving out some schweet schwag. Stop by and raise a glass to the Gnomes! Additional tappings will be held at World of Beer on Friday. Freshcraft is located at: 1530 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202.

Earlier this week, The Old Mine tapped Chocolate Pyrite.

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This one’s their Imperial Handlebar Hard Cider fermented and aged in Breckenridge Bourbon Barrels and washed with Nova Monda Chocolate. Get up there and seek this new one out. The Old Mine is located at: 500 Briggs St, Erie, CO 80516.

Station 26 will tap a firkin of Vanilla Oat Brown Porter on Thursday at 4 PM. Station 26 Brewing Co. is located at: 7045 E 38th Ave, Denver, CO 80207.

Friday, September 19th, 2014

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, it’s Pumpkin beer season. Copper Kettle’s tapping their fun twist on the style this Friday with the release of their Pumpkin Porter. The English-style porter has been brewed using a variety of spices from the Savory Spice Shop, including cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. The first 50 pours will be served in baby pumpkins. A Rum Barrel-Aged version is also scheduled to be tapped. The fun begins at noon. Copper Kettle Brewing is located at: 1338 S Valentia St #101, Denver, CO 80247.

The 2nd Annual Fortoberfest is set for this weekend at the Old Town Square in downtown Fort Collins. 12 Fort Collins breweries will be pouring, including New Belgium, Odell, Black Bottle and let’s not forget the brand new Zwei Bruder and Snowbank breweries. Many German-inspired and Autumn-themed beers will be flowing, with both samplers and full pours available.


Seating will be available in large, communal tables, similar to those found at a traditional German beer hall. This is a bike-friendly event, with bike events planned throughout the 2-day affair. There will also be 14 bands taking the stage throught the fest. This one’s family friendly, but please leave the pups at home.

This week’s Firkin is a Lemon and Sage Saison. Tapping set for Friday at 3 PM. Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014. 303-400-5606.

Jellyman’s ready to tap Art of Tartness at Rockyard on Friday. This one’s a 4.8 % ABV Soured Wheat Ale. Tapping at 4 PM. Rockyard Brewing is located at: 880 W Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO 80109. 303-814-9273.

Saturday, September 20th, 2014

Grimm Brothers is ready for Oktoberfest. They’ve organized the Loveland Oktoberfest again this year and will bring together several local breweries for a day of stein-hoisting, costume contests, live music, food vendors and family friendly fun. Visit the official website for additional details. Thunder Mountain Ampitheatre is located at: 4250 Byrd Dr., Loveland, CO 80538.

Elitch Gardens is hosting Thrills and Pils’ on Saturday afternoon. Come spend the day touring and riding at Elitch and enjoy unlimited pours of more than 80 brews. Participating breweries include Great Divide, Dry Dock, Odell, Breckenridge, Grist and De Steeg. Tickets are $45 for park entry (10 AM – 8 PM) and beers (pouring from Noon – 5 PM). Ticket info and details HERE. Elitch Gardens is located at: 2000 Elitch Cir, Denver, CO 80204.  Read more »

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See, Sniff & Sip: Vol. IX

Xocoveza Mocha Stout

Chris Banker / Stone Brewing / Insurgente, Escondido, CA

Milk Stout, 8.1% ABV

People online have described this beer as a readily available substitute for Hunaphu or Mexican Cake which has caused a feeding frenzy.  Next time, keep it on the down low and buy them all for yourself to enjoy!  I won’t go as far as comparing this particular beer to those sought after beers, but I will say it is quite an enjoyable beverage and for a $9 bomber, it may very well be the pick of the season!

Format: 22oz. bottle
Availability: One-time release
Appearance: Poured from a 22oz bottle into a teku glass. The beer is dark chocolate in color with a thick persistent head.
Aroma: There’s an amazing nose, even sitting on the desk in front of me, the fragrance is intoxicating with cinnamon, chocolate, coffee and peppers.
Taste: No real heat as you would expect from the nose, fruity pepper flavors, great vanilla notes with a nutmeg/cinnamon spice kick, milk chocolate finish with just a slight twang from the peppers.
Mouthfeel: The body is a bit thin which makes this one go down a little too easily. There’s also spice notes on the palate after each sip; Very pleasant.
Overall: Delicious beer with smooth spice flavors, probably won’t age well, the spices will fall off quickly, but right now it is outstanding.  Drink this one fresh!
Insane Pairing: Traditional burnt caramel flan

Score: 4.6 / 5

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Colorado: The State of Craft Beer

The Colorado Brewer’s Guild has launched a new campaign that will facilitate Colorado brewers better access to their target audiences, peers and suppliers. Driven by the fact that Colorado currently has more than 200 operating craft breweries that are responsible for more than 5,000 brewery jobs and $826 million in revenue, they have rolled out the “Colorado: The State of Craft Beer” brand.

This initiative is a three-phase program intending to give a central repository for Colorado-centric brewing matters on a local and national scale. Phase One is establishing brand identity, to get the word out that there is something special going on with Colorado breweries. This is like the ”Colorado Proud” branding used in grocery stores to indicate products grown colorado state of craft beerin Colorado. Phase Two will see the arrival of branded products like signs, shirts, glasses, banners and such.  The final phase, set to be rolled out in early 2015, is a portal website where both breweries and consumers can go to exchange information on new releases, upcoming events and other beer-centric facts. In addition, the site will house an accurate map of all the breweries in Colorado. There is also the possibility of the new branded logo being added to packaging much like the appellation marks of the Trappist breweries, a reflection that the brewer is Colorado-based and under the umbrella of Colorado, The State of Craft Beer.

This effort embraces the fact that we are a beer loving state like no other, home to both the nation’s oldest microbrewery and national headquarters for the Brewer’s Association as well as the site of the largest annual beer festival in the United States.  Colorado really is The State of Craft Beer in all meanings of the term.

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Epic Brewing’s 50 Firkin Fiasco and GABF Events

It’s BACK! Epic Brewing’s 2nd Annual 50 Firkin Fiasco is set for Thursday, October 2nd during GABF. They’ve also announced the rest of their GABF events, which we’ll have added to our 2014 GABF Calendar later today. In the meantime, grab your tickets and we hope to see you there!

Epic Brewing’s Second Annual 50 Firkin Fiasco

Denver, CO, September 16th - To celebrate the Denver Brewery’s first anniversary and The Great American Beer Festival, Epic Brewing is hosting a special event on October 2nd. Epic Brewing’s Second Annual 50 Firkin Fiasco will feature fifty unique cask beers that highlight the brewery’s beer portfolio and the creativity of its brewers and cellar staff.

This year the full event will be open to the public from 2:00 – 7:00 pm. Tickets are $25.00 and include a 7oz tasting glass. The first 100 people through the door will also receive a “50 Firkin Fiasco” t-shirt. Tickets are available through Imbibe Denver and at The brewing staff will be on hand to discuss the beers as participants explore the brewery. Food vendors will also be onsite during the event providing lunch and dinner.

“We’ve pulled off this event before without its namesake coming true, but that doesn’t mean it’s not exciting – they’re a ton of fun with unique beers that won’t be seen anywhere else. If you’re looking for rare beer during GABF, this is where you need to be,” says Kevin Crompton, Epic’s Brewmaster.

Some of the firkins that will be on tap include: Read more »


Epic Brewing Celebrates 1-Year Anniversary

One year ago, Utah-based Epic Brewing opened their second brewery right here in Denver, CO. Looking back over the past 12 months they’ve given us some great moments, fun events, delicious brews and have proven to be an awesome addition to the local beer scene. We love ‘em and are happy to share their Anniversary Week events listed below. Check it out!

Epic Brewing’s One Year Anniversary Week

Denver, CO, September 15th – It has been one year since Epic Brewing opened its second brewery in Denver, Colorado. To celebrate, they are hosting a series of events throughout the week.

All Week Long:
Win a brew day at Epic – Patrons are invited to use the Taproom Typewriter to leave us a note, a poem, or a short essay about why they love Colorado. One lucky winner will get to brew a batch of Escape to Colorado IPA with our brewers.

KOTA Longboard – Enter for a chance to win a custom Epic KOTA Longboard. Tickets are $2.00 and proceeds benefit the Colorado Brewers Guild.

Monday, September 15
Plant Sale – Do you have a green thumb? Are you looking for a gift for the “Beer Geek” in your life? We will be selling succulents and cacti planted in our shiny new Escape to Colorado cans. Grab a plant and pint for $10.00

Tuesday, September 16
Limited Edition T-shirts – Show off to your friends with a limited edition Escape to Colorado T-shirt.  Shirts are $20 and come with a six pack of Escape to Colorado cans or $15 with a bomber.

Wednesday September 17, 5-8pm
Tapas Night – Roaming Bull Brasserie, a local food truck, will be preparing tapas items featuring local ingredients.  There will also be two special real-ale firkins of Escape to Colorado IPA. These firkins were made by local homebrewers during the recent American Homebrewers Association Rally.

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Odell Brewing Turns 25!

Odell Brewing’s turning 25 years old. On September 22nd, they’ll begin a week of events to help celebrate the milestone. There’s also a doubled-up, oak-aged version of 90 Shilling, which the brewery has named 180 Shilling, set to launch during the festivities. Additional details can be found in the announcement below and on the Odell website.

25 Years of Odell Brewing 

Brewery celebrates anniversary with week of tap room events!

Fort Collins, CO – This fall, Odell Brewing Company will turn 25 years old. On September 22, the brewery will kick off a week of events to celebrate its silver anniversary with friends and family. The fun will include a Silver Lining soiree benefit for the Food Bank of Larimer County, throwback beers, special food pairings, live music, and more. The brewery will also release a special anniversary beer during the week. 180 Shilling, a double version of the brewery’s flagship 90 Shilling, boasts a hearty roasted malt base balanced by subtle earthy hops, and aged on oak to create notes of toffee, plum, vanilla and dried cherry.

odell brewing 180 shillingOdell Brewing got its start in 1989, just after Doug and Wynne Odell made the move to Fort Collins from Seattle. Doug had been an active homebrewer, strongly influenced by the northwest brewing pioneers, so the two decided to take his passion commercial. Doug’s sister, Corkie, was living in Fort Collins and scoped out a location to start the brewery. Shortly after their move, Corkie joined Doug and Wynne in opening the brewery in an old converted grain elevator. It was just the second packaging craft brewery to open in the state of Colorado, and the first in Fort Collins.

During the first five years, the popularity of Odell’s hand-crafted draft only ales caught on. In fact, they became so popular that a larger facility was needed to handle the increasing demand. Thus a whole new brewery was built in 1994 at the current location. In 1996, a packaging line was installed, and the brewery introduced bottles for the first time. After many years, several brewery expansions, and a packaging re-brand, Odell Brewing expects to produce around 100,000 barrels of beer this year. It currently employs just over 100 people, and sells a diverse portfolio of delicious and innovative beers across eleven states.  Read more »

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Weekend Beer Buzz 09/11/2014

It’s time! Hope you enjoy your weekend. Snow and all…

Don’t forget to check out our GABF Calendar, which launched earlier this week.




Thursday, September 11th, 2014

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Lone Tree Brewing Company is located at: 8200 Park Meadows Dr, Suite 8222, Lone Tree, CO 80124.

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Head to Dry Dock on Friday for this week’s Firkin tapping. Look for Oak Aged Double IPA. A personal favorite of the Brewtall Insane crew. Don’t miss the 3 PM tapping. Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014. 303-400-5606.

Speaking of Dry Dock, their new Canoe Room is opening this weekend! They’ll be open Fri, Sat & Sun from noon – 6 PM with 4 beers on tap: Imperial Pumpkin, Imperial Stout, Rye-zing Sun Saison and Vanilla Porter, plus their canned offerings. Stop by and check out the new tasting spot at their production facility. Dry Dock North is located at: 2801 Tower Rd, Aurora, CO 80011.

Jellyman’s releasing FNSM on Friday at 4 PM. FNSM is a Cognac-Aged Alt with Jalapeno! This one’s got a nice 6% ABV that offers a toasted, sweet malt flavor, citrus notes, smooth oak and a pinch of heat in the finish. Tapping at 4 PM. Rockyard Brewing is located at: 880 W Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO 80109. 303-814-9273.

It’s Brew at the Zoo time again. Head over to the beautiful Denver Zoo on Friday night to enjoy a pils with a primate, a stout with a sea lion or whatever sort of animal you think makes a good drinking buddy.

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You’ll have the opportunity to wander the zoo grounds while sampling craft suds along the way. 40 Colorado breweries will be pouring, alongside 20 local restaurants who’ll be dishing up appetizers. Brew at the Zoo will also have live music and a silent disco. Tickets are $85 – $100 ($30 for DD’s).   The Denver Zoo is located at: 2300 Steele St, Denver, CO 80205. Read more »

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