Tickets for the Great American Beer Festival (GABF), Oct. 10-12, 2013, the “Super Bowl of Beer,” went on sale to the public today. And, as usual, they sold out in minutes.

But don’t start crying in your beer just yet. The Great American Beer Festival is just the beginning – the foam on top of the beer glass – as there will be more than 150 other beer related events in Denver open to the public that week when VISIT DENVER presents the fifth annual Denver Beer Fest, October 4-12, 2013.

This nine-day, citywide celebration of all things beer includes rare beer tastings, beer-paired dinners, “brewer vs. brewer” nights, tap takeovers, brewery tours, firkin tappings and a variety of entertaining beer events, all making Denver the center of the known beer universe during early October.

Specific events are still to come, but the website, DenverBeerFest.com, will be a one-stop shop for everything to do with the festival, and also includes information about local Denver brewers and brewery tours. Bookmark it!

Denver brews more beer than any other American city and is home to Coors Brewery – the largest single brewing site in the world. More than 200 named beers are produced and served every day in Denver’s tap houses, brew pubs, breweries, and gastro pubs, with new pubs opening every week including Crooked Stave, Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew, Epic Brewing, Black Shirt Brewery, Black Sky Brewery, and many more.

Growing side-by-side with beer brewing is Denver’s distillery scene. Fifteen years ago, there was not a single distillery in Colorado – today there are more than 40 producing whiskey, brandy, vodka, gin and rum. And Denver also has wineries, with Infinite Monkey Theorem in the hip new neighborhood of RiNo gaining a national reputation for their sparkling wine served in cans.

Be sure to follow VISIT DENVER on Facebook for opportunities to win Great American Beer Festival tickets, airfare to Denver during the festival, guided beer tours and much more in the months leading up to Denver Beer Fest 2013.

Looking for great hotel deals while you’re visiting The Mile High City? Go to visitdenver.com/hotels/specials to find special rates and packages all year round.

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