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During the Mile High City’s annual celebration of all things beer, Denver Beer Fest (Oct. 5-12), a dozen of Denver’s top watering holes are featuring different – and spectacular – Colorado beers while supplies last. From the tried-and-true to the truly unique, the Denver Beer Crawl has something for every taste! It’s the perfect way to experience the some of the best beers and some of our favorite places to drink beer in the city. Pick up a copy of Westword this week (10/4 issue) for the check-list, or find it online on the Denver Beer Fest website, and start tasting your way through one of the world’s best beer cities.

A dozen beers not good enough for you? How about 2,700!? Enter the Denver Beer Crawl Giveaway to win tickets to the sold-out Great American Beer Festival, organized by the Brewers Association, Oct. 11-13! Just vote for your favorite Denver Beer Crawl beer on Facebook/VISITDENVER and you will be entered. Contest begins at 8am MST on Thursday, Oct. 4, and will end at 11:59pm MST on Tuesday, Oct. 9. Winners will be contacted on Oct. 10.

The Denver Beer Crawl also offers beer lovers their first chance to try Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock’s new pumpkin ale. The beer is flavored with pumpkins provided by Denver Urban Gardens (DUG) and brewed at Denver Beer Co., in cooperation with the VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Colorado Brewers Guild. Get it at the Denver Beer Co. while supplies last.

The Denver Beer Crawl Participants and their Colorado Beers

Ale House at Amato’s (2501 16th St., 303-433-9734)
471 IPA – A double IPA, combining Pale, Munich, Caramel-30, Carapils and Torrified Wheat malts.

Breckenridge Brewery Ballpark Pub (2220 Blake St., 303-297-3644)
Vanilla Porter – An ale with all the chocolate and roasted nut flavor of a classic Porter.

Cheeky Monk (534 E. Colfax Ave., 303-861-0347)
Funkwerk's Deceipt – Belgian inspired, with Pilsner malt and a yeast strain that presents a lemon character in the aroma.

Denver Beer Co. (1695 Platte St., 303-433-2739)
Mayor's Pumpkin Ale – Hand-stirred by Mayor Michael B. Hancock. Brewed with malted barley and pumpkin for a balanced flavor and orange hue.

Ernie's Bar & Pizza (2915 W. 44th Ave., 303-955-5580)
Four "Hops Nouveau" Beers – A celebration of the Hops Harvest showcasing four Colorado single batch, "fresh hop" beers.

Euclid Hall (1317 14th St., 303-595-4255)
Oskar Blues G'Knight Imperial Red Ale – Hefty, dry hopped double-red ale, resiny nose, sticky mouth-feel, malty middle and unctuous hop flavors.

Freshcraft (1530 Blake St., 303-758-9608)
Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro – Dark and delicious, America's great milk stout will change your perception about what a stout can be.

Great Divide Brewing Co. (2201 Arapahoe St., 303-296-9460)
Rumble – Subtle American IPA brewed with heavy additions of Pacific Northwest hops, gently aged on French and American oak.

Highland Tap & Burger (2219 W. 32nd Ave., 720-287-4493)
Prost Hefeweizen - With flavors of banana and clove this Bavarian specialty is a perfect fall beer.

Rock Bottom Brewery (1001 16th St., 303-534-7616)
Baltic Gnome Porter – A Baltic Style Porter is a lager with big toffee, chocolate notes followed with a crisp finish.

Vine Street Pub and Brewery (1700 Vine St., 303-388-2337)
Number One – Belgian-style Trippel brewed with Golden Naked Oats and clear Belgian candy sugar.

Wynkoop Brewing Company (1634 18th St., 303-297-2700)
Belgorado – Small batch, Belgium-meets-Colorado IPA built with Colorado malts and fresh local hops.

The Great American Beer Festival (GABF) – organized by the Brewers Association – is considered to be the most prestigious and coveted beer competition in America – one eBay hopeful even tried to sell his $65 ticket for a whopping $50,000. It is the world’s largest beer celebration with a Guinness World Record® for the most beers ever made available for tasting at a single event – some 2,375 different American brews from 500 breweries last year. As impressive as those numbers may be, they pale in comparison to this year, as the 2012 GABF will have an astounding 580 breweries, 114 more than in 2011. Officials estimate there will be 2,700 different beers available over the weekend.

Denver brews more beer than any other city in the nation. From Oct. 5-13, the citywide suds celebration known as Denver Beer Fest returns for its fourth year, with Meet the Brewer Nights, beer-paired dinners, firkin nights, brewer versus brewer competitions and the first-ever Denver Beer Fest-official Denver Beer Crawl. All events are listed at DenverBeerFest.com. The event was created by VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau, to offer more beer events around GABF, and also give local breweries an opportunity to showcase their products to the 50,000 beer lovers who attend the granddaddy of beer festivals, as well as Denver locals who can’t make GABF 2012.

Denver Beer Fest is presented by VISIT DENVER, in partnership with the Colorado Brewers Guild and Denver Westword. This year’s sponsors include Denver Yellow Cab, Frontier Airlines, RTD Denver, the Downtown Denver Business Improvement District (BID) and Boelter.




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