Kicking off Denver Beer Fest on October 5, will be a tapping of a special pumpkin ale brewed by Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock. On September 19, the Mayor ground up barley, shoveled grains, and added hops and pumpkins grown by Denver Urban Gardens to a special brew prepared at the Denver Beer Company, and in conjunction with the Colorado Brewers Guild.
Denver citizens were asked to go on Facebook to help name this new pumpkin beer. At a press conference at 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 5 at the Denver Beer Company, the Mayor will reveal the name of his new beer and tap the first keg to offer a toast to Denver Beer Fest. The beer will be sold at Denver Beer Company until it runs out.
The website, DenverBeerFest.com, is a one-stop shop for all things beer connected with the festival, and also includes information about local Denver brewers and brewery tours.
Denver’s tap houses, brew pubs, breweries, gastro pub and distillery scene continues to expand with the past year seeing a number of new openings. There are now more than 24 breweries in metro Denver.
Just some of the fun events during Denver Beer Fest include:
The First Annual Denver Beer Crawl, Oct. 5-13
Twelve of Denver’s best watering holes are each featuring different - and spectacular - Colorado beers during Denver Beer Fest. From the Ale House at Amato’s to the Great Divide Brewing Co.’s Tap Room, it’s the perfect way to sample Colorado’s finest craft beers.
Chipotle FREE Cultivate Food, Ideas & Music Festival at City Park, Oct. 6
This free, one-day festival, featuring food, live music and much more will also feature plenty of beer. Attendees can sample some of the best microbrews and wines from Colorado producers, including Del Norte, Boulder Beer Company, Great Divide, Avery, and many more—all in the Brewer’s Hall. What’s more, each brewery will create a special beer—just for Cultivate! Free.
Beer Cocktail Tour, Oct. 6 & 13
Sample some of Denver's most creative beer cocktails in LoDo (lower downtown) on a spirited tour through Local Table Tours. Learn about the craft of creating a balanced beer cocktail at home from few of the best bartenders in Denver. $40
Wynkoop Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout Tapping, Oct. 8
It started as an April Fool’s stunt, but the beer was just too good! During Denver Beer Fest, Wynkoop Brewing will tap this indigenous stout crafted with that old pioneer favorite – roasted bull testicles! The beer features flavors of roasted malts, coffee and nuts. Free.
Thank the Saints! Beer Event for Women, Oct. 9
Beer lovers of the female persuasion are invited to the Cheeky Monk for a fun night of Belgian beers hosted by the founder of WomenEnjoyingBeer.com, Ginger Johnson. $25
Odell Brewing Co. Beer Dinner at TAG, Oct. 9
One of Colorado’s hottest brewers teams up with one of Larimer Square’s hottest restaurants for a five-course menu designed to pair perfectly with 5 different beers from Odell Brewing Co. $58
Burlesque, Beers & Brats, Oct. 10
Naughty but nice! Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret (located beneath Downtown Denver’s famed D&F Tower) present a night of fun, food, and free beer! Avery Brewery will offer nine different brews and the Burlesque Starlets will present nine amazing dances, each one tied to a beer in some way, shape, or form. Free brats all night long! $35
The Oskar Blues GABF Ordeal, Oct. 10-12
What a trip! A ride unlike any you’ve been on before, the Ordeal is a brewy bus tour of everything Oskar Blues, one of Colorado’s signature craft beer makers. Visit the original brewpub in Lyons, Hops & Heifers Farm, Home Made Liquids & Solids Restaurant, and the brewery in Longmont. $60
Hooves & Hops Dinner at Osteria Marco, Oct. 10
One of the city’s most acclaimed eateries, Osteria Marco will welcome beer enthusiasts from near and far for a five-course “Hooves & Hops” feast with beer pairings from Durango-based SKA Brewing Company. Executive Chef Burton Koelliker’s menu has been carefully crafted to pair well with some of SKA’s classic beers, moving from the brewery’s hoppy Euphoria Pale Ale to its rich Steel Toe Milk Stout. $55
Craft Beer Tour with Culinary Connectors, Oct. 10
Join Denver’s food and drink experts on this casual walking craft beer tour of Denver's very well established beer community. Get a behind the scenes look at one craft beer brewery on a quick tour and a tasty beer and then head out to three craft beer bars, enjoying hoppy beverages along the way.
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