DENVER (September 17, 2009) – No tickets for the Great American Beer Festival?  No worries.  Although that event is sold out, there are 130 other beer-related events taking place throughout the Mile High City during Denver Beer Fest, September 18-27, 2009.  Sponsored by VISIT DENVER, The Convention and Visitors Bureau, Denver Beer Fest includes beer-pairing dinners, meet the brewer nights, tappings of special new beers, beer tastings, and a variety of fun events at top restaurants, brew pubs, and nightclubs.


A full list of events can be found at:


Just a few of the events include:


Beer, Brats and Burlesque at Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret

For just $25, taste a variety of beers from Colorado’s own Avery Brewery, and then watch Denver’s most famous burlesque and comedy revue!  September 19-20.


250th Anniversary of Guinness at Katie Mullen’s Irish Pub and Restaurant

Denver Beer Fest coincides with the 250th anniversary of this beloved Irish stout, and to celebrate, Katie Mullen’s on the 16th Street Mall offers both Guinness and Guinness 250 for only $2.50 for a 20 oz.  September 24-26.


Denver Microbrew Tour

Take a two-hour, $20 guided walking tour in Downtown Denver’s historic LoDo district – an area packed with brewpubs, microbreweries, and tap houses.  Learn about the history of beer and how it is made in the Mile High City.  There will be plenty of samples offered, of course.  September 25-26.


Beer Trivia at Cheeky Monk Belgian Beer Café

Calling all beer geeks! Come test your beer knowledge and be rewarded for your expertise with fun beer prizes.  September 18-27.


“Hoppy Hour” Tapping of 12 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) Beers at Govnr’s Park Restaurant

Govnr’s Park will be tapping 12 GABF beers, some of which are exclusive to Gov’s for the week.  September 18 will be the first time the Blue Moon Brewers have ever released their beer pre-GABF.


Boulder County Brews Cruise

This popular $55 tour includes transportation, breakfast at Boulder Beer, lunch at Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids and Solids, a commemorative T-shirt and tasting glass, and 15 percent off merchandise at each stop.  September 23.


Boulder Beer Keg Tapping at Rialto Café

Rialto Café hosts the brewer from Boulder Beers as he taps Boulder Beer’s Mojo IPA, aged in a Stranahan’s Whiskey barrel.  September 22.


Cheeky Monk’s Cheek to Cheek Beer Trip

Enjoy a day of Belgian beer from the city to the mountains.  Board the bus at 9 a.m. in Denver and arrive at Cheeky Monk, Winter Park for lunch and a beer. Bus departs Winter Park at 3 p.m. to return to Cheeky Monk, Denver.  The $60 Package includes a light breakfast, lunch, transportation and a gift bag.  Each meal is served with a Belgian beer. September 19.


40th Annual Oktoberfest Denver

Grab your stein, throw on your lederhosen and get ready for Denver's 40th annual Oktoberfest!  The 2009 event marks the final celebration of the Oktoberfest Denver legacy, as this is the fine “fest.”

To mark the final celebration, Oktoberfest Denver is calling all previous event volunteers, event guests and fans to enjoy German music from national touring groups, performances by international dancers, children's activities, and heritage booths selling German goods, splendid decor, an accordion concert and authentic cuisine.  September 18-20, September 25-27.


Denver Brewery Tours

Enjoy a five-hour pub-crawl style tour to three Denver Breweries for $52.80, including beer, transportation, food (snacks in van and appetizers at one of the breweries), and play a version of “Cash Cab” with trivia questions about Denver and beer.  September 18-26.


Prohibition-Style Beer at the Ship Tavern at the Brown Palace Hotel

Ship Tavern at The Brown Palace Hotel opened in 1934 in celebration of prohibition’s repeal.  For Denver Beer Fest, the tavern is offering “prohibition style beer” served in a teapot – the way the hotel used to disguise alcohol during the Prohibition Era.  September 18-27. 


Wide Open Adventure’s Rocky Mountain Fly Fishing Sampler

Guests will be picked up in Denver for transportation to Clear Creek, where you spend four hours fly fishing on the river.  Afterwards stop at Tommy Knockers Brewery for a sampler, included in the trip.  September 18-27.


Meet the Brewer Happy Hours at Duo

One of the Highland’s hippest restaurants is hosting three all you can eat and drink “meet the brewer nights,” featuring the masterminds behind some of the most beloved Colorado breweries: and Oskar Blues Brewery (September 21); Left Hand Brewery (September 22); and Great Divide Brewery (September 23).


Special Beer-Inspired Meals at Two Dozen of Denver’s Top Restaurants, including:

Watercourse Foods, Osteria Marco, Steuben’s, Vesta Dipping Grill, Appaloosa Grill, Tag Restaurant, Dixons Downtown Grill, The Oceanaire Seafood Room, Panzano, Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery, Bistro Vendome, Simms Steakhouse, Sonoma’z Wine Bar and Grill, Parallel Seventeen, Paramount Café, Elway’s Downtown, Culinary School of the Rockies, The Brown Palace, Vine Street Pub, Chad’s Grill, Altitude Restaurant, City, ‘O City, Jax Fish House Denver and Garrity’s Sports Bar.


Denver Beer Fest promotes responsible enjoyment and consumption, with special transportation coupons and additional unique beer hotel packages found at


Denver Beer Fest is presented by VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau, and by media sponsor, Westword.  Additional sponsors and supporters include Boelter Beverage Company, Downtown Denver Partnership and Denver Business Improvement District, Colorado Brewers Guild, Great American Beer Festival, Karsh/Hagan, Oktoberfest, RTD and Yellow Cab.


About VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau

Celebrating 100 years of promoting the Mile High City, VISIT DENVER is a nonprofit trade association that contracts with the City of Denver to market Denver as a convention and leisure destination, increasing economic development in the city, creating jobs and generating taxes.  Tourism is the second largest industry in Denver, generating $3.1 billion in annual spending in 2008, while supporting 65,000 jobs. For more information on Denver call 800-2-DENVER or visit Denver’s official Web site at     


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