The GABF Party List

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Headed to Denver next week for the GABF? Not looking too forward to waiting in line amongst the tipsy public for a one ounce pour from a server who knows nothing about the beer? Well, it’s not always that bad, but the cavernous concrete structure of the convention center requires a break from time to time. No worries. You can ditch the festival and still mingle with fellow industry folks while trying many unique craft beers. Pretty much around the clock.

Remember, these events are for industry members only (unless noted) and may require a GABF brewers tag or ticket to get in. Most do require a RSVP.

For all of the events going on inside the festival (and there is a lot!), go to the Brewers Association’s web site at beertown.org.

See ya in Denver!

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WEDNESDAY

Urthel Hop-It Beer Introduction

Introduction of the new import beer Urthel Hop-It. Hildegard Van Ostaden, brewer, and her husband Bas Van Ostaden will be in attendance

“Around 6:00pm”
Falling Rock. Tap House

Siebel Institute of Technology’s annual Sensory Analysis Seminar – SOLD OUT –

This 4-hour presentation features two dozen beer-associated flavors & aromas that are added to a base beer. Attendees learn to recognize these aromas and flavors, how they originate in the brewing process, and how they can be eliminated. Open to the public.
All details at: www.siebelinstitute.com/course_desc/sensory_analysis.html

Export Development Program Reception

The Brewer’s Association will host international buyers and media. This reception is a venue for brewers to showcase their beers amongst international buyers, media and other US brewers interested in the export market for US Craft Beers.

4:30 – 6:30 pm
Wynkoop Brewery

RSVP to Mark Snyder at 888-822-6273, ext 137 or [email]mark@brewersassociation.org[/email]

Brewer’s Reception

The ‘formal’ kick-off to the GABF. Hosted by the Brewer’s Association, this event is perhaps the best gathering of the week. Why? Because everyone is fresh and rested having just arrived in town – except for the judges who have been in town for two days tasting way too many beers.

** This is a ticketed event – you must have a ticket to attend. Contact the BA for details.

7:30-9:30
Wynkoop Brewery

THURSDAY

Brewers Supply Group 1st Annual GABF Kick Off Party

Food – Catered BBQ from Oskar Blues with all the fixens.
Music – Local Music and Guest DJ’s.
Games – Dunk Tank to benefit local charity, BMX Obstacle Course, Malt Toss, Door
Raffle – Win Pallets of Malt, Pitchable Yeast, Boxes of Hops, Filtration Products, and Brewery Memorabilia.
Prizes
Beer

12:00-5:00 p.m
4959 Kingston Street, Denver

Transportation
Buses will leave the Marriott at 1801 California starting at 12 NOON, every hour until 5 p.m., returning every half hour.
Look for the BREWERS SUPPLY GROUP bus outside the lobby on the street!

RSVP to [email]chatlestad@rahr.com[/email]

“Belgian Beer Bonanza.”

8 PM to Midnight
Marriott City Center Hotel

The Keg Ran Out Club (KROC) will be hosting its 11th Annual World Brewer’s Forum. The speakers will be Stan Hieronymus and Jeff Sparrow. Stan Hieronymus is one of America’s leading writers on beer and brewing. He is also the author of “Brew Like a Monk: Trappist, Abbey, and Strong Belgian Ales and How to Brew Them.” Jeff Sparrow is the author of the new BP book “Wild Brews: Beer Beyond the Influence of Brewer’s Yeast.”

Lots of food and homebrew to sample, most of which being Belgian-Style. Also have lots of donated merchandise to raffle off as well. The charity receiving a portion of the proceeds from this year’s event is Oncology Department at The Children’s Hospital. KROC Club member Rich Krahl’s daughter, Erica, battled Ewing’s Sarcoma and is doing well now. For more info on Ewing’s Sarcoma, visit: http://www.cancerindex.org/ccw/guide2e.htm

Great Divide Annual Hospitality

12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m
Great Divide Brewing Co., 2201 Arapahoe Street, Denver,

GABF kick-off featuring Great Divide beers paired with a tasty spread of superb cheeses, hearty meats, and other fine foods. An intimate gathering for media and industry within the Great Divide brewhouse. Always a spectacular selection of food.

You must RSVP by calling 303-296-9460 or by sending an email to [email]mary@greatdivide.com[/email]

O’Dell Brewing Toast to GABF

A festival kick-off party. The occasion will be marked with an early release of 48 bottles of Curmudgeon’s Nip and a double dry-hopped, nitrogen dispensed, 5 Barrel Pale Ale.

3:30 pm
Falling Rock Tap House

Jewbelation 5766 National Release

Shmaltz Brewing Company, brewers of HE’BREW, introduce their 9th Anniversary offering, Jewbelation 5766. 9 malts, 9 hops, 9% alc makes this the most extreme Rosh Hashana beer ever created. Kibbitz with founder and owner, Jeremy Cowan as well as head brewer Paul McErleane and Brewery GM, Bob Craven over the first keg of this very limited seasonal to hit anywhere in the country.

4-7pm
Falling Rock Tap House

Rocktoberfest

A Thursday late-night party on the outside patio of the Rock Bottom Brewpub is a GABF tradition! If you haven’t been, you should.

10:00 pm on
Rock Bottom Brewery

FRIDAY

Ale Street News Bus Tour – A Day in the High Country

Take a break from the Denver scene and hit the beautiful Rocky Mountains. with a day in the High Country. Visits to Dostal Alley, Backcountry, Breckenridge, Pug Ryan’s Brewery, & Dillon Dam Brewery.

Bus leaves Adams Mark Hotel 9 a.m. $100. Includes dinner. Return approx. 9 p.m.

Call 800-351-2537 or e-mail [email]tony@alestreetnews.com[/email]

‘Get Back to Your Roots!’

This 4th annual happening is put on by Boulder, Colorado based Redstone Meadery. The tasting serves up a world class array of mead along with a nosh to complement the offerings in a classy, relaxing setting. This event celebrates human’s first fermented beverage by showcasing the diversity of commercial mead on the market today.

3:00-5:00 pm
Denver Marriott
Colorado Ballroom, Salon C & D

GABF Bowling Party

Sign up us as an individual or a full team of five.

1:00 pm
Elitch Lanes, 3825 Tennyson St., Denver

Transportation from the Marriott hotel leaving at 12:00 pm, or have driving directions for those of you with vehicles.

RSVP to [email]joanne@whitelabs.com[/email]

WEATHER FOR DENVER

As of 9/28

.WEDNESDAY…CLOUDY WITH OCCASIONAL LIGHT RAIN ALONG WITH AREAS OF FOG
THIS MORNING. TURNING PARTLY CLOUDY LATE IN THE AFTERNOON. NEAR
STEADY TEMPERATURES AROUND 50. NORTH WINDS 15 TO 20 MPH IN THE
MORNING…DECREASING IN THE AFTERNOON.
.TONIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOWS AROUND 40.
.THURSDAY…PARTLY CLOUDY. A 10 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS
IN THE AFTERNOON. WARMER. HIGHS IN THE UPPER 70S.
.THURSDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. A 10 PERCENT CHANCE OF
THUNDERSTORMS IN THE EVENING. LOWS IN THE MID 40S.
.FRIDAY…PARTLY CLOUDY IN THE MORNING THEN CLEARING. HIGHS IN
THE MID 70S TO LOWER 80S.
.FRIDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOWS IN THE UPPER 40S.
.SATURDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. HIGHS IN THE UPPER
70S TO MID 80S. LOWS IN THE MID 40S.
.SUNDAY AND SUNDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. HIGHS NEAR 80. LOWS IN
THE LOWER 40S.

Watch here for updates as the festival nears