Denver Beer Fest Is Bigger Than Ever

Denver honors its beer-brewing traditions with a nine-day festival By: Janeen Christoff
Denver honors its beer-brewing traditions. // © 2012 Steve Mohlenkamp
Denver honors its beer-brewing traditions. // © 2012 Steve Mohlenkamp

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Denver Beer Fest

Great American Beer Festival

More beer is brewed in Denver than any other city, so it is only natural that The Mile High City honors its brewing tradition with a nine-day celebration of all things beer. More than 150 beer-centric events are scheduled for the fourth annual Denver Beer Fest, Oct. 5-13, including Meet the Brewer Nights, beer-paired dinners, firkin nights, brewer versus brewer competitions and the first-ever Denver Beer Fest-official Denver Beer Crawl.

Denver Beer Fest events will be listed on, which will also have information on Denver brewery tours and the city’s brewing history as well as profiles of craft breweries around the state. The website will be updated daily beginning in September.

Denver Beer Fest is designed to overlap the Great American Beer Festival (GABF), the “Super Bowl of Beer,” which takes place Oct. 11-13 at the Colorado Convention Center. GABF is considered to be the most prestigious and coveted beer competition in America. It holds the Guinness World Record for the most beers ever made available for tasting at a single event -- some 2,400 different brews from 500 breweries in 2011.

GABF tickets go on sale to the public on August 2, 2012, but craft beer lovers have to act fast. Last year, the event sold out in seven days and predictions are they will break that record in 2012.

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