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    What to do in Denver

    I will be attending the GABF again this year and am looking for some different things to do, or places to go this year. Anyone familiar with Denver have any suggestions other than the usual suspects, ie. Coors Field, Falling Rock, Wynkoop, Rock bottom etc.
    Any out of the way brewpubs worth seeking out or great restaraunts to try? Any leads appreciated. Thanks hope to see you there!
    Big Willey
    "You are what you is." FZ

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    I’ll be posting here a complete list of the industry side events taking place at the GABF as they are announced. Here are two:

    Cargill Malt, Hopunion & White Labs is once again sponsoring ROCKTOBEFEST at Rock Bottom Brewery on the 16th Street Mall Thursday, September 30 at 10:00 pm This is your one chance to see your favorite company representatives dressed in traditional German costume. Co-sponsored by Boelter and Rock Bottom.

    Cargill Malt, Hopunion & White Labs will also sponser the GABF BOWLING PARTY at Elitch Lanes, 3825 Tennyson St. Friday, 2:00 pm. You can join us as an individual or a full team of five. We will have transportation from the Embassy Suites hotel leaving at 1:00 pm, or have driving directions for those of you with vehicles. Please RSVP to joanne@whitelabs.com.

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    Here are two sites recommended by the good folks at the Association of Brewers:

    Denver Visitors Bureau: www.denver.org/visitors/index.asp

    For music and nightlife in and around Denver: www.westword.com

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    More events at GABF

    Flying Dog Brewery 6'th annual GABF golf tournament will be held Friday, Oct. 1 at 1:30 PM. The tournament will be at the Murphy Creek Golf Course in Aurora, CO. The cost is $100.00 per player. There will be food, beer, and prizes. Bus transportation will be provided, leaving Flying Dog and returning in the evening.

    Contact carolyn@flyingdogales.com or paul@flyingdogales.com if interested in playing.

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    Bucksnort Saloon!

    One of my favorite places in Colorado:

    Bucksnort Saloon
    15921 Elk Creek Road
    (east of Pine)
    Sphinx Park, CO 80470
    (303) 838-0284

    It can be found via Mapquest...

    It's up in the mountains, probably 45 minutes from downtown Denver. After taking US 285 up into the mountains, you turn left on S. Elk Creek Road. From there, the road gets progressively more primitive, until you're driving on gravel along a twisty, narrow canyon alongside a creek. You come around a corner, and there it is! Good music, good food, good beer (when I was last there three years ago, they had a house beer brewed by Wyncoops), and an amazing location. Get back out by continuing along the same road to the village of Pine, and turn right on Colorado 126 back to US 285.

    Cheers, Tim (former Colorado brewer who really misses it!)

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    Skylark Lounge

    Another favorite place is the Skylark Lounge at 140 S. Broadway. Great honkytonk/roadhouse atmosphere, often excellent live music, great jukebox, friendly bartenders...

    Enjoy!

    Tim

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    Events at GABF

    Here is the latest list of events in and around the GABF:

    FESTIVAL WEB SITE: www.beertown.org/events/gabf/index.htm

    WEATHER FORECAST: Partly cloudy Wednesday through Friday with a slight chance of thunderstorms each day after noon. Highs in upper 60’s to lower 70’s. Clear at night with lows in the 40’s. Clear and a bit cooler on Saturday with high’s in low 60’s. For the latest Denver area forecast: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/ifps/MapClic...=157&map.y=128

    EVENTS

    WEDNESDAY
    Annual Brewers Celebration Party at Wynkoop Brewing Co. Gathering of industry members. Ticketed event. 6:30-9:00

    Rolling Boil Blues Band at Falling Rock pub. Open to public. Celebrator News band and industry gathering. 9:30-10:30

    THURSDAY
    Great Divide Brewing Company Hospitality, 2201 Arapahoe St. Industry members only. Noon-2:00.

    Festival Floor open 5:30-10:00

    Cargill Malt, Hopunion & White Labs is once again sponsoring ROCKTOBEFEST at Rock Bottom Brewery on the 16th Street Mall at 10:00 pm. This is your one chance to see your favorite company representatives dressed in traditional German costume. Co-sponsored by Boelter and Rock Bottom.

    FRIDAY
    Ball Corp in association with Cask Brewing Systems, will be offering two free tours of their aluminum can and end plant in Golden. Transportation to and from the Embassy Suites Hotel will be provided free of charge, leaving at 9:00 and returning around noon, the other leaving at 1:30 returning by 4:30. Space is limited. Book early by registering on line at www.cask.com or by phoning Sabina Kobbs of Cask Brewing Systems at 1-800-661-8443.

    Alpha King Challenge at Falling Rock pub. Tasting and informal awards for India Pale Ales, 1:00-3:00.

    “Get Back To Your Roots” - Redstone Meadery Hospitality Tasting and Gathering for industry press, judges, stewards, and brewers. Embassy Hotel, Cottonwood Room, 3:00-5:00.

    Festival Floor open 5:30-10:00

    Ralph Steadman (“gonzo” illustrator for Hunter S. Thompson and all Flying Dog Brewery beer labels) will sign autographs on the Michelob Amber Bock Stage at the GABF festival. Starts at 7:15

    Cargill Malt, Hopunion & White Labs GABF BOWLING PARTY at Elitch Lanes, 3825 Tennyson St. at 2:00 pm. You can join as an individual or a full team of five. Transportation available from the Embassy Suites hotel leaving at 1:00 pm. Must RSVP to joanne@whitelabs.com.

    Flying Dog Brewery 6th annual GABF golf tournament. The tournament will be at the Murphy Creek Golf Course in Aurora, CO. The cost is $100.00 per player. There will be food, beer, and prizes. Bus transportation will be provided, leaving Flying Dog and returning in the evening. Please contact carolyn@flyingdogales.com or paul@flyingdogales.com if interested in playing.

    The Association of Brewers will again be hosting the Gathering of the Guilds. This meeting is an opportunity to share what is working for state guild leaders and what challenges and success strategies have arisen in the last half-year. 2 to 3 p.m. Embassy Suites Hotel and Denver Athletic Club Executive Boardroom.

    SATURDAY
    Craft beer industry pioneer, brewpub guru, longtime supporter and advocate of specialty, and oh yeah, Mayor of Denver John Hickenlooper will give a welcoming toast to open the awards ceremony at 1:30 p.m. on the Amber Bock stage.

    Festival Floor open: Connoisseur Tasting 12:30-5:00. General admission 5:30-10:00

    Beer Journalism Awards. Michelob Amber Bock stage at the festival at 1:15.

    Awards Ceremony. Michelob Amber Bock stage at the festival at 1:30.

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