If you were a procrastinator and didn’t nab tickets to The Great American Beer Festival  early (they were gone within a week  of going on sale), you can get an early start this week at the third annual Denver Beer Fest  (September 23-October 1). With more than 150 events  on tap for your choosing over the course of nine days—including brewery tours, rare tastings, beer games, pub crawls, and beer-paired dinners—we promise there will be no time to mourn if you were among those shut out of GABF. Below, our picks for some of the best events:
Breakfast and Beer at the Capitol Hill Mansion Bed and Breakfast , all week Why you should go: It is an excuse to sneak in a beer before 7:30 a.m.
Zip and Sip , all week Why you should go: Soar through the air via a zip-line, 435-feet above the ground, and then sip on brews. Our stomachs agree; that’s the right order.
Beers, Brats, and Burlesque-“Tastings and Tassles” , Tuesday Why you should go: Drinking, dinner, and dancing equals a winning combo in our books.
Meet the Brewer Happy Hour featuring Oskar Blues , Tuesday Why you should go: Pay homage to the makers.
Denver Brews Cruise , Wednesday through Saturday Why you should go: Take a peek at how your favorite local suds are made.
Colorado Fresh Hops Beers Celebration , Wednesday through Saturday Why you should go: Be the first of your friends to sample one (or all) of seven new fresh hops beers.
Beer-Paired Dinner with Top Chef Winner Stephanie Izard , Thursday Why you should go: Treat your taste buds to a beer cocktail , a bit of celebrity chef Izard’s own special brew (rumored to be a Honey Porter ), and a sit-down dinner.
Left Hand Arm Wrestling Tournament , Friday Why you should go: Test your strength (with a boost of liquid courage) at Freshcraft in LoDo.
11 a.m. Beer and Burritos with Upslope Brewing , Saturday Why you should go: A big, meaty burrito is the perfect hangover fix.
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