Great American Beer Fest  will be here soon enough, but the Denver Beer Fest  kicks off this Friday with more than 100 beer-y events smattered throughout the metro area. Whether you were lucky enough to snag GABF tickets in the minutes before they sold out or not, here is a handful of happenings everyone can check out this week.
Asher Brewing Co. Tours , October 5, 6, and 12, 4 p.m.
Go if: You love the environment as much as you love beer. This Boulder brewery and tasting room is 100-percent wind powered.
Sierra Nevada Mixology Competition , October 7, 7 p.m.
Go if: You are an inspiring mixologist. Ten of Denver's best will be competing for a trip to Sierra Nevada's Brewery in Chico, California and the audience gets to judge.
One Flew Over the Barleywine , October 10, 6-9:30 p.m.
Go if: You are curious what barleywine is. Hint: It is British and highly alcoholic.
German Beer Brunch with Prost Brewing at Lou's Food Bar , October 12, 11:30 a.m.
Go if: You couldn't make it to Munich this September.
Bluegrass and Oskar Blues , October 4, 7 p.m.
Go if: You prefer your Dale's Pale Ale with a side of banjo.
Beer! Boulder's History on Tap , all week
Go if: You like beer and history. The Boulder History Museum takes you all the way from pre-prohibition to today's craft brew haven.
Sour Beer Symposium , October 10, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-4 p.m.
Go if: You loved Warheads as a kid. Have you ever tried sour beer? Same lip-puckering effect.
Avery Midnight Breakfast , October 10, 11 p.m.
Go if: Nothing sounds better to you after a grueling day of GABF than some Avery brews and Euclid Hall comfort food.
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