As far as beer festivals go, the annual Great American Beer Festival is the biggest of them all!
September 20th through September 22nd, hundreds of brewers will descend on Denver to showcase new and unusual beers, culminating in the largest collection of U.S. beer ever assembled.
During this fun festival, brewers serve their beer directly to attendees in single-ounce tasting portions, making it possible to try a whole lot of varieties.
The festival also features two competitions—the general competition, in which a professional judging panel evaluates all entries during five three-hour sessions over the three-day period, and a Pro-Am Competition, in which commercial craft brewers submit beers created from award-winning homebrew recipes from American Homebrewers Association (AHA) members.
It’s no surprise the Great American Beer Festivals has found a home in Denver. Not only does Denver have the world’ largest single brewery (Coors), it also has the nation’s largest brewpub (Wynkoop Brewing Company) and the highest number of home brewers.
The Great American Beer Festival takes place inside the Colorado Convention Center. Over the course of its three days, there are four separate four-hour sampling sessions—one Thursday, one Friday, and two on Saturday.
After a few days of judging, awards are presented inside the convention center’s Bellco Theater on Saturday. The 2018 GABF will occupy nearly 600,000 square feet of the Colorado Convention Center, a 100,000 square foot increase from 2017. Also, 2018 will be the first year brewers will be placed alphabetically according to their name rather than grouped according to the state they come from.
For more information on the Great American Beer Festival, visit www.GreatAmericanBeerFestival.com.
- Santa Fe Art District First Friday Art Walk
- When: First Friday of each month
- Where: Santa Fe District between sixth and 13th Ave.
Colorado is famous for breathtaking scenery and plentiful outdoor opportunities. But, did you know that it also has a thriving art scene? Nowhere is this more evident than in Denver, where artists from all over the country are hoping to create a name for themselves in the eyes of critics, collectors, and art enthusiasts.
The most exciting way to experience Denver’s incredible art scene is by attending the First Friday Art Walk in the historic Santa Fe Art District. In the evening, stroll the streets and visit over 60 galleries exhibiting everything from paintings to sculpture and mixed media to photography. Discover up-and-coming artists or seek out well-loved, established artists while sipping wine and chatting with gallery owners. For a more in-depth look at the culture that helped shaped the neighborhood, check out Museo de las Americas, a popular museum that educates the community about the diversity of Latino Americano art and culture from ancient to contemporary through innovative exhibitions and programs.
The Santa Fe First Friday Art Walk attracts a lively crowd, and in August, the event is so popular that the streets are closed to traffic. As you peruse the galleries, you’ll most likely encounter string quartets, street performers, and live bands. There are even eclectic poets offering instant works typed on antique typewriters. Come hungry because Santa Fe’s side streets are filled with food carts, making this a great date night, family outing, or gathering place for friends.
Here’s a final tip for those excited to explore this awesome area. Every third Friday, the Art District offers Collector Preview Events, a more intimate version of First Friday with an opportunity for patrons to see the art and meet the artists and owners without the large First Friday crowds.
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