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Beer Heaven in Denver

A travel journal to Denver by winetraveller

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Quote: Being in Denver for the Great American Beer Festival is truly Beer Heaven, because of three best of breeds that elevate the Mile High City to a rarified state of beer bliss: Best Beer Festival, Best Brewpubs and Best Microbrews.

Beer Heaven in Denver

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Overview

Falling Rock Tap House Photo, Denver, Colorado
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The Great American Beer Festival, typically held in early October in downtown Denver, is the leading beer festival in North America. The 21st annual GABF was held on Oct.3 - 5, 2002, and featured 301 breweries serving over 1,300 beers to more than 21,000 attendees.One of the best things about attending the GABF is that the tasting of great craft beers doesn't end when the festival shuts down, it only begins. Denver is home to a dozen brewpubs, and many of them are located within walking distance of the festival hall, including several in the fashionable LoDo (LOwer DOwntown) area.If you only have time to stop at one brewpub in Denver, the one to visit is Wynkoop Brewing Company in LoDo. The ...Read More

Oxford Hotel

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Hotel | "The Oxford Hotel"

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The Oxford, first opened in 1891, is Denver's oldest grand hotel and is located in the trendy LoDo area near Union Station. The hotel was renovated and reopened in 1983 and today is one of the most fashionable small hotels in Denver. The lobby is elegantly appointed and all of the rooms are tastefully decorated with dark wood furniture. The hotel has a great lobby bar and a restaurant on premises. Around the corner is the Tattered Cover bookstore and the Wynkoop Brewery, and dozens of restaurants. There is a full service fitness club and spa just steps away.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 11, 2002

Oxford Hotel
1600 17th Street
Denver, Colorado 80202
(303) 628-5400

Wynkoop Brewing Company

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Restaurant

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The food at Wynkoop is top-notch, with a very eclectic menu, and the surroundings are impressive, but the main attraction is clearly the great beer, with nine ales usually on tap. The flagship brew is the delicious RailYard Ale, an Oktoberfest-style amber ale that is light enough in body and taste to match any marzen from Munich. Also in the regular rotation are Wixa Weiss, a traditional German-style hefeweizen; Patty's Chili Beer, a light golden ale with 150 pounds of Anaheim chilis added for some pizzazz; and my favorite, Sagebrush Stout, a creamy, full-bodied dry stout with a rich oatmeal flavor. Wynkoop takes special care to serve its beers at the proper temperature, and these beers are served at ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 11, 2002

Wynkoop Brewing Company
1634 18th St
Denver, Colorado 80202
(303) 297-2700

Great American Beer Festival

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Attraction

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The Great American Beer Festival is without question the leading beer festival in North America. The 21st annual GABF was held on Oct. 3 - 5, 2002, and featured 301 breweries serving over 1,300 beers to more than 21,000 attendees. The GABF is typically held in late September or early October in downtown Denver.The GABF was the brainstorm of homebrewing guru Charlie Papazian, who reportedly got the idea to have an American beer festival after attending the Great British Beer Festival (which celebrated its 25th anniversary this year) with noted beer scribe Michael Jackson. The first GABF in 1982 was held in Boulder and had 22 participating breweries serving 40 beers to 800 attendees.After movi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 11, 2002

Great American Beer Festival
14th St and Stout St
Denver, Colorado 80202
+1 303 447 0816

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