Falling Rock GABF 2011 Schedule

By Chris Black

Falling Rock GABF 2011 Schedule of Events


Monday Sept 26th
5pm 14th Annual GABF Kickoff Party. The Countdown Clock that’s been running since early January will reach Zero at 5pm & Falling Rock will tap into around 10 special kegs to get the week started right. Which Kegs ? Not really sure . I’ll decide as I unbury them in the stash.

Tuesday Sept 27th
6 pm Boulevard Brewing– We’ll tap into some  Saison Brett Smokestack Series beer. Come Meet Head Brewer Steven Pauwels


Wednesday Sept 28th

4pm Anderson Valley Saison & Imperial Boont Amber. Join us for some of Anderson Valley’s Newer offerings an American take on a traditional Belgian Style and a suped-up version of the beer that made them famous.

9pm Elysian Pumpkin Beer Festival hits the Falling Rock Taphouse
Join Dick Cantwell and the Elysian Brewing Team for a pre-GABF Pumpkin Beer Throwdown
Find out what happens when the nation’s most pumpkin obsessed brewery teams up with one of Denver’s premiere beer bars! Come by the Falling Rock and have your pick of 10 Elysian pumpkin beers on tap including Night Owl, The Great Pumpkin Imperial Pumpkin Ale, Dark o’ the Moon Pumpkin Stout, Hansel & Gretel Ginger Pumpkin Pilsner, Mr. Yuck Sour Pumpkin, and Coche de Medianoche – a Mexican themed pumpkin ale with cumin, cinnamon, black pepper, chilies and roasted pumpkin seeds – to name a few. There will also be collaboration and guest pumpkin beers and a very, very special surprise!

11pm Stone Brewing Collaborations – We’ll tap 4 of Stone’s Collaborations with other breweries including the Hwy 78 Scotch ale (Green Flash/Pizza Port Carlsbad/Stone),Japanese Green Tea IPA (Baird Brewing Co. Japan Ishii Brewing Co., Stone ), Chocolate Cherry Stout (2 homebrewers :Jason Fields & Kevin Sheppard / Tröegs Brewing  / Stone),  + El Camino (Un)Real Black Ale (21st Amendment/Firestone Walker/Stone)

Thursday September 29th

1pm  Boulder Brewing Neapolitan Porter. Come on out & try a Small Batch from the oldest Microbrewery in

Colorado. The Neapolitan Porter is their Planet Porter aged for 3 months in oak barrels with Vanilla, Chocolate & Strawberries.


2pm Anchor Brewing Come on out to try some of Anchor’s Newer offerings. We’ll have Breckle’s Brown & Humming Ale Plus a keg of Old Foghorn.

10pm Full Sail Stash & Rarities – Join Head Brewer John Harris to crack open a few rare kegs of Brewmaster Specials Like some ‘06 Bourbon Barrel Aged

Imperial Stout (Silver Medal 2006 GABF), ‘08 Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Porter, Lupulin Wet-Hopped Ale (single Hopped keg)

11pm Green Flash Brewing – The Folks out at Green Flash are sending in some of their really Special Kegs. This Year we’ll have San Diego Saison, Imperial IPA, Special Cuvee Trippel, & Sugar Smack Belgian Dubble.


Midnite – Shorts Brewing  For the First time outside of the Great American Beer Festival, Shorts will be available on tap. We’ll Have Kegs of Huma-Luma-Licious, Bludgeon Yer Eye, Key Lime Pie, Spruce Pilsner, & Bourbon Wizard.        

Friday September 30th

NOON Sierra Nevada Harvest Release (Kill-A-Keg) – Our Annual insanity of releasing Sierra Nevada’s Harvest Ale (made with wet, Fresh-from-the-Fields Hops) & seeing how fast we can pour a keg of beer. A few years back we noticed that we were pouring a keg pretty quick (like a 15.5 gal keg in about a half Hour) & we wondered, ‘just how fast CAN you pour a keg?’ The next year it was 20 minutes or so, the next 15, then 12minutes. Last year it was a new record: 9 minutes 53 seconds. I’ll look to better that time this Year, One Man, One Keg & a bunch of glasses… After the first keg goes well tap into some more at a more leisurely pace. At 12:30 we’ll release the Sierra Nevada Estate

Homegrown Ale (the same style of beer made with Malt and hops grown on the property).

2pm Avery Brewing – Try some of the Avery rarities on tap including Fred’s Mom, Bad Karma, Sacrolicious, Uberschwein, Meph Addict & One keg of  Samael’s from the stash (ie. it’s 2 yrs old)

3pm Rogue Brewing – We’ll tap into Double Chocolate Stout & John John Hazelnut, Just in case you’re interested.

5:30pm World Re-Premiere of Courage Russian Imperial Stout (bottles). This beer hasn’t been made since, I believe, 1993. The Youngs/Wells Brewery now owns the rights to it & has Re-made the beer (one of the brewers on that brew is now the head brewer at Youngs/Wells). Wont be released for another month or so, so here’s your chance to try it out. Less than 1000 cases will be coming to the  US.

10pm (Upstairs) He’Brew Celebration – We’ll have JewBelation 15, 15:15, & HopManna Plus Jeremy Cowan (the owner/Idea Man behind He’Brew) Will be here with his book Craft Beer Bar Mitzvah: How it took 13 years, Extreme Jewish Brewing, and Circus Sideshow Freaks to make Shmaltz Brewing Company an International Success

10pm (Downstairs) Colorado Huge, Exotic, Esoteric, Rare, SOCIAL (CHEERS). Join us for a benefit for the Colorado Brewers Guild with special guest Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head pouring some Palo Santo through a Randall filled with Coffee. 10 Beers unavailable anywhere else during the fest will be poured by breweries such as Avery (IMMITUS barrel Aged Sour), Oskar Blues, Ska, Pagosa Springs, Odell (McMurray), Boulder (Mortimer- a barrel aged blend of Mojo IPA & Planet Porter),  Great Divide (A Love Supreme, Barrel aged Saison with Brettanomyces), Left Hand (TNT Weizen Dopplebock)& Ashur (Funbarrel IPA). Wristbands for this event will go on sale about 9pm downstairs, Cost $40 for 1/2pt pours of all 10. Limited number of wristbands available

11pm (Upstairs) Alaskan Brewing 25th Anniversary Celebration. We’ll have kegs of their 25th anniversary Imperial Stout is brewed with an array of local ingredients and flavors to add dimension and celebrate Alaskan’s history and home. Alaska birch syrup from Wasilla lends a deep, almost tart character to the dark malt profile, while fireweed honey from Delta Junction adds a delicate sweetness and floral notes to the aroma and finish. The slight addition of our in-house alder-smoked malt alludes to the distinctive roasted flavor of turn-of-the-century malting practices, without overpowering the more subtle flavors of this dynamic anniversary brew.

Saturday October 1st

8pm Firestone Walker – A new Arrival to the Colorado Market, Join Head Brewer Matt Bryndelson & others for a Cask of Velvet Merlin, & some Parabola on tap

10pm New Belgium – When the GABF is over, we tap into special releases of New Belgium’s Beers. This year I went to the brewery & did a blending session with Lauren Salazar, & Eric Salazar. Each of us made our own blend of La Folie. We will release the three versions (appropriately they will be called 1, 2, & 3) and give time for all to sample. After people have had the time to taste them I will ask for applause as a vote on your favorite. Only then will we open the envelope and disclose the Blenders. This should be interesting. I’ll also pull out a couple things from my stash of New Belgium Beers.


Contact Info

Company: Falling Rock Tap House
Contact: Chris Black
E-mail: king@frth.com