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Old 09-20-2011, 09:25 PM   #1
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Jul 2009
Rockwood, MI
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I'm coming out for the Great American Beer Fest and I'm looking for other ideas of stuff to do, great food, cool places, etc.

If anyone is in the area or knows good spots, please let me know!


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Old 09-20-2011, 09:40 PM   #2
Aug 2011
Denver, CO
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Freshcraft -- Fresh Food, Craft Beer
Euclid Hall -- great food and beer again
Dry Dock -- A little bit of a haul out to Aurora, but they make many many award winning beers and you can check out The Brew Hut next door
Tom's Home Cooking for hangover lunch food
Sam's No. 3 for recovery breakfast


Anything else?

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Old 09-20-2011, 10:00 PM   #3
May 2011
Denver, CO
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Where you staying?

Burgers - city grille or my brothers bar
Pizza - wazee supper club
Beer - the rackhouse has about 30 colorado beers on tap. Plus you can hit renegade brewing and breckenridgebrewery, they're all very close.

There's also the falling rock tap house with about 100 beers on tap, and the cheeky monk on east colfax.

Of course if you want to see some live bluegrass, strange brewery, Friday 5-8.

All these places are within a mile or two of gabf.

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Old 09-20-2011, 10:45 PM   #4
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Denver, CO
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Cheeky Monk is a definite go to place.
Tom's is GREAT but only open on weekdays
Great Divide is downtown
Strange brewing Co. is close to downtown
Hops & Pie is a good place for great beers and good pizza (I skip the pies though and get their mac & cheese)
The Ale House at Amato's has good food and beer selection.
Stueben's IS FANTASTIC food.
Vesta Dipping Grill is great.
Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs, delicious and open late. Great dogs like elk cheddar jalapeno dog, wild boar dog, all beef (boring)etc.

Really if you could give us an idea of where you're staying or what kind of food you prefer we could provide you great places to visit.

If you want a list I can PM you an extensive one I did for my cousing while he was out visiting.
"Sometimes when I reflect back on all the beer I drink I feel ashamed. Then I look into the glass and think about the workers in the brewery and all of their hopes and dreams. If I didn't drink this beer, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered. Then I say to myself, it is better that I drink this beer and let their dreams come true than be selfish and worry about my liver." --Jack Handey
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Old 09-20-2011, 10:49 PM   #5
Jun 2011
Broomfield, Colorado
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+1 Euclid Hall and Wazee Supper Club

If you're willing to have a little bit of a drive, definitely get up to Boulder...
Avery Brewery/Tap Room
Boulder Beer
Mountain Sun

The Pinyon
The Kitchen - can be a little pricey, but focus on locally sourced food and beer (def. try something from Crystal Springs if you make it)

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Old 09-21-2011, 03:45 AM   #6
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Rockwood, MI
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Thanks for all the suggestions. I have no idea where we are staying (since The Boss set up this trip) and we plan on doing some driving before/after.

Any/all suggestions are great.

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Old 09-21-2011, 03:52 AM   #7
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Melrose, MA
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Cherry Cricket for the best burgers in town.
Falling rock for the best tap selection.
Stop at a larger liquor store and look for Pliny. McCormicks and Schimts for the best happy hour downtown. The Fort for wild game. I lived there for 10 years and going back next year.

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Old 09-21-2011, 05:16 AM   #8
Aug 2011
Healdsburg, CA
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+1 to Strange Brewing and Great Divide for local micros.

Food: Head to Snooze for breakfast one of the mornings then over to Great Divide afterwards for a beer. Last year we had a great Beer Pairing dinner at Simms with Dogfish, this year they are doing it again with Stone. Haven't decided if we are going yet. Other dinner place that blew us away last year was Rootdown.
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Old 09-21-2011, 05:16 AM   #9
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+1 to Toms.

Vine Street pub for great beer and food. Also, City O City.

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Old 09-21-2011, 02:04 PM   #10
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Chicago, IL
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If you can get outside of Denver a bit, Left Hand Brewery is in Longmont (maybe 35 minute drive) which is awesome. Oskar Blues (in Longmont) also has a restaurant where they sell their beers (the actual brewery is in Estes Park), a wide selection of other Colorado beers, and some great food. And if you go to Boulder, hit up Avery Brewery. Tap room there is awesome, and it's $1 for a 4 oz. sample of pretty much all their beers. So you get a lot for a little.

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