Where you can try GABF beer in Aurora
Tasty local brews on tap!
September 25, 2018
The 2018 Great American Beer Fest (otherwise known as GABF) was filled with 4,000+ beers and thousands of attendees. Four Aurora-based breweries competed in this year’s competition. While the festival is over, these breweries will be serving their competing beers all season long (or until their tapped!). Find out where you can try most of this year’s 30+ competing beers.
DRY DOCK BREWING CO.
Main location: South Dock 15120 E. Hampden Ave. | get directions
GABF 2018 Beers: Apricot Blonde, Colorado Freedom Memorial Blonde, Docktoberfest, Dry Dock Helles, Dry Dock IPA, Dry Dock Pilsner, Dry Dock Sour, Grapefruit DIPA, Hopricot, Signature Series Double Pumpkin Porter, Signature Series Imperial Stout, SS Minnow Mild Ale, Vanilla Porter, Wild Pitch
What you can’t miss: Apricot Blonde, Docktoberfest, Grapefruit DIPA
Dry Dock Brewing Co. is Aurora’s most decorated brewery and has quite the history of placing at GABF, securing their first award in 2008. They competed with 14 different beers including the Colorado Freedom Memorial Blonde, a crisp ale that debuted on Memorial Day. As fall quickly approaches, try their seasonal Docktoberfest on tap, a traditional German Marzen Lager or a Signature Series Double Pumpkin Porter.
CHELUNA BREWING CO.
Main location: Stanley Marketplace | get directions
2018 GABF Winner: La Bomba Belgian Blonde
What you can’t miss: Lowrider Mexican Lager, La Bomba Belgian Blonde, Coco-Xoco Porter
Rooted in Mexican culture, Cheluna Brewing Co. brews beers with unique flavors that are hard to come by. Their bronze-winning beer, La Bomba, is a Belgian Blonde that bursting with flavor. Part of the Pro-Am Collaboration category, La Bomba Belgian Blonde is a team-up recipe between Cheluna Brewing Co. and local homebrewer, Chris Cardillo. It’s on tap now through the end of September!
PEAK TO PEAK TAP & BREW
Main location: 16701 East Iliff Ave. | get directions
GABF 2018 Beers: Chaos Creek, Fight Fire with Fire, Fire & Ice, London Borough, Watermelon Blonde
What you can’t miss: Chaos Creek Lager, Double Summit Double IPA, Cucumber Saison
Since 2014, Peak to Peak Tap & Brew has expanded in popularity but kept their neighborhood atmosphere. They entered five different beers, including Watermelon Blonde, a light and refreshing ale with fresh watermelon juice. Try their Fight Fire with Fire brew, a spiced green chile ale for a unique flavor combination on tap at their East Iliff location and their newest location at 9735 E Colfax.
LAUNCH PAD BREWERY
Main location: 884 S. Buckley Rd. | get directions
GABF 2018 Beers: Cape Canaveral, Economic Espionage, Peacekeeper, Piggyback Rides, Transit of Venus and Watermelon Zombies from Outer Space
What you can’t miss: Kosmonaut Kolsch, Retrograde Red Ale, Patriot Pale Ale
Veteran owned, Launch Pad Brewery is a favorite among locals and visitors. Known for their rocket-themed taproom, they entered six beer in GABF 2018. Notable brews include Peacekeeper Porter and Piggyback Rides, a New England IPA. You can try their Economic Espionage, a pale lager with a spicy finish, on tap!
Main location: 4550 S. Reservoir Rd. | get directions
GABF 2018 Beers: Dunk Your Donut, Irish Session, Tessellation IPA, Watermelon Gose
What you can’t miss: Blake’s Brown and Creamy Peanut Butter Milk Stout
Two22 Brew is rooted in a socially conscious attitude. $2.22 of every $10 profit is donated to locally-based non-profits. This year, they’ve entered four beers in 2018 GABF, including an Irish Session and Watermelon Gose. Two22 Brew is known for their Dunk Your Donut Blonde Stout, a dessert beer with light, creamy hits of coffee and raspberry, which you can try on tap.
URSULA BREWING CO.
Main location: 2101 N. Ursula St. Unit 10 | get directions
GABF 2018 Beers: Ultimate Clarity Hazy IPA, Transparency Hazy Pale Ale, Angel of the Odd, Melismatic Brett Beer
What you can’t miss: Colorado Buckeye, Lithium Sunset, Hive Minded
Located right next to Anschutz Medical Campus, Ursula Brewing Co. is so more than a local pub. In fact, they entered four different beers in 2018 GABF ranging from Brett Beer to Hazy IPA. You can try Ultimate Clarity IPA, a New England Style IPA with a “mimosa-like” flavor on tap now! Or try something sweeter, like the Colorado Buckeye, an Imperial Milk Stout with peanut butter and chocolate flavor notes.