BREW NEWS: DIA gets in on GABF fun, east-metro brewers team up


AURORA | Passengers — or any beer lovers, really — will have ample beer choices at Denver International Airport in the coming weeks.

DIA-BEER-FLIGHTSAirport officials announced this week that they are bringing back “Beer Flights” — a temporary beer garden in the center of the Jeppesen Terminal — for a second year.

“Our inaugural beer garden brought together people from different corners of the world to share stories and form new friendships as they sampled a taste of the booming Colorado craft beer scene,” airport CEO Kim Day said in a statement this week announcing the plan.

This year, the beer garden will have twice as many offerings as last year, as well as live music.

In all, 20 Colorado breweries will have brews there, including Aurora’s Dry Dock Brewing Co. and east Denver’s Station 26 Brewing Co.

The beer garden runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Sept. 19 to Sept. 27, and coincides with Oktoberfest celebrations and the Great American Beer Festival in Denver. Tickets are available at the door for $10 and visitors must be 21 or older with a valid ID to enter. Admission includes a souvenir glass and access to 10, 2-ounce samples of beer.

Speaking of GABF, sevral local brewers are using the world-famous event as a chance to show off some of the breweries in Aurora and on the east side of the metro area.

Nine breweries — Caution Brewing Co., Coda Brewing Co., both Dry Dock locations, Fiction Beer Co., Launch Pad Brewing Co., Mu Brewing Co., Peak to Peak Tap Room and Two22 Brew— are teaming up for a sort of east-side brewery tour. Stop by any participating brewery from Sept. 21 to Oct. 3 to earn money off beer, growler fills and other goodies. On the first visit, ask for your passport card and bartenders at each will mark your visit and give you a buck off your first pint. Stop by five of them and get a growler and fill, stop by all nine and get a swa basket.