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Beer festivals to check out if you missed on Great American Beer Fest tickets

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It takes quick fingers and more likely knowing someone to score tickets to this year's Great American Beer Festival. General ticket sales for the event sold out this past Wednesday. Luckily for unlucky beer lovers without GBAF tickets, there are plenty of beer festivals around Colorado where tickets are still available. The short list here covers a variety of ways to celebrate beer glorious beer.

Traditional German

The 45th Annual Denver Oktoberfest
September 19-21, 2014
September 26-28, 2014
20th and Larimer

Attracting over 350,000 people over two consecutive weekends, The Denver Oktoberfest was rated by Maxim Magazine and USA Today as “The Best Oktoberfest” in the United States and “One of the country’s biggest and longest running traditions.”
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With Song

Telluride Blues & Brews Festival
September 12-14, 2014
Various venues

Blues & Brews is a three-day celebration of live music and microbrews held at Telluride Town Park. The festival will also feature 56 Breweries and 170 different beers. In addition to brews, the festival offers a mix of live blues, funk, jam band, rock, gospel and soul performances, with a wide variety of food and craft vendors, children's activities, and late night shows. VIP tickets are already sold out.

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Heavy on the BBQ

Lafayette Craft Brew & BBQ Festival
September 6, 2014
Atlas Valley Shopping Center
95th and Arapahoe

The festival combines a competition among the area's best BBQ restaurants and amateur brewers, plus an afternoon of craft brews and entertainments for all ages. The event also raises money for the YMCA of Boulder Valley Scholarship Fund and Boulder Rotary Club, Serving Humanity in Local and International Service Projects.

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Green. Beer. Fest.
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Boulder Bandshell
1212 Canyon Blvd.

Formerly called the Frack Free Brew Festival, the Green. Beer. Fest. is a daylong Colorado craft beer and creative mashup hosted in Boulder. Created by Wade M. Norris, the Green. Beer. Fest. unites Colorado's microbreweries, indie musicians, farmers, people, and companies working across industries doing epic things in sustainable innovation.

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Animal Lovers

Fall Harvest Brewfest
Friday, September 5th, 2014
The Lincoln Center
417 W Magnolia
Fort Collins

Fall Harvest Brewfest is celebrating their 6th year of hops and malt for the benefit of furry friends. With over 40 breweries and micro-distilleries combined, you can pick from old favorites and discover new ones.

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