Beer Lesson: How to Get Home Safe from GABF

October 2012

The 2012 Great American Beer Festival will serve the largest selection of American beers ever, and we know you won’t want to miss out on a single one. After all that, ahem, testing, it’s vital to have a safe way home so you can rehydrate, replenish those electrolytes, and sleep. Here are some tips on how to enjoy the festival to its fullest and be worry-free about how you’ll get home:

  • MAKE A PLAN, STAN: It may seem like a no-brainer, but we all know how a vague plan to get home only gets vaguer as the beer tally rises. Make concrete plans.
  • PARK IT: With 49,000 attendees, finding a parking spot is going to be rough. Instead of feeding a meter on the street all night, grab a spot in the 24/7 parking garage at the Colorado Convention Center. Better yet, find alternative transportation (see below). 
  • GO PUBLIC: In lieu of a car, take Denver public transit. The RTD Bus System near the Center can get you almost anywhere you need in town. There is an X, a Y, and a Z stop on 15th Street between Champa and Welton streets, and buses will run until 1 a.m. Or take the Light Rail. A stop is conveniently located in front of the Convention Center and its last line leaves just before 1 a.m. 
  • SHELL OUT: Know a friend who doesn’t want to drink and loves handcrafted soda? Buy them a Designated Driver ticket ($25) so they can sip Tommyknocker Brewery sodas, wander the festival floor, and even get a massage in the DD Lounge
  • BOOK IT:  Taxis are always a reliable option. But if you do drive, and don’t want to leave your car downtown overnight, check out one of these DD services: The Party Poopers, Be My DD, or The Denver Roadies. They can chauffeur you and your car home (prices vary, but 10 miles can cost about $40).
  • STAY OVER: You have to leave the Convention Center at 10 p.m. each night, but that doesn't mean you have to go home. Why not book a hotel downtown? The GABF has deals at several hotels. Check out their hotel page for an up-to-date list of room availability. 

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