Get a solid base for Denver’s beer tsunami at these four awesome eateries.
BREAKFAST: Arguably the best breakfast in Denver, a meal at Lucile’s Creole Café begins with New Orleans-style egg dishes like the Gulf shrimp, grits and spinach Eggs Sardou and ends with beignets spread with house-made strawberry-rhubarb jam. 275 S. Logan St., luciles.com
LUNCH: An arm of Boulder’s Mountain Sun Pub, Vine Street Pub hosts the brewery’s full lineup of incredible crafts like Isadore Java Porter in a cozy room swirling with colorful murals, hippie types and live music. A Southwestern-slanted menu of quesadillas, sandwiches and burgers rounds out the suds. 1700 Vine St., mountainsunpub.com
DINNER: Inside a converted auto-body garage Steuben’s cool crowd sips local brews and root beer floats alongside belly-filling regional American fare like Memphis-style ribs, jumbo lobster rolls and perfectly crispy, gravy-slathered fried chicken. Watch for the Steuben’s truck, the eatery’s cash-only mobile kitchen posted at a different spot around town each day. 523 E. 17th Ave., steubens.com
LATE-NIGHT: One of our favorite gastropub debuts of 2009 sits just blocks from the fest. Rack & Rye puts an Eastern spin on pub fare with a menu of inspired small bites (think Korean barbecue sliders and peanut butter and jelly won tons) and Asian-spiked beer and cocktail lists. 1320 15th St., rackandrye.com