It’s time for the Great American Beer Festival! There’s nothing quite like 4+ hours of sampling dozens (hundreds?) of beers from all over the country. It is such a unique, fun experience. But when it comes time to leave, there is nothing fun about driving under the influence. There are plenty of ways to avoid ending up with a DUI or getting into an accident, so please be sure you have a safe way home after a day or night of imbibing. This year, Uber is offering all first-time customers $25 off their first ride. Just use the code GABF2014 when you sign up here. What a deal! Why not take advantage of this great offer from Uber during this weekend packed full of beer events?! Go out and enjoy all of the festivities, but first: sign up with this special code today to get home safe and sound.
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Attending the Great American Beer Festival? Or simply enjoying some of the many other fantastic beer events downtown Denver this week? If so, why not stop into one of these great local establishments for some tasty food made with beer from some of Colorado’s finest breweries?! All of these Denver restaurants are within walking distance from the Festival and are ready to serve you some delicious beer-infused dishes.
- Stop in to Jax Fish House and Oyster Bar in LoDo (1539 17th St.), where they’re cooking up tasty Steamed Penn Cove Mussels with Hey Pumpkin Porter from Denver Beer Company for the month of October to celebrate GABF. This new-for-fall recipe is created in Denver’s only behind the bar steam kettles to produce the perfect temperature for steaming mussels. This cool weather dish includes fennel sausage, mushrooms, dijon, fennel pollen or panang curry, peanuts, cilantro and coconut milk to enhance the beer’s flavor. Also new at Jax on the starter menu are the Pickled Sardines, featuring Rye Bread made with local Left Hand Nitro Milk Stout. The traditional bread blends particularly well with the smooth, dark and delicious milk stout from the Longmont, Colorado brewer. The savory dish also features pickled vegetables, boiled eggs and dill butter.
- Denver’s best rooftop, bar and Green also houses one of the Ballpark neighborhood’s best kept secret – the fresh, creative and upscale bar food served at ViewHouse (2015 Market Street) For a food-centric GABF experience, try Executive Chef Jose Guerrero’s simply-named Fish & Chips, coated with craft five barrel beer battered cod, alongside the house-made malt tartar sauce, crisp cole slaw, and ViewHouse zesty fries. Light, salty, and flaky, this is a beer lover’s natural.
- Stop in at Wazee Supper Club (1600 15th St.) where they’re mixing Breckenridge Brewery Agave Wheat to create the popular Beer Battered Fish & Chips. The agave complements the refreshing wheat and adds a note of flavor that expands the batter for the fish and chips in this familiar dish. Wazee Supper Club just celebrated their 40th anniversary and continues to offer food and drink favorites to Denverites. The knowledgeable bar staff at Wazee Supper Club recommend pairing the Beer Battered Fish & Chips with a White Rascal, Avery Brewing Company from Boulder.
- The Alehouse at Amato’s (2501 16th Street) serves up a beer battered fish and chips using the their own hoppy Breckenridge IPA in the batter. The beer infused batter protects the delicious cod fillets leaving them tender and moist while providing a crunchy, beer-luscious inspired wrapper. Served with fries, sweet n sour slaw, and tartar sauce.
As the Great American Beer Festival approaches, my thoughts turn to hundreds of different beers that will be poured at the fest. And as I sit here thinking about it, I sip on my favorite beer of all time: Modus Hoperandi by Ska Brewing. Nothing feels better than taking a moment to relax and kick back with a glass of my beverage of choice. And while I don’t necessarily spend too much time thinking about glass each time I pour a drink, it has recently been at the forefront of my mind thanks to one of the sponsors of the Great American Beer Festival, Glass Is Life.
Glassware is a big part of any beer drinker’s daily life. I always enjoy opening my cabinets and choosing the perfect glass for the beer I’m drinking at the time. Do I want a snifter? A mug? A tulip? My Modus is in a Shaker pint glass today, as it usually is, because I enjoy the overall versatility of this particular glass. The pint glass is sturdy, reliable and very agreeable to most styles.
When I tip back my glass and take a drink of Modus Hoperandi, I know that I am tasting exactly what the brewers intended. Ska specifically uses brown glass bottles for Modus, protecting the beer from being compromised by light so that is is delivered to its consumers in its purest form. The use of glass is extremely important and ensures the integrity of the beer is uncompromised. Glass + beer = perfect partners. So raise a glass of your favorite beer today, tomorrow, and all week in celebration of glass, beer, and the Great American Beer Festival. Cheers!
And here are my choices for Best in Show from GABF 2013
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This year I entered the hall of the Great American Beer Festival at approximately 5:45, ready to try as many of the beers/breweries on my list as I possibly could before 10 p.m. It’s always a fun challenge, and I did stop by a majority of the booths I’d hoped to. However, four hours just isn’t enough time to taste the hundreds of beers I wish I could. I tried my best, and I had a lot of great stuff. So, of all the beers I tasted that evening, here are some of the ones that really stuck out to me:
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A look back at my Best in Show picks from 2012’s GABF.
Originally posted on coloradobeergirl:
In my previous post I listed several of my favorite beers from this year’s GABF. But I wanted to do one more that specifically pointed out a few beers and breweries I thought were just unbelievable.
- Hot Thoup (Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales, Milton, DE). This beer was served warm, which is completely unlike any beer I’ve ever had. Carrot juice and pureed ginger were added to an imperial ale base recipe, giving it a mulled wine-like quality.
- Peanut Butter Cup Coffee Porter (Willoughby Brewing Co., Willoughby, OH). This was my #1 FAVORITE beer of the festival! In fact, that’s two years in a row. While there were a handful of dark peanut butter beers present, this one was the absolute most flavorful and delicious–hands down. I thought about it for an entire year and was beside myself to have it in my…
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Normally I try not to simply re-post press releases in favor of putting them into my own words. This one, however, most likely cannot be adequately explained without all of the information in the press release. So please take a moment to read over this exciting news from the Colorado Brewers Guild about the creation of the logo and slogan, “Colorado, the State of Craft Beer.”
Colorado Brewers Guild Launches “Colorado, The State of Craft Beer”
Logo and design will be promoted at the Great American Beer Festival
DENVER – Sept. 23, 2014 – Today the Colorado Brewers Guild (CBG) released the logo and design to the general public for the “Colorado, The State Of Craft Beer” brand. This logo will be used on brochures, signage in breweries, liquor stores, glassware, festival tents and website.
“The State of Craft Beer will communicate the rich brewing heritage of Colorado internationally,” said Steve Kurowski, director of marketing at the CBG. “We will be introducing the logo to craft beer drinkers during GABF and have them become familiar with it so that they may recognize it when phase two and three are launched.”
The State of Craft Beer brand will help support Colorado Tourism and Visit Denver, two organizations that partner with the CBG on existing promotions. As an industry leader and advocate for Colorado brewers, the CBG is committed to delivering on its vision to make Colorado the epicenter of American craft brewing.
In 2013, the state ranked fourth in the number of breweries and breweries per capita, according to a Brewers Association report. The state holds more than 250 active brewery licenses with dozens of more in the planning. From regional breweries to nanobreweries, these mostly independent businesses are supporting the economic development in communities throughout the state.
“When the website launches it will be a great platform for beer tourism in the state. Having a professionally curated website is something that all Colorado breweries should be thrilled to be a part of,” said Justin Baccary, founder and president of Station 26 Brewing Co. “Craft beer is a competitive industry and I appreciate that the CBG is rolling out this platform to showcase to consumers what we’re all about here in Colorado.”
The CBG worked with Cultivator Advertising to develop the branding for “Colorado, The State of Craft Beer” campaign. On Sept. 15 the CBG unveiled the brand to the media and brewers at an exclusive event at Renegade Brewing Company. During this event, brewers were asked their thoughts on this branding and how it will impact Colorado brewers.
“This program will help coordinate brewery efforts to promote the entire state of Colorado’s craft beer movement to the rest of the world. It will encourage beer drinkers to discover, learn and enjoy Colorado craft beer at elevated levels,” said Todd Thibault, marketing director of Breckenridge Brewery and CBG marketing committee.
About the Colorado Brewers Guild
The Colorado Brewers Guild (CBG) is a non-profit trade association promoting the Colorado craft brewing industry. With more than 175 Colorado craft brewery members and counting, CBG provides information for Colorado beer lovers, and promotes Colorado craft breweries by advocating positive public policy for Colorado craft beer. For more information, visit http://www.coloradobeer.org.
A look back at last year’s Great American Beer Festival when I got to sit down, have a beer, and talk to Greg Koch from Stone Brewing. A great guy, an excellent brewery, a wonderful time!
Originally posted on coloradobeergirl:
Every year, the week of Great American Beer Festival means a plethora of exciting beer events in Denver. And along with those events come all sorts of visitors: festival attendees, brewers, speakers, beer reps, and more. Thursday night I had the amazing opportunity to meet and talk to the CEO and co-founder of one of the best craft breweries in the country, Stone Brewing Co.‘s Greg Koch. I met up with Greg downtown where we chatted over a beer. Read on for my exclusive interview.
CBG: I’m not going to ask about how Stone got started as that question comes up in almost every interview with you, so anyone who likes Stone has probably heard the answer many times. One thing I’m particularly interested in are the collaborations you’ve been doing the past five years. Do you seek out other brewers to work with, or do they come to you?
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