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Ticket Alert: GABF 2017

Photo courtesy of the Great American Beer Festival Facebook page

Ladies and gentlemen: Mark your calendars. 2017 Great American Beer Festival tickets go on sale next week!

Tuesday, August 1 is the Member Pre-Sale. Wednesday, August 2 is the Public Sale. 

Here are all the details for GABF 2017, from the Brewers Association:

Find Your #HoppyPlace at the 2017 Great American Beer Festival®

 What: For the 36th year, beer lovers will gather in Colorado at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF), the renowned American beer festival and competition, to find their #HoppyPlace and sample some 3,800 beers from more than 800 breweries around the country.

 When: Thursday, October 5: 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

               Friday, October 6: 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

               Saturday, October 7*: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

              *Brewers Association and American Homebrewers Association members-only session

               Saturday, October 7: 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

 Where: Colorado Convention Center (700 14th Street, Denver, Colorado)

 Why: GABF brings together the brewers and beers that make the U.S. the world’s most diverse brewing nation. Since its conception in 1982, GABF has been growing and evolving along with the American brewing community and represents the largest collection of U.S. beer ever served, in the format of a public tasting event plus a privately judged competition. Showcasing scores of diverse beers, Thrillist dubbed the event, “The One Beer Festival You Must Go to Before You Die.”

This year, GABF will welcome back popular awards and attractions—including the Golden Ticket Giveaway, Heavy Medal Booth and Support Your Local Brewery Pavilion—offering attendees the opportunity to sample unique indie and international award-winning beers.

 Ticket Info: GABF tickets will be available for purchase to the general public online on August 2, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. MDT/12:00 p.m. EDT via Ticketmaster.com.

A ticket pre-sale exclusively for members of the American Homebrewers Association and Brewers Association will take place on August 1, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. MDT/12:00 p.m. EDT. Members will receive a personal offer code to purchase tickets for this session. You must have purchased a membership to the American Homebrewers Association or Brewers Association by July 23, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. PDT, to be eligible for the member pre-sale.

Members-Only Session tickets are $70 each, with a two ticket limit per member number.

General Session tickets are $85 public/$80 members (if purchased during the members only sale on August 1) and include:

  • Commemorative tasting cup
  • Unlimited one-ounce samples of your choice of 3,800 beers
  • Festival guide and free app to help attendees navigate the festival hall
  • Access to dozens of educational and interactive seminars
  • Opportunity to speak with brewery representatives at designated “Meet the Brewer” booths.
  • Complimentary artisan cheese samples, craft soda samples and a variety of other food options.
  • Entertainment, including live music, games, costumes, a silent disco and more.

Note: Due to limited availability, GABF General Session ticket sales are capped at four tickets per session per ticket buyer.

Additional ticket information can be found on the GABF website.

GABF 2015: Recap, Best in Show

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The 2015 Great American Beer Festival promised to be “Bigger. Better. Beerier” than ever before. There was an additional 90,000 square feet in the tasting hall, a second entrance for ticket holders and around 3,800 beers from 750 or so breweries. And in my opinion, it was the best yet.

I’ve been to dozens of beer festivals over the last several years, and GABF is the most well run fest I’ve experienced. The Brewers Association–along with many other folks that make this massive event possible–clearly work extremely hard to get everything just right. A festival of this magnitude faces many potential logistical challenges. But the team is on top of it, ensuring that every aspect runs as smoothly as possible. Therefore, the Great American Beer Festival was just as organized as ever, even with approximately 60,000 people in attendance.

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Nothing says “Welcome to GABF” like bagpipes!

The following list contains my top picks of all the beers that I tried. Even with attending more than one session, I still ended up with numerous breweries on my list that I simply didn’t have enough time to stop by, despite my best efforts. But here are my favorites out of the countless beers I drank.

GABF 2015: Best in Show (in no particular order)

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Perhaps it’s due to the fact that there were more breweries and beers this year, but I had more awe-inspiring beers than any previous GABF. I only had to dump a couple, as I was impressed with the majority of everything I tried.

I’d like to make an additional mention about a few breweries that were probably my overall favorites. First, Wicked Weed. While I didn’t get to taste the award-winning Pernicious IPA (due to the constant long lines at their booth–and rightly so), every one of their sours blew me away. If Wicked Weed ever distributes in Colorado, I’ll be one happy girl. Also–being very into sour beers–I had hoped to sample more of what The Rare Barrel had to offer. But by the time I made it they were down to one, Another World, which was one of the best beers I had at GABF. And of course The Bruery did not disappoint with my standard fave Tart of Darkness as well as a newer beer, Souren.

242 breweries took home medals at this year’s event (including 31 Colorado breweries). Congratulations to all winners! And a huge thank you to the Brewers Association and everyone else who made the 2015 Great American Beer Festival utterly amazing.

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Kosmic Mother Funk Grand Cru from Sam Adams: It’s Coming for You, Denver!

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Denver! Beginning next Monday, Samuel Adams will be bringing one of its rarest and most unique brews to Denver: Kosmic Mother Funk Grand Cru. Denver is one of 20 stops on a KMF coast-to-coast tasting tour.

What is KMF Grand Cru? Below is some information from a 9/1/2015 press release from Sam Adams that will give you more information about this limited beer.

The Kosmic Mother Funk recipe was inspired by the Belgians, known for their unique beer styles and brewing techniques including blending, aging and conditioning beers that deliver wild and flavorful results. The Samuel Adams brewers began by taking a Belgian ale and aging it in Hungarian oak tuns where it evolved and took on a life and character of its own over time. Aged for up to a year, the long contact with the wood allows air to slowly seep into the beer during secondary fermentation, smoothing out any harsh flavors. Wild yeast and bacteria including Brettanomyces and Lactobacillus also interact with the beer, imparting unique spicy, fruity and bright tart flavors. This distinctive beer was then blended at varying levels into a series of Belgian brews, the manifestation of which became the Samuel Adams Barrel Room Collection.

Originally a French term used to describe wine vintages, when used in the context of beer, ‘Grand Cru’ has come to denote a brew that is the ‘best of the best.’ When crafting Kosmic Mother Funk Grand Cru, the brewers at Samuel Adams aimed to create a unique beer unlike anything they had barrel-aged before. At 6.5% ABV, KMF Grand Cru is a wild, funky and complex ale aged for just over a year, with a depth of flavors ranging from earthy and spicy to floral and sweet.

“Craft beer drinkers are adventurous and opening their palates to new and interesting flavors,” said Samuel Adams Brewer and Founder Jim Koch. “Kosmic Mother Funk Grand Cru isn’t for everyone, but those who enjoy it appreciate the depth and complexity that make it one of the most unique beers we’ve ever crafted, only to be described as a kosmic collection of flavors.”

When and where can I find KMF Grand Cru in Denver? Find out here. Don’t miss your chance to taste KMF!

Gearing up for GABF: Past Favorite Beers to Watch For

I was very impressed with Short's at GABF 2014

I was very impressed with Short’s at GABF 2014

Beer lovers, rejoice! It’s almost time for the 2015 Great American Beer Festival. Whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned GABF veteran, this year’s festival is sure to be one of the best yet, with 90,000 additional square feet and over 800 breweries.

For those who haven’t attended before, there is lots of helpful information on the GABF website. And with the venue being larger this year, everyone can benefit from checking out the festival map and brewery list.

The list of beers being poured doesn’t usually get posted until either the day before of the day of, but keep an eye out for it as it’s a good idea to browse it for any particular styles of beer you may be seeking, or to see what your favorite breweries will have at the fest.

Curious to know some of my personal favorite beers from 2013 & 2014? You can find them here:

Best in Show: The Standouts of GABF 2013
GABF 2014: Best in Show

What are some of your past favorites that you suggest looking for this year?

 

 

Brews or Bust at GABF 2015

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Check out this interesting concept and art exhibit called Brews or Bust. It is an artistic partnership between The Great American Beer Festival and The Keep A Breast Foundation (KAB) that features an exhibition of 12 breast casts from some of the most influential brewers in the industry. See the full press release below:

DeVonne Buckingham, painted by Chris Kepler

DeVonne Buckingham, painted by Chris Kepler

 

The Keep A Breast Foundation Presents:
The First-Ever “Brews or Bust” Art Exhibition at The Great American Beer Festival®
New York City, August 28, 2015 — This fall, the global non-profit organization The Keep A Breast Foundation (KAB) is celebrating their 15th anniversary by teaming up with The Great American Beer Festival for the first ever “Brews or Bust” art exhibition, in Denver, CO, from September 24-26.  On display will be 12 breast casts of female brewers from the beer industry (with the exception of one male). Internationally known artists Mike Giant, Jay Howell, and Alyasha Owerka-Moore, as well as local talents Gemma Danielle, Strange Dirt, Rebecca Green, Chris Kepler, Brandon Lomax, Joseph Martinez, Allie Ogg, Bunnie Reiss, and Jason Thielke, will be painting the breast casts. The theme is happiness, which showcases KAB’s commitment to creating a relationship between themselves, art, breast cancer prevention, and the craft brewing industry. The casts will be available through an online auction on brewsorbust.com from September 24-October 4.

 

The artists’ and castees’ opening reception will take place at the LOVE Gallery in Denver, CO on September 23rd from 5:00PM-8:00PM. Post-GABF, the casts will remain on display at LOVE Gallery through October 7th. 100% of the proceeds will benefit KAB’s ongoing work.

The 12 castees include:

●      Cyrena Nouzille – Ladyface Ale Companie
●      Dande Bagby – Bagby Beer Company
●      Devon Randall – Arts District Brewing
●      DeVonne Buckingham –  Drake’s Brewing
●      Evan Price – Noble Ale Works
●      Jenniffer Chase –  Automatic Brewing Co.
●      Kim Lutz – Saint Archer Brewery
●      Lauren Salazar – New Belgium Brewing Co.
●      Megan O’Boyle – Cigar City Brewing
●      Melanie Pierce –  Brewbies Festival
●      Melodee Storey – Boneyard Beer
●      Ting Su – Eagle Rock Brewery

 

The Great American Beer Festival (GABF) is the largest festival in the country, featuring over 1,300 breweries and 49,000 attendees. The “Brews or Bust” event is the first time in their 33 year history that they have ever had an art component tied to a social cause.

“When Melanie from Brewbies and Cyrena from Ladyface Ale Companie asked me about having a Brews or Bust exhibit at the Great American Beer Festival®, I was thrilled. Promoting breast cancer awareness and the importance of early detection in such a fun and artistic way is a fantastic addition to the festival.” said Nancy Johnson, Event Director, Great American Beer Festival.

The Keep A Breast Casts

The story of the The Keep A Breast Casts™ is the story of KAB itself. Over a decade ago, KAB’s founders, then involved in their own arts organization, rallied to support a friend with breast cancer. They developed an idea to express the female experience of breast cancer by reimagining the traditional canvas as a participatory sculpture. After some experimentation and partnerships with the right people, they developed and tested a technique for capturing the female bust in a plaster. The result was a white cast that was then customized by artists. The success of these breast casts as conversation starters, awareness builders and fundraising tools ultimately led the creation of the non-profit The Keep A Breast Foundation.

“We’re incredibly excited to bring The Keep A Breast Casts to The Great American Beer Festival. This is a fantastic platform to get the word out about breast cancer prevention and a great opportunity to try an amazing selection of beer!” said Shaney jo Darden, CCO & Founder, The Keep A Breast Foundation.

For more information on KAB’s Breast Cast Art please visit www.keep-a-breast.org. For more information on The Great American Beer Festival, visit www.greatamericanbeerfestival.com.

Pedaling Toward Men’s Health & GABF: 1400 Miles

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“Don’t fear the finger!”

1400 Miles is an organization that aims to probe the conversation on men’s prostate health. Founded by Davis Tucker, owner of the NXNW Restaurant and Brewery in Austin, who was inspired by his friend and craft beer pioneer Don Thompson, the team is biking 1400 miles from Austin to Denver in an effort to fundraise and promote awareness of prostate cancer. Once the team reaches Denver on September 20, 2015, the riders and their supporters will gather at the Falling Rock Tap House Denver at 12 p.m. for beers, burgers and barbeque to celebrate their success.

Having completed their 1,400 mile ride, the 1400 Miles team and their custom fitted bus ‘Beerliner’ which has been following them on their journey from Austin to Denver will also be available throughout the Great American Beer Festival hosting 4-day men’s health screening tests (free!) and serving beers at the following dates and times:

Location: Parking Lot corner of 14th and Stout Street

· September 23, 2015, 6-10 pm

· September 24, 2015, 1-5 pm and 10 pm-12am

· September 25, 2015, 10 pm-12 am

· September 26, 2015, 6 pm-12 am

Please see the official press release below for more information on the organization and the ride:

Austin, Texas — Don’t fear the finger! Or a 1,400 mile bike ride. To raise awareness and probe the conversation about prostate health, a group of brewers and beer enthusiasts will bike 1,400 miles spanning cities and states across the country this September. Just in time for National Prostate Cancer Month, the Big Ride, organized by the non-profit 1400 Miles, will kick off on September 6 in Austin and culminate on September 20 in Denver, CO, where just days later one of the greatest beer events in the country, the Great American Beer Festival (GABF), will take place.
Leading up to the Big Ride, 1400 Miles will host smaller day-long community rides in Youngsville, LA and Austin, TX, administering free prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood tests. Once the ride reaches Denver, the Big Ride participants, GABF attendees and all beer lovers, are welcome to board to the The Beerliner—the coolest ’74 Bluebird Bus on the road—which will serve as the home base for the Brewers Health Initiative, a 4-day men’s health screening courtesy of 1400 Miles and partners Pints for Prostates and Prostate Conditions Education Council (PCEC).

1400 Miles was founded by Davis Tucker, owner of the NXNW Restaurant and Brewery in Austin, who was inspired by his friend and craft beer pioneer Don Thompson. Thompson has had a long battle with prostate cancer, and Tucker will ride to honor his craft brewing colleague and the millions of men fighting this disease.

“Using craft beer, bikes and a bit of humor, we hope to eliminate the discomfort associated with discussing prostate health and encourage men to get checked,” said Tucker. “Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men. One new case of prostate cancer occurs every 2.3 minutes, and a man dies from it every 18 minutes. With more conversation and awareness, we can dramatically transform these statistics. The riders and crew of 1400 Miles are hell bent on doing just that. ”

Braving the elements and enjoying a few beers along the way, 1400 Miles brings participants on the following route*:

Stage 1
Day 1 | Sunday, September 6 l Austin, TX to Brownwood, TX
Day 2 | Monday, September 7 | Brownwood, TX to Sweetwater, TX
Day 3 | Tuesday, September 8 | Sweetwater, TX to Lubbock, TX

Stage 2
Day 4 | Wednesday, September 9 | Lubbock, TX to Clovis, NM
Day 5 | Thursday, September 10 | Clovis, NM to Santa Rosa, NM
Day 6 | Friday, September 11 | Santa Rosa, NM to Santa Fe, NM

Stage 3
Day 7 | Saturday, September 12 I REST DAY
Day 8 | Sunday, September 13 | Santa Fe, NM to Abiquiu, NM
Day 9 | Monday, September 14 | Abiquiu, NM to Pagosa Springs, CO

Stage 4
Day 10 | Tuesday, September 15 | Pagosa Springs, CO to Southfork, CO
Day 11 | Wednesday, September 16 | Southfork, CO to Salida, CO
Day 12 | Thursday, September 17 | Salida, CO to Leadville, CO

Stage 5
Day 13 | Friday, September 18 | Leadville, CO to Granby, CO
Day 14 | Saturday, September 19 | Granby, CO to Boulder, CO
Day 15 | Sunday, September 20 l Boulder, CO to Denver, CO

To learn more about 1400 Miles and The Big Ride, please visit 1400Miles.com.

*Route subject to change.

September Beer Events

Sure, the Great American Beer Festival is sold out. But whether you’re attending or not, there are plenty of other fun beer events in September!

Note: Due to events being continually announced, I will update this post as necessary.

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  • Starting Tue., Sep. 1: The Great Douglas County Libraries Brew Tour 2015  (takes place at 8 breweries; click link for details). In addition to the Brew Tour, each Wed. in Sep. at 6 p.m. at the tappings of  “library brews,” a special guest speaker will be in attendance:
    • September 2: John Holl, author of The American Craft Beer Cookbook at Living the Dream. The library brew is a Blackcurrant Saison.
    • September 9: Beer and Chocolate Pairing with the Chocolate Therapist at Elk Mountain. The library brew is an ESB.
    • September 16: Ed Sealover, author of Mountain Brew: Colorado’s Colorful Craft Breweries at Barnett & Son. The library brew is a Dunkel Weizen.
    • September 23: Randy Mosher, author of Tasting Beer at Grist. The library brew is a Southern English Brown Ale.
    • September 30: Dan Rabin, author of Notes from the Tap Room at Lone Tree Brewing. The library brew is a Pumpkin Ale.

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  • Fri., Sep. 11-Fri., Sep. 18: New Belgium Tap Takeover at Thirsty Lion (1605 Wynkoop St., Denver). ***Promotion on Sep. 18th 3-5 p.m.: Win 2 tickets to GABF and other New Belgium Prizes.***
  • Fri., Sep. 11, 7-10 p.m.: 7th Annual Fall Harvest Brewfest at The Lincoln Center (417 W. Magnolia, Ft. Collins).

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  • Fri., Sep. 11-Sun., Sep. 13, 4-6 p.m.: The POST Brewing Co. Townie Ale & Howdie Beer Can Release Parties. Sep. 11 at Centro Latin Kitchen, Sep. 12 at The POST Brewing, and Sep. 13 at LOLA Mexican Fish House.

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  • Sat., Sep. 12, 1-10 p.m.: Gravity Brewing’s 3 Year Anniversary Celebration at Gravity Brewing ( 1150 Pine Street Unit B, Louisville).
  • Sat., Sep. 12 and Sun., Sep. 13, 12-7 p.m.: The Denver Flea at Sculpture Park (Speer & Champa, Denver). At 1, 3 and 5 p.m., both days there will be special tappings (see schedule below). RSVP in advance for a free New Belgium beer upon arrival. 

    Saturday, 9/12

    1 pm New Belgium Special Tapping: Fleak Out! at the New Belgium Tent

    3 pm New Belgium Special Tapping: Le Terroir at the New Belgium Tent

    5 pm New Belgium Special Tapping: Fleak Out! at the New Belgium Tent

    Sunday, 9/13

    1 pm New Belgium Special Tapping: Fleak Out! at the New Belgium Tent

    3 pm New Belgium Special Tapping: NBB Love Apple Felix at the New Belgium Tent

    5 pm New Belgium Special Tapping: Wild Wild Dubbel at the New Belgium Tent

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  • Wed., Sep. 16: National Guacamole Day and Tivoli Tap Takeover at Kachina Southwest Grill (10600 Westminster Blvd, Westminster).
    • Guacamole flavors include Scorpion Pepper, Charred Tomato, Smoked Avocado, and two flavors which utilize local Colorado ingredients: Roasted Hatch Guacamole and Palisade Peach Guacamole.
    • Tivoli Tap Takeover, starting on September 16, lasting through the end of Great American Beer Fest.
  • Fri., Sep. 18, 11 a.m.: New Belgium Tap Takeover at Next Door Union Station (1701 Wynkoop St., Ste. 100, Denver).
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  • Sat., Sep. 19, 2 p.m.-midnight: 2nd Annual Gratitude at Our Mutual Friend (2810 Larimer St., Denver).
  • Fri.-Sun., Sep. 18-20 & Fri.-Sun., Sep. 25-27: Oktoberfest Denver (Between 20th St. & 22nd St. on Larimer St., Denver).

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  • Sat., Sep. 19-Sat., Sep. 26: Odell Brewing Tap Takeover at Thirsty Lion (1605 Wynkoop St., Denver). ***Promotion with Odell Brewing Co. on Sep. 24th (first day of GABF) 3-5 p.m.: Win 2 tickets to GABF and other Odell Prizes.***

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  • Sat., Sep. 20 & Sun., Sep. 21, 10 a.m.-close: First Draft’s Oktoberfest at First Draft (1309 26th St., Denver).

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  • Thur., Sep. 24-Sat., Sep. 26: Great American Beer Festival at the Colorado Convention Center (700 14th Street, Hall F, 14th and Stout Streets, Denver). SOLD OUT.
  • Thur., Sep. 24, 10:30 p.m.: 2015 Avery Midnight Breakfast at Euclid Hall (1317 14th St., Denver).

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  • Wed., Sep. 23-Sun., Sep. 27: Sunnyside Beer Stroll at Factotum Brewhouse, Diebolt Brewing and Denver Beer Co Canworks.
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  • Thur., Sep. 24, 7 p.m.-12 a.m.: 50 Firkin Fiasco at Epic Brewing (3001 Walnut St., Denver).
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GABF 2014: Best In Show

I was impressed by Short's Brewing from Bellaire, Michigan.

I was impressed by Short’s Brewing from Bellaire, Michigan.

I’ve been to the Great American Beer Festival for the past several years. Normally I don’t run into too much of a problem paring down my list of favorites…but this year is proving to be the most challenging yet. Perhaps it’s that, with all the beer drinking I do on a regular basis, my palate is improving. Or maybe it’s that breweries are brewing better and better beer. Or–most likely–a combination of both. Regardless, this is a good problem to have! So I’ll just go with it and share all of the ones that I truly loved.

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Without a doubt, one of my top picks is Belching Beaver‘s Peanut Butter Milk Stout. I usually end up with a peanut butter beer on my final list, which is no surprise considering my love of beers that taste like food. But this one blew me away! So much peanut butter, exactly as it should be. And an exciting side note: Belching Beaver won this year’s Alpha King Challenge with their double IPA Pound Town. Congratulations!

2014 Alpha King Champs! Belching Beaver.

2014 Alpha King Champs! Belching Beaver.

Next up: Bourbon Carrot Cake from Short’s Brewing. Another beer that tastes like food?! But of course! Bourbon Carrot Cake is a dessert ale made with carrots, marshmallow, vanilla, maple syrup, orange zest, walnuts, pecans and spices and then aged in bourbon barrels. While it might not be for everyone, I feel it is something that can certainly appeal to craft beer lovers as well as those who “don’t like beer.” I only wish I could get my hands on some to test out this theory! Short’s won a Gold in the Experimental category for their Key Lime Pie. Way to go!
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Since I seem to be on a roll with beers brewed with food, this would be a good time to mention the Heirloom Pumpkin Barleywine by Almanac Beer Co.. I don’t consider myself to be a big fan of barleywines in general; I find most of them are too sweet for me. But I didn’t run into that with the Heirloom Pumpkin. I thought it was quite easy to drink, which could be dangerous considering it’s actually 12% ABV.

Pretzel necklaces: great for cleansing the palate. Necklaces with jerkey, cheese crackers, candy, etc. = you're too cheap to buy food. I loved these guys' idea for bread necklaces! Different, yet practical.

Pretzel necklaces: great for cleansing the palate. Necklaces with jerkey, cheese crackers, candy, etc. = you’re too cheap to buy food. I loved these guys’ idea for bread necklaces! Different, yet entirely practical.

Not a food beer, but a delicious combination of coffee and beer: Coffee IPA from FATE Brewing. This is a local beer brewed just 30 minutes away in Boulder, Colorado. Why would I “waste” time stopping at a booth whose beer is a but half hour drive away? Because it’s just that good. And FATE doesn’t currently distribute this beer, so it was definitely worth a trip (or three) to their booth. A shout out to them for winning a Gold for their Laimas Kolsch!

The crew from Black Star Co-op in Austin.

The crew from Black Star Co-op in Austin.

I have a special fondness for Texas beer. Having family & friends there, it’s the one place I’ve spent more time than anywhere else outside of Colorado. And my favorite thing to do while there is to explore the craft beer scene. One in particular really did it for me at GABF, and that was Benedictum from Real Ale Brewing Company. This sour brown with tart cherries is part of Real Ale’s Mysterium Verum (Latin translation: Real Mystery) barrel aged series. Very solid sour ale. I will be looking for this during my upcoming Austin trip–fingers are crossed that I’ll find some!

Saint Arnold Brewing Company (Texas' Oldest Craft Brewery) brought this chapel where people could actually wed at the festival.

Saint Arnold Brewing Company (Texas’ Oldest Craft Brewery) brought this chapel where people could actually wed at the festival.

Over the past several months I’ve begun to realize what an outstanding barrel-aging program Avery Brewing has. There have been many Sundays I’ve made the trip up to Boulder for their special releases, and the one that I constantly rave about is Opuntia, a tequlia barrel-aged sour. Pretty much every sour I’ve had from Avery has been top-notch, but the combination of prickly pear and tequila makes Opuntia one of the most unique tasting sours I’ve ever had.
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I don’t have any specific order for my favorite beers at this year’s GABF. I consider every beer mentioned above to be “amazing.” And here are some more for you:

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I know there were so many more worthwhile beers present. If only I was somehow capable of sampling them all! But I can only do so much, and I’m anything but disappointed in the beers I elected to try at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival. Check out my Facebook album for a few more photos. Until next year!

Raise a Glass for GABF!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Glass is Life for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

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!

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