I was in Denver last week celebrating The Great American Beer Fest (GABF) with Circle Brewing Co. Thanks to Ben and the special brew crew, I was lucky enough to attend a second time in a row. And WOW. It’s still as overwhelming as it was last year! The festival has been going strong for 35 years now.
I can’t even imagine what it must have looked like back when it started in 1982 with just 20 breweries…Now that it has grown to more than 780 breweries and about 3,800 beers!
Here were some memorable ones I tried:
|Great Divide Brewing Co.||Strawberry Rhubarb Sour Ale||Good||Denver, CO|
|Rock Bottom Brewery||Horchata Porter||My favorite!||Broomfield, CO|
|Revolution Brewing||Oktoberfest||Toasty and malty||Chicago, IL|
|New Belgium Brewing Co.||Cabernet Dark Sour||tasty||Fort Collins, CO|
|Odell Brewing Co.||Piña Agria||muy sour||Fort Collins, CO|
|Bell’s Brewery, Inc.||Oatsmobile Ale||okay||Cornstock, MI|
|4 Noses Brewing Co.||Pump Action Imperial Pumpkin Ale||fave GABF pumpkin beer!||Broomfield, CO|
|Stone Brewing Co.||Stone Encore: 10th Anniversary IPA||great IPA||Escondido, CA|
|Independence Brewing Co.||Redbud with Cucumber||awesome!||Austin, TX|
|Mockery Brewing||Redcoats are coming!||Good||Denver, CO|
|Prost Brewing||Albier||Malty brown amber||Denver, CO|
|300 Suns||Salted Toffee Imperial Brown Ale||sweet, salty+strong!||Longmont, CO|
That was about it for me. Yes, I am fully aware that it was a bit weak sauce. Considering there were more than 3,800 beers to try! I would have liked to have tried more. But honestly, I only ended up going to two out of the three days (Thursday and Friday–my insides would not have been happy with me otherwise).
Saturday morning, winners were announced. I attended the awards ceremony. Was really happy for everyone who won their categories. Congrats to ya’ll! Special shout out to Charlie Papazian (founder of the Association of Brewers+ GABF) for finally getting the brewing recognition you deserve! I am happy for you and all the winners.
I have to admit though… that I was a bit disheartened when I didn’t hear Circle’s-Archetype get called to join the stage winners during the “Historical Beer” Category. Especially, since they had just won the Gold in the World Beer Cup back in May (sorry boo, sometimes you can’t win them all). I am hopeful for next year though!
You can find the complete list here.
Until next time GABF!