“Other” Things to do at GABF

So you’re hanging out, having a great time at GABF and it hits you… you need to take a break.  It’s ok, don’t beat yourself up.  It happens to the best of us.  Better to step aside for a few than participate in the amateur-hour puke fest so often seen by those pesky kids who’s eyes are much bigger than their liver.  Lucky for you, there are plenty of events inside GABF that don’t require you to continue drinking.  Here they are, broken down by category (from the GABF website):

Brewer’s Studio Pavilion

Thursday, September 29

 6:30-7:00pm – Celebrating 30 Years of the GABF

Join GABF Founder and Brewers Association President, Charlie Papazian, as he shares stories about the origins of the festival and how things have changed over the last 30 years. Charlie will be joined by Ken Grossman of Sierra Nevada Brewing Company and Jim Koch of Boston Beer Company to reminisce about some of their favorite GABF moments. Beers from both breweries will be served. Be sure to stick around after the presentation as we celebrate with cake.

7:30-8:00pm – The U.S. – Italy Craft Beer Connection

oin Lorenzo Dabove, the Italian beer expert and champion of craft beer, as he teams up with American brewers Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales and Eric Wallace of Left Hand Brewing Co. to talk about the impact the American craft beer scene has had on Italian beer culture. The presenters will also talk about collaborations between brewers from the two countries and how Italy is making its presence known in the American beer world.

8:30-9:30pm – 2010 GABF Champion Brewery Award Tasting

Brewers from the six breweries who took home the title of Champion Brewery and Brewmaster at the 2010 GABF will be on-hand to present samples of their award winning beers and talk about winning the prestigious award. Breweries include Blue Moon Brewing Company, Mad River Brewing Company, Pizza Port Carlsbad, Pizza Port San Clemente, TAPS Fish House & Brewery and Utah Brewers Cooperative.

Friday, September 30

 6:30-7:00pm – The Evolution of Beer Scholarship

The writing and editorial team of the newly published The Oxford Companion to Beer, will discuss the developing resources in beer education. Compared to a well-defined wine academia, beer education has always been pretty thin, but that’s changing fast. Discussing resources from oral tradition to iPhone apps, Editor-in-Chief, Garrett Oliver, will lead this conversation on the current demand for genuine information and scholarship on beer, and what’s been happening to meet that demand and make brewing studies deeper and more interesting than ever before. Samples of the The Companion Ale, a collaboration brewed by Garrett and Associate Editor Horst Dornbusch from special new malts from Weyermann, will be poured.

7:30-8:00pm – How to Taste Your Beer at GABF

This educational session is for any festival attendee who wants to get more out of their beer at the GABF. It’s an interactive session lead by Ginger Johnson, founder of Women Enjoying Beer, and co-hosted by Stevie Caldarola, founder of Ladies of Craft Beer. The session will be a lively one, and cover the CAMFA of beer (Color, Aroma, Mouthfeel, Flavor, Alcohol). Knowing the characteristics of your beer, and then understanding how to use those characteristics when tasting beer will be the focus of this presentation. Five different beers will be tasted, each highlighting a letter of CAMFA.

8:30-9:30pm – The Brewers’ Feud: 21st Amendment Brewery vs. Shmaltz Brewing Co.

One hundred people were surveyed and the top five answers are on the board! Step into the Brewers Studio Pavilion to continue our version of Family Feud as the 2010 champions, 21st Amendment Brewery and Shmaltz Brewing Company go head-to-head. Join us for some laughs and beer samples in an evening that would make Richard Dawson proud.

Saturday, October 1

6:30-7:15pm – 2010 Medal Winner Tasting

Sample medal winning beers from some of the most popular categories at the 2010 GABF. Award winning brewers will walk you through a guided tasting of the beers and discussions on the GABF competition.

7:45-8:45pm – The Brewers Feud – Ska Brewing Co. vs. Stone Brewing Co.

It was so popular last year, we’re doing twice in 2011! One hundred people were surveyed and the top five answers are on the board! Step into the Brewers Studio Pavilion for our version of Family Feud as employees of Ska Brewing Company and Stone Brewing Co. face-off in a battle of beer trivia.

Beer & Food Pavilion

Thursday, September 29

6:30-7:00pm – Beer & Food Pairings with the West End Tavern

Chef Chris Blackwood of the West End Tavern in Boulder is teaming up with Denise Jones from Moylan’s Brewery to bring you the ultimate in beer and food pairing. Together they will showcase a diverse range of flavor profiles that run the gamut from Cajun to all-American.

7:30-8:00pm – How to Make Your Own Pretzels & Pair Them with Elysian Beers

Pretzels are often one of the first foods people think about when it comes to beer. This presentation featuring Butchy Craft of Elyisan Brewing Company is your chance to learn to make your own great tasting pretzels at home. The pretzel dough will be made with a variety of beers from Elyisan Brewing Company, creating an array of flavors. You will be guided through the entire process from start to finish, and the pretzels will be paired with Elysian beers.

8:30-9:30pm – The Great American Beer & Food Pairing Challenge – Highland Tap & Burger

On your mark. Get set. Go! Join in the fun as two competing brewers rush around the festival hall trying to find the perfect beer to pair with a mystery dish from Highland Tap & Burger. As the brewers rush to find the beer, attendees will be shown how to prepare the dish. Ultimately, the audience will judge and decide which brewer chose the perfect pairing.

Friday, September 30

6:30-7:00pm – Beer & Chocolate with the Chocolate Therapist and the Beervangelist

On your mark. Get set. Go! Join in the fun as two competing brewers rush around the festival hall trying to find the perfect beer to pair with a mystery dish from Highland Tap & Burger. As the brewers rush to find the beer, attendees will be shown how to prepare the dish. Ultimately, the audience will judge and decide which brewer chose the perfect pairing.

7:30-8:00pm – Sweet and Smokey Chicago Style

On your mark. Get set. Go! Join in the fun as two competing brewers rush around the festival hall trying to find the perfect beer to pair with a mystery dish from Highland Tap & Burger. As the brewers rush to find the beer, attendees will be shown how to prepare the dish. Ultimately, the audience will judge and decide which brewer chose the perfect pairing.

8:30-9:30pm – Oskar Blues Brewery’s Triple Lindy

The team from Oscar Blues, including Head Brewer Dave Chichura, Chef Jason Rogers, and Farmer Geoff Hess present pairings of their home-grown fresh hopped brews and their Black Angus beef, which is  raised on The Oskar Blues Hops and Heifers 50 acre farm. While guests enjoy the pairings, discussions of sustainable brewery-led farm to table practices will be discussed.

Saturday, October 1

3:00-3:45pm – Award Winning American Cheeses and Award Winning American Beers

The American Cheese Society (ACS) presents a guided cheese and beer pairing session led by Michael Landis, National Training & Merchandising Manager for ANCO Fine Cheese. Michael will pair a selection of award-winning American cheeses with beers from award-winning American breweries. Each beer and cheese pairing will highlight the common and not-so-common bonds that make these fermented foods perfect partners.

6:30-7:40pm – The Great American Beer & Food Pairing Challenge – The Homebrew Chef

The Homebrew Chef, Sean Paxton, will cook up mystery dishes and challenge two brewers to find their perfect beer pairings from one of the 2000+ beers at the GABF. This fast-paced presentation is sure to delight your senses with amazing food and fantastic beer. The audience will crown a champion and name one brewer winner of the Great American Beer & Food Pairing Challenge.

8:00-9:00pm – Trash the Salad Bar! This is Natty Eisbock’s Sweet Bar!

Join The Beer Fox, Carolyn Smagalski, and 2011 Philly Beer Geek Champion, Natalie DeChico of Weyerbacher Brewing Company, for a luscious celebration of Cuisine a la Biere for your honey-tooth. Merry Monks Sugar Cookies, Imperial Pumpkin Cookies and other treasures from Natty & Fox’s secret kitchen will be paired with Weyerbacher’s mouth-warming brews.

Silent Disco

Shake your groove thing on the dance floor at the back of the hall. Grab a pair of wireless headphones and dance to the music of a live DJ. The thing is, only those wearing the headphones are hearing the music. Even if you don’t like to dance, the Silent Disco will bring a smile to your face!

Beer Enthusiast Bookstore Author Appearances

Thursday, September 29

6:00-7:00pm – Jeremy Cowan (Craft Beer Bar Mitzvah)

6:30-7:00pm – Randy Mosher (Radical Brewing, Tasting Beer)

6:30-7:30pm – Ray Daniels (Designing Great Beers, Smoked Beers, Brown Ale)

6:30-7:30pm – Gordon Strong (Brewing Better Beer)

6:30-7:30pm – Chris White (Yeast)

6:30-7:30pm – Jamil Zainasheff (Yeast, Brewing Classic Styles)

7:00-8:00pm – Stan Hieronymus (Brewing with Wheat, Brew Like a Monk)

7:30-8:30pm – Ed Sealover (Mountain Brew)

7:30-9:30pm – Greg Kock & Randy Clemens (The Craft of Stone Brewing Co., Brewer’s Apprentice)

8:00-9:00pm – Joshua M. Bernstein (Brewed Awakening)

8:00-9:00pm – Christian DeBenedetti (Great American Ale Trail)

8:30-9:00pm – Charlie Papazian (The Complete Joy of Homebrewing, The Homebrewer’s Companion, Home Brewer’s Gold, Microbrewed Adventures)

Friday, September 30

6:00-6:30pm – Stan Hieronymus (Brewing with Wheat, Brew Like a Monk)

6:00-8:00pm – Greg Koch & Randy Clemens (The Craft of Stone Brewing Co, Brewer’s Apprentice)

6:30-7:00pm – Charlie Papazian (The Complete Joy of Homebrewing, The Homebrewer’s Companion, Home Brewer’s Gold, Microbrewed Adventures)

6:30-7:00pm – Randy Mosher (Radical Brewing, Tasting Beer)

6:30-8:00pm – Brewing Better Beer

7:00-7:30pm – Ray Daniels (Designing Great Beers, Smoked Beers, Brown Ale)

7:00-8:00pm – Garrett Oliver (Oxford Companion to Beer, Brewmaster’s Table)

7:00-8:00pm – Sam Calagione (Brewing Up a Business, Extreme Brewing, He Said Beer, She Said Wine)

7:00-8:00pm – Horst Dornbusch (Bavarian Helles, Altbier, PROST! The Story of German Beer

7:30-8:00pm – Chris White (Yeast)

7:30-8:00pm – Jamil Zainasheff (Yeast, Brewing Classic Styles)

8:00-9:00pm – Christian DeBenedetti (Great American Ale Trail)

8:00-9:00pm – Joshua M. Bernstein (Brewed Awakening)

8:00-9:00pm – Ed Sealover (Mountain Brew)

Saturday, October 1

1:00-1:30pm – Dick Cantwell (Barley Wine)

1:00-1:30pm – Ray Daniels (Designing Great Beers, Smoked Beers, Brown Ale)

1:00-1:30pm – Chris White (Yeast)

1:00-1:30pm – Jamil Zainasheff (Yeast, Brewing Classic Styles)

1:00-2:00pm – Fal Allen (Barley Wine)

1:30-2:00pm – Randy Mosher (Radical Brewing, Tasting Beer)

1:30-2:30pm – Ed Sealover (Mountain Brew)

2:00-2:30pm – Gregg Smith (Beer in America)

2:00-3:00pm – Gordon Strong (Brewing Better Beer)

2:00-4:00pm – Greg Koch & Randy Clemens (The Craft of Stone Brewing Co., Brewer’s Apprentice)

2:30-3:00pm – Stan Hieronymus (Brewing with Wheat, Brew Like a Monk)

3:00-3:30pm – Terry Foster (Pale Ale, Porter)

3:00-4:00pm – Joshua M. Bernstein (Brewed Awakening)

3:00-4:00pm – Christian DeBenedetti (Great American Ale Trail)

6:00-7:00pm – Ed Sealover (Mountain Brew)

6:00-8:00pm – Greg Koch & Randy Clemens (The Craft of Stone Brewing Co., Brewer’s Apprentice)

7:00-7:30pm – Horst Dornbusch (Bavarian Helles, Altbier, PROST! The Story of German Beer)

7:00-7:30pm – Garrett Oliver (Oxford Companion to Beer, Brewmaster’s Table)

7:30-8:00pm – Jamil Zainasheff (Yeast, Brewing Classic Styles)

8:00-9:00pm – Joshua M. Bernstein (Brewed Awakening)

Have you heard of other events going on within GABF that aren’t listed?  Share them in the comments!

About Sean Buchan


Sean is a Physical Therapist and Photographer living in (and loving) Denver, Colorado. He enjoys shooting just about anything but his true passion is capturing the craft beer culture here in Denver. If you enjoy his photographs check out Beertographer.