We went to GABF last night, and found some booths you should check out

DSC_2902 The Wagon was represented hard last night at GABF. There were about 10 writers present, and we drank the place dry. You know, with the help of a few thousand people.  And now we’re here to pass our tips, obsessions, and repeat rounds with you for the Friday night session:

One unanimous beloved brewery: DEHSTILE.  Holy crap.  If you love sour beers, you need to make sure your first stop is in Section C9 to check out this brewery from Normal, IL. Awesome sours include Flanders/Oud Burin, Framboise (aged for 3.5 years), St. Dekkera Reserve Sour Barley Wine, St. Dekkera Reserve Sour Cerise Stout, St. Dekkera Reserve Sour Hawaiit Five-Ale,  and St. Dekkera Reserve Sour Strawberry Ale. 

Tallgrass Brewing Company: Yet another winner from Manhattan, KS in E29.  Be sure to check out their Buffalo Sweat.

Dogfish Head: the ringer from Milton, DE in B20.  Try to see if you can get the Older School.  Should you be one of the lucky folks with a Farm-to-Table Pavilion ticket, you’re in luck.  We won’t spoil the menu for you, but just know you will have a multiple orgasm: of beergasms and foodgasms.

Great South Bay Brewery: After visiting these folks a few weeks back, stop by to see Greg, Rick, Phil, and Sean to check out this brewery from Bay Shore, NY at booth L5.  Check out the Conscious Sedaison and their Splashing Pumpkin.  If Greg, the headbrewer, is there, get his to wax and wane poetically of Saisons.  It’s his favorite style.

Bison Brew: Bison Brewing is one kick-ass organic brewering company out of Berkeley, CA at booth A15.  Check out the Saison de Wench.  Hell, try Daniel’s whole flight.

Brooklyn Brewery:  Oh, Garrett Oliver.  You are one wonderful man.  We had the pleasure to get three beers poured by Mr. Oliver (ok, we kind of kept getting back in line to get another Garrett Grin.  Check out Black Ops (doesn’t exist), Sorachi Ace and the Concoction at booth H34.

Right Brain: Pig Beer with real pig (the Mangalitsa Pig Porter).  Yeah, from Traverse City, MI.  They’re at booth H7. Yum.

Cambridge: A lovely brewery from, you guessed it, Cambridge, MA and hailing at booth D36.  Check out the Arquebus and let us know what you think.

Have fun tonight, kids.  And if you see any of us Wagoneers in our fancy black shirts, stop by to say hi and we’ll buy you a beer. Cheers!

About Jess Hunter


Jess is a lady and a scholar. If she's not mulling over the various names of famous mustaches and their respective bitter cocktails, she's nibbling on American Craft Singles and Cantillon. Connect with her by email at jesshunter@denveroffthewagon.com.

  • Nine

    + 1000 on Dehstile. Just got home from the saturday afternoon session, and this was without a doubt the secret hit of the festival. Also check out Sun King out of Indianapolis, and abbey beverage out of NM for an actual american trappist ale

    • http://denveroffthewagon.com/ Jess Hunter

      Nine–Glad you dug it! Just amazing, amazing brews. I completely agree with Sun King–their Wee Mac (award winner) aged in Pappy barrels was just ridiculous.

      Others that rocked my socks on Friday and Saturday were Ladyface, Alpine, Black Raven, Chuckanut, Eagle Rock, Elevator, McKenzie, Trinity, and Shipyard. Cheers!