GABF – Yes, I know it’s the biggest beer event of the year, but this was the first year that my calendar lined up well and allowed me to make it to the GABF. It’s been billed as the Super Bowl of beer and it did not disappoint. The variety of beer and chance to get amazing beers not available here (Allagash, Brooklyn, etc.) was great, and I particularly enjoyed the chance to sample single-batch beers like the Peanut Butter Ale from Blue Moon Brewing Co.
Great Divide Anniversary Party – It looked like the day might end before it began thanks to some menacing clouds and rain, but thing cleared up just as the festivities started and led to a great day. There’s nothing better than enjoying the outdoors, eating some great BBQ and having some of Colorado’s best craft beer while listening to live music. Like GABF, it was my first Great Divide anniversary party but definitely not my last.
Breckenridge’s Barrel-Aging – It’s not one particular event, but the barrel-aging program from Breckenridge Brewery is off the charts. During the time when barrel-aging has become the trendy thing, the team over at Breckenridge consistently knocks the aged beers out of the park. Whether it’s the Well-Built ESB, Holidale or Summer Cab Ridge, the barrel-aging program at Breckenridge is top notch.