About Matt Sandy

Matt Sandy, a self-proclaimed “Beer Gadabout,” has been enjoying beer since he was of legal drinking age. Having been born across the pond where “legal drinking age” is a relative term, let’s just say he washed down a shandy or two while still in short pants. He moved to Denver in 2007 and immediately took up residency at the Great Divide taproom. Since then, he’s enjoyed exploring all of the craft corners in this great town.

American-style sizzle: Bacon and Beer Festival

While the pairing of bacon and beer might not get the same billing as cheese and wine, one event raising awareness of this important combo in spite of the recent processed meat slandering World Health Organization report is the Denver Bacon and Beer Festival. Now in its fourth year, the 2015 celebration of cured pig […]

Bacon and Beer Brewers Dinner menu revealed

The Denver Bacon and Beer Festival is back for its fourth iteration this year, but fans of swine and ale can get a jump on the festival crowd by attending the Bacon and Beer Brewers’ Dinner the night before. The dinner – now in its third year – pairs five chefs and five breweries for […]

Colorado brewers win first GABF medals

Amid a packed house at the Bellco Theatre in the bowels of the Denver Convention Center, representatives from most of the 1,500+ breweries entered anxiously waited as the winners of the 2015 Great American Beer Festival competition were announced Saturday morning. With almost 100 categories to get through, the production was like the Emmy’s minus […]

First-time brewers at GABF

For 33 years, new breweries have been barreling and delivering their beer to the Great American Beer Festival for public consumption and professional appraisal and 2015 will be no different. A medal awarded by the festival’s Professional Judge Panel is instant validation of their efforts and sacrifices along with some enviable hardware for the taproom. […]