The Thoughts and Ramblings of a GABF Virgin

The Great American Beer Festival is horrible.  It’s a mess.  At it’s worst, it’s a showcase of our unrelenting thirst for beer gone wrong, an over glorified frat party of sorts, and an indulgence of excess and satiety. At it’s best, it’s an exercise in patience and self control as you slowly move around from […]

GABF Terminology 201

Words are hard. You may know enough about beer, but I’ve found there are a few things that trip people up as far as brew terminology goes. This is amplified at a festival like GABF, because you sometimes will not take the time to give a fuck. You approach the booth to try something, pick […]

An Epic Firkin Night

Epic Brewing Company, one of Denver’s newest breweries, decided the best way to make a first impression is by making 50 of them – 50 firkins that is. Last night, Epic threw what could be called an epic party – Epic tapped 50 unique firkins as part of its Great American Beer Festival events. “Firkins […]

The 10 Commandments of the Great American Beer Festival

That’s it! It is here! Over the next three days upwards of 49,000 people will be attending the almighty Great American Beer Festival. Since its inception 31 years ago, GABF now spans generations of beer lovers from around the country. Whether this is new territory for you or your wise enough to know better, let […]

Overheard at GABF #OHGABF

So, another Great American Beer Festival has come and gone. Too much (or just enough) beer was consumed, we’re all nursing our hangovers and drunk injuries while reminiscing about the weekend’s debauchery. With over 3,000 beers to sample within the Convention Center, there were a plethora of outrageous comments made. We asked you, our readers, to […]

10 Breweries Under 10 Barrels at GABF

The Great American Beer Festival is upon us, and it brings an opportunity to try something new for many beer lovers. Whether that’s sipping a Sweetwater Brewing Company beer for those of us who live in Colorado, or trying one of Crooked Stave’s funky specialties if you’re from Maine, or even having Garrett Oliver of […]

Don’t Be A Pirate: A Guide to Navigating GABF

The Great American Beer Festival was a beer lover’s paradise when it began back in 1982. While we still all love the GABF –tickets sold out in just minutes this year for the October 10-12 festival – beer geeks and responsible drinkers have been taken over by pirates. Yes, pirates. You know them: The guys […]

Fresh Taps: Oct. 9th-15th (GABF 2013 Edition)

Welcome to Fresh Taps. Each week Shea collects the most promising lineup of new and returning beers hitting taprooms and tasting rooms all over the state. It’s finally here: Denver Beer Fest and the Great American Beer Festival! If you thought last week was crazy full of special tappings, take a gander below and tell […]

Paralysis by Choice: Selecting a Style at GABF and Sticking With It

There are over 3,000 individual beers at Great American Beer Festival (GABF) and that many choices can easy overwhelm an aimless beer geek.  Do I drink this saison from San Diego or this Porter from Portland?  Do I opt for this big, gnarly, barleywine or this simple, palatable, Pilsner?  Don’t blow a fuse, when you’re […]

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GABF Fantasy Brewery Draft

Our friends over at PorchDrinking.com are smart. They like beer and sports. So they started the GABF Fantasy Brewery Draft. If one were so inclined, one might call them wicked smaht. We gathered in person and over the internet last Sunday to pick our favorites. And our sure-fire macro wins. Local beer bloggers, big hitting real […]

Libations & Wellness: Drinking at Altitude

It’s GABF week! Beer drinkers from all over the country will be filling our quaint city on a mission to drink lots and lots of beer. Many of these individuals will blame some of their drunk antics on the altitude. The claim being: drinking at higher elevation makes one drink feel like it has the […]

Win tickets to the Friday night GABF session

You want tickets. We have tickets. We should hang out. Enter below for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the Friday night GABF session. We’ll pick two winners (two pairs of tickets each) Thursday morning. a Rafflecopter giveaway Here’s something to hold you over while the entries roll in:

GABF Events That Aren’t Sold Out (Yet)

Pints for Prostates. Colorado Rare Beer Tasting. What The Funk?. What do these Beer Week events have in common? They are among the premier events that happen during the 7 days and nights that surround the wonderful GABF circus. They are also completely, utterly sold out. And have been that way since forever. But don’t […]

Fresh Taps: Oct. 2nd-8th

  Welcome to Fresh Taps. Each week Shea collects the most promising lineup of new and returning beers hitting taprooms and tasting rooms all over the state. This is that time of year your taste buds have been waiting for, and your liver has feared. It’s the lead-up to Denver Beer Fest and the Great […]

Taking a look at the GABF app

My GABF screenshot

While an app for your Android or iPhone may never be necessary for drinking beer, serious beer drinkers may want to consider downloading this year’s MyGABF app for their device. Great American Beer Festival has created an app for their festival in years past – an app that is 1) basically only useful for the […]

Wit’s End Turns Two! Win GABF Tickets and Special Beer

As breweries begin to pop up on every corner like food trucks and dispensaries in our dear city, talk of bursting the craft beer bubble is beginning to surface once again. But rather than getting all hot and bothered about having too many places where we could plop our fannies for afternoon suds, why not […]

Beers Made by Walking to feature Cerebral Brewing

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[box]Looking for Beers Made By Walking Tickets? They are available through TicketAlternative.com (updated 9/23, link may not work if event is sold out/past). [/box] If you haven’t heard already, both the Great American Beer Festival and Denver Beer Week are about to barrel down on Denver in mid-October. Looking to kick off the frenzy is […]

Week off the Wagon – GABF Edition

It’s that time of the year when you’re debating the merits of different pretzel sizes for the trusty pretzel necklace and planning out an group costume with your friends for the Super Bowl of beer, the Great American Be . . . wait, what do you mean you didn’t get tickets? There was a Ticketmaster […]

GABF 2013 sells out in seconds, beer fans pissed

I figured I’d go ahead and draft this since it will be on every blog and news site by next Tuesday afternoon. Tickets actually go on sale tomorrow morning at 10am for AHA members, and 10am Wednesday morning for the general public. At 10 AM this morning thousands of beer fans all over the country […]

Insider’s Guide to Surviving Denver during #GABF

**This will be a continually updated post as more ideas and news comes in** The good part of GABF? Lots of out-of-towners. New folks to play with. Responding to a lot of the questions I see on the twitter GABF tag, here’s a few answers to questions General Transportation Options: Parking, like in any downtown […]