2014 GABF Medals: How does Colorado stack up to the rest of the nation?

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Another Great American Beer Festival (GABF) has come and gone meaning it’s once again time to tally up the scores and see how well Colorado’s medal count compares to the rest of the nation.  The first criterion in deciding the winner is the most obvious: Who won the most overall medals? Most Overall Medals 1. […]

Fresh Taps: Oct. 1st – Oct. 7th (GABF 2014)

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Welcome to Fresh Taps! Each week Shea collects the most promising lineup of new and returning beers available by the glass and the occasional bottle hitting taprooms and tasting rooms all over the state. No ticket required, just a taste for great beer and a little adventure. It’s here. The moment we’ve all been waiting […]

GABF: How to see your glass half-full

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Scalpers running rampant.  Ticketing websites crashing harder than the Hindenburg.  Exorbitant admission fees if you’re even lucky enough to get that far.  Worthy breweries getting shut out.  Spotty cellphone reception.  Sloppy, amateur-hour drunks crawling all over the city.  It’s easy to complain about Great American Beer Festival (GABF).  I, myself, have been guilty of a […]

Great American Beer Festival Fantasy Draft: The Wagon’s team

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PorchDrinking.com’s second annual Great American Beer Festival (GABF) Fantasy Draft occurred this past weekend and Denver off the Wagon was there to challenge other beer journalists of both local and national acclaim.  Here’s a breakdown of the competition. The Participants & Draft Order 1. Mike Snider – USA Today 2. Mark Slattery – Denver Beer […]

An Epic Firkin Night

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]

GABF 2013 ticket prices announced

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Everyone’s favorite beer holiday, the Great American Beer Festival, has posted ticket prices for the 2013 sessions today. Briefly – I’d start sewing up the holes in your pockets as prices took a bit of a jump this year over last – $75 per evening session and $65 for AHA members-only session.  The festival takes place this year […]

GABF Week Photo Recap

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GABF involved way too much drinking for me to put into words.  So here are a few slideshows detailing my week.   Tuesday – Beers Made by Walking at Wynkoop:   Wednesday – The Lion, The Bear, and the Brewmaster (Firestone Walker Beer Dinner) at Mile High Station:   Friday – Denver Rare Beer Tasting […]

An Interview With Master Cicerone Rich Higgins

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With the city’s annual rodeo of beer events, Ryan Conklin of Euclid Hall fame had a chance to sit down and chat with Rich Higgins, master cicerone, covering everything from snacks to the laws of physics. Denver Off The Wagon: How did you get into the Cicerone program? Rich Higgins: Brewing at Thirsty Bear Brewing […]

Denver Off the Wagon Post-GABF Hangover Breakfast

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No one wants to think about the Great American Beer Festival being over before it starts; however, with a sigh, I say it must be done. But I don’t think of it as a bad thing, think of it as an “I’m hung over and need food in my belly” kinda thing. We’re partnering up […]

Get the Party Started Early: How To Pass the Time Standing in Line for GABF

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By Julia Yugel and Lisa Bongiovanni Without a doubt, the best part about standing in line for the Great American Beer festival is that you know what is waiting for you in the near future. Once you complete the long cattle march around the Convention Center, have your ID checked and tickets checked and receive […]

Seven new breweries in Denver since GABF 2011

Think back to GABF 2011… remember how many new Colorado breweries were on the scene? Denver Beer Company, Copper Kettle, Renegade Brewing, Caution Brewing – well, the fun didn’t end there. Since the last Great American Beer Festival seven eight new breweries have opened in Denver, and this does not include the nine new breweries […]

Mayor Hancock taps that, launches Denver Beer Fest

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The Denver Beer Fest—a city-wide celebration of suds surrounding Great American Beer Festival—was officially begun last Friday with the initial tapping of Mayor Mike’s 5280 Brew at Denver Beer Co., the pumpkin beer Denver’s Mayor Michael B. Hancock helped brew on September 19th.  The Mayor was on-site to pour the first pint. Amidst a sea […]

Where to Feed your Drunky McDrunk Face After GABF

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It’s 10pm.  GABF is over.  A tubby and annoyed security guard just calmly pushed your drunken ass out into the street. You are starving.  What are you going to do?   Well, first and foremost, remain calm. Remember that you have a smart phone device and have saved this handy dandy list I have prepared for […]

Navigating Denver Without Driving: Your Guide to Getting Around When You’re Seeing Double

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By Julia Yugel and Lisa Bongiovanni You’ve been on your feet for hours and there’s probably one of three things racing through your mind: hunger, sleep, or more beer. Whether your focus is one, two or all three options, you need a way to get there, and after about 20 minutes at the Great American […]

The Greenhorn’s Survival Guide to GABF

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So, this is your first Great American Beer Festival (GABF)?  Feeling excited?  Giddy, even?  Good, but are you truly prepared for 2, 200 beers and 500 breweries?  Can you handle the sheer enormity of it all?  Can you get through the granddaddy of all beer events and live to tell about it?  Yes, yes you […]

The Best of the Best: DOTW’s GABF Superlatives

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It feels like I’ve been waiting forever for the Great American Beer Fest to arrive… and just like that, it’s gone.  The Denver off the Wagon crew had a great time at all 4 sessions.  We came, we drank, we conquered… and we saw many of our loyal readers in the process.  Perhaps we even […]

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

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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.  […]