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

beers made by walking wynkoop

[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 […]

GABF 2013 ticket prices announced

gabf 2013 ticket prices

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

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 […]

Super-Sized Dale’s Pale Ale Cans Revealed Thursday

Taller than a typical pint glass, heavier than a plate of nachos, able to destroy sobriety in a single serving!  Look, on the bar!  It’s a tube of tennis balls!  It’s a cylinder of Pringles!  No, it’s the new 19.2 ounce cans from Oskar Blues!  Yes, the extra-tallboy cans of Dale’s Pale Ale, strange visitors […]

An Interview With Master Cicerone Rich Higgins

Rich Higgins Breakfast at Lou's Food Bar

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 […]