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 […]

Putting the BA’s mid-year report into perspective

The Brewers Association (BA) released their mid-year report on the state of craft beer in America and—no real surprises—craft breweries have sustained continual growth in the marketplace.  The broad strokes of the BA’s study: In one year, craft breweries sold an additional 1.6 million barrels of beer (9 million this time last year, 10.6 million […]

GABF: A Crisis Averted

The Brewers Association does an incredible job organizing and executing the Great American Beer Festival. There, I said it. Thing is, two weeks ago you would have never heard those words come out of my mouth. To be honest, I was a bit frustrated with the whole damn thing: frustrated that eight years ago I […]

Colorado Beer Laws – For Better or Worse, Part 2

Colorado Beer Laws

This is the second article in a three-part series spotlighting Colorado’s divisive beer laws in comparison with other states. Momentum for House Bill 1178, sponsored by Rep. Kevin Priola, R-Henderson, tapped out recently after the congressman acknowledged an “unwillingness to move this bill forward” by fellow House Business, Labor, Economic and Workforce Development Committee members. State […]

Crafting a Beer Dinner, Tips from Julia Herz of Brewers Association

Up until just a few years ago, wine was the obvious liquid pairing to any meal when dining out. Now with craft beer sweeping the nation, wine and food is no longer a monogamous couple, particularly in Denver, which undoubtedly owns its title as the “Napa Valley of Beer.” Wynkoop Brewing Company, which opened in […]

Ticket Sales and Mad Beer Folks. What Is Going On?

Well, isn’t this all something. The Great American Beer Festival public tickets sold out faster than ever before. Sourfest at Avery Brewing sold out in seconds. Literally seconds. Pretty nuts. In the last few years, I have experienced the dread and sheer terror of pounding F5 in the moments after the tickets go on sale […]

2012 GABF medalists going home with Porter’s Pride

What’s the highpoint of a brewer’s career?  Winning a medal at Great American Beer Festival?  Maybe.  But what about winning a medal at Great American Beer festival and receiving a free congratulatory beer?  Thanks to Breckenridge Brewery, the Colorado Brewers Guild (CBG), and CBG member breweries, the best of the best at this year’s GABF […]

Brewers Association Reports 2012 Mid-Year Growth for U.S. Craft Brewers

[Press release] Dollar growth up 14% in first six months of 2012; Total brewery count hits 125-year high Boulder, CO • August 6, 2012— The Brewers Association (BA), the trade association representing the majority of U.S. brewing companies, has released strong mid-year numbers for America’s small and independent craft brewers1. Dollar sales were up 14 percent in the first half […]

Brewers Association Releases Top 50 Breweries in 2011

Brewers Association Releases Top 50 Breweries in 2011

The Brewers Association just released the list of top breweries, both craft and all, by sales volume. Colorado has 6 in the top 50 craft breweries, with New Belgium (3), Craftworks (28), Oskar Blues (29), Odell (30), Breckenridge (41), and Left Hand (49). For overall breweries – and that counts AB and MillerCoors – we’ve […]

How the Big Beers Festival Kicked My Ass

 As ashamed as I am to admit it, this was my first visit to Vail despite being a Colorado native.  This picturesque mountain town offered the perfect getaway after a hectic work week.   We arrived on Friday night with plenty of time to spare before the Cigar Pairing event at 10pm, so we took in the […]

The Brewers Association is hiring

Work in beer! The Brewers Association in Boulder is hiring a Professional Division Assistant. The full job description is below, but my favorite part: Travel Required: This position may be required to attend and work at the Craft Brewers Conference and Great American Beer Festival and other events as assigned. Send resume and cover letter […]

The Best of the Best: DOTW’s GABF Superlatives

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 […]

“Other” Things to do at GABF

So you’re hanging out, having a great time at GABF and it hits you… you need to take a break.  It’s ok, don’t beat yourself up.  It happens to the best of us.  Better to step aside for a few than participate in the amateur-hour puke fest so often seen by those pesky kids who’s […]

Know Thy Beer – Oktoberfest

As the Great American Beer Festival approaches (7 days!), I’ll be highlighting some of the beer styles you are likely to encounter and what makes them unique.  Today we’ll be covering Oktoberfest-style beers (separated into two sub-categories). This is what the Brewers Association says about the two variations of Barley Wine-Style Ale in their Competition Style […]

Brewers Association Reports 2011 Mid-Year Growth for U.S. Craft Brewers

Dollar growth up 15% in first six months of 2011; U.S. sees rapid growth in breweries in planning Boulder, CO • August 8, 2011 – The Brewers Association, the trade association representing the majority of U.S. brewing companies, has released strong mid-year numbers for America’s small and independent craft brewers¹. Dollar sales were up 15 percent […]

Colorado 4th in capita per brewery list. Vermont remains #1.

The Brewers Association just released the numbers for 2010’s capita per brewery list. Despite a shuffle of states in the 2 through 5 positions of the capita per brewery list, just updated and now available on, Vermont still resides at number 1. The Green Mountain State is home to 21 breweries and has a population […]

GABF Tickets on Sale for AHA and BA Members

Great American Beer Festical 2011 Denver

The big event is getting closer. If you’re a member of the American Homebrewers Association or Brewer’s Association, you can now purchase your tickets to the Great American Beer Festival. Reasons to get tickets during the Members-only pre-sale: Access to the members-only entrance, meaning a shorter wait in line Access to the members-only session on […]

American Craft Beer Week 2011 (May 16 – 22) Denver Roundup

[Skip to the event list] American Craft Beer Week is in two weeks. While many of us live the American Craft Beer Life™, this is a week when all of America joins us in celebrating craft beer. Spearheaded by the Brewers Association and organized by pubs and breweries around the country, thousands of beer newbies, […]

Brewers Association Releases 2010 Top 50 Breweries Lists

The Brewers Association, the not-for-profit trade group that tabulates production statistics for U.S. breweries, released its annual lists reporting the top 50 brewing companies in the country, based on 2010 beer sales volume. The two lists are the Top 50 Craft Brewing Companies, comprising small and independent craft brewers,¹ and the Top 50 Overall Brewing […]

Federal Small Brewer Excise Tax Bills Introduced in House, Senate

Boulder, CO • March 30, 2011—The Brewers Association (BA) announced today that legislation seeking to enact a graduated beer excise tax rate of $3.50 and $16.00 for America’s small brewers has been introduced in both chambers of Congress. The BA is the not-for-profit trade group that represents the majority of U.S. brewing companies. The Senate […]