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. […]

GABF is here! What to do outside the big show

It’s here! The week of indulgence, intoxication, and dehydration is upon us. It snuck up on me this year, taking place earlier than years past, and I’m not sure if I’m fully hydrated just yet. But, the Great American Beer Festival and Denver Beer Fest have arrived. Ready or not, bottoms up. I’ve been attending this […]

Weekend off the Wagon: August 6th – 9th

Rare beers from Adam Avery's cellar at Avery Brewing, Boulder

Want this spectacular event list sent to your inbox every Thursday? There’s a thing for that! Just sign up here, select “Weekend off the Wagon” and we’ll cover the rest. Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday High: 93˚ Low: 62˚ Partly Cloudy Precip: 0% High: 92˚ Low: 62˚ Partly Cloudy Precip: 20% High: 87˚ Low: 60˚ Partly Cloudy […]

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

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. […]

And Your 2014 Great American Beer Festival Award Winners Are…

Now in it’s 33 year, the Great American Beer Festival has more than quadrupled in size. At the first GABF, there were 40 breweries, this year 3,100 breweries participated. Now in it’s 28th year, this year’s competition awarded  268 medals. More than 5,507 beers were entered into the competition. To kick-off the awards ceremony, the State of […]

The 10 people you see waiting in line at GABF

Whether it’s to get into the Convention Center, to get a tasting cup, to get a beer, or to go to the restroom, the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) experience is 90% waiting in line.  There’s no need to stand idly with crossed arms and an impatiently tapping foot; queue time is people-watching time.  For […]

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

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 […]

Win tickets to GABF at BSide

Want some tickets to the Thursday night GABF session? BSide (1336 E. 17th Ave), the newest creation from the masterminds behind Star Bar, has three pairs of tickets to give away! Here’s how to win: Option 1 – Head into BSide and fill out a comment card before the bar closes on Wednesday night. While no purchase is necessary […]

Weekend off the Wagon – Close out the harvest season in style

Folks enjoying libations at last year's Harvest Week

  Friday Saturday Sunday High: 87˚ Low: 56˚ Sunny Precip: 0% High: 86˚ Low: 56˚ Sunny Precip: 0% High: 80˚ Low: 53˚ Mostly Sunny Precip: 10% Friday, September 26 Wazee Supper Club Celebrates 40 Years Wazee Supper Club, 1600 15th St. The historic Wazee Supper Club in LoDo is turning 40! In commemoration, the first 100 guests […]

GABF: How to see your glass half-full

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’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 […]

DIA to give passengers a taste of Colorado beer culture

What image does Denver International Airport (DIA) project?  The roof of the Jeppesen Terminal looks like snowcapped peaks so our mountains are represented.  It features Western-inspired art like the “Spirit of the People” painting and that gigantic blue devil-horse off of Peña Boulevard so our history is on display, too.  But what about Colorado’s most […]

SAVOR is everything GABF is not, and that’s not a bad thing

Glancing around the elegant room at the National Building Museum, no where in sight is a single pretzel necklace, no dude-bros in PBR onesies or Waldo costumes. In fact, no matching outfits at all. I managed to drop and break my tasting glass and not a single “Ohhhh” was heard. Not one volunteer pouring my […]