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

(Photo: © Brewers Association)

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…

Kevin Delange, Dry Dock Brewing Co. 
American-Style Fruit Beer - Apricot - Bronze

English Style-Mild Ale - S.S. Minnow Mild Ale, Bronze

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

Photo © Brewers Association

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)

Imagine growler fills at Falling Rock... (Picture courtesy of fallingrocktaphouse.com)

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

B-Side beers - Photo Credit PJ Hoberman

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

Photo: Daniel Spiess on Flickr

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 […]

DIA to give passengers a taste of Colorado beer culture

Logo: Denver International Airport

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

(Photo: SAVOR)

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 […]