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 […]

2013 GABF Medals: How does Colorado Stack Up to the Rest of the Nation?

Great American Beer Festival (GABF) is the Academy Awards of breweries and, needless to say, the folks here in Colorado tend to think we have some pretty damn decent beers.  How much of that sense of superiority is fact and how much is pure delusion?  Let’s look at the results of the 2013 GABF and […]

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The Thoughts and Ramblings of a GABF Virgin

The Great American Beer Festival is horrible.  It’s a mess.  At it’s worst, it’s a showcase of our unrelenting thirst for beer gone wrong, an over glorified frat party of sorts, and an indulgence of excess and satiety. At it’s best, it’s an exercise in patience and self control as you slowly move around from […]

Post-Beer-Week Syndrome: Symptoms and Cures

Another Beer Week has been and gone in the Mile High City. Attendees drank, swigged, and danced at more events and bars all across the Front Range than I care to count. Even the main event, the Great American Beer Festival itself, is still in the long process of cleaning up beer and pretzels not […]

Beer Porn of the Week – Unknown GABF Brew!

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GABF ABV – Unknown IBU – Unknown Tickets to GABF – Impossible Remembering Every Beer You Drank –  Impractical Tasting So Much Greatness – Priceless [We’ll share some beer porn every Monday to get your week started off right. Have some of your own? Leave a link in the comments!]

GABF Terminology 201

Words are hard. You may know enough about beer, but I’ve found there are a few things that trip people up as far as brew terminology goes. This is amplified at a festival like GABF, because you sometimes will not take the time to give a fuck. You approach the booth to try something, pick […]

Weekend off the Wagon – October 11-13

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Weekend off the Wagon in your inbox, every Friday Pat yourselves on your backs. You’ve made it through day one of GABF, and I know you’re ready for more. Get your best hangover cures handy for the next few days, because this weekend is sure to not disappoint. If you’re lucky enough to head to […]

An Epic Firkin Night

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

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

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 […]

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 […]

Weekend off the Wagon – October 4-6

Weekend off the Wagon in your inbox, every Friday Winter is coming. Er, well–there’s snow on the ground, at least. It’s going to be a cold one this weekend, but Sunday is supposed to warm us back up a bit. Summer isn’t completely done with us, yet! It will pair perfectly with Emily Hutto’s Top Colorado […]

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 […]

Weekend off the Wagon – September 20-22

Weekend off the Wagon in your inbox, every Friday Feel that chill in the air? That means we’re getting closer and closer to some of our favorite months here at the Wagon. Beer and spirits will be flowing freely all weekend. Drinking yourself a jacket for the night is totally acceptable since yours is probably […]