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Category: GABF

GABF ’15 Snippets: Our Mutual Friend Wins Silver, I’d Give ‘Em Gold

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During the GABF award ceremony I was sitting front row center, which was a great opportunity to witness the facial expressions on people’s faces as they came up to accept their awards. After the ‘Wood and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer’ category was announced, three guys who looked barely 30 approached the stage looking like deer in headlights. These were the guys behind Our Mutual Friend Brewing, a local Denver-based brewery that took home silver in the category for



GABF ’15 Snippets: More Lagers Please

GABF had plenty of lagers to show off, but I would love to see more in the craft community. Photo © Brewers Association

I’m not delusional enough to think that I’m the first person to call for more craft lagers. Hell, we have been hearing for more than a year about how lagers are going to be the next big thing in craft beer. But IPA remains king, and sours have effectively secured second place. Sure, more breweries are making India Pale Lagers than they were three years ago, but I would argue most of them are more



How to GABF Effectively

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Last year was my first year at the Great American Beer Festival and I had no idea what to expect at the time. Sure, I’ve been to plenty of festivals before, but certainly none that came close to the size of GABF. Even more so I was totally unprepared for the effect that GABF had on the entire city of Denver. So to help get ready for the festival this year, here’s a few “do’s”



GABF 2014: Hogshead Brewing, Colorado Cider Company & Too Much Simcoe

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“Aaron, the world is your oyster until 5pm” are the words I woke up to on saturday morning in Denver. We were staying with a friend for the weekend – my wife’s friend to be more precise – and they were happy to drive me around to local craft beer spots until the final GABF session began, at which point they could drop me off and have a girls night for themselves. With the schedule up



GABF 2014: Altitude Sickness, Pizza and Getting Sour on Sours

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I can’t remember why, but attending the Great American Beer Festival was my wife Heather’s idea. Odd, considering she’s gluten intolerant and can only really drink cider, yet for whatever reason last year she proudly declared we were going to attend in 2014, and that it was going to be my birthday, anniversary and Christmas presents all rolled into one. Fine by me of course, and despite spending months planning for it, it was kind