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First GABF? Here Are Some Tips
By Andy Sparhawk Originally published on CraftBeer.com I remember the urge to run. The long line that snaked along the side of the Colorado Convention Center in Denver dragged me in the building, up a wide flight of stairs and released me into the cavernous Great American Beer Festival—my first. I’m not sure what I was running to. I almost expected a lifeguard to yell, “No running!” So I did the same straight-legged, hand flat down my sides speed walk that over-stimulated children do around a pool. I hustled to the first brewery I saw. Little did I know that the first beer sampled at the country’s largest and most renowned beer festival was my symbolic cannonball into a fascination, a career and a whole new life that I have loved ever since. That was over a decade ago. Today, my GABF starts well before the line begins. I’m on the other side of the stanchions — the other side of the booth. I still get just as excited. And proud. I see the same elation on other first-timers’ faces that I’m sure was stuck to mine. I think about how much the festival has grown, how much the small and independent brewery scene has grown and maybe I’ve grown, too. (Nope, still 5’10”.) I remember when dropping one’s tasting cup was license to go bat-sh*t crazy; it still is. Not necessarily from hearing that roar 20 times each session, but from seeing the joy that it brings. As we look to this next GABF, I figured I’d share some ideas for newcomers that I think will help make your GABF as life-changing as my first time. Everyone experiences GABF differently, but if I had a chance to do it all over again, I might consider these. DO: Make a list The GABF app didn’t exist for my first fest; I’m pretty sure none did, but it sure would have been helpful. In subsequent years, I’ve been able to create lists of breweries or beers that I wanted to visit. I’ve shared that list with others and they’ve appreciated the tips. Use the app to create your own list or check out the filtered lists of beers and other things going on at the GABF. One app to rule them all! Driving fan engagement – before, during and after – the the beer industry’s biggest live event. #gabf #work #t1m A post shared by The1stMovement (@the1stmovement) on Jun 25, 2016 at 11:58am PDT DO: Make a pretzel necklace No accessory says “I’m here to have fun” like a pretzel necklace. Get creative, make it a statement piece. What? You’re too cool for pretzel necklaces? How are you going to cleanse that oh-so-refined palate? Matzo medallion? It's Friday! Bust a move & enjoy that weekend! ‪#GABF #TGIGABF A post shared by Great American Beer Festival (@greatamericanbeerfestival) on Jun 3, 2016 at 1:02pm PDT DO: Eat before. Drink water during Savor the Flavor responsibly and don’t let the fest get the best of you. Having some food in your stomach is imperative and water is an important part of life in the Mile High City regardless if you’re enjoying beer or not. DO: Ask questions Nobody will ever know everything there is to know about beer — that’s part of the reason we love it — but sharing perspectives and knowledge can go a long way in understanding it better. Whether you like the beer you’re sampling or dislike it, ask about it. What’s the style history? What was the brewer’s intention? After you learn about it, maybe your initial impression will change. DON’T: Wait in lines This might be just my preference, but I can’t stand waiting in line. No matter what beer is being served at the front of the line, it’s not worth it. If a glass of beer is normally about eight to 10 minutes of enjoyment, then spending 15 minutes in line for a 1 ounce sample just doesn’t compute. Instead, set your sight on finding the beers that will be commanding long lines at next year’s GABF. There are plenty of them. Find them. DO: Dump beer I know what you’re thinking: This dude wants me to waste beer!? That’s right. Nobody is going to shame you for dumping a beer you don’t like. There are hundreds of others to choose from. You aren’t going to hurt anyone’s feelings. Dump that sucka and find one you’d like to sip on for a bit. Downing a 12% barleywine that you don’t like will only wreck your palate, fill your tummy (and bladder) and bring you closer to naptime. Let's raise a glass to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness! #TGIGABF #GABF #GreatAmericanBeerFestival #craftbeer . . . . #cheers #Freedom #Merica #4thofJuly #IndpendenceDay #proudtobeanamerican #usa A post shared by Great American Beer Festival (@greatamericanbeerfestival) on Jul 1, 2016 at 9:39am PDT After 35 years the Great American Beer Festival has become much more than just a beer festival: it’s a family reunion for many attendees and brewers alike and a source of great pride for all who have the chance to work on it. If you’ve been before, you’ve likely figured out your own tips on enjoy [...]
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Colorado Ladies Collaborate to Produce Calamity Jane Ale & Spirit…again!
Once again, the women of City Star Brewing and  Spirit Hound Distillers teamed up to brew a fresh batch of Calamity Jane. In the spirit of International Women’s Day in March, the gals got together, rolled up their sleeves and brewed a sahti-inspired ale. The week prior, the ladies harvested Rocky Mountain Juniper boughs and berries outside of Lyons, Colorado for the brew. The boughs were used as a lauter (filter) for the mash, and 1 pound of juniper berries were added to the boil. A variety of malted barley and Saaz hops were also added to this beer. The result is a red ale with no hop bitterness, and a pleasant earthy flavor reminiscent of a Spring hike in the Rocky Mountains. The brew rings in at 6.5% ABV and beckons you for another pour. Two kegs are on their way to Spirit Hound Distillers in Lyons for spirit distillation, soon to be known as Pearl Pistol. Stay tuned for the release of this spirit later this summer! The post Colorado Ladies Collaborate to Produce Calamity Jane Ale & Spirit…again! appeared first on Craft Brewers. [...]
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Colorado Brewers Guild’s Hop the Vote Comes Back for GABF
Colorado lawmakers campaign for the best beer The Colorado Brewers Guild is bringing back Hop the Vote, a spirited but friendly competition between the Colorado State House of Representatives and Colorado State Senate, to the Great American Beer Festival (GABF). Hop the Vote is a time for Colorado legislators to set aside their differences and brew some beer. The Hop the Vote initiative was introduced by the Colorado Brewers Guild in 2014 to highlight the importance of beer in the Colorado economy, as well as the relationship between lawmakers and Colorado craft brewers. “During GABF all eyes in the craft beer industry will be on Denver, and that makes it the perfect time for a campaign like Hop the Vote,” said Steve Kurowski, operations director of the Colorado Brewers Guild. “The 300+ breweries account for $1.7 billion which directly impacts the state economy, and that means it is important to keep our legislators informed on what is going on with craft brewers.” Each team will host a brew day at a Colorado brewery this month. While the competition will pit Representatives of the State House against State Senators, each team will have both Democrat and Republican members. The Colorado House of Representatives team will brew with 4 Noses Brewing (8855 W. 116th Circle, Suite 4, Broomfield CO 80021) on Thursday August 24th. Team captains are Representative Alec Garnett (D-Denver) and Representative Hugh McKean (R-Loveland). The Colorado State Senate team will brew with Renegade Brewing (925 W 9th Ave, Denver CO 80204) on Friday August 25th. Team captains are Senator Tim Neville (R-Littleton) and Senator Steve Fenberg (D-Boulder). During the first three sessions at GABF, team members will be pouring and campaigning for their proud creations at the Colorado Brewers Guild booth; GABF attendees will also be able to sample the beers and cast their vote at each session. The winner will be announced on October 7th. “By and large Colorado craft breweries are small businesses – hiring and purchasing locally, with significant local economic impacts,” said Andres Gil Zaldana, executive director of the Colorado Brewers Guild. “However, because the production, distribution, and sale of alcohol is highly regulated by state and federal government, harmful or unintended changes to the rules can have a significant impact on craft breweries, their employees, and their local communities. Hop the Vote allows craft breweries to develop personal relationships with local lawmakers and provides a platform to voice concerns and provides hands-on experience to teach lawmakers about the industry.” The post Colorado Brewers Guild’s Hop the Vote Comes Back for GABF appeared first on Craft Brewers. [...]
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Tickets Are SOLD OUT! See You in October!
All #GABF tickets are sold out! We’ll look forward to celebrating with you in October! #HoppyPlace All #GABF tickets are sold out! We'll look forward to celebrating with you in October! #HoppyPlace pic.twitter.com/ko7Mw9PvfR — GABF (@GABF) August 2, 2017 Check back to see updates on breweries and beers featured at the festival! The post Tickets Are SOLD OUT! See You in October! appeared first on Great American Beer Festival. [...]
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Vintage GABF
Did you know this year marks the 36th anniversary of the Great American Beer Festival?! Time flies when you’re enjoying delicious beer with friends! Here are some vintage photos from festivals in 1982 (the inaugural), 1983 and 1984. As you can see, hairstyles come and go (and come back!) but the joy of coming together to sample great American beer is constant … Photos © Brewers Association. The post Vintage GABF appeared first on Great American Beer Festival. [...]
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Media Advisory: Find Your #HoppyPlace at the 2017 Great American Beer Festival®
What For the 36th year, beer lovers will gather in Colorado at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF), the renowned American beer festival and competition, to find their #HoppyPlace and sample some 3,800 beers from more than 800 breweries around the country. When Thursday, October 5: 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Friday, October 6: 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Saturday, October 7*: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. *Brewers Association and American Homebrewers Association members-only session Saturday, October 7: 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Read Complete Press Release. The post Media Advisory: Find Your #HoppyPlace at the 2017 Great American Beer Festival® appeared first on Great American Beer Festival. [...]
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Plus ça Change …
Did you know this year marks the 36th anniversary of the Great American Beer Festival?! Time flies when you’re enjoying delicious beer with friends! Here are some vintage photos from festivals in 1982 (the inaugural), 1983 and 1984. As you can see, hairstyles come and go (and come back!) but the joy of coming together to sample great American beer is constant … Photos © Brewers Association. The post Plus ça Change … appeared first on Great American Beer Festival. [...]
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On Your Mark, Get Set… Tickets Go on Sale August 1 & 2
Get ready, y’all! The Best Beer Fest in the U.S.* returns to the Mile High City from October 5-7. Choose from four sessions over three days and sample beers from more than 800 U.S. breweries. Here’s what you need to do to prepare: Save Those Date(s)! Member pre-sale: August 1 at 12 noon ET | 11:00 am CT | 10:00 am MT | 9:00 am PT Public sale: August 2 at 12 noon ET | 11:00 am CT | 10:00 am MT | 9:00 am PT Sign in to Ticketmaster in Advance Even those with the nimblest of fingers know that signing in to Ticketmaster before tickets go on sale is key. (Pro tip: don’t waste precious time on password recovery.) Others have swear by using the Ticketmaster app to circumvent finicky browsers. When you score those tickets… it’s quite the adrenaline rush. Be a Current BA/AHA Member Tickets will go on sale for members of the Brewers Association (BA) and American Homebrewers Association (AHA) on August 1 at 10:00 am Mountain Time. Current members will receive a 11-digit personal offer code to use when trying for pre-sale tickets. Look for your email on July 25. Join the BA/AHA and Improve Your Odds In addition to accessing the Members-Only Session on Saturday, you’ll gain access to the pre-sale. You can join the American Homebrewers Association or Brewers Association by July 23, 11:59 p.m. PT to access the pre-sale. Are you on the GABF mailing list? Sign up here. Note: if you’ve opted out of all emails from our related properties, you’ll need to resubscribe to get GABF deets. See you in October! *Yes, literally. GABF has won the USA Today 10Best Reader’s Choice Award for Best Beer Fest for two consecutive years. The post On Your Mark, Get Set… Tickets Go on Sale August 1 & 2 appeared first on Great American Beer Festival. [...]
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The Secret is Out – Black Project Signs Distribution Agreement
For quite a while now, we’ve been working on different ways to get small quantities of beer to Black Project fans in different markets across the United States. Most of the time, when we attend a beer festival or conference, we just ship beer in advance or bring it with us as cargo. Unfortunately, that is not as easy as it used to be, when we were relatively unknown. We have also added even more beer festivals this year. Last year, at BeerAdvocate’s “The Return of Belgian Beer Fest” (now called “Wood and Beer Festival”) we were briefly introduced – via a mutual acquaintance at Mystic Brewing – to Annecca at Shelton Brothers Importers. After pouring her some of our beers and getting to know each other, we began a dialogue regarding distribution. Fast forward a few months later to January – after several emails – and we are excited to announce that we have been invited to join the Shelton Brothers portfolio! For us, this was an easy decision to make. Shelton Brothers is predominantly an importer of many traditional beers from Europe, however they also work with a small group of traditional and quality-minded brewers that are based in U.S. They’re a company that appreciates unique and well-crafted beers and they have a distribution network in place across most of the country that also values and understands these types of beers.By partnering with Shelton Brothers, we will be able to distribute beer to the areas we are traveling to. We will ship the beer needed for the festival and supporting events, and also a bit extra for limited retail distribution in the area at the same time. This makes the most sense for us as it allows us to be able to easily get beer across state lines to various festivals, plus we will finally be able to tell people that we meet at these festivals where they can get a bottle of our beer. Black Project will not be available across the entire Shelton network for now, we simply don’t make enough beer to do that. Instead, we will be working with them and their local distributors to deliver small amounts of our products to select markets on a limited basis. This does not change our local distribution. I want to make a brief note for our local customers: We know that we owe much of our growth and success to your support. We are very much a local company, right down to the yeast used to brew our beers! Please also know that this will not affect the amount of Black Project beer available locally. As more of our barrel cellar expansion comes on line and more beer available, you will always come first. Despite increasing turnouts for our bottle releases, we have and will continue to work to increase bottle allotments. We are still self-distributing in Colorado and we soon hope to be able to make more frequent deliveries to our favorite retail accounts. We are working hard at keeping the tasting room supplied with a wide selection of unique draft beers, including a new and ever-changing selection of bottles from our cellar for on-site consumption. We are sincerely overjoyed to be a part of the Shelton family of breweries and absolutely cannot wait to be able to share our beers with everyone out there who enjoys them. We will announce specific areas where we will be sending beer soon. In the meantime, check the calendar (under “affairs”) on our website to see our current festival and travel plans as many of those locations will see some distribution around the time of our arrival. Thank you, James & Sarah Howat The post The Secret is Out – Black Project Signs Distribution Agreement appeared first on Craft Brewers. [...]
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Three Beers to Try at Collaboration Fest
Tyra Sutak The spirit of collaboration defines the craft beer community, and it will once again take center stage at the Colorado Brewers Guild’s fourth-annual Collaboration Beer Fest when it returns to Denver this weekend. [...]
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The Colorado Brewers Guild Announces Andres Gil Zaldana as  New Executive Director
  Denver – March 20, 2017 – The Colorado Brewers Guild (CBG), representing and advocating for the interests of Colorado craft breweries and brewpubs, announced today that Andres Gil Zaldana has joined the CBG as its executive director. Gil Zaldana joins the CBG from Washington, D.C., with previous experience at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and as an attorney in private practice. His career has focused on helping trade associations and private clients with finance, tax, and regulatory relief. “We’re extremely pleased that Andres has joined the Guild as its new executive director,” said Eric Wallace, chairman of the CBG Board of Directors.  “Andres’ history of advocating for small businesses will be an immediate benefit to us, especially as the Guild works to ensure a business and regulatory climate that benefits all of our members.” Gil Zaldana will work closely with current staff members Steve Kurowski and Shawnee Adelson on CBG’s priorities, including its legislative agenda, events, and opportunities for member engagement and education. The CBG has several upcoming priorities and events scheduled including the 4th annual Collaboration Beer Fest on Saturday, March 25th. Collaboration Fest will feature more than 100 beer projects with more than 180 participating breweries. This festival not only celebrates the spirit of Colorado craft beer, it is the signature event for Colorado Craft Beer Week which takes places from March 18th – March 25th. “I am proud to represent such a dynamic and entrepreneurial industry,” said Gil Zaldana. “You would be hard pressed to find a more collaborative and supportive industry than Colorado craft brewers. I look forward to working with our members and making sure that the Guild continues to protect and support our independent craft brewers.” About the Colorado Brewers Guild  The Colorado Brewers Guild is a non-profit trade association representing Colorado craft breweries and brewpubs. CBG is dedicated to the improvement of business conditions and is an advocate for its members. CBG sponsors a variety of beer events each year designed to increase the awareness and appreciation of Colorado brewed beer. Board members include: Brad Lincoln (Funkwerks Brewing Company), Brian O’Connell (Renegade Brewing Company), Chris Wright (Pikes Peak Brewing Company), Eric Wallace (Left Hand Brewing Company), Kim Jordan (New Belgium Brewing Company), Kristen Muraro (Ska Brewing Company), Matt Cutter (Upslope Brewing Company), Mike Bristol (Bristol Brewing Company). Tim Myers (Strange Brewing Company), Tony Simmons (Pagosa Springs Brewing and Grill), and Wynne Odell (Odell Brewing Company). For more information about the Guild, visit www.coloradobeer.org.   The post The Colorado Brewers Guild Announces Andres Gil Zaldana as New Executive Director appeared first on Craft Brewers. [...]
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Beer Review: Breckenridge Brewery's Nitro Dry Irish Stout
Mike Tish Style: Dry Irish StoutServing Type: 15.2-ounce canABV: 4.8 percentHop Meter (1–10): 2Malt Meter (1–10): 6.5Reviewed: March 2017 [...]
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Sips: Zuni Street Brewing Company
Samantha Harris The Centennial State is home to more than 200 craft breweries, but somehow, we don't complain when another one is added to the mix. Take, for example, the newest addition to Denver's suds scene, Zuni Street Brewing Company, which held its grand opening today.  [...]
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