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4 Bold Bottle Openers Designed in Colorado
Mary Clare Fischer Leave the cheese and beer pairings to casual drinkers. That complex sour you discover at the Great American Beer Festival (October 6 to 8) deserves a worthier companion: a locally crafted bottle opener. Sippers with a penchant for recycling might try Aurora woodworker Elroy Collins’ C-shaped version made from beetle-kill lodgepole pine. Those with an interest in, uh, efficiency might prefer the GrOpener, a gadget designed by Denver artist Mark Manger that requires just one hand to operate. [...]
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Download My GABF and Get Ready!
With nearly 800 breweries, several thousand beers and hundreds of thousands of square feet of hall space at GABF, it can be a little tricky to find what you’re looking for, or even decide where to begin. Enter the free My GABF app for Apple or Android devices! Discover new breweries, find your favs beers, track down brewers, explore the brew tours and have fun with the selfie frames! This magical, awesome and free app—which is sponsored by another magical, awesome and free app called Brew Guru™, which btw you should also get—will help you do GABF like a total PRO. Already have the app? NICE! Just make sure it’s up to date before you arrive!    Here’s why you gotta get the free My GABF app: Beer Tours let you sample beers by style and first time breweries at the festival Take a GABF selfie with our unique photo frames and save or share via social media My Beers keeps track of all the beers you rated or tasted at the festival My Brewery creates a list of your favorite breweries by section to help you plan your festival beer tour Connect with Facebook and save all your notes and favorites to the cloud Quick brewery booth locator Navigate the festival map with visual indicators that show breweries from My Breweries tab. Enjoy quick access to festival maps, onsite GABF events, exhibitors list and more in the Extra Info tab. The big reveal—the festival beer list! The festival beers will be poured into the app prior to Thursday, week of the festival. Protip: watch for the push notification. Medal-winning beers at the festival will be indicated on the app, with a simple refresh of the data shortly after the awards ceremony is completed on Saturday. You will also receive a push notification. Simply open the app and click the red “update” banner at the top of your screen to download the beers. Protip: do this before you show up to the festival. Already have the app from last year? Be sure to export your tasting notes before you update your app to the latest version! Not sure where to begin? Take one of 21 different festival tours based on the flavors and beer styles that you love. Beer tours include: Sour Puss The Im-PALE-er Session-Me Street Dark Vader Unicorn Beers Surprise Me Tips for successful tasting and tapping: Download the app (iTunes or Google Play) before you get to the festival, ideally using a strong WiFi connection. The beers will be released the week of the festival. Open the app to check for updates. Do this before you leave for the festival–a WiFi connection is ideal. Minimum system requirements: iOS 9 or later; Android 4.0.3 or later. The post Download My GABF and Get Ready! appeared first on Great American Beer Festival. [...]
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Sips: Ska Brewing Releases the First All-Colorado Certified Beer
Tyra Sutak In May of 2016, Durango-based Ska Brewing Company released the Hop Ivy All Colorado Ale—a craft beer made entirely with ingredients grown and sourced in the Centennial State. The easy-drinking ale is comprised of malts from the Colorado Malting Company in Alamosa; Chinook and Nugget hops from Simply Grown Hops based in Palisade; yeast from the Brewing Institute in Woodland Park; and fresh snow melt from the nearby San Juan Mountains. [...]
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Who’ll Get a Golden Ticket?
A bit of good luck for you…should you get the Golden Ticket! This year, we’re offering six lucky attendees (and their friends) the chance to enter the hall early and go a-tasting with your beer heroes. Check out the list of Willy Wonkas handing out Golden Tickets: Thursday Matt Brynildson – Firestone Walker Brewing Company Rob Tod – Allagash Brewing Company Friday Vinnie Cilurzo – Russian River Brewing Company Tomme Arthur – The Lost Abbey / Port Brewing Company Saturday Sam Calagione – Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Garrett Oliver – The Brooklyn Brewery These brewers will randomly select one person from the entrance line and personally escort them through the hall before the event opens to the public! The post Who’ll Get a Golden Ticket? appeared first on Great American Beer Festival. [...]
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5 Things To Know About Dstill
Callie Sumlin While Colorado has long been known as a craft beer hub, over the past several years, it’s become fertile ground for small-batch distilleries, too. “Colorado has jumped from something like 30 distilleries to more than 50,” says Chuck Sullivan, Denver native and mastermind behind Dstill.  [...]
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Take A Brewery Tour Through RiNo
Hudson Lindenberger Denver’s rapidly transforming River North neighborhood is becoming a cultural hot spot, with new galleries, restaurants, and shops popping up in restored buildings and warehouses. The vibe in this ’hood is more relaxed than LoDo, its slicker, louder southern cousin. Maybe that’s why so many breweries, cideries, distilleries, and winemakers are settling here—and the best part is you can between them all. So line up a designated drive or get your Uber app ready and embark upon the ultimate brewery tasting tour through RiNo. [...]
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What Does It Take to Open a Craft Brewery in Denver?
Chris Outcalt Seconds after the Denver Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50, gold confetti burst out of cannons and fluttered high above the turf at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Amid a celebratory buzz that reverberated all the way to the Rocky Mountains, photographers and TV cameramen swarmed Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, who had finally won a second championship two months shy of his 40th birthday. [...]
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The Post Chicken & Beer Comes to Denver
Amanda M. Faison Fried chicken, always a classic picnic staple, has risen to trend-worthy status in the last couple of years—right about the same time that Dave Query and his restaurant group Big Red F opened the Post Brewing Company in Lafayette in January 2014. [...]
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Recipe: Cookie Dough Kombucha Floats
Callie Sumlin A healthy-ish root beer float? Indeed. But if you’re expecting anything resembling the sweet and bubbly soda fountain treat of your youth, stop reading now.  [...]
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The House That Beer Built
Katie de la Rosa Karla Baise just wanted to build a house, not start a movement. But somewhere along the way, she ended up doing both. [...]
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2016 GABF Is Sold Out!
Aaand we’re officially out of tickets! This year’s public ticket sale wrapped in just over an hour. Keep checking back here for more festival news, including brewery and beer lists. If you’re not already on our mailing list, get subscribed here. And you have the free My GABF app, right? It still has 2015 information, but it will update soon. Get it now and be ready, we’ll send a push notification when the 2016 info’s been added. Get it: App Store or Google Play. We can’t wait to see you all in October! The post 2016 GABF Is Sold Out! appeared first on Great American Beer Festival. [...]
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Member Pre-sale Today @ 10:00 AM Mountain!
[Jeb to add redirect to TM page when link is available] The post Member Pre-sale Today @ 10:00 AM Mountain! appeared first on Great American Beer Festival. [...]
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What’s New in 2016?
It’s the 35th anniversary of the Great American Beer Festival, y’all! The first GABF took place in 1982, and there were 24 breweries, 47 beers and 800 attendees. In 2016, we expect more than 800 breweries, 3,800+ beers and 60,000 attendees! (It’s no wonder GABF was voted best festival in the country.) Here’s what’s new for 2016: “I’ve got a Golden Ticket!” During each evening session, two rock-star craft brewers will pluck a lucky attendee + their friends from the queue in Hall A for a special, private tasting tour of GABF—30 minutes before the doors open to the public. Each brewer will use their own criteria—the chosen posse might be rocking their GABF pride, some brewery apparel, or costumes that can’t be beat. We think attendees will be excited about this opportunity to talk and to taste with some of the best known and loved names in craft brewing, all before the festival official opens. Confirmed brewers include Vinnie Cilurzo of Russian River, Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head, Matt Brynildson of Firestone Walker, Garrett Oliver of Brooklyn Brewery and Tomme Arthur of The Lost Abbey and Port Brewing. Let There Be Games Once the line moves in from Hall A, that area will be opened up and filled with games in celebration of the 25th anniversary of GABF. Expect a brewpub courtyard feel, with free games like cornhole and KanJam– and perhaps some ‘80s tunes, hearkening back to the first festival. (Olivia Newton-John, anyone?) Meet the Brewer – Back Again! New last year, the Great American Beer Festival dedicated roughly 30,000 square feet of hall space to a section called Meet the Brewer. Around 100 breweries filled this area, where each brewery’s booth was staffed entirely, exclusively, by their employees. Meet the brewer is back in 2016 with more participating breweries, totaling 120 in 2016. Meet the Brewer is a great opportunity for passionate beer fans to start conversations with brewers, learn more about their beers and talk shop. The section occupies the heart of Hall B, which was a new addition to the festival in 2015. The post What’s New in 2016? appeared first on Great American Beer Festival. [...]
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