Wednesday, October 8, 2008

2008 GABF has arrived!

2008 GABFDoesn't it seem like this has been coming for a long time? Well beer fans, the 27th annual Great American Beer Festival has finally arrived! Starting tomorrow, October 9th Denver will be swarming with the beer faithful. They'll be coming in from all over the USA and many other countries for this big event. The doors open at the Colorado Convention Center tomorrow at 5:30pm for the first of four 4-hour tasting sessions.

I can hardly wait. I'm going to get their early, like around 7:45am. Why that early? I'm going to be volunteering behind the scenes there for 3 shifts. I'm on the Setup Crew at 8:00am and again at 1:00pm. Once everything is set up I'll then be pouring beers from 5:30pm to 10:00pm. For those of you who wish to meet me in person, I'll be stationed in the MID ATLANTIC region (yellow zone on your map) at Island "C".

GABF Pouring RegionIsland "C" has Dogfish Head brewery in it, KBCO Radio and the "You Are The Judge" booth along with 20 other breweries. I'm required to stay at Island "C" for at least the first half hour and last half hour of the session. Then I'll be wandering around to the other Mid Atlantic islands "D" and "H". See map inserts.

I'll be pouring for breweries like: Brooklyn Brewery, Brewery Ommegang, Dogfish Head, Capital City Brewing, Ithaca Beer, Iron Hill, Flying Dog, Victory Brewing and others.

Look for me there, I'll be wearing a Colorado Rockies hat and a volunteer t-shirt. If you can't see me just yell "Hey Chipper Dave!" and I'll look for ya. I'll post the full GABF floorplan below. Enjoy the fest everyone! I'll try to take as many pictures before, during and after the fest as I can along with some video and then post them to the blog over the course of the next week or so. I'm planning at being at F.B.A.G. party at their downtown warehouse at 4pm on Friday. And then I'll be back at the GABF Saturday afternoon as a drinker with the rest of the crowd. Hope to see you all there! Click the map below for a larger view.

2008 GABF Map

Related articles:
- Celebrating anniversary at the 2008 GABF.
- 2008 GABF Behind the scenes video.
- What did you drink at the 2008 GABF?

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