Wednesday, October 15, 2008

2008 GABF video tasting notes

2008 Great American Beer FestivalWhile attending the Great American Beer Festival this year, I brought along my trusty notebook to keep track of all of the beers I tasted during the session. I also took along my pocket video cam and recorded my reactions to the various ales being offered. I found that in most cases this year, I spent just as much time talking with people as I did sampling beers. There's always something to talk about when sampling through an extremely large amount of beer selections. I got to see and meet several brewers and interesting attendees along the way. Check out the video below for part one of my video tasting notes from the Saturday afternoon members-only tasting session at the 2008 GABF.

I admit, after a while it was difficult to taste all those different beers and be able to distinguish certain flavors. My taste buds got absolutely saturated during the event. That's why it is important to drink a lot of water between tastings and eat something like pretzels to try to clear up the palate. I wore my trusty pretzel necklace during the event and made frequent stops at the water coolers. A good rule of thumb is to drink as much water as you do beer.


Vinnie Cilurzo of Russian River, Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head, Chris Wright of The Beer Journal (a handy way to take notes on your beer samples), the Beer Drinkers Guide to Colorado, the ever tasty Beer Chips, and a cast of thousands.

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