Thursday, October 8, 2009

Setting up for the 2009 GABF part 2

Setting up for GABF Part 2This post is part 2 of a series of posts revolving around my session as a volunteer at the 2009 Great American Beer Festival in Denver. The previous post offered up a preliminary video of the day's activities, but this post centers in on more of the behind the scenes activities during the morning and afternoon before the Thursday evening session.

Sadly, this may be the last year I do setup work at the GABF. By the end of the day, my shoulders, back and legs were absolutely killing me. I worked most of the day moving kegs and my body told me I need to find a new line of work. I was barely able to last the Thursday evening session and had to take a break to sit down and relax several times during the session.

I even took the opportunity to get a chair massage in the center of the hall near the bookstore. That felt so good after a long day of moving kegs. So it may well be that next year I'll limit my volunteer duties to simply pouring beer during 1 or two of the sessions. I think my body will thank me later.

But for those of you who have a knack for moving heavy objects, I'd highly recommend working the setup crew at the GABF. The captains in charge of this are very knowledgeable and are easy to get along with. As long as you put in a good day's work, the rewards (free complimentary GABF tickets) are well worth it.

If you can't view the video from this page, please visit the official YouTube video.

Next time you attend the GABF, just remember the 1000's of volunteers behind the scenes who helped make this festival possible. With all of them, we'd never be able to see so many beers together all in one place.

Related articles:
- Setting up for the 2009 GABF part 1.
- Volunteering at the 2009 GABF.
- GABF week at the Falling Rock Tap House.
- Behind the scenes at the 2008 GABF.

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