Wednesday, September 30, 2009

2010 Big Beers Belgians and Barleywines Festival details released

2010 Big Beers Belgians Barleywines FestivalHere is a press release dated September 30, 2009 headlining plans for the upcoming Big Beers Belgians & Barleywines Festival in Vail,CO this January.

[PRESS RELEASE] Vail Cascade to Host 10th Annual Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Festival

This winter the Vail Cascade will host the 10th Annual Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Festival Jan. 7 -9, 2010 featuring limited release beers, tastings, brewmasters’ dinners, educational seminars and more. Overnight accommodations during the event begin at $209 per night or a special event package for two is available for $688.04.

The Big Beers Festival Package for Two includes accommodations for one night and two passes to the Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines Calibration Dinner, the Brewmasters’ Dinner, seminars and commercial tastings. The package is available Jan. 6-12. To book the package, call (800) 420-2424 or use promo code VBBIGBEERS2 when making a reservation at www.vailcascade.com. Rooms also can be reserved that weekend beginning at $209 per night with event tickets available a la carte through www.bigbeersfestival.com.

The Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Festival is designed to introduce the public to the extreme variety of brewing styles, ingredients, flavors and aromas that are available in the world of beer. The styles showcased in the event include: “big,” which is defined as over 7 percent alcohol by volume including barleywines, stouts, porters, double IPAs, Scotch ales and more; “Belgian” which encompasses a traditional raft of styles including Dubbel, Triple, Quadruple, Lambic, Saison and other European-based flavors and brewing methods many of which are quite light in flavor in contrast to the traditional “big” beers; and “experimental.”

For a complete schedule, list of presenting breweries and to purchase individual event tickets, please visit www.bigbeersfestival.com. Proceeds from the Big Beers Festival benefit the Vail Valley Charitable Fund, a local organization that helps individuals who live and work in the Vail Valley that have critical financial need due to medical catastrophes, accidents or long-term illnesses.

Details on 19 new beers being brewed for this festival.

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The inaugural Denver Rare Beer Tasting

Denver Rare Beer Tasting IThere was a brand new event this year during the Great American Beer Festival. It was the inaugural Denver Rare Beer Tasting (DRBT) at the Wynkoop Brewing Company in downtown Denver. The DRBT was a benefit for Pints For Prostates - "Reaching Men Through the Universal Language of Beer". The event was held on Friday, September 25, 2009.

A limited number of tickets (450) were sold to this event. Several dozen volunteers, Wynkoop staff and several of the brewers were there to help pour beers to help raise money for Pints For Prostates. The tickets sold out very quickly as craft beer enthusiasts were eager to try a line-up of 25 of the most limited edition beers to be found all in one place.

The line to get into the event started building an hour before the event and must have stretched nearly 2 blocks long. I had arrived about 90 minutes early and went inside to check things out before hand. The Wynkoop was absolutely packed with patrons no doubt enjoying a free pint from the coupon on their GABF ticket.

I managed to grab my free pint and wandered upstairs to look at the setup for the DRBT. There I saw a big table filled with tasting glasses, programs and pens. The volunteers were getting ready. I was promptly booted out and went to stand in line outside. There I met several fellow beer fanatics who loved to talk about beer. The time went quickly and soon we were headed inside.

The event started at 1:00pm and lasted 3 hours. Below is the line-up of beers that were available:

Alaskan Brewing Co - '99 & '08 Alaskan Smoked Porter
Allagash Brewing Co - Allagash Fluxus 2009
Avery Brewing Co - Voltron Barrel Aged Sour Ale
Boston Beer Co - Samuel Adams Utopias 2009
Bison Brewing Co - Bison Reunion '09 Double White Ale
Brooklyn Brewery - Brooklyn Wild 1
Deschutes Brewing Co - Double Black Butte Porter XXI
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery - Raison D'Extra 2006
Foothills Brewing Co - Barrel Aged Total Eclipse Stout
Great Divide Brewing Co - Old Ruffian Barley Wine 2008
Harpoon Brewery - Glacier Harvest '09 Wet Hop Ale
Highland Brewing Co - Big Butte Smoked Porter
Jolly Pumpkin - Bier de Mars Grand Reserve '06/'07
Lost Abbey - The Angel's Share '09 Brandy Barrel Finish
Michelob Brewing Co - Mich Brett
New Belgium Brewing/Elysian Brewing - Trip II
New Glarus Brewing Co - New Glarus Golden Ale
Odell Brewing Co - Odell Crimson Shenanigans
Oksar Blues Wet-hopped Whiskey Barrel-aged Gordon
Rogue Ales - Rogue John John Hazelnut
Saranac Brewing Co - Saranac Imperial IPA
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co - Barrel Aged Scotch Ale
Stoudts Brewing Co - Stoudts Old Abominable Barleywine '07
Stone Brewing Co - Stone '08 Old Guardian Barley Wine
Wynkoop Brewing Co - Wynkoop Barrel Aged Berserker Mead

Talk about a fantastic line-up! The vast majority of these beers were over 7% ABV and in one case (Utopias) it was 27% ABV. Attendees were given 3 ounce samples but many found themselves limiting their samples to just 1 ounce at a time due to the strength of the brews.

Below is a slideshow of some of the highlights from this event. If your browser won't display the following slideshow, please visit Flickr.com to view the entire slideset.

If you wish to use any of these pictures on your own site please be sure to put Fermentedly Challenged blog in the credits. Thanks. Read more about the individual beers after the break below.

For myself, the highlight of the tasting event was meeting in person so many people that I had only known previously over the Internet, that was including many of the brewers like: Sam Calagione (Dogfish Head), Doug Odell (Odell Brewing), Garret Oliver (Brooklyn Brewing), Peter Bouckaert (New Belgium), Greg Koch (Stone Brewing), Dave Chichura (Oskar Blues) and many others. There were also a couple of celebrities there including George Wendt (Norm from Cheers). Rick Lyke was also on hand (founder of Pints for Prostates) to welcome in the crowd.

I had the pleasure of finally tasting my first glass of Sam Adams Utopias. This big bad beer weighs in at 27%. It was surprisingly smooth. The nose was like a vanilla brandy. The strength of it hit me up front and was a tad on the sweet side. I immediately got a big glow out of that brew. Well worth trying.

Oskar Blues Whiskey Barrel-aged Gordon was a completely different animal than their regular Gordon. It had both a whiskey and sweet malt overtones and was noticeably sweeter.

New Glarus' Golden Ale was a nice light colored ale with the aroma of a Belgian ale and a bit of Brett funkyness. Very smooth.

New Belgium Trip II had a big hop aroma. It had Magnum and Citra hops, lemongrass and grains of paradise blended in. It was light with a medium body with a dash of funkiness. Mildly spicy.

The Lost Abbey The Angel's Share was aged slightly in brandy barrels. It was dark brown mellowed barleywine that was creamy smooth. Ryan, the head brewer, poured me some and loved to talk about his beer.

Jolly Pumpkin Bier de Mars Grand Reserve '06/'07 was a cloudy orange color with a toned down Brett smell. It was wonderfully sour and funky. Love it! Easy drinking. Not quite as sour as their 2009 version.

Dogfish Head ran out of the 2006 Raison D'Extra but was pouring some of their 2009. I could smell the raisins in this beer! Slightly bitter and coated my tongue. A very enjoyable, solid brew.

Foothills 23-year-old Pappy Van Winkle Barrel Aged Total Eclipse Stout. There was a big vanilla presence in the nose here. I tasted the bourbon characteristics. It had a subtle roasty flavor. Not bad at all. The beer was 4 years old but the barrels were 23 years old.

Avery Voltron was a late entry into the tasting. It's a barrel aged sour ale with a nice funky bret smell. IT's brown, cloudy with red highlights. Mildly tart. Subtle, easy drinking. Not as powerful or tart as other sours. 9% ABV. Decent.

Deschutes Black Butte Porter XXI - this was the 2009 version of their double porter. It's as good as last years XX version. Nice roasty chocolate malts.

Odell's Crimson Shenanigans was aged in virgin oak barrels for at least 3 months. Slightly cloudy brew with a bretty funk. It was a tad on the sweet side and weighed in at 10.3% ABV. Only 2 oak barrels of this were made.

Stone's '08 Old Guaridan Barley Wine had a distinctive Stone hop aroma. I'd call this a hoppy barley wine. It was smooth but with a big over-the-top taste.

Wynkoop Barrel Aged Berserker Mead - this was the only mead in the event. It had a vanilla like aroma that reminded me of the Utopias. It was sweet with a big alcohol kick. It was wine-like.

Overall Impression

I didn't get a chance to try every single beer at the event but after 3 hours of sampling and mingling with the crowd I doubt I would have had enough time to do so.

The DRBT was one of the big highlights for me for the entire week. I'd do this event again next year for sure. The beer, people and atmosphere were second to none. I was even inspired enough for the cause and got a PSA test from my doctor in August.

If any of you get a chance to attend this event next year DO IT! Be sure to grab your tickets early. I believe they went on sale a month or so in advance.

Click here to read Rick Lyke's summary of the event.

The Denver Rare Beer Tasting was a great way to kick off the Friday activities. From there I immediately went over to the Flying Dog FBAG party. More details on that soon.

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- Volunteering at the 2009 GABF.
- Hot picks from the 2009 GABF.
- 2009 GABF Thursday session highlights.
- Colorado top winning state at 2009 GABF.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Volunteering at the 2009 GABF

Volunteering at the GABFA big beer festival like the Great American Beer Festival doesn't just happen all by itself. It takes a lot more effort than just having a bunch of breweries bring kegs and throwing a big party. It takes a lot of planning and hard work. One way to give back to the GABF each year is to volunteer your time.

The GABF uses thousands of volunteers to make that event successful each year. This was my second straight year of volunteering at the GABF. This year there were over 453 breweries represented and over 2100 different beers being poured. That equates to a lot of kegs and a lot of individual bottles of beer to be moved around. After all, if all 49,000 attendees were going to get their share of beer, there had better be enough beer for everyone to go around.

I volunteered for the 8:00am to 5:00pm Thursday GABF Set-up crew. Our job involved doing several things: sorting kegs into numerical order onto crates by booth number. Once sorted, put all the duplicates into longbed trucks in the back of the loading docks in numerical order. Not an easy task, particularly when there were no lights inside the truck trailers.

As soon as one truck was filled, we had to move on to the next truck. My team filled up three entire semi-trailers worth of extra kegs. Once all of the extra kegs were safely stored away in the trucks it was time to ice down all the beers on the main floor. There were roughly between 1600 barrels to ice down. Not only that, but all of the kegs had to be connected to the taps and CO2 lines.

Once all the beer was set up we had to move all of the serving tables into place. Only after that could the brewery reps could come in and start decorating their booths with signs and displays.

The entire physical preparation for the GABF convention hall started a few days in advance. This year the Wednesday set-up crew had time enough to start loading kegs into the big barrels the night before. That freed us up to do a lot more troubleshooting and managing of the spare kegs the next day.

I must admit, the moving of hundreds and hundreds of kegs around was no easy task. There were 5 gallon kegs and also half barrel kegs to move around. Some weighing in at over 190 pounds. It was quite a work out.

By the end of the two 4-hour shifts that Thursday morning, my arms, shoulders and legs were dog tired. Last year I did the same thing and also ended up serving beer at the Thursday night session.

This year, I just wanted to relax and drink some beer after a long day of kegworking. But even the task of walking around tasting beers took a toll on me. By 9:00pm that night, I could barely stand due to how sore my feet were from being on my feet all day.

I ended up leaving a bit early from the Thursday 2009 GABF session. I headed home to Greeley and fell asleep quickly. I ended up getting a lot of sleep that night. A good thing too because the next two days would be filled with even more beer events in Denver. It's too bad I wasn't getting frequent driver miles on my car for driving back and forth to Denver three straight days.

Overall, I'm glad I volunteered for the beer festival. Not only did I earn two free passes to the Thursday and Friday night sessions, I also got a great understanding and appreciation for what it takes to set-up for a festival like this.

If you'd like to volunteer at the GABF and earn some free passes to the festival for yourself, be sure to visit the GABF web site around the May timeframe. They will post a link to a volunteer application form that you can fill out.

I'm sure that the likes of Charlie Papazian, the breweries and the rest of the Brewers Association had their hands full with promotions, advertising, brewery and exhibitor registration, tickets and the like. I'm glad I didn't have those jobs. Moving kegs was hard enough.

A big thanks to all of the volunteers and organizers of the 2009 Great American Beer Festival. You helped to expand the festival once again and kept those beers flowing all through the 3-day festival. I hope to do it all again next year. Well maybe not moving kegs again but perhaps pouring beers.

Update: View the 2009 GABF music video in Setting up for the 2009 GABF part 1. Also, new complete video coverage of the Thursday setup day from a volunteer perspective in Setting up for the 2009 GABF part 2.

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- 2009 Colorado GABF medal winners.
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- Behind the scenes video at the 2008 GABF.
- The Inaugural Denver Rare Beer Tasting. (2009)

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Monday, September 28, 2009

Hot picks from 2009 GABF

Hot Picks from the 2009 GABFIt felt like a scene out of Mission Impossible. You enter a cavernous room with over 450 breweries and 2100 different beers. Your job, should you be a fool not to accept it, is to find some of the best beers on the floor in 4 hours or less. In my particular case, I had 3 different sessions (Thursday night, Friday night and Saturday afternoon) to find some of the best beer America has to offer. I was certainly up to the task and couldn't wait to try them out.

I made up a quasi attack plan before I entered the Colorado Convention Center. I planned to avoid all of the local breweries from Colorado until the second day so that I could focus on out of state breweries that I couldn't find easily within Colorado.

I'll spare you the notes on the average or so-so beers and stick just to the ones I tried that stood out for me. I knew that there would be a few good breweries that would be crowded so I visited one of the most popular breweries first, namely: New Glarus Brewing Company from Wisconsin.

The booth for New Glarus was wedged in right next to the center of the festival next to glass walls where seminars were being given. Unfortunately, that meant the line for New Glarus wrapped around next to the wall and left little room for others to pass by. Never the less, I got in line and within 15 minutes I got one of my first samples: their New Glarus Raspberry Tart. This beer was red with a sweet-n-sour aroma. The brew itself was very sweet, almost reminded me of a mead. Not bad.

From there on out, I targeted certain brewers I liked with not so long lines. I was after both sour ales and dark beers promarily, but if I saw something that sounded good - I stopped immediately. The following highlights some of the best beers I tried. Were some of these on your favorites list?

New Glarus (WI) - Old English Porter sour 1870's style - This one was their best of their litter. Light brown, sour porter with vanilla tones. Nice and tart. Hard to tell its a porter.Light roast. Excellent beer!

Bell's Brewing (MI) - Wild One - Funky aroma, golden and clear, nice sour bite to it. Bubble. Very nice.

New Holland Brewing (MI) - Night Tripper - I saw this during my recent trip to Michigan but didn't get it til now. Black, roasty, coffee and chocolate overtones. Sneaky heat! Excellent.

Deschutes Brewing (OR) - The Abyss - I believe this was the 2008 version. Jet black, dark tan head. Strong roast, chocolate, smooth. As good as I remember.

Shorts Brew (MI) - Anniversary Ale 2009 - Made with blood oranges. A wheat wine. Brownish gold, uniquely spiced with slight orange effect. Different and tasty.

Jolly Pumpkin (MI) - Biere de Mars - Sours are their specialty. Cloudy and murky goldish brown. Sour funk aroma. Wonderfully sour, crisp and tasty!

Hoppin Frog (OH) - B.O.R.I.S. the Crusher Oatmeal Imperial Stout - Ever since trying this at Nick's party a few weeks ago I've sought this one out. Dark, roasty, chocolate and coffee malt flavor. Top 10 impy stout.

Stone Brewing (CA) - 09*09*09 Vertical Epic - dark dark tan head, a porter with a slight funk to it. Unique, different and remarkable.

Stone Brewing (CA) - 13th Anniversary Ale - Brown, clear, big tan head. Citrus hop nose - oh my! IPA-like. Very good.

The Lost Abbey (CA) - Duck Duck Gooze - One of my candidates for best beer of the show. Cloudy yellow. Nice brett funk. Oh ya! Very tart on the finish. Simply an outstanding sour beer.

The Lost Abbey (CA) - Red Poppy - I got right back in line for this one. Cloudy brown with yellow edges. Another simply wonderful sour ale. Can only get this in California I believe. Worth seeking out.

Russian River (CA) - Consecration - This one was one of my favorites from 2008 and I had to get more of this. Clear reddish brown. Sour nose, tart, crisp and excellent. Please ship this to Colorado!

The Bruery (CA)- Black Tuesday Imperial Stout - This was a limited release that opened at 8pm. Long line for this one. Sweet sweet chocolate aroma, velvety chocolate taste. Sweet but Heavenly! Worth the wait. One of the best impy stouts there.

Pumphouse Brewery (CO) - Backdraft Imperial Stout 2008 - I had to stop for this one. One of the local breweries. Can't pass up an impy stout. Very dark, sweet chocolate aroma. Roasty, sweet and remarkable. Aged over a year.

North by Northwest Brewery (TX) - Barton Kriek - I saw they had a Kriek and couldn't pass this by. Reddish orange. Sour cherry aroma. Sweet and sour taste, slightly tart. Decent Kriek! My sleeper brewery pick.

Odell Brewing (CO) - Bourbon Barrel Stout - Poured from a bottle. I missed the tapping party and had to try it. Woody overtones. Very dark. Whiff of alcohol. Bourbon overtones in this dark stout. Very tasty. Worth getting.

Odell Brewing (CO) - Woodcut No. 02 Golden Ale - Light gold, clear and bubbly. Slight alcohol hit. Semi-sweet, strong but mellow. Nice oak-aged brew.

Alaskan Brewing (AK) - Smoked Porter 2008 - Long line. Smell reminds you of a campfire while cooking smoked salmon. Smoky and rich dark malts. A smoked beer lovers dream. Roasty goodness.

Cascade Brewing (OR) - Sang Royal - Cascade brought several beers - all sour. Reddish brown sour brew. Lightly tart with hint of cherries. Nice!!

Cascade Brewing (OR) - Cascade Kriek Ale - Red. Tart. Yum. Another winning sour from Oregon.

Papago Brewing (AZ) - Orange Blossum - I tried this from a recommendation. Was supposed to remind me of an orange creamsicle. Very different kind of beer. Sweet, floral. Unique, but not what I was expecting. Still, worth trying.

Trinity Brewing (CO) - Old Growth Wild Ale - This is another one of my Top Picks for the show. Sour funky aroma. Clear brown. Very VERY tart and sour. Loved it!!! One of the best sours at the show.

Terrapin Beer (GA) - Depth Charge Espresso Milk Stout - A collaboration beer with Left Hand Brewing of Colorado. Big coffee and chocolate roast in the aroma. Flavored with lots of coffeee and a sweet milk sugar. Tasty!

America's Brewing Co @ Walter Payton's Roundhouse (IL) - Oompa Loompa Chocolate Beer - A golden ale with chocolate. Bright yellow color with a HUGE sweet chocolate aroma. The smell is of a chocolate factory. Light, refreshing with a big chocolate and vanilla taste. Doesn't look like a chocolate beer but tastes wonderful.

Jolly Pumpkin (MI) - Oro de Calabaza - another revisit from a 2008 favorite. Light, tart, funky and yellow. I'm a sucker for sours and this one is good.

Cigar City (FL) - Bolita Nut Brown Ale - Brown beer that's semi-sweet and with a nutty taste just like it's name. An excellent brown ale with lots of flavor.

Cascade Brewing (OR) - Apricot Ale - I made another stop at Cascade and tried this Belgian-style Flanders ale. Cloudy yellow with a big head. Sour! Hint of Apricots. Oh wow! This beer has got to me one of my favorites of the show if not my Top pick. Cascade impressed me 3 times and this one was their best.

Troegs Brewery (PA) - Troegs Dead Reckoning Porter - Dark and almost see-through. Light roast. Very easy drinking porter and very smooth. A nice example of a fine porter.

Great Divide Brewing (CO) - Yeti Imperial Stout (Cask) - Had to stop and get one of my favorite local impy stouts. Yeti never dissapoints. Silver medal winner this year. Rich, roasty, flavorful.

Dave at the GABFIn Summary

It's well apparent that I'm a dark beer and sour beer fan. My selections were definitely slanted in that direction this year. Fellow attendees: What were your favorite styles and individual beers this year? Let me hear what your top picks were.

My only regret was not having enough time to try them all. But you know, after spending an entire night bombarding my palate with so many different beers it was getting really difficult to keep my taste buds from getting overloaded. There's always next year and I'll seek out even better brews in 2010.

Still to come, a review of the Denver Rare Beer Tasting at the Wynkoop, a summary of the Flying Dog FBAG party and lots of video from the entire weekend. Stay tuned and come back soon for more 2009 GABF Coverage.

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- Volunteering at the 2009 GABF.
- The Inaugural Denver Rare Beer Tasting.
- 2009 GABF Colorado individual medal winners.
- GABF Thursday Tweetup quick notes
- Colorado top winning state at 2009 GABF.

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Sunday, September 27, 2009

2009 GABF Colorado individual medal winners

2009 GABF Colorado medal winnersColorado was well represented on the medal list at the 2009 Great American Beer Festival (GABF). In all, Colorado won 49 medals, or roughly 19% of all the medals awarded. Grats to all the home state winners! Way to represent! Here is the list of individual medal winners from Colorado.

2009 Colorado GABF Medal Winners

BreweryBeerStateMedalsCategory
AC Golden Brewing Co.DunkelCOBronze European Style Dunkel
Avery Brewing Co.The KaiserCOGold German Style Doppelbock or Eisbock
Avery Brewing Co.BrabantCOBronze Experimental Beer
Backcountry BreweryMay BockCOSilver Bock
Bristol Brewing Co.Cheyenne Cañon AleCOSilver American Style Brown Ale
Colorado Boy Pub & BreweryColorado Boy IrishCOSilver Irish Style Red Ale
Colorado Boy Pub & BreweryColorado Boy IPACOBronze Extra Special Bitter or Strong Bitter
Colorado Brewing Co./Draft House44 Pale AleCOSilver American Style Pale Ale
Coors Brewing Co.Keystone IceCOGold American Style Specialty Lager
Coors Brewing Co.Coors BanquetCOGold American-Style Lager or Premium Lager
Coors Brewing Co.Keystone LightCOSilver American Style Light Lager
Coors Brewing Co.Killian's RedCOSilver American Style Amber Lager
Coors Brewing Co.Pre-ProCOSilver American Style Specialty Lager
Dry Dock Brewing Co.Bismarck AltbierCOGold German Style Altbier
Dry Dock Brewing Co.U-Boat HefeweizenCOSilver South German Style Hefeweizen
Dry Dock Brewing Co.Reines MarzenCOSilver German Style Märzen
Durango Brewing Co.Durango ColorfestCOGold American Style Amber Lager
Glenwood Canyon Brewing Co.CardiffCOGold Other Strong Beer
Glenwood Canyon Brewing Co.CarbonatorCOBronze German Style Doppelbock or Eisbock
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant GroupGordon Biersch Czech PilsnerCOSilver Bohemian Style Pilsener
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant GroupGordon Biersch DunklesCOSilver European Style Dunkel
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant GroupGordon Biersch Alt BierCOBronze German Style Altbier
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant GroupGordon Biersch Golden ExportCOBronze Munich Style Helles
Great Divide Brewing Co.Yeti Imperial StoutCOSilver Imperial Stout
Great Divide Brewing Co.HossCOBronze Rye Beer
Great Divide Brewing Co.Old Ruffian Barley WineCOBronze Barley Wine Style Ale
Left Hand Brewing Co.SmokejumperCOGold Smoked Beer
Miller Brewing Co.Milwaukee's BestCOGold American-Style Cream Ale or Lager
Miller Brewing Co.Hamm'sCOSilver American-Style Cream Ale or Lager
Miller Brewing Co.Miller High LifeCOSilver American-Style Lager or Premium Lager
Miller Brewing Co.OE800COSilver International-Style Pilsener
Miller Brewing Co.Steel ReserveCOBronze American Style Specialty Lager
Miller Brewing Co.Red DogCOBronze American-Style Cream Ale or Lager
Mountain Sun Pub and BreweryTemperanceCOBronze American-Belgo-Style Ale
New Belgium Brewing Co., Inc.NBB LoveCOSilver German-Style Sour Ale
Rockyard Brewing Co.Double Eagle AleCOBronze American-Style Wheat Beer
Ska Brewing Co.Buster Nut BrownCOSilver English Style Brown Ale
Ska Brewing Co.True Blonde AleCOBronze English-Style Summer Ale
Ska Brewing Co.Steel Toe StoutCOBronze Sweet Stout
The SandLotMove BackCOGold Dortmunder or German-Style Oktoberfest
The SandLotWhere the Helles Bill?COSilver Munich Style Helles
The SandLotGreenside UpCOSilver Dortmunder or German-Style Oktoberfest
Trinity Brewing CoTPS ReportCOGold Experimental Beer
Upslope Brewing Co.Time of the SeasonCOBronzePro-Am Competition
Upslope Brewing Co.Upslope Dunkel WeizenCOBronzeGerman-Style Wheat Ale

Individual Brewer Top Honors

Large Brewing Company and Large Brewing Company Brewer of the Year Coors Brewing Company
Golden, CO
Dr. David Ryder
Small Brewing Company and Small Brewing Company Brewer of the YearDry Dock Brewing Company
Aurora, CO
Dry Dock Brewing Team


Pro-Am Competition Winner

Bronze Medal - "Time of the Season" - Upslope Brewing Co., Boulder, CO. Brewmaster: Daniel Pages. AHA Member: Brian Patterson

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- The Inaugural Denver Rare Beer Tasting.
- Volunteers wanted for the All Colorado Beer Festival.

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Colorado top winning state at 2009 GABF

2009 Great American Beer FestivalFresh off the presses come the results from last week's Great American Beer Festival in Denver. The Brewer's Association released a press release summarizing the 2009 results. This was another fantastic year for the GABF as well as for several Colorado breweries and amateur competitors.

Colorado Top Winning State at National Beer Competition

The 2009 Great American Beer Festival shatters records despite the economy

Denver, Colorado - September 26, 2009 – The Great American Beer Festival (GABF) Competition continued its record setting ways, crushing last year's entries by 16%. GABF remains the largest commercial beer competition in the world with 3,308 entries.

View the 2009 Winners List.

Colorado and California typically dominate the competition each year for the most medals won by each state, with Colorado breweries and brewpubs coming out ahead for 2009. The top five medal winning states were: CO (45), CA (39), OR (22), WA (13), PA (12).

The GABF competition attracted 132 international beer judges from ten countries. Award-winning brewers received prestigious gold, silver and bronze medals in 78 beer categories, establishing the best examples of each style in the U.S.

2009 Brewery and Brewer of the Year Awards

Large Brewing Company and Large Brewing Company Brewer of the Year
Coors Brewing Company, Golden, CO; Dr. David Ryder
Mid-Size Brewing Company and Mid-Size Brewing Company Brewer of the Year
Sponsored by Crosby & Baker Ltd.
Flying Dog Brewery, Frederick, MD; Robert Malone
Small Brewing Company and Small Brewing Company Brewer of the Year
Sponsored by Microstar Keg Management
Dry Dock Brewing Company, Aurora, CO; Dry Dock Brewing Team
Large Brewpub and Large Brewpub Brewer of the Year
Sponsored by Brewers Supply Group
Pizza Port Carlsbad, Carlsbad, CA; Pizza Port Brew Guys
Small Brewpub and Small Brewpub Brewer of the Year
Sponsored by Briess Malt & Ingredients Co.
Chuckanut Brewery, Bellingham, WA; Will Kemper
Gold, silver and bronze medals were also awarded in the GABF Pro-Am competition, which pairs amateur brewers with professional brewers, who scale up the award-winning homebrew recipes. American Homebrewers Association member Ben Miller teamed up with Chama River Brewing Co. in Albuquerque, N.M. to win gold for Herbal Joe's Columbarillo IPA.

2009 Great American Beer Festival Pro-Am Competition

Gold: Herbal Joe’s Columbarillo IPA, Chama River Brewing Co., Albuquerque, NM
Brewmaster: Jeff Erway, AHA Member: Ben Miller.

Silver: Alright Already Amber, O’Fallon Brewery, O’Fallon, MO
Brewmaster: Brian Owens, AHA Member: Jim Yeager.

Bronze: Time of the Season, Upslope Brewing Co., Boulder, CO
Brewmaster: Daniel Pages, AHA Member: Brian Patterson.

The most competitive category was American Style India Pale Ale with 134 entries. The gold medal went to Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles, CA for Union Jack for the second straight year. The second most hotly contested category was Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer with 110 entries (up from 79 in 2008). The gold medal went to Arcadia Brewing Co., Battle Creek, MI for Cereal Killer Barleywine.

2009 GABF Top Medal Winning States

State # of Medals Won % of Total Medals Awarded Total # of Entries % of Entries in the Competition
Colorado 45 19% 459 14%
California 39 16% 594 18%
Oregon 22 9% 172 5%
Washington 13 5% 162 5%
Pennsylvania 12 5% 126 4%
Michigan 9 4% 138 4%
New York 8 3% 117 4%
Virginia 8 3% 58 2%
Illinois 7 3% 93 3%
Maryland 7 3% 63 2%

Great American Beer Festival 2009 Statistics

- 457 breweries in the festival hall.>
- 2,100 beers served at the festival.
- 49,000 attendees (includes brewers, volunteers and ticket holders).
- 3,000 volunteers.
- 495 breweries in the competition.
- 3,308 beers judged in the competition.
- 78 categories judged + Pro-Am category.
- 132 judges from ten countries.
- Average number of competition beers entered in each category: 42.
- Category with highest number of entries: 134, American Style India Pale Ale.

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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Odell Brewing to release India Barleywine

Odell India BarleywineRight in the midst of the 2009 GABF comes an annoucement of another upcoming beer release from the folks at Odell Brewing Company of Fort Collins Colorado. Looks as if more good beer in 750ml bottles will soon be coming our way. Should be one to seek out. Read below for the details on their newest batch that's coming soon.

India Barleywine, the Best of Both Worlds

Odell Brewing Introduces Second Single Serve Brew

[PRESS RELEASE] Fort Collins, Colo. – On October 5, 2009, Odell Brewing Company will release India Barleywine, the second in a series of single serve 750 ml offerings.

Part double IPA and part malty sweet barleywine, India Barleywine is a unique and complex beer. Copious amounts of malts and hops intertwine giving the beer exceptional flavor and aroma. When enjoyed fresh, India Barleywine delivers a bright hop character, and when cellared, flavors of dried fruit emerge.

“We wanted to share our pilot brewing system creations beyond our Tap Room,” said Brendan McGivney, head of production, “so we decided to offer some of our most highly regarded brews in 750 ml, cork and cage bottles. Our single serve beers are bottle conditioned to allow for natural carbonation, and they will continue to age and evolve gracefully for years to come.”

India Barleywine rings in at 9.7% ABV with an impressive 90 IBUs. It follows the brewery’s Bourbon Barrel Stout in a series of single serve offerings that will also include Mountain Standard, an ale featuring Colorado grown organic hops.

Odell Brewing will offer samples of India Barleywine on October 5th during an uncorking event in the brewery’s Tap Room. India Barleywine will be available in the brewery’s eight state distributor region and will retail for around $14.99-$15.99 per bottle.

Odell Brewing was recently named a “Best Company to Work For” in Colorado and is an award winning brewery, nationally and internationally: 2008 North American Beer Awards – gold medal for 5 Barrel Pale Ale. 2008 World Beer Cup® – gold medal for IPA, silver medal for Double Pilsner, silver medal for Cutthroat Porter. 2007 Great American Beer Festival® – gold medal for IPA, silver medal for Easy Street Wheat, bronze medal for Extra Special Red. 2007 Stockholm International Beer Festival – bronze medal for 5 Barrel Pale Ale. 2007 Australian International Beer Awards – silver medal for 90 Shilling, silver medal for Cutthroat Porter, silver medal for Easy Street Wheat and bronze medal for 5 Barrel Pale Ale.

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Friday, September 25, 2009

2009 GABF Thursday session

2009 GABFIt was an extremely long day at the Thursday opening day of the 2009 Great American Beer Festival. My day started at 5:30am. I had to get up early enough to get ready and drive down to Denver so that I could be on time to work as a volunteer for set-up duty at 8:00am.

I plan to post a lot of pix and video of the GABF later next week but wanted to at least share a few photos of some of the happenings during the first day.

I attended a #GABFTweetup at 6:30pm in front of the GABF Bookstore. Several fellow Twitter users were there. It was nice to put some real faces to the Twitter names.

@SudsyMaggie, @olllllo, @jeffbearer, Greg Weiss, @beermolly, @bluntsage, @sloant were among the people who were in attendance. Sorry if I didn't list some of your names as I wasn't able to remember everyone. (I'm bad at remembering names).

I ended up tasting around 30 different brews and taking up to an hour of video yesterday. Some of my favorite beers from yesterday include: Duck Duck Gooze and Red Poppy from The Lost Abbey, Black Tuesday Imperial Stout from The Bruery, Consecration from Russian River and Bourbon Barrel Stout from Odell Brewing.

Hope to get a lot more images captured and meet even more people today during the Denver Rare Beer Tasting and Flying Dog's FBAG party. Also will hopefully get to the Friday night GABF session tonight, that is, if my feet and shoulders aren't too sore from hauling kegs all day long yesterday. They are really sore today.



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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Fort Collins Brewery's October 2009 events

The late September / early October newsletter from Fort Collins Brewery just came out today and FCB is planning to sponsor several events coming up in October. In addition, they are working on some seasonal brews that you'll be able to try very soon in their tap room. Read on for highlights from their newsletter.

Brews

Start drooling for our next tap club release Awl'right Brown Bevvie an English Brown Ale that is currently lagering in oak barrels. This smashing brew is slightly sweet and deliciously malty. Made with Willamette and Sterling hops. 4.5% ABV.

Double Chocolate Stout is fixing to be released in mid-October. You all can't seem to get enough of this fine piece of work so this year we'll be obliging your requests to keep it around a little longer. Starting in October you've got 6 months to drink your fill.

Events

FCB Oatmeal Raisin Stout Benefit Party
October 1, 2009
(Thu)
Fort Collins Brewery
Fort Collins, CO
Hosted in conjunction with Wilbur's Total Beverage. Time: 4pm-7pm at the FCB tap room. Wilbur's and FCB will be donated all proceeds from Oatmeal Raisin Stout to the CSU Brewing Science classes. Supplies of this brew are limited so get it while it lasts. Web site.

Hot Rocks Steinbier Party
October 6, 2009
(Tue)
Fort Collins Brewery
Fort Collins, CO
Time: 4pm-10pm at FCB. They'll have live music, German food and pint specials on hand for the brewing of this traditional beer. Bonfire at dusk, flame on rock, rock on beer. Web site.

Harvestival
October 10-11, 2009
(Sat-Sun)
Grant Family Farms
Wellington, CO
Fort Collins Brewery is brewing up a limited release Harvestival beer that will be available at the event and also available at their tasting room the week of the Harvestival only. Odell Brewing is also sponsoring this event. Music, food, speakers, workshops, storytelling. www.harvestival.com

Frickin' Firkin Party
October 14, 2009
(Wed)
Fort Collins Brewery
Fort Collins, CO
All day party at FCB featuring "real" Common Ground with even more FCB blend coffee. Web site.

Fall Harvest Brewfest
October 17, 2009
(Sat)
Sunset Event Center
Fort Collins, CO
Drink Beer - Save a Dog! Over 15 different craft breweries will be pouring beers. Live music on hand as well. Time: 4pm-8pm at the Sunset Event Center. Proceeds benefit the Animal House Shelter. www.fallharvestbrewfest.com

FCB Halloween Party
October 30, 2009
(Fri)
Fort Collins Brewery
Fort Collins, CO
FCB's annual and infamous Halloween Party will run from 2pm to 7pm at the FCB tap room. Want to be like a brewer? Then by all means join in as they commemorate the 40th anniversary of Woodstock by dressing up as the musicians of Woodstock. Special brews and food. Web site.

Check out FCB's Halloween and November 2009 events.

More Colorado beer festivals and events for October.

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Smoke It or Spruce It at the 2009 GABF

Alaskan Brewing at GABFI received the following invitation from the good folks at the Alaskan Brewing Company about an upcoming talk to be held during this year's Great American Beer Festival. For those who plan on being at the GABF on Thursday evening - make plans to stop by the Brewer's Pavilion to listen to this presentation.

Geoff Larson to talk "Brewing with Local History" Thursday at the Brewer's Pavilion

If you are planning to attend the GABF this year, I hope you will join Geoff Larson and I for his “Inside the Brewer’s Studio” presentation in the Brewer’s Pavilion during the Thursday night session of the GABF. I have a attached a flyer (click image above left) for the presentation to this email and included the details below. Please pass on to anyone who might be interested, I look forward to meeting you later this week at the Alaskan Booth, Cheers!

Inside the Brewer’s Studio with Geoff Larson
Taste of Alaskan
“Smoke It or Spruce It, If You Have It- Brew It.”
Thursday, September 24, 2009
8:00 - 9:00 p.m.
GABF Hall Pavilion

Alaskan Co-Founder Geoff Larson will lead a presentation and sampling of the local ingredients and historical recipes in Alaskan Beer. There will be smoked malt and spruce tip sampling as well as tastings of two vintages of Alaskan Smoked Porter, Alaskan Winter Ale and Alaskan Amber.
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Alaskan Brewing Co.
5429 Shaune Drive
Juneau AK 99801
(907) 780-5922
(907) 209-7940 cell
ajohnston@alaskanbeer.com
www.alaskanbeer.com

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Avery Brewing announces duganA IPA

Avery Brewing duganA IPAAvery Brewing Company may be busy with the Great American Beer Festival this week but that doesn't stop them from announcing another beer to add to their ever growing line-up of fine beers. The following is a news release from the Boulder, Colorado brewing company.

A truly transcendental hop experience

Boulder, CO - After two years of experimentation, numerous test batches and countless tasting sessions, Avery Brewing Company is proud to announce the release of their much anticipated duganA IPA. Brutally bitter, dank, piney and resinous, this 8.5% abv monster offers a mystical and divine hop experience with 93 IBUs of hop goodness.

In the summer of 2007, as fervent devotees of hops and preachers of the profound art of the IPA, we found ourselves in the pleasant dilemma of wanting an IPA to drink that was somewhere in between Avery IPA and The Maharaja Imperial IPA. Enlightened, a test batch commenced immediately, and our two-year quest to create a truly transcendental hop experience was born.

"duganA IPA stemmed from our need for a more sessionable version of The Maharaja Imperial IPA. We wanted to capture the huge hop flavor of Maharaja and package it in a form that could be drank with more regularity" said Adam Avery, President and Brewmaster of Avery Brewing. He added, "many in the beer community will say that the world doesn't need another IPA, but by putting our heads, palates and creative minds together, we were sure that we could make a very positive addition to our quiver of IPA's and build progressively on what is available in the market. I think we did just that with duganA. We're just beer lovers who can't stop ourselves from making new beers. Quest is a bit cliche, but yes, that's the only way to describe it: a maniacal quest for hop perfection."

For Avery Brewing, the quest comes to a most fruitful finally on Friday, October 2nd, when the first pints of duganA IPA will be served at a Release Party at the brewery in Boulder (more information at www.averybrewing.com) from 4-7 PM. Thereafter, 22oz. single bottles will be for sale in the state of Colorado and select markets across the country.

Established in 1993, Avery Brewing Company has developed a reputation as being one of the most daring and forward-looking breweries in the nation. They are the brewers of Avery IPA, The Maharaja Imperial IPA, White Rascal Belgian Wheat Ale, Mephistopheles' Stout and eighteen other year-round and seasonal beers.

Please go to www.averybrewing.com for more information on duganA IPA and other Avery brews.

Contact: C.V. Howe - Marketing Specialist, 303.440.4324 or cv@averybrewing.com

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Volunteers wanted for 2009 All Colorado Beer Festival

All Colorado Beer FestivalVeteran's Day is quickly approaching and the official call-out for volunteers to help with the 2009 All Colorado Beer Festival has begun. The 2009 All Colorado Beer Festival (ACBF) will take place over two sessions on Saturday, November 7th in Colorado Springs. Read below for information on how you can help out at this year's festival.

2009 All Colorado Beer Festival

It's time to consider volunteering again for the 2009 festival.

The ACBF is an entirely volunteer organization. It would not be possible to hold the festival without your support.

This year the festival will consist of two sessions on Saturday, November 7, 2009.

We hope to have about 30 brewers from Colorado and about 90 beers.

Beer Fest VolunteersThe ACBF operates to raise money for nonprofit organizations in our community. This year our beneficiaries are: THEATREWORKS (www.theatreworksCS.org), Project GIVE! (web site), and Homes for Our Troops (web site). THEATREWORKS returns this year and will again be a primary beneficiary. Project GIVE! Is a new program operated by the Colorado Springs Independent. It allows us to give to one organization and benefit multiple smaller nonprofits. Finally, Homes for Our Troops provides homes for military members who become disabled as a result of their service. We hope to be giving away a house at the festival this year.

If you are interested in being a part of the ACBF this year please visit www.allcoloradobeerfestival.com to register. (Please disregard the message indicating that we are full for volunteers. Also note that the sessions run from noon-4:30 and 5:30-10:00.)

Thanks in advance for you valuable support of the ACBF and please forward this to friends who may want to volunteer.

Randy Dipner
Festival Director
All Colorado Beer Festival
3630 Sinton Road, Suite 103
Colorado Springs, CO 80907-5072
719-510-2822 (voice)
719-444-0269 (fax)
mailto:dipner@mtc-inc.com (email)
http://www.AllColoradoBeerFestival.com

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Beer tweets of the week

Beer TweetsIt's been a busy week leading up to the GABF. Twitter has been a very helpful tool to help organize and plan which activities to get involved with and to share local information with other attendees. Here is a short synopsis for the past week's tweets.

  1. @olllllo good one. I always thought the phrase "beer glass optional" always meant that the beer will suck.
  2. It never fails. It's always busiest at work right before the GABF.
  3. RT: @OdellBrewing Tasting event featuring Bourbon Barrel Stout, IPA, and Woodcut No.2 at Tag (Denver) today from 2-5
  4. Fear not GABF attendees, the rain should be ending by fest time on Thursday. Gorgeous and 70s for Fri + Sat. #GABF
  5. No snow (yet) here in northern Colorado. Fall has officially arrived.
  6. Just in time for the big beer festival, the movie: I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell. Think they had the #GABF in mind for the release date?
  7. Last 3 beer dinners are for Tuesday, Sept 22nd.
  8. Herman Josephs Private Reserve beer dinner, Parallel Seventeen, Denver, CO, 6:30pm. http://www.parallelseventee... - #beer
  9. Great Divide beer dinner, Osteria Marco / Larimer Square, Denver, CO. 6:30pm. 4-courses, 5 beers.
  10. Beer Dinner at Jax Fish House Denver, Sept 22, 7:30pm. 4 courses and as many beers. http://www.jaxfishhousedenv... #beer
  11. @Jeffporn well at least I'm working indoors during all this cold rain. Should be nicer for the GABF at least!
  12. Denver Beer Fest may be going on but I've still gotta work 3 days this week before I can have fun. #GABF - Hurry up Thursday!
  13. @Montaignejns but the best show not on TV did win - Dr. Horrible.
  14. Cya there! RT @SierraNevadaCA GABF is almost here! Who's gonna be there??
  15. http://twitpic.com/il78u - Enjoyed the mountains near Divide CO yesterday before the rains hit.
  16. @RoMills hope you are enjoying the wild Colo weather. I was up in the mountains all weekend. Was sunny and nice. Now were paying for it.
  17. @BeerPrincess Looks like Thurs will be 64 and partly cloudy now. Fri and Sat still nice. Try 9news.com for local DEN weather. #GABF
  18. Home from a 2 day weekend in the mountains around Woodland Park, CO. Oktoberfest was fun. Trees not quite in full color yet but still ok.
  19. Don't worry GABF attendees, rain Mon-Wed but clearing up and 70s for Thurs - Saturday. Perfect for the festival! #beer #gabftweetup
  20. @OdellBrewing will release Isolation Ale on September 28th. http://bit.ly/iTt2I - celebrating 10 years of it's winter seasonal #beer
  21. Thx @BronxBebe @thebrewclub @TheBeerWench @MikeLovesBeer @waynethetrain for all the #FF love. Cheers to you to a great weekend!
  22. Colorado Pork and Hops Challenge, Sept 18-19, Lincoln Park, Grand Junction, CO. Lots of BBQ and beer to go around. http://www.porknhops.com
  23. http://twitpic.com/i6r7d - New revised version of #gabftweetup badge. Vertical seems to work.
  24. @hookedonwinter grats on the BBOTW on @BeerTapTV. You're famous now! Cheers.
  25. @TheBeerWench I love Avery's The Kaiser Imperial Oktoberfest. A little extra kick to it.
  26. @BigKahunaBrew love your #GABF badge! Vertical works well. I'll have to modify mine to make my twitter name more noticable. #gabftweetup
  27. @hookedonwinter I can grow a goatee but not a full beard. Gonna have to start it on Sunday as I'm at a family event this wkend. #gabftweetup
  28. @voteforgrant ad-hoc in-event tweetup inside the GABF. Meet 1-hr after session starts outside GABF Bookstore.
  29. Come meet the faces behind the @ names at the GABF tweetup inside the GABF. http://bit.ly/11F3rv - 1 hr into each session. #gabftweetup
  30. @SudsyMaggie Thx. I printed my bagde on photopaper and will hang it in a lanyard. #gabftweetup
  31. 12th annual Rocky Mt. Oktoberfest PLUS, Sept 18-19, Ute Pass Cultural Ctr, Woodland Park, CO. 5pm-9:30pm Fri, 11am-6:30pm Sat. #beer
  32. False alarm, there will be no Steamboat Brewers' Festival this year. Next one Sept 18, 2010. #beer
  33. Great Divide - Vesta Dipping Grill Beer Dinner, Sept. 20., 1822 Blake St, Denver, CO. http://www.vestagrill.com/ #beer
  34. Free Sample Friday - Great Divide Tap Room, downtown Denver. 8 free samples 10am-10pm. #beer
  35. Boulder Beer Co's 30th Anniversary Bash, Sept 18th, Historic Boulder Theater, Boulder, CO. 8pm. http://www.bouldertheater.com/ #beer
  36. 40th and final(?) Oktoberfest on Larimer Square, Denver, CO. Sept 18-20, 25-27. http://www.oktoberfestdenve... #beer
  37. Breckenridge Oktoberfest, Sept. 18-20. Historic Main St., Breckenridge, CO. http://www.breckenridgeokto... #beer
  38. Telluride Blues & Brews fest - Sept 18-20, Telluride, CO. http://www.tellurideblues.com/ #beer
  39. @TheArtofBeer there is a save option on the badge creator web page. I then photoshopped it to resize it a bit.
  40. @NormskiBrewer if you watched Fringe on TV tonight you'd know what I meant. Won't spoil it for the rest.
  41. http://twitpic.com/i4qgu - Here's my official badge for the #gabftweetup.
  42. @NormskiBrewer how about - Old Three Corner Eyes Ale
  43. OMG Fringe - not him!
  44. Waiting for Fringe to air tonight on Fox. Been a long summer without it. #fringe
  45. RT @TheCheekyMonk: New GABF Event! On 9/25 at 10:30pm Greg Koch from Stone will be tapping one of his Belgian Style brews! Say TAXI!!!
  46. RT @TheArtofBeer Spread The Word - #gabftweetup - 1 hour into each session in front of bookstore ...Wear your Twitter ID - @gabf
  47. My new glasses are in. Having to get used to them.
  48. @jeffbearer Sun morning after #GABF event - praying to God to forgive all your activities the week before. (couldn't resist)
  49. @CaitlinJewell yes I'll be attending the Sat noon #GABF. Greeley Wed eve tweetup? Could have one at Crabtree Brewing. 1 hr north of Denver.
  50. @BrettGlenna I tried RR Consecration at last year's #GABF - was wonderful!
  51. Falling Rock Tap House announces their #GABF week plans. http://bit.ly/AsnnO - #beer

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