It’s time again for beer lovers, connoisseurs, and all those that create the tasty beers, to converge on Colorado for the Great American Beer Festival!
The yearly event will commence on October 2nd and run through October 4th. Attracting thousands of people from all over, this event serves up the largest collection of U.S. beers and holds a private competition. Breweries from near and far will take over the Colorado Convention Center, pouring their best craft creations during three different tasting sessions across the three-day period.
Featuring over 600 of America’s greatest breweries and over 2,800 different beers to try, GABF is a beer lovers dream come true. You’ll get to enjoy the big names like Alaskan Brewing Co, Anchor Brewing, Lagunitas, Sierra Nevada and many more. Plus, lots of great Colorado craft brewers will be showing up including AC Golden, Black Bottle, Blue Moon Brewing, Boulder Beer, New Belgium, Oskar Blues, and tons of your other favorite local brewers.
If you weren’t lucky enough to get a ticket to the tasting, don’t worry. Breweries, beer bars, and liquor stores are all getting in the spirit too, hosting special tappings, releasing rare beers, and fun events. Breweries from all over the nation will be in town representing their craft and will be looking to share their passion (or beer), so now is the time to get out and check the draft and bottle list as there will be a slew of options that won’t likely be back any time soon.
You can check our online calendar and Facebook pages for lots of great things to do all over Northern Colorado and the Western Slope throughout this amazing week!
The week we’ve all been waiting for! Or at least a good portion of us…
The Great American Beer Festival, better known as GABF, has been around since 1982 and continues to grow in popularity year after year. With hundreds of different craft breweries from all over the country and thousands of beers, this event is truly a beer lover’s heaven. Three days and four different tasting sessions, gives hundreds if not thousands of beer enthusiasts the opportunity to taste some of the most creative beers ever created.
While it may be fun and games for some, for the breweries it is serious business, as many are seeking to win the highly coveted GABF medals and wear them proudly. Judges and beer professionals from all over the world take part in blind tastings to score and rate beers according to their beer-style category. The professional judging panels award gold, silver and bronze medals to 75 different beer-style categories, who knew there were so many! Last year Fort Collins breweries were able to bring home some fancy hardware including, earning 7 total medals, 6 of them being gold.
Tickets may be sold out to the event but you can find them listed for sale online if you’re really itching to go. If the ticket price is a little bit steep or you’ve got prior engagements, there is plenty to do all week outside of the festival walls. Most breweries have tons of beer dinners and special events planned all week long. Beer bars, brewpubs and restaurants all over northern Colorado have lots going on as well, including tap takeovers, visits from breweries, and parties.
Best of luck to all of the northern Colorado breweries taking part in this year’s competition!
That being said here is a list of a few breweries and a couple bars below you should check out this week!
- Black Bottle Brewery
- Blue Moon
- Boulder Beer Company
- Colorado Native
- New Belgium
- Oskar Blues
- Tommy Knocker
- Choice City Butcher
- Tap n’ Handle
- The Mayor of Old Town
- The Forge Publick House
The Great American Beer Festival, or maybe you know it as GABF, took place this past weekend in Denver and many of the local breweries made the trip to show off their latest creations.
The three day festival invites industry professionals from all over the world to sample and judge a panel of beers relying solely on their expertise to award the breweries with medals. Judges use five separate tasting sessions, each lasting three hours, to taste the beers in a specific category and at the end of the third day unveil the winners of the gold, silver and bronze medals. These medals are some of most sought after in the industry, bringing great recognition to each brewery that receives the honor.
That being said, hats off to the seven local breweries that participated in the event! A total of seven medals were brought back to town, six of which were gold. Funkwerks had the best showing, earning two gold medals, one for Deceit and the other for Saison. New Belgium brought home some hardware too, gold for their More Fun Blonde and a bronze for their Love Felix, German-Style sour ale. Downtown brewery Equinox, won gold in the European-Style Dunkel category for their Knight Ryder Munich Dunkel. CB & Potts and Fort Collins Brewery also came back decorated with gold for their 6X Helles and Bambastic, respectively.
We knew we had some great breweries in town but wow, what a great showing! Now the task becomes trying to taste all the award winning beers ourselves. With such a supportive community it’s not hard to find these beers around town that’s for sure. Places like The Mayor of Old Town, Ace Gillett’s, Choice City Butcher, Elliot’s Martini Bar and Crown Pub house these award winning beers or you can always stop by the breweries to enjoy a beer in their tap rooms. And we suggest stopping by CB & Potts Clubhouse to fill up a growler of their 6X Helles before it runs out, you won’t regret it. Again, great job this year at GABF by the Fort Collins breweries! Can’t wait to see all the hardware we can bring home at next years festival!