Great Beer and Great Fun at Great American Beer Festival

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Denver is a city that loves its beer, and its never more on display than at The Great American Beer Festival. This year marked the 35th anniversary of the happy, hoppy festival, which draws brewers from all over the country and brew lovers from all over the world for four days of foamy, frothy fun. Although the official GABF ran from Thursday, September 24th through Sunday, September 27th, the weeks surrounding the festival were also jam-packed with tap takeovers and specialty beer events throughout the area.

Hosted by the Brewers Association, this year saw entries up 20% from 2014, with a whopping 6,647 separate suds entered in the competition.  he top winners, with three medals each, were Firestone Walker Brewing Co. from Paso Robles, CA with two gold and one bronze (read ourprofile of brewer Matt Brynildson here), Sun King Brewing Co. in Indianapolis with one gold, one silver, and one bronze, Port City Brewing Co. from Alexandria, Virginia with two silver and one bronze, and Left Hand Brewing Co. in Longmont, Colorado with one gold and two bronze medals. Find all about the winners here.

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As always, the media luncheon was a font of information and fine food paired with equally exquisite beers. Four courses were paired with four exceptional beers. Our welcome beer was the sour Gose Both Ways from Boulder favorite Twisted Pine Brewing. Then we settled in to enjoy an amuse of poached shrimp with Thai basil, gazpacho relish, pickled apple and lemongrass vinaigrette, ably accompanied by Left Hand Brewing‘s Polestar Pilsner. The first course of crispy duck leg pastrami terrine was tasty, but the press went wild for cult favorite Two Hearted Ale from Michigan’s Bell’s Brewery. Bottles were drained before tucking into the entree of pork roulade paired with the funky Ladyface Ale Companie‘s Trebuchet Golden Farmhouse. The meal ended sweetly with butterscotch buddino accompanied by Allegash’s bourbon-barrel-aged Curieux. All this deliciousness was narrated with news on the state of the industry … details at craftbeer.com.

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Where are your favorite cities to travel for beer?

 

 

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