GABF 2014 Recap:
The Great American Beer Festival is the premier U.S. beer festival and competition in Denver, Co. With over 700 breweries pouring beer for around 50,000 people it is a large event to say the least. Not to mention the countless other events going on around the few day festival. If you haven’t ever been we highly recommend it. Just remember to bring a lot of water with you…Here were some highlights for us this year:
Our buddies over at Coop Ale Works asked us to come along this to help them pour beer and ambassador their brand. We were happy to oblige as we love those guys and their beer.It was great to see the overwhelming positive response to people sampling the Coop beer. There were quite a few Okies who stopped by the booth to sample some of their favorite hometown beer. We also got to see a lot of our customers which was a lot of fun (next year maybe we should charter a few buses from OK to Co) We also got to pour alongside two other OK breweries Prairie Artisanal Ales and Anthem. Both had great beers and lots of positive response from festival goers.
I can’t say enough kind things about Avery brewing in Boulder, CO. They welcomed us in with as much beer and food that you could ever want. They had no problems sharing all of their barrel aged, sours and older vintage beers. We even got to hop on and oversee a brew session.They were happy to answer all of our questions regarding their brewing process (we had a lot of questions) Cheers to Avery, we are happy to see your beer back in OK.
One of our favorite California Breweries and friends The Bruery hosted an 8 am Belgium breakfast paired with their beers.What a way to start your day with high alcohol beers and decadent Belgium waffles.It was good to sit down with those guys and hear plans on their second brewery opening this winter focusing only on sour and wild beers. Like most breweries this one was started with a passion for homebrewing. We always like to hear the progression from garage brewing to large capacity and how homebrewing still plays a part. We passed on coffee for desert instead going with a pint of Pliney to get the day started off correctly…Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
We got to stop by quite a few other Colorado breweries and all of them were very friendly and shared delicious beers with us.During the sessions at the convention center we made time to sample around a 100 beers.The craft beer world is alive and well and shows no signs of slowing down.It was such a friendly and tight knit community.We were happy to be a part of it.Cheers!