GABF Fancy Cork Route
Contributed by Cori Flinchbaugh the Draft Wench
Ok, so you’re going to the Great American Beer Festival but there are now over 2,000 beers to choose from, what do you do? I usually suggest to first timers to pick a beer style or two (IPA, Belgian, Porters or Stouts, Fruit Beers, Sour Beers) and stick to it.
If you don’t know what style to choose or are looking for something fun and different, a friend and I came up with “Fancy Cork Night.” We go around and drink only beers that come in 750 ml bottles (Russian River has smaller ones too) usually with a fancy cork and cage. These beers are typically “Seasonal/Specialty or Sour.” It’s kind of like a delicious scavenger hunt.
Here are a few we like (and always hit) to get you started:
1. Allagash (ME): http://www.allagash.com/
2. The Brewery Ommegang (NY): http://www.ommegang.com/ everything is good here!
3. The Bruery (CA): Oude Tart, Flemish Red http://www.thebruery.com/
4. Cascade Brewing (OR): http://www.
5. Lost Abby (CA): Serpent’s Stout: http://networkedblogs.com/
6. New Glarus (WI): http://www.newglarusbrewing.
7. Russian River Brewing (CA): http://russianriverbrewing.
8. Upland Brewing (IN): makes some delicious Fruited Sours Ales. They only bring a limited number of their special beers for each session at the Festival. Go by their booth and check out the schedule for the different beers they will be pouring throughout the festival. Last year’s Kiwi as a big hit. http://uplandbeer.com/upland-
9. Victory Beer (PA): http://victorybeer.com/
Enjoy the festival and I would love to hear what “Fancy Corks” you find too.