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2013 GABF Must Try Beer List

2013 Great American Beer Festival Breweries Breakdown

From our extensive pour list, a few of our resident beer geeks have put their heads together to compile a list of “must-try” beers at GABF. These are beers that we have either tried ourselves and give the highest praise or are from breweries that we have come to know and love who’s beer intrigues us enough to hype it up! So here we go, make sure you taste your way through some of these beers at GABF, and if you manage to catch one of our staff at the same booth, be sure to throw up a high-five!

AC Golden – Mountain
American Wild Ale

Alamanac Beer Co – Pacific 
Heirloom Pumpkin Barleywine – Aged in Brandy Barrels 12% ABV

Anderson Valley Brewing Company – Pacific NW
AV Wild Turkey Bourbon barrel aged Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout (AVWTBFOS)
Gatlin Damnosis (our soured, bourbon barrel aged, barley wine)

Avery Brewing Company – Mountain
Ross’s’s Melange – Barrel aged sour ale
Tweak – Coffee Imperial Stout
Uncle Jacobs Imperial Stout
Thensaurum – Barrel aged sour ale

Ballast Point – Pacific
Sculpin IPA

Bell’s Brewery
Kalamazoo IPA: Brewed (and bottled) at our original brewery in downtown Kalamazoo with local hops grown about 17 miles from the brewery.
Mr. Castries Vilnius: A Jamaican Rum Barrel Aged Baltic Porter

Big Choice Brewing

#42 Poblano Stout – Category 5-A – 5.7% abv

Black Bottle – Mountain
Dramamine – Wood Aged Sour (Porter aged in Merlot barrels)

Blue Mountain – Mid-Atlantic 
Un-spiced Imperial Pumpkin Ale w/Cocoa Nibs aged in American Rye Heaven Hill Bourbon Barrels

Boulevard Brewing Company @ Great Lakes

Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale

Brooklyn Brewery – Mid Atlantic
Black Ops – Barrel aged Imperial Stout
Sorachi Ace – Single Hop (Sorachi Ace) Saison

Cigar City – SE Region
White Oak Jai Alai IPA (American IPA aged on American Oak)
Cucumber Saison (lower alcohol Saison infused with cucumber)
Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout (Imperial Stout aged on chocolate, vanilla, chiles, and cinnamon)

Copper Kettle

Mexican Chocolate Stout

Crooked Stave – Mountain
Origins – Wood and Barrel Aged Sour Beer – 6.6%

Crystal Springs – Mountain
Black Saddle, Russian imperial stout

Deschutes Brewery – Pacific NW
The Abyss
Black Butte 25

Destihl – Great Lakes
Sour Paw Paw Ale
Begian-style Lambic
Sour Raspberry Flanders
Sour Strawberry Flanders

Dogfish Head – Southwest
Choc Lobster

Elevation Brewing Company – Mountain
Apis IV 2013 Belgian Honey Quad 10.7%

FATE Brewing Company – Mountain

Coffee IPA

FATE Watermelon Kolsch 5.0% ABV, 20 IBU


Deceit- Belgian style Golden Ale

Gigantic Brewing – Pacific NW
MASSIVE! – Barleywine – 12% ABV

Golden Road Brewing – Pacific 

Goose Island – Mountain 
Sofie Paradisi
Bourbon County Stout
Bourbon County Stout Coffee

Great Divide – Southwest 
2012 Hibernation

Half Acre


Hangar 24 – Pacific
Pugachev’s Cobra – Wood & Barrel Aged Strong Stout – 15.8%

Heavy Seas – Mid-Atlantic 
Greater Pumpkin – Pumpkin Beer – 9% ABV
Jack’s Abby – Hoponious Union

Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales – Great Lakes
iO — Saison brewed with rose hips, rose petals & hibiscus, aged in oak with wild yeast & souring bacteria. 6.8% ABV

Lakewood Brewing

The Temptress – Imperial Milk Stout 9.1% ABV – 56 IBU

La Cumbre – Mountain
Elevated IPA
Project Dank: Operation Return of the Pharoah

Logsdon Farmhouse Ales

Seizoen Bretta

Loveland Aleworks

American Sour Ale W/ Raspberries


Saison Renaud

Mountain Sun Pub and Brewery – Mountain
Big Boi Bob Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Chocolate Milk Stout

New Belgium Brewing – Mountain/Southeast 
Coconut Curry Hefe
Transatlantique Kriek
Le Terroir Dry Hopped Sour Ale
NBB’s Love Leopold
La Folie Sour Brown

New Glarus – Great Lakes
Serendipity – Category 3/Fruit Beer

New Holland
Dragon’s Milk Reserve – Smaug’s Breath
Night Trippper Reserve – Aged in New Holland Rum and Whiskey Barrels

Ninkasi Brewing Company

Tricerahops Double IPA

Odell Brewing – Mountain 
Fernet Porter

Oskar Blues – Mountain
Double Impact Dark Beligan Strong Ale

Renegade Brewing – Mountain
Dark Passenger Belgian Dark Strong Ale, 11% ABV, Pro-Am submission

River North Brewing Company – Mountain
B-Side Quandary: Quandary Quadrupel aged in bourbon with cherries – 11% ABV (LIMITED)

Rogue – Pacific NW
Beard Beer!

Russian River – Pacific
Pliney the Elder (Double IPA)
Framboise For A Cure (Blonde Ale aged in Chardonnay Barrels with Brett and Fresh Organic Raspberries)
Propitiation (Barrel Aged/Sour Porter)

Sam Adams- New England/Pacific
American Kriek
Utopias 2012

Shorts Brewing – Great Lakes/Mid Atlantic
Pigpen – Intensely Hopped IPA aged in bourbon barrels with Brettanomyces – 7.7% ABV
Bourbon Woodmaster – Imperial Brown Ale fermented with maple syrup and toasted pecans, and aged in bourbon barrels – 10.0% ABV

Sierra Nevada – Pacific
Narwhal Imperial Stout – Category 81B Imperial Stout – 10.2% abv

Sun King – Great Lakes
Afternoon Delight – Wood & Barrel Aged Strong Beer


Furious American-Style IPA 6.4% ABV
Cynic French and Belgian Saison 6.66% ABV
Coffee Bender Coffee Beer 5.3% ABV

The Bruery – Pacific
Oude Tart with Cherries
Sour in the Rye with Peaches
Chocolate Rain

Three Floyds – Great Lakes
Arctic Panzer Wolf Double IPA

Zombie Dust American Pale Ale

Upslope Brewery

Imperial IPA

Wynkoop Brewery
25th Anniversary Kriek
Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout

Yak & Yeti Brewpub

Chai Milk Stout

Disclaimer: PD staff is obviously biased towards breweries that we know and are familiar with where we have region staff. If we missed a brewery or beer that you think deserves hype, please comment below and let everyone else know!



  1. Andrew Ewanyk

    Ithaca, Funky Buddha and 7venth Sun

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