2016 GABF Fantasy Brewery Draft Picks
The results of this year’s 2016 GABF Fantasy Brewery Draft Picks:
We here at PorchDrinking believe beer should be fun. So three years ago we set out to add a different take on the Great American Beer Festival by inviting a mix of national and local writers to participate in our GABF Fantasy Brewery Draft. Each year we draft breweries based on how we believe they’ll finish during GABF awards ceremony and earn points based on those finishes.
During the inaugural year, we took home the gold (some say it was rigged but I’m still sticking by my home court advantage), two years ago Brewtally Insane took home the hardware, and last year Tom Rutunno of CNBC took top honors. But this year the field is out for blood. Once again we’ve got a mix of returners as well as some fresh faces. Here’s this year’s draft order:
- Jim Vorel – Paste Magazine
- Chris O’Leary – Brew York
- Reid Ramsey – Beer Street Journal
- Jess Baker – CraftBeer.com
- Mike Snider – USA Today
- Tristan Chan – PorchDrinking.com
- Frances Lopez – The Full Pint
- Mark & Patti Robinson – Brewtally Insane
- Eric Gorski – Denverite
- Ryan Hannigan – Focus on the Beer
- Jonathan Shikes – Westword Magazine
- Mark Slattery – Denver Beer Guy
- Kyle Clark – 9News
- Tom Rotunno – CNBC
- Erika Rietz – Draft Magazine
- Ed Sealover – Denver Business Journal
This year’s draft is sponsored by First Draft Taproom and Kitchen, located at 1309 26th St, Denver, CO 80205. They are Denver’s Pour Your Own Draft system that allows patrons to pour their own beers which are measured electronically by ounce. You can try a little of everything or pour yourself full pints of the 40 beers they have on draft. It’s like adult fro-yo for beer.
The draft runs like any other fantasy sports snake-style draft would with the last pick of the first round receiving the first pick of the second round.
Our participants will score points based on how their breweries medal during the actual competition. Please note that beers in the Great American Beer Festival are judged based on their style guidelines. So while you may be a huge fan of a crazy creative beer, it may not necessarily win due to its style category guidelines. Here’s how participants will score points.
1 point for Bronze
3 points for Silver
5 points for Gold
15 points for Brewery and Brewmaster of the Year for a Brewing Company (regardless of size)
15 points for Brewery and Brewmaster of the Year for a Brew Pub (regardless of size)
Judging will take place on Saturday morning of the Great American Beer Festival and we’ll have the final results on how our participants finished that following week.