LIVE DRAFT | 2017 GABF Fantasy Brewery Draft
We here at PorchDrinking believe beer should be fun. So four 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, three years ago Brewtally Insane took home the hardware, and two years ago Tom Rutunno of CNBC took top honors and last year newcomer Chris O’Leary of Brew York took home 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:
- Kevin Boyd – Drinking Craft
- Mike Snider – USA Today
- Kyle Clark – 9News
- Reid Ramsey – Beer Street Journal
- Ryan Hannigan – Focus on the Beer
- Ed Sealover – Denver Business Journal
- Tristan Chan – PorchDrinking.com
- Jonathan Shikes – Westword Magazine
- Frances Lopez – The Full Pint
- Eric Gorski – Denverite
- Mark Slattery – Denver Beer Guy
- Chris O’Leary – Brew York
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.