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303 Magazine Presents | Where to Eat Near GABF

September 22, 2015 |

Story by Brittany Werges, Food and Booze Editor for 303 Magazine. Check out 303 for more GABF coverage throughout the week!

Every year, during early fall, Denver turns into what can only be described as a mecca for beer drinkers. … Read More

2015 GABF Theme Route | Big Beers

September 22, 2015 |

‘Go Big or Go Home’ is a motto used by brewers and attendees alike at GABF. Many breweries bring some of their heaviest beers to share during the GABF sessions. Tristan Chan, Chris Day, and I looked through each brewery’s pour list to create our list of the best beers above 9.5%. This route can be incredibly rewarding but please heed our warning.

Tread lightly with our Big Beers list, as the high ABV can easily sneak up on you with these delicious drinks.  Big beers can easily lead to an early end to your night and a tough morning the next day. We didn’t just put any big beer on this list. There are a lot of other high-ABV ales for you to find on your own!

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2015 GABF | Must Try GABF Events

September 21, 2015 |

WELCOME TO GABF WEEK 2015! Lace those drinkin’ boots up, tighten up that lederhosen, and let’s get ready to drink our weights in delicious craft beer!!!!!

We have been updating our events calendar for the last few weeks and we realize that it is as heady as a freshly shaken Belgian beer . . . We are foaming at the brim with events. We have a lot going on but have highlighted some of our favorite events.

What events will you make it to this week?!

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2015 GABF Theme Route | Sours & Wilds

September 21, 2015 |

Attending a session at Great American Beer Festival can be overwhelming, even for the most experienced beer fan. To help you make the most of your festival experience, Tristan Chan, Chris Day and I would like to be your tour guide through several distinct craft beer journeys including Sour & Wild Beers, Rare Beers, Big Beers, Fruit Beers, Hoppy Beers and Unique Beers. We’ll give you the breweries, beers and descriptions, then let you go from there.

Today’s theme route focuses on Sour & Wild Beers, which have gained incredible popularity over the last few years. If you are looking for beers that make your lips pucker and mouth water, you have chosen the right adventure today. This list is by no means a complete list of all sours, but it is a great starting point. Grab some Tums and join us on your journey through Sour Beers at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival.

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2015 GABF Pour List Preview

September 17, 2015 | 1

Updated September 23rd

Every year, beginning in July, we kick off a massive outreach to every brewery attending the Great American Beer Festival in an attempt to get a preview of what each brewery will be pouring on the … Read More

GABF | 2015 Fantasy Brewery Draft Picks

September 16, 2015 | 1

All graphics created by Erin Horn

We here at PorchDrinking believe beer should be fun. So two years ago we set out to add a different take on the Great American Beer Festival by inviting a mix of national and … Read More

LIVE CHAT | 2015 Fantasy Brewery Draft

September 11, 2015 |

We here at PorchDrinking believe beer should be fun. So two 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, PorchDrinking took home the gold, last year Brewtally Insane took first narrowly edging out Mike Snider of USA Today, who also did a wonderful write up of our draft. But this year the field is out for blood. We had a few of the previous year’s participants come and go, but we also added a new host of new talent to join our familiar friends. Here’s how the field shook out.
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Hops & Pie Tease GABF Week Rare Beer Events

August 28, 2015 |

Veterans of the Great American Beer Festival know the festivities that week aren’t limited to three days at the Colorado Convention Center. Exotic beers seem to magically appear in every nook and cranny of Denver and surrounding areas. After receiving a sneak peek at some of what Berkeley’s Hops & Pie has planned, we suggest making time in your schedule for a field trip.

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BREAKING | Bell’s Brewery Beers Coming to Colorado for GABF

August 24, 2015 |

That’s right midwesterners, your wet dream is finally coming true… at least for a few weeks beginning September 21. This morning Kalamazoo based, Bell’s Brewery announced that Crooked Stave Artisan Ales will be distributing Bell’s Brewery beers through the state of … Read More

GABF Beer Geek Callout

August 11, 2015 |

If you are the go-to guy or gal in your group of friends when there is any question about beer, brewing, or breweries, have we got the opportunity for you! After a successful launch at the 2014 Great American … Read More

2015 GABF Brewery List | New Attendees & Missing

July 28, 2015 | 6

*Be sure to check back often as we’ll be bringing complete GABF coverage leading up to, during and after the festival*

Nearly 800 Breweries. 4 Sessions. 3 Days. Over 4000 beers. 60,000 attendees. This year’s Great American Beer Festival is without a doubt “Bigger. … Read More

Five Tips To Score 2015 GABF Tickets

July 20, 2015 |

The upcoming 2015 Great American Beer Festival promises to be bigger than ever. A predicted 60,000 craft beer fans will swarm to Denver this September to sample 3,500+ beers from 800+ breweries. Will you be one of them? GABF is more than two months away, but the notoriously narrow window of ticket availability is rapidly approaching. We want to see you there, so please follow our guide to increase your chances of scoring tickets to the country’s biggest and baddest beer fest.

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GABF Tickets Go on Sale July 28, 2015

May 19, 2015 |

The Brewers Association announced this morning that tickets for the 2015 Great American Beer Festival will go on sale July 28, 2015 and that this year’s event will be “Bigger. Better. Beerier”.

That’ll certainly be the case as … Read More

Miller Lite | Miller Brewing Company

October 21, 2014 |

In honor of the recently concluded Great American Beer Festival, I wanted to shine a spotlight on the Wisconsin brews that did our state proud while the world was watching. There were many to choose from – we … Read More

2014 GABF Recap

October 8, 2014 | 1

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Glass Is Life for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Well folks the 2014 Great American Beer Festival is in the books, like past years, many beers were sampled, … Read More

2014 GABF Fantasy Brewery League Results

October 7, 2014 |

It’s officially time to crown a new champion to this year’s 2014 Fantasy Brewery League. This year’s league faced challenges due to new limitations on the number of entries a brewery could submit to be judged. Because of that scenario, perennial titans … Read More

GABF Medal Results and Takeaways

October 6, 2014 |

On Saturday morning, the craft beer industry celebrated the competition portion of the Great American Beer Festival. The GABF competition recognizes proficiency in brewing beer stylistically in 90 categories as well as honoring the great breweries/brewers/brewpubs of the year. This year the field … Read More

2014 GABF Events Guide | UPDATED 10/4

October 4, 2014 | 3

For a little over a week each year, beer fanatics from across the globe descend on Denver, CO, in honor of the Great American Beer Festival.  Denver’s events outside of the beerhall are sometimes better than the festival itself. We’ve compiled the complete GABF Events Guide surrounding this year’s Great American Beer Festival.

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GABF Night Must Trys!

October 3, 2014 |

Day 1 of the Great American Beer Festival is in the books. Many beers were consumed to bring you this recap, pretzel crumbs still being brushed off my clothes, and my oh my the crops that were dusted will surely … Read More

Cooking with Beer | The Great American Beer Burger

October 2, 2014 | 2

Since the Great American Beer Festival is approaching, I decided to post the ultimate Cooking with Beer recipe: the Great American Beer Burger. To properly honor the most epic festival of all time, I knew I had to come up a downright mind-blowing creation and I knew it had to be loaded with beer. I figured nothing is more American than a good ol’ fashioned burger topped with about 1000 calories of ingredients – so I made this dream a reality. A whopping total of six different beers are used to create this monster of a meal plus whatever brews you decide to drink. If you make this thing, you’ll be so impressed with yourself for actually putting it all together, even if you don’t manage to fit it all in your belly. Hell, I’ll be impressed that you actually had to balls to try. If you’re on the fence and can’t decide, just think of this: Why settle for just one recipe with beer when you can combine them all?

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