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GABF Route Preview | Sours Route

October 2, 2014 | 1

From the moment New Belgium’s La Folie touched my lips back in 2010 I was hooked. It may have tasted like liquified Shock tarts that first time, but ever … Read More

Beginner’s Guide to the Great American Beer Festival

October 2, 2014 | 1

The Great American Beer Festival is upon us. It comes like a storm engulfing everything around the city of Denver. For over a week, sports bars turn into beer bars with extravagant tap takeovers, normally wine-centric fine dining establishments host carefully curated beer-paired 5 course meals, and the words prost, cheers, and OHHHHHH (don’t drop your glass) become part of the every day lexicon.

To the casual beer fan this can seem a bit overwhelming but we’re here to offer a few pointers to not look like a complete novice.  And who knows… perhaps if you follow our Beginner’s Guide to the Great American Beer Festival, by the end of next weekend, your friends will consider you the group’s Cicerone.

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Beer Celebrities You May See at Great American Beer Fest 2014

October 2, 2014 |

Great American Beer Festival is a unique opportunity for people that enjoy beer to rub elbows with the amazingly talented people that have propelled the craft beer scene into the vastly successful industry you see today. Here is a quick guide to some of the beer celebrities you may see in Denver this year during GABF. By no means is this a complete list of everyone to look for. If you have a favorite brewery, author, blogger or personality that is not on this list, try to find them on Twitter to see if you can meet them. Read More

Event Preview | Beers Made By Walking Festival

October 1, 2014 | 1

This week, folks from across the country will flock to Denver, Colorado for the Great American Beer Festival. While here, they’ll partake in one of the greatest events our city hosts, undoubtedly stumbling upon beautiful architecture, delicious food, and incredible people during their stay.

Fall in Colorado is host to indescribable mountain beauty, and what a shame it is that GABF visitors might only catch a glimpse of the changing Aspen trees from an airplane flying in. If you can’t make it to the great outdoors this week, bring the great outdoors to you at the Beers Made By Walking Festival October 3rd at Wynkoop Brewing Company.

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GABF Event Preview | Vine Street Pub Brewer’s Dinner

September 30, 2014 |

Can you believe it’s finally here? GABF week has arrived, and the diehards have already started this week off with a bang at Upslope’s Falling Rock Collaboration event, as … Read More

The Glass Is Life | GABF Bottles to Try

September 29, 2014 |

This post brought to you by Glass Is Life. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Porch Drinking.

There’s a certain mystique that still exists when cracking open a rare … Read More

GABF Daytrip | Denver Brewery Tour

September 29, 2014 | 2

With almost 700 breweries from all over the country pouring at the Great American Beer Festival this year, it’s easy to overlook how many great ones we have right here in Denver. How many? I count 37 breweries and cideries with taprooms in a roughly five-mile radius of the Colorado Convention Center where the festival will be held, and I’m guessing a handful more opened while I was typing this post. Many of them will not be at GABF, and most do not distribute their products outside of Colorado. We know craft beer drinkers to be an adventurous sort, so why not do a little exploring before or after the fest? In that spirit, I’ve compiled a list of destinations nearby that are easily accessible by foot, bike, or a short ride with your favorite car service. Dear readers, please stow your pretzel necklaces and hop cone hats for a moment – we’re going on an insider’s Denver brewery tour.

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2014 GABF Pour List Preview *UPDATED 9/26*

September 23, 2014 | 1

The Great American Beer Festival has always meant so very much to us. We were granted credentials to the festival in our first year of existence, and since then we’ve vowed … Read More

2014 GABF Fantasy Brewery Draft (Live at 6pm MST)

September 21, 2014 |

Live Blog 2014 GABF Fantasy Brewery Draft

It’s hard to believe, but we’re finally arrived at year two of the GABF Fantasy Brewery Draft! True to the nature of PorchDrinking, … Read More

GABF | DMV Takeaways

July 29, 2014 |

This post was written in conjunction with Erin Russell (Petrey).

The DMV should be proud of its representation at the Great American Beer Festival this year. There will be 27 … Read More

2014 GABF Breweries in Attendance and Missing

July 29, 2014 | 3

692 Breweries. 4 Sessions. 3 Days. Over 3,000 beers. Denver, CO. And so the stage has been set. Earlier this week, The Brewers Association released the lineup of breweries who … Read More

2014 Great American Beer Festival Tickets on Sale Tuesday

July 28, 2014 | 2

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It is upon us. Take shelter. Boost your internet bandwidth. Update your ticketmaster information. Begin training your livers. 2014 Great American Beer Festival tickets go on pre-sale to AHA members at 10 a.m. MDT Tuesday, July 29.

General Public tickets are available to the general public on Wednesday morning, July 30 at 10 a.m. MDT. through Ticketmaster.

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2013 GABF Fantasy Brewery Final Results

October 16, 2013 |

Last week we introduced’s Inaugural GABF Fantasy Brewery Draft. We assembled a tremendous collection of national and local writers who selected breweries and earned points from medals won by those breweries during the GABF awards ceremony which took place on Saturday.  Here was the scoring guide we went by:

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GABF A Prospectus

October 15, 2013 | 2

What do New Glarus, The Bruery, Three Floyds, Sun King, Surly, Bells, Destihl, The Lost Abbey, Cigar City, Funky Buddha, and New Holland all have in common?  Aside being a tremendous lineup of breweries in their own right, they also served as one of the most ridiculous 20 minute murderer’s row starts to a Great American Beer Festival I’ve ever encountered.

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GABF Winners Announced

October 14, 2013 |

Saturday we live tweeted the 2013 Great American Beer Festival awards ceremony where breweries were recognized by the Brewer’s Association for their accomplishments by style in this year’s competition. … Read More

2013 GABF Must Try Beer List

October 9, 2013 | 1

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! Read More

2013 GABF Fantasy Brewery Draft Results

October 8, 2013 | 5
As if the Great American Beer Festival weren’t ridiculously fun on it’s own merits, we decided to punch things up a bit this year by inviting a mix of national and local writers to participate in our inaugural 2013 GABF Fantasy Brewery Draft. A big thanks to Illegal Pete’s who sponsored and hosted the draft Sunday night.

2013 GABF Pour List – Full Regional Breakdown

October 7, 2013 |

For the past month we’ve been calling and e-mailing breweries in order to provide you with a list of what your favorite breweries will be pouring at this weekend’s … Read More

2013 GABF Fantasy Brewery Live Draft

October 6, 2013 | 1

Welcome to the 2013 2013 GABF Fantasy Brewery Live Draft.

A few details:

The draft will run very much like a fantasy football snake style draft, meaning that the last person to pick in … Read More 2013 GABF Events Guide

October 3, 2013 |

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.  They say the week’s … Read More