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2016 GABF Route Preview | Fruit Beers Route

October 7, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

For the past month and a half our staff has been reaching out to every brewery attending the Great American Beer Festival to try to preview what they’ll be bringing to the fest. As part of that research, we’ve sifted through that list of beers to bring you a series of themed routes to help you plan for your GABF based on various styles and flavors.

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Beerstagram | September 29 – October 6

October 7, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

It’s GABF week!! We are having a hard time containing our excitement over here, can’t you tell?! This week’s Beerstagram is of course dedicated to the almighty Great American Beer Festival. Cheers!

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Event Preview | Epic Brewing 50 Firkin Fiasco

October 6, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

Of all the events going on during the Great American Beer Festival, there are only a handful that truly showcase something unique, distinct, and rare. Such is the case with tonight’s Epic Brewing 50 Firkin Fiasco which celebrates the greatness of one-off single barrel firkins.

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The Ultimate Guide to Stepping Up Your Pretzel Necklace Game

October 6, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Alright, it’s time to have a little intervention. Festival season is coming and I’m thinking about just rocking a basic pretzel necklace. But in true Tim the Toolman Taylor form (the O.G. Xzibit) it’s time to take this decorative yet functional accessory up a notch. Let’s step up your pretzel necklace game in a BIG way.

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2016 GABF Route Preview | Odd / Unique Beers Route

October 6, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

For the past month and a half our staff has been reaching out to every brewery attending the Great American Beer Festival to try to preview what they’ll be bringing to the fest. As part of that research, we’ve sifted through that list of beers to bring you a series of themed routes to help you plan for your GABF based on various styles and flavors.
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Event Preview | 2016 Offensively Delicious Craft Beer Comedy Show

October 5, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

When: Wednesday, October 5, 6-10 p.m.

Where: McNichols Building (Denver, CO)

One of the cooler and more unique events during Great American Beer Festival is back and closer to downtown than ever before. Renegade and Sexpot Comedy are teaming up again for the Offensively Delicious Craft Beer Comedy Show at McNichols Building in Civic Center Park. As an unofficial kickoff to GABF, which starts on Thursday, Offensively Delicious offers a miniature beer festival with brews from 10 great breweries and the comedic stylings of some hilarious local and national comedians. Read More

12 Must-Visit Denver Breweries You Won’t Find at GABF

October 5, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

The Great American Beer Festival is huge. With almost 800 breweries on the roster, it feels like you have the whole craft beer world at your fingertips when you step on that tasting floor. However, it’s easy to forget that some Colorado breweries aren’t participating, even ones a few minutes away from the convention center. While we love GABF, it would be a shame to visit Denver without checking out a few of these fantastic local breweries. Read More

2016 GABF Route Preview | Hoppy Beers Route

October 5, 2016 | 2 Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

For the past month and a half our staff has been reaching out to every brewery attending the Great American Beer Festival to try to preview what they’ll be bringing to the fest. As part of that research, we’ve sifted through that list of beers to bring you a series of themed routes to help you plan for your GABF based on various styles and flavors.

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Beer Celebrities To Look For At The Great American Beer Fest

October 4, 2016 | 2 Avg. Reading Time: 7 min

The Great American Beer Festival is the perfect opportunity for beer geeks, like yours truly, to rub elbows with the best in the craft beer industry. And while you may be a bit blown away when spotting some of these industry titans, please refrain from actually rubbing their elbows. That’s awkward.

Most of these iconic brewers will be manning their booths, and we’ve gotten confirmation that two musical legends (the Hanson Brothers are totally legends, right?) will be at the festival.
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2016 GABF Route Preview | Funk, Sours, and Wilds

October 4, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

For the past month and a half our staff has been reaching out to every brewery attending the Great American Beer Festival to try to preview what they’ll be bringing to the fest. As part of that research, we’ve sifted through that list of beers to bring you a series of themed routes to help you plan for your GABF based on various styles and flavors.

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2016 GABF Fantasy Brewery Draft Picks

October 3, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

The results of this year’s 2016 GABF Fantasy Brewery Draft Picks:

2016 GABF Fantasy Draft Results (Graphic courtesy of Erin Horn)
Graphic courtesy of Erin Horn

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.

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2016 GABF Route Preview | Big Beers Route

October 3, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

For the past month and a half our staff has been reaching out to every brewery attending the Great American Beer Festival to try to preview what they’ll be bringing to the fest. As part of that research, we’ve sifted through that list of beers to bring you a series of themed routes to help you plan for your GABF based on various styles and flavors.

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LIVE DRAFT | 2016 GABF Fantasy Brewery Draft

October 1, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

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.

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Ultimate 6er | Austin Breweries to Try at GABF

September 29, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

The problem with Austin beers is that most of them never make it out of the state, (unless you have a good beer mail connection), due to the sheer size of the state and the ravenous consumption here. Several Austin breweries will be pouring at GABF this year and many of them are pouring beers that you can rarely even get in Austin. So get your pencils ready and mark down these Austin staples on your list of must-try beers!

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Event Preview | Beerliner and Chill: Brewer’s Health Initiative

September 28, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

Beerliner & Chill: Brewer’s Health Initiative rolls into town on Wednesday, October 5, just in time for GABF! For a little bit of history on this event we have to roll back a few years to September 2013 when Davis Tucker, owner of NxNW Restaurant & Brewery in Austin, Texas, decided to ride 1400 miles from Texas to Colorado in honor of his brewmaster Don Thompson’s prostate cancer diagnosis. Read More

2016 GABF | Must-Attend GABF Events

September 28, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 8 min

WELCOME TO GABF WEEK 2016! Time to skull some coldies! We have been updating our events calendar for the last few weeks and we realize that it is quite daunting planning out your GABF week. That’s why we are here. I say we because I usually update the calendar solo style but this year we have added Jeremy Cornelius to the Denver Beer Beat team. We have a lot going on in the calendar (we have compiled some 300 plus events!) but have highlighted some of our favorite events to help narrow down the field.

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2016 GABF Pour List Preview

September 26, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

With 775+ breweries in attendance and 3,500+ beers available for sampling, the dazzling array of choices at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival could overwhelm even the most seasoned beer enthusiasts. Are you looking for all the sours? IPAs? Barleywines? Look no more!

Continuing one of our favorite GABF traditions, we reached out to every brewery attending the festival this year to get a preview of what they will be pouring. We hope our exclusive pour list preview will give you a head start on planning the best route possible through the maze of GABF breweries in order to gain the best beer for your buck. Read More

Updated | 2016 Complete List of Breweries Attending GABF

August 12, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

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

Approximately 830 Breweries. 4 Sessions. 3 Days. Nearly 4000 beers. 60,000 attendees. This year’s Great American Beer Festival is back and ready to celebrate its 35th Anniversary. The field has finally been set, and we now know which breweries will be part of the world’s largest beer festival. As we do each year, we’ve got the full 2016 GABF Brewery list. We will also break down the breweries who are new to the festival, as well as those breweries who are notably missing – with that update coming in a few moments. Read More

Complete Guide to Scoring 2016 GABF Tickets

August 2, 2016 | 2 Avg. Reading Time: 5 min

This year’s Great American Beer Festival celebrates its 35th Anniversary, which means if last year was bigger, better and beerier, 2016 till be teeming at the seams. And we’ve got everything you need to know to score tickets to the 2016 GABF.

Last year’s expansion of convention center capacity brought the event from 49,000 attendees to upwards of 60,000 attendees. Additionally the extra space allowed an extra 120 some breweries to be added bringing the count up from 710 breweries in 2014 to 830 in 2015 as well as nearly 4,000 beers poured on the festival floor. Read More