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Ultimate 6er | ‘Lover’ Comes to Great American Beer Festival

October 3, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

The Great American Beer Fest is an awe-inspiring menagerie of beer. Good beer, weird beers, surprising styles, and not nearly enough time to give them all a thoughtful pause. It can be overwhelming to know where to start, so we over at PorchDrinking have several different routes that we have planned out to make it easier for those who love specific styles. There isn’t really a wrong way to do GABF (except not drinking water, please drink water) so here is a way to dive in that is more musically inclined.

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PorchDrinking’s 2019 Great American Beer Festival Survival Guide

October 2, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

The Great American Beer Festival began in 1982 with 24 breweries serving 47 beers to fans for a single, five-hour session. Today, the number of external events exceed the beers poured at that first fest, and the convention hall will allow patrons to select from more than 3,500 beers. What do you drink? Where do you go? How can one possibly navigate such a colossal beer experience? We at PorchDrinking.com have tried to make the process simpler, writing more than a dozen stories on the event. And, to further simplify it, we have now put all those stories in one location.

First a few important notes on this year’s festival:

  • A few tickets still remain for Thursday Night and Saturday Night sessions. Tickets available here.
  • This year’s festival format returns to booths being arranged alphabetically by region.
  • Attendees of ALL sessions will receive glass cups instead of plastic.
  • Thursday Night, Friday Night and Saturday Night Sessions begin at 5:30, Saturday’s Day Session begins at Noon. For first time attendees, we recommend arriving at least an hour and a half before your session to wait in line.
  • Don’t forget to check out other sections for hidden gem beers. The Brewers Guild section has guild representatives from several states that bring beers from breweries that aren’t otherwise pouring on the festival floor.
  • The Heavy Medal section has beers pouring from past GABF medal winners.
  • There’s a Fresh Hop booth with all fresh/wet-hopped beers.
  • Several breweries will have special timed releases that aren’t otherwise listed on the pour list. Modern Times Beer, for example, will have a different special release each day of the fest.

Enjoy GABF. Enjoy Beer. Enjoy Craft in all it glory. And here are more tools to help you enjoy the week.

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2019 GABF Guided Routes | Fruit-Forward Beers to Try at GABF

October 1, 2019 |

This was made possible by Molly’s Spirits, your go-to stop for some of the best local and national beer drops throughout GABF week and beyond!

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2019 GABF Guided Routes | Sour & Wild Beers to Try at GABF

October 1, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

This was made possible by Molly’s Spirits, your go-to stop for some of the best local and national beer drops throughout GABF week and beyond!

For the past two months, our staff has been researching styles for each beer pouring at the Great American Beer Festival. 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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2019 GABF Guided Routes | Hoppy Beers to Try at GABF

September 30, 2019 |

This was made possible by Molly’s Spirits, your go-to stop for some of the best local and national beer drops throughout GABF week and beyond!

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2019 GABF Guided Routes | Lagers & Session Beers to Try at GABF

September 30, 2019 |

This was made possible by Molly’s Spirits, your go-to stop for some of the best local and national beer drops throughout GABF week and beyond!

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2019 GABF Guided Routes | Big Beers & Pastry Stouts to Try at GABF

September 30, 2019 | 1 Avg. Reading Time: 5 min

This was made possible by Molly’s Spirits, your go-to stop for some of the best local and national beer drops throughout GABF week and beyond!

For the past two months, our staff has been researching styles for each beer pouring at the Great American Beer Festival. 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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Detailed Pour List | What’s Pouring at the 2019 Great American Beer Festival

September 26, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

This was made possible by Molly’s Spirits, your go-to stop for some of the best local and national beer drops throughout GABF week and beyond!

While the initial pour list for the 2019 Great American Beer Festival was first announced two months ago, we’ve gone through the list and updated each beer with detailed style descriptions (as best as available) to help you plan for your festival tasting experience.

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Recapping 2018 GABF’s Best Beers and Emerging Breweries

September 28, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 6 min

America’s largest beer festival has come to a close once again. After a week fueled by obscene amounts of beer, even greater volumes of caffeine, and the occasional Illegal Pete’s burrito, we’ve emerged once again from the clutches of the Great American Beer Festival, with an entirely new perspective on the newest crop of talent in craft beer.

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GABF Awards Results | Who Won Big at the 2018 GABF

September 22, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

The 2018 Great American Beer Festival has crowned their newest batch of champions and standouts. This year, the competition portion of GABF saw 8,800 entries from 2,450 breweries across the country, not to mention an additional 105 Pro-Am entries. 

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2017 GABF Pour List Preview

September 27, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

As the 2017 Great American Beer Festival approaches, I bet you’re wondering what kind of delights you can expect to sample on the festival. A hazy IPA from that Vermont brewery that doesn’t distribute in your state? A rare whale stout aged in the most fantastic of barrels? A wild, enamel-stripping sour ale full of hand-picked snozberries? PorchDrinking has you covered!

GABF Routes: Big BeersFunk, Sours & Wilds | Hoppy Beers

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Avery & Odell Effin’ Teamwork Stout Takes GABF Collaboration to the Next Level

September 26, 2017 | 1 Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

To commemorate this year’s Great American Beer Festival, several breweries have already announced collaborative projects, however few tally as storied histories as Avery and Odell Brewing. Odell founded in 1989 and Avery, which launched in 1993, constitute two of the country’s earliest pioneers in the recent craft beer resurgence. Next week during craft beer’s largest stage, their mutual appreciation toward each other’s craft will manifest in the release of a collaboration beer unlike any other.

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BREAKING | 2017 GABF’s New, Returning & Missing Breweries

August 19, 2017 | 1 Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Each year one of the most exciting aspects of the Great American Beer Festival is the ability to explore and sample some of the country’s best new breweries that have emerged on the scene. Additionally, it can be equally as rewarding to revisit some familiar faces you may only get to try once each year at the country’s largest beer showcase. However with the growing nature of the festival, and the Brewer’s Association’s move to a lottery system, we also tend to lose some familiar friends. As we’ve done each year, we’ve broken down the new / returning breweries as well as those who sadly aren’t coming back for this year’s Great American Beer Festival.

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The Complete Guide to Buying 2017 GABF Tickets

August 2, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 5 min

This year marks the 36th anniversary of the Great American Beer Festival, and it’s expected to draw a record approximation of nearly 900 breweries pouring at the fest. We’ve got everything you need to know to score tickets to the 2017 GABF during today’s general public sale.

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2016 GABF | Must-Attend GABF Events

September 28, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 7 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

Roundtable Discussion | Favorite Things about GABF

September 24, 2015 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

It’s Great American Beer Festival week! This is our favorite time of year. Clearly you can see why.

Since all of us get super excited in the presence of good beer, Tristan asked the staff who was attending this year and what they were looking forward to most?

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GABF | 2015 Fantasy Brewery Draft Picks

September 16, 2015 | 1

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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

PorchDrinking Playlist | Songs About Beer Playlist

September 15, 2015 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Can you feel the energy in the air? Can you smell the malted grains and hops wafting through the city? GABF week is upon us again and in honor of this weekend’s upcoming Great American Beer Festival we compiled a playlist devoted to songs about beer. So start flexing those livers, turn up the jams and get beer-hyped for an insane week of craft beer heaven!

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