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Jim’s GABF Round Up

So we’re back from GABF, older, wiser and maybe even a bit wider as well.  All in all it was a great time, and I’m gonna try and share some highlights…

Beer

So you might be aware that there was some beer at this thing.  My favorite “regular” beer was by far Goose Island’s Bourbon County Stout with Coffee I had at the Pints for Prostates Rare Beer Tasting.  Wow – it was pure, smooth pleasure!  I guess I’m not a complicated man, as all the sours that were there didn’t do a lot for me.

What did do it for me was the Utopias they were secretly pouring at the Sam Adams booth on Saturday night.  Don and I hit it right and were able to each get two generous samples of this lovely nectar.  It made me tingle, just like last time, and it made Don tingle as well, so now I know I’m not nuts (or about to have a stroke).

Events

There was lots happening in Denver this weekend, but I think the one must-go event had to be the Pints for Prostates Rare Beer Tasting.  It’s worth a trip to Denver alone.  I know they do these things all over the country, so hit their site or check them out on Facebook and see if one’s gonna be happening by you.  It was an amazing selection of beers and some of the best known brewers from around the country were hanging out as well.

Folks

We met lots of great people from all over this weekend.  We caught up with Lee from Hoptopia, who was wonderful, Dave from Drunken Polack, Brandon and the gang for Beer Tap TV,  “Fred” and his posse from Beer Club For Men, our Twitter pal Angela Arp, and even some fans of the site like Michael from Dallas.  It was great.

We also met and had photo ops with Greg from Stone, Sam from Dogfish Head, Garret Oliver from Brooklyn Brewery,, Bill Covaleski from Victory, and Fred Kolby from Laughing Dog.  Instead of taking pictures WITH them, we decided to do something a little different.  But that’s for another post.

Narcs

The low point of the trip was Friday night, when Don and I were walking out of the GABF hall.  We had run into some VERY NICE brewer pals of ours who had a special surprise waiting for us.  We each received a beautiful bottle of beer from them, stuff that’s generally hard to get and isn’t distributed in New Jersey or Idaho.  We were beaming with smiles as we exited the hall.

I had one foot on the Escalator to Freedom when a small woman grabbed Don’s arm and said we couldn’t leave the building with the bottles, even though they were sealed.  Apparently it’s a liquor license thing.  The bottles wound up going back to the brewer, who I’m sure got a lecture for handing out goodies on the show floor.  What a bunch of killjoys.  Anyway, next time we’ll know to grab a merchandise bag so we can escape with goodies!

These are just some of the highlights from a weekend packed with good beer, good people and sunny weather.

We also recorded a podcast in Denver, which should be available soon (the Internet is still digesting it).  That might be a more lucid account, as it was recorded before some of the brain cells holding our GABF memories were sacrificed to the god of beer.

Let us know if you have any questions about our adventures and we’ll be happy to answer.  At least about the stuff we can remember! 🙂

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6 Comments on “Jim’s GABF Round Up”

  1. Angela Arp
    September 20, 2010 at 11:42 am #

    funny thing is… the brewer didn’t get them back?? Oh well – hope the security folks enjoyed them…

    • September 20, 2010 at 11:48 am #

      That shady little bastard! We were with him, walking them back to you (in hopes that they’d leave us alone so we could find another way to smuggle them out) and about halfway back to the booth, the our escort asked if we wanted him to take them back. We were angry, a little embarrassed and the place was full of teetering frat boys, so we said sure. I really didn’t want to be there when he lectured you, too, so it was an easy way out.

      I didn’t know the little bastard didn’t bring them back though!

  2. September 20, 2010 at 4:13 pm #

    Sounds like a great time – except for the last bit. Stuuuuuupid regulations.

    • September 20, 2010 at 5:34 pm #

      It was cool. I’d also say stuuuuuupid brothers for not thinking to hide our prizes.

  3. Mike
    September 20, 2010 at 6:16 pm #

    Here’s my brief – although severely dorky – comment. I ran into Carol and Ed Stoudt on Saturday night and was able to congratulate them on their gold medal. They are just the nicest people you’d want to meet.

    • September 20, 2010 at 6:33 pm #

      Ha! You forgot sweet in your description. 😉

      Actually it’s not dorky at all. For the most part the craft beer community is filled with really decent people. Sounds like the Stoudt’s fit that bill.

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