Well it is getting to be that time of year again. Time to dust off the old liver and really give it a go at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF). This will be Jim and I’s second trip to Denver for the event, and I am looking forward to it more this year than last! Why, you might ask? well, because this year we know how to do it better! Last year’s event was a first for Jim and I. And like noobs do, we have learned from our mis-steps. We made a couple while we were in Denver last year and we know better what to do, and what to avoid this year.
The one thing that we absolutely nailed last year was the Denver Rare Beer Tasting for Pints for Prostates. Pints for Prostates is an organization dedicated to funding prostate cancer research and finding a cure. What better way to do that but to put on great beer events around the country. In association with the GABF, Pints puts on their annual Rare Beer Tasting…
The worst part about the event was the line to get in! It starts forming around 11:30 and grows until they open up at 1:00. But we even met some folks in line which was very cool. Is a matter of fact the person that took this photo was one of the people we met, Dave from Drunken Polack. It was great to meet him, and we look forward to meeting a lot of our other friends this year too!
Last year the line up of beers was impressive. Here is a recap:
In 2010, these beers were poured at the Denver Rare Beer Tasting II: Alaskan Whiskey Barrel-Aged Smoked Porter; Avery Quinquepartite; Bell’s Eccentric Ale 2004; Big Sky Barrel-Aged Ivan the Terrible; Samuel Adams Cosmic Mother Funk; Brooklyn Reinschweinsgebot; The Bruery Melange #3; Cascade Noyeaux Sour Ale; Cigar City White Oak-Aged Jai Alai India Pale Ale; Deschutes Black Butte XXII; Dogfish Head Namaste; Foothill 2009 Sexual Chocolate; Founders Nemesis; Goose Island Bourbon Barrel Coffee Stout; Great Divide Flanders Red; Jolly Pumpkin Biere de Goord; New Belgium Tart Lychee; Pike Tripel Kriek; Rogue 21 Ale; Russian River Temptation; Sierra Nevada Brandy Barrel-Aged Belgian Trippel; Stone Collaboration ESB; Three Floyds Dark Lord; Upstream 2006 Gueuze; Weyebacher Decadence; and Wynkoop Orville 33.
Last year they concentrated on barrel aged beers and sours. This year I hope there are fewer sours and more barrel aged ales and stouts! Those are the big brews that Jim and I love so much. They have yet to finalize this year’s list, but all indications are that it will be fantastic again. So why am I bringing this up now, especially when the GABF is over 3 months away? Because tickets for the third installment of the Rare Beer Tasting just went on sale yesterday. There are a limited number of tickets (500 I think) and they have sold out each year prior. I didn’t want to chance not getting mine and Jims, so I have already purchased them. They are available on line here. $80 each, and all proceeds go to Prostate Cancer awareness and research. It is a great time for a great cause so if you are in Denver, or planning on being in Denver for GABF this is a must attend event. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.
I just got an e-mail from Rick Lyke, the gentlemen who’s struggle with Prostate Cancer inspired PFP. He says:
Thank you for ordering tickets for the Denver Rare Beer Tasting III on Sept. 30 from 1-4 p.m. We very much appreciate your support of the Pints for Prostates campaign.
During the first day of sales beer fans purchased 25% of the available tickets, so it looks like we will be headed to a sold out event again this year. THis means if you have friends “thinking about it,” let them know they need to act soon or they could be left out.
Trust me you don’t want to be in the “left out” category.