|The Blue Bear peeking into the Denver Convention Center where GABF is held.
Hopefully you followed along with us via Twitter and Instagram as we packed so much in during our quick trip to Denver/GABF that social media really tells the story......tasting beers....tasting beers...little bit of food....tasting beer...tasting beer....media event...tasting beer....etc.
Prior to heading to the Thursday session we did get a chance to checkout a bit of downtown Denver, and were able to stop in for an Upslope Brewing tap takeover at the Grand Hyatt at 11am ...yeah they had beer events basically everywhere and at all times of the day.
|Upslope Brewing tap takeover at the Grand Hyatt Denver.
|Finally visited the legendary Falling Rock Tap House
|Brewer/Media line for Thursday Session. Inside GABF/Convention Center. Paradox Brewing booth & first pours
The rest of Thursday night's session for us was almost a blur..a lot of walking around taking in all that GABF is, and lots of 1-ounce samples.
Day 2 -
Emily and I were up early for a full day of media events prior to our Friday evening session. Thanks to Samuel Adams we were invited to its annual Samuel Adams GABF Brunch where we had the chance to grab some food....and yes beer... and listen to Jim Koch talk about his up coming new book "Quench Your Own Thirst", the new line of Samuel Adams Nitro canned beers; the winners of the 2016 Brewing the American Dream Craft Brewer Experienceship; and the Winners of the Samuel Adams American Homebrew LongShot competition.
|Jim Koch speaking at the Annual Samuel Adams GABF Brunch. Full pint of KMF (Kosmic Motherfunk)
|Beers paired with the 4 courses during the Brewers Association Luncheon.
|4 courses paired with the above beers
Our first stop was Beryl's Beer a new brewery open a little more than a year that specializes in barrel-aged beers and is located in the hot River North (or RiNo) district.
|Beryl's Beer Co
|Eric Nichols, Brewer at Beryl's Beer, speaking to media among an impressive number of barrels for aging beer
|Factotum Brewhouse owners brother & sister Chris/Laura Bruns (top)
Servers at the ready at the Factotum taps (bottom)
The Beer and Food Pavillion was the setting for a number of interesting organized events. These included talks given by brewery representatives, cheese and beer pairings, and so on. On Thursday attended an Asian food and beer pairing event. It was a little more "foodie" than Emily generally likes, with small bites of things like ceviche and pate, but the pairings were great. On Friday we stopped in to checkout the Sam Adams and Red Robin Burger pairing, and what a score that was! Based on Thursday's event, we assumed we would maybe get some sliders but were surprised that we got a full-size Red Robin Uber burger with fries and unlimited samples of Sam Adams Oktoberfest (see pic below). A giant burger and fries later in session 2 was exactly what we needed to finish the evening strong.
|Brewery merch booth, GABF crowds, Beer & Food Pavilion, Sam Adams Oktoberfest beer & Red Robin Uber Burger
GABF was quite the experience. All the the media events and the public beer events around Denver during GABF were great, but most of GABF was just awesome. It was everything we figured it would be and did not disappoint!
|Emily and I hanging out at Beryl's Beer