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Wednesday, October 01, 2008
Getting Ready for GABF; What's On Tap
October is here; that can mean only one thing...the Great American Beer Festival is upon us. Tomme says in his blog post yesterday that he'll be showing up in Denver next Tuesday, his 35th birthday. It reminded me that I'll be cruising in to town on Wednesday, my own birthday...37, if you're interested. After exploring Buffalo Country to the north and west of Denver, taking in the beauty of the Rocky Mountains and all that the region has to offer (yes, breweries included!), Patty and I will get into Denver recharged and ready to make the most of our first GABF experience. There will surely be late nights and curtain-drawn mornings and lots of frivolity to fill the remaining time. I've received all sorts of advice from others more experienced as to the official events as well as the unofficial events...where to be, when, and for how long. 1,969 BEERS WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM 432 BREWERIES!! This announcement is on the official GABF website. As for local Philadelphia region breweries and brewers, how will they be represented and spending their time in Denver? I've created a list of beers (here's the link) that have been entered by brewers who have shared this information with me. The list is not necessarily complete as some are not telling due to superstitions. With so much at stake, who can blame 'em? Check it out and you too can play along no matter where you are. Following are a few more notes from some of our local Philly-area brewers. From Sly Fox, Brian O'Reilly will be representing the rapidly-growing brewery as both a participant and a judge. Over at Triumph, brewer Patrick Jones and 12 other staff will be attending and pouring at GABF. In Patrick's words, he'll be "catching up with friends, drinking ALOT of beer, and winning more gold than Fort Knox." A little optimism can't hurt going into a competition like this, right?! Chris Leonard, Russ Czajka, and the General Lafayette crew are focused on other projects this year which in turn means increasing production. Look for them to likely show up in Denver in 2009. Ryan Michaels and his assistant, Gerard, from McKenzie Brew House will both be in Denver and pouring. Mike Fava will be making his inaugural trip to GABF and will be making it now as the Head Brewer at West Philly's reborn Dock Street. Curt Decker and Gordon Grubb from Nodding Head will be tag-teaming Denver and taking no prisoners. If/as I come across more information that brewers wish to share, I'll do likewise with you. The countdown is on...