Gearing Up for GABF
Important September events:
- The Great American Beer Festival
- The arrival of wet hop beers
- My 27th birthday
We’ll focus on #1 today, talk about #2 later this month, and totally forget about #3 because honestly who cares after you turn 21.
Yes the Great American Beer Festival is this month so it’s time to get your mind right.
I apologize to my readers who can’t attend this year’s GABF. You might as well tune out right now and spare yourself the pain, but for those that are attending, let’s talk beer.
Events and My Plan of Attack
Living in Denver gives you primo access to GABF coverage so I thought I’d share some info for my out of town friends.
First off, Denver Off the Wagon is the site to visit for GABF news and tips. A team of us led by PJ started this Denver booze blog earlier this year and it’s really taken off. We’re the CNN of GABF coverage, so follow along during this peak time in the beer year.
Wednesday 9/28 – Ignite Denver Off the Wagon at 6pm. Briefly – Ignite is where a presenter gives a 5 minute presentation on a topic they’re passionate about, but the slides automatically advance every 20 seconds. They’re pretty entertaining and DOTW is partnering with Ignite for a special GABF version. We’ve got a great lineup too, with speakers including Greg Koch of Stone Brewing, David Thibodeau of Ska Brewing, plus more.
Thursday 9/29 – Work during the day then downtown at Falling Rock and/or FreshCraft.
Friday 9/30 – I’ll be up bright and early for the Beer for Boobs event hosted by the Ladies of Craft Beer at FreshCraft. After my breakfast of champions I’ll head on over to the Rare Beer Tasting at Wynkoop where I am volunteering. Then nap time. Then Tap Hunter After-Party at Star Bar.
Saturday 10/1 – GABF Members Only Session. Award winning cheese and beer pairing (This..will..rock…). Hanging out downtown afterwards. Exact venues TBD, but will be within stumbling distance of the GABF.
Sunday 10/2 – Sleeping. Bloody mary, maybe a beer. More sleeping.
Denver Beer Fest
The Denver Beer Fest is separate from GABF but occurs at the same time and they have some great events lined up. Check some of them out when you’re not at your GABF session, the Oktoberfest celebration looks like an epic time.
Let’s Meet Up
If you’re going to be in town for GABF I’d love to grab a beer with my readers. If this iPhone 5 is released before GABF then I’ll finally have a smart phone and will post updates on twitter. Otherwise, hit me up ahead of time and we’ll plan something.
Are you going to GABF? What’s your schedule looking like?