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Pints in Pictures: Great American Beer Festival 2012

Another Great American Beer Festival has come and gone.  It was a weekend spent with old friends, meeting new ones and sampling beers from all over this great country.  Oskar Blues launched Dale’s Pale Ale in 19 oz. cans, I got to try a beer brewed with Rocky Mountain Oysters (tasty!) and local Colorado brewers took home 35 medals, including Small Brewing Company of the Year, which was awarded to Funkwerks out of Fort Collins.  Congrats to all the winners!

The awards ceremony was moved downstairs to the Wells Fargo Theatre, which allowed for more room in the main hall of the Convention Center.  In past years, it was nice to give attendees a chance to watch the presentation, but the extra space was a very welcome addition to the festival this year. I didn’t experience the cramped spaces or bottlenecks that I remember being a problem during past GABF’s.  The inevitable lines at popular breweries like Dogfish Head and Russian River were fast-moving and not an issue.  Things just seem to run very smoothly this time around.  I’ll drink to that. Oh wait, I already did.

It’s been such an amazing weekend.  Once again, Congratulations to all of the medal winners. Check out the full list of GABF Winners and see if your local brewery took home some hardware this weekend.

And without further ado, here’s a photo recap of GABF 2012.

It’s been an amazing weekend.  Hope everyone had a blast!



3 responses

  1. George Godfrey

    Great recap of the week with pictures! Thanks for posting

    October 15, 2012 at 8:28 pm

  2. esheppy

    It that Frank Thomas up there? How was the Big Hurt Lager? Had I realized he was at the festival I would have tracked down that booth.

    October 16, 2012 at 7:09 am

    • Yeah, he was there all weekend. I didn’t try the lager. They had a barleywine listed too, but it wasn’t pouring when I was at their booth.

      October 18, 2012 at 2:31 pm