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New Beers and Beer News 03/11/2013

New beers.  We’ve got a ton.  Here’s a rundown of what to expect and what to watch for over the next few months.

Wynkoop Brewing is releasing cans of their Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout today (yes, TODAY!) in unique, 2-packs.

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100 cases will be available this time around and should reach several stores in their Denver-area distribution network.

Our Mutual Friend is bottling their first offering!  Stop by the Denver brewery on Friday, March 22nd at 2 PM to snag one of only 100 wax-dipped, hand-numbered 22 oz. bombers.  Limited to 2 / per person.

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Parker’s Hall Brewing is gearing up for their next wave of bottled releases.  Their Bock, Pilsner and Saison should be hitting shelves any day now.

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Denver’s River North Brewery, with the help of the Mobile Canning Unit, plans to can later this year. Keep an eye out for their White and Hoppy Red to hit the metal soon.

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Great Divide’s working on their 19th Anniversary Ale, which is scheduled to be released in April.

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The annual release is a wood-aged IPA, brewed with birch syrup and aged on birch wood.  The Anniversary Party will be at the Denver brewery this June.

New Belgium and Trinity have teamed up to brew a Berliner Weisse.

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Not sure when this barrel aged beauty will debut, but with two funk masters behind it, I can’t wait.

Trinity’s also looking to release Elektrick Cukumbahh.

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The world of Cucumber saisons and ales are growing on me and I’m looking forward to trying this one.  Elektrick Cukumbahh is made with English Cucumbers, Grains of Paradise and fermented with Saison and Brett yeasts.

New Belgium’s working on several new Lips of Faith releases.  The first is named after the Pluot, a wacky little fruit that’s a hybrid of the plum and apricot.

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I like both and what’s even better, is that it’s fermented with a strain of wild Belgian yeast.  Sounds delish!

Another New Belgium collaboration is underway with Utah’s Red Rock Brewery called Paardebloem. This odd little brew will feature peach juice, grains of paradise, dandelion greens and will be wood-aged with wild Belgian yeast.

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If that’s not strange enough for you, New Belgium’s also got Rolle Bolle coming out this Summer, which is brewed with monk fruit and soursop.  I don’t know where they find these crazy ingredients, but I’m hoping they make for a good beer.

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Odell has a pair of new brews set to release this spring.  One’s a low ABV session ale, while the other is an Imperial Peach IPA.

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Kansas City’s Boulevard teamed up with The Roasterie to brew up a Coffee Ale, set to be released later this month.

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Dogfish Head will release 61 Minute IPA into their distribution network towards the end of March. This is their 60 Minute IPA brewed with Syrah grape must.

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Stone’s bringing back their Enjoy By IPA.  This time it’s Enjoy By 04.20.13.

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Apparently a much larger batch was made since we last received this beer in 2012.  This was a really great IPA, that rivals the best of ’em, so look out hop heads.

Speaking of Stone, last month they collaborated with Two Brothers and Aleman, out of IL, to create Dayman Coffee IPA.

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Citrus hops meets deep-roasted coffee in this 8.7% ABV, 42 IBU one-off.  Look for bombers and kegs to start dropping on March 18th.

That’s the latest in new brews to watch for.  If you’ve got something you’re excited to try or would like us to review a brew for you, let us know on our Facebook Page.  Happy Hunting Friends!

Cheers!

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Miracles Happen At The Denver Only Beer Festivus!

We had the opportunity to attend the Denver Only Beer Festivus last Saturday.  This is a new (and hopefully recurring) beer festival that was presented by Denver Off The Wagon and Imbibe Denver. The event was held at the recently renovated McNichols Building at Civic Center Park in Denver and featured ONLY Denver breweries (all 18 of them!).  Despite having sold out weeks ago, the inaugural Festivus had no lines, great beer, a DJ and dance area, plenty of room to move about and brewers working their booths and supporting their craft beers.  At one point, my wife whispered in my ear “This might be my new favorite beer festival”.  It was truly a Festivus Miracle!

TRVE Brewing just keeps getting better and better.  Owner / Brewer Nick Nunns was pouring Diotima, a Smoked Tea Saison and Stout O))), a thick and roasty American Stout.  Stop by the brewery and give these brews a try if you haven’t already.  Stout O))) was one of my favorite beers of the night.  It’s a hearty brew and perfect for those cold winter nights that lie ahead.

Crooked Stave brought the funk and crushed it as usual.  No shocker there.  Amazing brews.

There was a Yeti sighting at the Great Divide table.  They brought Oak-Aged Yeti, Titan IPA, Hibernation Ale and their upcoming Belgian Tripel called Orabelle.  Keep an eye out for Orabelle in 12oz. bottles sometime in January.

Prost is awesome, but you already knew that.

Strange Brewing always brings a great lineup and the Festivus was no exception.  Head Brewer Tim Myers brought his “Beers Made By Walking” release called Eldorado Juniper Bel-Jin Dark, along with the very tasty Pumpkin Porter and Le Bruit du Diable Farmhouse Ale.

I geek’d out for a good 20 minutes at the River North Brewery table.  They brought some big and impressive beers for all the geeks in the house.  They were pouring a barrel-aged version of Avarice (Belgian-style Imperial Stout), along with Quandary (Quadrupel) and Hoppenberg Uncertainty Principle (Belgian-style Double IPA).  Awesome stuff.

The standout of the night for me was Black Shirt Brewing and their Imperial Red Rye IPA.  This a hop heads wet dream.  Man, I was blown away by this beer with its’ full and complex flavor profile.  I also tried their Saison and Red Ale, both of which were really tasty.  There was reportedly a keg of Red Hubbard Squash Saison, but it was so popular that they ran out before I got a pour.

Black Shirt Brewing Co-Owner Branden Miller has been really helpful with providing information and answering questions for the blog and it was nice to finally meet and taste his beers.  Guys, I’m excited about this one.  Black Shirt Brewing looks to be the real deal.  Miller said that going forward, they plan to open every Saturday, so check the Weekend Beer Buzz for updates on what they’ll be pouring in the Tap Room.

And that’s just a few of the many great breweries that were in attendance at the Festivus.  Don’t forget Our Mutual Friend, CAUTION, Denver Beer Co., Wynkoop, Wit’s End, Renegade and on and on! Denver is lucky to have so many great, young brewers that are crafting some awesome beers these days. It’s really impressive to see so many high quality beers coming out of places that are so new to the brewing community.  I can’t wait to see where we’ll be in 5 years.

So that’s just a quick recap on the Festivus scene and the many great beers that were flowing. Again, awesome, awesome time.  Thanks again to Denver Off The Wagon and Imbibe Denver for hosting a great event.  Now, on to the pictures.

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Cheers!


New Beers and Beer News 12/10/2012

Beer News!  Beer News!  Get Yer Beer News Here!  We’ve got a million-and-one things to talk about in the beer world and there’s no time to lose.  In fact, this monster update is sooo big, I’m cutting this sucker in half.  So here’s part 1.  Ready, Set, Go!

New Beers

First up, we’ve got lots of new brews and brew labels to talk about.

Dry Dock Brewing in Aurora just released Bligh’s Barleywine.  Daddy snagged one Sunday morning during the release at the Brewery.  I briefly spoke with one of their in-house distributors and he said bottles will begin hitting local stores on Monday.

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Such a great beer.  We popped a ’11 at the release and it’s drinking nicely as well.  Although, I think I prefer it fresh.  Just my opinion.  Either way, get some.  It’s tasty.  This is going for $20 / 22oz. this year.

Renegade Brewing in Denver is hooking up with the Mobile Canning Unit again to bring you the very bestest, freshest and tastiest of canned goodness.  Their Ryetous IPA hit cans earlier this year and has done so well, they’ve decided to introduce Elevation Triple IPA and 5:00 Afternoon Ale in cans as well.

The 11% ABV, 100 IBU, Elevation Triple IPA is a hopheads delight, while 5:00 Afternoon Ale is a 5% ABV blond, session-ale.  Look for these to hit local stores in the very near future.

AC Golden is gearing up to release Ctayt, their Russian Imperial Stout that took a bronze medal at the Great American Beer Festival this year.  This bad boy spent over a year in Stranahan’s Whiskey Barrels before it was put into bottles.

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Look for 750 mL’s to hit a few select stores around the Denver area later this month.  This won’t last long, so get out and grab one when it hits.

Out of Poncha Springs, Elevation Beer Company has not 1, not 2, but 3! great beers lined up to release in the upcoming winter months.  Downpour, an Imperial Red Ale should be out any day now.

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Hop Heads will want to grab one of these for the hops, grapefruit and pine notes that dominate this one.

Elevation also has an Imperial Stout lined up to release later this month, called Oil Man, an 11% ABV brew that was aged in Bourbon Barrels from Breckenridge Distilling.  Elevation Co-Founder Xandy Bustamante said they’ll be “blending Oil Man next week so it should be out in time for Christmas”.

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This one has hints of coffee, chocolate and bourbon throughout and will be just what you’ll want after a day on the slopes.  Or after snowball fights and making snowmen, for the baby daddy’s out there.

Looking into next year, Elevation plans to release Señorita, a Horchata Imperial Porter.  I’ve only been able to try a handful of beers from Elevation, but the Apis IV Quad quickly became one of my favorite beers of 2012 and these guys know how to make great beer.  I feel confident telling you these should be on your radar.  All of these beers will be released in bottles throughout the Denver area.

Up in Fort Collins, Odell Brewing also has something crafty up their sleeves.  They’ll be releasing Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout on January 6th at the brewery and featuring it at the Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines Festival in Vail on January 12th.

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This will be released in their 10 state distribution range in 4-packs.

Also, keep an eye out in the coming months for Amuste, a Wine Barrel Aged Imperial Porter.

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Amuste is brewed with Colorado Tempranillo grapes and will debut in 750mL bottles next year.  This has my interests…  Hmm, grapes and wine barrels for a porter.  Yeah, I’ll be looking to track one down.

While we’re talking about our friends up in the Fort, New Belgium should be releasing my favorite beer from their Lips of Faith series before too much longer.  Their 2013 La Folie should hit stores during the first part of next year.

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Keep your eyes out.  Sour heads stock up!  Mr. and Mrs. Insane really love this one.

Speaking of sours, Crooked Stave is working on bottling several of their beers this week.  Some are exclusive to Cellar Reserve members, while others will be available for sale in the tap room.  L’Brett d’Or was bottled this morning!

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L’Brett d’Or is a 100% Brettanomyces fermented, dry-hopped, golden sour that was aged for 18 months in french oak barrels with Lacto and Pedio.  I love, love, love this beer.  375mL bottles will retail for $11.

Great Divide Brewing also has two new seasonals ready to roll in 2013.  Look for HeyDay, a Belgian-style White Ale and Orabelle, a Belgian-style Tripel.

Both should hit in 6-packs during the first quarter of 2013.  They’ll be replacing Samurai and Wild Raspberry Ale.

That’s it for now.  Lots and lots and lots of great stuff.  Some for now, some for later.  Stay tuned for Part 2, later this week.  Happy hunting friends!

Cheers!


Brewtally Insane / American Craft Beer Radio Giveaway: 2 Tickets to Kyle’s Brew Fest!

Alright, you guys ready for another giveaway?  So last weekend, my wife Patti, won a pair of tickets from American Craft Beer Radio to attend Kyle’s Beer Fest at Boulder Beer in Boulder, CO. Unfortunately, she forgot we’re embarking on another brew-venture on the same weekend and won’t be able to attend.  After talking with Gary V over at American Craft Beer Radio, we decided to have a little fun, come up with a contest and give the tickets away to a lucky reader of Brewtally Insane.  Hey, that means you!

Kyle’s Brew Fest is entering its’ third year and features Kyle Hollingsworth (from the String Cheese Incident) and his band, along with a ton of great beers.  The event is being held on Saturday, July 28th from 3 PM – 7 PM and tickets run $25 for beer samples, an exclusive tasting glass and a mountain of great music.

Kyle is a big fan of craft beer and has done several collaborative brews with local breweries, including Boulder Beer and Dry Dock Brewing.  In fact, his recent collaboration with Boulder Beer, called Hoopla – Pale Ale, is set to debut in cans in just two weeks.

The event will feature more than 30 breweries including Boulder Beer, Odell, Left Hand, Funkwerks, Great Divide, Oskar Blues and many more.  There’s also a silent auction that will benefit the Conscious Alliance.  Music meets Beer, all for a good cause.  This is sure to be a great time and I’m pretty bummed that we can’t make it.

But, our loss is your gain.  So if you’d like to attend, all you need to do is guess how many breweries I’ve been to.  Simple right?  Here’s a few quick rules:

1.  You must be able to attend this event on Saturday, July 28th at 3 PM.

2.  Place your guess on the Brewtally Insane Facebook Page in the comments section under the link to this post.

3.  Guesses will be judged “Price is Right” style.  In other words, closest guess without going over.

4.  Your guess should be based on the total number of breweries I’ve visited.  Not beer bars, beer festivals, etc…  Just places that actually brew beer on-site.

5.  One entry per person.

6.  Keep listening to American Craft Beer Radio on 102.3 on Saturday’s at noon.

That’s about it.  You’ve got until Sunday, July 15th at 5 PM MST to get your guess in.  Good luck!

Oh, and thanks to everyone that helped us break 100 Likes today on the Facebook Page!  Congrats to Cory Seaton for being our 100th Like and getting hooked up with a New Belgium Lips of Faith Brett Beer bomber and official NB Globe glass!

Cheers!


Weekend Beer Buzz 06/14/2012

We’ve got a big weekend coming up here people and there’s no time to lose.  Let’s do this!

Great Divide Brewing in Denver, CO, is turning 18 on Saturday, June 16th.  Yep, they’re legal and they’ll be celebrating with a full-on bash including beer, rare beer, food, more beer, music, multiple breeds of Yeti (hopefully!) and of course, tasty beer!  Some of the rare brews that will be pouring include a Berliner Weisse, Oak Smoked Dunkelweiss, Schwarzbier and an India Pale Lager.  The Great Divide parties are a ton of fun and the $25 admission is tough to beat.  I mean, they close the freakin’ street for this thing!  When’s the last time you had the pull to close down a street in Denver?  Unless you’re U2 or have a Yeti on your staff, I don’t see it happening.

Oh, and they’ve launched a new website and brewed a super-special beer for the occasion.  The beer is out and about in 22oz. bombers.  If you haven’t tried it, then shame on you.  Go stand in the corner until you fully realize the consequences of your actions.  Now, chin up and go grab a bottle at your favorite local shop.  It’s a 10% ABV, wood-aged Double IPA.  Tasty and sweet.

Anniversary Party tickets and other details can be found HERE.  Great Divide and their brilliant concoctions are located at: 2201 Arapahoe St, Denver, CO 80205.  303-296-9460.

Dry Dock warms up your weekend on Friday, June 15th with their Firkin Friday tapping.  This week, your Firkin Master Walt Chleva, has brewed up a refreshing Blackberry Summer Ale.  This fruity beauty gets tapped at 3 PM.  Fruit beers on a warm, summer day.  Man, that sounds nice.

Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014.  303-400-5606.

Just a short drive down the road, Copper Kettle Brewing is at it again.  They’re releasing another tasty brew on Saturday, June 16th.  This week, it’s their Imperial Red.  Yeah, this yummy, hoppy, beautiful, almost IPA will be back on the tap lines until the beer nerds drain the kegs dry.  Plan on sticking around to enjoy not 1, but 2! food trucks that will be rolling in at 5 PM.  Live local music for your enjoyment begins at 6 PM.

Copper Kettle Brewing is located at: 1338 S Valentia St #100, Denver, CO 80247.  720-443-CKBC.

Don’t forget about our friends down south at Pikes Peak Brewing in Monument, CO.  They’re celebrating their 1st Anniversary this week, with several events.  First up on Sunday, June 17th is live Celtic rock in the beer garden from 5 – 8 PM.  On Wednesday, June 20th, there’s a Brewers Dinner with Chef Greg Soukup of Blue Sage.  Wrapping things up next weekend on Saturday, June 23rd is a Family Picnic, featuring activities for the kids and free brats from the brewery from 4 – 7 PM.

Pikes Peak Brewing is located at: 1756 Lake Woodmoor Dr., Monument, CO 80132.  719-208-4098.

Snow in June?  Maybe.  Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey is going to be releasing another one of their rare and unique snowflakes on Saturday, June 16th.  Yes, I realize this is a beer blog, but Stranahan’s makes some pretty tasty whiskey.  Not to mention, their barrels have been used to age some pretty amazing beers over the past few years.  Oh Barrel Aged Yeti, Aaah Bligh’s Barleywine, Mmm Well Built ESB.  I could go on, but you get my point.  They’re an important part of the local craft scene.

I was lucky enough to spend an afternoon last week bottling at the distillery and got a picture of the magical barrel of snowflakes.  It was pretty hush-hush last week, but now that they’ve made an official announcement, I feel OK sharing a picture.

Just like past Snowflake releases, it’s a one barrel batch that was bottled today.

This time it was aged in a Cherry Wine Barrel for six months, and is being called Maroon Belles.  If you’re serious about picking one of these up, make sure to head there early on Saturday.  Bottles will sell for $100 / each, with a 3 bottle limit.  Don’t sit and wait on these as they probably won’t last past lunch time.  Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey is located at: 200 S Kalamath St, Denver, CO 80223.  303-296-7440.

There’s rumors of a new brewery opening up in Boulder, CO on Saturday, June 16th.  I’ve been following the progress of J Wells Brewery for the past few weeks.  Still awaiting confirmation that this is going to be their opening weekend, but haven’t heard back yet.  I’ll be sure to pass on anything I can find out on the Brewtally Insane Facebook page.

 If they are in fact planning to open and you want to check them out, they’re located at: 2516 W 49th St, Boulder, CO 80301.

Lastly, there’s a big ol’ anniversary beer hitting CO store shelves right now.  The Bruery, from California, recently released Fruet, their 4th Anniversary beer.  It’s a monstrous 15.5% ABV Old Ale that was aged in Bourbon Barrels.  Patrick Rue and The Bruery crue were kind enough to send a few cases to our market.  I wouldn’t expect it to sit on shelves for too long, so keep your eyes peeled if you’re looking for a bottle.  It began hitting shelves yesterday.

The 750 mL bottles will be retailing between $30 – $34.  The high alcohol content and style of beer, should lend itself well to long term cellaring.  I recently had a bottle of their 2nd Anniversary beer, Coton, which is a 14.5% ABV Old Ale and it’s holding up really well.  I wouldn’t be surprised if they could go for a decade or more.  At any rate, it’s a great series of beers and is worth the high price tag.

Well, there you have it peeps.  Another warm, sunny weekend is in our forecast.  Hope you have a good one!

Cheers!


Breckenridge Spring Beer Festival 2012

Just got back from a full weekend up in the mountains.  Patti and I made the trip up to Breckenridge for their annual Spring Beer Festival.  It was our first time attending, but we had heard good things from friends who had attended in the past.  We headed up I-70 on Friday afternoon and took our time exploring some of the little mountain towns on the way.  We hit a few breweries along the way, including some old favorites as well as a few places that were completely new to us.  I’ll try to post some reviews later in the week.

We stayed in the quiet, resort town of Keystone, CO.  Keystone is just a short, 15-minute drive from Breckenridge, CO and turned out to be the perfect place to call home for a few days.  Hot tubs, no neighbors and no crowds.  It was just what we needed.  We’re not skiers, so we kind of prefer going up there in the off-season.  In our 5-story building, there were only 3 other cars in the garage.  Perfect!

We finished off our day with some bacon-wrapped filets and a bottle of Avery’s Uncle Jacob’s Stout.  Beer was delicious.  Bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, sweet – but not overly sweet, 17.4% ABV is well hidden.  Surprisingly smooth at this point in its’ young life, but should age very well.  If you missed the release at Avery last weekend, keep your eyes peeled for the remaining bottles to start showing up around town soon.  Grab some while you can.

 

The Breckenridge area has a public transportation system that could rival New York City.  I couldn’t believe how many busses they offer to get you around town.  During the off-season, the Keystone area even has a bus that you can call to arrange pick up and drop off for personalized service.  It’s convenient and free.  To Breckenridge however, we caught the Swan Mountain Flyer.  This bus runs once an hour from Keystone and makes the loop into downtown Breckenridge.

We caught the 11:30 bus to head to the festival, which opened at noon.  We arrived in Breckenridge at around 12:10 and started our walk to Main Street Station.  Along the way, we ran into Jason, the head brewer over at Lone Tree Brewing.  Sadly, he wasn’t pouring any beers at the festival, but was just out enjoying a rare and well deserved day off with his girlfriend.

The festival offers both a standard tasting ticket, as well as a VIP ticket.  The standard ticket sells for $25 and offers admission, unlimited tastings and music.  The VIP ticket sells for $65 and comes with a commemorative stein, private buffet and lounge area, along with unlimited tastings and music.  Patti had found a deal online for more than half off VIP tickets, so we snagged a pair.  We got up to the festival entrance, traded our tickets for a map and stein and headed inside.

Once we got through the gate, the first table we came upon was Oskar Blues.  I had to get the day started off on the right foot, so I reached for a pour of Deviant Dale’s.  A great accompaniment to the band covering Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs” in the background.

Main Street Station is surrounded by several buildings that are condo’s on top, with restaurants and stores on the main level.  Between the buildings is a large, open space, that’s used for different events throughout the year.  It’s a great area for a mid-sized beer festival.

Working around the outside edge of tables, were many out-of-state breweries, including Sierra Nevada, Widmer, Red Hook and Alaskan.

Towards the back were some of the smaller, local places.  A few of which I had never even tried like Bonfire (remember the Tebrew beer from last year’s Tebow mania?), Crazy Mountain and Palisade.  This was my favorite area of the festival.  The tables were situated along the river, with a beautiful mountain view in the background.  Lots of new beers to try, a great view and a whole row of bathrooms nearby.  Hey, you gotta know where your bathrooms are at a beer fest.  Good combination folks.

Back towards the middle of the festival were the big boys.  Avery, Odell, Great Divide, Bristol and more.  Great Divide tapped a keg of Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti at 2PM, which went well with the cooler, afternoon temperatures and the light snow that started coming down.

The VIP ticket also gave us access to a private buffet that was catered by Kenosha Steakhouse.  They brought some tasty BBQ for the meat lovers, plus some lighter sandwiches, wraps, appetizers, salad and even desert.  The lounge area had comfy couches and chairs, so festival attendees could sit down and enjoy their food.  There was even a table full of beers donated by the breweries.  I snagged a Dale’s Pale Ale to go with my plate of pulled pork.  As someone who was kind of on the fence about spending the extra money for VIP tickets, I’d have to say it was worth it.  Even if we had paid full price, the unlimited trips to the buffet, the quiet area to sit and eat, the big table full of beers and the private bathroom, made it all worthwhile.

25 breweries in total made the trip.  It was well balanced between novice, gateway Wheat and Pale Ales, up to big Double IPA’s and Stouts for the true beer nerds in the crowd.  I tried alot of new beers and discovered some new breweries that don’t distribute out my way.  Towards the end of the festival, I snagged a nearly full stein of Great Divide’s Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti and went to listen to the live bands on stage.

The clouds eventually started to roll in and the sun gave way to snow, but it only added to our experience.  You’ve got to expect snow in Breckenridge in Spring.  We made the walk back to the bus station and caught our ride home.

As much as I love the Great American Beer Festival, these little beer fests around the country are a great way to get out and truly appreciate the beer scene, without feeling too overwhelmed.  Nice and relaxing, not too big of a crowd, good music and plenty of good beer and food to go around.  I’d definitely give it a thumb’s up.

Breckenridge also hosts a Festival in Summer, which is coming up on Saturday, July 14th.  I would expect to see a much bigger crowd, but they run a good show.  It might be worth checking out.

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Cheers!