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Old 09-18-2010, 05:49 AM   #1
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Interested to hear what the hbters thought about the event and what their favorite beers/brewers were. The swmbo took me for my 30th. Felt it was awesome yet overwhelming. I realize that there is another evening but we only had tickets for the first 2. I also felt that we only sampled maybe 1/3 of all beers available and maybe 3/4 of breweries. Tremendous fun and a number of interesting brews. I can tell you that we did not care for most of the IPAs from the southeast region. I tasted a lot of noble hops in the IPAs from that region and prefer american citrus hops for that category. Dogfish Head had some very good beers and very long lines. Wasn't a fan of the Grain to Glass, but the Midas Touch, Theobroma, and Bitches Brew were excellent. We particularly enjoyed the Himalayan IPA from YakandYeti. I'm a simcoe IPA fanboy. Also, we felt that the discussion on sustainable brewing was very informational and interesting. I wish that we were better at remembering names/note taking as there were sooooo many different brews there. cheers. HH.

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Old 09-18-2010, 12:22 PM   #2
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You sampled 600-700 beers?! You must be a spitter! If you are looking for tickets for sat, I am sure there will be some people selling them out front.

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Old 09-18-2010, 06:14 PM   #3
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fuzzy drunken math. Tried a ton though. Definitely not a spitter but a sip was enough for some of them that weren't good. 2 days were enough for the wife and I.

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Old 09-18-2010, 08:40 PM   #4
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Already posted my 2010 GABF report in the other thread, but my top two favorites were Dry Dock's Urca Vanilla Porter and Odell's Woodcut No. 3.

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Old 09-19-2010, 06:08 AM   #5
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Dogfish Head was hands down the best brewer there....in my book anyway. Midas Touch and Chateau Jiahu (I think that's what it was) were absolutely amazing. I was hesitant at first given the Jiahu was made from sake, but it was well worth the long wait in line. I wish there was a better way to formulate a plan of attack when it comes to tasting beers. There are so many to choose from, you more or less have to choose at random. It would have been nice if the GABF website had published a list of the breweries that were competing in each category.

On a side note, I did a little experiment to see if it was possible to drop your glass without anyone noticing. The answer: ABSOLUTELY NOT! I have the video to prove it. People don't need to see you drop the glass. They just turn and boo with condemning pointed fingers in the direction of the "tink tink tink" sound. Also...best drunken purchase ever = belt buckle that flips down to hold your beer.

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Old 09-19-2010, 12:53 PM   #6
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It would have been nice if the GABF website had published a list of the breweries that were competing in each category.
Well, of course they do as soon as the winners are announced. If you're meaning in advance, that would defeat the purpose of a blind competition.
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Old 09-19-2010, 01:31 PM   #7
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Also...best drunken purchase ever = belt buckle that flips down to hold your beer.
Score! That sounds cool.
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Old 09-19-2010, 02:42 PM   #8
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ok here is the list that the wife and I tried....we are missing prob 2-4 others, but it's the first time I have taken notes from start to finish!

Fathead Brewing - honey blueberry wheat, bourbon barrel aged colaboration porter
Ommegang - three philosophers
Three Floyds - sandpebbles
Titletown - dry eye stout
Upstream - saison
Weasel Boy - RIS, this was my beer of the night
Terrapin - BPA
Sweetwater - wheat
Magnolia - southern pecan
Madhouse - crystalweisen
Russian River - Supplication, Hop Father
Bluegrass Brewing - bourbon barrel biere de garde, barleywine
Boscos Brewing - Honey rye
Brooklyn - #1, #2, Sorachi Ace, Choc stout
Capital City - Fuel (great coffee stout), Alt
Dog Brewing - oat/choc stout, berry cherry, some peach thing
Golden City - Aged stout
Goose Island - Lolita, Bourbon County
Gella's diner - Hays Downtown brown
Freestate - breakfast stout
Mad Fox - molitov hoptail
Manaywalk brewing - boheimian blonde
N American brewing - oktoberfest
Prism - honey IPA
Turtle Mountain - oaked hoptimus prime
Troegs - barleywine
Triump - Coffee & cream stout. zitroweisen, dunkel lager
Wayerbacher - fifteen
Jolly Pumpkin - sour stout
Papago - barleywine
Prescott - porter

That's half the list, more to come later....

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I think my favorite of the day was the Pyramid Black IPA. I thought it had great balance.

This was my first GABF. I thought it was fun. However I was very dissapointed that members of the participating breweries were not pouring beers. I was hoping to ask more questions and talk with brewers. The volunteers knew nothing about the beers or the breweries.

I did have a great conversation with the Colorado Boy brewery owner, at the Colorado Brewers Guild booth. It made my whole trip.

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Dogfish's Burton Baton that was part of the wood-aged beer pairing with Sean Paxton was one of my favorites for sure. There were several others from Jolly Pumpkin, New Glarus, and Lst Abbey that were high on my list.

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