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Old 08-09-2010, 07:36 AM   #1
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Let's get together to put together a list of beers to taste at the festival.

I don't want to waste time in lines, and don't want to miss something that is good and I may not have tried.

The obvious ones to me would be

Rogue
Avery
Sierra Nevada
Dogfish Head
Russian River
Sweetwater

Throw out your recomendations...

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Old 08-09-2010, 08:05 AM   #2
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I've never made it, despite being in (relatively) close proximity. I recommend tasting whatever you've never tasted before.

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Old 08-09-2010, 10:02 AM   #3
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I highly redommend going to lefthandbrewing.com and getting on the Brew Cruise bus #1. Avery, both Oskar blues, boulder brewing, etc. Pretty much all you can drink at all places. And this is the day before GABF opens....But inside...The Bruery Black Tuesday!

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In addition I am looking forward to tasting:

Three Floyds
Ale Smith
New Glarus
Stone (of course)
Bells
Cigar City

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Old 08-13-2010, 08:21 PM   #5
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Last year I was amazed to find that Tommyknocker had some pretty incredible GABF only beers, I would put them on your lists for sure.

Sam Adams also had their Longshot Competition guys there serving, and you got to vote, all 3 beers were unique and interesting... plus voting is always fun, and they tried to bribe me with plenty of refills.

After I hit my favorites I generally hit randoms, especially if they are places I havent heard of before, since I know I probably cant get there beers here very easily.

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Old 08-13-2010, 09:19 PM   #6
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I'm extremely biased, but I'd say any of the Seattle area beers, but specifically:

Pike Brewing
Boundary Bay Brewing Co
Black Raven

Then comes
Port brewing
Stone
Russian River
Maui Brewing Co

Getting excited already!

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Old 08-13-2010, 09:50 PM   #7
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My method is to choose some styles I'm interested in, more so than specific beers or breweries. Sure, I have a list of some of those, but mostly I want to try styles that I don't normally see, or ones I am interested in brewing soon.

Last year, I tried a lot of sours, as I don't buy those a lot. I also was on the lookout for a Thanksgiving brew, which I found in Lazy Magnolia's Pecan Nut Brown.

This year, I'll be looking for more sours, as well as looking for the perfect ESB. Maybe Belgian Dark Strongs as well.

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this will be my first time --

im stoked on

jolly pumpkin
dogfish head
bells

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I'm serving for Detroit's Atwater Block brewery, I think.

Stunningly good Vanilla Java Porter and Double Down Imperial Amber. Do not miss these. They will go fast, and extra fast when I'm chasing an ounce for you with an ounce for me.

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Keep an eye out for Swamp Head Brewery. Their coffee stout is one of my favorites and I believe they are bringing it with them.

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