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Old 09-28-2009, 07:06 PM   #1
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Default Favorite beers from the 2009 GABF?

Well, now that the GABF for this year is finished, I'm curious what beers everybody else had that they thought were outstanding or exceptional.

The winners list is available here.

Going back to my notes on my crackberry, I was really impressed with the following beers:
  • Great Divide's Espresso / cask aged Yeti RIS
  • Red Brick Brewing's bourbon-aged brown ale, which had a great vanilla note.
  • Il Vicino (Albuquerque) St. Bob's RIS
  • Trinity Brewing's TPS Report, a 100% brett ale
  • Every sour beer from Cascade brewing, but especially the Apricot Ale.

My favorite, hands down, was not served at the festival, but on Saturday evening at the Falling Rock Taphouse. Black Folie is a collaboration between New Belgium and Redstone Meadery. It's reported to be a 48/52 blend of Redstone mead and NBB's La Folie Flanders-style ale. Wow. I was simply blown away by this beverage.

What about you other attendees? What did you like? What did you hate?

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Here's the list from SWMBO and I:
  • Dry Dock's Apricot Blonde - I'll be making this one next spring
  • Brookyln Cuvee
  • Cascade's Vlad the Imp Aler. So delicious.
  • Great lakes Holy Moses White Ale
  • Lazy Magnolia Nut Pecan Brown (Making for T-day. Looking for advice on recipe here)
  • Bison Brewing Honey Basil
  • Bootleggers Plum Riot
  • The Bruery Autumn Maple
  • Papago Orange Blossom
  • Shorts Nicie Spicie
  • Weaselboy Weasel Wheat (SWMBO liked the higher body on this)
  • Trinity Old Growth
Some stuff I've made: Odell's 90 Shilling Clone, Abbey Weiss Pottsville Common, Simple Mead, Dry Dock Apricot Blonde Clone, Rye IPA, Maibock, Scrapper's Quaffable Irish Red, Short Sleep Blueberry Ale, Lazy Magnolia Pecan Nut Brown Ale Clone, Graff, Apfelwein, Cascades Orange Pale, Orfy's Mild Ale, Vagabond Gingered Ale
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