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Old 06-11-2011, 02:57 PM   #11
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the hyatt regency is directly across the street from the convention center. No matter how many one-ounce pours you have you should be able to stumble back to your room.

In terms of food at the fest is ok. Think old chicago mini-pizzas.

The festival is a great time! I'm local, so i make a point of pouring every year... It's a great chance to taste regional brews and the most rewarding volunteer experience of my year
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Old 06-22-2011, 12:42 AM   #12
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anyone know if hotels are booked up yet downtown? i have tried a couple times to get a room in the past week online and i keep getting a no rooms avail result. i have booked a room in july aug time frame the past 3 years and always got a room.
I didn't have any trouble finding rooms last week...

 
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Old 06-22-2011, 05:44 AM   #13
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When up at Fort Collins (one of the best beer cities in the country, and definitely the best beer city in the state), you have to visit Funkwerks (and Crooked Stave in the same brewery), Odell and Equinox (their Saison IPA is one of the best IPAs in the country).

The New Belgium tour is also the best brewery tour I have ever been on, push to go see the foeders.

 
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Old 06-24-2011, 04:23 AM   #14
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well i found a room last week for both friday and sat downtown. it cost me almost double what it has the last 3 years though as all the cheaper ones were sold out almost instantly i guess.

SWMBO and I will be in staying up by new belgium thursday night if anyone else is in the area. then downtown friday and sat nights before we spend a few nights up in estes and rocky mt national parks.

I have never done a brew exchange any of the times i have gone yet with any other HBTer's. anyone in for one? each bring 2 or 3 bottles and do a group taste test for lunch or something in someones hotel?
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Old 06-24-2011, 04:29 AM   #15
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The brewery in Estes Park doesn't get a lot of love on beeradvocate but when I was there a few years back (and just getting into good beer), I really liked some of their brews. Think you could play mini golf next door too so that was a fun combo event.

 
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Old 06-24-2011, 02:47 PM   #16
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I could be down for some brew exchange!

 
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Old 06-30-2011, 03:11 AM   #17
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just bought my tickets for the members session

bottling up some brew from a keg i have tomorrow so i will have a few bottles to bring to do an exchange/tasting
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Old 07-15-2011, 10:31 PM   #18
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I just did some checking on hotels and can confirm that as of now the main closest hotels (Hyatt Regency, Hilton Garden, Doubletree Curtis) are booked solid the 29th-2nd. I've stayed at all 3 of those in the past and it was very nice to be able to stumble back after the fest and the inevitable "aftermath" of a trying to have night around town after leaving the convention center. Oh well. I may have to cab it further back and forth this year (though that's going to suck for the Saturday back to back sessions). Grand Hyatt is showing space available right now at $235/nt. (but going 3 miles out gets you $99 rates at just as nice of places from what I'm seeing)

Nobody mentioned La Boheme to the first timers in the thread but... if you are without SWMBO (or with a really cool one) chances are you'll end up there. The talent they bring in for the fest is fairly amazing and I found it a nice way to wait out the line if you are doing both Saturday sessions (so I miss 20-30 minutes.. of the evening session... at that point I really don't have to grab a beer real quick...)

I'd also suggest to the new folks going that while it is indeed ridiculous to do all 4 sessions... it's also a lot of fun. I like to break it up the sessions into all IPA's on Thursday, Stouts and Porters on Friday, and then Miscellaneous Day (that one hurts). You do have to throw a few of the ones that are going to run out in there sooner though...

Hopefully I can connect with some of you in Denver in a few months! (I will be preparing my liver at the Portland Brewfest in a few weeks... mint beer... hmmm...)

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Old 07-30-2011, 07:25 PM   #19
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I signed up to volunteer at the Brew Studio. I have not attended the GABF. Can someone give me an idea what they do in the Brew Studio? I have not heard from the brew studio coordinator yet.

 
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Old 08-03-2011, 09:32 PM   #20
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Hey Everybody,

First time going to the festival, as with most things I procrastinated buying tickets, so when I went to buy, there were no member entrance tickets for Thursday and Friday. Just wondering how early I should get there these days to get in at a decent time and enjoy myself?

Thanks for the feedback,

John

 
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