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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

Sierra Nevada
Dogfish Head
Russian River

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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I highly redommend going to 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)
Cigar City
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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
Russian River
Maui Brewing Co

Getting excited already!
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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

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

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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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