The Great American Beer Festival is a yearly event held in the Colorado Convention Center – This event has been going strong since 1982. The Great American Beer Festival (GABF) showcases Kraft Beer Breweries from all over the Country. With over 150 Breweries from Colorado alone, I knew i was in for a great evening.
Upon arriving and collecting my badge, i was given my tasting cup. I was given VERY specific instructions to not lose or break the tasting glass (plastic) as this is the only one i will get. Something fun about the glasses – If someone drops one, everyone in the general area of the dropped glass will point at the person and scream. Made for some fun times through out the evening.
Once i was in the main hall, i was completely overwhelmed by just how many Breweries and beers there were being poured. Just where do you start? Do you start at the top of an isle, and just down down tasting everything? Do you start with a Brewery you know, and then go from there? I was’nt sure, so i went with randomly picking a booth, then randomly picking another booth. I felt this way was going to be the most fun and entertaining way of attacking GABF.
Of all the different beers i tasted, from Hatch Chili Beer, Cucumber Beer, Chocolate/Chili Beer, Barley Wines and IPA’s – There were two Breweries/Beers i wanted to talk about the most.
First up is Boggy Draw Brewery – Located in Sheridan, Colorado, this recently opened Brewery has some amazing tasting beers. Their MACH V Porter won over my taste buds. I re-visited this booth throughout the night. The Owner, Dave “Beef” Miera and his crew are super friendly, knowledgeable about their product and can see the passion they put into their beers. I have since gone to their location off of Hampden and Sante Fe, and can say they have a new regular customer!
While i was walking about the Convention Floor, i saw a sign that caught my eye. Dads and Dudes Brewery had brought with them, along with their other tasty beers like Pineapple Express and Toffee Porter, their CBD infused Imperial IPA. I had a chance to speak with both the “Dad” of Dad’s and Dudes Thomas Hembree, but also one of the Brewers, Brian about it. Thomas spoke to me about the the logistics of getting this beer to market, and some of the hoops they had to jump through and a bit about the brewing process. Brian then went into greater detail of the brewing process, and exactly how much Cannabidiol (also known as CBD, the Non-Psycho active part of the Marijuana plant) is in each Keg of beer.
This definitely an event i suggest getting ticket to next year. I’ve had my eyes opened up to so many new Breweries and beers that i might not have known of before. I’ve a;ready visited a couple of them since i was at GABF on Friday. I look forward to checking out the this event next year, now that i’ve gotten my feet wet, and know understand the huge appeal there is to GABF. Be sure to check out the picture gallery on our FaceBook page, and be sure to tune into our Podcasts to hear about the event!