GABF 2015 – A Brief Review

Going to try to list all the places we went, a few additional notes, a quick blurb of whether we’d likely go back or not.

  • Falling Rock Tap House (Blake Street, Denver CO)
    • the go-to place for drinking a variety of craft beers
    • met plenty of craft beer industry peeps
    • definitely returning next year
  • Rock Bottom Brewpub (16th Street, Denver CO)
    • best bread sticks ever had
    • nice selection of their own beers
    • 1-liter fills for some of their beers
    • possibly our favorite sit-down meal place
  • Wynkoop Brewing (18th Street, Denver CO)
    • huge variety of their own tasty beers
    • billiards and other pub style activities
    • would definitely recommend/return
  • Upslope Brewing (Flatiron Court, Boulder CO)
    • super cool tap system
    • they even have Wyeast (a yeast lab) upstairs
    • can recommend without hesitation
    • BUT … wouldn’t mind visiting the other Boulder location
  • BRU Brewpub (Arapahoe Ave, Boulder CO)
    • a very personal eatery (loved the pizza) with a great selection of beers
    • met Ian, owner/brewer, while there … super nice guy
    • fantastic and an easy planned return
  • Wild Woods Brewing (Conestoga Court, Boulder CO)
    • one of the smallest beer selections, but a nice selection nonetheless
    • look out for the Banana Walnut Hefeweizen (seasonal)
    • definitely recommend if nearby
  • Avery Brewing (Nautilus Court, Boulder CO)
    • what does $27.4 million get you? a humongous brewery
    • the tour definitely ran long, but it had plenty of historical info
    • they also had a decent variety of different rarity beers
    • a great place to go grab swag and grab rare to-go Avery beers
  • FATE Brewpub (38th Street, Boulder CO)
    • fancy circular flight holders, caused some confusion with 3 on the table
    • quite tasty eats
    • supposedly the best craft beer deck in Boulder
  • Twisted Pines Brewing (Walnut Street, Boulder CO)
    • one of Boulder’s oldest breweries
    • very popular with the locals
    • unique selection of brews that were getting entered into GABF
  • Blake Street Tavern (Blake Street, Boulder CO)
    • not primarily a craft beer bar
    • yet still had a decent selection of craft brews
    • get the nachos!
  • WTFunk Invitational (Highlands Masonic Center, Denver CO)
    • no, just don’t … our largest disappointment
    • great vision, but sadly poorly executed
  • Crooked Stave Brewing (Brighton Blvd, Denver CO)
    • they do sours right!
    • located in The Source, it seems like a very cool place to hang
  • Great Divide Barrel Bar (35th Street, Denver CO)
    • fast and friendly pours of everything they had available
    • conveniently located across the street from Crooked Stave
    • 100% of monthly beer sample proceeds are donated to local nonprofits
  • Mockery Brewing (35th Street, Denver CO)
    • very cool use of copper piping throughout their decor
    • great collection of beers, including a killer Chili Maibock
    • He-Man and Wonder Woman murals make sure you use the proper washroom
  • Black Shirt Brewing (Walnut Street, Denver CO)
    • every brew is a “red” of some sort … red saison, Belgian red, etc…, all amazing
    • their pistachio pale was murder worthy (seriously, I’d kill for another sip)
    • Chad (the guy in charge) was kind enough to give us a tour personal tour, very cool guy
  • Beryl’s Beer (Blake Street, Denver CO)
    • the brewery has strong geologic roots (color me biased)
    • the husband/wife team happily served us all their normal beers, and some special ones
    • Dick Nichols IPA … a beer with its own business card
  • Breckenridge (Blake Street, Denver CO)
    • along the way back to the home base
    • a decent selection of their normal fare
    • not the worse choice to numb the pain of unfortunate parkouring mishaps
  • GABF’s Food Pairing Event (Colorado Convention Center, Denver CO)
    • a fantastic collection of amazing liquids paired with amazing solids
    • fairly private feeling location on the back southwest end of the convention center
    • extremely hard to believe anyone would leave this event hungry
  • Denver Rare Beer Tasting VII by Pints for Prostates (McNichols Civic Center, Denver CO)’
    • is this the real life? is this just fantasy? … the answer is yes, and YES!
    • this event has my vote for absolute must go back!
    • best glass, nice shirt, fantastic time!
  • GABF’s Member’s Only Session (Colorado Convention Center, Denver CO)
    • the main event of trip and rightfully so
    • 745 breweries & 3722+ beers
    • too much to do it all means that you just have to come back next year
  • Voodoo Doughnut (Colfax Ave, Denver CO)
    • if you don’t value your life, take the Tex-Ass Challenge (not recommended)
    • Tex-Ass Challenge – eat their giant doughnut (6x regular size) in 80 seconds
    • other fancy cereal or candy bar topped doughnuts are recommended
  • Argonaut Wine & Liquor (Colfax Ave, Denver CO)
    • the recommended place to grab some of the locally available craft beers
    • not as impressive as the selection at our local craft beer store (props to Specs)
  • Society: Sports + Spirits (Blake Street, Denver CO)
    • a Houston Texans sports bar in Denver?
    • very cool place with video game nights and life-sized human foosball
  • Embassy Suites Denver (Stout Street, Denver CO)
    • the place that kept us rested for all these festivities
    • very nice breakfast provided
    • funny cook-to-order omelet bar chef made us delicious omelets

That about wraps up everything that I remember of the amazing week up there. Next year’s GABF is already planned for October 6th thru the 8th. Hopefully we’ll see you all there!

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