Great American Beer Festival 2009 – September 27th, 2009

I spent this weekend in Denver for the Great American Beer Festival… let me back up.

Three years ago, I didn’t know a thing about beer. I was in Colorado to support a friend through a difficult situation when I received a phone call asking if I wanted to help out on a documentary called BEER WARS.

Three years later the film is done, it’s out (go pick up a DVD) and I’m at the GABF celebrating my newly developed love for craft beers.

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The first night at the GABF I was hanging with my long time friend Bella and her husband Eric.

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(this is their “before GABF” picture)

At the fest, I caught up with the director of BEER WARS and some of its subjects.

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(That’s the director Anat Baron and Dogfish Head owner Sam Calagione)

We tried a lot of beers, not all of them… how shall I say… “suited out palate”

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Let it be known, beer geeks take their brews seriously (but with a good sense of humor).

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After the first night, we headed into downtown Denver for a night cap.

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(this is their “after GABF” picture)

We kicked the night into overdrive and met up with Bella’s cousin Megan.

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In order to protect the innocent, I won’t publish the gory details but in the tradition of “a thousand words….”, how about I show you this:

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(this is the “morning after GABF” picture)

Big thanks to Megan and Kate for the hospitality and kindness.

The second night Bella and I returned and we made sure to drink plenty of water.

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I also meet podcast legend Brian Ibbott.

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If you aren’t listening to Coverville, what’s your excuse? Waiting for me to do a post dedicated to the show? That’s in the works.

I drank many great beers by phenomenal breweries such as Sam Adams, Tommyknockers, New Belgium Brewery, Stone Brewing and so many more I can’t remember them all but I will say that Dogfish Head is one of my all time favorites. I’d drink every beer they make at least twice. Heck, I even bought a friend three cases as a wedding gift.

The weekend wasn’t all beer. My friends and their two kids were kind enough to drive me around and show me some sights.

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And so I say adios to Denver. Next stop, VEGAS BABY!

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