You wouldn't know it from media reports, but the week is barely about medals. (Which is a good thing, seeing as how we won none!)
Craft-centric bars throughout Denver and Fort Collins (and, I'm guessing, several other cities) celebrate this week with special tappings of beers from all the heck over the place. Falling Rock Tap House in Denver and The Mayor of Old Town in Fort Collins tapped the last 2 kegs of our Rum Barrel Aged Coconut Porter (inventive name, we realize) on the same night, the Monday before the festival. The Mayor created Tap Into Northern Colorado (TINC) a couple of years ago and has 100 Northern Colorado breweries' beers on tap for this week, partly so that we can enjoy our local brew scene, and partly so that people coming in from out of town who can't make it to every brewery can try a whopping number of them at The Mayor. Tap & Handle has special tappings each night for a week before the festival. Restaurants around town do all kinds of beer-related events. And, as you might imagine, Denver craft bars & restaurants go to town all week with awesome beers.
Truth be told, this pic is from last year. Join the mayhem and sample some fantastic brews at Falling Rock Tap House every night of GABF week!
Tap Into Northern Colorado at The Mayor of Old Town showcases 100 NoCO beers.
Here was the conference that went on at the end of the bar when we got there -- between the staff who put on this amazing dinner every night, the owner, and his son.
We hopped around The Highlands a bit and after a beer at Old Major we made Linsey carry the keg home (the awesome bar manager there was strapped for space as he'd stocked up beer for the week -- we like that kind of full fridge and kicked-keg-filled hallway).
We were a little gawker-ish in the Big City:
In addition to a medal for Friar Chuck, Black Bottle Brewery wins for best-dressed.
We love these FoCo peeps!
Happy birthday, Titus!
Love this, too. From Monument, natch.
Where people are very focused.
Now THAT'S a pretzel necklace!
Tiffany & Ryan, of William Oliver's Publick House fame, might have found my phone at some point.
(And about time that this is the ratio at the restroom lines in a public place, am I right, ladies?)
Here's how sad we were to head back to the last 2 sessions medal-less:
whether by making it, serving it, or drinking it.
How great it is to have a festival together
celebrating all of that!