The Great American Beer Fest was an incredible experience. If you weren’t able to attend, just imagine one room filled with 2,052 different beers from 432 breweries waiting for you and the other 46,000 beer lovers to sample them. If that doesn’t make your head spin, you’ve probably already had a few.
As you might expect when 46,000 beer fans gather in one place, there were many, many parties going on besides the GABF event itself. Some were impromptu gatherings at Denver’s plethora of fine drinking holes and some were official parties thrown by breweries and pubs, like Flying Dog’s FBAG event which was streamed live right here on BeerUtopia.com.
There were also several beer pairing dinners that were open to the public. We were fortunate to attend a dinner given by Draft magazine at Braun’s Bar and Grill in downtown Denver which paired Flying Dog brews with an incredible 5 course meal. You can see the menu and pairings at draftmag.com. Chef Scott Latham not only created a delicious meal that used and complimented Flying Dog beer, he went above and beyond by accommodating some dietary requirements at the last minute and did so with a smile and true professionalism. It was truly a great evening.
We would also like to congratualate the winners of the GABF competition. Over 2,900 beers were entered by breweries all over the country and a total of 222 medals were awarded, including a gold and silver for our friends at Flying Dog. You can see the complete list of winners at the GABF site.
We need a couple of days to recouperate then we’ll have lots of videos from this incredible weekend to share with you. In the meantime, check out our Flickr stream from the FBAG party.