GABF 2011 Events (so far…)
Here’s the announcement you’ve all been waiting for: GABF 2011
Monday Sept 26th
5pm 14th Annual GABF Kickoff Party. The Countdown Clock that’s been running since early January will reach Zero at 5pm & Falling Rock will tap into around 10 special kegs to get the week started right. Which Kegs? Not really sure, we’ll wait till the dust settles in the next weeks & start releasing names as I decide (& unbury them in the stash).
Tuesday Sept 27th
6 pm Boulevard Brewing- We’ll tap into a couple of special Smokestack Series beers. Come Meet Head Brewer Steven Pauwels and taste some of his best work on tap.
Wednesday Sept 28th
4pm Anderson Valley Saison & Imperial Boont Amber. Join us for some of Anderson Valley’s newer offerings; an American take on a traditional Belgian Style and a suped-up version of the beer that made them famous.
9pm Elysian Pumpkin Beer Festival hits the Falling Rock Taphouse. Join Dick Cantwell and the Elysian Brewing Team for a pre-GABF Pumpkin Beer Throwdown Find out what happens when the nation’s most pumpkin obsessed brewery teams up with one of Denver’s premiere beer bars! Come by the Falling Rock and have your pick of 10 Elysian pumpkin beers on tap including Night Owl, The Great Pumpkin Imperial Pumpkin Ale, Dark o’ the Moon Pumpkin Stout, Hansel & Gretel Ginger Pumpkin Pilsner, Mr. Yuck Sour Pumpkin, and Coche de Medianoche a Mexican themed pumpkin ale with cumin, cinnamon, black pepper, chilies and roasted pumpkin seeds to name a few. There will also be collaboration and guest pumpkin beers and a very, very special surprise!
11pm Stone Brewing Collaborations - We’ll tap 4 of Stone’s Collaborations with other breweries including the Hwy 78 Scotch ale (Green Flash/Pizza Port Carlsbad/Stone), Japanese Green Tea IPA (Baird Brewing Co. Japan Ishii Brewing Co., Stone Brewing Co., San Diego), 2 more are coming & when I find that message I’ll let you know what they are.
Thursday September 29th
2pm Anchor Brewing Come on out to try some of Anchor’s Newer offerings.
Keep your eyes open on this space for a VERY Special World rePremiere of something from overseas .
10pm Full Sail Stash & Rarities Join Head Brewer John Harris to crack open a few rare kegs of Brewmaster Specials Like some Older kegs of Barrel Aged Yummyness. I think there’s like an 06 somewhere back here if I can just lift this keg
11pm Green Flash Brewing The Folks out at Green Flash are sending in some of their really Special Kegs. I just went out to the opening of their new Brewery & got to go through their list of special releases. More when the kegs get into my cooler
Friday September 30th
NOON Sierra Nevada Harvest Release (Kill-A-Keg) Our Annual insanity of releasing Sierra Nevada’s Harvest Ale (made with wet, Fresh-from-the-Fields Hops) & seeing how fast we can pour a keg of beer. A few years back we noticed that we were pouring a keg pretty quick (like a 15.5 gal keg in about a half Hour) & we wondered, just how fast CAN you pour a keg? The next year it was 20 minutes or so, the next 15, then 12minutes. Last year it was a new record: 9 minutes 53 seconds. I’ll look to better that time this Year, One Man, One Keg & a bunch of glasses After the first keg goes well tap into some more at a more leisurely pace. At 12:30 we’ll release the Sierra Nevada Estate Homegrown Ale (the same style of beer made with Malt and hops grown on the property).
2pm Avery Brewing Try some of the Avery rarities on tap including aged kegs of Beast, Samaels and whatever Adam and Breese will let out of the brewery
3pm Rogue Brewing We’ll tap into Double Chocolate Stout & John John Hazelnut, Just in case you’re interested.
10pm Dog(fish Head) Treats I’ve been saving a few of Sam (& Crew’s) special releases including a World Wide Stout (I think it’s a little over a year old) .
11pm (Upstairs) Alaskan Brewing 25th Anniversary Celebration. We’ll have kegs of their 25th anniversary Imperial Stout is brewed with an array of local ingredients and flavors to add dimension and celebrate Alaskan’s history and home. Alaska birch syrup from Wasilla lends a deep, almost tart character to the dark malt profile, while fireweed honey from Delta Junction adds a delicate sweetness and floral notes to the aroma and finish. The slight addition of our in-house alder-smoked malt alludes to the distinctive roasted flavor of turn-of-the-century malting practices, without overpowering the more subtle flavors of this dynamic anniversary brew.
11pm (Downstairs) HeBrew Celebration - We’ll have JewBelation 15, 15:15, & HopManna
Saturday October 1st
8pm Firestone Walker - A new Arrival to the Colorado Market, Join Head Brewer Matt Bryndelson & others for some special kegs (and a cask) of Firestone Walkers amazing beers.
10pm New Belgium When the GABF is over, we tap into special releases of New Belgium’s Beers. This year I went to the brewery & did a blending session with Lauren Salazar, & Eric Salazar. Each of us made our own blend of La Folie. We will release the three versions (appropriately they will be called 1, 2, & 3) and give time for all to sample. After people have had the time to taste them I will ask for applause as a vote on your favorite. Only then will we open the envelope and disclose the Blenders. This should be interesting. I’ll also pull out a couple things from my stash of New Belgium Beers.
I still have one or two more events that should be nailed down by mid next week, I’ll re-post the updated list that will also include a few more specifics (as in I need to allow for the distributors to finish up w/ the registrations before announcing them) but more is to come.
Also, if you haven’t noticed we have a new updated website that includes some of that Facebook/Twitter stuff. We’ve been trying to post new beers on tap as we hook things up during the week. we are going to really try to keep that stuff going during the Fest, so it just might behoove you to sign up for that kind of stuff ahead of time because it might be one of the ways if you aren’t sitting w/in sight of the chalkboard that you will know what’s just been tapped…
I’m tired of typing,
I think I’ll have a Beer