Great American Beer Festival 2006

Once again we are going to the GABF. Like last year James Spencer and I are heading to Denver to cover the GABF for his podcast Basic Brewing Radio. We have made contacts and scheduled interviews with some famous names in the brewing world. This year should be even better than last years GABF which was a blast. I plan on blogging and snapping photos with my phone along the way. Come along if you like...

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Day four in the Rockies and it keeps getting better.

Our fourth day started with us driving to Brian's house to get him then on to Boulder for the day. We arrived at Redstone Meadery around 11:00 for a meeting with the Chairman of the Mead, David Myers. If you have never had the chance to try mead you really need to make that a mission in life. The oldest known fermented beverage it is truly a taste from the distant past. The great folks at Redstone have a big variety of meads to sample so if you are looking for a place to get your mead fix or just try some for the first time I would highly recommend that you come visit our friends at Redstone. After picking up some of their wonderful Black Raspberry Reserve we headed to Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery for lunch. While we where there we got to chat with one of their brewers, Jason Stengl. As with all other brewers we have met on this trip he greeted us warmly and even bought us a round from his newest keg of IPA. We headed over to Avery Brewing for our meeting with the President and Brewmaster, Adam Avery. When we arrived there was a tour bus right in front of the brewery and there where about 50 people standing around drinking samples of Avery's fine products. Adam was busy giving tours to the bus tour so we just made our selves at home until the bus departed. After that we got a chance to sit down and interview Adam for Basic Brewing Radio. We had a nice chat about his business and the brewing business in general. Then it was back to the Avery tasting room for more of their finest. They had two "Oaked" beers on tap, Oaked Salvation and Oaked Reverand and both were wonderful. We asked the folks at Avery where we should go for dinner and they suggested a place called Rumba. Since we have been drinking beer pretty much all day we figured it would be a nice change from pub fare and it certainly was. I got one of my favorites the rare Ahi Tuna and it was as wonderful as it looks. We headed back Denver but we had one more stop to make. We had been told on Monday by Dale of Oskar's Blues that the best beer store around was Superior Liquor just south of Boulder. We when in and asked if they had any of the new double IPA, Gordon, from Oskar's Blues. The guy told me flat out that they did not have any, quite discouraging since that is why we had stopped. Well I still wanted to pick up a few choice brews that I cannot get back home so we went looking around. They did have a great selection of beers and I was filling 1 of my two shopping carts when Brian comes out of the back of the store carrying a case of Gordon. I was shocked since the guy just told me they didn't have any. Brian said there was plenty of Gordon in the back so I asked him to go grab me a couple more cases. When I was checking out the guy at the store told me that he thinks that the beer from Oskar's is good but he does not like the fact that the can the beer is in imparts a metallic taste to the beer. I could not believe that this guy was saying this, the folks at Oskars need to pay this guy a special visit and explain to him why that is impossible. All the cans used by Oskars are lined with a thin plastic film so the beer never touches the aluminum of the can. This guy is just spouting the same lame mis-information about canned beer and one trip to Oskars Blues would set him straight.



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