The Denver Beer Trail: GABF Weekend Part II

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  Many judges for GABF arrive the Monday before the festivities begin. It’s the combination of the events around town and the awards ceremony that make this week unlike any other of the calendar year. In part two of our coverage, we’ll give you a quick hit of the things …

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Heaven Is a Beer Hall

Gold!!!!! Pete Crowley, Janna Mestan, Steve Mosqeda, David Kerns, Gary Valentine and Michael Gemma accepting the Gold Medal for Haymarket's Defender American Stout at the Great American Beer Festival

Back in 1982 this party hosted 20 breweries and 40 beers. Today there are over 700 breweries pouring 3500+ beers. The 33rd Annual Great American Beer Festival was an event that sold 49,000 tickets in 32 minutes. Illinois Breweries took home 9 medals, including a gold for Haymarket’s Defender American …

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Kegs For Kids: The Ultimate House Party

the party really hit its stride in year 3 when it found a permanent home at Hopleaf

Us attending this annual event in Andersonville actually predates our website. The last 3 years Michael & Louise’s legendary gastropub- Hopleaf has been the location.  The Kegs For Kids fundraiser for the Helen C. Peirce School Of International Studies just celebrated it’s 5th year. The first 2 years Hopleaf’s plans …

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The Annual Pilgrimage to Madison

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It’s hard to top what happens every August in Madison, Wisconsin. The second largest city in the state is home to what many consider to be the event of the year – The Great Taste of the Midwest. A series of pre-parties collectively known as Great Taste Eve start as …

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Beer Camp at Historic Navy Pier

Sierra Nevada's ridiculously awesome Beer Camp Across America Midwest Edition at Navy Pier Chicago

Beer Camp was so good I forgot I was at Navy Pier. I think it blew folks mind a bit seeing Sierra Nevada Founder, Ken Grossman behind the jockey box pouring one of his IPAs. They were rumored to be about 3500 tickets sold for the Sunday afternoon party. Chicago …

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