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Recap: GABF and my brother’s wedding October 5, 2011

So last week I headed out to Boulder, Colorado again. This time it was for my brother’s wedding to his now-wife Jehnna!

I arrived on Thursday and my mom, her friend Valerie, and my sister had lunch at Boulder Beer Company. I tasted the three beers that they had 1/4 barrel kegs of and chose Singletrack as the house keg.

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After that, there wasn’t much time to head on over to Denver for GABF. I took the bus. Cheap, efficient, and I wasn’t behind a wheel. It also gave me a chance to knit up a taster glass sox. I had no idea what kind of taster glass I’d get, so I just winged it.

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I got into Denver at 4 and had an hour and a half before the convention opened. So I checked my schedule of side events and headed over to an Avery and Ska tasting session at Amato’s. Lagunitas was also there and my tastersox fit the taster for this event extremely well. I also had the opportunity to sell the extra ticket I had and make buddies for the evening. No, I’ve never known a stranger.

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The lineup to get in to GABF went almost all the way around the convention center!

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Inside, it was a madhouse, but so much fun! I needed a goal, because it adds structure to an otherwise structureless event. So I started collecting temporary tatoos on my arm. By the end, I had a full sleeve.

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Went to the afterparty at Falling Rock and somehow made it on the 1:08 am bus back to Boulder. It was a morning filled with excited, fully awake, 3 and 1.5 year old nephews.

We had a shower for Jehnna which was lovely and truly foodifull. I was stuffed afterwards so much so that after the rehearsal, I could barely eat at the rehearsal dinner!

There were family aplenty, and the next day gave me some time to take a bike ride out and about Boulder.

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The wedding was beautiful! So touching!

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So there you have it. Wonderful time, and no yarn buying…but plenty of beer imbibing.

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BeerSox Beer of the Week: Denver Edition 3 September 19, 2011

My final day in Denver, and the sun was shining. I decided to take a walk down to Great Divide Brewery and Tap Room for a tasting. It was Friday evening and it was PACKED!

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I decided that a three glass tasting would be in need, so I promptly chose three beers I thought I’d enjoy: Imperial Yeti Stout, Hoss Rye Lager, and Hercules Double IPA. PS, please don’t mind the cigarette butt left on the window sill in a few images. I somehow didn’t see it when I took these photos and can’t stand how smokers feel they have the right to litter wherever they go.

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I stood around outside randomly for a bit since the tables were all taken and the inside was packed, but that old addage that “Beer People Are Good People” showed its face. I was asked to join a table of a local guy and a visiting couple. My phone was able to get charged and I tested out my new WineSox for dealing with stemmed beerware.

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I quite enjoyed the Hoss Rye Lager. I hadn’t had too many Ryes before, but I just really enjoy the dry flavor that rye brings in.

And when you’re making friends, why not keep making friends? I stayed on until the tap room closed. I sampled some of the Rumble Wood Aged IPA, and the Wild Raspberry Ale. Both were excellent. I met one of the owners of Bottless and got to see their 32 oz ‘growlette’ which is a quite handy shape for take home beers. I’m already planning a GrowletteSox. Here’s the barkeeps, Spencer, Jennie, and Will, cleaning up with a Growlette of Hoss in the foreground.

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A good time was had by all, and I have some beers and bottles I’m going to be seeking out in the H-town area!

Cheers!
Katie

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BeerSox Beer of the Week: Denver Edition 2 September 14, 2011

I drug all the people in the course with me to Wynkoop Brewery and the food was awesome!

So was the beer!

I tasted the Patty’s Chile Beer which was quite interesting. Very chile nose, but none of the spice. All of the green chile flavor was prevalent in the taste. Rather refreshing.

I also had the St Charles ESB which was a great, easy session beer.

And the only one I managed to get a photo of was the London Calling IPA.

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Can’t you tell, I hated it. No, it’s quite yummy!

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BeerSox Beer of the Week: Denver Edition 1 September 13, 2011

Work brings me to Denver this week. Such a bastion of craft beer can be honored in one way only: a daily beer

Arriving at my hotel, I charged my phone and charged out to find a brewpub. This is my first time in Denver even though I’ve been to the airport before.

Lo and behold: Rock Bottom Brewery.

So I chose their Saison. It’s a slightly hazy amber colir with a scent that brings Christmas to mind. It might be coriander and citrus. The taste has just a slight hint of banana but has some spice to it and it finishes quite fresh and clean.

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