beerPittsburgh has arrived in Denver for GABF week! We decided to drive over so as to facilitate bringing back more of that delicious Colorado brew. The two-and-a-half day drive was punctuated by stops at two breweries: Schlafly in St. Louis and Boulevard in Kansas City.
Upon arrival, we quickly learned that the Mile High city is all-in for GABF. There are events everywhere, starting as early as yesterday (Friday). We stopped over at a big beer store called Davidson’s for their 4pm release of their rare bottles. They had a nice selection, though their system is a bit awkward: holding all the rare beers in the back away from customers’ eyes, they don’t have a list of what’s available. I had to pull up their Facebook page and scroll through the photos of what they had just gotten in, and then tell an employee each beer I wanted by name. This was odd because part of what craft drinkers use to make their purchasing decisions is to check out the bottle! Undeterred, I picked up some nice rarities from Avery, Cigar City, Almanac, and Mikkeller.
On Saturday we hit up a local craft beer hot spot called Hops & Pie. At this event, they were releasing some Avery rarities, including a few that are no longer in production. There
were exactly five that I hadn’t had before, and – what a coincidence – they were serving flights of five. I circled them on the list in the picture, but they were: Pump[KY]n, Obscura Nimbus, Uncle Jacob’s Stout, Rufus Corvus, and 5 Monks.
Continuing onto their non-Avery tap list, I tried the Salted Chocolate Belgian Stout by New Belgium (Lips of Faith Series), Cuvee de Jacobins Rouge, and Maker’s Mark Barrel Aged G’Knight by Oskar Blues. Be sure to friend beerPittsburgh on Untappd to see what I’m drinking and my thoughts on them in real time!
Finally, I got my hands on my first GABF advertisement/postcard thingy and wow, she is a beaute!