Topic Archives: Great American Beer Festival

Posted in Bridgeport Brewing, New Releases

Bridgeport Debuts “Enchanted” This Week

Oregon’s oldest craft brewery Bridgeport Brewing unveils a new, limited brew this week for the Great American Beer Festival. They took the 2012 edition of Stumptown Tart, a fruit beer beer with 2,000 lbs of raspberries and aged it in oak barrels for two years. The result, a blend: 50% Belgian tripel aged in wine barrels for a year, 50% raspberry Belgian tripel.

“This is a special one for our team,” commented brewmaster, Jeff Edgerton. “The 2010 Stumptown Tart was a favorite not only amongst our loyal BridgePort fans — but also amongst our brewers. The only way to up the ante on that beer was to let it age in oak barrels for two years. The result is something surprising and pretty unforgettable.”

Style: Framboise (w/ Raspberries, Wine Barrel Aged)
Availability: 22oz bombers, Wax capped

7.7% ABV 


Posted in Beer News, Oskar Blues Brewing

More Dale’s Pale Ale Rumors: 19.2 oz Can?

More from the rumor mill. Oskar Blues is unveiling new packaging this week during the Great American Beer Festival. We were thinking tallboys like Deviant Dale’s, but now we are being told they could be 19.2 oz cans (royal pint). Ball Corporation does indeed make cans this size.

The new packaging is unveiled This Thursday.

Read more: Oskar Blues

Posted in Brasserie De Brunhaut, Coming Soon, New Releases

The Cloak Of St. Martin Debuts Next Week

Brasserie Brunehaut will launch a limited-edition Barleywine-style Belgian ale during the Great American Beer Festival next week –The Cloak of St. Martin. The Cloak is very unique quadrupel.

The Cloak of St. Martin is Brasserie Brunhaut’s first beer made using double fermentation. This was made possible thanks to new vats they installed earlier this year. The first round of fermentation makes a dark quadruple with Brunhaut’s house yeast dating back a few centuries. This round finishes at 9% ABV. For the second round of fermentation, the brewery uses a rare champagne yeast that bumps the beer to a whopping 13%. The Cloak is then cellared for 6 weeks, and then conditioning yeast is added. On October 10 at 4pm (during GABF), Brunehaut CEO Marc-Antoine De Mees will be at Falling Rock Tap House in  Denver, Colorado for the first U.S. pours.

Style: Quadrupel (w/ Candi Sugar)
Availability: 750 ml bottles, Draft. Limited
Arrival: Mid October, 2012

13% ABV


Posted in Firestone Walker Brewing, Press Releases

Firestone Walker Announces Pre GABF Dinner (PR)

PASO ROBLES, CA – You might call it “Firestone Walker unplugged”–a rare night of food, barrel-aged beers and brewery banter coming to Denver’s Mile High Station on October 10 as Firestone Walker Brewing Company partners with Chef Hosea Rosenberg to host “The Lion, The Bear & The Brewmaster.”

Arriving on the eve of the Great American Beer Festival® in Denver, this event will feature a vertical tasting of barrel-aged anniversary ales from the Firestone Walker library, specifically rare sold-out vintages from the previous four years: XII, XIII, XIV and XV.
Rosenberg will present a bold menu of small plates created to complement each beer.

Along the way, brewery proprietors Adam Firestone (a.k.a. the bear) and David Walker (a.k.a. the lion) and Brewmaster Matt Brynildson will share stories and scuttle from inside the brewery. The conversation will be moderated by Justin Crossley of The Brewing Network.

“I have no idea what these guys will say; I hope they behave themselves,” said Jamie Smith, the brewery’s marketing guru. “Adam, David and Matt will introduce each anniversary beer and go from there. There’s no script. And if there are any skeletons in the closet, they’ll probably come out.”

The festivities will conclude with an exclusive unveiling of Firestone Walker’s newest anniversary bottling: XVI.

Rosenberg is the proprietor of Blackbelly Catering and the winner of season five of the popular Bravo network television series Top Chef. “Chef Hosea’s talent and creativity will bring the best out of each beer,” Smith said. “The pairings will be unique.”

Firestone Walker’s annual vintage anniversary ales are among the most renowned and anticipated barrel-aged beers in the craft beer industry. Each anniversary ale is composed of multiple components, drawing on a diverse selection of brews aged in retired bourbon barrels. Each year, Brynildson enlists numerous friends in the Paso Robles winemaking community to assist with selecting the final blend. The 2012 release, XVI, will be the seventh release in the series.

The Lion, The Bear & The Brewmaster will take place on October 10, 2012, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Mile High Station. The cost is $75 per person, inclusive of food, anniversary beer samples and a Firestone Walker snifter glass. Availability is limited. For tickets, visit


Firestone Walker Brewing Company is a pioneering regional craft brewery founded in 1996 and located in the Paso Robles wine country on California’s Central Coast. The brewery specializes in iconic pale ales and vintage barrel-aged beers. Firestone Walker Brewing Company was awarded Mid-Sized Brewery of The Year honors at the 2003, 2007 and 2011 Great American Beer Festivals® as well as Champion Mid-Sized Brewery honors at the 2004, 2006, 2010 and 2012 World Beer Cup® competitions. 

About Blackbelly Catering: Our mission is simple: we will bring our kitchen to your house or backyard, and give our guests the gastronomical experience of their lifetime! Blackbelly Catering will deliver the highest customer experience with passion, integrity, knowledge and hands on interaction with our guests. We provide true farm to table dinners from award winning chef, Hosea Rosenberg and amazing specialty cocktails and wine pairings. With our customized mobile catering kitchen, we can provide a five star restaurant quality experience anywhere you desire

Posted in Beer News

Amazing Deal: 2 GABF Members Session Tix, $50,000

I’m going to assume that this a joke. Great American Beer Fest tickets for $50,000 dollars. The Saturday members only session (of Brewer’s Association, or American Homebrewers) sold out quickly, amidst a Ticketmaster #Fail. But wait, it’s a really a deal. Two tickets for $50,000. That’s like buying one, getting one free. [eBay]

Posted in Beer News

GABF Tickets Potentially Revenue $3 Million

Yesterday, the Great American Beer Fest sold out all 49,000 tickets the Denver based beer festival. If you do some basically mathematical estimations, that’s nearly $3 million dollars in revenue to the Brewer’s Association the festival sponsors.

Posted in Beer News

GABF Tickets Hit eBay For As Much As $700

Opportunistic individuals. It’s been just shy of 2 hours since Great American Beer Fest tickets sold out, and some have already surfaced on eBay for nearly $700! That is the high end of the secondary sales of course.  It looks like tickets are starting around $149 dollars a ticket.  More than double the original cost ($65) of the ticket.  As you can see above and below – it’s a little ridiculous already.  Make sure you get that next day shipping. Mid October is WAY too close. Anyone with thoughts on these prices???