by Brian Stechschulte... Sep 22, 2011

Photo ©2010 Jason E. Kaplan

The beer has been shipped and we’re packing our bags for one the biggest and most highly anticipated beer festivals in theworld. The 30th installment of the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) takes place September 29 to October 1st in Denver, CO, and will host 466 U.S. breweries pouring beer for 49,000 thirsty attendees. The event also features one of the most important competitions of the year. Beer in 83 different style categories will be judged. Needless to say we’re pretty excited and hope you’ve made plans to join us.

Several members of the Guild will be pouring their finest brews at individual booths, but the Guild will also be united in the Support Your Local Brewery (SYLB) Pavilion. This is where you can find us during the course of the weekend pouring beer from each Guild member that you won’t be able to find anywhere else at the festival. Here’s what we’ll be offering.

Mo’ Tcho Risin’ by 21st Amendment Brewery. A blend of cocoa nibs from local chocolatier TCHO form a delicious marriage of dark flavors and spice with a fine citrus aroma from Centennial hops.

Humming Ale by Anchor Brewing. A bold hoppy ale with a pale golden color, mild maltiness and unique single hop character.

Kaiserliche Berliner Weiss by Beach Chalet Brewery & Restaurant. A very pale, slightly tart, light-bodied session wheat beer brewed with 60% malted wheat and fermented with a blend of German Ale yeast and their house strain.

Festbier by Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant. An amber lager with a slightly sweet toasted maltiness containing a bounty of rich Caramel and Munich malts balanced with Hersbrucker hops to form a classic Oktoberfest beer.

Blue Bell Bitter by Magnolia Gastropub & Brewery. A classic English ESB brewed with Maris Otter Malt, infused with Goldings hops and contains a hint of yeast driven orange marmalade.

Simon Saison by Social Kitchen & Brewery. A bright Saison with hints of lemon, grass, fennel, and white wine, that’s brewed with Vienna malt, wheat, and oats. The hop bill includes German Magnum, Perle, and Tettnanger hops, that’s all fermented with Wyeast’s French Saison strain.

Dolores Pale Ale by Speakeasy Ales & Lagers. A brew made for drinking while sitting in the park on a sunny day that uses a liberal amount of Nelson Sauvin hops.

Ryeison by ThirstyBear Brewing Company. A Saison brewed with rye to complement the spicy character of the Belgian yeast.

Thirsty? If you’re headed to GABF you can find us at booth 8 and 9 in the SYLB Pavilion, which also features other Guilds from around the country. If that doesn’t entice you enough, the American Cheese Society will be serving platters of cheese you can munch on while looking at displays of hops, malt and brewing equipment.

If you’re attending come on by and say hello to your local brewers. If not, wish us good luck!