Since its humble beginning in a hotel meeting room in Boulder, CO, the festival its founders euphemistically dubbed the Great American Beer Festival has evolved into something much larger than they ever dreamed.
This three day brew-ganza that begins this evening in the cavernous Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver isnt just big: Its truly gargantuan.
Consider: More than 1,600 beers on tap from 320 brewers: wild fruit beers, painstaking imitations of the best European lagers, killer stouts, over the-top hoppy beers from our own corner of the world in Northern California _ all competing for gold, silver or bronze medals in over 60 style categories.
Yes, even the folks from Bud will be here _ Budweiser as in St. Louis, USA, not the champion Budweiser from the Czech Republic.
Northern Californias well represented. Heres a list of local breweries:
21st Amendment, San Franciso
Anchor Brewing, San Francisco
Anderson Valley, Boonville
Beach Chalet, San Francisco
Bear Republic, Healdsburg
Brew It Up! Personal Brewery & Grill, Sacramento
Central Coast Brewing, San Luis Obispo
Drakes, San Leandro
Eldos, San Francisco
E,.J. Phair, Concord
Elk Grove Restaurant & Brewery, Elk Grove
` Eel River, Fortuna
Etna, Etna (in the Sierra)
Firestone-Walker, Paso Robles
Half Moon Bay Brewing, Princeton-By-The-Sea
Hoppy Brewing, Sacramento
Magnolia Pub & Brewery, San Francisco
Main Street Brewery, Lamp Post Pizza, Pleasanton
Marin Brewing, Larkspur
Moylans Brewery & Restaurant, Novato
North Coast Brewing, Ft. Bragg
Pacific Coast Brewing, Oakland
Rock Bottom, Campbell
Ross Valley Brewing, Fairfield * See note below.
Russian River, Santa Rosa
Seabright Brewery, Santa Cruz
Sierra Nevada, Chico
Silverado Brewing, St. Helena
Third Street Ale Works, Santa Rosa
Thirsty Bear, San Francisco
Tied House Café & Brewery, San Jose
Triple Rock Brewery & Alehouse, Berkeley
Ukiah Brewing, Ukiah.
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In other news A New Brewpub Opens Oct. 8
… Great expectations: Iron Springs Pub & Brewery _ the Bay Area’s newest brewpub expects to be open for business this weekend, Oct. 2. Mike Altman , who owns Iron Springs with his wife, Ann, is a prize-winning brewer from Boulder, CO. The address is: 765-A Center Blvd. in Fairfax. That’s in Marin County, west of San Rafael on the Fairfax/San Anselmo border. Phone: (415) 485-1005, www.ironspringspub.com.
… Calendar: There’s a large, pre-Halloween, beer event with live music from local bands ,plus DJs, coming to the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View on Saturday, Oct. 16, noon – 5 .m.produced by Bill Graham Presents and Night That Never Ends Production: 70 beers from more than a dozen brewers, including Lagunitas, Firestone-Walker and Mendocino. Tickets: $25 in advance, $35 at the gate. Ticketmaster or Shoreline Box Office: (650) 967-4040. Food is extra.