Finally heard back from the boys that went up to Denver for the fest and it sounds like they had a blast. Sam put together quite a weekend for our beerknruds. They all met up on Friday morning to head on out to Avery Brewing in Colorado. Ted Whitney, Avery Sales Manager and friend of the Saucer, set us up with a party bus to get everyone to Boulder and back safely. They call this mythical bus “Hop 1″.
Stretching their legs after climbing out of Hop 1
From there they began a VIP tour of the brewery that started things off in the Barrel Room where the wildest of Avery’s brews spend most of their time. Whiskey, Wine and Rum barrels from all over the flock to this room and wait patiently to be filled with tasty beer.
Augustus raises his glass...
Whats a barrel room without drinkable beer?
From there the tour proceeded to the rest of the brewery where the beer is actually made. Avery is growing so fast they are about to bust out of their building. Fermenters have taken up alot of the parking and more parking is going to be cannibalized soon to add even more.
Glycol jacketed fermenters
New canning line
They have started to can beers for Colorado, hopefully we will see them in our neck of the woods soon.
Tanks squeezed in everywhere there is a spot
Then on to the taproom tor drink more beer! I’ve heard about lots of exciting brewpub-only releases, the highlights being Beast from the Wood (Oak Aged Beast), Missionary Man (Reverend Quadrupel with Guava Puree) and a Brettanomyces finished IPA. There were lots of beers to choose from and some of the happiest bartenders alive.
Back on Hop 1 to get back to Denver for the fest.
Party on the bus!
All the cool kids sat in the back on the floor
After the day trip to Boulder it was time for the fest!
Austin, Charlotte, and Memphis/Cordova ready for the fest!
1oz Tasting glasses ready to be filled
People with beer as far as the eye can see
There were many beer celebrities pouring brews and taking pictures and Sam was lucky enough to snap some pics with some of my favorite beer folks.
Sam Wynne in the front and Sam Calagione (Dogfish Head) in the back
Steve Grossman (Sierra Nevada) and Matt from Raleigh
Garrett Oliver (Brooklyn) with the traveling beer bandit Augustus
Charlie Papazian, founder of GABF and American Homebrew Association
Matt with Kevin Brand, brewmaster of Austin's (512) Brewery
That's Amos in the middle, assistant brewmaster for Texas' only Gold Medal winning brewery in 2009, Uncle Billy's - Austin, TX
The bear left his wallet inside the fest
The next morning, still alive, the gang made its way to see Todd Usry at Breckenridge by the ball park where he hosts his annual Saturday Brewers’ Breakfast. Just great food made with Breckenridge beer, and best of all, free beer!
Saturday morning at Breckenridge Brewers Breakfast
- They ran into Stephen Pauwels, brewmaster of Boulevard Brewery in Kansas City, MO. Sam actually got to see him again in Austin while he was a special guest during Brewery Night.
That would be Stephen crouching in the front in black
I hear it was a great trip and they all had fun – drinking great beer and visiting with one another in Denver. I guess after a weekend like that, you are ready to go home and rest up. You can see it in their eyes.
Russian River Temptation at Falling Rock
The Flying Saucer would also like to congratulate Real Ale and Saint Arnold on pulling down Gold medals for all Texas brewers.
TX Brewers celebrate Real Ale winning a Gold for Rio Blanco (Bitter)