Denver Beer Tasting

Hooray Beer Fest!

Denver and beers go back a long way in around 1850s, the city’s founding time. Denver’s long beer history gave rise to a population filled with beer lovers. This included some of the people who could go to the extent of selling and also brewing their own beverages.

From the Guinness book of world records, the great American beer festival was the biggest of the beer events ever held. The event was held in mile high city annually in Denver beer festivals.

The event offers city wide celebration of beer, with parties, rare beer tastings and much more. This event was founded in around 1980 and has been evolving and growing along with the brewing industry of American craft. This event has been since that time, voted as the number one beer festival ever held in the country.

The great American beer festival and the Denver match without a glitch. The event is not only encouraged in the mile high city but also in the world’s highest breweries like Coors Brewery and Wynkoop Brewing company. The highest number of home brewers also attends and like the festival.

Plenty of events are carried out in the festival including; brewery tours, beer tasting at local Denver restaurants, meet the brewer nights, beer paired dinners, a variety of entertaining beer events and beer tapping. There is even some non-beer related information there too. Last year, Melinda Kirby (a veterinarian in the area) did a presentation on beer and dogs! She wasn’t recommending you get your dog drunk but it was a very interesting presentation.

Great American beer festival event seems to get bigger every year. For example, the 2016 festival event was attended by around 610000 attendees who sampled around 3700 beers from United States. The event covered 400000 square feet of Colorado convention center.

Many of the beers in the event are served by their brewers. This gives some of the attendees to meet United States biggest beer heroes. In this event, there are two types of competitions namely general and pro-am competition. Pro-am competition is in which a commercial craft brewers submit beers which are created from award-winning homebrew recipe of American homebrewers association.

The general competition is in which a professional judging panel evaluates all the entries during the five three-hour ever the three days period of the event.

Other Denver events include but not limited to; rock and roll Denver marathon and half marathon, Oktoberfest and Boo at Zoo.

The great American brewers’ festival is the granddaddy of all the United States beer festivals. The event offers the largest collection of beers, all served in single tasting portions.


History of Craft Beer!

Craft beer simply refers to the artisan approach of making beer. For many of us, we perceive the rise of the craft beer in the US as a recent thing. For those who like products from breweries like Anheuser-Busch and the like, the craft beer might feel like a new novelty. Well, it is not. Craft beer has a lengthy history in the United States dating back to the colonial times. Here is a look at a few interesting facts about the history of craft beer that will give you an idea of our brewing heritage.

1. Beer Was Discovered Before the Colonies

One of the most surprising facts that you don’t know about beer is that it was actually being brewed here in the US even before the very European settlers set his foot on the continent. A few native tribes in America had a special way of making beer. The special concoction they had used maize corn, water, and sap from the birch tree to make brew a primitive form of beer.

2. Colonial Times

Another interesting fact about craft history is that during one of the pilgrimage the pilgrims made a decision to land at Plymouth Rock because they were running of beer, not because it was their destination. During that period, brewing had become a major activity of the budding nation. Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and George Washington (as well as the most of the founding fathers) were also alcoholics and they used to brew their own beer. It is during this period breweries were opened all around the nation.

3. Prohibition Didn’t Manage to Kill Brewing

Beer crafting in America was a dark period for beer lovers. This thing lasted for about fourteen years and during that period you had to go to great lengths to get a cold brew and enjoy. However, beer prohibition failed to kill beer crafting and now it has been taken as a part of American culture.

4. Prohibition Repeal and the Future

Finally, with prohibition repeal, beer crafting was again available and legal to Americans. The growth after it was prohibited was gradually growing even though. It took a long period of time for beer crafting to recover from those years when it was an illegal substance in America. Right now things are looking a bit good. Currently, in the United States, there are almost two thousand craft breweries and there, even more, brewers entering the market every day.