Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Nine Days Till GABF

Yes, you read that right. And if you're reading this and you don't have a ticket yet, I have some bad news for you: They're all gone.

The three-day celebration of malt and hops used to be one where you could walk up and get tickets on the spot and saunter right in. Last year, it sold out all four sessions for the first time. Last Friday, I called a buddy who works for the Brewers Association, and he informed me that they already were celebrating a total sellout, two weeks early.

A friend looked on line and said he sees the $50 tickets now going for anywhere between $100 and $300 apiece. The last time we talked about ticket prices like that for a Denver event, it was the World Series.

So, rather than try to sell anyone on the idea of going, I'd like to spend the next nine days discussing how to enjoy the festival: What's happening, what's on tap at local breweries and beer bars and what are some ideas for how to drink the best beers you can if you're a first-time festival goer.

For right now, I'll just ask for any suggestions, tips or favorite tours. Tomorrow we'll start talking beer. And soon enough we'll be drinking it.


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