GABF brewers' diaries
Denver - Sept. 24
I get up to a cup of Millstone Coffee's Mayan Black Onyx. I have
another and I am ready to head over to the Embassy Suites to judge. I
judging Kolsch and Imperial Stout in the morning. American style Pale Ale
and Barley Wine in the afternoon. I make a mental note to remember not
to ask to judge those categories ... at least the strong ones. Don't get
me wrong, I love to judge but it actually kind of sets my mood for the
day. I knew it was going to be a long day. Judging went well.
I had to address my Green Chile jones so headed off to the Jack N Grill
on Federal Blvd. Great New Mexican( as in the state) style cooking.
Very Albuquerque.... I enjoyed the Green Chile Stuffed Sopapilla. It
was awesome and huge! The folks at this place will take your picture
and put it on their wall if you clear your plate. I was hungry but I
took about half of my meal home.
I just kept on thinking about trying to get Garrett Oliver in this
place and having him ask the waitress if he could bring in a bottle
of Saison Du Pont to enjoy with an order of stacked enchiladas smothered
in Red and Green Chile.... A little video loop in my head. Sorry, but I
just had too!
Later that evening, the Judges reception at Wynkoop. It was nice
to see the many faces I have come to know over the years. I made a
circuit of the room, had a nice couple of chats and headed out to a
The party was organized via the Burgundian Babble Belt which is a
loosely knit group of Belgian beer afficandos who call the BBB home.
The BBB is an internet bulletin board/posting forum and is a great
source of information on a host of topics all to do with beer, with the
main emphasis being Belgium and Belgian beer. I could go on, but suffice
it to say I give it the highest marks for one of my favorite topics
Belgian Beer. The party had started hours before so most of my friends
were rather, well shall we say, well lubricated. It was great to see/meet
everyone but I must say that my good friend Joris Pattyn from Ursel
Belgium was there and really not able to put into words how great it was
to be there. Joris was in Denver to judge at the GABF, and I was glad to
know he was having a good time during his "time off." The beer at this
party was courtesy of the hosts, Logan and Doctor Bill as they are known
on the BBB. I'm very sure that much other beer was provided by the
many, many guests. Doc Bill in particular kept on handing things to try
it was really amazing. I tried Deus and Malhuer Brut for the first time.
If you guys are reading, thanks alot!
Time for bed!