GABF brewers' diaries
Denver - September 25
I once read that doctors recommend you acclimate yourself to a higher
altitude for 24 hours before you start drinking, Dr. Bill from Southern
California says, “you only need to acclimate yourself for 24 minutes
before drinking a beer.” I’m sticking with Dr. Bill’s advice.
The first day at the GABF is usually a slow day, going to the Brewer’s
Gathering, seeing old friends, and in my case receiving phone calls from
the earthquake retrofit contractor telling me that he is going to be
delayed for another week. I’ve heard that before!
After the Brewer’s Gathering, my wife Natalie and I and a few friends went
to what I thought was a private beer tasting put on by Babble Belt, it
didn’t seem to private though. There were so many people there, lots of
good beer though. The best beer of the night that I tasted was something
that Todd Ashman brought to the Babble Belt tasting; it was from a brewery
called Belvedere, made in Belgium. I need to find Todd later and get more
info on this brew.
Of course, after the Babble Belt tasting we made it back to the Falling
Rock where I actually got a fair amount of business done. I spoke with
three potential distributors from Arizona, Alaska, and Southern California
who will probably carry our beer, and most important I spoke with the
White Lab crew about our collaboration that we will be doing next year.
Two years ago I had an idea to make a Belgian IPA - I wanted to fuss two
styles together that normally don’t go together. At about the same time,
the fine folks at White Labs approached me with an idea to brew a beer
using all of their Belgian yeast that they have available, which is
something like 10 or 12. So, over a beer and a game of Brewmaster we
conceptualized this new beer, a Belgian style IPA using 10 or so yeasts to
ferment it, and malts and hops from all over the world. And the name,
DISCOMBOBULATION! After I brew the beer, we would release the beer and
finally release the mixed culture and the recipe to the homebrew
So last night the concept of Discombobulation was rekindled and we talked
about brewing this beast of a beer in March.
Today we are off to New Belgium Brewing Company for a
tour with Peter. Should be fun!