Nation’s Largest Beer Festival on Tap in Denver

DENVER, Sept. 18 / — The “Super Bowl” of beer returns to Denver, Colorado October 9-11, 2008, when the 27th Great American Beer Festival (GABF) taps its first keg. This year, the granddaddy of all U.S. beer festivals offers the largest collection of U.S. beer ever assembled – more than 1,900 different American beers will be available for tasting in one ounce samples.

Held in the Colorado Convention Center, the festival covers nine acres with 400 different craft breweries exhibiting their wares, all competing for coveted medals. Some 46,000 beer-lovers are expected to attend, each receiving a special glass that entitles them to a one ounce sample of any of the 1,900 pale ales, stouts, porters and lagers available. The breweries are arranged by geographic location, so it’s possible to “drink your way across America.” But sampling the beers requires some discretion and choice. A one ounce sample of every beer available would require drinking the equivalent of 26 six-packs.

Denver and the GABF are a perfect match. Colorado brews more beer than any other state and the Mile High City is home to the world’s largest single brewery, Coors Brewery, and the nation’s largest brewpub, the Wynkoop Brewing Company, founded by the city’s mayor, John Hickenlooper.

Throughout Colorado, there are more than 80 brewpubs, 18 microbreweries, and two major breweries, burnishing the state’s reputation as the “Napa Valley” of beer.

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