Month: October 2013

My time at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) 2013

This slideshow requires JavaScript. The Great American Beer Festival (GABF) is a necessary pilgrimage for any craft beer drinker or homebrewer.  If you have ever seen groups of  children screaming in delight at Disneyland, then you can imagine the scene at GABF….except the kids are grown adults with facial hair and there are 600+ breweries and 2,800+ beers on the other side of the gate. Being a member of the AHA I had the opportunity to purchase pre-sale tickets.  Purchasing pre-sale tickets would be a good thing as the event would sell out in a matter of minutes.  Not...

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Shutdown Means No New Beer!

Up until now this whole government shutdown really didn’t have any direct impact on me, so it has been a great circus act that I idly sat by and watched on TV and listened to on NPR. I’m not planning to go to any national parks, I’m not trying to get a passport, I’m not a federal government worker nor am I really impacted in any direct way by it, until now. This shutdown has closed the The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau which doesn’t have an impact on existing beer in the market but has a direct impact...

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