Winner announced: Win two tickets to the Saturday night GABF session, courtesy of Westword and Visit Denver

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Courtesy of the Brewers Association
UPDATE: Congratulations to Jordenroman, who won the contest by telling a tale of a beer so delicious it had to be taken into the shower. Thanks to everyone else for your stories of beer love. Cheers.

Tickets to the Great American Beer Festival, which takes place October 10-12 at the Colorado Convention Center, sold out within minutes earlier this year, leaving many would-be attendees high and dry -- very dry. But you can win two to Saturday night's session (October 12 at 5:30 p.m.), courtesy of Westword and Visit Denver, which organizes the annual Denver Beer Fest, which takes place before and during GABF.

To win the tickets (along with two Denver Beer Trail Guide booklets from Visit Denver), you need to tell us what you think the best Colorado beer has been so far this year -- and why (please provide your e-mail address as well so that we can contact you). We'll pick a winner and based on the answers and announce the results 48 hours from now.




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700 14th St., Denver, CO

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katarinamartinez
katarinamartinez

Denver Beer Co's Citra IPA really blew me away! Love the crisp hoppiness with a subtle hint of citrus. You can tell they were messing with the recipe a little bit each brew, but it is still mighty tasty.

katarinamartinez@outlook.com

ledrewsif
ledrewsif

While I enjoyed Crooked Stave's Hop Savant as a great summery APA (go Bretts!), I'm going with the recently released River North Rum Barrel Quandary.  Although controversial (it is a bit different), I LOVE it.  The rich and malty Belgian is slammed with the sweet and spice of the rum to give an amazingly complex beer.   To boot, its got a smooth finish with a touch of that hoppy deliciousness. Amazing.  Catch me at, ledrewsif@gmail.com.

t.tieperman
t.tieperman

Dales Pale Ale.  Colorado, the beer mecca it is, doesn't have that super universal sought after beer like Russian River, Alchemist  and Zombie Dust.  We just have a shit load of good beers, hard to pick one that stands out.  But Dales Pale Ale in a can, is about as Colorado as you can get.  You take it camping, rafting, hiking, or a Red Rocks show.  The best pale ale in the world.  talltyson@yahoo.com

roondy888
roondy888

I would without a doubt have to say that New Belgiums Le Terroir was the best brew that I had this year.  It is a barrel aged sour that they originally brewed in 2010 and hasn't been brewed since, until this year(they brewed it to bring it to GABF)!!!!  There is a bar in Fort Collins that has 100 beers on tap(The Mayor) they somehow got their hands on a keg of this beauty and posted online that they were tapping it.  As soon as I read that I headed that way to try this beer that has been rated a 96 on beer advocate.  I got my pint and there was an overwhelming smell of peachy hops, it was amazing.  Then I took a sip and POW your pallet gets obliterated by an amazing mango, peachy lemony bitter beer that is to die for.  This is one world class beer made by a world class brewery, I for one am glad they decided to brew this bad boy again!!!  (roondy888@gmail.com)

jordenroman
jordenroman

Back in May I was lucky enough to snag a bottle of Crooked Stave's sour Violet beer, the last one being released as part of the Wild Wild Brett series. It was absolutely magical. After braving the long line that afternoon I envisioned myself sitting on my balcony and pouring myself a nice glass of it. But when I returned home I decided the first thing I needed to do was shower, and into the shower the bottle went with me...there was just no waiting. I was definitely expecting the potency of the pomegranate but what surprised me was the hint of lavender. It didn't take away from the sourness of the beer at all and paired amazingly with the pomegranate. I walked out of the bathroom that day with two things: A new found love for a local beer and the brewery that makes it (though I will probably never get my hands on another bottle - damnit) and dark, very purple lips. Like really dark lips, you guys. jordenroman@gmail.com

spaansme
spaansme

Denver Beer Co's Mayan Nut Brown Ale because it was the first beer brewed with that type of nut... and that's pretty neat. spaansme@gmail.com

mbran23
mbran23

New belgiums Pumpkick becuase it's the taste of fall :)

ryangetz
ryangetz

Wynkoop's Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout was my favorite beer of 2013 because of its extra NUTTY flavor and novelty 2pack packaging! 

Skinney85
Skinney85

Odell's Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout! Reminds me of being in a kid in the glory days sipping on a  chocolate malt milkshake coming home after a hard day at school! Creamy, delicious and comforting!

filar85@gmail.com

wildblue1
wildblue1

Copper Kettle Mexican Chocolate Stout taste like, cinnamon, chili pepper, chocolate, caramel and a hint of vanilla… and that’s why I like it. 

wildblue@ecoisp.com

 

b3243
b3243

Definitely the Summer Snow White IPA (Sanitas Brewing). Cool and refreshing!


b3243@ymail.com 

PerfectlyFlawed
PerfectlyFlawed

Wow so hard to choose! Colorado has some fantastic beers, well I like pretty much anything from Avery-the Maharaja Imperial IPA OR the Reverend Belgian Quad Ale

Odell Mtn. Standard is also great.....I've had too many to decide!! CHEERS :)

felice1987@gmail.com

JamesB7
JamesB7

Old Chub by Oskar Blues is an old standby.  Malty and milky finish, this Scottish throwback is one of the best and underrated in Colorado. james.baetke@gmail.com

94cubuff
94cubuff

Colorado produces some of the most amazing and creative beers in the nation.  I drink a lot of them.  I'm kind of a good beer snob.  I should give you the typical good beer snob answer of one of the Lips of Faith series like Le Terroir, or one of the unbelievable sours from the mad beer scientists at Crooked Stave.  But, I've got be honest-favorite beer of the year-Watermelon Hefe from Strange.  Yep, I said it-I'm a dude who drinks watermelon beer.  Even worse, I'm a beer snob who drinks watermelon beer.  On a ridiculously hot July Colorado day, there was just nothing better.  I may not win the tickets, but at least I no longer have to live in shame.  I'm happy to proclaim-my name is Scott, and yes, I drink watermelon beer.

blue13matt
blue13matt

a few months past its prime, but twisted pine's cucumber cream was a super pleasant surprise this summer. cool, refreshing and zen-like in originality. (matthew@blue13creative.com)

Legen Dairy
Legen Dairy

Or maybe Ticketmaster gets their shit right so the Fucking Scalpers cant buy up all the Fucking TABLES for the Brewers and Resell them and all the passes and try to get more money. I swear to god Ill rob some piece of shit scalper for two tickets this year. And good luck prosecuting me asshole.

seanymack26
seanymack26

Dry Dock is my favorite brewery in Colorado, I have been going there since they had their little tasting room and brew supply store. Since the Apricot Blonde came out in cans this year it has been the go to brew all year for my fiance and I!! This easy drinking beer is perfect for Sunday funday in Wash park, its Apricot malty goodness has my vote!  Sdclark80@gmail.com

dina6878
dina6878

I could go with old stand bys like Odell's St. Lupulin (crisp, summery...) or Bull and Bush's ESB.  There is also Dry Dock Apricot that I discovered this summer...a nice light beer with a hint of fruit (not sweetened down like Pyramid Apricot) but I think the BEST COLORADO BEER THIS YEAR would have to be my newest find from a brewery just 1 year old in Denver...River North BPR.  This is a Belgium Style Red Pale Ale.  I like the Belgium aspect..they didn't go overboard on the hops like some Colorado IPAs (its almost a competition who can be the hoppiest and some of us forget what a nice HINT of hop is like).  Its got this beautiful red color that lets you know you are drinking a real beer.  And it was smooth and delicious.  The various complex notes of hop and yeast and bitterness with sweetness all blend together in perfect harmony.  It is far from a traditional Colorado IPA...so far well its a Belgium Pale Red. 

dina6878@gmail.com

brad.mannmann
brad.mannmann

By far this year, Crooked Stave's Wood-Aged Farmhouse Ale Surette is the one that blew me out of the water.  I had it on tap at The Rackhouse Pub a few months back and I sipped and sipped, never wanting it to end.  Usually, when a beer takes me 45 minutes to drink (especially a 10 oz. pour) it's because it's something heavy and challenging like a barleywine or a stout.  The Surette took me that long to drink because I wanted to savor its every last funky drop.  Approachable enough for the uninitiated but complex enough for the purist, the Surette brings a citrusy pucker from the active Brett yeast but goes down silky in the finish like a refreshing Saison should.  I'm always wary of wood-aged beers (GABF last year was overrun with them) as they tend to leave an odd vanilla-like flavor that is sometimes unmatched to the style being aged.  Surette's wood-aging is just subtle enough to impart an aroma and character of the French farmhouse tradition without ever overdoing it.  Crooked Stave's new location at The Source on Brighton Blvd. should put them closer to being one of Denver's--no, Colorado's--premier artisan breweries.  I was proud to add them to my 1500-strong beer list and hope to add more if I get a chance to see GABF this year.  HIT ME BACK: brad.mannmann@gmail.com

dpadilla4
dpadilla4

Asking what the best Colorado beer has been so far this year is like asking what kind of car do you like? I'n not taking the Porche 4 Wheeling.  Blonde, brunette or redhead? It all depends on my mood.

So I will limit my response to "What is the best beer for breakfast?"
I vote Espresso Oak Aged Yeti. A generous infusion of Denver’s own Pablo’s espresso adds yet another layer of complexity to this beer, combining with the vanilla oak character, intense roasty maltiness and bold hop profile to create a whole new breed of mythical creature. It’s official: You can now have Yeti with breakfast.

dpadilla@hotmail.com

meganbran76
meganbran76

Hazed and Infused has got me so confused, this amber ale it never fails, the dry hops never stop, this Boulder beer will make you cheer!! Seriously, Hazed and Infused from Colorado's 1st microbrewery, Boulder Beer, is one tasty beer. It truly has unique aroma, with just enough yeast for a full mouth feel and a smooth, easy finish. So sit back, relax and get hazed!!! Thanks!

Megan Branham

meganbran76@yahoo.com

falafelfive
falafelfive

Imperial Red Rye IPA from Black Shirt Brewery, BSB is  consistently the most solid brewery in Denver right now.

Todd Hendreks
Todd Hendreks

These will get snatched up by scalpers anyway.

BigShotBob
BigShotBob

I am a fan of the Weißbier Hefeweizen from Prost Brewing. Its the perfect blend of fruit and spice. I recommend it to all beer enthusiasts. Certainly would like to try all the worlds beers at GABF. Thank you for your consideration. robfjordan@gmail.com  

Sincerely 

Rob

lamoureauxc
lamoureauxc

Anything that Wild Woods Brewery has put out...Berry Patch Wheat, Smores Stout, Treeline IPA. You can taste Colorado in all their brews. Frequent a lot of local breweries and this is by far my #1 pick of the year! MCL21@comcast.net, Cheers.

MelissaSara
MelissaSara

Best Colorado beer I've had this year will definitlely be Odells Mountain Standard Time.  Being more than a lip splitter, this double black IPA lends flavors to malts, and caramel, with Colorado hops and a perfect bitterness. Mmmmmm :) 

Melissa Knudsen

msknudse@gmail.com

THANKS in advance!! :)

MLEC
MLEC

Since visiting the New Belgium brewery earlier this year and trying their S'More Porter, I've been thinking about it daily.  It was smooth, chocolate-y and there were hints of marshmallow and graham cracker in the finish--yuuuuummmmmm.  Sadly, it was a "Lips of Faith" beer that was also a nitro so we couldn't get a growler to go home and they have probably run out of it since. swtdewdrops@yahoo.com

ssg213
ssg213

Ten Fidy by Oskar Blues. This thick bodied caramel and coffee noted brew has all the qualities an Imperial Stout should have. Viscous, frothy and an alcohol flavor that is pungent but not overpowering. All this from a beer in a can? You can't go wrong with this award winning brew that also comes barrel aged, not to mention FIDY stands for Fuck Industry Do it Yourself. samgallen1@gmail.com so i can get into GABF and try all the other delicious brews!

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