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Friday, September 29, 2006

GABF: Great Divide Brewing Kick Off Party

A tradition of the Great American Beer Festival is the reception that the Great Divide Brewing Co. holds for brewers and media in Denver on the first day of the event. The reception this year was well attended and offered a chance for old friends to catch up.

Great Divide was pouring a variety of it beers, served a nice buffet and gave tours of its newly expanded operation. I tried two of their beers that I had previous not sampled: Great Divide Samari, a brew that is made using 20 percent rice, and a Fresh Hop Ale, which was pulled from the aging tank.

The easy going nature of the event was a welcomed contrast from the frenzy that would take place later in the day as thousands gathered for the opening GABF session.

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