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Saturday, September 30, 2006

GABF: News and Notes Day 3

One of the quirkiest additions to the 25th anniversary Great American Beer Festival is the "Silent Disco" sponsored by Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Brewery in Lyons, Colo. The dancers put on head phones and shake it on the dance floor to music the rest of the crowd cannot hear. The dance floor gets a bit more crowded as each tasting session progresses.

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Tim Bruening is enjoying this year's Great American Beer Festival as the guest of the Brewers Association after winning the Great American Beer Tour in May. Bruening visited eight different breweries a total of 32 times to earn the trip. The Brewers Association promotes the week-long event as a way to get people to visit local brewpubs and microbreweries. You can compete for a trip to the 2007 GABF from May 14-20, 2007. Check out www.beertown.org for details.

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Importers from Holland, the United Kingdom and China are attending the GABF to observe the beer culture in the U.S. and meet with brewers gathered in Denver to discuss potential export deals. It's part of the Brewers Association's Export Development Program, an effort funded by federal agricultural and export development grants.

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