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Sunday, October 01, 2006

Lyke2Drink's GABF All-Festival Selections

Try as we might, with more than 1,600 beers being poured at the public tasting sessions of the Great American Beer Festival, it was impossible for the Lyke2Drink team to sample each brew. We did get to every corner of the Colorado Convention Center in search of great beer, followed tips from other beer fans and chased more than a few hunches. Along the way we kept track of our favorites.

Here in alphabetic order are our top 24 beers, the 2006 Lyke2Drink GABF All-Festival Case:

Atlanta Brewing Red Brick Ale (Atlanta, Ga.)
Bison Brewing Organic Chocolate Stout (Berkley, Calif.)
Boundary Bay Imperial IPA (Bellingham, Wash.)
Breckenridge Brewing Vanilla Porter (Denver, Colo.)
Bristol Brewing Tripel Warlock Double Imperial Stout (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Browning's Brewery Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout (Louisville, Ky.)
Brugge Brasserie Diamond Kings of Heaven (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Cambridge Brewing The Wind Cried Mari (Cambridge, Mass.)
Dogfish Head Pumpkin Ale (Milton, Del.)
Foothills Brewing Baltic Porter (Winston-Salem, N.C.)
Great Divide Hercules Double IPA (Denver, Colo.)
Great Lakes Rackhouse Ale (Cleveland, Ohio)
Lazy Magnolia Amberjacque Rye Ale (Kiln, Miss.)
Michelob Celebrate Oak Vanilla (St. Louis, Mo.)
New Glarus Raspberry Tart (New Glarus, Wisc.)
Oskar Blues Brewing Dale's Old Chub Scottish Ale (Lyons, Colo.)
Pizza Port Dawn Patrol Dark (San Clemente, Calif.)
Samuel Adams Utopias (Boston, Mass.)
Sierra Nevada Wood Aged Bigfoot Barleywine (Chico, Calif.)
Stewart's Brewing Oktoberfest (Bear, Del.)
Stone Brewing 10th Anniversary IPA (Escondido, Calif.)
Tommyknocker Cocoa Porter (Idaho Springs, Colo.)
Wiedenmayer Brewing Quad (Bedminster, N.J.)
Wolf Pack Storm Castle Irish Stout (West Yellowstone, Mont.)

Honorable Mention: Deschutes Brewery Obsidian Stout, Drakes Brewing Denogginizer, Firestone Walker IPA, Flossmoor Station Pullman Brown Ale, Great Basin Brewing Smoke Creek Rauchbier, Great Divide Hibernation Ale, Iron Hill Russian Imperial Stout, Ithaca Cascazilla, Lancaster Brewing Gold Star Pilsner, Magnolia Kalifornia Kolsch, Pumphouse Backdraft Imperial Stout, Prescott Brewing Pilsner 500, Russian River Brewing Piny the Elder, Southampton 10th Anniversary Old Ale, Victory Prima Pils, Wynkoop Brewing Patty's Chile Beer and Wynkoop Brewing Tripel Sixes.

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