Every October, the Great American Beer Festival brings tens of thousands of craft beer fans to the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. When the doors opened on Thursday night for the first session, thirsty drinkers had to choose from more than 3100 beers from 624 different breweries. Unlike most beer festivals, breweries send some of their rarest offerings to the Great American Beer Festival, and the 24 participating breweries from San Diego County brought some great stuff.
Here's what the San Diego breweries are pouring:
Alesmith – IPA, Vietnamese Coffee Speedway Stout, Old Numbskull, Horny Devil, and Wee Heavy. This marks the first time that Alesmith sent Vietnamese Coffee Speedway Stout.
Ballast Point – Longfin Lager, Even Keel San Diego Session Ale, Sculpin IPA, Navigator Doppelbock and Grunion Pale Ale.
Benchmark Brewing – Blond, Oatmeal Stout, Wee Heavy, Brown and IPA.
Coronado Brewing (Production Facility) – Idiot IPA, Orange Ave Wit, Islander IPA, Mermaid’s Red and Blue Bridge Coffee Stout.
Coronado Brewing (Brewpub) – Rye Dogg IPA, El Borracho Brown, Rauch Sham-Bo, Berry The Hatchet and Black Sails.
Green Flash – West Coast IPA, Silva Stout, Flanders Drive (Sour Red Ale), East Village Pilsner, Green Flash Trippel, Green Bullet, Le Freak, Little Freak, Double Stout and Rayon Vert.
Karl Strauss – Wreck Alley Imperial Stout, Tower 10 IPA, WIndansea Wheat, Red Trolley Ale and Pintail Pale Ale.
Karl Strauss (Downtown) – Four Scowling Owls, Tower 20 IPA, Doppelbock, Black’s Beach and Two Tortugas.
Latitude 33 – Vanilla’s Porter and The Pasha’s Rye Brown.
The Lost Abbey – Red Poppy, Saints Devotion, Duck Duck Gooze, Framboise de Amorosa and Saison Blanc.
Manzanita Brewing Company – Witch’s Hair, Chaotic, 3rd Anniversary Ale, Danger Ranger and Riverwalk Blonde.
Mission – Armada IPA, Carrack Imperial Red Ale, Dark Seas Imperial Stout, El Conquistador Extra Pale Ale and Shipwrecked Double IPA.
Modern Times Beer – Fortunate Islands, Black House, Lomaland, Blazing World and Oneida.
Monkey Paw – Bonobos, 15, Sweet Georgia Brown and Low and Slow.
Pizza Port (Bressi Ranch) – Swamis IPA, Ponto Session IPA, Chronic Ale and Brown.
Pizza Port (Carlsbad) – Attrition, Shagadelic Brown, Deez Smokin’ Nutz, First In and Carlsbad Raceway.
Pizza Port (Ocean Beach) – Bacon and Eggs, Flying Hawaiian, Kung Fu Elvis, Norsewoman IPA and Z Man Stout.
Pizza Port (Solana Beach) – Whale’s Tails, Dawn Patrol Dark, May The Port Be With You, The Kook IPA and Old Boneyards.
Port Brewing Company – Old Viscosity, Older Viscosity, Hop 15, Hot Rocks Lager and Board Meeting Brown Ale.
Rock Bottom (La Jolla) – Moonlight Porter.
Saint Archer – Pale Ale, IPA, Blonde and American Stout.
Stone Brewing Company (Escondido) - 2013 Stone ESPRESSO Imperial Russian Stout, 2013 Stone Old Guardian OAK-SMOKED Barley Wine, Drew Curtis/Wil Wheaton/Greg Koch Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout, Stone 17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA, Stone Enjoy By 10.25.13 IPA, Stone IPA, Stone Levitation Ale, Stone Reason Be Damned Belgian Style Abbey Ale aged in Red Wine Barrels, Stone Ruination IPA Grapefruit Edition, Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale.
Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens (Liberty Station) – Burton Snatch IPA, Lifeblood, Stone Supremely Self-Conscious Ale, Angry & Wit IPA and Cimmerian Portal.