Great American Beer Festival 2015 Photos – GABF 2015

Great American Beer Festival 2015 Photos – GABF 2015

Great American Beer Festival 2015

Great American Beer Festival 2015 Photos

The entrance to the Great American Beer Festival on Saturday 9/26/2015.  A very large crowd formed prior to them opening the doors for the festival.  Despite the large number of people, everyone was calm and in good spirits, I did not notice one fight or argument while I was there.

Great American Beer Festival 2015 Weed and Pot Beer

Great American Beer Festival 2015 Weed and Pot Beer

Perhaps the largest line of the festival was surrounding Dudes and Brews who was serving a Cannabis Sativa Beer at the event.  From my understanding it was the only weed or cannabis beer at the event.

Great American Beer Festival 2015

Sierra Nevada Brewery at the Great American Beer Festival 2015

Here was the scene at the Sierra Nevada Brewing both.  They had a large crowd and were serving several beers.

Russian River Brewing - Great American Beer Festival 2015

Russian River Brewing at the Great American Beer Festival 2015

Here was Russian River’s both.  I suppose that when your beer is as good as theirs, you don’t really need a flashy both.  I reached their location about an hour after they let everyone in and all that was left was their Porter.

Great American Beer Festival 2015 Photos

RhineGeist Brewery at the Great American Beer Festival 2015

RhineGeist Brewery made it to the Great American Beer Festival this year and had several beers on tap.

Great American Beer Festival 2015 Paradox Brewing

Paradox Brewing at the Great American Beer Festival 2015

One of my new favorite breweries, Paradox brewing was at the Great American Beer Festival and were serving beer all night.

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Great American Beer Festival Oskar Blues Brewery

One of the larger local Craft Beer breweries was also at the Great American Beer Festival 2015 with a giant both.  Dale’s Pale Ale is always a solid choice and was being served along side several of their other beers.

Great American Beer Festival 2015

Great American Beer Festival 2015 Odell Brewing

Odell Brewing Company out of Fort Collins Colorado was also at the Great American Beer Festival 2015 and was serving thirsty fans all night.  They had a large group of fans around their both for most of the evening.

Noble Ale Works Great American Beer Festival

Great American Beer Festival 2015 Nobel Ale Works

Their were several Orange County California Breweries on hand at the Great American Beer Festival, including Noble Ale Works.

Great American Beer Festival 2015 Left Coast Brewing

Left Coast Brewing Great American Beer Festival 2015

Left Coast Brewing was on hand at the Great American Beer Festival 2015 as well serving up several beers.  The line was not long but the beer was great.

Great American Beer Festival 2015 Photos and Images

Growler Werks Beer Growlers

Growler Werks Great American Beer Festival 2015

Growler Werks was on hand with a new like of growlers that lets you control the CO2 pressure so that your craft beer or homebrew does not go bad.  The rep from Growler Werks even informed me that you can force carbonate your home brewed beer in these growlers.  If I have a chance to review one, I will give you all the details.

Great American Beer Festival 2015 Images

Green Flash Brewing at the Great American Beer Festival

Tons of West Coast Breweries were on hand, including many from the San Diego area such as Green Flash.  Green Flash had a large both at the Great American Beer Festival and were serving a ton of beers.

Great American Beer Festival 2015 Fan Photos

Fan at the Great American Beer Festival 2015

It was not just the brewers and breweries on show at the Great American Beer Festival 2015.  Many fans came dressed up such as this fine gentleman who would greet everyone with a wave or high five.

Great American Beer Festival 2015 Fan Photos

Great American Beer Festival 2015 Fan and Cosplay Photos

And the viking was not alone, here is a photo of his buddy who was in an equally great mood!

Great American Beer Festival Drakes

Drakes Brewing Great American Beer Festival 2015

I am not to sure what this lady was doing with her hair, but Drake’s Brewery was also on hand.  They have one of the best line ups of beer around and a great booth to showcase them.

Great American Beer Festival 2015 Deschutes Brewery

Descutes Brewery Great American Beer Festival 2015

Deschutes Brewery out of Portland and Bend, Oregon were on hand as well.  Deschutes is an awesome brewery and they sent some really awesome folks to man their both as well.  They are serving some great beers this year as well!

Great American Beer Festival Cannabis and Weed Beer

Cannabis Beer at the Great American Beer Festival 2015

Here is another shot of Dude’s and Brews, advertising the World First Cannabis Beer at the Great American Beer Festival 2015.  It seemed to be a big attraction for many of the festival goers.

Great American Beer Festival 2015 Bootleggers Brewery

Bootleggers Brewery at the Great American Beer Festival 2015

Bootleggers Brewery made it to the Great American Beer Festival as well.  The folks they sent were cool and knowledgeable about their beers.

Great American Beer Festival 2015 Bend Brewing

There was a great showing of Oregon breweries as well, including Bend Brewing Company.

Great American Beer Festival Bear Republic Brewery

Bear Republic at the Great American Beer Festival 2015

I was glad to see one of my personal favorite breweries, Bear Republic had made it to the Great American Beer Festival.  The people working their stand were awesome and the beer was great too!

Great American Beer Festival 2015 Avery Brewing

Avery Brewing Great American Beer Festival 2015

Avery Brewing, another large local craft brewery was on hand as well with a giant booth that had a huge crowd.  They had an awesome selection of beer and were pouring tons of beer!

MoreBeer Promo Codes for Homebrewing Growlers

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Homebrewing Growlers

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Ska Brewing Decadent Imperial IPA Beer Review

Ska Brewing Decadent Imperial IPA Beer Review

Ska Brewing Decadent Imperial IPA

Ska Brewing Decadent Imperial IPA

Disclaimer: Before reading this review please keep in mind, I am not a self proclaimed beer expert, I am just a home beer brewer who enjoys beer. My posts do not typically go into great detail and may be unconventional in their format; they are simply intended to help people with similar tastes avoid bad beers and find great beers.

Beer: Decadent Imperial IPA
Brewery: Ska Brewing
Style: Imperial IPA
ABV: 10%
My Score: 6/10

Review:
It was a Sunday night and my brother had invited me over for dinner and I thought that I would bring a beer over.  I had selected this Ska Brewing, Decadent Imperial IPA since I knew it was 10% ABV and if it was terrible, I did not want to have to drink it all by myself. Sorry brother.  Any time I see a wax covered top to a bottle I always worry that the brewery is trying to hard because the beer can’t sell itself; it is kinda like the push up bra of beer bottles.

So about the beer.  It was not bad, but it was not great. In my opinion some breweries go way to far with their double and imperial IPA’s. They typically make them too strong and the hop profile gets over powered by the taste of malt and or alcohol. One of the reasons why Pliny the Elder is so good is that they balance it so well, is contains 20% less alcohol by volume than this beer and the hops are allowed to be showcased. Anyhow, back to this beer.  It had a nice head, nice body, great color, mediocre clarity, but just tasted alright.  Not a bad beer, I might even order it again if I saw it on tap, was having a bad day, there was nothing awesome on the beer board and I just wanted to get drunk.

In a nutshell:

Thumbs Middle for Ska Brewing Decadent IPA

Thumbs Middle for Ska Brewing Decadent IPA

Eel River Brewing, Emerald Triangle Session IPA Craft Beer Review

Eel River Emerald Triangle Session IPA Craft Beer Review

Eel River Emerald Triangle Session IPA Craft Beer

Craft Beer Reviews

Disclaimer: Before reading this review please keep in mind, I am not a self proclaimed beer expert, I am just a home beer brewer who enjoys beer. My posts do not typically go into great detail and may be unconventional in their format; they are simply intended to help people with similar tastes avoid bad beers and find great beers.

Beer: Emerald Triangle Session IPA
Brewery: Eel River Brewing
Style: Session IPA
ABV: 4.5%
My Score: 8/10

Review:
So, the other night I  got home from work, put some People’s Court on the TV, as I often do, and then grabbed myself a beer. I sat down and poured this Eel River Emerald Triangle Session IPA. I am not sure if this is the People’s Court talking, but I really enjoyed it.  Let me get the not so great stuff out of the way first. The color is not ideal, kinda a piss yellow, but the beer had pretty good clarity and a nice head. The body and mouth feel were a bit thin but that is where my complaints end, and it is a session ale after all, so I can not really complain about a thin body.  The hop profile of this beer is fantastic, bursting with tropical and citrus notes; it tasted fresh and the flavor did not dissipate after a few sips.  I am at this moment looking forward to having another one, and watching another episode of People’s Court. I know that Eel River makes a full on (non session) IPA version if this beer and I would like to check it out because if this beer was a touch fuller on body, I would imagine it would be fantastic.

In a nutshell:

Thumbs Up

Thumbs Up for the Eel River, Emerald Triangle Session IPA

Bells Brewing Amber Ale Craft Beer Review

Bell’s Amber Ale Beer Review

Bells Amber Ale Beer Review

Bells Amber Ale Beer Review

Disclaimer: Before reading this review please keep in mind, I am not a self proclaimed beer expert, I am just a home beer brewer who enjoys beer. My posts do not typically go into great detail and may be unconventional in their format; they are simply intended to help people with similar tastes avoid bad beers and find great beers.

Beer: Amber Ale
Brewery: Bell’s
Style: American Amber
ABV: 5.7%
My Score: 4/10

Review:
I live on the West Coast and for the most part I drink beers that are brewed on the West Coast.  For my birthday my brother got me a pack of these Bell’s Amber Ales and I was very excited to try them as I had heard such wonderful things about Bell’s.  So I poured my glass and was immediately disappointed by the cloudiness / chill haze.  You guys are supposed to be one of America’s best craft breweries why TF do you ship your beer in that condition, I would not pour my homebrew if it looked that cloudy.  So I drank the beer.  It had a mediocre head but a nice mouth feel.  I did not care for the hop profile to be honest.  I felt the beer was boring and not the type of boring that it makes for a good beer to enjoy with your meal; just the type of boring that makes me wish I chose a different beer.  I look forward to trying other beers brewed by Bell’s but will be passing on this one in the future.  You may want to take my review with a grain of salt as Bell’s Amber Ale currently scores an 87 of Beer Advocate.

In a nutshell:

Thumbs Down

Thumbs Down

Homebrew Draft System for your Home Made Craft Beer

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Home Brewing Draft Beer System and Keg Promo Code

Homebrew Draft Beer System Promo Code

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This offer from MoreBeer.com is for a complete home brew setup for dispensing your home brewed beer like a professional brewer. There are many benefits to kegging your beer as opposed to bottling it but the number one reason is how much time you save. Not to mention, you no longer have to clean beer bottles, you can control your carbonation level, you save space, you do not have to worry about bottle bombs and you can still transfer beer from your keg to a bottle if you want!  This morebeer draft beer system includes everything you need to dispense your homebrew and includes  the best equipment including a dual gauge regulator that shows the pressure in the keg,as well as how much is left in the tank. It also includes an aluminum CO2 tank , 5 feet of 3/16″ beer line. Here are some additional details on this homebrewing draft beer and keg system:

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Homebrewing Stainless Steel Conical Fermenter Brew Bucket Sale

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Homebrewing Brew Bucket Stainless Steel Conical Fermenter

Homebrewing Brew Bucket Stainless Steel Conical Fermenter

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Coupon Description: MoreBeer.com currently has a sale going on where you can save money when you purchase a 7 gallon stainless steel conical homebrewing brew bucket fermenter that also works well for home made wine fermentation.

If you have not seen one of these stainless steel fermentation buckets in person, then trust me, they are great and I personally use two of them.  I like them because they are really easy to clean, hold 7 gallons in capacity, are made of durable 304 food grade stainless steel and unlike a glass carboy, I do not have to worry about dropping it and it cutting my leg in half! If you cant now, you can save $30 on what is already a fantastic deal for a piece of stainless steel home beer making hardware.  Make your own craft beer with this homebrew fermenter!  Here are some of the specs on it:

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Stainless Steel Sparge Arm MoreBeer Coupon Code

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Stainless Steel Sparge Arm

Stainless Steel Sparge Arm for All Grain Homebrewing

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Coupon Description: MoreBeer.com currently has a deal of the day going on where you can save some money when you purchase a stainless steel ultimate sparge arm.

This coupon code is for a MoreBeer stainless steel adjustable home beer brewing sparge arm.  One might think that from the name, the ultimate sparge arm is a little over the top, but it truly is one of the best homebrewing sparge arms on the market! I personally use this stainless sparge arm and love it. The sparge arm assembly is made completely out of stainless steel and silicone. It is has high quality welds and two adjustment points to help it fit almost any home beer brewing configuration. One of the adjustments helps to hold the sparge arm against your brewing kettle and the other allows you to move the sparge arm up or down inside the kettle to accommodate different sized grain beds. This sparge arm is excellent for sparging but what is even better is that it allows you to recirculate as opposed to most other sparge arms on the market. This makes it perfect for use in a RIMS or HERMS homebrewing system. Users rate it at 5 stars and there is a reason for it, this sparge arm is one of the best home beer brewing buys that I have ever made.  Here are some of the sparge arms features:

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  • The sparge arm includes a ball valve allowing you to increase or decrease the flow rate during sparge or recirculation
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Midwest Supplies Midwestsupplies.com Promo Code for a DarkStar Home Brewing Burner

Midwest Supplies – MidwestSupplies.com Coupon Code Promotion, For a limited time only, spend $125 and get a free DarkStar homebrew burner.

Dark Star floor homebrew burner

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Midwest supplies currently has a promotion going on for their Dark Star homebrewing burner. The Dark Star is an entry level 54,000 BTUs homebrew burner with a controlled flame height and steady burn. It is easy to set-up and features quality construction. This burner is compact in size, but brings 5 gallons of water to a full boil in less than 20 minutes.  It is recommend for 5 gallon batches but can support up to 10 gallons in capacity.

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Stainless Steel Wort Chiller Promo Code from Morebeer.com MoreBeer Home Brewing Supplies

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Homebrew Stainless Steel Wort Chiller

Homebrewing Stainless Steel Wort Chiller

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Coupon Description: MoreBeer.com currently has a deal of the day going on where you can save some money when you purchase a stainless steel wort immersion chiller.

This coupon code is for a MoreBeer stainless steel homebrewing wort chiller. This high grade stainless steel homebrew wort chiller includes 8 feet of vinyl tubing attached to both the in and out using a female garden hose fitting on the “in” side, as well as 25 feet of stainless steel tubing measuring 3/8 inch wide to help chill your hot wort quickly after a boil.  The advantage of using stainless steel to chill your wort as opposed to copper is that it won’t tarnish between uses and is less likely to impact the flavor of your beer even at the smallest level. Stainless steel is also currently much more affordable than copper, which makes this an economical choice that won’t sacrifice quality. This stainless steel wort chiller also contains a brass faucet adapter for an even more attractive, high quality look and feel. This is a great wort chiller choice for 5 gallon batches of beer where a smaller sized brew kettle is used.

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