Saturday, September 26, 2009

First Snow!

First snow of the season viewed from Loveland Pass on the Continental Divide.

This past week it snowed a few nights up in the mountains. As we drove up on Saturday, we took a few photos near the great divide. Arapahoe Basin ski area already has the snow guns out to get a trail ready for the season!

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Friday, September 25, 2009

GABF 2009

Friday evening Erich, Tom, Melissa and I headed down to the Colorado Convention Center for the 2009 Great American Beer Festival. The festival covered three days, 450 Breweries from around the country and more than 2,000 beers on tap! We got to try some excellent craft beers that we would otherwise have to travel long distances to enjoy, a sip of Sam Adams Utopia (27%, 48 proof!!), and we met a few of the big hitters of the craft beer and homebrewing world.

Charlie Papazian, author and founder of the Association of Brewers, signed one of his hombrewing how-to books for us. I got a high five from Sam Calagione, founder and president of Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales, when I congratulated him on his court win over Anheuser Busch about the name of their Pumpkin Beer (Budweiser actually sued them because they said that "Punkin" was too generic of a name for a beer!! Dogfish Head won that one!). And, Melissa got a signed DVD from Greg Koch CEO & Co-Founder of Stone Brewing Co. Delicious beers from around the country, who could have asked for a better evening!

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