This weekend, Thursday-Saturday, marks the annual Great American Beer Festival, held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. Since 1982, this three day event has become the premier beer festival and competition in the United States. Today, the event has grown to represent more than 4,000 different beers from more than 800 of the nation’s breweries. Attendees enjoy the opportunity to taste these beers, from across the country, amidst other craft beer enthusiasts. In preparation for this event, we take a look at the Jackson breweries that will be representing our valley of delicious craft beer. Today’s feature: Roadhouse Brewing Co.
Roadhouse Brewing Co. entered the GABF game back in 2013. This year, Roadhouse will be recognized as a “featured brewery” at the convention center. This equates to a larger booth space, where Roadhouse will be pouring ten of their micro brews. Excited to connect with others in the industry, the Roadhouse crew will be flaunting their VW bus and their specialty: big, strong Belgian beers. Roadhouse loves hoppy beers, and it shows in their judging submissions this year.
With around 100 judged categories, not to mention additional subcategories, each brewery can only submit to four categories. In each category, judges select three winners in standard gold, silver, bronze format. In 2014, Roadhouse took silver in the Belgian-Style Fruit Ale category for their Saison en Regalia. After deliberation, Roadhouse has chosen to submit the following to this year’s competition:
- Belgian Golden Ale: Avarice & Greed
- Belgian Imperial Ale: Siren Song
- Wine-Barrel Aged Brett Saison with Fruit: Raspberry Beret
- Brett Saison: Sacred Brett
This event also gives Roadhouse an opportunity to celebrate the expansion of its every-growing brand, which includes the start of distribution in Colorado earlier this year.
“Though this will be our fifth year at GABF, it’s a particularly exciting one for us now that we’re distributing in Colorado, home to one of the best craft beer scenes in the world and where I spent some of my formative years in craft brewing,” says co-founder Colby Cox.
September 17-23: 5280 Burger Bar tap takeover, all week.
September 18: Falling Rock tap takeover, 4-6 p.m.
September 19: Euclid Hall beer dinner, 6-9 p.m. Roadhouse co-founder Gavin Fine join’s Euclid Hall’s executive chef Sarah Cloyd for a beer pairing dinner at the Larimer Square restaurant.
September 20: Stout Street Social. The Roadhouse team offers an afternoon tasting their unreleased Sacred Brett across the street from the Convention Center.
September 20-21: Hayters & Co. tap takeover, 10 p.m.-close.
September 20: Death & Co. late night beer, cocktails and bites, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Enjoy a live DJ, Roadhouse beers, small bites and beer cocktails, in collaboration with Death & Co., at Vauxhall in The Ramble Hotel.
September 21: Cheba Hut beer tasting, 1-3 p.m.
Which event has got your stoke level jumping? Hurry your way to Denver to enjoy them all alongside the Roadhouse Brewing Co. crew. And check back tomorrow for our final GABF week preview on Snake River Brewery.