DENVER (KDVR) — On Thursday, the Great American Beer Festival kicked off its events with samples of ciders, seltzers, beers and non-alcoholic beverages.
Last year, there were 500 breweries and almost 10,000 beers in the competition. This year, there’s a lot more beer to sort through, so FOX31 picked out a few standouts to try at the festival:
Based in Oakland, California, this brewing company won gold at the festival last year. It presented the Alpenglow, which is a hazy IPA. You can find it at booths 14-15 this year.
Test out Hoptomic, which won gold at this year’s World Beer Cup. It’s a double IPA with hints of citrus, pine and resin.
Firemans #4 is another gold winner to try out at the festival. It’s a year-round blonde ale and is the company’s best-selling beer, with a smooth malt and zesty hops.
Coming from Bend, Oregon, the brewery took home gold last year for its Hachimitsu Mai Lager, which will be at booth 4-27 this year.
Try out the Imagine 14 Years — it’s a pilsner with a tropical aroma. It won gold at the World Beer Cup in 2023.
Also from Oakland, Ghost Town is serving the Nose Goblin with a 9.2% ABV, which earned gold last year in the competition.
Fat Pug Oatmeal Milk Stout, another gold winner last year, can be found at booth 10-9.
From Albuquerque, New Mexico, the brewpub is bringing its Capri-derosen, which also won gold at the World Beer Cup.
Winning gold last year, the Three Ryes Men is something to look for at booth 5-9 this year.
In 2023, the Pils won gold at the World Beer Cup and Volatile Substance won gold at the festival in 2021.
This is just the start of the beers that will be available. If you haven’t bought your ticket yet, you can buy it here for unlimited samples of beer, cider and hard seltzers.