As many of you know, the All Colorado Beer Festival was held again this past weekend.
You can see a complete list of this year's award winners here:
As you can see, Ska Brewing Co. cleaned house, with two gold medals and the nod for Best of Show.
And following suit, below I have chosen 10 personal bests from my experience, each paired with a photo, that's not limited to the beer itself.
Before I get to that, some other observations: I heard the GABF mentioned throughout the night, and it's clear that the ACBF has become a great supplement a month later, or alternative for those who aren't able to obtain the quickly disappearing GABF tickets.
I met a couple from Denver who came down for just that reason, opting to attend this smaller but still worthwhile beer tasting event.
I also took part in a food-and-beer tasting inside the VIP area (worth the small upcharge, according to other attendees who appreciated access to additional, limited-release beers), where Coaltrain general manager Austin Sherwood told me they had devised the tasting very much in the image of GABF's farm-to-table pavilion.
Buffalo Gals provided the food component (selling an awesome beef tri tip barbecue sandwich I later devoured on the regular tasting floor for $8) and did a nice job pairing salty, savory and sweet flavors to a diverse handful of beers.
Here's a look at the menu:
And Black Forest's Michelle Chocolate provided some outstanding truffles made with assorted Colorado beers.
Now, onto my personal Top 10, in no particular order:
Best beer label:
Best can art:
Best beer display:
Best brewer's outfit:
Best use of honey in beer:
Best reason to buy a VIP pass next year:
Best balance of chili heat:
Best use of chocolate:
Best fish lip face: