Tibor and I attended the Winter BrewFest at the Mile High Station on Friday night and it was very good event that allowed us to sample a number of beers and chat with some of the representatives from the various brewers. I had an opportunity to speak with a number of the representatives and talk to them about their respective beers, the brewery, and thank them for working the event and for the wonderful beer they make. It was great talking with Dustin from Avery, Andy from Ska, Marty from Stone and the representatives from Alaskan, Breckenridge, Oskar Blues, Upslope, Mountain Sun, Rogue, and Sierra Nevada.
I tried many different styles from various breweries and my favorite of the evening was Modus Hoperandi from Ska - I had not has this one before and had a couple of samples of this one. I also tried the Black Barley wine from Sierra Nevada that has garnered many accolades this year and won a metal at GABF. I did tell the guys from Alaskan that I liked the 2008 Alaskan Barley Wine better. I liked the Chocolate / Mocha offerings from Rouge and Great Divide. The IPAs from Avery, Oskar Blues, Alaskan, Stone and Flying Dog were all very tasty. If you get a chance to attend a beer festival - I encourage it. The attendees were well-mannered, the brewers are friendly and you get an opportunity to try many beers. You have to be selective, because there is no way to taste them all.