Location: Denver, Colorado.
Travel date: September 29-October 2, 2011.
It's only appropriate that I found this book near Colorado Springs! This wasn't the most conventional trip out there, but it sure was a pretty good final leg of my birthMONTH celebration. Since January we started planning for the Great American Beer Festival - or GABF, for intimate friends. From all parts of the country -Florida, Texas, Utah - we all flew in to Denver with the main purpose of celebrating and sampling... lots of beer!
Having had ONE beer that night, i woke up the next morning feeling so out of it! It was that altitude and jet lag setting in - So what better way to combat that than with a delicious breakfast at Watercourse Bakery, with its crazy cool/peculiar art and 100% vegetarian menu that EVERYONE - carnivores included - loved! Then it was off to explore the local breweries - Starting with mac-daddy of all breweries- Breckenridge, adjacent to Coors Field. ! Next, WynKoop!
Saturday morning was road trip time - we took our rental to about an hour south of Denver, near Colorado Springs to a place called the Garden of the Gods. The drive was beautiful, with a few snow-capped mountains in the far background, and the weather was perfect for a quick hike and sightseeing. Such a change from flat-tastic Florida :)
|Garden of Gods|
GABF pictures inside the Denver Convention Center (where the Big Blue Bear stands peeking into the building and whose butt i attempted to grab post event!) will be left up to your imagination - From super Mario Bros to people in robes and lots of Gator fans to mourn with, we saw a bit of .everything and tasted a bit of everything. WHAT a fun weekend - will be there again next October, without a doubt! (Next time I'm making it to Boulder and other cool places around there - has anybody ever been to Durango?)
|Couldn't help it.|
|Photo from the DCC site|
A last and pretty cool surprise - as we were getting ready to leave the hotel, we ran into one of the brewers at Shorts Brewery, which had one of the coolest booths at the festival - he gave us some more beer, of course, to get us on our way back home. Awesome guy and pretty darn good IBA.
Football side-note: I'll be seeing 'em Broncos at the Dolphins Stadium in a couple of weeks - Tebow as their starter QB, Pouncey doing great as the 'Fins center, Urban Meyer in the crowd. It's-great-to-be-a-Florida-Gator!