Of course, the game plan needs to be flexible, but here are some elements I am pretty sure of (in no particular order):
- Thursday night, first thing after getting my sample cup, I am heading straight to D18 to hit New Glarus Brewing Company. Hopefully, they will have their Belgium Red for me to cross that off my list (tied for #16). Last year, New Glarus was extremely busy and ran out of beer real early, so this year I'm going to be one of the fist ones to track them down.
- At some point I need to drop by J3 Heretic Brewing Company and see my home-brewing idol Jamil Zainasheff. Perhaps I can get a picture with him. Perhaps I can even get him to sign my chest. Oh, and I also want to try his beers.
- This year, I would really like to attend some of the talks in the Brewers Studio Pavilion. The one I'm most interested in is the first one on Thursday night, "Celebrating 30 Years of the GABF". Hopefully I can get there after hitting New Glarus early.
- I want to make sure I sample the entries for the Pro-Am competition. At least, I think they are available to taste.
- Work on my list (see below)
|5. Bell’s Hopslam (C3)|
|12. Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine (F1)|
|13. Goose Island Bourbon County Stout (C19)|
|T14. Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter (G19)|
|T16. Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA (B20)|
|T16. New Glarus Belgian Red (D18)|
|19. Bell’s Expedition Stout (C3)|
|T20. Deschutes The Abyss (G1)|
|T20. Samuel Adams Noble Pils (M1 & M2)|
|T20. Troegs Nugget Nectar (M6)|
|T29. Three Floyds Alpha King (H13)|
|T29. Three Floyds Dark Lord (H13)|
|T34. Avery Maharaja (N8)|
|T34. Dogfish Head Indian Brown (B20)|
|T34. Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron (B20)|
|T34. Three Floyds Gumballhead (H13)|
|T38. Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA (B20)|
|T38. Lost Abbey Angel’s Share (J30)|
|T43. Ballast Point Sculpin IPA (A7)|
|T43. Russian River Blind Pig (F36)|
|T48. Alesmith Speedway Stout (A4)|
|T48. Green Flash West Coast IPA (F17)|
|T48. Summit EPA (E30)|
|T48. Victory Prima Pils (D21)|
So, there is the start of my plan for the GABF weekend. Maybe, I'll let you know as I fine-tune it. If not, I'll at least report back from the event.
iPhone App Available Soon on the GABF website. This happens to be the first time EVER that I've wished I have an iPhone. This sort of thing would be awesome to help me track down the beers I want to try.
I wish they would have had the fore-site to develop an Android application, so at least my wife could have it. Of course it would have been even better if instead of spending time developing an app for one type of device, they included all this functionality on a smart-phone optimized portion of their website so that every single mobile device could access the information.
Oh well, maybe next year. (did I sound like a Cub's fan just there??)