As GABF week looms, it is my great pleasure to announce our annual North American Guild of Beer Writers GABF Meet-Up & Membership Drive. On Saturday, October 12, the good folks from Blue Moon Brewing at Coors Field (formerly SandLot) will host us for a little get together beginning at 6:00 p.m. and ending at either 8:00 p.m. or 9:00 p.m. The Blue Moon Brewery is located at 22nd and Blake Streets. As of today, my contact at 10th & Blake was still working out details with the owners of Coors Field to see if we might be able to stay an hour after they close.
Directly after the event at Blue Moon ends (at 8 or 9), we'll walk a few blocks to Great Divide Brewing, located at 2201 Arapahoe Street, where owner Brian Dunn has agreed to host us in their back room, the more private brewery area where they used to hold annual media events at the start of GABF (for those of us old enough to remember those). They close at 10:00 p.m. but have graciously agreed to let us stay there an additional hour, until 11:00 p.m., but have asked that we leave promptly at 11, since for the tap room staff it will be the end of a very long and busy week.
From there, we're on our own, and if there's enough interest, there's plenty of nearby spots we could move the party to, but we'll wait until Saturday night to make that decision.
There's no need to RSVP, just come on to down Blue Moon, or join us later at Great Divide. I'll update the time for leaving Blue Moon once I know that for certain. As this is not only an opportunity for the members to get together, but also a membership drive, we'd like to encourage any beer writers who are not currently members to join us, too. If you have any literary friends and colleagues who have not yet joined the NAGBW, please invite them to come and drink with us, no strings attached. We simply hope they'll have such a great time that they won't be able to resist becoming a member.
If you have any questions, feel free to send me an e-mail to Jay.Brooks@gmail.com. I hope to see you all in Denver.
Jay R. Brooks