The Great American Beer Festival can be quite overwhelming when you walk through those doors with your glass in hand and people rushing past you towards their favorite breweries and beers. I had a mild panic attack my first year with no game plan and over 2,000 potential beers to try. Well this year I have a game plan, and I thought I would share with you some of the breweries I’ll be trying based on region and in no particular order. My list is a lot different than Eric’s list of CO Breweries and Non-CO Breweries. Here you go:
Bell’s Brewery – They always have amazing beer and bring some limited beers.
Goose Island Beer Company – Be on the lookout for their Boubon County Stout
Great Lakes Brewing – A Cleveland brewery that makes some very tasty seasonals. Look for their Christmas ale
Hoppin’ Frog Brewing Company – Look for the Boris The Crusher or Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales – Great line of sours.
New Glarus Brewing Company – Be prepared for a long line. Try their fruit beers.
New Holland Brewing Company – Check out Dragon’s Milk if you haven’t tried it.
Shorts Brewing – Last years favorite beer had to be their Key Lime Pie. Expect long lines.
Three Floyds – Their IPAs are world class. The Dark Lord is a legend.
Barley Brown’s Brew Pub – This small brewery wins awards every year, hop heavy beers.
Breakside Brewery – Really experimental, aged, and lost historical beers from what I’ve read about them online.