You’ll be able to find Memphis beer in a lot more places at this year’s Great American Beer Festival, taking place this week in Denver.
Memphis’ Ghost River Brewing, which is entering four beers in this year’s competition, will have a booth on the festival floor. (Find it in the Southeast section, booth F12.)
In addition to its regular booth, Ghost River is participating in the Farm to Table Pavilion, a special area off the main hall where attendees can taste how well craft beer pairs with food. Ghost River’s beers will be featured with food from Vin48, a restaurant in Avon, Col.
There’s a new Brewpub Pavilion at this year’s festival, and Boscos Brewing Company will have a booth in the special area. The pavilion will feature 24 breweries representing all regions of the country, and it will be set up to recreate the brewpub atmosphere that craft beer enthusiasts enjoy. Boscos, with brewpubs in Memphis, Little Rock, Nashville and Franklin, has entered 10 beers into the competition.
Finally, both Boscos and Ghost River have entries in the Great American Beer Festival Pro-Am competition.
Ghost River’s entry with Memphis homebrewer Mike Erskine (yep, that’s me!), the “Red Hop Ale,” will be poured during the Thursday evening session in the Pro-Am competition booth.
Boscos’ entry with Nashville homebrewer John Malone, the “McFearless,” will be poured Friday evening. Malone is president of the Music City Brewers.
On another note, Chuck Skypeck of Boscos and Ghost River will be serving as a judge at the festival for a 15th straight year, and he’ll also be participating in the You Be The Judge promotion on Saturday at 1 p.m. The event allows attendees to judge a beer along with GABF judges in a directed tasting.
In 2011, Boscos Hefeweizen took gold in the category of German-style Wheat Ale. It was the fourth win for the Hefeweizen at GABF. Ghost River took the silver medal in the Irish-style Red Ale category for the Ghost River Copperhead Red.