|October 13, 2007|
After the awards ceremony, there is a little over an hour of the afternoon session, which isn’t too terribly crowded. As a result, it’s an ideal time to taste some beer on the floor and many of the brewers are around, many still glowing over their victories.
Shane Aldrich and Arne Johnson, from Marin Brewing, Brendan Moylan, who owns both, and Denise Jones and Jim Grbac, from Molyan’s Brewing.
Dave Keene, from the Toronado, Dave Pyle, Ralph Olson and Becky Pyle, all from HopUnion, along with my good friend Dave Suurballe.
Randy Gremp, from Third Street Aleworks, Melissa Myers, from Drake’s, and Denise Jones, with Moylan’s.
Vinnie Cilurzo, from Russian River, and Matt Brynildson, from Firestone Walker.
Megan Flynn, publisher of the fabulous new beer magazine, Beer Northwest.
Geno Acevedo, from El Toro Brewing in Gilroy, California.
An old friend, Jeff O’Neil, who used to brew at Drake’s but several years ago moved cross-country to be the head brewer at Ithaca Brewing in upstate New York.
Justin Crossley, the big cheese at the Brewing Network.
The Saturday Night Session is easily the most crowded and it”s also when all the crazies tend to come out. To be fair, this year it actually didn’t feel quite as crowded as it has in previous years despite being sold out again.
Saturday night’s feverish crowd.
The scallywags gang at the festival, probably cruising for their mortal enemies the Hooligans.
Beer Man, no longer protecting his secret identity.
I’m not really sure what’s going on with this hat or whatever it is.
Believe it or not, these were not the only two St. Pauli-like young women wearing sexy dirndls. I think I saw at least a dozen similarly attired young women apparently operating under the delusion that GABF is like Oktoberfest.
I have absolutely no idea what’s going on with these two.
Eventually all roads lead to the Falling Rock and I, too, succumbed to the siren call and ended my evening there.
Jonathan Surratt, from the Beermapping Project, Ray McCoy, Jonathan’s wife Robin, and Ray’s wife, Cornelia Corey.
Florida beer distributor rep. Kayla and Bulletin fan Chris, new friends I met that night.
Falling Rock owner Chris Black toasts the crowd at last call and thanks those assembled for yet another great GABF week.
Dave Buheler, from Elysian Brewing in Seattle, Washington, finishes his last beer. Mine was the last bottle of Cantillon Chris had in the bar, the Kriek.