The Great American Beer Festival. This is my second year, although that still qualifies me as a novice since this year marks their 30th anniversary. Its a beer fest like no other and easily the largest. With roughly 2500 beers, 450 breweries, and 3 days to experience it all, nothing meets this event's standards.
I actually won free tickets this year to all the days and events making this year that much more awesome.
It's only appropriate Charlie Papazian cuts the cake. He's been doing this event since day one, and really revolutionized the craft beer world. He was a nuclear engineer who loved craft beer and the pleasure of home brewing. Wanting to share this passion, he went as far as founding the Brewer's Association and the GABF. He amongst many, help set forth a movement between home brewers and breweries alike, laying new ground for beers with flavor and breaking away from conglomerate light lagers. Thank you Mr. Papazian.
Sam Calagione, Lorenzo Dabove, Eric Wallace.
Garrett Marrero, Maui Brewing Co.
33 Bottles of Beer Journals Founder, Dave Selden. If you're a fellow nerd who likes to take notes on the beers you try, these notebooks are very, very cool. Only issue is there is only 33 note pages.
Randy Clemens and Greg.
Go look at Cody over here.
Souvenirs just released their new EP, so check it out. Here's a promo video Tim
bothered asked me nicely me to make.
It's FYF. This fest gets bigger and more impressive every year and oddly, its refreshing to see less of what you'd expect playing under one event. This year's line was pretty rad. Full of a lot of bands/acts I've wanted to see since I was a little-guy to ones I've wanted to see with-in the last year, I'd be a jerk to expect any more.
Nicholas Thorburn Nick Diamonds.
A picture of Travis, inside of a picture of Travis.
Boxed water is better, for reasons unknown.
Sailor Jerry was giving out drinks and tattoos.
Sailor Jerry girls.
A fridge for every kind of person.
Hi Jennike. -Milo
Lets take a moment and look at some of the people Ryan met.
Ryan meets GBV.
Ryan meets Keith Morris.
Ryan meets ladies. We'll come back to this later.
If there was a person I admired more than any in the skateboarding world, Ed Templeton was probably that guy. Not just for his skateboarding though (which might have made that statement redundant), but his artwork and entrepreneurship. He's been a pretty big influence on a lot of people in the skateboarding world, so to run into him was a pleasure. Ironically, I was wearing my only Toy Machine shirt that was well-over 10 years old, which was kind of embarrassing, but he seemed to appreciate it. Anyways, enough praise.
Mitch Mitchell inviting me to the stage.
Guided by Voices.
Robert Pollard and Mike Watt.
Ryan meets Mike Watt.
The Descendents, the reason I'm here tonight.
Bringing in the next generation of Descendents.
A lot has happened today.