No matter which of the 2,700 beers you try at the Great American Beer Festival, rest assured that your taste buds will be in for one hell of a ride. GABF is a three-day symphony: earthy tones will harmonize with floral flavors, spicy hops will mix with subtle fruits, velvety bodies will dance with layered malts.
Delicious, sure, but a weekend of appreciating fine art and music can be exhausting. Sometimes you’d rather put on a “Call Me Maybe” than a Tchaikovsky masterpiece. The same goes for beer. We’ve all got our favorites go-tos that may be slightly embarrassing to show to our craft-beer friends.
Geoff Van Dyke, Deputy Editor
What: Pabst Blue Ribbon When: After a couple of Dale’s, Avery IPAs or Odell Reds. Why? Grab it on sale when it is $18 for a 30-pack (to ensure you’re never in danger of running out).
Natasha Gardner, Senior Editor/Digital Editor
What: Red Stripe When: In the middle of winter when it’s especially cold outside. Why: It’s like a Jamaican vacation in a bottle, but it hard to say if the brew is good or if I’m just nostalgic for the Caribbean.
Lindsey B. Koehler, Features Editor
What: Heineken When: At creepy little dive bars. Why: It’s skunky and tastes a little like old socks, but a bottle of it is perfect when you are at a place where you don’t trust what’s coming out of the tap.
Lindsey R. McKissick, Editorial Assistant
What: Coors Banquet When: Sporting events, especially Rockies games. Why: It is better than most light beer options.
Chris Outcalt, Assistant Editor
What: Genesee Cream Ale When: The need for a cheap yellow beer arises. Why: It is a hometown favorite back in upstate New York.
Jeff Panis, Systems Administrator
What: Bud Light Lime When: Summertime. Why: Because the wife drinks it.
Sean Parsons, Art & Photo Assistant
What: PBR When: Summertime, but not with guests over. Why: Beer is beer, right?
Daliah Singer, Assistant Editor
What: Keystone Light When: Looking for cheap beer at the store. Why: College was only three years ago!
Those are the beers we like to drink when no one’s looking.
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