Slideshow: Snapshots from the Great American Beer Festival 2011

Deschutes The Stoic
Deschutes The Stoic
The festival is a great chance to try beers that aren't distributed nationwide. I was looking forward to trying brews from Deschutes Brewery in Oregon, and The Stoic did not disappoint. It's a quad style ale with a slight tartness and fruity finish.
Alaskan Smoked Porter
Alaskan Smoked Porter
Alaskan Brewing Company poured three different vintages of their amazing Smoked Porter—2000, 2008, and 2010. While the 2000 version was interesting to try, the 2010 retained the best smoky flavor was therefore my favorite of the three.
Lost Abbey Veritas 008
Lost Abbey Veritas 008
This was one of the standout beers of the festival. It drank almost like a white wine with a sour tart finish. Lost Abbey’s other offerings, like Framboise de Amorosa and the Carnevale were also remarkable.
The Hall
The Hall
While there was quite a sizeable crowd, the fest never really felt overcrowded, and everything seemed quite well organized.
Odd Side Ales Peanut Butter Cup Stout
Odd Side Ales Peanut Butter Cup Stout
Part of the fun of the festival is sampling the wares of breweries you've never heard of before. Odd Side Ales out of Grand Haven, Michigan was a great discovery. Their Peanut Butter Cup Stout and Dutch Chocolate Coffee Stout were both extremely complex in flavor.
Three Floyds
Three Floyds
The brewery most known for its yearly Dark Lord release party brought its Behemoth barleywine and Arctic Panzer Wolf Imperial IPA. No Dark Lord here, but still some fantastic entries.
Hop Head
Hop Head
Costumes are part of the fun of attending GABF.
Green Flash Little Freak Barrel Aged Ale
Green Flash Little Freak Barrel Aged Ale
The aroma of this beer was remarkably tart, but the flavor balanced malt with sourness. The finish leaves you with a lingering green apple flavor.
Sun King Grapefruit Jungle
Sun King Grapefruit Jungle
Canned craft beer is all the rage these days. The Grapefruit Jungle, a West Coast-style IPA, is a new entry into Sun King’s lineup.
Official taster
Official taster
These glasses were filled and emptied many times over.