Most international judges come from so far, everyone generally comes a day early. This gives you a chance for getting use to the timezone, as well as any possible travel delays.
It has become a bit of a tradition since 2008, for all of us to jump on a bus and visit the best local breweries. This was originally the idea of Carl Kins, who arranged the busses and sponsors to cover the costs. Thanks Carl. This year Carl couldn’t do it, and the Brewers Association picked up the slack. Awesome thank you.
Not only is this a great opportunity for visiting some great breweries but a great opportunity to catch up with the international judges – old friends, and making new friends.
This year we visited Fort Collins – New Belgium, O’Dell and FunkWerks. Fort Collins is an amazing small town. Why so many breweries?