Sometimes everything works out so well you just stand there grinning. Such was the case with the first Denver Rare Beer Tasting held at the Wynkoop Brewery during Great American Beer Festival week.
Twenty-four breweries each presented one rare beer to the 450 lucky ticket holders. There were about 60 brewery reps on hand to talk beer and about 40 volunteers to serve.
The atmosphere was one of continual surprise. Brewers were surprised at the care and attention of the customers. The ticket holders themselves were surprised at how spectacular the offerings were. And Rick Lyke and I, the guys who put it together, were surprised at how much fun everyone was having.
For a couple of hours the world stopped and a room full of beer lovers revelled in their passion.