It’s Friday morning, and already one Great American Beer Festival (GABF) session has come and gone. Heading into the weekend, there will be plenty left to taste at the Colorado Convention Center and at breweries across town. But one style in particular has our attention.
“Juicy” and “hazy” are descriptive names for New England-style ales that are less bitter than their traditional counterparts, more citrus- and fruit-forward, and unfiltered or cloudy in appearance.
These styles are the subject of three new GABF competition categories this year. Combined they received 706 beer entries, 414 of which were in the juicy or hazy IPA category. It received the most competition entries of any at the 2018 GABF Awards (take that, American IPAs). We’ll know the medal winners after the weekend. For now, here are a few examples and some general festival scenes to whet the appetite.
Want more? Check out Eater’s guide to eating and drinking during the Great American Beer Festival.