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Social Summit: Summit County breweries at Great American Beer Festival

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Representatives from four of the five breweries currently open in Summit County attended the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Thursday, Oct. 2, through Saturday, Oct. 4. Despite not bringing home any hardware from the competition side of the event, the local guys still called the event a success.

Mike Bennett, head brewer at Dillon Dam Brewery, said GABF is great for getting the brewery’s name out, especially on the Front Range, which is a large customer base for the Dam. He said talking to current customers is a way to collect feedback.

“They get to say what they like and don’t like,” he said. “We had five different beers on tap, so we get a lot of really good feedback on everything. It’s also really good for us to go around and see what’s happening in the industry, what other breweries are doing, what the current trends are, what people are looking for.”

Broken Compass Brewing in Breckenridge was represented at the festival for the first time, and head brewer Jason Ford said it was a great experience for their team being on that side of the table.

“It’s also something we could do for our employees. We bought tickets for everyone,” Ford said. “On the business side, we’d like to start increasing our presence in Denver. We get a lot of people up here in the winter for skiing, and we’ve already had a lot of people come up and tell our bartender they’re up here because they saw us at GABF. And Colorado represented well; Colorado killed it this year at GABF.”

For more information on the festival, including a list of all of the medal-winning beers by category, visit

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