PAIRED has become one of the years greatest beer beer and food events and an underappreciated part of the Great American Beer Festival.® Beer geeks flock to Denver, Colorado each year for the GABF but few even know about PAIRED which takes place concurrently and just outside of the main convention floor at the Colorado Convention Center. As beer and food pairings go, this is an all-time great highlight with 50 or so breweries paired up with top chefs and restaurants from across the country, each with 2 beers and small plate pairings. Check out our 2016 review on what makes PAIRED so special. Tickets are all inclusive and sell-out, but somehow there are still openings for the Thursday session of PAIRED on October 3rd, which is the best one to beat the crowds.
More from the PAIRED announcement from the Brewers Association:
PAIRED unites independent craft brewers and acclaimed chefs in celebrating the endless possibilities of pairing beer and food. Attendees will meet the Michelin Star and James Beard Award-winning chefs and chat with today’s most creative brewers while food is being plated and beer poured. This year PAIRED welcomes 10 new chefs, thus bringing the lineup to 29 chefs designing mouth-watering delicacies to pair with 48 exclusive beers . The pairing menu will be available in September; chef bios and brewery lineup are posted on PAIRED.
“We always want to push the palate by developing a menu that demonstrates how food and beer can enhance each other,” said Adam Dulye, executive chef of the Brewers Association and curator of PAIRED. “What makes PAIRED unique is the experience—attendees can speak with the chefs plating food and the brewers who made the beer that’s being served. I’m particularly excited about this year’s mix of acclaimed chefs and brewers and look forward to revealing the full PAIRED menu soon.”
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