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Welcome to the Brookston family blog. We'll post updates here on what's going on in our part of the world, and especially with our son, Porter, who has been diagnosed with some form of autism. Our hope is that this blog will help us deal with all the issues we'll be facing and keep our friends and family informed as well.

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September 29, 2006

Friday at GABF

Categories: Photos, J, Friends, Beer — J @ 4:26 pm

Friday night was the second of four sessions at this year’s Great American Beer Festival. They added another 40,000 square feet to the hall and sold out every session.

Geno Acevedo from El Toro Brewing in Morgan Hill, California happy to see a friendly face. Geno won a Silver for his William Jones Wheat Beer (named for his father) in the American-Style Wheat Beer category. Geno also has in the works a beautiful new brewpub which will be opening shortly.

Me and Steve Hindy, co-founder of Brooklyn Brewery in New York.

Shaun O’Sullivan of 21st Amendment Brewery in San Francisco, California, giving me attitude.

We’re not in Kansas anymore. A group of revelers at the festival from Oakland, California.

Me and Sam Calagione from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware along with their new alehouse location in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Sam won a bronze medal for his World Wide Stout in the Aged Beer (Ale or Lager) category and another Bronze for his Festina Lente in the Belgian-Style Sour Ale category.

Me with author Maureen Ogle, who penned the new Ambitious Brew, a history of brewing in America.

The girls of 21st Amendment Brewery in San Francisco, California.

Garret Oliver of Brooklyn Brewery and Vinnie Cilruzo of Russian River Brewing in Santa Rosa, California. Vinnie won a bronze medal for his Aud Blonde in the Golden or Blonde Ale category, which was named for his mother Audre who was in the audience along with his father Vince. Vinnie also won a silver medal for his Beatification in the Belgian-Style Sour Ale category and a gold medal for Pliny the Elder in the Imperial or Double India Pale Ale category.

Charlie Papazian shares a laugh with Michael Jackson.

Mike Altman with his lovely wife (who’s expecting March 12) from Iron Springs Brewing in Fairfax, California.

Will Turner, originally from the Bay Area, but now in Chicago with Goose Island Brewing showing us how deeply saddened he was by our empty glasses. Happily, he rectified that with their Pere Jacques.

Will, me and and Goose island brewmaster Greg Hall.

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