Sure, resorts are starting to open here in Colorado, but make no mistake, we’re still deep in the throws of autumn. The best skiing is still a long way away. With 578 breweries pouring over 2,700 different beers, the Great American Beer Festival provided a malt-fueled distraction from the doldrums of the season. Here’s what went down at last week’s festival in Denver. Here’s a hint: I drank beer. Lots of it.