Ticket FAQ

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How much are tickets?

See 2018 Ticket Prices for detailed information.

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How can I buy tickets in the member presale?

Are you a member of the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) or the Brewers Association (BA)? If so (and you’ve purchased your membership by July 20, 11:59 p.m. MT), you’re eligible! We’ll notify you via email in advance of the ticket sale with instructions for how to purchase.

The Saturday afternoon session of the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) is open exclusively to AHA and BA members. You must purchase a membership in the AHA or BA by July 20, 11:59 p.m. MT, to be eligible for the member presale.

NOTE: There are more members of the AHA and the BA than there are attendee slots for the Saturday afternoon Members-Only session. In other words, not every association member will be able to purchase tickets to the Members-Only session, but all members (as of the cut-off date and time listed here) are invited to participate in the members presale.

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When/how will I get my personal offer code for the member presale?

AHA and BA members who joined prior to the July 20, 2018 cutoff date will receive an email containing their personal offer code (a randomized, case-sensitive code). Members can expect this email sometime in the week of July 23.

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Do you sell a Designated Driver ticket?

Yes, Designated Driver tickets are $30 per session and only available for purchase during the ticket sale. Free, non-alcoholic sodas will be available and each Designated Driver receives a complimentary gift, available in the Designated Driver Lounge. Designated Drivers are welcome to attend the beer and food seminars, walk around the festival floor, or relax in the Designated Driver Lounge.

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When can I buy my ticket?

For the 2018 GABF, tickets will be available to members beginning Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. MT and may be ordered online via Ticketmaster. The public ticket sale starts on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. MT via Ticketmaster.

The public ticket sale starts on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. MT via Ticketmaster.

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Will mobile ticket sales be enabled?

Yes! You’re welcome to purchase tickets for the member-only presale and public sale via the Ticketmaster app.

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What do I get for the price of my ticket?

Ticket prices for each of the three evening sessions include a festival program, a commemorative tasting cup, unlimited one-ounce samples of your choice of several thousand beers, and a festival guide to help you navigate the festival hall.

The Saturday Afternoon Members-Only Session includes all of the previously mentioned benefits, as well as a commemorative tasting glass. A more intimate atmosphere is created as the attendance is limited to members only, and the much-anticipated gold, silver and bronze medal winners in each style category are announced just prior to the session, so attendees have an opportunity to taste many of the medal-winning beers just after the awards ceremony ends. The opportunity may even arise for an informal discussion with a famous brewer on the latest brewing techniques or on what makes your favorite beer so good. Finally, you can participate in beer and food educational seminars that will be taking place throughout the session. This is a must-attend session for anyone with a passion for beer!

You must be 21+ years old with valid ID to attend.

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Are tickets refundable?

GABF tickets are not refundable. If you are unable to attend the festival you can try selling your ticket for face value in the classifieds section of the AHA Forum or through the Great American Beer Festival Facebook page. Tickets purchased through Ticketmaster may be transferred to another party (once they are released to print).

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What are the Terms and Conditions?

Holder voluntarily assumes all risk and danger incidental to the event for which this ticket is issued, whether occurring prior to, during or after the event. Holder voluntarily agrees the Brewers Association and sponsors of the event are expressly released by holder from any claims for injuries or death arising from holder’s participation in and the travel to and from this event. The ticket may not be resold or offered for resale in a manner or at a price in violation of any federal, state or local laws or regulations. Holder grants permission to Brewers Association and sponsors of the event to utilize any photographs, motion pictures, videotapes, recordings and any other references or records of the Great American Beer Festival that may depict, record or refer to holder for any purpose, including commercial, by the Great American Beer Festival, its sponsors and their licensees. Holder acknowledges that the event may be broadcast or otherwise publicized, and hereby grants permission to utilize holder’s image or likeness in connection with any live or recorded transmission or reproduction of such event in printed photographs or online transmissions. This ticket cannot be replaced if lost, stolen or destroyed and is valid only for the date and event for which it is issued. This ticket is not redeemable for cash. It is unlawful to reproduce this ticket in any form. Unlawful resale or attempted resale is grounds for seizure and cancellation without compensation. There is no re-entry into the facility. Holder agrees admission to the event is restricted to individuals age 21 years or older and proof of age is required. Purchase tickets only from authorized outlets.

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How fast do tickets sell out?

For the past few years, GABF tickets have sold out before the festival, and increasingly quickly. In 2017, tickets sold out in 4 hours, 15 minutes. Please plan accordingly.

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What is the ticket limit?

For the General Sessions there is a limit of 4 tickets per session per ticket buyer. Individuals with greater than 4 tickets per session per ticket buyer will have their overage canceled and refunded.

Group tickets are not available this year.

For the Members-Only Session, the ticket limit is two tickets per member number. American Homebrewers Association and Brewers Association members will receive a personal offer code via email to purchase tickets for this session.

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How are tickets delivered? How much are service fees?

Delivery/shipping fees for all:

Mobile Entry: Free

With Mobile Entry you will be able to enter an event without the need of a physical ticket. Use Ticketmaster’s free mobile app or go to their site via the browser on your mobile device to access your order and present the ticket barcode. The ticket taker will scan it as if it was a physical ticket and you’re in.

Print at Home: Free

Regular Mail: Free (available up until 10 days prior to event)

UPS 3-day: $14.50 UPS 2-day PM: $18.50 UPS 2-day AM: $19.50

Ticket Fees

Ticketmaster will charge the following fees for Great American Beer Festival ticket sales.

General Public/Non-members $4.50 order fee, $2.25 mail fee, $4.25 non-member service charge (E.g., $11.00 in total fees for a two-ticket order)

Members (Brewers Association and American Homebrewers Association members) You must use your personal offer code (emailed to all members prior to the member presale) in order to receive this pricing: $4.50 order fee.

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When will the member tickets be delivered?

All tickets will mailed or be printable by August 12 (most will be available for printing the same day of purchase). Any delay is for fraud checking and to reduce scalping.

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Why is there a delivery delay for tickets?

A ticket delivery delay has been instituted as an additional anti-scalping measure. TicketFast (print at home) tickets will be available to print by August 12.

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How do attendees with disabilities enter the festival?

Attendees with disabilities should enter the Convention Center via an automatic door near the Big Blue Bear at 14th St. and California. Follow the ramp down to Lower Lobby A, where across from Will Call there is an elevator entrance. There, our disabled guests will have their ID checked and ticket scanned, receive a wrist band, and continue up the elevator to the festival entrance.

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Do Paired® ticket holders have a unique entrance?

Paired ticket holders can enter via the escalator in lower lobby D in front of the Bellco Theatre.

Paired tickets clearly indicate on the ticket “GA & PAIRED”. (GA = General Admission)

Once inside, Paired ticket holders proceed to the Paired Pavilion where their ticket will be scanned (again) for entrance into the pavilion—hold onto that ticket!

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Can a non-member attend the Saturday Afternoon Session?

Yes, tickets are transferable so a non-member can attend the Saturday Afternoon Session if the tickets were purchased by a member.

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What are you doing to prevent ticket scalping?

Unfortunately, the secondary market for popular tickets persists, despite many efforts to thwart it. From hot sporting events and headliner concerts to your favorite beer festival—sell-out events are subject to ticket brokers finding ways to buy and re-sell tickets. Some ticket brokers even make speculative sales before they have tickets in hand—sometimes well before tickets go on sale!

There are measures in place to decrease access for scalpers, including the ticket limits that we set for GABF ticket purchases and Ticketmaster’s anti-bot and other security measures in their selling system. (Ticketmaster reviews all purchases to enforce our GABF ticket limits.) Again, though, while this decreases access, it unfortunately does not prevent a secondary market. To ensure you have a valid ticket, purchase tickets from authorized outlets only.

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I just joined the AHA or BA online. When will I be able to purchase my tickets?

You must purchase a membership in the American Homebrewers Association or Brewers Association by July 20, 11:59 p.m. MT, to be eligible for the member presale. Anyone who joins after 11:59 PM MT on July 20, 2017 is not eligible to purchase as a member.

The member presale begins at 10:00 am MT on Tuesday, July 31, 2018.

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How do volunteer ticket vouchers work?

Questions about volunteer ticket vouchers may be directed to volunteer@brewersassociation.org.

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