Ticket FAQ

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How much are tickets?

See 2013 Ticket Prices for detailed information.

2013 Session Date 2013 Session Time 2013 Ticket Prices
*Includes festival program, special gift, unlimited sodas and hospitalities in the Designated Driver lounge.
Thursday, October 10 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm $75
Friday, October 11 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm $75
Saturday, October 12 Members Only Session 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm Two Ticket Limit per Member Number Current Members: $65 each
Saturday, October 12 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm $75
Designated Driver* Available for all sessions. $25


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How can I buy tickets in the Member Pre-Sale?

Are you a member of the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) or the Brewers Association (BA)? If so, you’re eligible! We’ll notify you via email in advance of the 2013 ticket sale with instructions for how to purchase. Not a member? Join the AHA before the ticket sale to be included in the Pre-Sale.

The Saturday afternoon session of the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) is open exclusively to AHA and Brewers Association members. Only AHA & BA members are invited to participate in the GABF’s extremely popular member ticket pre-sale. You must purchase a membership to the American Homebrewers Association or Brewers Association before midnight MT, Friday, July 26, 2013 to be eligible for the Member Pre-Sale. Anyone who joins after midnight MT, Friday, July 26, 2013 is not eligible to purchase as a member.

NOTE: There are more members of the American Homebrewers Association and the Brewers Association 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 are invited to participate in the Members Only pre-sale.

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Do you sell a Designated Driver ticket?

Yes, Designated Driver tickets are available for all sessions for $25 each. Free, non-alcoholic sodas will be available. 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?

Tickets are available to members beginning July 30, 2013 at 10:00 am MT and may be ordered online via Ticketmaster.com. The public ticket sale begins on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 10:00 am MT via Ticketmaster.com. See Purchase Tickets for more information.

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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 more than 2,800 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. 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 at the AHA Forum or through the Great American Beer Festival Facebook page.

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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 2011 they sold out 10 days after going on sale. In 2012, tickets sold out in a matter of 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. Your member number is required to purchase tickets for this session.

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Is GABF using Ticketmaster for the 2013 ticket sale?

The Brewers Association remains contracted with Ticketmaster to conduct the 2013 GABF ticket sale (for all tickets). We are assured by Ticketmaster that significant operational take-aways from the 2012 ticket sale will be applied to the member and general public purchases in 2013.

Based on recent history and trends in the craft brewing industry, we do expect demand for GABF tickets to remain extremely high in 2013, with demand for tickets likely outstripping capacity.

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How are tickets mailed? How much are Ticketmaster service fees?

Delivery/shipping fees for all: TicketFast: 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 convenience fee per ticket $3.50 processing fee per order (E.g., $12.50 in total fees for a two-ticket order)

Members (Brewers Association and American Homebrewers Association members)

You must use your member number in order to receive this pricing:

$6 per order fee, no per ticket fee

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When will the member tickets mail?

All tickets will mail or be printable a few days after purchase.

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What happened to the Members Only Entrance?

With the tremendous growth in membership of the American Homebrewers Association and the Brewers Association, the Members Only entrance is no longer logistically feasible. There are significantly more members than slots in line to make this a special entrance of benefit to our AHA and BA members. Beginning in 2013, Farm to Table ticket holders will enter via the entrance formerly known as the Members-Only entrance.

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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 Farm to Table ticket holders have a unique entrance?

Farm to Table ticket holders may enter the Convention Center near the Big Blue Bear at 14th St. and California, and continue up the escalator to the festival entrance.

Farm to Table tickets will clearly indicate on the ticket that they include Farm to Table.

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

You must purchase a membership to the American Homebrewers Association or Brewers Association before midnight MT, Friday, July 26, 2013 to be eligible for the Member Pre-Sale. Anyone who joins after midnight MT, Friday, July 26, 2013 is not eligible to purchase as a member.

The Member Pre-Sale begins at 10:00 am MT on Tuesday, July 30, 2013.

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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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