Hangout Spots

Be sure to visit the Great American Beer Festival Hangout Spots! From entertainment (Silent Disco, The Backyard) to tasting award-winning beers not found elsewhere at the festival (Heavy Medal Booth, ProAm Booth), these spots are not to be missed!

We’re excited to have three new hangout spots in 2018 with the introduction of the Jameson Caskmates Barrel Aged Beer Garden, the Buffalo Wild Wings Sports Bar, and the Collaboration Beer Competition Booth. Be sure to check out the special beers being served at these hangouts!

Use the dropdowns below to explore the different pavilions at GABF!

The Backyard

Head over to the fun zone! The Backyard is full of yard games, music and exciting photo ops! Located near the festival entrance, you DON’T want to miss The Backyard – it’s basically a festival within the festival!

  • Heavy Medal booth – Sample from 50 award-winning beers. 🤘
  • Festival Flair Awards, Friday at 8pm – Who will take home the trophy?
  • Stubborn Soda – Take a beer break with a soda from our Premier Supporter.
  • Karaoke Stage – Now’s your time to shine. We believe in you. Go for it.
  • Live Music – Bands ranging from folk to rock to zydeco to ska… okay, maybe not.
  • DJ Brian – What, what?! You know you gotta hear what he’s spinning.
  • Yard Games – Corn hole, ping pong, Twister… What else do you need?!

Meet the Brewer

Expanded for 2018! Meet the Brewer is very special opportunity for passionate beer fans to start conversations with their brewing heroes, learn more about their beers and talk shop. Look for these booths located in the center of the festival hall.

The Sunshine Suite & DD Lounge

Designated Driver Lounge

Sponsored by Sunshine

The Great American Beer Festival is proud to support the designated drivers who attend the festival to ensure a safe ride home for their friends. This year the DD Lounge has expanded to include The Sunshine Suite – a place for brewers, festival attendees and designated drivers to relax, get a free chair massage and refresh with an ice-cold can of Sunshine’s good energy. The Sunshine Suite will provide guests with a destination to capture keepsake festival photos, “Share a Sunshine” with friends afar, and enjoy the quintessential brewery experience with bar seating, games and plenty of space to take a break from the action.

Heavy Medal Booth

Sample medal-winning beers from Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup® competitions all in one spot. These beers represent some of the finest examples of beer styles in the world!

Silent Disco

Sponsored by Oskar Blues Brewery

Grab a pair of wireless headphones and shake your groove thing on the dance floor to the music of a live DJ. The thing is, only those wearing the headphones are hearing the music. Even if you don’t like to dance, the Silent Disco will bring a smile to your face!

Great American Beer Festival ProAm Booth

Sponsored by Briess Malt & Ingredients Co., The Country Malt Group, Yakima Chief-Hopunion and White Labs Great American Beer Festival ProAm BoothThe Great American Beer Festival Pro-Am (GABF Pro-Am) competition is an opportunity for commercial breweries to team up with homebrewers to vie for top honors. The GABF Pro-Am entries are served during the Great American Beer Festival at the Pro-Am booth. Don’t miss this opportunity to sample some very unique and limited edition beers!

2018 Pro-Am Competition Participants- Coming Soon!

Collaboration Beer Competition Booth

New for 2018, the Great American Beer Festival Collaboration competition is an opportunity for commercial breweries to team up to vie for top honors. Many of the competition entries will be served during the Great American Beer Festival at the Collaboration booth. Don’t miss this chance to sample some very unique and limited edition beers!

The Jameson Caskmates Barrel Aged Beer Garden

The Jameson Caskmates Barrel Aged Beer Garden As a brand born in a local Dublin neighborhood, Jameson has grown up in neighborhood bars across the country with the support of the community – the breweries, the musicians, the bartenders and the people. Supporting and elevating local brewers is extremely important to Jameson and the brand is proud to be a part of the 2018 Great American Beer Festival. This year Jameson honors the craft beer community and its brewery partners by providing them a global platform to showcase their unique beers at Great American Beer Festival®.

In the Jameson Caskmates Barrel Aged Beer Garden, Jameson will bring its small and independent brewery partners from across the USA together for the first time ever, giving craft beer lovers a chance to sample all the barrel aged beers in one location. Each brewery received Jameson Irish Whiskey barrels from Midleton, Co. Cork, Ireland that had previously held Jameson Irish Whiskey, these barrels were then used to age each brewery’s beer. Each brewery’s quest for quality, craft and neighborhood collaboration will be captured in each neighborhood space along with the Jameson home neighborhood, Bow Street, Ireland, which will feature its Master Cooper, Ger Buckley, who will educate festival goers on the importance of wood and wood selections for the aging process.

This interactive space will engage and excite attendees, as well as provide ample education opportunities.

Buffalo Wild Wings Sports Bar

Calling all sports fans! Kick back, relax and enjoy independent craft beer and wings while cheering on your favorite teams at the Buffalo Wild Wings Sports Bar. All the great games lined up during GABF will be broadcast from more than 10 TVs.

* subject to change