Hangouts

Visit the Great American Beer Festival Hangouts for entertainment, live music, games, Brewers Studio, Designated Driver Lounge, and PAIRED. These hot spots are not to be missed!


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Don some headphones and shake your groove thang to all the best tunes of 1982 and more. Too shy to dance or moves too awesome for the public? Pull up a seat at one of the surrounding bartops and watch the action!

Trivia: Some of the bands topping the 1982 charts included Olivia Newton-John, Survivor, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, John Cougar, Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder, The J. Geils Band, Steve Miller Band, Toto, Tommy Tutone, and more.


Sing City Karaoke Stage

Sing City Karaoke Stage

Belt it out, loud and proud! Laugh and sing with your friends at Sing City! You’ve already practiced in your car, why not take the stage and let loose for all to hear?! If you’re so excited you just can’t hide it, sign up and sign your heart out.


The Backyard: Sponsored by yeti

The Backyard

On the weekend, backyards are for hanging out with friends, listening to music, playing lawn games, or simply relaxing. Take a time out from the festival floor and play some cornhole, listen to live music on the IKON Pass stage, or just chill in a comfy lawn chair.


Brewers Studio

Brewers Studio

Embark on a journey with the provocative personalities and innovators of the brewing community as they share their stories and beers. Learn about the creative processes behind some of today’s most successful craft beers.


Designated Driver Lounge: Sponsored by partake brewing

Designated Driver Lounge

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. We love our designated drivers and have a special lounge just for them. Stop by for a free chair massage, enjoy snacks and non-alcoholic beverages, and pick up an appreciation gift!

Designated Driver tickets sold separately.


PAIRED®: Sponsored by microstar

Where can you find Michelin Star-, James Beard Award-, and Best New Chef Award-winning chefs all under one roof? That would be PAIRED.

PAIRED unites independent craft breweries and 25 acclaimed chefs from across the country to celebrate the intricacies and possibilities of pairing beer and food. Mouth-watering delicacies are hand-crafted to pair perfectly with 50 special beers not found anywhere else in the festival hall.

PAIRED tickets sold separately.