The Great American Beer Festival Pavilions explore just a few of the ways that small and independent craft beer has become a huge part of so many aspects of our lives. From the way we eat to the places we travel, craft beer enriches our experiences and connects us to the culture of new places.

The pavilions provide the perfect place to take a load off, have a snack (at the Beer & Food Pavilion) and hear from some of the most talented and charismatic brewers in the U.S.

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

Beer & Food Pavilion

Beer and Food Pavilion

Experience the art of beer and food pairings as expert chefs and brewers team up to tempt your taste buds and divulge their culinary secrets.

Sponsored by Albertsons/Safeway

Date Times Presentations
Thursday 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Everyday Pairings Featuring Albertsons/Safeway

An expert from Albertsons/Safeway will guide you through perfect pairings with Safeway products. Taste your way through the samples and learn how they can enhance your next pairing, gathering, or party.

Thursday 7:30 pm – 8:15 pm

Cicerone Beer and Cheese Pairing

Master Cicerone Pat Fahey will lead this tasting paired with Cypress Grove cheeses. Come learn how to make a beer and cheese pairing sing.

Thursday 8:30 pm – 9:00 pm

A Bug’s Life

More than two billion people eat insects as part of their regular diet. Are you one of them? Join Cerveceria Colorado/Denver Beer Co., Comida, and Rocky Mountain Micro Ranch as they present a delectable pairing of three dishes containing insects and three beers inspired by the flavors of Mexico. Hear a discussion of edible insects and their role in Mexican and American cuisine

Friday 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Cheese, Beer and Chocolate

A trio of experts will guide you through the pairing trifecta of cheese, beer, and chocolate. Join GABF gold medal winner Chris Johnson from Six Ten Brewing in Tampa, Florida as he discusses how the grains used in brewing beer can relate to cheese and chocolate. Bill Conroy of Cordillera Chocolate provides the perspective of chocolate and how it translates to cheese and beer. Michael Landis, director of education for the Institut du Fromage, will show you how the three elements work together to create a perfect pairing. Attendees will have the chance to sample Six Ten’s Mischievous Black Lager, a gold medal winner from 2017.

Friday 7:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Small Batches, Little Bites, Huge Flavors

Oskar Blues is constantly pushing the envelope in beer styles, and the same is true for its expansive food offerings. Join Juice Drapeau, head brewer and Jason Rogers, chef of Oskar Blues/Fooderies, as they throw down some big, bold flavors to expand your horizon of what beer and food can do together.

Friday 8:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Everyday Pairings Featuring Albertsons/Safeway

An expert from Albertsons/Safeway will guide you through perfect pairings with Safeway products. Taste your way through the samples and learn how they can enhance your next pairing, gathering, or party.

Saturday 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm

Pairing Beer and Chocolate the Hard Way

Which beer style would you pair with chocolate? If you said porter or stout, you’re in good company. But many other beer styles are worth exploring with chocolate. Join Douglass Miller, lecturer from The Hotel School at Cornell University, as he leads you through a pairing of chocolate and beer—none of which are porters or stouts. You might just find your new favorite pairing.

Saturday 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Everyday Pairings Featuring Albertsons/Safeway

An expert from Albertsons/Safeway will guide you through perfect pairings with Safeway products. Taste your way through the samples and learn how they can enhance your next pairing, gathering, or party.

Brewers Studio Pavilion

GABF Brewers Studio

Hosted by The Brewing Network

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.

Date Times Presentations
Thursday 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Share a Legend with New Holland Brewing & Dragon’s Milk

Immerse yourself in the legend of Dragon’s Milk, New Holland Brewing’s flagship bourbon barrel-aged stout. Join Jason Salas and Mark Erickson as they discuss the history of the beer, the story behind the name, and the labor-intensive process that goes into crafting a barrel-aged stout that is available all year long, including sourcing barrels, the importance of bourbon, and the science behind blending beer. Along the way, attendees will have the extremely rare opportunity to taste Dragon’s Milk at each step of the process, as well as the latest in the variant program, Dragon’s Milk Reserve.

Thursday 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The Multiple Personalities of Saison

Join chef and Certified Cicerone Jensen Cummings of Brewed Food, Great Divide Senior Brewer Kyle O’Laughlin, and John Giarratano, founder of Inland Island Yeast, as they explore a complex and often misunderstood yeast: saison. A single base brew will be fermented with five unique strains to showcase the individuality and nuance of each. As a bonus, attendees can sample a sixth offering combining all five of the saison yeasts.

Thursday 9:00 pm – 9:30 pm

The Haze Craze: New England IPA

Join Samuel Adams brewer Jennifer Glanville as she guides you through a tasting of New England IPA. Hear about the brewery’s trials and tribulations of launching their version of the country’s hottest style in a national market.

Friday 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Fresh Hops: From Field to Ferment

Matt Lincecum, founder and brewmaster of Fremont Brewing, will walk attendees through the fresh hop process, from harvest to brewing to enjoyment. Fremont is lucky to partner with farmers in Washington’s Yakima Valley, the world’s biggest hop producing region. Join Matt as he imparts the knowledge he’s gained and discusses what makes fresh hop beers so irresistible. Attendees can sample creations from Fremont’s GABF medal winning Field to Ferment fresh hop series.

Friday 7:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Independence Matters: Seek the Seal

Do you care who makes your beer? Craft Beer Program director Julia Herz will take you behind the scenes of the Brewers Association’s independent craft brewer seal. Come taste beers that proudly tout the independent seal and learn why you should seek it out.

Friday 8:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Not Just the Barrel: Wine and Sour Beers

Beer and wine are often touted as polar opposites, but it’s now socially acceptable to be both a beer geek and a wine snob at the same time. Wine barrel-aged sour beers, once a novelty to the American craft beer drinker, have become de rigueur as brewers continue to explore the intersection of beer and wine. Calicraft Brewing Company will share fun experiments from its sour program, focusing on collaborations, ingredients, and techniques.

Saturday 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Independence Matters: Seek the Seal

Do you care who makes your beer? Craft Beer Program director Julia Herz will take you behind the scenes of the Brewers Association’s independent craft brewer seal. Come taste beers that proudly tout the independent seal and learn why you should seek it out.

Saturday 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Experimental Brewing: Brut IPAs

Brut IPAs are rapidly making their way onto the craft beer radar. Come join Verboten Brewing and Barrel Project’s Josh Grenz to hear about the origin and brewing techniques for these Champagne-inspired versions of America’s most popular style.


Saturday 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Coming to America

BrewDog started 11 years ago, taking the UK and Europe by storm. The brewers of “hardcore beer for punks” have now expanded production into the U.S. market, with plans to open more breweries abroad in the next few years. Come learn about the unique challenges and opportunities of brewing beer in different countries. Pavilion

Check out the Pavilion for the ultimate beer experience at the Great American Beer Festival. The Pavilion offers a fun and interactive way to immerse yourself in the world of small and independent craft brewers.

Meet some of today’s hottest brewers and industry professionals, taste beers with professional beer judges, and more. Step into the world of, where you’ll find the perfect match between beer education and entertainment.

Sit & Sip

Skip the lines, have a seat and sip on craft beers with Join Andy Sparhawk of as he hosts some of the best-known—and under-the-radar—independent craft brewers.

Date Times Presentations
Thursday 6:30 pm

City Star Brewing | Berthoud, CO

Whitney and John Way

Thursday 7:30 pm

GABF Spotlight: History of Craft Beer

Bart Watson, Brewers Association Chief Economist

Thursday 8:30 pm

New Realm Brewing Company | Atlanta, GA

Mitch Steele

Friday 6:30 pm

Marble Brewery | Albuquerque, NM

Josh Trujillo

Friday 7:30 pm

GABF Spotlight: What I Brew, How and Why

Charlie Papazian

Friday 8:30 pm

Allagash Brewing Company | Portland, ME

Jason Perkins

Saturday 1:30 pm

Roadhouse Brewing Company | Jackson Hole, WY

Gavin Fine

Saturday 2:30 pm

GABF Spotlight: Focus on the Springs

Ryan Hannigan with FH Beerworks and Metric Brewing

Saturday 6:30 pm

Werk Force Brewing | Plainfield, IL

Brandon Wright

Saturday 7:30 pm

San Tan Brewing Company | Chandler, AZ

Alejandro Fontes and Tim Caggiano Beer Travel Pavilion

Beer tourism is the best tourism! What better way to explore a new area than by sampling the local flavors? The Beer Travel Pavilion showcases some of the finest beery destinations in the known brewniverse. If you’re ready for a beercation, put this pavilion on your GABF itinerary.

The following cities will be serving beer proudly brewed in their towns:

Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater

Choose Chicago

On Tour Brewing Company Half Step Pale Ale

Destination Cleveland

Cleveland Breweries Collaboration Shoreway IPA

Experience Grand Rapids

Rockford Brewing Company  Rogue River Brown

Visit Milwaukee

Third Space Brewing Happy Place Midwest Pale Ale

Visit Santa Rosa

TBA: Brewery and beer

Protect Craft Guilds Pavilion

Protect Craft

Protect Indie Craft Beer!

Organized and active, state brewers guilds are one of the most important voices in protecting and promoting a state or region’s independently-owned, American craft breweries. At the Protect Craft Guilds Pavilion, enjoy craft beers from participating guilds as they showcase unique beers from their home states not available elsewhere in the festival hall. Learn about different states’ beer cultures, member breweries and the guilds’ initiatives.

Download the 2018 GABF App to see beers available at the Guilds Pavilion!

Arizona Craft Brewers Guild

Arizona Wilderness Brewing Company
Borderlands Brewing Company
Dragoon Brewing Company
Huss Brewing Company
Mother Road Brewing Company
Old Ellsworth Brewing Company
SanTan Brewing + Distilling
Beer Research Institute, The

Colorado Brewers Guild

Elevation Beer Co.
Our Mutual Friend
Spangalang Brewery
Woods Boss Brewing Co

Connecticut Brewers Guild

Alvarium Beer Company
Aspetuck Brew Lab
Cambridge House Brew Pub
City Steam Brewery
New England Brewing Company
Still Hill Brewery
Stubborn Beauty Brewing Company
Two Roads Brewing Co.
Willimantic Brewing Company

D.C. Brewers Guild

3 Stars Brewing Company
Atlas Brew Works
DC Brau
Right Proper Brewing Company

Florida Brewers Guild

Biscayne Bay Brewing Company
Brew Hub
Broken Strings Brewery
Cigar City Brewing
DEEP Brewing Company
First Magnitude Brewing Company
Proof Brewing Company
Red Cypress Brewery
Tampa Bay Brewing Company

Georgia Craft Brewers Guild

Atlanta Brewing Company
Dry County Brewing Company
Eventide Brewing
New Realm Brewing
Service Brewing

Iowa Brewers Guild

Barn Town Brewing
Confluence Brewing Company
Exile Brewing Company
Iowa Brewing Company
Lake Time Brewery
Lion Bridge Brewing Company
Millstream Brewing Co
Peace Tree Brewing Co
SingleSpeed Brewing Co
West O Beer

Idaho Brewers United

Clairvoyant Brewing
Grand Teton Brewing
Mad Swede Brewing
McCall Brewing
MickDuff’s Brewing
Mother Earth Brew Co.
Payette Brewing
Sawtooth Brewery
Wallace Brewing

Illinois Craft Brewers Guild

Hailstorm Brewing Co.
Hand of Fate Brewing Company
Hopewell Brewing Company
Maplewood Brewery & Distillery
Metal Monkey Brewing
Mikerphone Brewery
Spiteful Brewing
Temperance Beer Co.
Werk Force Brewing Co.

Brewers of Indiana Guild

Centerpoint Brewing
Central State Brewing
Four Day Ray Brewing
Hoplore Brewing
Mad Anthony Brewing
Scarlet Lane Brewing
Summit City Brewerks
Switchyard Brewing
Three Floyds Brewing Co.
Upland Brewing

Brewers Association of Maryland

7 Locks Brewing
Brewer’s Alley Restaurant and Brewery
Calvert Brewing Company
Heavy Seas Beer
Hysteria Brewing
Monocacy Brewing Company
Monument City Brewing Company
Oliver Brewing Company
Rockwell Brewery
True Respite Brewing

Michigan Brewers Guild

Atwater Brewery
Bell’s Brewery, Inc.
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
New Holland Brewing Co
Odd Side Ales
Rochester Mills Beer Co
Short’s Brewing Co.
Speciation Artisan Ales
Stormcloud Brewing Co.
Witch’s Hat Brewing Co

Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild

Bad Weather Brewing
Bauhaus Brew Labs
Brau Brothers Brewing
Giesenbräu Bier Co.
Lake Monster Brewing
Moose Lake Brewing Company
The Freehouse
Urban Growler Brewing Co.
Utepils Brewing

North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild

Birdsong Brewing Company
Fortnight Brewing Company
Four Saints Brewing Company
Fullsteam Brewery
Lynnwood Brewing Concern
Ponysaurus Brewing Company
Sanctuary Brewing Company
Tarboro Brewing Company
The Dreamchaser’s Brewery
The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

Nebraska Craft Brewers Guild

5168 Brewing
Blue Blood Brewing
Empyrean Brewing Company
First Street Brewing
Green Flash Brewhouse
Kros Strain
Lazy Horse Brewing
Lost Way Brewery
Scratchtown Brewing
Zipline Brewing

New Mexico Brewers Guild

Bombs Away Beer Co.
Bow & Arrow Brewing Co.
Chili Line Brewing Co.
La Cumbre Brewing Co.
Ponderosa Brewing Co.
Rio Bravo Brewing Co.
Sidetrack Brewing Co.
Turtle Mountain Brewing Co.

New York State Brewers Association

Fifth Frame Brewing Company
Greenport Harbor
Interboro Spirits & Ales
Island to Island Brewery
Newburgh Brewing Company
Sand City Brewing Company
Strong Rope Brewery
Threes Brewing
Tow Goats Brewing

Ohio Craft Brewers Association

Four String Brewing Company
Little Fish Brewing Company
Maize Valley Brewery
Masthead Brewing Co.
Maumee Bay Brewing Company
Millersburg Brewing Company
Moeller Brew Barn
Platform Beer Co.
Urban Artifact
Warped Wing Brewing Company

Craft Brewers Association of Oklahoma

(405) Brewing Co.
Angry Scotsman Brewing Co.
Iron Monk Brewing Co.
Roughtail Brewing Co.
Stonecloud Brewing Co.
Twisted Spike Brewing Co.
Vanessa House Beer Co.

Oregon Brewers Guild

Breakside Brewery
Buoy Beer Company
Crux Fermentation Project
Deschutes Brewery
GoodLife Brewing Co
Mazama Brewing
Migration Brewing
Ninkasi Brewing Co.
pFriem Family Brewers
Stickmen Brewing Company

Rhode Island Brewers Guild

Foolproof Brewing
Grey Sail Brewing of RI
Newport Craft Brewing
Revival Brewing
Shaidzon Brewing
Trinity Brewhouse

Texas Craft Brewers Guild

(512) Brewing Company
Austin Beerworks
Freetail Brewing Co.
Hops & Grain Brewery
Lakewood Brewing Company
Real Ale Brewing Co.
Red Horn Coffee House & Brewing Co.
Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Vermont Brewers Association

14th Star Brewing Co.
Drop-In Brewing Company
Hermit Thrush Brewery
Idletyme Brewing Company
Mill River Brewing BBQ & Smokehouse
Northshire Brewery
Switchback Brewing Co.
Trout River Brewing Company
Whetstone Station Restaurant and Brewery

Wisconsin Brewers Guild

ALT Brew
Karben4 Brewing
Lakefront Brewery
MobCraft Beer
O’so Brewing Company
Pearl Street Brewery
South Shore Brewery
Sprecher Brewing Company
The Brewing Projekt
Vintage Brewing Company