#GABF Passport Holders – Watch the Virtual Festival Program Here
Get ready for an entirely new GABF Experience!
With something for every beer lover or beer-curious viewer, GABF’s online programming features nine, 30-minute sessions with some of the best known and rising stars in brewing. The sessions will cover a variety of topics and include tips and tricks to enhance beer knowledge and enjoyment; lager lore and sudsy stories from craft beer luminaries; profiles of breweries and individuals that are transforming their communities one beer at a time; and flavor fusions through beer and food pairings to tantalize the taste buds.
Airing October 16-17 via GABF partner The Brewing Network, the online content will be available exclusively to GABF passport holders. The virtual festivities kick off on Friday, October 16 at 5:00 p.m. MT with the Great American Beer Festival awards ceremony, then shift to exclusive passport holder content beginning at 7:00 p.m. MT. Breaks between sessions will include extra beery content and outtakes, surprise visits from artists and brewers, trivia, prize giveaways, and much more!
Virtual GABF passport holders can download tasting sheets prior to each session to shop for recommended beer styles and food in advance, then sip and snack along during the program.
Download all Tasting Sheets or see below for individual files.
Friday, October 16
Saturday, October 17
Friday, October 16
7:00 PM – 7:30 PM Mountain Time
Guided Tasting: Creating Your Perfect Glass of Beer sponsored by Grandstand
What the Presenters are Drinking: Grandstand Glassware: Spiegelau IPA Glass with Voodoo Ranger Imperial IPA; Grandstand Glassware: Rastal Teku Beer with New Belgium Trippel; Grandstand Glassware: Rastal Pegasus Beer with Victory Pils
Suggested Beer Styles: Imperial IPA, Trippel, Pilsner
From steins to snifters to everything in between, glassware is a fun and visual way to enhance your beer experience. Great glassware is not only sexy, but also serves a very important function in your overall perception of a beer. Through this interactive guided tasting, we explore how glassware styles, cleanliness, and pouring techniques can boost your beer enjoyment.
7:40 PM – 8:10 PM Mountain Time
Natalie Cilurzo and Vinnie Cilurzo, Russian River Brewing Company; Garrett Oliver, Brooklyn Brewery; Adam Dulye, Brewers Association Executive Chef & Author
What the Presenters are Drinking: Russian River Brewing Company: STS and Blind Pig; Brooklyn Brewery: Sorachi Ace Saison and Black Ops
Suggested Beer Styles: Pilsner, IPA, Saison, Barrel-aged or Blended Beer
Suggested Food: A selection of cheeses, charcuterie, pickled and fermented items, and good crusty bread
Recipes: Chef Adam Dulye’s Fried Chicken, Hanger Steak, Pork Meatballs, Pumpkin Hummus, and Grilled Radicchio
Two coasts, two rock star breweries, one chef, many stories. What do brewers do after the GABF awards ceremony to celebrate? Hint: it’s more than beer talk. Come hungry for stories and thirsty for tales of late-night escapades. Follow Natalie, Vinnie, Garrett, and chef Adam Dulye around Denver in a pedicab and hear stories from memorable post-ceremony adventures, as well as talk beer and food!
8:10 PM – 8:20 PM Mountain Time
Garrett Oliver, Brooklyn Brewery
What the Presenters are Drinking: Brooklyn Brewery beer
Suggested Beer Style: Your choice! In keeping with the theme of this presentation, consider picking up a delicious beer of your choice from a local brewery or brewpub owned by a member of the BIPOC community or other underrepresented group.
Recently launched in July 2020, the core mission of the Michael James Jackson Foundation for Brewing and Distilling is to grant scholarships that directly fund accredited technical education within the brewing and distilling fields for people of color in the United States. Grab a beer and join Brooklyn Brewery brewmaster and MJF founder Garrett Oliver to hear how the foundation came together, why it’s needed and how you can get involved!
8:20 PM – 8:50 PM Mountain Time
Betsy Lay, Kate Power, Alison Wisneski of Lady Justice Brewing
What the Presenters are Drinking: Lady Justice Brewing Fall Bottle Release Lineup: Cream Ale with ginger and lemon, English Mild with bergamot and chamomile, Saison aged on Chardonnay-soaked French oak spirals and fresh peaches
Suggested Beer Styles: Saison, English Mild, Cream Ale
Lady Justice Brewing’s mission is simple: brew great beer to make the world a better place. Each of the three co-founders hail from public service backgrounds and have experienced the impact of organizations that support women and girls can make on their communities. To date, Lady Justice has given nearly $10,000 to over 30 organizations. Join us for a beer and hear more about their work, their beers, and how you can get involved!
9:00 PM – 9:30 PM Mountain Time
Tomme Arthur, The Lost Abbey; Gina Marsaglia, Pizza Port Brewing Company
What the Presenters are Drinking: The Lost Abbey Devotion and Pizza Port Swami’s IPA
Suggested Beer Styles: IPA or Blonde Ale
With more than 100 GABF medals between their breweries, Tomme Arthur and Gina Marsaglia know a thing or two about beer and have lots of craft beer history and stories to tell! Hear how Pizza Port rose to prominence in the San Diego brewing scene, tales of great brewers who once called Pizza Port home, and in Tomme’s case, how his exit from Pizza Port led to the creation of The Lost Abbey.
Saturday, October 17
6:00 PM – 6:30 PM Mountain Time
Chef Danny Lee, Mandu, CHIKO, and Anju; Dave Coleman, 3 Stars Brewing Company
What the Presenters are Drinking: 3 Stars Brewing Company Peppercorn Saison
Suggested Beer Style: Saison
Start your Saturday night with a Saison pairing and dumpling demonstration with 2020 James Beard Awards semifinalist for Best Chef Mid-Atlantic chef Danny Lee. On the menu is Mandu, Korean dumplings with an accompanying dipping sauce. Dave Coleman, brewer from 3 Stars Brewing Company in Washington, D.C. will join in to talk about their Peppercorn Saison and how the carbonation and classic Saison spice pair with Chef Danny’s menu.
6:45 PM – 7:15 PM Mountain Time
Doug Miller, Hotel School at Cornell University; Margaux Ehrlich, PhD student in the Dando Taste Physiology Lab at Cornell University; Matt Lincecum, Fremont Brewing Company
What the Presenters are Drinking: Fremont Brewing – Lush IPA, Sky Kraken, Golden Pilsner; Liquid State Brewing Company – Fresh Hop; Lucky Hare Brewing Company – Slick Rick Drip, Fresh Hopped Beer
Suggested Beer Styles: Pacific Northwest IPA, Hazy IPA, Pilsner, Fresh Hop Beer
Suggested Food: Rye Chocolate Chip Cookies, Fried Calamari with fresh hop cones and hot peppers, Country Ham
Discover how your taste buds perceive hops as we celebrate the all-too-short season of fresh hop beers. Learn how fresh, undried, “wet” hops go from the field into the brew in under 12 hours. And explore the science of how, why, and what your palate experience when it encounters Humulus lupulus paired with sweet (cookies) and savory (calamari and country ham). Pro tip: October is primetime for sampling fresh-hopped beers from your local brewery.
7:25 PM – 7:55 PM Mountain Time
Marcus Baskerville, Weathered Souls Brewing Co., Kyle Macdonald, Inu Island Ales; Brian Palmer, Claimstake Brewing Company
What the Presenters are Drinking: Black is Beautiful Variation Collaboration
Suggested Beer: Black is Beautiful Stout
More than 1,000 breweries nationwide have committed to joining Marcus Baskerville and Weathered Souls Brewing Company to brew the Black is Beautiful recipe and support local organizations building positive and equitable communities. Pour yourself a Black is Beautiful stout and join us to hear more about the project and where you can find Black is Beautiful in your neighborhood!
8:05 PM – 8:35 PM Mountain Time
Jose D. Beteta, Tamil Maldonado Vega, and Martín D. Vargas of Raíces Brewing Co.
What the Presenters are Drinking: MANGUITO: Blonde Ale with Mango, CAFECITO: Coffee Blonde Ale, FURIA: Red IPA, RAIZ: Mexican Lager
Suggested Beer Styles: Blonde Ale, Coffee Blonde, Red IPA, Mexican Lager
Take a tour of the beer styles and culture of Latin America with the co-founders of Raíces Brewing Company. Raíces, meaning “roots,” infuses community, Latin culture, and craft beer into their community taproom. Watch the journey to opening their brewery here and join us for an update on their now thriving and vibrant brewery, cultural programs and their beers.
8:45 PM – 9:15 PM Mountain Time
Terence Sullivan and Ken Grossman of Sierra Nevada Brewing
What the Presenters are Drinking: Sierra Nevada Celebration and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
Suggested Beer: Sierra Nevada Celebration (check if available in your area) or Pale Ale
The holidays come early for brewers. As soon as the hop harvest is in, we know Celebration season is just around the corner! Sierra Nevada first brewed Celebration Fresh Hop IPA in 1981, blazing the path for American-style IPAs and offering a new take on holiday beers. Join us in celebrating GABF, the coming holidays, and all things beer with a special Celebration toast with Sierra Nevada founder Ken Grossman. Together, we’ll raise a glass and remember that beer will always bring us together—no matter the circumstances.
Virtual GABF passport holders will also be able to download tasting sheets prior to each session so they can make a list of beers and beer styles and food in advance, then sip and snack along during the program.