Shipping Festival Beer

Download a PDF of the 2017 Brewers Guide to Registering

All information in the PDF is also available on this site.

Festival Beer No Charge Invoice

Please read this section carefully and direct questions to Bradley Latham at 720-473-7672 or

All festival beer must be sent with a no-charge/$0 invoice indicating that your GABF beer is donated. This will be emailed to all festival breweries prior to shipping (and may also be downloaded below). Be sure to attach this to your festival beer shipment, as well as provide a copy to and the point person who you deliver your beer to at your chosen drop-off point.

Download a No Charge Invoice

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Accepted Festival Beer Formats


You may send your own kegs for the festival, or have the GABF ship kegs to you via MiroStar Keg Management. (More details in box below)

Sending Your Own Kegs? – The GABF only accepts kegs that are refillable stainless steel or single-use plastic kegs. No exceptions. If you have any questions about acceptable kegs at the festival, please email Bradley Latham:

After the festival: all brewery-owned kegs (non-MicroStar), must be picked up from the Colorado Convention center on Sunday, October 8, before 12:00 pm (noon). The GABF is not responsible for any kegs left after this time.


Deliver a minimum of 10 cases of each brand in bottles or cans to your collection point for shipment to Denver, CO. Your local distributor may also deliver your beer to the Breakthru Beverage warehouse in Denver during the delivery window.

All beer entered in the festival must be delivered to the GABF host distributor for legal and inventory purposes. Festival beer recieved by the host distributor becomes property of the host distributor for GABF and may not be used for any other purpose such as selling at retail. back to top

What’s the MicroStar Keg Program? (Highly Recommended)

The GABF works with MicroStar Keg Management to ship kegs directly to your brewery to fill with your festival beers. If you request MicroStar kegs, they are shipped directly to your brewery (pickled and passivated) at no cost to you. Fill them, label them up with the assigned GABF keg tags, get them to your chosen drop-off point, and they’ll meet you at the festival. Once the festival is over, your job is done, and you won’t have to worry about handling any kegs.

Who is eligible?

  • Any participating GABF brewery who is not currently a MicroStar client (current MicroStar clients are required to send their own MicroStar kegs as well).
  • Any brewery choosing to receive MicroStar kegs will receive two (2) – 1/6 bbl Kegs for each brand you are sending to the festival (Breweries in the “Meet the Brewer” section will receive one 1/2 bbl per brand)
  • Current MicroStar clients using their own inventory should not send more than on 1/2 bbl per brand, unless you historically have run out and know you should be sending more.
  • If your brewery has previously run out of beer at the festival, you may request additional kegs by emailing Bradley Latham by July 28.

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 Labeling your Festival Beers

  • You will receive Grogtags in the mail in late August.
  • There will be one tag for every keg you indicated during registration.
  • Please fill out the style field on each tag.
  • Tags were not sent for case product. For case beer, you should tape the following label to each case you’re are sending.
  • IF A BEER HAS CHANGED FROM THE TAGS YOU RECEIVED – Cross out the old name and write the new name in the “style” field (no need to add “style” for the beer if you’re making this change.
  • The tags should be placed on the handle of your kegs. The tags are applied like luggage tags and fold over onto themselves.

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Festival Drop off Points

The 2017 drop off points will be announced soon.

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