This year’s Paired™ at the Great American Beer Festival is raising the bar on craft beer and food pairings. What’s Paired, you ask? In this foodie haven, just steps away from the main festival, 21 craft breweries have been selected to pour unique beers. Alongside these rare beers are expertly selected small bites imagined by award-winning chefs led by the Brewers Association’s Chef Adam Dulye.
“The menu this year is hands down the best ever created,” said event director Nancy Johnson. “Paired is potentially one of the best places in the country to see and feel the pulse of the current state of Read More
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 Read More
I remember the urge to run. The long line that snaked along the side of the Colorado Convention Center in Denver dragged me in the building, up a wide flight of stairs and released me into the cavernous Great American Beer Festival—my first. I’m not sure what I was running to. I almost expected a lifeguard to yell, “No running!”
So I did the same straight-legged, hand flat down my sides speed walk that over-stimulated children do around a pool. I hustled to the first brewery I saw. Little did I know that the first beer sampled at Read More
The Great American Beer Festival got its start in 1982 as just a part of the American Homebrewers Association‘s fourth annual conference. If the name is any indication, however, founder Charlie Papazian had grander ambitions for this remarkable event.
Peruse a copy of the 1982 Program (pdf)—complete with Charlie’s handwritten notes in the margins!
Great American Beer Festival Then and Now
Hours of Tasting
5 over 1 session
17.5 over 4 sessions
Breweries at the Festival
Beers at the Festival
Festival Hall Size
5,000 square feet
380,000 square feet
Familiar beers served in 1982 and still available today
Anchor Steam and Porter
Genesee Cream Ale
Killian’s Irish Red Ale
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Stout
Stevens Read More
For the 36th year, beer lovers will gather in Colorado at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF), the renowned American beer festival and competition, to find their #HoppyPlace and sample some 3,800 beers from more than 800 breweries around the country.
Thursday, October 5: 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Friday, October 6: 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 7*: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
*Brewers Association and American Homebrewers Association members-only session
Did you know this year marks the 36th anniversary of the Great American Beer Festival?! Time flies when you’re enjoying delicious beer with friends! Here are some vintage photos from festivals in 1982 (the inaugural), 1983 and 1984. As you can see, hairstyles come and go (and come back!) but the joy of coming together to sample great American beer is constant …
In its 30th year, the 2016 Great American Beer Festival competition awarded 286 medals to some of the best commercial breweries in the United States, plus three GABF Pro-Am medals to teams of amateur homebrewers paired with professionals. Presented by the Brewers Association, GABF is the largest commercial beer competition in the world and a symbol of brewing Read More
In a ceremony at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, prestigious gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded to winning breweries in 96 beer categories covering 161 different beer styles (including all subcategories), establishing the best examples of each style in the country. Read More