See You This Fall!


Another year, another exceptional showing from our brilliant breweries and awesome attendees.

Give yourselves a hearty pat on the back!

Let’s do it again next year, shall we?

Meeting place: Denver. How about the convention center? Good.

Let’s say October 5-7, 2017.

We’ll announce ticket sale dates in the spring.

Hop on our email list if you’re not already on it.

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Great Beers, Great Honors

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

2016 Award Winners

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

GABF Pro-Am: A Taste of Greatness

The GABF Pro-Am competition, now in its 10th year, brings commercial breweries together with homebrewers to vie for top honors. This year, 91 entries from 26 states will battle for a place on the podium. The best part? You’ll get sample these top contenders!

Seasoned GABF goers know that some of the most unique beers in the entire festival are served at the Pro-Am booth—so be sure to stop by! (The booth is near Meet the Brewer.)

How the Competition Works

Brewers Association member breweries are eligible to submit one entry into the GABF Pro-Am competition. Entries must be based on a homebrew recipe from American Homebrewers Association (AHA) members that Read More

NEW: Heavy Medal Booth!

Want to turn your #GABF experience all the way up to 11?

Of course you do.

Then be sure to check out the ALL NEW Heavy Medal booth!

We’ll be pouring beers from 2015 GABF-medal-winning breweries.

These beers promise to rock your taste buds!

Find it in Hall B near Section Y.

Check out the list of Heavy Medal booth breweries.

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Are You a Beer Geek?

Have you been known to “geek out” about beer or brewing?

There’s no shame in that, friend! You’ll have lots of company at the Great American Beer Festival.

If you proudly wear the beer geek label, we suggest adding the Beer Geek Bookstore to your GABF itinerary. Located near the merchandise area, the Beer Geek Bookstore stocks perennial favorites and the latest bestsellers from Brewers Publications and other publishers.

40+ Titles Dedicated to Your Favorite Fermented Beverage

At the Beer Geek Bookstore, there is something for everyone who likes learning about beer, brewing, travel, cooking with beer and more. Looking for a history of beer told in comic form? Check. Read More

Check Out BeerX!

BeerX is BACK! This 2,500 square-foot area will once again be jam-packed with educational and interactive stations about the art, science and magic of beer and brewing. Check out this year’s absolutely killer lineup of programming and special Read More

Who’ll Get a Golden Ticket?

A bit of good luck for you…should you get the Golden Ticket!

This year, we’re offering six lucky attendees (and their friends) the chance to enter the hall early and go a-tasting with your beer heroes.

Check out the list of Willy Wonkas handing out Golden Tickets:


Matt Brynildson – Firestone Walker Brewing Company Rob Tod – Allagash Brewing Company


Vinnie Cilurzo – Russian River Brewing Company Tomme Arthur – The Lost Abbey / Port Brewing Company


Sam Calagione – Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Garrett Oliver – The Brooklyn Brewery

These brewers will randomly select one person from the entrance line and personally escort them through the hall before the event Read More

GABF Is Sold Out!

Aaand we’re officially out of tickets!

This year’s public ticket sale wrapped in just over an hour.

Keep checking back here for more festival news, including brewery and beer lists. If you’re not already on our mailing list, get subscribed here.

And you have the free My GABF app, right? It still has 2015 information, but it will update soon. Get it now and be ready, we’ll send a push notification when the 2016 info’s been added. Get it: App Store or Google Play.

We can’t wait to see you all in Read More