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242 Breweries Take Home Medals

The 2015 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition awarded 275 medals to some of the best commercial breweries in the United States, plus three GABF Pro-Am medals to teams of amateur brewers paired with professional Read More

Introducing: Meet the Brewer

New in 2015, the Great American Beer Festival will dedicate roughly 30,000 square feet of hall space to a new section called Meet the Brewer. Just under 100 breweries will fill this area, and each brewery’s booth will be staffed entirely, exclusively, by their employees.

“Meet the Brewer is another great opportunity for passionate beer fans to start conversations with brewers, learn more about their beers and talk shop,” said Nancy Johnson, event director at the Brewers Association. “We expect Meet the Brewer to be particularly popular with the homebrewing crowd.”

The new section occupies the heart of Hall B, which is a new addition Read More

The 2016 Beer List Is Here!!!

Behold the 2016 Great American Beer Festival beer list. It’s L-A-R-G-E large. And it’s waiting for you. You can’t possibly sample all 3,800 beers, so be sure to download the free My GABF app and use it to devise your plan of Read More

Pro-Am Booth: Best Kept Secret?

If this is your first Great American Beer Festival, here’s an insider tip: make a beeline for the Pro-Am booth!

What’s the Pro-Am Booth All About?

The Pro-Am booth pours beers brewed by professional craft brewers based on award-winning homebrew recipes from American Homebrewers Association (AHA) members. Homebrew recipes are scaled up and brewed at a craft brewery for submission into the competition. In 2015, 96 entries will vie for a spot atop the podium.

Where Craft Beer Gets Back to Its Homebrew Roots

True fact: Most brewers at your favorite craft breweries got their start at home (or college dorm room). What’s more, a great many pros Read More

Farm to Table Is Now ‘Paired’

With more space, a new entrance, more breweries (21) and more chefs (21) in 2015, GABF’s Farm to Table Pavilion is also getting a new name: Paired.

Don’t worry, Farm to Table fans, the tasty format stays the same: a who’s who of small and independent brewers, chefs and restaurateurs from around the country will offer pairings in an intimate setting located just off the main hall.

The new name, rather than signaling a change, encapsulates what the event has become, says Nancy Johnson, event director for the Brewers Association.

“I love the simplicity of this name and I love that it reflects what happens Read More

The App Is Back (And It’s EVEN MORE AWESOMER)

Download the free My GABF app for Apple or Android devices!

Who would have thought that tasting beer could be so hard! With over 750 breweries, several thousand beers and hundreds of thousands of square feet of hall space at GABF, it can be a little tricky to find what you’re looking for, or even decide where to begin. Not to worry, magical technology will help you!

Cool stuff you can do with the My GABF app:

Search or browse the brewery list, or see what’s near you by tapping on a section in the GABF Map tab. Find a brewery you love and add Read More

Beer Gives Back

Good Beer in Support of Good Works

The Great American Beer Festival has called the Colorado Front Range home for 34 years, and over time, we’ve gotten to know our neighbors. More than that, we like to chip in and help them out when the opportunity arises. That’s why, for many years, the GABF has donated tickets to nonprofit organizations which then use them in silent auctions, charity golf tournaments, 5K races and other activities to raise money for their important programs.

Last year, the festival donated tickets to more than 70 charities, with the total value exceeding $10,000. Best of all, these organizations have been able to leverage Read More

Faces of the Festival

If beer is the lifeblood of the Great American Beer Festival (GABF), then the volunteers are the heart that keeps it pumping during all four festival tasting sessions.

In more ways than one, this proverbial heart is huge! This year will bring a small army of over 3,200 volunteers to pour beer, distribute glasses, educate and greet attendees, work the merchandise booth, and much more.

The beauty of the GABF volunteer system is that it is primarily managed by other volunteers. These brave (and sleep-deprived) individuals are called captains. Their work begins long before the kegs are tapped, as they are tasked with recruiting Read More

Find Something Fun in Denver!

The Great American Beer Festival is three days long. Most attendees will only make it to a single session, and we know that’s probably not enough to slake your thirst for great beer.

So why not make a week of it?!

There are hundreds of terrific beer events happening throughout Denver during GABF week. It won’t be hard to find something cool to check out, but it will be tough to figure out which event you want to hit up. So many choices!

Starting Monday, the city’s breweries, beer bars, taprooms and restaurants come alive with special events like:

Tap takeovers Special discounts Movie premiers Beer dinners Special tappings Rare beers Beer and cheese Read More