What’s New at GABF in 2016?

It’s the 35th anniversary of the Great American Beer Festival, y’all!

The first GABF took place in 1982, and there were 24 breweries, 47 beers and 800 attendees. In 2016, we expect more than 800 breweries, 3,800+ beers and 60,000 attendees! (It’s no wonder GABF was voted best festival in the country.)

Here’s what’s new for 2016:

“I’ve got a Golden Ticket!”

During each evening session, two rock-star craft brewers will pluck a lucky attendee + their friends from the queue in Hall A for a special, private tasting tour of GABF—30 minutes before the doors open to the public. Each brewer will use their own Read More

Media Advisory: 2016 Great American Beer Festival® Celebrates 35 Years with the Largest Showcase of American Breweries. Ever.

What: For the 35th year in a row, beer lovers will gather in Colorado at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF), the premier beer festival and competition in the U.S. With 379,000 square feet in the tasting hall, an anticipated 60,000 attendees will have the opportunity to sample some 3,800 beers from more than 800 breweries. When: Thursday, October

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2015 Photos

Get psyched for 2016 by checking out photos from last year’s Great American Beer Festival. As you’ll see, a whole lot of fun was had. See you in Read More

2015 Award Winners

In its 29th year, the 2015 competition surpassed all previous participation records, exceeding last year’s record-setting Read More

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