2024 GABF Judging Schedule

2024 GABF judging sessions will take place over 3 to 4 day blocks of time called “Phases”:

PHASE I September 25 – 28, Louisville, CO
PHASE II October 8 – 10 Denver, CO (Colorado Convention Center)
Great American Beer Festival® October 10 – 12, Denver, CO (Colorado Convention Center)
GABF Awards Ceremony October 12

All judging sessions and lunch will be held at the Brewers Association warehouse at 587 S Taylor Ave, Louisville, CO. Recommended Lodging and discounted room block info will be posted soon.

Tuesday, September 25, 2024

Most Phase I judges will arrive on this day

Wednesday, September 25, 2024

8:00 am – 8:30 am Judge Check In – 587 S Taylor Ave, Louisville, CO: Judges receive judge badge, judge gift, and judge packet
8:30 am Judges gather at assigned judging tables – brief 15-30 minute on-site judge orientation
8:45 am – 12:00 pm Judging Session 1
11:30 – 1:00 pm Judge and Competition Staff Lunch
1:00 pm – 4:30 pm Judging Session 2
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Judge Evening Happy Hour @ Cohesion Brewing
3851 Steele St Unit 1388, Denver, CO 80205
A couple of beers and food provided
*Bus transportation provided from Hotel – Bus leaves hotel 5:30pm. Last bus leaves Cohesion to return to hotel at 8:00pm

Thursday, September 26, 2024

8:15 am – 8:30 am Judge Check In – 587 S Taylor Ave, Louisville, CO: Judges receive judge badge, travel
stipend, judge gift, and judge packet
8:30 am Judges gather at assigned judging tables – brief 15-30 minute on-site judge orientation
9:00 am – 12:00 pm Judging Session 3
11:30 – 1:00 pm Judge and Competition Staff Lunch
1:00 pm – 4:45 pm Judging Session 4
Thursday Night Dinner on your own; (Suppliers or brewers, interested in hosting a judge event? Let us know!)

Friday, September 27, 2024

8:15 am – 8:30 am Judges arrive at 587 S Taylor Ave, Louisville, CO with their judge packets
8:45 am – 12:00 pm Judging Session 5
11:30 – 1:00 pm Judge and Competition Staff Lunch
1:00 pm – 4:45 pm Judging Session 6
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Competition Social @ Taylor Warehouse

Saturday, September 28, 2024

8:15 am – 8:30 am Judges arrive at 587 S Taylor Ave, Louisville, CO with their judge packets
8:45 am – 12:00 pm Judging Session 7
11:30 – 1:00 pm Judge and Competition Staff Lunch
1:00 pm – 4:45 pm Judging Session 8
Saturday evening Dinner on your own; many Phase I judges depart

All judging sessions, breakfast, lunch and Judge Orientation will be held at the Colorado Convention Center.

To make hotel reservations at, you may visit the event Hotel & Travel page here

Sunday, October 6, 2024

Many overseas judges will arrive on this day

Monday, October 7, 2024

All remaining Phase III judges will arrive on this day

3:30 pm – 4:59 p.m. Judge Check In – Colorado Convention Center: Judges will receive judge badge,
judge gift, and judge packet
4:59 pm – 6:00 pm Judge Orientation – Colorado Convention Center: Welcome, brief tour of Judge packet, what to expect for the week
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm Judge Reception – Bierstadt Lagerhaus
2875 Blake St, Denver, CO 80205

Tuesday, October 8, 2024

7:00 am – 8:15 am Judge Breakfast – Colorado Convention Center (Cafe above Four Seasons Ballroom)
8:30 am Judges gather in judging rooms – Colorado Convention Center Four Seasons Ballroom
8:45 am – 12:00 pm Judging Session 9
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Judge and Competition Staff Lunch – Colorado Convention Center
1:00 pm – 4:45 pm Judging Session 10

Wednesday, October 9, 2024

7:00 am – 8:15 am Colorado Convention Center (Cafe above Four Seasons Ballroom)
8:30 am Judges gather in judging rooms – Colorado Convention Center Four Seasons Ballroom
8:45 am – 12:00 pm Judging Session 11
11:30 am – 1:00 pm Judge and Competition Staff Lunch – Colorado Convention Center
1:00 pm – 4:45 pm Judging Session 12
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm GABF Brewers Gathering – Bellco Lobby

Thursday, October 10, 2024

7:00 am – 8:15 am Colorado Convention Center (Cafe above Four Seasons Ballroom)
8:30 am Judges gather in judging rooms – Colorado Convention Center Four Seasons Ballroom
8:45 am – 12:00 pm Judging Session 13
11:30 am – 1:00 pm Judge and Competition Staff Lunch – Colorado Convention Center
1:00 pm – 4:45 pm Judging Session 14
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm Great American Beer Festival – Session 1

2024 Great American Beer Festival® will be held at the Colorado Convention Center (“CCC”), 700 14th St. Denver, CO 80202.

Thursday, October 10 5:30 pm – 9:30pm: GABF Thursday Evening Session
Friday, October 11 5:30 pm – 9:30pm: GABF Friday Evening Session
Saturday, October 12 10:00 am – Awards Ceremony
Saturday, October 12 12:00 pm – 4:30pm: GABF Members-Only Session

Locations and times are subject to change – this page is a work in progress.