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Are you a member of the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) or the Brewers Association (BA)? If so (and you’ve purchased your membership by July 18, 11:59 p.m. MT), you’re eligible! We’ll notify you via email in advance of the ticket sale with instructions for how to purchase.
The Saturday afternoon session of the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) is open exclusively to AHA and BA members. You must purchase a membership in the AHA or BA by July 18, 11:59 p.m. MT, to be eligible for the member presale.
NOTE: There are more members of the AHA and the BA than there are attendee slots for the Saturday afternoon Members-Only session. In other words, not every association member will be able to purchase tickets to the Members-Only session, but all members (as of the cut-off date and time listed here) are invited to participate in the members presale.
When/how will I get my personal offer code for the member presale?
AHA and BA members who joined prior to the July 18, 2018 cutoff date will receive an email containing their personal offer code (a randomized, case-sensitive code). Members can expect this email sometime in the week of July 23.
Yes, Designated Driver tickets are $30 per session and only available for purchase during the ticket sale. Free, non-alcoholic sodas will be available and each Designated Driver receives a complimentary gift, available in the Designated Driver Lounge. Designated Drivers are welcome to attend the beer and food seminars, walk around the festival floor, or relax in the Designated Driver Lounge.
For the 2018 GABF, tickets will be available to members beginning Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. MT and may be ordered online via AXS. The public ticket sale starts on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. MT via AXS.
The public ticket sale starts on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. MT via AXS.
Yes! You’re welcome to purchase tickets for the member-only presale and public sale via the AXS app.
Ticket prices for each of the sessions include a festival program, a commemorative tasting cup, unlimited one-ounce samples of more than 4,000 beers, access to educational and experiential talks, and a festival guide to help you navigate the floor.
The Saturday Afternoon Members Only Session includes all of the previously mentioned benefits, as well as a more intimate atmosphere as the attendance is limited to members only, and the first opportunity to sample the much-anticipated gold, silver and bronze medal winners of the 2018 GABF competition.
You must be 21+ years old with valid ID to attend.
GABF tickets are not refundable. If you are unable to attend the festival you can try selling your ticket for face value in the classifieds section of the AHA Forum or through the Great American Beer Festival Facebook page. Tickets purchased through AXS may be transferred to another party (once they are released).
Holder voluntarily assumes all risk and danger incidental to the event for which this ticket is issued, whether occurring prior to, during or after the event. Holder voluntarily agrees the Brewers Association and sponsors of the event are expressly released by holder from any claims for injuries or death arising from holder’s participation in and the travel to and from this event. The ticket may not be resold or offered for resale in a manner or at a price in violation of any federal, state or local laws or regulations. Holder grants permission to Brewers Association and sponsors of the event to utilize any photographs, motion pictures, videotapes, recordings and any other references or records of the Great American Beer Festival that may depict, record or refer to holder for any purpose, including commercial, by the Great American Beer Festival, its sponsors and their licensees. Holder acknowledges that the event may be broadcast or otherwise publicized, and hereby grants permission to utilize holder’s image or likeness in connection with any live or recorded transmission or reproduction of such event in printed photographs or online transmissions. This ticket cannot be replaced if lost, stolen or destroyed and is valid only for the date and event for which it is issued. This ticket is not redeemable for cash. It is unlawful to reproduce this ticket in any form. Unlawful resale or attempted resale is grounds for seizure and cancellation without compensation. There is no re-entry into the facility. Holder agrees admission to the event is restricted to individuals age 21 years or older and proof of age is required. Purchase tickets only from authorized outlets.
For the past few years, GABF tickets have sold out before the festival, and increasingly quickly. In 2017, tickets sold out in 4 hours, 15 minutes. Please plan accordingly.
For the General Sessions there is a limit of six tickets per session per ticket buyer. Individuals with greater than six tickets per session per ticket buyer will have their overage canceled and refunded.
Group tickets are not available this year.
For the Members Only Session, the ticket limit 2 tickets per member number. American Homebrewers Association and Brewers Association members will receive a personal offer code via email to purchase tickets for this session.
Tickets can be delivered via AXS Flash Seats or for a fee paper tickets can be mailed.
Tickets held at Will Call must be picked up by the person whose name is on the order. Ticket holder must present a photo ID.
Will Call opens the day of the first session and is located in the lower lobby of the Colorado Convention Center.
|2018 Will Call Hours|
|Thursday||3:00 – 9:00 pm|
|Friday||3:00 – 9:00 pm|
|Saturday||10:00 am – 9:00 pm|
All tickets will available within 7-10 business days after the close of ticket sales. Any delay is for fraud checking and to reduce scalping.
A ticket delivery delay has been instituted as an additional anti-scalping measure.
Attendees with disabilities should enter the Convention Center via an automatic door near the Big Blue Bear at 14th St. and California. Follow the ramp down to Lower Lobby A, where across from Will Call there is an elevator entrance. There, our disabled guests will have their ID checked and ticket scanned, receive a wrist band, and continue up the elevator to the festival entrance.
PAIRED + GABF ticket holders can enter via the escalator in lower lobby D in front of the Bellco Theatre.
PAIRED + GABF tickets clearly indicate on the ticket “GA & PAIRED”. (GA = General Admission)
Once inside, PAIRED + GABF ticket holders proceed to PAIRED + GABF where their ticket will be scanned (again) for entrance into the pavilion—hold onto that ticket!
Yes, tickets are transferable so a non member can attend the Saturday Afternoon Session if the tickets were purchased by a member.
Unfortunately, the secondary market for popular tickets persists, despite many efforts to thwart it. From hot sporting events and headliner concerts to your favorite beer festival—sell-out events are subject to ticket brokers finding ways to buy and re-sell tickets. Some ticket brokers even make speculative sales before they have tickets in hand—sometimes well before tickets go on sale!
There are measures in place to decrease access for scalpers, including the ticket limits that we set for GABF ticket purchases and AXS’ anti-bot and other security measures in their selling system. (AXS reviews all purchases to enforce our GABF ticket limits.) Again, though, while this decreases access, it unfortunately does not prevent a secondary market. To ensure you have a valid ticket, purchase tickets from authorized outlets only.
You must purchase a membership in the American Homebrewers Association or Brewers Association by July 18, 11:59 p.m. MT, to be eligible for the member presale. Anyone who joins after 11:59 PM MT on July 18, 2018 is not eligible to purchase as a member.
The member presale begins at 10:00 am MT on Tuesday, July 31, 2018.
Questions about volunteer ticket vouchers may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ticket information is subject to change.