The 37th Annual Great American Beer Festival Will Be The Biggest One Yet

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Tickets for PAIRED Beer & Food tasting + GABF General Session Thursday may still be available.

For the 37th consecutive year, beer lovers will gather in Denver, Colorado, at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF), the country’s preeminent beer festival and competition. This year’s GABF will offer 62,000 attendees the opportunity to sample over 4,000 beers from more than 800 breweries in an expanded festival hall.

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GABF will take place Sept. 2o – 22, with a Brewers Association and American Homebrewers Association (AHA) members only session Saturday, September 22:5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Tickets were made available exclusively for members of the American Homebrewers Association and Brewers Association in a pre-sale and members of the general public were able to purchase tickets on Aug 1.

Tickets include: a commemorative tasting cup, unlimited one-ounce samples of more than 4,000 beers, a festival guide and free app to help attendees navigate the festival hall, access to educational and interactive seminars focused on beer appreciation and opportunities to speak with the personalities behind the beers in the Meet the Brewer section.

GABF represents the largest collection of U.S. beer ever served, in the format of a public tasting event plus a privately judged competition. Dubbed by Thrillist as “The One Beer Festival You Must Go to Before You Die,” GABF has topped beer lovers’ bucket lists since 1982 and unites beer lovers and brewers from all corners of the country to celebrate the nation’s ever-growing craft beer culture.

The Expansion

With the addition of 100,000 square feet—a 17 percent increase over 2017 and bringing the festival footprint to 584,000 square feet—attendees at this year’s GABF will have more space to hang out and mingle with brewers and fellow beer lovers while discovering new breweries, learning more about beer at educational and experiential programs, playing games, and just having fun.

Also joining the floor this year will be the 12,600 square foot Jameson Caskmates Barrel-Aged Beer Garden, which will feature 17 small and independent Jameson craft brewery partners and their limited-edition Jameson barrel-aged beer; and the 3,600 square foot Buffalo Wild Wings Sports Bar, where attendees can kick back, relax and enjoy independent craft beer and wings while cheering on their favorite teams on 10 TVs.

The Competition

As one of the world’s largest and most distinguished beer competitions, GABF 2018 is expected to see a lineup of more than 8,300 beers from over 2,200 breweries competing for their chance at the coveted gold, silver and bronze medals in 102 beer style categories. Gaining special attention in 2018 will be who takes home the first medals in the new Juicy or Hazy (Cat 60, 63 & 65) and other new 2018 categories.

In recognition of the collaborative spirit of the craft brewing community, the BA has added a new competition this year. Up to 48 collaboration beers will be evaluated in a Best of Show format. Many of the competition entries will be served during GABF at the Collaboration Competition Booth. Don’t miss this chance to sample these very unique and limited-edition beers.

About the Brewers Association

The Brewers Association (BA) is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The BA represents 4,000-plus U.S. breweries. The BA’s independent craft brewer seal is a widely adopted symbol that differentiates beers by small and independent craft brewers. The BA organizes events including the World Beer CupSM, Great American Beer Festival®, Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America®, SAVOR℠: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience, Homebrew Con, National Homebrew Competition and American Craft Beer Week®. The BA publishes The New Brewer® magazine, and Brewers Publications™ is the leading publisher of brewing literature in the U.S.

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