For the 36th year, beer lovers will gather in Colorado at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF), the renowned American craft beer festival and competition, to find their #HoppyPlace and sample some 3,800 beers from more than 800 breweries around the country.
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GABF 2017 will take place October 5th through the 7th at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, CO. Tickets will be available for purchase to the general public online on August 2 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern time. A ticket pre-sale exclusively for members of the American Homebrewers Association and Brewers Association will take place on August 1st at 12:00 p.m. Eastern time. Members will receive a personal offer code to purchase tickets for this session.
NOTE: You must have purchased a membership to the American Homebrewers Association or Brewers Association by July 23, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. PDT, to be eligible for the member pre-sale. Due to limited availability, GABF General Session ticket sales are capped at four tickets per session per ticket buyer. Ticket FAQ.
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GABF brings together the brewers and beers that make the U.S. the world’s most diverse brewing nation. Since its conception in 1982, GABF has been growing and evolving along with the American brewing community and represents the largest collection of U.S. beer ever served, in the format of a public tasting event plus a privately judged competition. Showcasing scores of diverse beers, Thrillist dubbed the event, “The One Beer Festival You Must Go to Before You Die.”
This year, GABF will welcome back popular awards and attractions—including the Golden Ticket Giveaway, Heavy Medal Booth and Support Your Local Brewery Pavilion—offering attendees the opportunity to sample unique indie and international award-winning beers.
In addition to showcasing quality beers, GABF features one of the world’s largest and most distinguished commercial beer competitions. In 2017, approximately 8,100 beers from more than 2,250 breweries will compete in 96 beer style categories for gold, silver and bronze medals, awarded by GABF’s Professional Judge Panel.
More Meet the Brewer Booths: Meet and mingle with the brewers behind your favorite beers. This year, there will be over 150 participating brewers.
Expanded Brewpub Pavilion: Get a taste of your local brewpub! A record 48 breweries, representing each region of the country, will pour their locally brewed beers right in the center of the festival hall.
CraftBeer.com #beertravel Pavilion: There’s no better vacation than a “beercation.” CraftBeer.com will provide an opportunity for established and growing craft beer destinations to interact with 60,000 dedicated beer lovers.
The Brewers Association is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The Brewers Association (BA) represents more than 70 percent of the brewing industry, and its members make more than 99 percent of the beer brewed in the U.S. 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, AHA National Homebrewers Conference, National Homebrew Competition and American Craft Beer Week®. The BA publishes The New Brewer magazine and its Brewers Publications division is the largest publisher of contemporary and relevant brewing literature for today’s craft brewers and homebrewers.