We have photographic proof that the 2017 Great American Beer Festival was a ridiculous amount of fun.
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The 2017 Great American Beer Festival competition awarded 293 medals to some of the best commercial breweries in the United States, plus three GABF Pro-Am medals to teams of homebrewers paired with professionals.
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293 Professional Medals Awarded to 266 Breweries
Boulder, Colo., October 7, 2017—The 2017 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition awarded 293 medals to some of the best commercial breweries in the United States, plus three GABF Pro-Am medals to teams of homebrewers paired with professionals. Presented by the Brewers Association (BA), GABF is the largest commercial beer competition in the world and the premier symbol of brewing excellence.
Read complete press release.
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Wow, guys. That was FUN. So much fun, in fact, we’re already looking forward to next year’s festival!
Save the date: September 20-22, 2018.
Tickets will go on sale mid-summer. (Tip: Join the American Homebrewers Association for access to the GABF and Paired pre-sale.)
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Back again, famed brewmasters will be surveying the crowd before the festival and handing a few lucky folks (and their friends) a Golden Ticket. This ticket will magically transport you out of the line and on a personal tour of the festival hall. Here’s who you need to keep on your radar:
Thursday – Garrett Marrero, Maui Brewing Co.
Friday – Tomme Arthur, The Lost Abbey
Saturday Evening – Jennifer Glanville, Boston Beer/Sam Adams
Enjoy sampling beer with the person who brewed it, chat about tasting notes and nuances in flavor… in other words, geek out with your beero.
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Oh, the beery places you’ll go! The all new CraftBeer.com #BeerTravel Pavilion features several craft beer hubs that are worth a visit and/or extended stay! Find your next beercation destination!
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For the 16th year in a row GABF will recognize those breweries and attendees who bring an exceptional degree of flair to the festival floor.
Got Flair? Head to the Karaoke Stage at 8:00 on Friday!
On Friday at 8:00 pm at the karaoke stage (in the Backyard), GABF representatives will present Festival Flair Awards for Best Decorated Booth and Best Attendee Costume. So don’t leave your flair at home!
The Stakes Are High
In addition to a year of bragging rights, brewery winners will get free festival entry to GABF 2018, and the attendee costume winner will get a pair of tickets to GABF 2018 session of their choosing!
What’s ‘Flair’ Anyway?
Flair is hard to define but easy to spot. It encompasses the stylish, the odd, the funny, the unlikely and the original. There’s no magic formula for flair—it’s anything that adds energy to the hall. Let your creative juices flow and we’ll see you in Denver!
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It’s big. It’s beery. It’s the 2017 Great American Beer Festival beer list! Peep the list of 3900+ beers. Download the free My GABF app and start planning your festival!
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This year’s Paired™ at the Great American Beer Festival is raising the bar on craft beer and food pairings. What’s Paired, you ask? In this foodie haven, just steps away from the main festival, 21 craft breweries have been selected to pour unique beers. Alongside these rare beers are expertly selected small bites imagined by award-winning chefs led by the Brewers Association’s Chef Adam Dulye.
“The menu this year is hands down the best ever created,” said event director Nancy Johnson. “Paired is potentially one of the best places in the country to see and feel the pulse of the current state of American cuisine AND beer and food pairing.”
Here’s a look at this year’s Paired chefs:
21 chefs from ten states and the United Kingdom and Mexico
In the past year Paired chefs have won:
Kevin Nashan: 2017 James Beard Award Winner- Best Chef Midwest
Alex Seidel: 2017 James Beard Award Finalist- Best Chef Southwest
Mike Friedman: 2017 James Beard Award Semi-Finalist- Best Chef East and 2017 Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand
Band of Bohemia: 2017 Michelin Guide One Star
John Tesar: 2017 James Beard Award Finalist- Best Chef Southwest
Tomos Parry: 2016 London Chef of the Year
Tavernetta: 2017 James Beard Award Finalist – Outstanding Restaurant (Frasca)
And then there’s Marc Vetri
James Beard Outstanding Chef Semifinalist: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2016
James Beard Outstanding Chef Nominee: 2011, 2012
James Beard Mid-Atlantic Chef Nominee: 2003, 2004
James Beard Mid-Atlantic Chef Winner: 2005
A separate Paired ticket is required for entrance. Paired ticket holders can enter via the escalator in lower lobby D in front of the Bellco Theatre or via the main festival entrance. The menu and Paired map can be found here.
Want to attend Paired next year? Join the American Homebrewers Association for exclusive access to the members-only GABF/Paired ticket pre-sale.
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01 OCT GABF WEEK 2017
We fully realize we have way too much going on this week for any of you to keep it all in your heads. Hell, this post is probably just as useful for us to keep things straight. Beyond events almost every day we also have slightly different hours on Monday and Thursday.
Monday (10/2) – Open 4-10pm
We’re open on a day we’re usually closed. Come hang out!
Tuesday (10/3) – Open 4-10pm
Bluegrass Tuesdays w/ TurkeyFoot + Snag the Swag Night – Gold Wrapped Rare Trait Glass
Wednesday (10/4) – Open 4-10pm
Open Invitation DIPA Crowler Release
Brewed in collaboration with our friends at Almanac Beer Co. Hopped with loads of Citra, El Dorado, Motueka and Galaxy in the whirlpool and then dry-hopped with all of the above + Citra Lupulin Pellets. Fermented with a blend of Conan and Sacch Trois.
We will be releasing 150 Crowlers starting at 4pm, limit 3 per person – $16 each.
Thursday (10/5) – Open 2-10pm
All The Hops + All the Hops Glass Release + Can Release x 3
We’re stacking the lineup with hoppy offerings, releasing a sweet new glass AND dropping 3 new IPAs in 16oz cans. You’re not going to want to miss this one. Here’s the lineup (subject to change):
DDH Rare Trait
Super Secret Chatroom
16oz 4-Packs of the following:
Cheat Code $18 (targeting 100 cases)
DDH Rare Trait $18 (targeting 50 cases)
Lightways $16 (targeting 50 cases)
Friday (10/6) – Open 12-11pm
Trophy Hunt Release
Trophy Hunt is an Imperial Stout that has been aging in Bourbon Barrels for a whopping 18 months with both Madagascar Bourbon and Ugandan vanilla beans + Haitian cacao nibs from Cultura Craft Chocolate. 460 bottles will be released when we open, limit 2 per person for $20/bottle.
The tap list will also include:
Here Be Monsters
Saturday (10/7) – Open 12-11pm
Bringing Back the Brett + Tonal Language Bottle Release
We will be digging into our cellar and re-releasing all of our bottled Brett Saisons to date (for on-site consumption only) as well as releasing Tonal Language, a mixed-fermentation Saison brewed with CO wildflower honey and conditioned on mandarin oranges in Sauvignon Blanc barrels. $14/bottle, limit 6 per person.
The lineup is as follows (subject to change):
Chardonnay Barrel Aged Dreamy Thing
Ripping Through Dimensions
Dreamy Thing (on tap + bottles)
Invisible Hand (on tap)
Tonal Language (on tap + bottles)
Sunday (10/8) – Open 11am-10pm
Work From Home Recovery Brunch
To close out this crazy week we decided to bring back a limited amount of our beloved Breakfast Porter while also releasing 50 Crowlers, limit 1 per person at $22 each. Adobo Food Truck will be outside serving up brunch to rid you of that dreaded hangover.
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Head over to the fun zone! The Backyard is full of yard games, music, and exciting photo ops! Located near the festival entrance, you DON’T want to miss The Backyard – it’s basically a festival within the festival!
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The Great American Beer Festival got its start 36 years ago as just a part of the American Homebrewers Association‘s fourth annual conference. If the name is any indication, however, founder Charlie Papazian had grander ambitions for this remarkable event.
Peruse a copy of the 1982 Program (pdf)—complete with Charlie’s handwritten notes in the margins!
Great American Beer Festival Then and Now
Hours of Tasting
5 over 1 session
17.5 over 4 sessions
Breweries at the Festival
Beers at the Festival
Festival Hall Size
5,000 square feet
380,000 square feet
Familiar beers served in 1982 and still available today
Anchor Steam and Porter
Genesee Cream Ale
Killian’s Irish Red Ale
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Stout
Stevens Point Special Lager
Yuengling Premium, Lord Chesterfield Ale and Porter
Small and independent craft breweries that participated in 1982 and are participating in 2017
Boulder Beer Company
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
GABF competition judging history
1987: First judging, 7 judges, 99 beers
2002: 16th judging, 90 judges, 1,863 beers
2014: 29th judging, 222 judges, 5,507 beers in the competition
2016: 31st judging, 264 judges, 7,227 beers in the competition
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