In its 30th year, the 2016 Great American Beer Festival competition awarded 286 medals to some of the best commercial breweries in the United States, plus three GABF Pro-Am medals to teams of amateur homebrewers paired with professionals. Presented by the Brewers Association, GABF is the largest commercial beer competition in the world and a symbol of brewing excellence.
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If you’re looking to keep up with the happenings at GABF from the comfort of your home, The Brewing Network has you covered.
The Saturday Awards Ceremony will be broadcast via Livestream.com starting at 10:00 am (Mountain), plus The Brewing Network be recording all festival long from booth 16 for you to watch after the event.
Want to watch the awards on the go? Download the Livestream app and search for “thebrewingnetwork.”
Can’t wait to get your beer fix? The Brewing Network’s YouTube channel has lots of archived videos from the GABFs of yesteryear and much more!
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Alicia M. Cohn
The Great American Beer Festival is once again upon us, running from October 6 to 8 in downtown Denver. As you walk inside the Colorado Convention Center, pretzels draped around your neck, you might be awestruck and even overwhelmed by all the boozy options that await you—more than 3,500 brews, to be exact.
Let us help guide you. Here are five of Colorado’s finest brews for you to seek out while exploring the country’s biggest beer event. [...]
Have you been known to “geek out” about beer or brewing?
There’s no shame in that, friend! You’ll have lots of company at the Great American Beer Festival.
If you proudly wear the beer geek label, we suggest adding the Beer Geek Bookstore to your GABF itinerary. Located near the merchandise area, the Beer Geek Bookstore stocks perennial favorites and the latest bestsellers from Brewers Publications and other publishers.
40+ Titles Dedicated to Your Favorite Fermented Beverage
At the Beer Geek Bookstore, there is something for everyone who likes learning about beer, brewing, travel, cooking with beer and more. Looking for a history of beer told in comic form? Check. Want tips on pairing beer with cookies? Check. Want to learn how to make your own delicious brew at home? Check.
Snag a book and get it signed by the likes of Charlie Papazian, Randy Mosher, Sam Calagione, John Palmer and Garrett Oliver. Check out the full schedule of author signings.
Exclusive: Get a Free Beer Caddy with Your Purchase!
With every purchase at the Beer Geek Bookstore, we’ll include a free beer caddy to hold your taster glass (so you can have both hands free for high fives, dance moves, etc.).
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Want to turn your #GABF experience all the way up to 11?
Of course you do.
Then be sure to check out the ALL NEW Heavy Medal booth!
We’ll be pouring beers from 2015 GABF-medal-winning breweries.
These beers promise to rock your taste buds!
Find it in Hall B near Section Y.
Check out the list of Heavy Medal booth breweries.
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BeerX is BACK! This 2,500 square-foot area will once again be jam-packed with educational and interactive stations about the art, science and magic of beer and brewing. Check out this year’s absolutely killer lineup of programming and special guests.
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Thirty-five years ago, a relatively unknown Charlie Papazian—home-brewing enthusiast and founder of the Association of Brewers (now the Brewers Association)—changed the country’s beer culture forever when he hosted the first Great American Beer Festival in Colorado. Only 20 breweries poured at the first GABF in 1982, and Papazian and his team were still trying to sell tickets the day of the festival. [...]
Now in its second year, the Meet the Brewer hall gives GABF attendees the chance to start one-on-one conversations with the pioneering men and women of America’s craft brewing renaissance.
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The GABF Pro-Am competition, now in its 10th year, brings commercial breweries together with homebrewers to vie for top honors. This year, 91 entries from 26 states will battle for a place on the podium. The best part? You’ll get sample these top contenders!
Seasoned GABF goers know that some of the most unique beers in the entire festival are served at the Pro-Am booth—so be sure to stop by! (The booth is near Meet the Brewer.)
How the Competition Works
Brewers Association member breweries are eligible to submit one entry into the GABF Pro-Am competition. Entries must be based on a homebrew recipe from American Homebrewers Association (AHA) members that have won an award in an AHA/BJCP Sanctioned Competition*. Pro-Am competition judges come from the same professional panel of world-class judges that evaluate all the beers at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition.
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Beyond the elusive festivities happening inside the Colorado Convention Center during this week’s Great American Beer Festival, the Mile High City’s restaurants, breweries, and more are playing host to their own sudsy events. Here are some of our top picks for experiencing the best of the city’s brews, whether you have GABF tickets or not. [...]
Here are a few helpful hints and tips to help make your trip to the Great American Beer Festival the best it can be.
• New Entrance! 14th & California
There’s a new entrance this year. It’s at 14th and California. This is the only entrance to the festival (change from last year). Check out this handy map to see where to enter the convention center.
• Metal Detectors
Please note: All attendee entrances will be equipped with metal detectors. Because Safety. See also: Prohibited items.
Will Call opens the day of the first session and is located in the lower lobby of the Colorado Convention Center. Find it by entering through the doors to the right of the Blue Bear, head down the steps and you will see Will Call in the lower lobby hallway to your right. Tickets held at Will Call must be picked up by the person whose name is on the order–so you must know the full name of any person for whom you are leaving tickets. Ticket holder must present a photo ID.
Lockers & Bags
There are NO lockers at the Colorado Convention Center, nor is there a coat check. Prohibited items include large backpacks, suitcases, large beach bags, etc., so please plan accordingly. See additional FAQs. Check out this handy illustration of what’s OK and what’s not OK.
There is an ATM located next to the Will Call booth in the lower lobby.
If you need special assistance or wheelchair access from the ticket line or Will Call, proceed to the elevator in the lower lobby. Please ask our volunteers to direct you.
Download the Free My GABF App
Got the app? It’s free and awesome, and it acts as your trusty tour guide. (Shout-out to Brew Guru™ for sponsoring the app this year!) Pick your favorite beers and breweries, orient yourself on the festival map, and take a few of the 20+ beer tours. You can even snap a GABF-themed selfie using the new Photo Booth. Be sure to have the app open before you enter the hall for best possible connectivity. Get it for iPhone and Android.
Would you call yourself a beer geek/nerd? If so, you should join the others in your tribe at the Beer Geek Bookstore (near Meet the Brewer) to peruse books dedicated to beer brewing, history, styles, food pairings and more. Snag a book and get it signed by the author.
Grab a pair of wireless headphones and shake your groove thing to the music of a live DJ at the Silent Disco. The thing is, only those wearing the headphones are hearing the music. Even if you don’t like to dance, the Silent Disco will bring a smile to your face! Don’t have rhythm? No one on the sidelines has to know!
It’s Not Just about GABF!
There are tons of other awesome events happening in the Denver area. So whether you need to find that rare beer release you’ve been dreaming of, the perfect pairing dinner or something completely different, it’ll be listed on the GABF Week Events page.
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Mary Clare Fischer
Leave the cheese and beer pairings to casual drinkers. That complex sour you discover at the Great American Beer Festival (October 6 to 8) deserves a worthier companion: a locally crafted bottle opener. Sippers with a penchant for recycling might try Aurora woodworker Elroy Collins’ C-shaped version made from beetle-kill lodgepole pine. Those with an interest in, uh, efficiency might prefer the GrOpener, a gadget designed by Denver artist Mark Manger that requires just one hand to operate. [...]
With nearly 800 breweries, several thousand beers and hundreds of thousands of square feet of hall space at GABF, it can be a little tricky to find what you’re looking for, or even decide where to begin.
Enter the free My GABF app for Apple or Android devices!
Discover new breweries, find your favs beers, track down brewers, explore the brew tours and have fun with the selfie frames!
This magical, awesome and free app—which is sponsored by another magical, awesome and free app called Brew Guru™, which btw you should also get—will help you do GABF like a total PRO.
Already have the app? NICE! Just make sure it’s up to date before you arrive!
Here’s why you gotta get the free My GABF app:
Beer Tours let you sample beers by style and first time breweries at the festival
Take a GABF selfie with our unique photo frames and save or share via social media
My Beers keeps track of all the beers you rated or tasted at the festival
My Brewery creates a list of your favorite breweries by section to help you plan your festival beer tour
Connect with Facebook and save all your notes and favorites to the cloud
Quick brewery booth locator
Navigate the festival map with visual indicators that show breweries from My Breweries tab.
Enjoy quick access to festival maps, onsite GABF events, exhibitors list and more in the Extra Info tab.
The big reveal—the festival beer list!
The festival beers will be poured into the app prior to Thursday, week of the festival. Protip: watch for the push notification. Medal-winning beers at the festival will be indicated on the app, with a simple refresh of the data shortly after the awards ceremony is completed on Saturday. You will also receive a push notification. Simply open the app and click the red “update” banner at the top of your screen to download the beers. Protip: do this before you show up to the festival.
Already have the app from last year?
Be sure to export your tasting notes before you update your app to the latest version!
Not sure where to begin?
Take one of 21 different festival tours based on the flavors and beer styles that you love. Beer tours include:
Tips for successful tasting and tapping:
Download the app (iTunes or Google Play) before you get to the festival, ideally using a strong WiFi connection.
The beers will be released the week of the festival. Open the app to check for updates. Do this before you leave for the festival–a WiFi connection is ideal.
Minimum system requirements: iOS 9 or later; Android 4.0.3 or later.
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