Aaand we’re officially out of tickets!
This year’s public ticket sale wrapped in just over an hour.
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We can’t wait to see you all in October!
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It’s the 35th anniversary of the Great American Beer Festival, y’all!
The first GABF took place in 1982, and there were 24 breweries, 47 beers and 800 attendees. In 2016, we expect more than 800 breweries, 3,800+ beers and 60,000 attendees! (It’s no wonder GABF was voted best festival in the country.)
Here’s what’s new for 2016:
“I’ve got a Golden Ticket!”
During each evening session, two rock-star craft brewers will pluck a lucky attendee + their friends from the queue in Hall A for a special, private tasting tour of GABF—30 minutes before the doors open to the public. Each brewer will use their own criteria—the chosen posse might be rocking their GABF pride, some brewery apparel, or costumes that can’t be beat. We think attendees will be excited about this opportunity to talk and to taste with some of the best known and loved names in craft brewing, all before the festival official opens. Confirmed brewers include Vinnie Cilurzo of Russian River, Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head, Matt Brynildson of Firestone Walker, Garrett Oliver of Brooklyn Brewery and Tomme Arthur of The Lost Abbey and Port Brewing.
Let There Be Games
Once the line moves in from Hall A, that area will be opened up and filled with games in celebration of the 25th anniversary of GABF. Expect a brewpub courtyard feel, with free games like cornhole and KanJam– and perhaps some ‘80s tunes, hearkening back to the first festival. (Olivia Newton-John, anyone?)
Meet the Brewer – Back Again!
New last year, the Great American Beer Festival dedicated roughly 30,000 square feet of hall space to a section called Meet the Brewer. Around 100 breweries filled this area, where each brewery’s booth was staffed entirely, exclusively, by their employees. Meet the brewer is back in 2016 with more participating breweries, totaling 120 in 2016.
Meet the Brewer is a great opportunity for passionate beer fans to start conversations with brewers, learn more about their beers and talk shop. The section occupies the heart of Hall B, which was a new addition to the festival in 2015.
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Kathryn Roethel Rieck
Is there such thing as a girly beer? New survey data says yes—and they’re some of the fastest-rising brews on the market right now.
A Harris Poll published in late 2015 asked men and women to select their favorite types of beers from a list of 37 styles. Seventy-five percent of the brews listed were more preferable to men, but a few landed more frequently on the ladies’ lists. They include sour/American wild ales, fruit/vegetable/pumpkin-flavored beers, herb or spiced brews, shandies/radlers, Hefeweizens, blonde/golden ales, and Saison/farmhouse blends. [...]
Every day that a person with gluten sensitivity can enjoy a beer should be a holiday, says Karen Hertz, founder of Holidaily Brewing Company. Now, Holidaily drinkers have even more to celebrate: The gluten-free brewery, which opened for business in Golden last January, recently began distributing 16-ounce cans of its flagship brew, the Favorite Blonde Ale, to area liquor stores and restaurants. [...]
Here, a few of our favorite brewhouses—newcomers and stalwarts alike—to grab a pint at this summer:
Renegade Brewing CompanyArt District on Santa Fe [...]
We’ve all been there: After ordering your third 16-percent barrel-aged quad at the local craft brewery, your stomach begins to growl, demanding food. The only options available for sustenance? Packaged popcorn at the bar or stale, greasy fare from the food truck parked out front. [...]
What: For the 35th year in a row, beer lovers will gather in Colorado at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF), the premier beer festival and competition in the U.S. With 379,000 square feet in the tasting hall, an anticipated 60,000 attendees will have the opportunity to sample some 3,800 beers from more than 800 breweries..
When: Thursday, October 6: 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.; Friday, October 7: 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.; Saturday, October 8*: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Saturday, October 8: 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. *Brewers Association and American Homebrewers Association members-only session
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On any given day this summer, Denverites have their pick of local food and drink fests celebrating everything from session beers to Palisade peaches to chicken wing cook-offs. [...]
As the craft beer industry has expanded in Colorado, it's become more and more difficult to know what to drink. Even die-hard suds lovers could use some help navigating the packed liquor store shelves and myriad taproom offerings. [...]
Yeah, it's time to reluctantly put the skis away, but at least you can bring these Colorado beers along for your summer activities. Since there are so many to choose from, we've rounded up five sure-to-please sippers for your second favorite season—all available at liquor stores in the Denver metro area.
Great Divide Brewing Co.
Saison, 6.3 ABV [...]
In theory, wine is comprised of a single ingredient: grapes. Even so, tasting it—let alone pairing it with food—requires a lifetime’s worth of expertise, as any trained sommelier will tell you.
But beer is a different animal entirely. With a minimum of four ingredients (grain, hops, yeast, and water), and an infinite list of potential flavoring agents, beer offers an incomparably broad range of tastes and textures, which makes pairing it with food even more of a challenge. While that breadth can be daunting, it’s also what makes the pairing process so much fun. [...]
We believe beer is best enjoyed with friends, and lucky for us, Denver Beer Co. feels the same way. The brewery's Fifth Annual Hop Swap takes place on Wednesday, June 15, allowing locals to try their hands at growing beer's prized ingredient this summer. The sharing will come full circle in September, with the release of DBC's special community brew, Hop Swap Ale. [...]