This year’s Great American Beer Festival (2015) promises to be bigger and better than ever, expanding with an additional 90,000 square feet of hall space and over 800 breweries expected to pour their beers during the three day annual event dedicated to craft beer. The festival takes place at the Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver, Colorado, from Thursday, September 24, through Saturday, September 26 — a week earlier than 2014 — with the following schedule:
- Thursday, September 24: 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
- Friday, September 25: 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
- Saturday, September 26*: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
- Saturday, September 26: 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
*Brewers Association and American Homebrewers Association members-only session
Tickets to this event go on sale July 29, with a pre-sale on July 28 for current members of the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) as well as Brewers Association (BA). AHA members will be able to purchase tickets for $75 each on Tuesday, July 28, at 10 am MDT (12 PM EDT /11 AM CDT, 9 AM PDT) by using a special purchase code — so check your inbox!
Join the BA or AHA by July 19 at 12:00 midnight PDT to be eligible for the pre-sale. All members will receive a randomized 11-digit personal offer code by Friday, July 24 to use in the pre-sale on July 28.
Go directly to the Ticketmaster page to purchase tickets when the sale begins. It is suggested to log in and create an account at Ticketmaster.com to expedite the purchase process.
The September 26th Members-Only Session tickets are $65 each, with a two ticket limit per AHA or BA member number.
General Session tickets which are $80 will go on sale to the public on Wednesday, July 29, at 10 am MDT (12 PM EDT /11 AM CDT, 9 AM PDT).
All sessions include:
- Commemorative tasting cup
- One-ounce samples of your choice of more than 2,800 beers
- Festival guide and free app to help attendees navigate the festival hall
- Access to attend more than 30 educational seminars total (all sessions combined) focused on beer appreciation
Due to limited availability, GABF General Session ticket sales are limited to four tickets per session per ticket buyer.
The GABF Competition judging will take place during this event, with over 1400 breweries competing in 90 beer style categories. Winners will be announced in a special awards ceremony on Saturday, September 26, after competition results are compiled and medals are announced.
With more space and a new entrance, more breweries and chefs from across the country will participate and serve dishes paired with special beers in “paired”, formerly known as the Farm to Table Pavilion. While enjoying carefully crafted pairings, attendees can engage with featured chefs and brewers and discuss their hand-crafted products. A special ticket package available only to AHA and BA members is $145 for either Thursday, September 24 or Friday, September 25, from 5:30 – 9 pm. The package includes same-day GABF session and must be purchased here.
The American Cheese Society will again host a tasting area within the festival hall featuring sample cheeses from American artisan producers. The Brewpub Pavilion will also feature small bites for purchase and to enjoy with beers from various brewpubs throughout the U.S.
Also be sure to check out my favorite GABF highlights — the Silent Disco and the Pro-Am Competition tasting booth where you can try entries brewed by professional craft brewers based on award-winning homebrew recipes from American Homebrewers Association (AHA) members.
Check back for information on other events that will be taking place throughout Denver during the 2015 GABF week. Hope to see many of you in Denver!