The 34th Annual Great American Beer Festival (GABF) returns on Thursday, September 24 through Saturday, September 26 to the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, CO. This year’s edition of GABF will feature a much larger space that will also bring in many more attendees. The convention hall floor will increase with an additional 90,000 square feet that will allow and an additional 11,000 attendees all vying for unlimited 1oz pours of beer from more than 800 brewers from all across the United States. In all GABF expects to see 60,000 attendees over the course of the weekend sampling over 3,500 different beers.
One of the new items to take place at GABF will be its Meet the Brewer. Part of the halls expansion will be home to its Meet the Brewer booths. The breweries pouring in this section are committed to having brewers or brewery staff on hand the entire time, pouring at their booths and talking to attendees about their offerings, with no assistance from GABF volunteers.
The 2015 GABF will take place during the following four sessions.
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. (*Brewers Association and American Homebrewers Association members-only session)
Saturday, September 26: 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
GABF tickets will be available for purchase to the general public online on July 29, 2015 at 9:00am PDT via Ticketmaster.com. A ticket pre-sale exclusively for members of the American Homebrewers Association and Brewers Association will take place on July 28 at 9:00am PDT
Members-Only Session tickets are $65 each, with a two ticket limit per member number. General Session tickets are $80 public/$75 members (if purchased during the members only sale on July 28) and include:
Commemorative tasting cup
One-ounce samples of your choice of more than 3,500 beers
Festival guide and free app to help attendees navigate the festival hall
Access to attend dozens of educational seminars across all four sessions, focused on beer appreciation
Note: Due to limited availability, GABF General Session ticket sales are capped at four tickets per session per ticket buyer.
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 20 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter at @hopapalooza.