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Great American Beer Festival® 2019 adds new experiences for attendees


For the 38th consecutive year, beer lovers will gather in Denver, Colorado, in Great American Beer Festival (GABF), the most important beer festival and competition in the country. This year’s GABF will offer 62,000 attendees the chance to choose from more than 4,000 beers from 800 planned breweries.


Thursday, 3rd October : 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Friday, October 4: 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 5*: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
* Brewers Association and American Home Brewers Association® (AHA) members-only session

Saturday, October 5: 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.


Colorado Convention Center
700 14th street
Denver, Colorado


GABF is the largest collection of American beers ever served, in the form of a public tasting and a private competition. Dubbed by Thrillist “The Beer Festival You Must Go To Before You Die”, GABF has been at the top of beer lovers’ bucket lists since 1982, bringing together beer lovers and brewers from all corners of the country to celebrate. growing craft beer culture. .

Ticket information

GABF tickets will be available for purchase online for the general public on July 31, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. MDT / 12:00 p.m. EDT via AXS.

A presale of tickets exclusively reserved for members of the American Homebrew Association and Brewers Association will take place on July 30 at 10:00 a.m. MDT/12:00 p.m. EDT.

  • Members only session (Saturday, October 5, 12:00-4:00 p.m.) Tickets are $70 each, limit of four tickets per member.
  • General session tickets are $85 public / $80 members (when purchased during the members presale on July 30)
  • PAIRED® + GABF tickets (Thu Oct 3 and Fri Oct 4) tickets are $160 each
  • Designated driver tickets are $30 each

Tickets include:

  • Commemorative tasting glass
  • Unlimited one ounce samples
  • Festival guide and free app to help attendees navigate the festival hall
  • Access to educational and interactive seminars focused on beer appreciation
  • Opportunity to speak with the personalities behind the beers in the Meet the Brewer section
  • Entertainment including games, karaoke, silent disco with live DJ and more

PAIRED tickets include the above, plus special entry for PAIRED and 50 unique beers not found anywhere else in the festival hall, accompanied by small bites crafted by 25 award-winning chefs.

Designated driver tickets include the festival program, a special gift, unlimited sodas and hospitality in the designated driver lounge.

Note: Due to limited availability, ticket sales for the GABF General Session and PAIRED are capped at eight tickets per session per ticket purchaser.

Additional ticket information is on the ATM website.

Event Highlights

Ikon Pass Stage presented by WinterWonderGrass®: Located in the backyard, WinterWonderGrass will feature three sets of incredible live music per session (line up TBA). Ikon passes and WinterWonderGrass tickets will also be available for purchase on site. The WinterWondergrass 2020 lineup will be announced at GABF!

Jameson Caskmates Barrel Aged Beer Garden: Returning for a second year in a slightly larger footprint, the approximately 14,000 square foot Jameson Caskmates Barrel-Aged Beer Garden will feature 22 small, independent Jameson partner craft breweries and their limited-edition barrel-aged Jameson beer. In addition, the garden will host experiential areas including Master Cooper Ger Buckley’s stage, an educational experience on Bow Street and interactive activities.

Fresh hops: The Washington Beer Commission is back with the freshest beers of the 2019 hop harvest. Each session will feature five hop-fresh beers from ten breweries not found anywhere else at the festival. Due to the 2018 festival schedule, fresh hops were not on display, so it will return for 2019.

Silly fun: Have fun every day with attendee favorites including Silent Disco, Karaoke, Yard Games, Friday Festival Flair Costume Contest and some new additions such as Kids Races, Hot Dogs and Dog Races. buns, an entertainment house and more!

Return of the festival format to the regions: Back on demand! Breweries in the Party Hall will be listed alphabetically by state in nine (9) regions (Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Mountain West, New England, Pacific, Pacific Northwest, Southeast, Southwest). “the” in the title will be listed under the first name after “the”.

Access to media

To apply for media accreditation, please visit media access section of the GABF website.


Note to Editors

Please visit the following links for the event b-roll footage and Pictures.

story ideas

GABF competition: As one of the largest and most distinguished beer competitions in the world, GABF 2019 is expected to be the biggest competition yet. More than 9,300 beers from approximately 2,300 brewers will compete for the coveted gold, silver and bronze medals in 107 beer style categories. (Note: Final and official competition statistics will be released on Saturday, October 5, after the competition results have been compiled and the medals announced.) Who will win the first medals in the new non-alcoholic beer or India Pale Lager and others new categories 2019?

Craft beer and food: Head to the PAIRED® Pavilion to chat with 25 of the nation’s top chefs and some of today’s most creative beer brewers. Discover the inspiration behind food and beer pairings, regional trends and what’s on the horizon for the dinner table.

Tendencies: Will GABF reflect popular consumer trends? Rosy beers have been all the rage in recent months, and while they’re not an official style of beer in GABF competition, they could certainly pop up in other categories. Will New England-style (i.e. juicy or hazy) IPAs continue to explode in popularity?

More information

Click on here for the history, facts and figures of the Great American Beer Festival.

Sizzling reel

Click on here for the Great American Beer Festival sizzle reel.

2019 Sponsors

The GABF is made possible thanks to the support of generous sponsors.

social media

To follow @GABF on Twitter, hashtag #GABF; Like GABF on Facebook; and follow @greatamericanbeerfestival on Instagram.

Contact: Calvin Bond (on behalf of the Brewers Association) 970-963-4873, ext. 262.

About the Brewers Association

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