Bob Pease Brewers AssociationBy Bob Pease, chief executive, Brewers Association


The Great American Beer Festival (GABF), presented by the Brewers Association, is the premier US beer festival and competition, and takes place at the Colorado Convention Centre in Denver, from September 20-22.

This year, the Jameson Caskmates Barrel-Aged Beer Garden will make its debut at GABF, addressing beer lovers’ growing demand for barrel-aged beers. It will feature 17 small and independent Jameson craft brewery partners and their limited edition Jameson barrel-aged beer. The new 12,600 square foot beer garden is part of a nearly 100,000 square foot expansion of the festival floor for 2018.

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, there is no other place on earth where a beer aficionado can find more beers on ta,p and the GABF is listed as one of the top 1,000 places in the US to visit before you die. The event showcases diverse beers and breweries that make craft brewing one of the fastest-growing segments of the beer, wine and spirits industry in America.

Each year, GABF represents the largest collection of US beer ever served in a public tasting event, plus a private competition, and brings together the brewers and diverse beers that make the US the world’s greatest brewing nation. It has been held every year since 1982, and has been growing and evolving along with the American craft brewing industry, ever since.

Tasting sessions will offer attendees the opportunity to tour America’s brewing landscape, one ounce (about 30ml) at a time, with access to more than 3,500 different beers from over 800 of the nation’s finest breweries.

Great American Beer Festival

The GABF gathers practically every type of beer from all of the regions of the country, arranged geographically in the festival hall. The festival allows visitors to taste the largest number and the widest variety of hand-crafted
products in the American beer industry.

To elevate the GABF experience, we present Paired with GABF. This is the best of both worlds: culinary delights in an intimate setting on the GABF event floor, where exclusive beers are served alongside expertly prepared small bites from celebrated chefs. We’ll also be staging a series of beer and food pairing demonstrations as expert chefs and brewers team up to tempt your taste buds, or you can meet the brewer — a very special opportunity for passionate beer fans to start conversations with their brewing heroes, learn more about their beers and talk shop.

Other opportunities include the chance to immerse yourself in the world of small and independent craft brewers with the Pavilion where you can meet some of today’s hottest brewers and industry professionals, or discover some of the most exciting US beer destinations. Here you’ll find the perfect match between beer education and entertainment.

Great American Beer Festival

Or, visit The Brewers Studio, which brings together the great brewing minds of the industry, to share their talents, innovations and the creative processes behind some of today’s most successful craft beers.

And if you just want to hang out head over to the Backyard, a fun zone full of games, music and exciting photo opportunities or shake your groove at the Silent Disco.

Tickets go on sale at 5pm, on August 1, and breweries, plus those beers pouring at the festival, will be announced in September.

Great American Beer Festival


The Brewers Association


The Brewers Association (BA) is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The BA represents 4,000-plus US breweries.

The BA’s independent craft brewer seal is a widely adopted symbol that differentiates beers by small and independent craft brewers.

The BA organises events including the World Beer Cup, Great American Beer Festival, Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America, SAVOR: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience, Homebrew Con, the National Homebrew Competition and American Craft Beer Week.

It publishes The New Brewer magazine, and Brewers Publications is the largest publisher of brewing literature in the US.

Beer lovers are invited to learn more about the dynamic world of craft beer at and about home brewing via the BA’s American Homebrewers Association and the free Brew Guru mobile app.

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