Great American Beer Festival

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The Great American Beer Festival (GABF) is a three-day annual event hosted by the Brewers Association, held in Denver, Colorado. The GABF brings visitors from around the world to sample thousands of different American craft beers. Hundreds of judges from the United States and abroad evaluate beer in the associated competition, ultimately judging several thousand beers entered by hundreds of breweries. Gold, silver and bronze medals in 161 beer-style categories (as of 2017) are awarded, though not every medal is necessarily awarded in each category. 2017 saw its biggest ever panel of judges with 276 beer experts representing 13 different nations. Typically happening in late September or early October, the event is currently held inside the Colorado Convention Center. There are four separate four-hour attendee "sampling" sessions (one Thursday, one Friday and two on Saturday) with the first of the two on the Saturday being called the "members only" session which is only offered to BA members as well as special guests such as participating breweries and VIP. The last day is also the day awards are presented which occurs inside the CCC's 5,000-seat Bellco Theatre immediately before the members only session. Judging occurs elsewhere downtown in the days leading up to the last day of the 3-day event. The 2018 GABF will occupy nearly 600,000 square feet of the CCC, a 100,000 square foot increase from 2017.

Founded in 1982, the GABF was started by Charlie Papazian in Boulder, Colorado. The original GABF had 22 participating breweries, which had increased to over 700 at the 2014 festival. The GABF is the largest ticketed beer festival in the United States and one of the largest in the world.[1]

Statistics[edit]

For a list of all medalists, see the List of Great American Beer Festival medalists

2017[edit]

  • Attendance - 60,000+
  • Breweries at the festival - 2,217 (from all 50 states + D.C.)
  • Beers at the festival - 3,900
  • Beers in the competition - 7,923 entries

2011[edit]

  • Attendance - 49,000
  • Breweries at the festival - 466
  • Beers at the festival - 2,375
  • Beers in the competition - 3,930
  • Category with the most entries - American-style India Pale Ale, 176 entries
  • Medals awarded - 248 + 3 in Pro-Am [2]

2010[edit]

  • Attendance - 49,000
  • Breweries at the festival - 455
  • Beers at the festival - 2,248
  • Beers in the competition - 3,523
  • Category with the most entries - American-style India Pale Ale, 150 entries
  • Medals awarded - 236 + 3 in Pro-Am [2]

2009[edit]

  • Attendance - 49,576
  • Breweries at the festival - 457
  • Beers at the festival - 2,100
  • Breweries in the competition - 495
  • Beers in the competition - 3,308
  • Category with the most entries - American-style India Pale Ale, 134 entries
  • Medals awarded - 234 + 3 in Pro-Am [2]

2008[edit]

  • Attendance - 46,000
  • Breweries at the festival - 432
  • Beers at the festival - 2,052
  • Breweries in the competition - 472
  • Beers in the competition - 2,902
  • Category with most entries - American-style India Pale Ale: 106
  • Medals awarded - 222 + 3 in Pro-Am [2]

2007[edit]

  • Attendance - 46,000
  • Breweries at the festival - 408
  • Beers at the festival - 1,884
  • Breweries in the competition - 473
  • Beers in the competition - 2,973
  • Category with most entries - American-style India Pale Ale: 120
  • Medals awarded - 222 + 3 in Pro-Am

2006[edit]

  • Attendance - 41,000
  • Breweries at the festival - 384
  • Beers at the festival - 1,668
  • Breweries in the competition - 450
  • Beers in the competition - 2,402
  • Category with most entries - American-style India Pale Ale: 94
  • Medals awarded - 203

2005[edit]

  • Attendance - 29,500
  • Breweries at the festival - 377
  • Beers at the festival - 1,672
  • Breweries in the competition - 466
  • Beers in the competition - 2,335
  • Category with most entries - American-style India Pale Ale: 103
  • Medals awarded - 206

2004[edit]

  • Attendance - 28,000
  • Breweries at the festival - 334
  • Beers at the festival - 1,454
  • Breweries in the competition - 398
  • Beers in the competition - 2,016
  • Medals awarded - 201

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Drinks abound at Oktoberfests in America - Travel - Destination Travel - US and Canada | NBC News". MSNBC. Retrieved 2017-05-04. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Great American Beer Festival". Great American Beer Festival. Retrieved 2017-05-04. 

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Coordinates: 39°45′52.31″N 105°8′7.1″W / 39.7645306°N 105.135306°W / 39.7645306; -105.135306