A Greater and Grander Great American Beer Festival®

—Expanded Tasting Hall Bustles with More Brewers, Beers and Education—

BOULDER, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Representing the largest collection of U.S. beer served in a public
tasting event, the 34th annual Great
American Beer Festival
(GABF) grows even grander this year.
Presented by the Brewers
, GABF will offer 90,000 additional square feet in the
tasting hall, allowing 60,000 attendees to sample over 3,500 beers from
750 breweries from all over the country.

“There is no other place on the planet where people can sample such an
expansive and unique assortment of beers. The sheer size of GABF is what
makes it the marquee event for beer lovers,” said Nancy Johnson, event
director, Brewers Association. “We’re thrilled to be able to accommodate
more attendees than ever with even more opportunities to learn about the
world of great American beer.”

Educational and entertainment opportunities can be found throughout the
festival hall, as well as in the new BeerX:
The CraftBeer.com Experience
. The 2,500 square-foot pavilion will be
packed with interactive stations about the art and science of brewing
and the enjoyment of beer, including:

  • Sit & Sip, an opportunity to sit with brewers and hear
    about their beers.
  • You Be the Judge, learn how to taste and evaluate a beer like a
    certified beer judge.
  • Craft Beer Deconstructed, where beer ingredient suppliers will
    have samples and info about the beer ingredients used.
  • Art of Craft Beer, see some of Denver’s most talented
    artists create art inspired by craft beer from small and independent

The new expanded section of the GABF tasting hall will also serve as
home to the Meet
the Brewer
booths. Made up of just under 100 breweries, the Meet the
Brewer area will have brewers or brewery staff on hand at each booth the
entire time, pouring beer samples and talking to attendees about their
offerings, with no assistance from GABF volunteers.

“GABF has a long-standing tradition of giving beer lovers the chance to
meet and mingle with the brains behind the brands,” added Johnson. “Meet
the Brewer booths build on that tradition and are a dedicated area where
GABF guests are personally served by the brewer.”

GABF will take place from September 24 to 26 at the Colorado Convention
Center in Denver. For more information about GABF and a complete
list of sponsors
, visit the GABF
. Follow GABF on Facebook,
and Instagram.

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About the Brewers Association

The Brewers Association is the not-for-profit trade association
dedicated to small
and independent 
American brewers, their beers and the community
of brewing enthusiasts. The Brewers Association (BA) represents more
than 70 percent of the brewing industry, and its members make more than
99 percent of the beer brewed in the U.S. The BA organizes events
including the World
Beer Cup®
American Beer Festival®
Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America®
An American Craft Beer & Food Experience
National Homebrewers Conference
, National
Homebrew Competition
 and American
Craft Beer Week
®. The BA publishes The
New Brewer
magazine and its Brewers
 division is the largest publisher of contemporary and
relevant brewing literature for today’s craft brewers and homebrewers.

Beer lovers are invited to learn more about the dynamic world of craft
beer at CraftBeer.com and
about homebrewing via the BA’s American
Homebrewers Association
. Follow us on Twitter.

The Brewers Association is an equal opportunity employer and does not
discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender,
religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or
marital/familial status. The BA complies with provisions of Executive
Order 11246 and the rules, regulations, and relevant orders of the
Secretary of Labor.


On behalf of the Brewers Association
Abby Berman,