2016 GREAT AMERICAN BEER FESTIVAL® CELEBRATES 35 YEARS WITH THE LARGEST SHOWCASE OF AMERICAN BREWERIES. EVER.

Photo © The Great American Beer Festival

Photo © The Great American Beer Festival

For the 35th year in a row, beer lovers will gather in Colorado at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF), the premier beer festival and competition in the U.S. With 379,000 square feet in the tasting hall, an anticipated 60,000 attendees will have the opportunity to sample some 3,800 beers from more than 800 breweries. The festivities start Oct 6th and run through the 8th.

GABF has been bringing exceptional brewers and beer lovers together since 1982. Evolving with the booming craft beer industry and keeping up with Americans’ desire to tap into indie beer, GABF is now the single largest ticketed beer festival and event with the biggest selection of beers in the U.S. Attendees have an opportunity to try a varied assortment of beers from all corners of the country and experience the eclectic U.S. beer community. Coupled with a private competition and awards ceremony, the overall event showcases the U.S. as the greatest and most diverse brewing destination on the planet.

Not only about sampling quality beer, GABF is also a beer competition— one of the world’s largest and most distinguished. 2016 is expected to see nearly 7,000 beers from over 1,600 breweries competing in 96 beer style categories for their chance at the coveted gold, silver and bronze medals as named by GABF’s prestigious beer judges.

According to data recently released by the Brewers Association, the number of operating breweries in the U.S. is at an all-time high of more than 4,600 breweries, 99% of which are indie breweries.

Tickets go on sale Aug, 3rd - For BA and AHA Members Aug, 2nd

Courtesy of The Great American Beer Festival