Great American Beer Festival®
For beer aficionados, there's no bigger event all year-round. The annual Great American Beer Festival® (GABF®) returns to Denver's Colorado Convention Center this September.
The granddaddy of all U.S. beer festivals offers the largest collection of U.S. beer ever assembled, all served in 1-ounce tasting portions.
Produced by the Brewers Association, the 2016 Great American Beer Festival® will take place Oct. 6-8. Dedicated to small independent American brewers and the brewing community, the Brewers Association represents more than 75 percent of the brewing industry, and its members make more than 99 percent of the beer brewed in the U.S.
GABF® is bigger than ever, covering 188,000 square feet of the Colorado Convention Center (700 14th St.), with more than 3,000 beers from 600 U.S. breweries available for sampling. A highlight of the festival is that many of the beers will be served by their brewers, giving attendees a chance to meet some of the U.S.'s biggest beer heroes. The festival also features the PRO-AM Competition, a contest featuring beers brewed by professional craft brewers based on award winning homebrew recipes from American Homebrewers Association (AHA) members.
Denver and the GABF® are a perfect match. Not only is The Mile High City home to the world's largest single brewery (Coors Brewery), but it also has the nation's largest brewpub (Wynkoop Brewing Company) and the highest number of home brewers. Whether you are attending this year's Great American Beer Festival® or not, the event coincides with the 8th annual Denver Beer Fest - so there are plenty of events for beer lovers to enjoy throughout the city!
The Colorado Brewers Guild reports 309 active licenses for breweries and brewpubs in Colorado, producing 1,673,686 barrels of craft beer each year! The Mile High City saw sixteen new breweries open within the last year, bringing the total number of Denver breweries to over 40! It is possible to tour Colorado, visiting the major ski resorts of Aspen, Telluride, Vail, Crested Butte and Steamboat Springs, and enjoy a new brewpub in each town.