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Great American Beer Festival 2024

SEPTEMBER 21-23, 2024
DENVER, CO

THE SHORT VERSION

From the flagship German festival to your local sports pub, you can choose the aesthetic you want to enjoy a glass of beer in at this Colorado festival.

The Great American Beer Festival is as grand as its name. There are hundreds of beers from across the United States available to taste, and a couple thousand breweries that submit entries to the private competition considered the Oscars of the beer world. It all culminates in a medal ceremony on the last day of the three-day festival. 

In the past, booths lined the large tasting floor of the Colorado Convention Center according to region as you drank your way through America.  This year, it’s out with the map and in with the aesthetics. Breweries will instead be grouped into one of four themed areas: Biergarten, where you’ll feel like you’re at the famous Bavarian Oktoberfest; Sports and Games for the beers that go best with bar stools and ESPN; Spooky-Scary, where Halloween will descend two weeks early; and Beer and Beyond, for all things that aren’t quite beer (including seltzers and hard teas) as well as international craft beers. 

Over two evenings, October 10 and 11, the Paired event partners craft breweries with chefs to serve small bites with beer. (You can purchase tickets for just the Paired event or Paired and general admission. If you’re still hungry or you have a general admission ticket, there’ll be food trucks to balance out all the hops and malts. Of course, to really do this festival right, you’ll want to channel your inner 16th-century German brewer-monks and wear a pretzel necklace that you can buy at the festival’s entrance. It’s a fun nod to history, and a good palate cleanser between beers, especially once you start on some of the wilder brews.

The 2024 brewer list isn’t out yet, but the Texas-based 903 Brewers always have something funky on their list, like their 2023 Blueberry Donut Slushy Supreme. Last year, Mythmaker Brewing from Colorado brought their tangy “Dill With It” pickle beer, and Sun King Brewery had Polynesian Passion, a barrel-aged Belgian tripel from Indiana with pineapple, orange and toasted coconut. If you’re not feeling experimental, there are around 21 styles of beer to choose from, with something from almost every state and hundreds of beers to try in total. 

The Specs

FAQs

Are children allowed?

This is a leave-the-kid-at-home kind of event. Attendees must be aged 21 or over.

What if I’m not drinking? 

There’s a Designated Driver ticket (which cost $30 in 2023) that gives you access to a lounge, unlimited soda, and even a special gift. 

What else is there other than beer? 

Even beer enthusiasts need a break, or at least something outside of their glass to keep the day exciting. Last year, there was live music by the food trucks, a silent disco on the tasting floor, and even a karaoke and costume party area. We don’t know for sure what’ll be a part of the 2024 floor yet, but rest assured, GABF will have plenty to offer.

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BY Suchita Chadha