Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Tickets for the 2015 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) are officially sold out. Today marked the second of two ticket sale dates for GABF. Yesterday it only took about 25 minutes for the members-only presale tickets to disappear. Today the general public tickets went on sale at 10:00 AM Mountain Time, and in just over an hour they were all gone.
2015 #GABF tickets are now officially sold out! Thanks to our many fans. Can’t wait to raise a 1 oz toast with y’all this September!
— GABF (@GABF) July 29, 2015
Even with attendance increasing from 49,000 to 60,000 this year, tickets sold out quickly. While there were no widespread technical issues reported, some potential buyers reported getting “sold out” messages within minutes, and others ran into issues with their purchase that left them empty-handed.
— Catherine Harley (@harleyeberlin) July 29, 2015
Did You Miss Out On Tickets?
For those who didn’t get tickets, the only option may be to watch the secondary market. Tickets for the festival are already being offered on sites like StubHub, with a markup of course. As of the publishing time on this article, tickets that originally sold for $75-$80 were being offered for $112-$135 on StubHub. We hate to support those jerks who just buy tickets to resell them too, but sometimes that’s the only option. As the event gets closer there will be more tickets for sale so watch the secondary market and maybe you can land yourself a deal.
If you still don’t get tickets but you live in the Denver area, you can console yourself with loads of beer-related events and special tappings during Denver Beer Fest Week. For example you could use the money you would have spent on GABF to get tickets to the What the Funk sour beer invitational, happening on Wednesday, September 23rd. Tickets are still available, but you should act fast!
Finally, you can also just hang around Falling Rock Tap House and sample all the special, out-of-state, and rare beers they’ll be pouring on festival week. It’s where all the GABF brewers hang out anyway, so it’s almost like being at the festival.
Did You Get GABF Tickets?
If you scored your GABF tickets already, congratulations! Whether this is your first festival or your 33rd, you are going to have a great time. Now that you know you’re attending it’s time to start planning how you’ll attack this massive beer fest. Yesterday the Brewers Association and festival organizers released the full list of nearly 800 breweries that will be attending this year’s festival. Visit the GABF site to see the list and decide which breweries need to be on your can’t-miss list. You can sort by state to help you find local favorites.
Another great tool is the My GABF mobile app, back again this year to help you navigate all aspects of the festival. The app is great to help you find your favorite breweries on the festival floor, and can even help you find the bathrooms if you get lost on the festival floor in a sea of people and beer. You can even use the app at the festival to record your on-the-fly tasting notes. The My GABF app is available now, just remember that the full beer list won’t be released until the week of the festival. Make sure you update your My GABF app before your session so you’ll have all the most current beer information at your fingertips.
This year we’re attending for our sixth consecutive year, and this time we’re stepping out from behind the volunteer table to attend as media and report on all aspects of this event. Watch for more GABF related articles in the weeks to come. We hope to see you at the festival!