The 2016 Great American Beer Festival Celebrates 35 Years With Their Biggest Fest Ever

The countdown to the 2016 Great American Beer Festival has begun! The festival is just over 2 months away, and tickets go on sale early next month. It’s time to start making your plans, and getting ready for the greatest beer event of the year!

This year the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) is celebrating their 35th year. Soon, beer lovers from areas near and far will be gathering in Denver, Colorado for this premier beer festival and competition. If you’ve attended GABF before, you totally get it. If you haven’t been to the fest then just try to wrap your head around a 379,000 square foot festival hall with more than 800 brewers serving samples of some 3,800 beers. Yeah, it’s pretty awesome. 

Photo © Brewers Association
Photo © Brewers Association

GABF 2016: What You Need to Know

Of course, your Bottle Makes Three team will be bringing you all the 2016 GABF details in the weeks leading up and following this year’s festival. But let’s be real here, nothing beats being there. If you love beer like we love beer, you should plan on being at GABF.

Here are the updated details about GABF 2016, released this week:


Once again, this year’s festival will take place over four sessons:

Thursday, October 6: 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Friday, October 7: 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 8*: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
*Brewers Association and American Homebrewers Association members-only session

Saturday, October 8: 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.


Colorado Convention Center
700 14th Street
Denver, Colorado


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.

Ticket Info

GABF tickets will be available for purchase to the general public online on August 3, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. MDT via

A ticket pre-sale exclusively for members of the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) and Brewers Association (BA) will take place on August 2 at 10:00 a.m. MDT. You must purchase a membership to the American Homebrewers Association or Brewers Association by July 24, 11:59 p.m. PDT, to be eligible for the member pre-sale.

General session tickets are $80 for the public, $75 for AHA/BA members, with a limit of 4 tickets per session, per ticket buyer.  Members-Only Session tickets are $65, with a 2-ticket limit per member.

Your GABF tickets include:

  • Commemorative tasting cup
  • Unlimited one-ounce samples of your choice of 3,800 beers
  • Festival guide and free app to help attendees navigate the festival hall
  • Access to dozens of educational and interactive seminars across all four sessions, focused on beer appreciation
  • Opportunity to speak with brewery representatives in the Meet the Brewer Hall
  • Complimentary artisan cheese samples, craft soda samples and a variety of other food options
  • Entertainment including games, karaoke, Silent Disco with a live DJ and more
Photo © Brewers Association
Photo © Brewers Association

Learn More

To get more information about GABF visit their website at


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