The Great American Beer Festival: Did You Know These 10 Facts?

Once again, the Great American Beer Festival – commonly referred as GABF – is taking place in Denver, Colorado this weekend!


This 2-day event is the 2nd biggest beer festival in the world (after Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany) and is celebrating its 33rd Anniversary this year.



If you are not very familiar with  GABF, its history or the magnitude of this event, check out these 10 facts. It’s truly a paradise for the beer lovers!


1.- The festival was founded by Charlie Papazian, considered the father of American craft beer.
2.- Mr Papazian is also known for founding the Association of Brewers, writing the book “The Complete Joy Of Homebrewing" and also creating National Pie Day (for real!)
  1. The very first GABF festival was held in 1982 in Boulder, CO and was inspired by the Great British Beer Festival.



  1. During the inaugural festival, there were only 22 breweries, 40 beers and 800 attendees.

  1. The festival moved to Denver in 1984.


  1. Demand for tickets has increased over the years. The 2007 festival sold out the week of the event; the 2015 event sold out in just over 1 hour (1hr and 17 mins to be exact)


  1. Here are some statistics from 2014:
    1. 5507 beers were judged in 90 categories by 222 judges
    2. Category with most entries: American-style IPA (279 entries)
    3. Average number of competition beers entered in each category: 61.2
    4. 1309 breweries from all 50 states (plus Washington DC) competed. 52 first-time breweries won medals
    5. Number of attendees: 49,000

The CBH gang at the 2013 edition

  1. This year, an estimated total of 3,500 beers will be poured. A total of 60,000 people are expected to attend the festival and more than 750 breweries will be pouring at the festival hall.


  1. The festival hall is divided into 8 US regions: Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Rocky Mountain, New England, Pacific, Pacific Northwest, Southeast and Southwest

 10.- If you drop your tasting glass on the floor, the audience will let you know their “dissaproval” with some celebratories “oohhs and ahhhs”



How about you?  Have you ever been to a GABF?  Are you planning to go this year?  We want to hear from you!  Just leave a comment below



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