Great American Beer Festival. Those four words are some of the best words to hear for many beer enthusiasts. Held in the Denver Convention Center, the 2015 Great American Beer Festival brings together the best breweries from around the country to one location. The event is held by the Brewers Association which represents 75% of the brewing industry and its members make 99% of the beer brewed in the United States. So, when is the Great American Beer Festival?
The Great American Beer Festival will be held from September 24-26 and will feature over 600 breweries and more than 3,500 different beers. The brewers will be the ones serving the beer and will be around to answer questions from patrons about the different beers. The Great American Beer Festival is a great place to not only drink great beer, but learn more about the beer and the brewing process from the brewers themselves.
Believe it or not, the Great American Beer Festival is the largest collection of American beer served. The festival was founded in 1982 and has grown every year with the popularity and widespread growth of craft breweries. The Great American Beer Festival has been listed as one of the top 1,000 places to visit in the United States before your die.
2015 Session Date Session Time
Thursday, September 24 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Friday, September 25 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Saturday, September 26 (Members Only Session ) 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Saturday, September 26 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Tickets run $80 for the general public for one day. Designated driver tickets are priced at $25.
Ticket prices for one of the nights include a festival program, a commemorative tasting cup, unlimited one-ounce samples of your choice of more than 3,500 beers, and a festival guide to help you navigate the Great American Beer Festival.
There are varieties of food, sodas and water available in the convention center. Also, make sure to download the free Great American Beer Festival app on your phone which will help you find breweries, keep track of beers you have tried and take guided beer tours based on your preferred beer style.
Among the breweries at the Great American Beer Festival include:
New Belgium Brewing
Odell Brewing Company
Boulder Beer Company
Fort Collins Brewery
And many more!
While sampling beers at the Great American Beer Festival, learn more about the history of brewing and try more breweries in the city of Denver with the Denver Beer Fest. The Denver Beer Fest is held from Sept. 18-26 and features events at breweries, tastings, beer-paired dinners, a beer trail and more! This is another great way to experience the great brewing tradition of Denver!
The Great American Beer Festival is one of the best attractions in Denver, Colorado and cannot be missed! If you are visiting Denver for the Great American Beer Festival, book a stay with Castle Marne! We can help make your trip to Denver even more special and will provide a unique and amazing place to stay while in town for the Great American Beer Festival.
Be sure to check out our Vacation Guide to find even more great events in Denver!
Photo Credit: Daniel Spiess / Great American Beer Festival 2011 / Flickr