Whether you enjoy classic lagers, trendy sours, or hazy IPAs, you’re sure to find your #hoppyplace at the 2017 Great American Beer Festival.
The 36th annual Great American Beer Festival will be held October 5-7 at the Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver. Known as the premier U.S. beer festival and competition, you can taste beer from the most talked-about breweries around the country. But it’s more than just a tasting! It’s also a competition. Craft beer industry professionals from all over the world will descend on our city to sample and rank the best American brews of 2017. To make the most of your beer-filled weekend, check out our TAVA Waters tips and tricks for a successful GABF.
Download the App
There will be almost 800 breweries at this year Great American Beer Festival, and the easiest way to navigate them is with the My GABP app. Use the app to discover new breweries, locate brewery booths, save tasting notes, and search out award-winning beers. If you don’t know where to begin, the app is also pre-loaded with 21 unique tours centered around the flavors and styles you enjoy.
Visit Local Hot Spots
If none of the unique tours in the app strike your fancy, make up your own based on local favorites. In addition to Colorado craft brew heavy-hitters like Avery, New Belgium, Great Divide, and Left Hand Brewery, GABF will host many of Denver’s most popular up-and-coming breweries. Be sure to stop by New Terrain Brewing, Briar Common, Westbound & Down Brewing Company, and Bootstrap Brewing to sample the city’s most delicious craft beers all in one place.
With so many beers and breweries to choose from, it’s easy to get carried away. So drink plenty of water and make sure you eat. Stop by the American Cheese Society booth to sample cheeses from artisan producers. You can also purchase a separate ticket to Paired and experience the artisanal small plate and beer collaborations between 21 acclaimed chefs and breweries.
Most important of all – have fun. This weekend is about experimenting with new flavors and appreciating the hard work that goes into a tasty craft brew. Make the most of your festival experience! Play the arcade games at The Backyard area, dance to the beat at the Silent Disco, and sample all the 2017 award-winning beers at the Heavy Medal Booth.
After a great day at Great American Beer Festival, come home to TAVA Waters.