The Great American Beer festival is not only about sampling quality beer but is also a beer competition. Breweries enter their beers to be judged by the festival’s Professional Judge Panel. Festival attendees can also sip the beer entered in the competition during the tasting sessions.
The Great American Beer Festival invites industry professionals from around the world to sit together in small groups and, without knowing the brand name, taste beers in each specified style category. The ultimate goal of the Great American Beer Festival Judge Panel is to identify the three beers that best represent each beer-style category as described and adopted by the Great American Beer Festival.
The Professional Judge Panel awards gold, silver or bronze medals that are recognized around the world as symbols of brewing excellence. These awards are among the most coveted in the industry and heralded by the winning brewers in their national advertising.
Five different three-hour judging sessions take place over the three-day period during the week of the festival. Judges are assigned beers to evaluate in their specific area of expertise and never judge their own product or any product in which they have a concern.
Monday, October 2 Colorado Breweries Night 5-close
We are going to kick off GABF week with special drafts 26 lines deep and bottle offerings from the hometown favorites, after all mixed fermentation sours are what we do best here in Colorado! The breweries sending rare treats so far are AC Golden, Atom Brewing Company, Avery Brewing, Black Project, Call to Arms, Casey Brewing and Blending, Cellar West Artisan Ales, Cerebral Brewing, Crooked Stave Artisan Ales, Funkwerks, New Belgium, Our Mutual Friend, Paradox, Trinity Brewing Company and Weldworks.
Tuesday, October 3 California Breweries Night 5-close
We will be resetting all 26 lines for an epic feature of California sour producers, featuring draft and bottle offerings from Alesong, Almanac Beer Company, Beachwood Blendery, Firestone Walker, Highwater Brewing, Lost Abbey, Pure Project, Rare Barrel, Russian River and The Bruery.
Wednesday, October 4 Atom Brewing, Rowley Farmhouse Ales, Scratch Brewing Company and Speciation Artisan Ales 3-7pm
This event will feature breweries that use the farm (or forest) to barrel approach in making mixed fermentation beers. We should have around 3-4 different draft and bottle offerings from each brewery.
TRVE and Friends 7-close
TRVE is helping bring lots of great beer to the market for GABF and beyond, and for this event Burial, Commonwealth, Finback, Seventh Sun, Three Taverns and TRVE will be pouring some of their best.
Thursday, October 5 Black Project, Collective Arts, Pure Project and Red Fox Cellars 3-7pm
Crooked Stave Artisan Brands Night 7-close
Every year CSA brings the heat for GABF, dropping a giant bomb of everything that’s right in the world of beer on Denver that changes the entire landscape for a few months. This event will be crazy, with all 26 lines and lots of bottles. American Solera, Almanac Beer Company, Arizona Wilderness Brewing Company, Brasserie Cantillon, Breakside, Captain Lawrence, Cascade, Creature Comforts, Crooked Stave Artisan Ales, Crux, Evil Twin, Jackie O’s, Jester King, Jolly Pumpkin, La Cumbre, Oakshire, Perennial Artisan Ales, Phriem Family Brewers, Prairie Artisan Ales, Rare Barrel, Two Roads and Yazoo will all be featured.
Friday, October 6 Casey Brewing and Blending, Jester King and Side Project 5-close
More details about this event as they shape up, but this will be the must attend event at GABF for sour fans with lots of awesome beers on draft and in a bottle.
Saturday, October 7 Midwest Breweries Night 5-close
Our final 2017 GABF event is going to showcase breweries from the flatlands, featuring draft and bottles from American Solera, Destihl, Jackie O’s, Jolly Pumpkin, Mad Tree, Off Color, Perennial and Surly.
We are in the process of confirming some other breweries for events and/or beers they are sending, and will release a final list with all of the individual beer names and amounts in the next couple of weeks. There are amazing beer events happening all over the city, so we wanted everybody to be able to plan out their GABF week as far in advance as possible! Cheers and happy hunting!