In June 1984, organizers moved the Great American Beer Festival from its birthplace in Boulder, CO, 35 miles or so south to Denver. It was the third year of the festival, which was then held in the spring to coincide with the annual convention of the Boulder-based American Homebrewers Association. Now, of course, it’s held... View Article
Acitelli on History - Blogs - Web Only October 5, 2014 - Tom Acitelli
Blogs - John Holl - Web Only October 5, 2014 - John Holl
Tell people about this job you have to do and you might get a smirk or a raised eyebrow, or maybe some mock sympathy. However, judging at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) is serious business. In the days leading up to America’s biggest annual beer gathering at the Colorado Convention Center, a group of... View Article
News October 4, 2014 - Jon Page
DENVER—The Great American Beer Festival awarded 268 medals today to 234 breweries. In its 28th year, the competition saw a record number of judges (222) evaluate 5,507 commercial entires and 89 Pro-Am entries. Gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded in 90 categories covering 145 styles of beer. Here is a full list of the... View Article
Acitelli on History - Blogs - Web Only October 1, 2014 - Tom Acitelli
In 1987, the annual Great American Beer Festival (GABF) introduced something new: medaled categories. There would be 12 in all, with a panel of judges awarding three medals in each: gold, silver and bronze, just like the Olympics. The GABF, which convenes for the 33rd time this week in Denver, would also keep its Consumer... View Article
Beer Travelers - Full Pints January 29, 2013 - Brian Yaeger
For beer lovers, attending the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) in Denver deserves to be at the tippy top of your bucket list, that check-list of things to do or places to see before you die. In 2012, there were more than 450 breweries pouring nearly 2,500 different beers (from all 84 recognized categories) all... View Article
Full Pints - Your Next Beer March 1, 2012 - Rick Lyke
Judges at the 30th annual Great American Beer Festival in Denver handed out medals in 83 categories in September, but no beer type received more attention than pale ale. That’s because pale ale is divided into seven distinct categories for the annual judging to accommodate stylistic variations and the sheer volume of entries.
Full Pints - It's My Round September 1, 2010 - Matt Kirkegaard
According to the American Dialect Society, “tweet” was the word of the year in 2009. It beat other luminaries, such as “botox,” “shovel-ready” and “hike the Appalachian Trail,” for the top spot in the list of most important words and phrases to become prominent or notable during the year.
Full Pints - Learn Beer November 1, 2008 - Julie Johnson Bradford
It’s a Saturday afternoon in October at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, on the final day of the Great American Beer Festival. When the doors open for the sold-out members’ session at 12:30, several thousand members of the Brewers Association or the American Homebrewers Association flood in. Cups and programs in hand, they start... View Article