Tuesday, August 4, 2009

GABF Saturday afternoon session near sold out

2009 Great American Beer FestivalIf you are planning to attend the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado this year but have yet to get your tickets, know this - one of the four sessions is nearly sold out already. The Saturday afternoon members only tasting session is over 80% sold-out as of August 3, 2009. The other sessions are around half way sold out. The Friday night session is over 61% sold-out.

The GABF has a history of selling out nearly a month in advance of the event date and because the festival is being held early this year (September 24-26, 2009) tickets will sell out even faster.

Approximately 49,000 tickets will be sold to this 28th annual largest beer fest in the Rocky Mountain region. That's estimated to be up 3,000 from last year. But don't worry, the GABF is expanding the event to include 30% more floorspace! That's more room for you and me to roam around in.

The Simpsons TV show is celebrating their 20th anniversary this year and in honor of that they have become a sponsor of the Great American Beer Festival. You can expect to see Homer Simpson officially help cut the opening ribbon to the festival this year along with Charlie Papazian.

I was one of the 2,600+ volunteers who helped put on the festival last year in 2008 and I plan on volunteering again this year. I plan on taking more video at the GABF both behind the scenes and on the floor along with the rest of the beer faithful in 2009.

Expect to see over 18,000 gallons of beer poured during the festival from over 450 breweries and around 2000 different beers. That's one of the biggest beer selections found anywhere!

Not only that, but your ticket will also get you a souvenier tasting cup (or glass if you attend the Saturday afternoon session), all of the 1oz samplings you desire, the ability to talk directly to some of the biggest brewers in the country and get access to the Brewers Studio Pavilion, the Craft Beer & Food Pavilion, The Beer Enthusiast Book Store, the Farm To Table Pavilion, a special Members Only Entrance for members of the American Homebrewers Association (woohoo shorter line), and an expanded "You Be the Judge Booth".

There will also be the huge Pro-Am beer competition going on. Sample some of the best homebrews made in the U.S.A. The Silent Disco will also return for another run this year. Dance away some of those beer calories!

Your ticket stub will also get you a free beer at the Wynkoop Brewery downtown Denver and either a discount on a 2-for-1 ski pass or a discount lift ticket at Winter Park or Copper Mountain.

This year's festival hall will once again be split into 8 US Regions: Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Mountain West, New England, Pacific, Pacific Northwest, Southeast and Southwest.

The GABF is one of the anchors to Denver's new Denver Beer Fest which spans 10 days from September 18th through the 27th. The Denver Oktoberfest will also be running both the weekend before and during the GABF this year. Over 60 different beer events are being planned for the Denver metro area that week. The Great American Beer Festival is only getting bigger and better each year. Get your tickets now before they sell-out (and they will sell out fast trust me). See you at the GABF!!

Related articles:
- Behind the scenes at the 2008 GABF
- Chipper Dave tours the 2008 GABF
- What did you drink at the GABF?

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