Thursday, June 30, 2011

2011 GABF tickets selling out fast 1st day

GABFHoly cow, tickets for the Saturday afternoon AHA Members only session of the 2011 Great American Beer Festival went on sale on June 28th and are already sold-out 2 days later! If you were planning to go to the Saturday afternoon session and didn't get your tickets then you're gonna have to find some on the secondary market.

As for the other three GABF sessions, tickets went on sale today at 10am Mountain time on Ticketmaster and rumor has it (from Twitter) that the Thursday and Friday night sessions were already half sold-out. And it's just the first day!

The best advice I can give you is: BUY YOUR TICKETS EARLY THIS YEAR!

Seriously, you won't be able to wait until August to get tickets. This 30th anniversary of the #GABF is going to sell out faster than ever before.

In 2009, tickets didn't sell out until September 7th. This year, you'll be lucky to get a ticket at the end of July.

Ticket prices are more expensive than ever this year. Ticket prices went up from $55 last year to $60 this year. But, if you buy online through Ticketmaster like I did, you will also pay a hefty $10.70 extra in fees. That brings the total for a Public ticket to $70.70. Tickets will be mailed out in early to mid-September.

For that price I sure hope they have a lot of free cheese samples this year.

If you want to get in any cheaper then you'll have to volunteer at the GABF and earn a free ticket for a future session. I did that for 2 years (2008 and 2009) and had a blast volunteering and I got comped tix for my trouble.

Trouble? Are you kidding? It's a lot of fun. They give you free tix for doing something that is fun. So if you get shut-out, then sign up soon on the GABF web site to get a spot on the volunteer crew.

Update: 7/1/2011 11am MDT - Re: Charlie Papazian - Don't Delay. Right Now: Thurs 68% sold; Friday 83% sold; Sat afternoon sold out; Sat nite 53% sold

Update 2pm July 1st - #GABF tix sale status: Thurs 72% sold. Fri 89%. Sat eve 57%. Sat aft Members-Only sold out. Going fast!

Update July 2nd - Friday night session is now SOLD OUT!

Update July 3rd - The Thursday session is now 83% sold out, and Saturday evening is 68% sold.

Update July 6th - Thursday night 98% sold out - hurry! Saturday night 86% sold out. Friday night and Saturday afternoon SOLD OUT.

Update July 7th - Thursday night is SOLD OUT. Only session with tix remaining is Saturday night. Hurry! Fastest sellout for GABF ever.

Update July 8th - The entire GABF is SOLD OUT! If you procrastinated this year you'll just have to sign-up as a volunteer to get in.

Related articles:
- Volunteering at the Great American Beer Festival.
- Hot picks from the 2009 GABF.

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