Saturday, July 29, 2017

Find Your #HoppyPlace at the 2017 Great American Beer Festival®

Courtesy of the Brewers Association
What: For the 36th year, beer lovers will gather in Colorado at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF), the renowned American beer festival and competition, to find their #HoppyPlace and sample some 3,800 beers from more than 800 breweries around the country.

When:                          Thursday, October 5: 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
                                    Friday, October 6: 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
                                    Saturday, October 7*: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
                                    *Brewers Association and American Homebrewers Association members-only session
                                    Saturday, October 7: 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. 

Where:                         Colorado Convention Center
700 14th Street
Denver, Colorado

Why: GABF brings together the brewers and beers that make the U.S. the world’s most diverse brewing nation. Since its conception in 1982, GABF has been growing and evolving along with the American brewing community and represents the largest collection of U.S. beer ever served, in the format of a public tasting event plus a privately judged competition. Showcasing scores of diverse beers, Thrillist dubbed the event, “The One Beer Festival You Must Go to Before You Die.”
This year, GABF will welcome back popular awards and attractions—including the Golden Ticket Giveaway, Heavy Medal Booth and Support Your Local Brewery Pavilion—offering attendees the opportunity to sample unique indie and international award-winning beers.

Ticket Info: GABF tickets will be available for purchase to the general public online on August 2, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. MDT/12:00 p.m. EDT via

A ticket pre-sale exclusively for members of the American Homebrewers Association and Brewers Association will take place on August 1, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. MDT/12:00 p.m. EDT. Members will receive a personal offer code to purchase tickets for this session. You must have purchased a membership to the American Homebrewers Association or Brewers Association by July 23, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. PDT, to be eligible for the member pre-sale.

Members-Only Session tickets are $70 each, with a two ticket limit per member number.
General Session tickets are $85 public/$80 members (if purchased during the members only sale on August 1) and include:
·         Commemorative tasting cup
·         Unlimited one-ounce samples of your choice of 3,800 beers
·         Festival guide and free app to help attendees navigate the festival hall
·         Access to dozens of educational and interactive seminars
·         Opportunity to speak with brewery representatives at designated “Meet the Brewer” booths.
·         Complimentary artisan cheese samples, craft soda samples and a variety of other food options.
·         Entertainment, including live music, games, costumes, a silent disco and more.
Note: Due to limited availability, GABF General Session ticket sales are capped at four tickets per session per ticket buyer.

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Media Access:              To apply for media credentials, please visit the media access section of the GABF website.


New for 2017: New Festival Hall Layout:
·         More Meet the Brewer Booths: Meet and mingle with the brewers behind your favorite beers. This year, there will be over 150 participating brewers!
·         Expanded Brewpub Pavilion: Get a taste of your local brewpub! A record 48 breweries, representing each region of the country, will pour their locally brewed beers right in the center of the festival hall.
· #beertravel Pavilion: There’s no better vacation than a “beercation”! will provide an opportunity for established and growing craft beer destinations to interact with 60,000 dedicated beer lovers.

Story Ideas: GABF Competition: In addition to showcasing quality beers, GABF features one of the world’s largest and most distinguished commercial beer competitions. In 2017, approximately 8,100 beers from more than 2,250 breweries will compete in 96 beer style categories for gold, silver and bronze medals, awarded by GABF’s Professional Judge Panel. (Note: final, official competition statistics will be published on Saturday, October 7, after competition results are compiled and medals are announced.)

The Business of Small Beer: The craft brewing phenomenon is not only quenching the thirst of patrons across the nation, but now with over 5,400 active breweries, it is also having a tremendous impact on our economy. At GABF, discover the economic impact these small and independent breweries have on our national and regional economies. Learn about the recently unveiled Brewers Association independent craft brewer seal and see what’s next for this thriving industry.

Beer and Food:  As beer becomes an increasingly important ingredient on menus, Paired, GABF’s intimate beer and food pairing pavilion, provides a tasty format to indulge in carefully crafted beer and food pairings. Attendees will sample craft beers not served anywhere else in the festival along with foods prepared by the who’s who of celebrated chefs. As in previous years, attendees will require a separate ticket ($160) that includes access to the festival. Paired tickets are available exclusively to members of the American Homebrewers Association and the Brewers Association and as such, can only be purchased during the members only sale on August 1. Limited tickets may be available for media.

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More Information:        Click here for Great American Beer Festival history, facts and figures.

2017 Sponsors: GABF is made possible by the support of our generous sponsors.

Social Media: Follow @GABF on Twitter, hashtag #GABF and #HoppyPlace; Like GABF on Facebook; and follow @greatamericanbeerfestival on Instagram.

About the Brewers Association
The Brewers Association (BA) is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The BA represents 4,000-plus U.S. breweries representing more than 70% of overall brewery businesses. The BA’s independent craft brewer seal is a widely adopted symbol that differentiates beers by small and independent craft brewers. The BA organizes events including the World Beer CupSMGreat American Beer Festival®, Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America®SAVOR: An American Craft Beer & Food ExperienceHomebrew ConNational Homebrew Competition and American Craft Beer Week®. The BA publishes The New Brewer® magazine, and Brewers Publications™ is the largest publisher of brewing literature in the U.S.

Beer lovers are invited to learn more about the dynamic world of craft beer at and about homebrewing via the BA’s American Homebrewers Association and the free Brew Guru™ mobile app. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

The Brewers Association is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital/familial status. The BA complies with provisions of Executive Order 11246 and the rules, regulations, and relevant orders of the Secretary of Labor.

Sierra Nevada and Germany's Brauhaus Miltenberger partner for Ultimate Oktoberfest Beer

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CHICO, CA — July 26, 2017 — Today Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. gave drinkers a window into a centuries-old German tradition with the introduction of its seasonal Oktoberfest festival beer.  For the past three years, Sierra Nevada has partnered with a  different German craft brewery to create an authentic fest beer fit for celebrating the world’s largest beer festival right here at home.  This year, Brauhaus Miltenberger, one of Germany’s most highly regarded craft brewers, was tapped for the collaboration.

“Cornelius and his team from Brauhaus Miltenberger embody the spirit and tradition of Oktoberfest,” says Brian Grossman, second-generation brewer for Sierra Nevada.  “It was a great to host them at our brewery in Mills River, NC, for the creation of this year’s fest beer.  They brought literally centuries of family brewing experience to the mix and helped us create the ultimate festival beer.”

 “We tried to re-create a classic Oktoberfest beer in the true German tradition,” says Cornelius Faust, fourth-generation brewmaster for Brauhaus Miltenberger.  “We used traditional techniques to create layers of rich malt notes that remain light and crisp to the taste.  That’s the secret of an authentic fest beer—complex malt flavor in a lager that remains easy to drink while you are celebrating the Oktoberfest season.”
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Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest is a deep golden lager weighing in at 6.1% ABV with an authentic, rich, and layered malt flavor balanced by traditional German-grown hops.  New for 2017 is Oktoberfest in 12-ounce cans, in addition to 12-ounce bottles and draught offerings.

Together with the launch of this year’s fest beer, Sierra Nevada today announced the dates for its Oktoberfest event series at the Mills River, NC, and Chico, CA, breweries.  Named one of America’s best Oktoberfest festivals, it’s an epic celebration of German culture and tradition, with live music, dancing, costumes, contests and, of course, beer.  Mills River welcomes guests Saturday, September 30, 2017, and Chico will host four fests over two weekends: Friday and Saturday, September 29-30 and October 6-7.  For more information and for tickets, please visit
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About Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Founded in 1980, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is one of America’s premier craft breweries, highly regarded for using only the finest quality ingredients. The pioneering spirit that launched Sierra Nevada now spans both coasts with breweries in Chico, California and Mills River, North Carolina. Sierra Nevada has set the standard for craft brewers worldwide with innovations in the brewhouse as well as advances in sustainability. It is famous for its extensive line of beers including Pale Ale, Sidecar® Orange Pale Ale, Torpedo®, Tropical Torpedo®, Hop Hunter® IPA, Nooner® Pilsner, Otra Vez™, Kellerweis®, Porter, Stout and a host of seasonal, specialty and limited release beers. Learn more at

Double Mountain Brewing Release, A River Runs Through It-Hop Shake IPA, A Collaboration With Fort George Brewery

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Hood River, OR - July, 2017 – Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom is pleased to introduce
A River Runs Through It - Hop Shake IPA, a collaboration with Fort George Brewery. This hop shake IPA is currently available on draft and in bottles at the downtown Hood River Taproom and SE Portland Taproom in the Woodstock neighborhood. A River Runs Through It can also be found throughout the Northwest and British Columbia.

Fort George was thrilled to be asked to collaborate with a brewery that also shares 10 years of brewing on the banks of the Mighty Columbia River.” Jack Harris, Brewer/Proprietor 

A River Runs Through It
Hop Shake IPA
6.3% ABV, 75 BU

Description: Stop, collaborate and listen: This IPA is full and ripe with deep citrus and earthy forest additions.  Lactose is added in the boil to round out the balance, and keep things smooth and juicy.  Conspired with our friends just down the river in Astoria, Fort George Brewing

About Double Mountain Brewery and Taproom: Double Mountain Brewery and Taproom was established in 2007 in the heart of downtown Hood River, OR. Founder Matt Swihart opened the brewery with a clear mission: make great beer for craft beer fans. Their unique location lends to not only using pure and clean glacial water for their beers, but they also take advantage of regionally grown hops. With their reusable bottle program, customers love the softer environmental footprint and know they are part of a solution to sustainability. They can be found on tap and in bottles throughout the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia. Learn more at
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About Fort George Brewery: Founded in 2007 in the heart of downtown Astoria, Oregon, Fort George Brewery crafts original beers distributed only in the Pacific Northwest. Whether in cans or kegs, at the public house or on your front porch, our beer brings people together in aromatic headiness and lupulin ecstasy. For a deeper taste head to