Great American Beer Festival 2014 tickets go on sale today; 700 breweries, 130 from Colorado

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Tickets to the Great American Beer Festival, slated for October 2, 3 and 4 at the Colorado Convention Center, go on sale to the general public today at 10 a.m. and will likely sell out within seconds.

The festival itself, run by the Boulder-based Brewers Association, continues to grow while the breweries and attendees continue to experience both growing pains and opportunities to experiment and try new beers.

See also: Nearly 1,400 breweries register for GABF, 81 percent higher than last year

More than 700 breweries will be pouring at the Convention Center, including at least 130 from Colorado. But because so many breweries want to participate -- there are now more than 3,000 nationwide -- each will only be allowed to pour four of five beers.

There will also be a whopping 1,360 breweries in the judging portion of the fest, 81 percent higher than last year. Since the BA changed its rules this year to allow every brewery to enter -- in response to a registration crunch in 2013 -- each will only be able to submit four beers. This is down from ten just a few years ago.

Tickets meanwhile have gone up in price, from $75 in 2013 to $80 this time around (and 45 percent higher than the price four years ago), and continue to be handled through Tickemaster, which has had trouble dealing with the sale in previous years.

Tickets to the 33rd annual festival go on sale just two days after the BA released mid-year numbers that showed continued growth in the craft beer industry. Craft beer makers sold 10.6 million barrels in the first six months of 2014, up 18 percent over the same six months last year. In addition, the number of craft breweries in the country grew to 3,040 as of June 30; there are another 1,929 in planning.


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700 14th St., Denver, CO

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21 comments
Rodger Mathena
Rodger Mathena

Brings back memories from past gabf's, all the horrible hangovers the next day! Lol

Josh Bradley
Josh Bradley

Don't worry, CL will have most of the sold tickets for resale at higher prices soon. I won't attend until they do something about the ridiculous scalping.

Clayton Capra
Clayton Capra

The web team was busy reading their next onslaught of Jagalow posts.

Ben Rafferty
Ben Rafferty

How nice it is to have friends secure me a brewers pass back in March. I'll see you at all five tastings!

Joseph Beaton
Joseph Beaton

Tickets went on sale for members yesterday. Not sure how many general tix were left today.

Edgar Mora
Edgar Mora

My tickets have been secured \U0001f601.

Leah Arthur
Leah Arthur

I like going to smaller Colorado festivals as well, but GABF hosts hundreds of breweries whose beer we normally can't get here. So, I do both.

Ryan Poteat
Ryan Poteat

^Jose where/ when can you grab tix outside the venue??

Gina Ricciardi
Gina Ricciardi

Get good tickets? It's not like there's seating... Also, this event is so expensive. I prefer going to the smaller beer festivals around the state throughout spring, summer, and fall.

Jeremy Seiferth
Jeremy Seiferth

Good think this was posted an hour plus after the event was sold out..Well an hour after scalpers bought up all the tickets.

Jose Montoya
Jose Montoya

You can get good tickets right outside the venue, cheaper and easier than the site.

Zihna Kachina
Zihna Kachina

Satya Conscious Kalling I want to go to this!

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