ALL PHOTOS BY DAN RABIN (BOULDER, COLORADO)
The Great American Beer Festival was greatly expanded for 2018. More space and more to taste as beer lovers gathered in Denver’s Mile High City September 20-22, 2018.
For the 37th consecutive year, beer lovers gathered in Denver for the country’s preeminent beer festival and competition. This year’s GABF offered a record 62,000 attendees the opportunity to sample over 4,000 beers from more than 800 breweries in an expanded festival hall.
This year’s GABF represents the largest collection of U.S. beer ever served, in the format of a public tasting event plus a privately judged competition. Dubbed by Thrillist as “The One Beer Festival You Must Go to Before You Die,” GABF has topped beer lovers’ bucket lists since 1982 and unites beer lovers and brewers from all corners of the country to celebrate the nation’s ever-growing craft beer culture.
Dubbed by Thrillist as “The One Beer Festival You Must Go to Before You Die,” GABF has topped beer lovers’ bucket lists since 1982
The Brewers Association, responsible for organizing the GABF, awarded 306 medals to 280 breweries across the United States at this years GABF judging competition. In a ceremony at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, award-winning breweries received prestigious gold, silver and bronze medals in 102 beer categories covering 167 different beer styles (including all subcategories), establishing the best examples of each style in the country and earning a symbol of brewing excellence.
GABF COMPETITION STATISTICS
32nd Edition of the GABF competition
8,496 entries plus 101 Pro-Am and 49 Collaboration entries
2,404 breweries in the competition from 49 states plus Washington, D.C. (no Mississippi)
293 judges from 13 countries
Average number of competition beers entered in each category: 83
Category with the highest number of entries: Juicy or Hazy India Pale Ale (391 entries)
280 medal-winning breweries (including Pro-Am and Collaboration)
306 total medals awarded plus three (3) each for Pro-Am and Collaboration
537 first-time GABF entrants
31 first-time GABF winners
MOST-ENTERED STYLE CATEGORIES
In its GABF competition debut, the Juicy or Hazy India Pale Ale style category was the most-entered with 391 entries. Since 2002, the most-entered category was American-Style India Pale Ale (IPA), which saw 311 entries in 2018.