The Great American Beer Festival (GABF), the country’s largest ticketed beer festival, will skip its public event in 2021 and return in person to celebrate its 40th anniversary October 6-8, 2022 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.
Since 1982, beer lovers have been traveling to Denver, Colorado to take part in the premier beer festival in the U.S. The largest collection of U.S. beer ever served in a public event, plus a private competition, the Great American Beer Festival is a must-attend event for beer lovers! With over 4,000 diverse beers, festival attendees can enjoy a public tasting event, plus a private competition. Craft brewing is one of the fastest-growing segments of the beer, wine and spirits industry, and the Great American Beer Festival showcases craft beers and more from over 800 of the nation’s best breweries.
Beer Competition: At the Great American Beer Festival, breweries can enter their beers to be judged by the festival’s Professional Judge Panel. The professional panel awards entered beers either gold, silver or bronze medals, which are recognized around the world as symbols of excellence. Event attendees can sample beers from the beer competition as well as other brews.
Beer Tastings: With over 4,000 beers to taste, beer tasting is one of the biggest draws at the festival. Breweries from across the country bring their brews for attendees to sample in one ounce pours and enjoy. For a full list of breweries at the Great American Beer Festival, click here.
Events: From after parties to bottle releases, discounts at local restaurants, brewery takeovers and much more, there are plenty of events to enjoy all week long throughout Denver, during the Great American Beer Festival. For a full list of events, click here.
Beer and Food Pavilion: Great beer can only get better when paired with delicious food! Visit the beer and food pavilion and enjoy the art of beer and food pairings, thanks to expert chefs and brewers. For a full schedule of beer and food pavilion events, click here.
PAIRED Craft Beer and Food: Requiring a separate ticket, the PAIRED experience brings together independent craft breweries and acclaimed chefs from across the country for a delicious, perfectly paired food and wine experience. Learn more and meet the chefs and breweries participating here.
There are plenty of on-site amenities available at Convention Center, making your festival experience even better! Some of the on-site amenities at the Great American Beer Festival include: an ATM, designated driver tickets with free, non-alcoholic sodas, food trucks and food concessions, complimentary water stations, festival and brewery merchandise for sale, my GABF free app and more.
Colorado Convention Center
700 14th Street, 14th and Stout Streets
Denver, Colorado 80202
There is no RVing at The Colorado Convention Center, where the Great American Beer Festival is held, but there are a variety of RV parks nearby to choose from. These include:
While they may not all be located nearby the Convention Center, the RVshare blog features a list of the ten best RV parks in Denver. To read it, click here.
Don’t own an RV? It’s still possible to experience traveling through the incredible beauty of Colorado and all the fun at the Great American Beer Festival in a comfortable, stress-free environment. Rent an RV from RVshare in your hometown and travel to Colorado, taking in the beauty of the state, or pick one up upon arrival in Colorado.
Prefer to stay in a hotel near the Convention Center? There are many located nearby, and some are even offering special rates for the Great American Beer Festival. Click here for more information on festival hotel rates and to find and book a hotel for the festival.
The closest major intersection to the Colorado Convention Center is Colfax Avenue and Speer Boulevard. RTD buses and the light rail are the best way to get to the Great American Beer Festival.
Train and Bus Info:
Denver International Airport Train: The University of Colorado A Line departs every 37 minutes for downtown Denver. $4.50-9.00/one way.
Denver Light Rail & Buses: Light rail train stops right in front of the Colorado Convention Center. Find your bus or light rail route using RTD trip planner.
For a map and more directions, click here.
The Colorado Convention Center has onsite parking in a 1,000-space parking garage, which provides direct access to the Convention Center. Open 24/7, the garage is open to all visitors attending any event or business in downtown Denver, so spaces may be limited. For more information about other parking downtown, click here.
The Colorado Convention Center Parking garage rates are as follows:
Park up to 8 Hours: $12.00
Park up to 12 Hours: $15.00
Park up to 18 Hours: $17.00
Park up to 24 Hours: $25.00
Ticket information will be released closer to the festival date.
If you’re a beer lover, visiting the Great American Beer Festival is a no-brainer! Over 4,000 beers to sample, deliciously paired food, all in the beautiful setting of Denver. Not much could make it better for beer lovers, except traveling there in style – in a comfortable RV! Imagine returning from the beer festival to a fully stocked kitchen, a private bathroom and cozy bed. With an RV rental from RVshare, all that and more is possible.
Whether you visit the Great American Beer Festival in Denver in an RV rental from us or use other accommodations, we’d love to see pictures of your trip. Send us photos at [email protected], and tag us on social media to share details and tips about your visit. Your adventures could be featured on our blog or social media!
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Please note, this is not the official source of the event information. While we try to be as comprehensive as possible, some details may have changed since the time this article was written. Please confirm final details with the official event page.