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25th Great American Beer Festival Set for September 28 - 30, 2006
2006 GABF celebrates 25 years with expanded festival site, festival history
display, America's biggest beer list and much more
Denver, CO - May 15, 2006 - The Brewers Association (BA) is announcing
details for its 2006 Great American Beer Festival, September 28 - 30 at the
Colorado Convention Center (at 14th Street and Stout Street) in Denver,
Colorado. The 2006 edition will be the 25th installment of the nation's
premier, annual celebration of America's breweries and rich brewing culture.
The festival will feature 1600 of the nation's best beers from over 370
American breweries. Once again, it will be the biggest selection of American
beers ever gathered together in the United States.
"The 25th anniversary of the GABF is truly a celebration of the creativity,
excitement, flavor and diversity of American Beer," says Charlie Papazian,
GABF founder and president of the Brewers Association. "At our first
festival in 1982 we had 20 brewers, and only three or four were
microbrewers. We were really trying to draw attention to the traditions of
flavor and diversity that were being lost, that were beginning to be
recovered by microbrewers at the time. Today, the GABF and the number of
craft beers made by America's small, traditional and independent brewers has
grown beyond our biggest dreams."
The GABF is deemed the ultimate event for tasting the beers of the globe's
greatest brewing nation. "The Great American Beer Festival," says Garrett
Oliver, brewmaster for Brooklyn Brewing, "is the swirling, dynamic, luminous
core of what is now the most exciting beer culture on the planet."
GABF visitors enjoy one-ounce beer samples from the fest's breweries. These
breweries are arranged on the festival floor by regions of the country,
giving beer lovers a walking tour of the nation's beer-blessed landscape.
Many of the booths are staffed by the brewers themselves. Over 29,500 beer
enthusiasts from Colorado, the US and around the world attended last year's
GABF. The 2006 GABF will cover 188,000 square feet in the newly renovated
Colorado Convention Center.
The GABF also hosts one of the world's largest and most prestigious tasting
competitions. Over 100 professional beer judges from the United States and
abroad evaluate over 2,335 beers entered by more than 466 domestic
breweries. Gold, silver and bronze medals in 69 beer-style categories will
be awarded September 30 at the 1:30 p.m. awards ceremony held during the
Special Connoisseur Tasting Session.
This year, the GABF's popular food & beer pairing seminars will feature an
A-list of America's brewers joined by local and national celebrity chefs for
demonstrations on how to cook with beer, and pair different styles of beer
with various dishes.
Last year, 2700 volunteers from around the world helped staff the GABF, and
they put in over 40,000 hours of volunteer labor.
The festival will also present live music by Colorado artists, beer
education booths, and other attractions. Visit
http://www.greatamericanbeerfestival.com for a full list of GABF breweries,
cooking demo schedules and menus, live music details, and more information.
High-resolution photos from the 2005 fest are available for the press at
http://www.beertown.org/events/gab ... photos.htm .
Public tasting sessions are offered 5:30 -10 p.m. Thursday, Friday and
Saturday nights. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door for
Thursday, and $40 in advance ($45 at the door) for Friday and Saturday
nights. A special Connoisseur Tasting Session on Saturday afternoon (noon-
4:40 PM) is open to the public for $50. Public tasting sessions sell out
quickly, advance-ticket purchases are strongly recommended. $15 Designated
Driver tickets and special group discounts are also available.
Tickets are on sale now at the Great American Beer Festival web site (
http://www.greatamericanbeerfestival.com ) and by calling the Brewers
Association at 303.447.0816. Tickets will go on sale August 15 at Old
Chicago Restaurants in Colorado, and finer Denver-area beer retailers and
restaurants (including Applejack Wine and Spirits, Argonaut Liquors, Beer At
Home, Chambers Wine and Liquors, County Line Liquors, Davidson Liquors,
Falling Rock Tap House, Heritage Wine and Liquor, Liquor Mart, Lukas Liquors
Superstore, Morgan Liquors, Superior Liquor, Union Liquor and Wynkoop
Brewing Co.) and Ticketmaster outlets (303.830.TIXS ) in Colorado.
Based in Boulder, Colo., U.S.A., the Brewers Association (BA) is a
not-for-profit trade and educational association for small and craft
brewers. The Brewers Association was established in 2005 by a merger of the
Association of Brewers and the Brewers' Association of America. Visit the
website: http://www.beertown.org to learn more. The Brewers Association has
an additional membership division of 9,000+ homebrewers: American
Homebrewers Association. The association's activities include events and
publishing: World Beer Cup(r); Great American Beer Festival(r); NBWA/BREWERS
Joint Legislative Conference, Craft Brewers Conference and BrewExpo
America(r); National Homebrewers Conference; National Homebrew Competition;
American Beer Month (July); Zymurgy magazine; The New Brewer magazine; and
books on beer and brewing.
Co-Founder, http://BeerAdvocate.com --
American Beer Fest Jun 16th & 17th 2006
BeerAdvocate Magazine (BA Mag)
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