It is already that time of year again to start planning!

From October  10-12, nearly 50,000 beer lovers will convene in Denver for the 32nd annual Great American Beer Festival® (GABF). GABF is America’s premier beer festival and competition, and an opportunity to toast the world’s most diverse brewing nation.

Tickets will be available for purchase to the general public online on Wednesday, July 31 at 10:00 a.m. via Ticketmaster.com

 A release from the Brewers Association: 

Over the course of three days, some 49,000 attendees will have the opportunity to sample beers from approximately 600 U.S. breweries at the 32nd annual Great American Beer Festival (GABF). The event, widely-considered America’s premier beer festival and competition, offers the largest selection of U.S. beers ever served in a public tasting, bringing together the brewers and beer lovers that make the U.S. the world’s most diverse brewing nation.

General Session tickets cost $75 and include:

• Commemorative tasting cup

• Unlimited one-ounce samples of your choice of more than 2,800 beers, and a festival guide to help you navigate the festival hall

• Access to attend more than 30 educational seminars total (all sessions combined) focused on expanded beer appreciation.

• Festival program

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