The Great American Beer
This is a three-day annual
festival, held either at the end of September or
the beginning of October in Denver, Colorado.
People from all over the world gather here every
year to sample the 1600 kinds of American beers
available at the festival. More than 100 beer
judges from both the United States and other
countries evaluate one or more types of beer.
Among them, they judge 2,300 beers that are
entered into the festival from 450 plus domestic
breweries. The beers judged to be the best among
the 69 beer-style categories are awarded gold,
silver and bronze medals.
Started in 1982, the GABF was created by
Charlie Papazian in Boulder, Colorado. The
original GABF had 22 participating breweries and
the 2009 festival had 457. In 2009 the festival
expanded into a hall one-third larger than the