If you were in Denver or the greater central Colorado area later last week, you’d have likely encountered people – lots of them – out to celebrate beer.
Two things were happening:
The 32nd annual Great American Beer Festival, hosted by the Brewers Association in the Colorado Convention Center. And Denver Beer Week hosted by Visit Denver. While I questioned the wisdom of adding an entire city celebration by Visit Denver a while back to add Beer Week in tandem with the GABF, it seems to be going smoothly.
Here are a few “wow!” factors to the GABF:
- From 1982 with 800 attendees to 49,ooo in 2013
- From 40 beers from 22 breweries to 4875 beers judged by 210 industry pros
- 1100 of today’s breweries are brewpub from the approximate 2500+ breweries nationwide
- Tickets for the recently concluded 2013 event sold out in 20 minutes
How do we know this info? Well, as credentialed media at the event, we’re given the royal educational treatment. It’s good for everyone to share the mash with those who help bring it forward. And while media is only one facet of WEB, it’s a big part of helping us stay up to date on the industry.
With 49,000 guests + loads of volunteers and workers at the Convention Center AND the myriad colleagues it’s a week loaded with great times, vast flavors, and engaging opportunities to celebrate American beer.
Great American Beer Festival indeed. See you there, again, next year!