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TICKET INFO: GABF passports are available for $20 here.

The 39th Great American Beer Festival® (#GABF), the country’s preeminent beer festival and world’s largest professional beer competition is now the largest virtual beer event of the year. Originally planned for the end of September in Denver, officials were forced to cancel the in-person festival for the first time in its history due to the pandemic.

This year’s festival will take place via a two-day online experience that kicks off with the competition awards ceremony presentation. That’s right, the beer competition is taking place with breweries submitting beer from all over the world to be judged in one of the most renowned craft beer competitions in the world.

For the best experience, you’ll need a GABF Passport:

  • Exclusive access to the two-day virtual programming October 16-17th
  • Access to brewery deals from the 1,000+ participating breweries nationwide between October 1st – 18th
  • Session tasting sheets and recipes

If you don’t have a passport, you can still attend the Competition Awards Ceremony Presentation hosted on The Brewing Network (open to the public): October 16 at 6:00 p.m. CT. The Virtual Great American Beer Festival (Exclusive content for GABF passport holders) is Friday, October 16: 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. CT,  Saturday, October 17: 6:45 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. CT

Austin Area Passport Deals:

From festival organizers:

GABF’s online programming features nine, 30-minute sessions with some of the best known and rising stars in brewing. The sessions will cover a variety of topics and include tips and tricks to enhance beer knowledge and enjoyment; lager lore and sudsy stories from craft beer luminaries; profiles of breweries and individuals that are transforming their communities one beer at a time; and flavor fusions through beer and food pairings to tantalize the taste buds.

Have fun and please remember to: Bring Friends, Be Kind, Practice Social Distancing, Follow Brewery Health Requests, and Tip Generously

 

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