America’s largest annual beer festival will take place online
The Breweries Association announced today that the Great American Beer Festival (GABF), will pivot its 2020 event, originally scheduled for September 24-26 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, to an immersive online experience October 16-17. Detail on the GABF website here.
The full statement by the BA below;
The GABF competition will take place this fall, with an anticipated 7,000+ entries. Awards will be announced on Friday, October 16 via live streaming. Brewery registration for the 2020 competition opens June 9. More information.
Festival details are still being finalized, but we plan to offer a compelling schedule of virtual experiences and live activations across the country. Complete festival and ticket details will be announced August 1.
This marks the first cancellation of its kind for GABF, and while we are disappointed to not be gathering in Denver this fall, the health and safety of our attendees, brewers, volunteers, judges, and employees is and always has been our top priority. As the world is still greatly affected by the spread of COVID-19 and will continue to be affected for the foreseeable future, we must stay true to our priorities and pursue other ways to host GABF.
We look to celebrating the annual accomplishments in brewing excellence and look forward to ‘seeing everyone’ this fall.
In the meantime, the Brewers Association is working tirelessly on behalf of its members and the larger brewing community to lobby Congress for relief from the pandemic, as well as create business-critical resources to help brewers navigate the changing business landscape. Please visit our COVID-19 Resource Center, which includes information on starting up draught systems after prolonged closure, reopening checklists, forecasting cashflow, OSHA guidance for curbside takeout, and more.