All session for the 2015 GABF are sold out. By some accounts, this happened 17 minutes into the sale on Wednesday. By all accounts it happened in less than an hour. That is 60,000 tickets per session, and ticket limits and anti-bot technology. StubHub has tickets starting at +$29 over face value. Hotel rooms are vanishing too. Next up are airline tickets. It will be fun for those who are going.
If you did not get a ticket and wanted to go to a great festival, there are still tickets available for Canada’s best festival in Victoria, BC – The Great Canadian Beer Festival. I have been more than a few times and it is wonderful.
Q: “I hear that it is almost impossible to buy GABF tickets anymore. Can you help?”
A: What started out as a lazy, crazy festival for homebrewers and fledgling craft brewers (called microbrewers in the day) some 34 years ago is now one of the hottest selling tickets in any venue. Arguably bigger than The Beatles in their prime.
The festival has three public sessions (TH, F, S evenings) and an afternoon session on Saturday exclusively for American Home Brewers Association (AHA) members. They have sold 40,000 tickets for each venue, and by the looks of things will bump that to 60,000 tickets in the expanded (by 90,000 sq ft) venue at the Colorado Convention center this year. More brewers will be there than ever before, and more beers to sample (3,500+) and more people with whom to party.
In 2012, everything sold out in a couple of days. In 2013, all the tickets were gone in less than an hour. Last year by some accounts, the event was declared SOLD OUT in less than 10 minutes. Tickets immediately started showing up on Stub Hub and other reseller sites at double and triple the face value. This made a lot of people angry on several levels.
Obviously, the festival has grown far beyond a party for brewers and homebrewers and is now part of the fastest growing business segment in several developed nations. People who have never seen a real live hop want to go to this thing.
So yes, it sells out – FAST. Here are some options for you:
|2015 Sale Dates|
|Member Pre-Sale||July 28, 10:00 am (MT) via Ticketmaster.com|
|General Public Sale||July 29, 10:00 am (MT) via Ticketmaster.com|
There is a limit of 4 tickets per session per ticket buyer for the General Sessions. For the Members Only Session, the ticket limit is 2 tickets per member number.
- Buy a membership in the AHA ($43 for a yearly membership). This gives you a secret code to use to buy tickets for any venue a day earlier than the general public AND gives you access to tickets for the Saturday only member session, which is a smaller crowd and has packed with educational seminars on the art of brewing, and beer judging. You also get a sneak peek at the winners of the brewers competitions to try.It is too late to do it this year (had to be a member by July 19 midnight), but try to hunt down an AHA member among your social network contacts.
- Get your credit card and all relevant personal information handy and get signed into the Ticketmaster site prior to 10:00 am Mountain Time.
Individual Session Tickets
2015 Session Date 2015 Session Times Prices *Includes festival program, special gift, unlimited sodas and hospitalities in the Designated Driver lounge. Thursday, September 24 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm $80 Friday, September 25 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm $80 Saturday, September 26 Members Only Session 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm $65 Saturday, September 26 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm $80 Designated Driver* Available for all sessions. $25
Note: Ticket includes festival program, commemorative tasting cup and unlimited one-ounce samples of more than 2,800 beers.
3. Take out a loan and buy a ticket from a scalper – oops I mean reseller. These $80 tickets will start out at $150 – $300 on reseller sites (well, they did last year). You can also take your chances and show up in Denver without a festival ticket and buy one from some guy waving them around near the entrance to the venue, The closer it gets to the start of the event the cheaper the ticket gets. Make an offer.