The 2013 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) will be held in Denver, Colorado, on October 10-12. This is widely regarded as the top beer festival in the United States, if not the world. It was founded by Charlie Papazian in 1982 at the Harvest House Hotel in Boulder. In its first year there were 22 breweries participating, serving 40 different beers to 800 attendees.
This year, 49,000 attendees will sample over 3,000 craft beers supplied by 630 U.S. breweries (another 1,800 beers will be judged and another 100 breweries will be present but not serving in the hall). The GABF has been in the news this year because of the record-breaking speed both the brewery sign-up and attendee sign-up sold out. 49,000 tickets sold in 20 minutes this year, faster than the 45 minutes it took in 2012. Just back in 2007 tickets didn’t sell out until the week of the event. Brewery slots filled in only 1 hour and 40 minutes. The wait list immediately swelled to 375 breweries.
The internet is full of lists now of notable breweries that did not get in, but here we have the list of Montana breweries that did get in and will either serve and/or compete in the GABF competition in which 138 beer styles will be judged in 84 categories and subcategories. The average number of beers competing in each category will be around 51. Two new beer styles added this year are Grodzisz, a crisp, light-bodied Polish-style beer that rarely exceeds 3.7% ABV, and Adambier, a dark beer that hails from Dortmund and averages 9-11% ABV.
So which Montana breweries will represent our great state of craft beer? They are:
Let’s wish them luck and we will report back on any medals these fine Montana breweries bring home in October. Cheers!