Ready to GABF? Here Are Some Key Details

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Quick show of hands: Who’s ready to enjoy some great American beer?! Woohoo! We look forward to seeing you this week. In the meantime, here are essential, fun, and important things to know:

AXS Mobile Ticketing

Your GABF ticket(s) can be found in the AXS app and will be scanned upon entry. Download and confirm your tickets are in your AXS account before arriving.

PAIRED Ticket Holder Entrance

PAIRED ticket holders can enter at 14th Street by the Blue Bear and proceed forward, down the ramp towards the Bellco Theatre down the main concourse. Once inside, PAIRED + GABF ticket holders can freely go between PAIRED and the Great American Beer Festival. PAIRED + GABF ticket holders can also enter at the general entrance.

Note: PAIRED-only tickets do not grant access to the festival hall.

Ikon Pass Holder Entrance

Ready to shred? Head to the First Tracks lane located at the Welton Street entrance alongside the general admission entry. Flash your Ikon Pass for access. (Note: Must be an actual pass or your pass image on the Ikon Pass app. A photo of your pass or a screenshot will not be accepted. Pass grants entry for pass holder only.

Before You Arrive: Get the MyGABF App

The free, browser-based 2022 MyGABF app is your trusty companion at the Great American Beer Festival! With the app you can browse the brewery list, save breweries you love, jot down notes on the beers you’ve tasted, and take guided beer tours based on your favorite styles.

Before Your Arrive: Snag a Limited-Edition GABF Hat

This year’s commemorative brewers hat is only available with the purchase of a one- or three- year membership to the American Homebrewers Association (AHA). Buy it now with promo code GABFHat and pick it up at the AHA booth.

At the Festival: Pick Up a Pretzel Necklace 🥨

The classic beer festival accessory that marries style and sustenance. Grab your snackable necklace for just $4.99 at the American Homebrewers Association booth (right near the ticket holder entrance).

Costume Contests

Over the years, you’ve shown us how much you love costumes, so we’re turning this year’s celebration up to 11 with costume themes and contests EVERY session! Get the details.

Metal Detectors + Permitted and Prohibited Items

Attendee safety is paramount. All entrances are equipped with metal detectors similar to units used at all major U.S. airports, stadiums, arenas. All items are subject to screening. Check out the FAQs for a list of prohibited items.

🚫 Lockers & Bags

There are NO lockers or coat checks at the Colorado Convention Center. Prohibited items include backpacks, suitcases, beach bags, etc., so please plan accordingly. See additional attendee FAQs.

Make Plans for Safe Travel

The Colorado Convention Center is conveniently located near several public transportation options. Public transportation, rideshare, and designated drivers are highly encouraged! Check out transit options.