Tickets for the Great American Beer Festival (10-12 October in Denver, Colorado) went on sale today at 12 noon ET. Nineteen minutes later, they had been sold out.
Think only good-beer drinkers had it bad?
Earlier in July, during brewery registration for the GABF, many U.S. breweries experienced great difficulties in getting their beers into the Festival. And many didn't.
The Brewers Association has just released a list of those who will be making it to the big show. Unfortunately, there is a lengthy waiting list of those breweries who didn't make it. Here is a list of the eighteen breweries in the tri-state area of Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia (YFGF's home turf), who will be participating.
- Washington, D.C.
- 3 Stars Brewing
- Evolution Craft Brewing (Salisbury)
- Flying Dog (Frederick)
- Full Tilt (Baltimore)
- Heavy Seas (Halethorpe)
- Union Craft (Baltimore)
- Blue Mountain (Afton)
- Bull & Bones (Blacksburg)
- Capitol City (Arlington)
- Corcoran Brewing (Leesburg)
- Devils Backbone (Roseland and Lexington)
- Great American Restaurants (Sweetwater Tavern)
- Lost Rhino (Ashburn)
- Mad Fox (Falls Church)
- Port City (Alexandria)
- Smartmouth (Norfolk)
- Starr Hill (Crozet)
And, if national chain brewpubs Gordon-Biersch and Rock Bottom are included, the area can count at least two more participants.
Congratulations to all, and good luck to all in the national competition.
See the entire list of this year's participating breweries (as of 30 July): here.