The Great American Beer Festival

Do you like beer? Then, you have to go to the Great American Beer Festival! Here you can try thousands of types of beer all in the same place…although, hopefully, not all at the same time!

The Great American Beer Festival is held by the Brewers Association in Denver Colorado in mid to late September or early October, depending on the year. With attendance around 50,000 people it is considered the largest beer festival in the U.S., and the largest commercial beer competition in the world!

Over 200 judges from 10 different countries have the distinguished honor and challenge of evaluating more than 5,000 American beers presented by more than 1,300 breweries!

There are 90 different categories in which the beers compete for gold, silver and bronze medals. If you can imagine a flavor it is probably exists with beer. Some of the categories include “Barley Wine-Style Ale”, “Belgian-Style Blonde Ale or Pale Ale”, “Belgian-Style Fruit Beer”, “Chocolate”, “Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout”, “Gluten-Free Beer”, “Herbs and Spice Beer”, “Pumpkin Beer” “Vienna-Style Lager”, “Wood- and Barrel- Aged Strong Stout” and “Experimental Beer”.

The original Great American Beer Festival (GABF) was in 1982 and had only 22 participating breweries. What is even more interesting to know is that the festival was created by a nuclear engineer, Charlie Papazian, from Boulder, Colorado who started by brewing his own beer at home. He wrote a book in 1984 entitled The Complete Joy of Home Brewing. It was the first of its kind and is now considered the “home brewer’s bible”.

Not only can you taste the beers at the GABF, but you can learn anything imaginable about beer, from how to brew it and radical techniques, to environmental sustainability, to what to eat with beer and even how to host a beer dinner. And if the beer makes you feel like moving, you can put on a pair of wireless headphones and dance to the music of a live DJ in the Silent Disco, where only those that are wearing the headphones can hear the music.

If you are thirsty, and planning a trip to Denver, check out the website ( ) and coordinate your dates!


i360-by-diverbo-useful-vocabulary VOCABULARY

to try (food/drink) = probar

although hopefully = pero esperamos que

brewer = cervecero

attendance = asistencia

judges = jueces

distinguished = distinguido

challenge = desafío, reto

brewery = cervecería

barley = cebada

pale = pálido

stout = cerveza negra

pumpkin = calabaza

aged = envejecido

to brew = elaborar cerveza

joy = alegría

to taste = probar, catar

to host = organizar

a pair of wireless headphones = un par de auriculares inalámbricos

planning = planeando / haciendo planes

20/05/2015Level - difficulty 2United StatesAudioText2 min