Great American Beer Festival 2019

The Great American Beer festival is not only about sampling quality beer but is also a beer competition. Breweries enter their beers to be judged by the festival’s Professional Judge Panel. Festival attendees can also sip the beer entered in the competition during the tasting sessions.

The Great American Beer Festival invites industry professionals from around the world to sit together in small groups and, without knowing the brand name, taste beers in each specified style category. The ultimate goal of the Great American Beer Festival Judge Panel is to identify the three beers that best represent each beer-style category as described and adopted by the Great American Beer Festival.

The Professional Judge Panel awards gold, silver or bronze medals that are recognized around the world as symbols of brewing excellence. These awards are among the most coveted in the industry and heralded by the winning brewers in their national advertising.

Five different three-hour judging sessions take place over the three-day period during the week of the festival. Judges are assigned beers to evaluate in their specific area of expertise and never judge their own product or any product in which they have a concern.

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The 31st Great American Beer Festival 2012

Excerpt from: Scandinavian Brewers’ Review. Vol.69 No.5 2012

From our US correspondent, Finn Bjørn Knudsen – a loyal and regular contributor to the SBR – we have received the following article, subsequently elaborated on by your technical editor, on the 2012 version of the mother of all beer festivals, The Great American Beer Festival, which took place in Denver, Colorado, from the 9th through the 13th of October 2012. Finn and Anders Kissmeyer made up the Danish contingent in the judging panel of the completion this year.

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30th Anniversary – Great American Beer Festival

From our close friend and frequent contributor, Finn Bjørn Knudsen, Knudsen Beverage Consulting in Evergreen, Colorado, we have received this personal article on the 30th Great American Beer Festival that took place in Denver, Colorado, from 28 September to 1 October this year. The article gives a closer insight into the judging process at this competition, continuously competing neck to neck with the World Beer Cup® for being the largest beer competition in the world.

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