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Great American Beer Fest: There’s an app for that

Published: September 24, 2013, 3:18 pm, by Scott Rappold


The largest beer event in the known universe, the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, is only a couple weeks away. The Brewers Association has unveiled a new smartphone app that will help beer geeks take an analytical approach to finding the best beers among the 3,000 beers from 600 brewers who will be pouring in the Colorado Convention Center.

The app isn’t live yet – it will spring to life with a list of beers at the festival Oct. 9, the day before it begins. Organizers say festival-goers will be able to see what beers are near you in the convention hall, as well as help you navigate the maze (and haze) of beer to find certain brewers. You’ll be able to check beers off a list and keep notes on individual brews.

Click here for more information and to download the free app.

I will be at all three days of the GABF, blogging and tweeting. Follow updates on this blog or find me on Twitter. And if there is a great beer that I need to try, give me a shout on Twitter during the festival.

Of course, the instant sell-out of the festival left many beer lovers high and dry, but there is encouraging news. Ticket prices have dropped significantly on the secondary market. The cheapest on Stubhub as of this morning are $105 for Thursday night, $95 for Friday night, $120 for Saturday afternoon and $89 for Saturday night. Yeah, that’s still more than the $75 face-value price, but a lot lower than the $130 folks were asking for in the days after the sellout.