After a two-year hiatus of in-person festivals due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Great American Beer Festival returned just in time for its 40th anniversary. In 1982, Charles Papazian founded the first Great American Beer Festival in Boulder, CO, as part of the fourth annual American Homebrewers Association conference. The first festival featured twenty-four breweries, and forty-seven beers. Now in its 40th year, the festival hosts 500 breweries featuring over 2,000 beers.
This year, Texas breweries won seven gold, six silver, and eight bronze medals in various categories. For more information on where you can find these award-winning breweries, visit the Great American Beer Festival’s website. Prost, Texas!
Check out our selection of photos from the Great American Beer Festival to share the fun, excitement, and most celebrated beers at this year’s well-attended event.
Brian Maass enjoys live music, and sharing good times at a local brewery or winery with his wife and friends. If he is not at a concert, then you will find him at a National Park photographing the amazing scenery this world has to offer.