This event is for those aged 19 and up, so please bring two government-issued identification documents. Have your ticket on your phone and ready to scan it at the entrance. Dress according to the weather, as this festival is outdoors and will take place rain or shine. We recommend that you bring a bottle of water to fill up inside.
No other food or drink from outside will be allowed in. The drinks are small at GABF, about 1 ounce (a regular beer festival usually gives you 3 to 4 oz), but it's more than you think. I take note of everything I drink to keep track and I won't forget it, as the GABF can be very overwhelming. On Saturday morning I asked the Seattle couple what their favorite beer was and they looked at me with tired eyes.
The notes will help you remember, believe me.
Happy Dayphoto credit: Claremont Craft Ales There are also a lot of things to do at the festival that aren't related to beer. Sneak up to a food stall (although I highly recommend a hearty meal beforehand), visit the quiet nightclub to enjoy a dance party, sing karaoke, get a chair massage, shop at the various beer brand boutiques, and more. GABF is a celebration of beer and it's been wonderful to experience it again.
Going this year was like coming home. Alexandra Emanuelli is a professional food and beverage writer with a decade of experience. She writes for HuffPost, Southern Living, Everyday Health, Clean Eating, AllRecipes and The Alcohol Professor and teaches writing. He lives in Ottawa, Canada, and his favorite wine is Barolo.
Carissa Chesanek is a writer who lives in New York. Her work has appeared in The Miami Herald, Food Network, Forbes Travel Guide, Tasting Table and Zagat, where she was the editor of local restaurants for two years. Lee Sherman is a data-driven journalist with 30 years of experience covering technology, personal finance, music, culture and fashion for publications such as Worth, Wired and MacWorld. He stopped drinking alcohol five years ago for health reasons and enjoys exploring the many non-alcoholic beverages.
Visit his blog The Modernist Style. Adam Levy is the professor of alcohol and founder of the International. He is a man in constant search of soaking up good things and sharing his knowledge with those he knows. Born in New York with a desire to travel and visit breweries, wineries and distilleries around the world.
He loves his dog Garret Oliver and wears red to proudly represent Rutgers Sports. Alicia Raeburn is a waitress and freelance travel and food writer. When he's not writing, he pursues his passion for running, hiking and all outdoor activities around the world. You can see more of her work on Miles Less Traveled, a blog focusing on all the local foods and adventures she's discovered on her travels. Andrew McFetridge is a certified sommelier based in New York, a scholar of Spanish and French wine, and describes himself as a wine nerd. Andrew graduated from the University of North Florida, where he earned a degree in Journalism.
Andrew is also an ambassador for the DO Cava and his writings have appeared in the magazine SommJournal. Enjoy music, traveling around the world, sending new postcards and notebooks. Anne Becerra is a certified Cicerona at The Ginger Man in New York City and has a great passion for craft beer and the community that surrounds it. This year, Anne is very excited to represent the beer industry at a seminar for Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans about promoting education in the spirits industry. She teaches classes, judges beer contests and has appeared in several local and national media outlets, including NBC, Fox & Friends and TIME magazine, and is a recurring contributor to the popular Ask a Cicerone column on Serious Eats.
He loves to promote excellent craft beer almost as much as he loves to drink it. Cari Shane is a freelance journalist based in Washington who writes about topics that she finds fascinating, especially science, medicine and health. Cari's work can be found in a wide variety of publications from The Washington Post Magazine to Scientific American. Carrie Dykes is a journalist based in the Hudson Valley who covers wine, food, travel and everything in between. He has published articles in Wine Enthusiast, SOMM TV, Lonely Planet and AFAR among others. In addition to writing he also serves as a wine judge in several highly prestigious international competitions.
In her spare time she often finds treasures in thrift stores and on forest floors. Husband-and-wife team Demian & LeNell Camacho Santa Ana have more than 30 combined years in the beverage industry. Together they opened & managed Casa Coctel -a reservation-only bar- in Baja California Sur Mexico before landing in Birmingham Alabama. They are currently working on a children's book Mommy & Daddy are Bartenders in honor of their daughter Damiana. For 15 years Eric Zillier has worked as sommelier or wine director at some of the best restaurants in New York such as Veritas Alto & Gotham Bar & Grill. He is currently working on a book about his experiences in the wine business. Flora Tsapovsky is a writer of style food & culture who divides her time between San Francisco & Tel Aviv.
She has collaborated on publications such as San Francisco Chronicle Bon Appetit Afar & VinePair -he liked wine sprinkler before everyone else-.Jens is an independent waiter in Dresden Germany who decided he would rather be good host than mechanical engineer -currently he mainly works guest shifts spreading knowledge he's acquiring & learning with each new bar that bursts while looking for position outside country-. He's also an ambassador for Absyntheum Absinthe brand in Germany. Jackie is freelance writer & blogger -she's founder of One Girl's Dish blog dedicated to food-.