Great American Beer Festival go on sale on August 2.
I didn't make the connection before, but August 2 is also this year's official #IPADay. I don't know if this is a simple coincidence or if The Beer Wench purposely planned it this way.
Of course, as one of the select few (AHA or BA members), I get to buy my GABF tickets tomorrow at 10AM Denver time. I have 10 - 10:30 blocked off on my work calendar so that no one makes the mistake of scheduling a meeting with me during that critical time.
Interestingly enough, one of my co-workers bought an AHA membership for herself and her fiancee so that they could by GABF tickets early and get into the Members' Only session. Not sure I would do this if I was not a home-brewer, but part of the reason that I decided to become a member of the AHA is all the GABF-related benefits that go with the membership.
Because of my membership to the AHA, I get to buy tickets before the the general public. I also get to attend the special Members-Only session of GABF (which in my opinion is the best one to attend). And ... for the other sessions, I am allowed to wait in the Members-Only line, which gets me in MUCH faster than waiting with the general riff-raff.
If you have never attended The Great American Beer Festival, it is something that you should add to your bucket list. It is quite an experience, and it is a blast. You can read about some of the fun I have had at GABF by reading through my http://blog.ericshepard.com/search/label/GABF posts on this blog.
By the way ... it is not too late to Help Me Pick my #IPADay Beer. If you have not already (or even if you have), vote on one of the choices below or add your own favorite.