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Breaking Down the Newcomers & Breweries Missing from 2018 GABF

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Each year one of the most exciting aspects of the Great American Beer Festival is the ability to explore and sample some of the country’s best new breweries that have emerged on the scene. Additionally, it can be equally as rewarding to revisit some familiar faces you may only get to try once each year at the country’s largest beer showcase. However, with the evolving landscape of craft beer, and varying priorities, we also tend to lose some familiar friends. As we’ve done each year, we’ve broken down the new / returning breweries as well as those who sadly aren’t coming back for this year’s Great American Beer Festival.

(READ: The Complete List of Breweries Attending 2018 GABF)

2018 New/Returning Breweries

This is the complete list of breweries who are attending GABF in 2017 who did not attend last year. Notable new and returning breweries that you shouldn’t miss include Against the Grain Brewery, Barrel Theory, Hop Butcher for the World, More Brewing, Monday Night Brewing, Offshoot Beer, Telegraph Brewing and Commonhouse Aleworks who are all making their debut. Notable returners who weren’t at the festival last year include J. Wakefield, Logsdon Farmhouse Ales, New Glarus, Pure Project and more.

10 Barrel Brewing Co
10 Torr Distilling and Brewing
14 Cannons Brewing Company
1912 Brewing
3 Iron Brewing Company
3 Nations Brewing
4204 Main Street Brewing Co
Against the Grain Brewery
Alaro Craft Brewery
Alpine Dog Brewing Co
Alternation Brewing Company
American Icon Brewery
Ancestry Brewery
Angry Fish Brewing Company
Angry James Brewing Co
Arrowood Farms
Aspen Brewing Company
Asylum Brewing
Atrevida Beer Company
Auburn Alehouse
Augustino Brewing
Backstep Brewing Company
Backyard Brewery
Bale Breaker Brewing Company
Band Of Bohemia
Banded Oak Brewing Company
Bankhead Brewing Company
Barebottle Brewing Company
Barrel Theory Beer Company
Bayou Teche Brewing
Bearded Owl Brewing
Beer Army
Bend Brewing Co
Beyond The Mountain Brewing Company
Bhramari Brewing Company
Big River Brewery, LLC
Big Stump Brewing Company
Big Timber Brewing
Bismarck Brewing
Black Star Co-op
Bold Missy Brewery
Bolton Landing Brewing Co.
Boneyard Beer Co
Brewery Rickoli
Brewing Projekt, The
Brewtorium, The
Brickway Brewery and Distillery
Bridger Brewing Company
Bright Ideas Brewing
Bruz Beers
Burly Brewing Company, LLC
Calusa Brewing Company
Camino Brewing Co LLC
Canyon Lakes Golf Course & Brewery
Castle Island Brewing Co.
Cerveceria Colorado
Christian Moerlein Brewing Co
Church Street Brewing Company
College Street Brewhouse and Pub
Collision Bend Brewing Co
Colorado Boy Pizzeria
Common Space Brewery
Commonhouse Aleworks
Concord Craft Brewery
Crabtree Brewing
Dark City Brewing Company
Declaration Brewing Company
Deep River Brewing Company
Denton County Brewing Company
Devil Wind Brewing LLC
Dissent Craft Brewing Company, LLC
Dive Bar Brewing Company
Divine Barrel Brewing
Dos Luces Brewery
Double Shift Brewing
Downhill Brewing
Eastern Market Brewing Company
Elk Avenue Brewing Company
Empirical Brewery
Epidemic Ales
Ever Grain Brewing Co
Excel Brewing Co
Family Business Beer Company
Fernson Brewing Company
Fifty West Brewing Co
Flathead Lake Brewing Co
Florida Avenue Brewing Co
Florida Brewery, The
Florida Keys Brewing Co.
Flossmoor Station Brewing Co
Fort Brewery and Pizza
Fretboard Brewing Company
Front Street Brewery - IA
Full Circle Brewing Co
Garr's Beer Co.
Geist Beerworks
Gemini Beer Company
Ghostfish Brewing Company
Good City Brewing Company
Grains of Wrath Brewing
Grand Armory Brewing Co
Gravely Brewing Co.
Gravity BrewWorks
Great Flood Brewing
Green Man Brewing Co
Greenstar Brewing At Uncommon Ground
Guinness Open Gate Brewery and Barrel House
Gunbarrel Brewing Company
Hairless Hare Brewery
Hidden Mother Brewery, The
HighSide Brewery
Highway 79 Brewery
Hix Farm Brewery
Hop Butcher For the World
HopFly Brewing Company
Icarus Brewing Company
IMBIB Custom Brews
Indian Springs Brewing Company
Infusion Brewing Company
Ivanhoe Park Brewing Company
J Wakefield Brewing
K2 Brothers Brewing
Künstler Brewing
Lamplighter Brewing Co.
Landlocked Ales
Latchkey Brewing Company
Logsdon Farmhouse Ales
Lost Winds Brewing Company
Love City Brewing Company
Middle Brow Beer Company
Midnight Pig Beer Co.
Modist Brewing Company
Monday Night Brewing
Moontown Brewing
More Brewing Co
Mother Earth Brew Co
Mountain Cowboy Brewing Company
Mountains Walking
Mt Lowe Brewing Company
Narragansett Brewing Co
Network Brewery
New Glarus Brewing Co
New Planet Beer Co
NightLife Brewing Co
No Clue Craft Brewery
Noble Rey Brewing Company
North Channel Brewing Co.
Northern Row Brewery & Distillery
Oak Highlands Brewery
Off Square Brewing
Offshoot Beer Co.
Ohana Brewing Co
Ology Brewing Co
One Eyed Buffalo Brewing Company LLC
Oozlefinch Craft Brewery, The
Ordnance Brewing
Orf Brewing
Orpheus Brewing
Oswego Brewing Company
Paradigm Shift Brewing
Parleaux Beer Lab
Perfect Plain Brewing Co.
Pikes Peak Brewing
Pretoria Fields Collective
Public Coast Brewing
Pure Project
Railroad Brewing Company
Red Door Brewing Co
Red Truck Beer Company Ltd.
Redwood Curtain Brewing Co
Referend Bier Blendery, The
Revolver Brewing
Rick Tanner's Grille & Bar/Cherry Street Brewing Cooperative
Rickety Cricket Brewing
Right Around The Corner
Riverwatch Brewery
Rocky Mountain Taphouse, LLC
RPM Brewery
Rusty Rail Brewing
Salt City Brewing
Sasquatch Brewery
Second Street Brewery
Second Street Brewery - Rufina
Seven Stills
Shades of Pale Brewery
Short Fuse Brewing Company
Six Ten Brewing
Skull Mechanix Brewing
Smoking Cannon Brewery
Soulcraft Brewing
Speakeasy Ales and Lagers
Spoetzl Brewery
Steel Bender Brewyard
Stein Brewing Company
Stillmank Brewing Company
Stitch House Brewery
Stone Church Brewing
Strange Days Brewing Co
Taft's Brewing Co
Take 16 Brewing Company
Taos Mesa Brewing Co
Tap Brewery, The
Telegraph Brewing Co
Texas Leaguer Brewing Company
Thirsty Monk Pub Brewery
Three Mile Brewing Co
Three Notch'd Brewing Company
Torched Hop Brewing Company
Tumbleroot Brewery And Distillery
Turning Point Beer, LLC
Two Roots Brewing Company
Ukiah Brewing Co
Une Annee Brewery
Unsung Brewing Company
Veteran Brothers Brewing Company
Vine Street Pub & Brewery
Vista Brewing
Von Ebert Brewing
Von Trapp Brewing
Wasatch Brewery
Wayfinder Beer
Wicked Weed Brewing
Wicked Weed Brewing
Wild Barrel Brewing Company
Wild Leap Brewing Company
Wild Side Brewing Company
Wildlife Brewing
Wooden Cask Brewing Company
Worthy Brewing Company
Yakima Craft Brewing Co
Yampa Valley Brewing Company

2018 Missing Breweries

This is the list of breweries who attended last year’s fest, but will not be in attendance this year. The biggest disappointments include major absences from AC Golden, Adroit Theory, Belching Beaver, Black Project, Boulevard, Brewery Ommegang, Council Brewing, Comrade, DC Brau, Ex Novo, Founders, Georgetown Brewing, Half Acre, Jolly Pumpkin, Kuhnhenn, Miller Coors, Mike Hess, New Image, Off Color, Schlafly, Scofflaw, Scratch, Service Brewing, Starr Hill, Southern Tier, The Wrecking Bar, Toppling Goliath, Uberbrew, West Sixth, Weyerbacher and many more.

Also in remaining with last year’s theme, several corporate brewery conglomerates were granted spots for only a handful of their portfolio. This year only Wicked Weed and 10 Barrel will represent the Anheuser-Busch InBev-owned The High End entities. And only Revolver Brewing will represent Coors’ craft division.

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