I attended the GIBF this past Saturday and had a great time! There was a really good representation of brewers, although it was a little sparse on the "International" aspect. It was mostly US craft brewers. As would be expected in a Fall festival, there were a lot of winter ales, porters, stouts and other seasonal brews.
I will say that the vast majority of participants were college age kids. Surveying the crowd in the entry line and finding nary a grey hair or bald spot in sight, I prepared myself for a drunk-a-palooza frat party. As I am approaching AARP eligibility myself
, I felt a little out of place. However as it turned out, the crowd was very well behaved and it was a very enjoyable day. I attended the afternoon session but I understand that the night one does get much more rowdy.
I found that the brewers were very happy to spend time talking to you about their beers, even though there were long lines at almost every booth. All in all I don't think that this is the premier event for beer geeks and home brewers, but it's still a great opportunity to sample some tasty beers and "talk shop". I would return next year, but I would avoid the night session.