Great American Beer Festival Medal Winners in Philadelphia
Over the weekend, the Brewers Association held its 30th Great American Beer Festival, bringing tens of thousands of craft beer lovers to Denver for a three-day tasting extravaganza. In addition to drinkers who came to have fun, a panel of professional beer judges came to the city and spent a week judging hundreds of entries in the annual beer competition.
When it was first held, in 1987, the competition had entries in just a dozen categories — this year there were 84, broken down further into 135 sub-genres. Winners were announced on Saturday morning, and there were quite a few local winners.
Troegs took home an amazing three golds, for Hopback Amber Ale in the American-Style Amber/Red Ale cagtegory, Sunshine Pils in the German-Style Pilsner group and DreamWeaver Wheat (South German-Style Hefeweizen). The Hershey, PA brewery was also awarded Mid-Sized Brewery and Brewer of the Year awards.
Silvers went to three area brewpubs: Dock Street for Dock Street/Thiriez Table Saison (Session Beer); Nodding Head for George’s Fault (Specialty Honey Beer); and Iron Hill Lancaster for Rauchtoberfest (Smoke Beer).
Snagging Bronze were Yards Brewing for Extra Special Ale (Extra Special Bitter); Dock Street for ABT 12 (Belgian-Style Abbey Ale); Nodding Head for George’s Phunk (Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer); Iron Hill Media for Russian Imperial Stout (Imperial Stout) and Iron Hill Phoenixville for Roggenbier (Rye Beer).
Check out a full list of this year’s winners (and past winners) here, and let us know, do you agree with the judges’ decisions? Who would you have picked to win?
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