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Brewers Take Home Top Honors at the 2017 Great American Beer Festival®

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293 Professional Medals Awarded to 266 Breweries

The 2017 Great
American Beer Festival
(GABF) competition awarded 293 medals to some
of the best commercial breweries in the United States, plus three GABF
Pro-Am medals to teams of homebrewers paired with professionals.
Presented by the Brewers
Association
(BA), GABF is the largest commercial beer competition in
the world and the premier symbol of brewing excellence.

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GABF Winners (Photo: Business Wire)

GABF Winners (Photo: Business Wire)

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Overview: Great American Beer Festival Competition

In a ceremony at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, award-winning
breweries received prestigious gold, silver and bronze medals in 98 beer
categories covering 161 different beer styles (including all
subcategories), establishing the best examples of each style in the
country.

Winners were chosen out of 7,923 competition entries from 2,217
breweries in 50 states plus Washington, D.C. (a 15 percent and 24
percent increase respectively from the 7,301 entries and 1,783 breweries
in 2016).

The competition took place in six sessions over a period of three days
and was judged by 276 beer experts from 13 countries, including the U.S.
In addition to commercial brewery entries, the judging panel also
evaluated 118 Pro-Am entries. The competition was made possible with the
help of 365 volunteers.

2017 BREWERY AND BREWER OF THE YEAR AWARDS

PACKAGING BREWERIES
Very Small Brewing Company and
Brewmaster of the Year | <1,000 BBLS

Sponsored by Brewers
Supply Group

On Tour Brewing Co., Chicago, IL and Mark
Poffenberger & Mark Legenza

Small Brewing Company and Brewmaster of the Year | 1,000 – 14,999 BBLS
Sponsored
by O-I

Sunriver Brewing, Sunriver, OR and Sunriver Brewing Team

Mid-Size Brewing Company and Brewmaster of the Year | 15,000 –
6,000,000 BBLS

Sponsored by MicroStar Logistics
Saint
Arnold Brewing Co., Houston, TX and Saint Arnold Brew Crew

BREWPUBS
Small Brewpub and Brewmaster of the Year | <750
BBLS

Sponsored by Briess Malt & Ingredients
Rockford
Brewing Co., Rockford, MI and Rockford Brewing Company

Mid-Size Brewpub and Brewmaster of the Year | 750 – 1,500 BBLS
Sponsored
by Brewers Supply Group

Moon River Brewing Co., Savannah, GA
and Moon River Brewing Company

Large Brewpub and Brewmaster of the Year | 1,500+ BBLS
Sponsored
by The Country Malt Group

The Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.,
Austin, TX and Amos Swifty Kim

LARGE BREWERIES OR MULTIPLE LOCATION BREWERIES
Brewery
Group and Brewmaster of the Year

Sponsored by Beer Institute
Melvin
Brewing, Alpine, WY and Melvin Brewing

OVERALL COMPETITION HIGHLIGHTS

  • Most medals won by a single brewery: Saint Arnold Brewing Co. (3)
  • Top three states by ratio of medals to entries by state:
    • West Virginia – 12 entries, 2 medals
    • Wyoming – 46 entries, 5 medals
    • Connecticut – 39 entries, 4 medals
  • First-time GABF competition entrants (self-identified during the
    registration process) numbered 584. Of those first-time entering
    breweries, 36 won medals.

STYLE CATEGORIES

Since 2002, the most-entered category has been American-Style India Pale
Ale (IPA), which saw 408 entries in 2017 compared to 312 entries in
2016. The top five entered categories and number of entries per category
were:

  • Category 60 American-Style India Pale Ale (408 entries)
  • Category 61 Imperial India Pale Ale (221 entries)
  • Category 58 American-Style Pale Ale (199 entries)
  • Category 59 American-Style Strong Pale Ale (182 entries)
  • Category 29 Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer (175 entries)

The winners in the most-entered (that is, the most competitive)
categories were:

Category 60 American-Style India Pale Ale (408 entries)
Gold:
Prairie Madness, Hailstorm Brewing Co., Tinley Park, IL
Silver:
Gold Digger IPA, Auburn Alehouse, Auburn, CA
Bronze: Breakside IPA,
Breakside Brewery & Taproom, Milwaukie, OR

Category 61 Imperial India Pale Ale (221 entries)
Gold:
Manta Ray, Ballast Point Brewing Co., San Diego, CA
Silver: Lupulin
River, Knee Deep Brewing Co., Auburn, CA
Bronze: Chux, Danville
Brewing Co., Danville, CA

Category 58 American-Style Pale Ale (199 entries)
Gold:
Monterey Street, Central Coast Brewing Co., San Luis Obispo, CA
Silver:
Mosaic Pale Ale, Lynnwood Brewing Concern – Production Facility;
Raleigh, NC
Bronze: Triple Tail, SweetWater Brewing Co., Atlanta, GA

Category 59 American-Style Strong Pale Ale (182 entries)
Gold:
Hubert MPA, Melvin Brewing, Alpine, WY
Silver: Wolfback Ridge,
Headlands Brewing Co., Mill Valley, CA
Bronze: Breakside Stay West,
Breakside Brewery + Beer Hall, Portland, OR

Category 29 Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer (175 entries)
Gold:
Hurly Burly Port Barrel Aged Barleywine, Out of Bounds Brewing Co.,
Rocklin, CA
Silver: Woods Monk, Odyssey Beerwerks, Arvada, CO
Bronze:
Barrel Aged Barleywine, Charleville Vineyard & Microbrewery, Sainte
Genevieve, MO

2017 GREAT AMERICAN BEER FESTIVAL PRO-AM COMPETITION
Sponsored
by Briess Malt & Ingredients Co., The Country Malt Group, Yakima
Chief-Hopunion and White Labs

Gold, silver and bronze medals
were also awarded in the GABF Pro-Am competition, which pairs
homebrewers with professional brewers, who scale up the award-winning
homebrew recipes. The medal winners, including the winning professional
brewers and American
Homebrewers Association
(AHA) member homebrewers are:

  • Gold: Just Another Pretty Face, Denver Beer Co., Denver, CO;
    Brewmaster: Jason Buehler and Denver Beer Company Brewing Team;
    Homebrewer: Doug Thiel
  • Silver: Lichtenhainer, Black Bottle Brewery, Fort Collins, CO;
    Brewmaster: Black Bottle Scuba Squad; Homebrewer: Daniel Tomkins
  • Bronze: Eluxansis, Odell Brewing Co., Fort Collins, CO; Brewmaster:
    Odell Brew Team; Homebrewer: Mark Boelman

2017 GREAT AMERICAN BEER FESTIVAL & COMPETITION STATISTICS

  • 36th anniversary of the festival; 31st edition
    of the GABF competition
  • Over 800 breweries in the festival hall
  • 3,900+ beers served at the festival
  • 60,000 attendees
  • 4,308 volunteers (festival and competition combined)
  • 2,217 breweries in the competition from 50 states plus Washington, D.C.
  • 266 medal-winning breweries
  • 293 total medals awarded
  • 7,923 beers judged (not including 118 Pro-Am competition entries)
  • 98 beer categories covering 161 different beer styles judged, plus the
    Pro-Am competition
  • 276 judges from 13 different countries
  • Average number of competition beers entered in each category: 81
  • Category with the highest number of entries: American-Style India Pale
    Ale
  • A gold medal was not awarded in the Fruited American-Style Sour Ale
    category

The 2017 Great American Beer Festival was sponsored by MicroStar
Logistics, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews, CraftBeer.com, Dickie's
and Yard House. Additional sponsor information can be viewed on the
festival website.

Photos
for media use are available on the GABF
website
.

About the Brewers Association

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and independent
American brewers, their beers and the community of
brewing enthusiasts. The BA represents 4,000-plus U.S. breweries. The
BA's independent
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beers by small and independent craft brewers. The BA organizes events
including the World
Beer CupSM
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American Beer Festival®
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Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America®
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Con
National
Homebrew Competition
 and American
Craft Beer Week
®. The
BA publishes The
New Brewer
® magazine, and Brewers
Publications
™ is the largest publisher of brewing literature in the
U.S.

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