318 medals awarded from 9,497 entries in the world's largest commercial beer competition
DENVER – The finest beers in America were celebrated today as the Brewers Association (BA) awarded 318 medals * to 283 breweries at the Great American Beer Festival in 2019 ( GABF) competition in Denver. Gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded in 107 beer categories covering 174 different beer styles (including all sub-categories) to establish the best examples of each style in the country.
In the 33rd edition of the most prestigious professional beer competition in the country, judges evaluated 9,497 entries from 2,295 breweries representing all 50 states plus Washington, DC, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, along with 1[ads1]13 Pro-Am competition and 70 collaboration Competitions. Judging took place over the course of three days, with prizes awarded during a ceremony held Saturday morning at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.
"This year's GABF competition was the largest and most competitive to date," said Chris Swersey, competition manager, Great American Beer Festival. "Beer and talent were as impressive as ever, and we congratulate this year's winners on their brewing achievements."
View the winners in 2019 or download a PDF list of the winners.
GABF Competition Statistics
- 33. edition of the GABF Competition
- 9,497 entries plus 113 Pro-Am and 70 Collaborative Items
- 2,295 breweries in competition from all 50 states plus Washington, DC, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands
- 322 judges from 18 countries
- Average number of competing beers included in each category: 88
- Category with the highest number of entries: Juicy or Hazy India Pale Ale (348)
- 283 Medal-winning breweries (including Pro-Am and Collaboration)
- 318 total medals awarded plus three (3) each for Pro-Am and Collaboration
- 401 first-time GABF participants
- 37 first-time GABF winners
Most noted style categories
of the five most received categories were:  Category 64: Juicy or Hazy India Pale Ale (348 entries)
GOLD: Old Irving Brewing Co., Beezer, Chicago, IL
SILVER: City Lights Brewing Co., Hazy IPA, Milwaukee, WI
BRONZE: Pond Farm Brewing Co., Dev il's Gulch, San Rafael, CA
Category 63: American-Style India Pale Ale (342 entries)
GOLD: Comrade Brewing Co., More Dodge Less RAM, Denver, CO
SILVER: Green Cheek Beer Co., Radiant Beauty, Orange, CA
BRONZE: Coronado Brewing Co. – Production Facility, Weekend Vibes IPA, San Diego, CA  Category 25: Fruited American-Style Sour Ale (215 entries)
GOLD: St. Elmo Brewing Co., Roxanne, Austin, TX
SILVER: Storm Peak Brewing Co., Hoochie Mama, Steamboat Springs, CO
SOURCE: Edmund & # 39; s Oast Brewing Co., Sour Blackberry Raspberry, Charleston, SC
Category 43: German-Style Pilsener (183 contributions)
GULL: Blind Owl Brewery, Par liament Drive, Indianapolis, IN
SILVER: Family Business Beer Co., Golden Age Pilsner, Dripping Springs, TX
BRONZE: Hardywood West Creek, Pils, Richmond, VA
Category 66: Imperial India Pale Ale (173 entries)
GOLD: Alvarado Street Brewery, Double Cone, Salinas, CA
SILVER: Westbound & Down Brewing Co., Westbound Double IPA, Idaho Springs, CO
SOURCE: Brew Hub, Sharrow, Lakeland, FL
Most Medaled Brewery
- Rowley Farmhouse Ales, Santa Fe , NM – 3 medals
- Bronze – Côte d & # 39; Or – Double Cerise, 27: Mixed-Culture Brett Beer
- Silver – Agent Orange – Apple Brandy Barrel, 31: Wood and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer
- Gold – Meier, 80: German-Style Sour Ale
Brewery and Brewpub of the Year Awards
(See criteria here)
Very Small Brewing Company of the Year – Sponsored by Brewers Supply Group  <1,000 barrels produced in 2018
Brink Brewing Co. – Cincinnati, OH; Brewmaster: Brink Brew Crew
Small Brewing Company of the Year – Sponsored by ABS Commercial
1,000 – 14,999 barrels produced in 2018
Comrade Brewing Co. – Denver, CO; Brewmaster: Marks Lanham & David Lin
Mid-Size Brewing Company of the Year – Sponsored by MicroStar Logistics
15,000 – 6,000,000 barrels produced in 2018
Silver City Brewery – Bremerton , WA; Brewmaster: Silver City Brew Team
Little Brewpub of the Year – Sponsored by Briess Malt & Ingredients Co.
<750 barrels produced in 2018
Rowley Farmhouse Ales – Santa Fe, NM; Brewmaster: Rowley Farmhouse Ales
Mid-Size Brewpub of the Year – Sponsored by Brewers Supply Group
750 – 1500 Barrels Produced in 2018
Westbound & Down Brewing Co. – Idaho Springs, CO; Brewmaster: Westbound & Down Brewery Team
Big Brew Pub of the Year – Sponsored by The Country Malt Group
Over 1500 Barrels Produced in 2018
Vintage Brewing Co. – Madison – Madison, WI; Brewmaster: Drinking Fresh Thinking
Large Breweries or Multi-Location Breweries:
Brewery Group of the Year – Sponsored by Live Oak Bank
Over 6,000,000 Barrels Produced in 2018 or More Location Breweries Wanting to Compete as a group
Kern River Brewing Co. – Kernville, CA; Brewmaster: KRBC Brew Team
Sponsored by Briess Malt & Ingredients Co., The Country Malt Group and White Labs
Gold, Silver and Bronze medals were also awarded in the GABF Pro-Am competition, which connects home brewers with professional brewers, who scale up their award-winning home brew recipes. Medal winners, including winning professional brewers and American Homebrewers Association (AHA) member of home brewers, are:
GOLD: IMBĪB Custom Brews – Reno, NV
Distemper, Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer
Brewmaster: IMBĪB Custom Brews
Homebrewer: Lance Newlin
SILVER: Precarious Beer Project – Beer Hall – Williamsburg, VA
Leicht, Light Warehouse
Brewmaster: Greg Fleehart
Homebrewer: Joel Miller
BRONZE : New Belgium Brewing Co. – Fort Collins, CO
Chess with Checkers, Belgian and French-Style Ale
Brewmaster: The Employee Owners of New Belgium
Homebrewer: Erich Purcell
Collaboration Competition  Medals were also awarded in the second annual GABF Collaboration Competition, which recognizes the Collaborative Party of the Professional Craft Brewers Community.
GULL: Sun King Brewing Co. – Indianapolis, IN
Getting By on Central Time
Collaboration Brewery: Indiana Brewers Guild Beer Brigade
SILVER: Taft & # 39; s Brewing Co. – Cincinnati, OH
Are You Pricklish?
Collaboration Brewery: Against the Grain Brewing – Louisville, KY
BRONZE: Public Coast Brewing Co. – Cannon Beach, OR
Willie Big Dog
Collaboration Brewery: Big Dog's Brewing Company – Las Vegas, NV
The 2019 Great American Beer Festival was made possible in part by the generous support of the sponsors.
Editor's note: Images for media use are available on the GABF website.
* Of a possible 321 medals in 107 beer-style categories, 318 were awarded. Gold medals were not awarded in Category 1, American Wheat Beer or Category 21, Historical Beer, and a Bronze Medal was not awarded in Category 65, Emerging India Pale Ale.
Contact : Calvin Bond (on behalf of Brewers Association) 970-963-4873 x262
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