The Great American Beer Festival might be all virtual this year, but the show’s iconic beer competition still goes on. This year marks the first virtual GABF award’s ceremony. The Brewer’s Association awarded a total of 272 medals during the event to 240 breweries.
Judges for the 34th edition of the competition were tasked with evaluating 8,806 entries from 1,720 breweries from all 50 states plus Washington, D.C. Socially distanced judging took place in 35 sessions over 18 days with strict safety measures in place. The awards ceremony was held virtually on Friday evening, kicking off the two-day online programming portion of the Great American Beer Festival.
“This year’s GABF competition may have looked a little different, but the beers entered into the competition were as impressive and innovative as ever,” said Chris Swersey, competition manager, Great American Beer Festival. “This has arguably been one of the most challenging years breweries have ever faced, so we hope these awards serve as a symbol not only of brewing excellence but also the resiliency of the craft brewing community as a whole.”
Here’s a rundown of the winners in each category:
Category 1: American-Style Wheat Beer – 59 Entries Gold: Whoopty Whoop Wheat, Wild Ride Brewing, Redmond, OR Silver: Emmer, Lost Worlds Brewing, Cornelius, NC Bronze: 10 Barrel TWheat, 10 Barrel Brewing Co. – Bend Pub, Bend, OR
Category 2: American-Style Fruit Beer – 125 Entries Gold: Strawberry Zwickelbier, Twin Sisters Brewing Co., Bellingham, WA Silver: Everything But The Seeds, 1623 Brewing Co., Eldersburg, MD Bronze: Berry, Berry, Quite Contrary, Territorial Brewing Co., Springfield, MI
Category 3: Fruit Wheat Beer – 107 Entries Gold: Liliko’i Kepolo, Avery Brewing Co., Boulder, CO Silver: Grandma’s Favorite Recipe, Silver Harbor Brewing Co., Saint Joseph, MI Bronze: Afternoon Delight, Storm Peak Brewing Co., Steamboat Springs, CO
Category 4: Field Beer – 107 Entries Gold: Lime Cucumber Gose, Urban South Brewery – New Orleans, New Orleans, LA Silver: Coconut Bligh’s Barleywine, Dry Dock Brewing Co.- North Dock, Aurora, CO Bronze: No Rules, Perrin Brewing Co., Comstock Park, MI
Category 5: Pumpkin Beer – 51 Entries Gold: Gordgeous, NoDa Brewing Co. – NE, Charlotte, NC Silver: 5 Phantoms 2018, Philipsburg Brewing Co., Philipsburg, MT Bronze: Pumpkin Patch Ale, Rogue Ales & Spirits, Newport, OR
Category 6: Chili Beer – 76 Entries Gold: 325 Pineapple Chili, Hoops Brewing, Duluth, MN Silver: Poblano Pils, Cervecería Colorado, Denver, CO Bronze: Hatch Chile Gatos, Fate Brewing Co., Scottsdale, AZ
Category 7: Herb and Spice Beer – 99 Entries Gold: Allergeez, Panther Island Brewing, Fort Worth, TX Silver: Yerba Buena, Del Cielo Brewing Co., Martinez, CA Bronze: Powder Run, Living the Dream Brewing Co., Littleton, CO
Category 8: Chocolate Beer – 53 Entries Gold: Weapon of Mash Destruction, Main & Six Brewing Co., Jacksonville, FL Silver: Old Balltown Bulleit Bourbon Barrel Aged Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate Brownie Milk Stout, PIVO Brewery, Calmar, IA Bronze: Von Schrag, Mother’s Brewing Co., Springfield, MO
Category 9: Coffee Beer – 72 Entries Gold: Daybreak, Wolf’s Ridge Brewing – Production Operations, Columbus, OH Silver: Golden Stout, Karl Strauss Brewing Co. – Anaheim, Anaheim, CA Bronze: BJ’s Coffee Blonde, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery – Reno, Reno, NV
Category 10: Coffee Stout or Porter – 75 Entries Gold: Super Tonic, Docent Brewing, San Juan Capistrano, CA Silver: The Riizzo, Riip Beer Co., Huntington Beach, CA Bronze: Venti is Large, Hop Dogma Brewing Co., Half Moon Bay, CA
Category 11: Specialty Beer – 35 Entries Gold: Coco Burrito Porter, Shoe Tree Brewing Co., Carson City, NV Silver: Cookies & Cream Milk Stout, Waconia Brewing Co., Waconia, MN Bronze: Cactus Warrior, Toltec Brewing Co., Albuquerque, NM
Category 12: Rye Beer – 52 Entries Gold: Crazy Jackass Ale, Great American Restaurants – Sweetwater Tavern, Centreville, VA Silver: Hugzilla, Gezellig Brewing Co., Newton, IA Bronze: Chuckanut Rye, Chuckanut Brewery – North Nut, Bellingham, WA