Blue Mountain Barrel House awarded Silver Medal at the Great American Beer Festival®



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13.Five OFest Honored for Brewing Excellence in Vienna Lager Category


Nelson County, VA  Blue Mountain Barrel House, part of the Blue Mountain Brewery family, received a silver medal at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition. Presented by the Brewers Association, GABF is the largest commercial beer competition in the world and recognizes the most outstanding beers produced in the United States. This year, 8,496 beers from 2,404 breweries vied to be one of the top three winners in the competition’s 102 beer-style categories, which were announced September 22 at the Great American Beer Festival awards ceremony held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado.

Blue Mountain Barrel House was recognized in the Vienna Lager-style category for its 13.Five Ofest, an annually appearing seasonal beer for the brewery. Blue Mountain Barrel House opened in the south of Nelson County in 2013 as a production expansion to the original Blue Mountain Brewery in Afton, which opened in 2007. Along with expanding the production and distribution capabilities of the Blue Mountain brand, Barrel House also produces beer for the South Street Brewery line of beers and maintains one of the largest barrel-aged-beer facilities on the east coast.

“This competition has become so large and competitive that it’s always a great honor to be recognized,” said Taylor Smack, Brew Master of the Blue Mountain Brewery family of companies. “It’s the second time we’ve placed with this beer in this category, so it makes it very special for us.” 13.Five Ofest also received the silver medal at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival.

The 2018 GABF competition winners were selected by an international panel of 293 expert judges.

“The 32nd edition of the GABF competition yielded a remarkable turnout of the country’s most exemplary beers,” said Chris Swersey, competition manager, Great American Beer Festival. “I’m continuously impressed by contenders’ talent and passion and would like to extend congratulations to this year’s winners for their excellence in brewing.”

For more GABF competition information, including the 2018 winners list and photos, visit GreatAmericanBeerFestival.com.


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Brewers Association Releases 2018 Beer Style Guidelines

 

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New categories include three styles of juicy or hazy ales

 

Boulder, Colo  March 20, 2018—The Brewers Association (BA)—the not-for-profit trade group dedicated to promoting and protecting America’s small and independent craft brewers today released its Beer Style Guidelines for 2018. Reviewed and revised annually by the BA, these guidelines serve as a model resource for brewers, beer judges and competition organizers, and celebrate the great diversity of beer around the world.

 

Hundreds of revisions, edits, format changes and additions were made to this year’s guidelines, including updates to existing beer styles and the creation of new categories Updates of note include:

 

·         Juicy or Hazy Ale Styles: The addition of this trio of styles include representation of what may be referred to as New England IPAs or West Coast Hazy IPAs. The styles will be identified in the guidelines and Brewers Association competitions as “Juicy or Hazy Pale Ale,” “Juicy or Hazy IPA” and “Juicy or Hazy Double IPA.” 

 

·         Contemporary American-Style Pilsener: The addition of this new category addresses marketplace expansion and provides space for sessionable craft brew lager beers with higher hop aroma than found in pre-prohibition style beers.

 

·         Classic Australian-Style Pale Ale and Australian-Style Pale Ale: This split from one to two Australian-Style Pale Ale categories reflects tremendous diversity in the Australian craft beer market and authoritative input from the technical committee of the Independent Brewers Association. Classic Australian-Style Pale Ale can run slightly darker and typically exhibits relatively lower hop aroma. The Australian-Style Pale Ale category provides ample room for a range of somewhat paler, more hop aroma- and flavor-forward beers being produced today by hundreds of breweries in Australia.

 

·         Gose and Contemporary Gose: Predominantly technical tweaks were made to create more differentiation between these two categories.

 

The Brewers Association's Beer Style Guidelines reflect, as much as possible, historical significance, authenticity or a high profile in the current commercial beer market. The addition of a style or the modification of an existing one is not undertaken lightly and is the product of research, analysis, consultation and consideration of market actualities, and may take place over a period of time. Another factor considered is that current commercial examples do not always fit well into the historical record, and instead represent a modern version of the style.

 

To help inform the creation of the new Juicy and Hazy categories, a wide variety of beers that were thought to represent or approach this style were sought and tasted. 

 

“What we discovered and verified was that there was a wide range of alcohol content for what was being perceived in the public as just one style,” said Charlie Papazian, chief of the BA Beer Style Guidelines since 1979, and founder and past president, Brewers Association. “After evaluating appearance, aroma, bitterness, hop characters, mouthfeel and overall balance these beers gave a consistent impression that helped frame the Brewers Association’s inaugural guidelines for three styles of Juicy Hazy ales.”

 

“The Brewers Association Beer Style Guidelines, led by Charlie Papazian for the past 30+ years, are a trusted resource for the brewing industry worldwide,” said Chris Swersey, competition manager, Brewers Association. “The guidelines have fostered a lexicon that has allowed the community of drinkers and brewers to talk about beer and celebrate beer across diverse cultures, around the world.”

 

The 2018 Beer Style Guidelines are available for download at BrewersAssociation.org.

 

Note: New styles will take effect for the 2018 Great American Beer Festival® competition. Suggestions for adding or updating a beer style guideline may be submitted online at BrewersAssociation.org.

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About the Brewers Association

The Brewers Association (BA) is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small 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 craft brewer seal is a widely adopted symbol that differentiates beers by small and independent craft brewers. The BA organizes events including the World Beer CupSMGreat American Beer Festival®Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America®SAVOR: An American Craft Beer & Food ExperienceHomebrew ConNational Homebrew Competition and American Craft Beer Week®. The BA publishes The New Brewer® magazine, and Brewers Publications™ is the leading publisher of brewing literature in the U.S. Beer lovers are invited to learn more about the dynamic world of craft beer at CraftBeer.com and about homebrewing via the BA’s American Homebrewers Association and the free Brew Guru™ mobile app. Follow us on

Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

 

The Brewers Association is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital/familial status. The BA complies with provisions of Executive Order 11246 and the rules, regulations, and relevant orders of the Secretary of Labor.

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Dublin Beer Cup Winners

 

O’Connor Brewing Co. Adds Eight

Dublin Craft Beer Cup Medals to its Growing Collection

 

Norfolk, VA - March 15, 2018  —  O’Connor Brewing Co. claimed a gold medal, three silver medals and four bronze medals in the 2018 Dublin Craft Beer Cup; a global competition, which allows craft brewers to showcase their brews to have them rated, tasted and analyzed by an expert, international panel of judges.

Craft breweries and cideries from Ireland and overseas were invited to enter their brews into the sixth annual Dublin Craft Beer and Cider Cup competitions earlier this year. Award-winning brewers received gold, silver and bronze medals in eight different categories of beer, establishing the best examples of each. Entrants to the Dublin Craft Beer Cup are critiqued based on appearance, aroma, flavor, body, style and quality. 

O’Connor Brewing Co. was awarded a gold medal for its Ibrik Imperial Turkish Coffee Stout; silver medals for El Guapo Agave IPA, Lil SIPA and Red Nun Red Ale; and bronze medals for Winter Pecan Porter, Norfolk Canyon, Great Dismal Black IPA and Odis Dry Irish Stout.

"We are honored and humbled to have won eight medals from the Dublin Craft Beer Cup this year,” said Kevin O’Connor, owner and president of O’Connor Brewing Co. “We are celebrating eight years in business this coming St. Patrick's Day so it's the best anniversary present we could imagine.  All of the beers that won medals this year have always had a great local following and it's amazing to see them recognized on an International level.”  

O’Connor Brewing Co. now holds a dozen medals from the global competition, including a silver medal in 2017 for its Zephyrweisse Hefeweizen. In 2014, the brewery earned a silver medal for its Red Nun Red Ale, and bronze medals for Great Dismal Black IPA and O’Connor Dry Irish Stout.

 

About O’Connor Brewing Co.

O’Connor Brewing Co. is a mighty yet humble craft brewery located in Norfolk, Virginia. Founded in 2010 by Kevin O’Connor with the support of his wife and company VP, Penny O’Connor; this award-winning, family-owned business blazed a trail for the craft beer movement in coastal Virginia. OBC’s mission is to create an original, world-class craft beer experience for all beer lovers through its innovative, evolving products and services while supporting our local communities. OBC brews seven flagship beers regularly, available on draft and in bottles, as well as a robust lineup of seasonal and special offerings throughout the year. OBC beers are available throughout the state of Virginia, in Washington, D.C. and parts of North Carolina. For more information, visit O’Connor Brewing Co.’s website, www.oconnorbrewing.com

 

 

Five Virginia Breweries Exhibiting at Craft Beer Rising in London

OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS, Contact: Dawn Eischen, 804.786.1904, www.vdacs.virginia.gov

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For Immediate Release

Feb. 20, 2018

 

Five Virginia Breweries Exhibiting at Craft Beer Rising in London

 

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) Office of International Marketing is supporting the exhibition of Virginia breweries at Craft Beer Rising 2018, Feb. 22-24 at the Old Truman Brewery in London. Three Virginia breweries, Champion Brewing Company in Charlottesville, Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery in Goochland and Virginia Beer Company in Williamsburg will each offer two beers for the first time in the United Kingdom (U.K.) in the “Virginia Is for Craft Beer Lovers”-themed booth.

 

“These Virginia breweries have demonstrated the production capacity, creativity and interest in expanding sales into foreign markets,” said VDACS Acting Commissioner Charles Green. “We applaud them in their decision to use this major trade event as an opportunity to connect with distribution partners, trade buyers and industry influencers in this growing export destination.”

 

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery from Richmond and Port City Brewing Company from Alexandria will also participate in the festival. They will serve their products with the help of the American Craft Beer Company (ACBC), a U.K.-based importer and distributor of U.S. craft beers. Hardywood Park beer first became available for sale in the U.K. in June 2017 when it announced a new partnership with the ACBC. By September 2017, the U.K.’s The Independent had ranked Hardywood’s Virginia India Pale Ale (IPA) in its 10 Best IPAs.

 

Virginia is home to more than 240 licensed craft breweries, which is approximately a 550 percent increase since 2012. A recent economic impact report by the Beer Institute showed that the Virginia beer industry employed more than 28,000 people in production, distribution, and retail, and contributed nearly a billion dollars in state and local taxes in 2016. The VDACS Office of International Marketing assists agricultural and forestry products producers, including breweries, to find profitable export opportunities around the world.

 

The U.K. is the second largest export destination for U.S. craft beer, accounting for more than 10 percent of the total export market share. Craft Beer Rising is the U.K.’s premier event for showcasing craft brews to both trade representatives and consumers. The three-day event expects to attract more than 175 breweries and 12,000 beer lovers. For more information on Craft Beer Rising 2018, visit www.craftbeerrising.co.uk and follow the show’s social media hashtag #CBR18.

2017 Craft Beer in Review -- from the Brewers Association

 

2017 Craft Beer in Review

 

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Boulder, CO • December 13, 2017 - Strong brewery growth, increased beer tourism and the launch of the independent craft brewer seal—with more than 2,700 craft brewers signed on—were all part of a watershed year for craft beer in 2017. The Brewers Association (BA)the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewerslooks back on the defining beer moments of the year.

“Craft brewers continue to thrive, if at a slower pace, fueled by a passionate community dedicated to bringing innovation, jobs and beer across America—on Main Street and beyond,” said Bart Watson, chief economist, Brewers Association. “Today, 83 percent of the population lives within 10 miles of a local brewery, meaning that the positive impact of breweries is being felt in communities all over the country.”

 

Of note in 2017:

Steady Growth: 6,000 breweries were in operation during 2017—with 98 percent of them small and independent craft brewers.

Jobs and Economic Impact: The BA’s Economic Impact Report, a biennial analysis featuring economic data of craft brewing for all 50 states and the District of Columbia, showed that craft brewers contributed $67.8 billion to the U.S. economy in 2016, a 21.7 percent increase from 2014. Craft brewers were responsible for more than 456,373 full-time equivalent jobs, a 7.5 percent increase from 2014, with 128,768 of those jobs directly at breweries and brewpubs.

Independent Craft Brewer Seal: To help educate beer lovers about which beers are independently produced, in June the BA launched a seal touting independent craft brewers. Featuring an iconic beer bottle shape flipped upside down, the seal captures the spirit with which craft brewers have upended beer, while informing beer lovers they are choosing a beer from a brewery that is independently owned. To date, more than 2,700 small and independent craft brewing companies, representing more than 75 percent of domestic volume, have signed on to use the seal. 

Can’t Beat ’Em? Buy ’Em: Take Craft Back, a tongue-in-cheek crowdfunding campaign to raise $213 billion to purchase Anheuser-Busch InBev, was launched to draw attention to the lack of transparency and growing disparity in marketplace influence between small and independent brewers and Big Beer. Nearly 12,000 craft beer lovers have pledged their support. 

Bipartisan Beer Support: The Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (CBMTRA), championed by Reps. Erik Paulsen (R-MN) and Ron Kind (D-WI) and Sen. Bob Portman (R-OH), was reintroduced in the 115th Congress and has reached a majority of support in both houses. If passed, the bill—which was added as an amendment to the larger Senate Tax Reform Bill in November—would significantly reduce the federal excise tax on the first 60,000 barrels of any domestic brewery that produces fewer than 2 million barrels a year and would lower the federal excise tax on barrelage up to 6 million barrels.

Homebrewing Heats Up: There are currently an estimated 1.1 million homebrewers in the U.S., and in 2017 homebrewers produced more than 1.4 million barrels of beer—equaling one percent of total U.S. beer production. The National Homebrew Competition, hosted by the American Homebrewers Association, continues to be the world’s largest beer competition with 8,618 entries from 3,530 homebrewers worldwide

Beercations and Tap Rooms Are Boomin’: Beer tourism is growing, with the average craft drinker visiting 3.5 breweries near their homes and 2.5 breweries within two hours’ driving distance. Plus 64 percent surveyed said visiting a brewery/tap room was a new or different beer drinking occasion, indicating brewery visits have created a new sales channel for beer.

#GivingBack: American craft brewers are not just great at making flavorful beer—they are also a force for good. Craft brewers donated an estimated $73.4 million to charitable causes in 2016, up from $71 million in 2014.

 

“This has been an incredible year for the craft beer community with both challenges and successes. Emphasized more than ever before is the need to advocate for and educate beer drinkers on the importance and value of craft brewers to our nation and our culture,” said Julia Herz, craft beer program director, Brewers Association. “What is especially gratifying is watching the positive impacts beer tourism and independent breweries are having on local communities.”

 

About the Brewers Association

The Brewers Association (BA) is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small 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 Craft Brewer Seal is a widely adopted symbol that differentiates beers by small and independent craft brewers. The BA organizes events including the World Beer CupSMGreat American Beer Festival®Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America®SAVOR: An American Craft Beer & Food ExperienceHomebrew ConNational Homebrew Competition and American Craft Beer Week®. The BA publishes The New Brewer® magazine, and Brewers Publications™ is the leading publisher of brewing literature in the U.S.

 

Beer lovers are invited to learn more about the dynamic world of craft beer at CraftBeer.com and about homebrewing via the BA’s American Homebrewers Association and the free Brew Guru™ mobile app. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

The Brewers Association is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital/familial status. The BA complies with provisions of Executive Order 11246 and the rules, regulations, and relevant orders of the Secretary of Labor.

 

–Take Craft Back, Seeking $213 Billion, Is Largest Crowdfunding Campaign Ever–

America’s Small and Independent Brewers Aim to Buy Anheuser-Busch InBev

 

–Take Craft Back, Seeking $213 Billion, Is Largest Crowdfunding Campaign Ever–

 

Boulder, Colo., October 16, 2017—It’s official: The Brewers Association (BA), the not-for-profit organization that represents America’s small and independent brewers, has announced the craft brewing community’s intent to Take Craft Back from Big Beer. The #TakeCraftBack campaign—launched at TakeCraftBack.com—seeks to crowdsource the funds to buy Anheuser-Busch InBev, the international conglomerate that has been busy acquiring small breweries across the country.

Over the past several years, Big Beer has been attempting to buy their way into the craft beer movement by acquiring small breweries at a rapid rate and using their acquisitions to invent craft brewing bona-fides.

The Take Craft Back campaign features a not-yet-superstar, Andy—an avowed lover of craft beer—who has stated that his affinity for craft beer makes him highly qualified to serve as a campaign spokesperson.

“Since 2011, Anheuser-Busch InBev has quietly acquired 10 small and independent breweries, but they won’t tell you that on their packaging,” said Andy. “Just try to name all 10 without Googling…exactly. Big Beer creates an ‘illusion of choice,’ but we are presenting them with a reality check—and hopefully, at the end of the day, with a real check too.

 

 

 Watch the launch video here

“Independent craft brewers refuse to be muscled out by Big Beer,” Andy continued, “And we are uniting on an unprecedented scale to take on Big Beer and their efforts to make it harder for beer drinkers to find their favorite independent craft beers at their favorite bars, liquor stores and restaurants.”

 Anheuser-Busch InBev, which is worth an eye-popping $213 billion, represents the biggest—and the most powerful—of Big Beer, so Take Craft Back aims to make them an offer they can’t refuse.

For full details on the campaign and how to contribute, visit TakeCraftBack.com. Pledges will only be collected after all $213 billion has been secured. Until then, free swag will be distributed to all contributors and perhaps a few toasts will be raised along the way.

 Beer lovers everywhere can spread the word with hashtags #TakeCraftBack and #IndependentBeer.

 

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About the Brewers Association

The Brewers Association (BA) is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small 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 craft brewer seal is a widely adopted symbol that differentiates beers by small and independent craft brewers. The BA organizes events including the World Beer CupSMGreat American Beer Festival®Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America®SAVOR: An American Craft Beer & Food ExperienceHomebrew ConNational 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.

Beer lovers are invited to learn more about the dynamic world of craft beer at CraftBeer.com and about homebrewing via the BA’s American Homebrewers Association and the free Brew Guru™ mobile app. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

The Brewers Association is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital/familial status. The BA complies with provisions of Executive Order 11246 and the rules, regulations, and relevant orders of the Secretary of Labor.

 

293 Professional Medals Awarded to 266 Breweries

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

American Stout : Wild Wolf Brewing Co.: Nellysford, VA: American-Style Stout 2017

The Ferguson : Studio Brew: Bristol, VA : Oatmeal Stout 2017

Mermaid's Scorn :  Benchtop Brewing Co.: Norfolk, VA : Leipzig-Style Gose or Contemporary Gose 2017

Powers of Observation :Ocelot Brewing Co.: Dulles, VA: Baltic-Style Porter 2017

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‘Photo © Brewers Association’

Boulder, CO • October 7, 2017— 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.

 

View the 2017 winners or download a PDF list of the winners.

 

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:

o   West Virginia – 12 entries, 2 medals

o   Wyoming – 46 entries, 5 medals

o   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)

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‘Photo © Brewers Association’

 

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

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‘Photo © Brewers Association’

 

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

 

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‘Photo © Brewers Association’

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.

Blue mountain Brewery Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary

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Blue mountain Brewery Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary

Blue Mountain Brewery of Afton, Virginia, is celebrating 10 years in business this October. A full slate of celebrations and events surrounding the anniversary will mark the special occasion.

“We took a crazy leap a decade ago,” said Blue Mountain brewmaster and co-founder Taylor Smack. “It was the start of the recession, there were only a handful of breweries in the state, it was not even legal to open a brewery and directly serve customers without also being a restaurant, and the majority of people were still not turned on to craft beer.”

Begun with 8 employees at a single location in 2007, Blue Mountain Brewery now encompasses three brewing facilities and reaches a seasonal high of 160 employees. The family of breweries includes the original restaurant location in Afton, Blue Mountain Barrel House production facility and tasting room in Arrington (also in Nelson County), and South Street Brewery in Charlottesville, which was acquired by Blue Mountain in 2014.

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Lunch at BMB - Photo by Matt Goodwyn

“The shareholders of Blue Mountain and our whole team feel very blessed to be where we are,” said Smack. “But we certainly don’t want to rest on our laurels. We’ve brought a whole new level of energy to year 10. We have new projects going on at both Blue Mountain locations, and we’ve undergone a complete rebrand to bring our look in harmony with our identity. Our packaged beer, our menu look, our signage and advertising…everything finally reflects the soul of Blue Mountain.”

The brewery was also recently accepted into the Virginia Economic Gardening Pilot Program, as announced by Governor Terry McAuliffe earlier this week. As stated in the press release from the Office of the Governor, the program “targets second-stage, growth-oriented companies that have moved beyond the startup phase by demonstrating a notable increase in revenue or employment.” This pioneering program aims to enable high-growth companies to achieve the next level of success. Blue Mountain Brewery was one of 12 Virginia companies selected for the program.

The events surrounding Blue Mountain Brewery’s anniversary include the release of five new specialty beers in corked 750ml bottles (and limited draft), 10 days of live, local music, and giveaways each of the 10 days. There will also be discounts each day on a selected draft beer. These beers will be focused on original styles from the early years of Blue Mountain. Some of the live music features bands that grew up alongside the brewery, including a few bands no longer playing together who will be reuniting for the anniversary celebration.

Along with the in-house activities at the Afton Blue Mountain Brewery, there are 10 tap takeovers at different venues across the state. All of these events will have at least 10 Blue Mountain beers on draft during the event, with rare beers in each of the lineups.

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Photo by: Tarun Sinha

 

“We’re hitting double digits with a bang,” said Smack. “But really this whole commemoration feels more like looking forward than reflecting back. It’s been the creative leadership of our key employees that has become the most rewarding and surprising trait of Blue Mountain as a company. That, along with our independence, makes us who we are. When our leadership team comes to work each day knowing they can steer who we are and shape our evolution, it’s a powerful thing. So now here we are: continuing to blaze our own path and jumping into the next 10 years with more excitement than ever.”

The anniversary events at the Afton-location Blue Mountain Brewery run from October 27th through November 5th.

For more information, visit http://www.bluemountainbrewery.com/calendar or our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/bluemountainbrewery/.