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At this year’s Great American Beer Fest, three Georgia brewers earned medals for their creations. Congratulations Coastal Empire Beer Co.Creature Comforts Brewing Co., & Monday Night Brewing!

Category: 8 Herb and Spice Beer - 150 Entries (Second most competitive category)
Gold: Basil Beer, Blind Tiger Brewery & Restaurant, Topeka, KS
Silver: Aloha Piña, 5 Stones Artisan Brewery, Cibolo, TX
Bronze: Dawn Patrol Breakfast Stout, Coastal Empire Beer Co., Savannah, GA

Category: 23 American-Style Brett Beer - 44 Entries
Gold: Beltane, Propolis Brewing, Port Townsend, WA
Silver: Peche ‘n Brett, Logsdon Organic Farm Brewery, Hood River, OR
Bronze: Curiosity No. 2, Creature Comforts Brewing Co., Athens, GA

Category: 24 Wood- and Barrel-Aged Beer - 64 Entries
Gold: Bourbon Barrel Drafty Kilt, Monday Night Brewing, Atlanta, GA
Silver: Private Stock #472, Bastone Brewery, Royal Oak, MI
Bronze: Reintarnation, Ei8ht Ball Brewing, Newport, KY

Some geeky statistics from the Brewers Association Press Release:

Great American Beer Festival Winners
268 Professional Medals Awarded, 461 First-Time Participants Compete
Boulder, CO • October 4, 2014—The 2014 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition awarded 268 medals to some of the best commercial breweries in the United States, plus three GABF Pro-Am medals. Presented by the Brewers Association, GABF is the largest commercial beer competition in the world and a symbol of brewing excellence. In its 28th year, the 2014 competition surpassed all previous participation records.

To accommodate growth, this year’s GABF competition saw its biggest panel of judges ever, with 222 beer experts from 10 countries evaluating 5,507 commercial entries, plus 89 Pro-Am entries, with assistance from some 150 competition volunteers. Award-winning brewers received prestigious gold, silver and bronze medals in 90 beer categories covering 145 different beer styles (encompassing subcategories), establishing the best examples of each style in the U.S. Winners were chosen from 5,507 competition entries (16 percent more than in 2013) from 1,309 breweries, hailing from 50 states plus Washington, D.C.

Overall Competition Highlights

Reflecting craft brewing’s surging popularity and sustained excellence nationwide, overall competition highlights include:

  • Fifty-two first-time entering breweries won awards.
  • Four breweries tied for most medals won, with three medals each:
    • 10 Barrel Brewing Co.
    • Barley Brown’s Brew Pub
    • Devils Backbone Brewing Co.–Outpost
    • Left Hand Brewing Co.
  • Top three states by ratio of medals to entries by state:
    • New Jersey: 19% with 16 entries and three medals
    • Alaska: 13% with 16 entries and two medals – tied with – District of Columbia: 13% with 8 entries and one medal
    • New Mexico: 10%  with 84 entries and eight medals

Style Categories

Since 2002, the most-entered category has been American-Style India Pale Ale (IPA), which saw 279 entries in 2014. The top five entered categories were:

  1. American-Style India Pale Ale (279 entries)
  2. Herb and Spice Beer (150 entries)
  3. American-Style Pale Ale (145 entries)
  4. American-Style Amber/Red Ale (140 entries)
  5. Imperial India Pale Ale (135 entries)

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

1. American-Style India Pale Ale (279 entries)

  • Gold: Breakside Brewery, Breakside IPA
  • Silver: Half Acre Beer Co., Heyoka
  • Bronze: Columbus Brewing Co., Bodhi

2. Herb and Spice Beer (150 entries)

  • Gold: Blind Tiger Brewery & Restaurant, Basil Beer
  • Silver: 5 Stones Artisan Brewery, Aloha Piña
  • Bronze: Coastal Empire Beer Co., Dawn Patrol Breakfast Stout

3. American-Style Pale Ale (145 entries)

  • Gold: Ballast Point Brewing  & Spirits– Sripps Ranch, Grunion
  • Silver: Peekskill Brewery, NYPA
  • Bronze: Tampa Bay Brewing Co., Reef Donkey APA

4. American-Style Amber/Red Ale (140 entries)

  • Gold: Canteen Brew House, Dougie Style Amber Ale
  • Silver: Capitol City Brewing Co., Amber Waves Ale
  • Bronze: Bootlegger’s Brewery, Rocco Red Ale

5. Imperial India Pale Ale (135 entries)

  • Gold: Columbus Brewing Co., Creeper
  • Silver: Port Brewing Co., Hop 15
  • Bronze: Russian River Brewing Co., Pliny the Elder

Look for this cool new Red Brick Laughing Skull case stacker in your favorite grocery store soon.

Atlanta, GA (July 4, 2014) - Breweries from Australia to Iceland sent in more than 3,000 beers and ciders representing 81 different categories for the 2014 U.S. Open Beer Championship, the only brewery competition to include professional breweries and award-winning home-brewers. Today, judges from England, Canada, Finland and the U.S. announced the winners. 

Georgia brewers made an impressive showing.

2014 United States Open Medal Winners

Golden or Blonde ale

GOLD - SweetWater 420 - SweetWater Brewing - Georgia

SILVER - High Road Everyday Ale - Badger Hill Brewing - Minnesota 

BRONZE - Golden Warrior - Valholl Brewing Company - Washington

English Summer Ale

GOLD - Twilight Summer Ale - Deschutes Brewery - Oregon 

SILVER - This Season’s Blonde - Aspen Brewing Company - Colorado

SILVER - Lil Sunshine Golden Ale - Latitude 42 Brewing - Michigan

BRONZE - Nerd Alert - Monday Night Brewing - Georgia

Barley Wine

GOLD - Beard Envy - Red Brick Brewing - Georgia 

GOLD - Stentorian - Valiant Brewing - California 

SILVER - Old Howling Bastard - Blue Point Brewing - New York

BRONZE - Hangman - Lonerider Brewing - North Carolina

American IPA

GOLD - Be Hoppier - Wormtown Brewery - Massachusetts

SILVER - Holy Humulus IPA - Big Island Brewhaus - Hawaii

BRONZE - Johnny Hash - SweetWater Brewing - Georgia

American Brown Ale

GOLD - Paradigm Brown Ale - Kelsen Brewing - New Hampshire 

SILVER - American Brown - Reuben’s Brews - Washington

BRONZE - Watership Brown - Red Hare Brewing - Georgia

German Hefeweizen

GOLD - Bliss - Arbor Brewing Company - Michigan 

Silver - Hefeweissbier - Weihenstephan - Germany

BRONZE - WaterKeeper - SweetWater Brewing - Georgia

BRONZE - Howling Wolf Weisse Bier - Grand Teton Brewing - Idaho

American Amber/California Common

GOLD - American Amber Lager - Santa Fe Beer Factory - Mexico 

SILVER - Toasted Lager - Blue Point Brewing - New York

BRONZE - National Common - Red Hare Brewing - Georgia

American Specialty Wheat

GOLD - Snap Shot - New Belgium Brewing - Colorado 

SILVER - Samuel Adams Summer Ale - Samuel Adams Pennsylvania Brewery

BRONZE - 16 - SweetWater Brewing - Georgia

Coffee beer 

GOLD - Cubano Espresso - Cigar City Brewing - Florida 

SILVER - Big RICCS - Tallgrass Brewing - Kansas

BRONZE - Moonlight Drive - Southbound Brewing - Georgia

Wood / Barrel aged dark beer

GOLD - Barrel Aged Savannah Brown Ale - Coastal Empire Beer - Georgia

SILVER - Innis & Gunn Rum Aged - Innis & Gunn - Scotland 

BRONZE - Bourbon Barrel Aged Winter Warmer - Rahr & Sons Brewing - Texas

Wood / Barrel aged strong beer

GOLD - Utopias - Boston Beer Company - Massachusetts

SILVER - Kalamity - Bent Brewstillery - Minnesota

BRONZE - The Trojan Barrel - Cherry Street Brewing Cooperative - Georgia

BRONZE - Melange a Trois - Nebraska Brewing - Nebraska 

Wood/Barrel-Aged Strong Stout 

GOLD - Silent Night - Mother Earth Brewing - North Carolina

SILVER - The Dogfather - Laughing dog Brewing - Idaho

BRONZE - 20th Anniversary - Red Brick Brewery - Georgia

BRONZE - Kentucky Bastard - Nickel Brook Brewing - Canada

Out of Bounds IPA

GOLD - White IPA - Wolf HIlls Brewing - Virginia

SILVER - The Hurricane - Southbound Brewing - Georgia

SILVER - Batch 300 - Dayton Brewing - Ohio

BRONZE - Lorenzini Blood Orange DIPA - Maui Brewing - Hawaii 

Experimental Beer 

GOLD - Liquid Bliss - Terripan Beer Company - Georgia

SILVER - Vanilla Bean Ascension - Community Beer Co. - Texas 

BRONZE - Spring Bloom IIPA: Jerry’s Birthday Batch - Green Bench Brewing - Florida 


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