This morning, the annual Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition awarded 254 medals in what is the largest commercial beer competition in the world. One hundred and eighty-five judges awarded gold, silver and bronze medals in 84 categories; this year’s festival matched its largest field of entries to date with 4,338 beer entries from 666 breweries hailing from 48 states, Washington, D.C. and Guam.
Since 2001, the most-entered category has been American-Style IPA, which saw 203 entries in 2012; Tap It Brewing of California won its first medal ever by scoring gold in the category. Rounding out the top five most-entered categories were imperial IPAs, herb and spice beers, American pale ales and American strong pale ales. In the Fresh Hop Ale category–brand-new to the festival this year–Sierra Nevada won for its Estate Homegrown Ale.
Brewery and Brewer of the year awards were also announced: Colorado’s Funkwerks won the Small Brewing Company category; Pennsylvania’s Tröegs Brewing Company claimed the Mid-Size category; and Pabst topped the Large category. Devils Backbone, The Church Brew Works and Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company won in the brewpub categories.
Wyoming was the winningest state by number of entries, with 17.4 percent of the state’s 46 entries earning medals.
Posted on Saturday, October 13th, 2012