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.
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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 BREWERIESVery Small Brewing Company and Brewmaster of the Year | <1,000 BBLSSponsored by Brewers Supply GroupOn Tour Brewing Co., Chicago, IL and Mark Poffenberger & Mark Legenza
Small Brewing Company and Brewmaster of the Year | 1,000 – 14,999 BBLSSponsored by O-ISunriver Brewing, Sunriver, OR and Sunriver Brewing Team
Mid-Size Brewing Company and Brewmaster of the Year | 15,000 – 6,000,000 BBLSSponsored by MicroStar LogisticsSaint Arnold Brewing Co., Houston, TX and Saint Arnold Brew Crew
BREWPUBSSmall Brewpub and Brewmaster of the Year | <750 BBLSSponsored by Briess Malt & IngredientsRockford Brewing Co., Rockford, MI and Rockford Brewing Company
Mid-Size Brewpub and Brewmaster of the Year | 750 – 1,500 BBLSSponsored by Brewers Supply GroupMoon River Brewing Co., Savannah, GA and Moon River Brewing Company
Large Brewpub and Brewmaster of the Year | 1,500+ BBLSSponsored by The Country Malt GroupThe Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co., Austin, TX and Amos Swifty Kim
LARGE BREWERIES OR MULTIPLE LOCATION BREWERIESBrewery Group and Brewmaster of the YearSponsored by Beer InstituteMelvin Brewing, Alpine, WY and Melvin Brewing
OVERALL COMPETITION HIGHLIGHTS
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:
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, ILSilver: Gold Digger IPA, Auburn Alehouse, Auburn, CABronze: Breakside IPA, Breakside Brewery & Taproom, Milwaukie, OR
Category 61 Imperial India Pale Ale (221 entries)Gold: Manta Ray, Ballast Point Brewing Co., San Diego, CASilver: Lupulin River, Knee Deep Brewing Co., Auburn, CABronze: Chux, Danville Brewing Co., Danville, CA
Category 58 American-Style Pale Ale (199 entries)Gold: Monterey Street, Central Coast Brewing Co., San Luis Obispo, CASilver: Mosaic Pale Ale, Lynnwood Brewing Concern – Production Facility; Raleigh, NCBronze: Triple Tail, SweetWater Brewing Co., Atlanta, GA
Category 59 American-Style Strong Pale Ale (182 entries)Gold: Hubert MPA, Melvin Brewing, Alpine, WYSilver: Wolfback Ridge, Headlands Brewing Co., Mill Valley, CABronze: 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, CASilver: Woods Monk, Odyssey Beerwerks, Arvada, COBronze: Barrel Aged Barleywine, Charleville Vineyard & Microbrewery, Sainte Genevieve, MO
2017 GREAT AMERICAN BEER FESTIVAL PRO-AM COMPETITIONSponsored by Briess Malt & Ingredients Co., The Country Malt Group, Yakima Chief-Hopunion and White LabsGold, 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:
2017 GREAT AMERICAN BEER FESTIVAL & COMPETITION STATISTICS
The 2017 Great American Beer Festival was sponsored by MicroStar Logistics, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews, CraftBeer.com, Dickie’s and Yard House. Additional sponsor information can be viewed on the festival website.
Photos for media use are available on the GABF website.
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