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Great American Beer Festival Competition Winners Announced

on 18/09/10 at 11:45 pm


Competition continues to grow; 2010 entries up nine percent.

Boulder, CO • September 18, 2010—The 2010 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition drew an impressive field of competitors, with 2010 topping last year’s entries by nine percent. GABF remains the largest commercial beer competition in the world, with 3,523 beers vying for medals (compared to 3,308 entries in 2009).

View the 2010 winners list or download a PDF list of the winners.

This year’s GABF competition attracted 151 beer judges from 10 countries. Award-winning brewers received prestigious gold, silver and bronze medals in 79 beer categories covering 133 beer styles, establishing the best examples of each style in the U.S.

Among the highlights:

* The most competitive category was again American-Style India Pale Ale with 142 entries and a broader geographic distribution of winners than in the past.
* TAPS Fish House & Brewery was the first-ever winner of the new Brewpub Group of the Year category, with Brewmaster Victor Novak taking home the honors.
* The competition saw increased geographic diversity among medal winners, with an emerging trend of winners from the Midwest and the Southeast alongside the traditionally successful states like California and Colorado. “Other states appear to be emerging as the craft beer producer and consumer markets mature in their regions,” said GABF competition manager Chris Swersey.

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