8 medals for local and regional breweries at Great American Beer Festival

Next year I hope to write this story from Denver on the floor of the Great American Beer Festival.

On Saturday 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.

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.

Among the winners, St. Louis and Missouri breweries made their names known once again.

Gold Medal

Bull Creek Brown Ale Springfield Brewing Co. Springfield MO American-Style Brown Ale 2017

Silver Medal

Blended 2017 Side Project Brewing Maplewood MO Belgian-Style Lambic or Sour Ale 2017
Mamoot English Mild Logboat Brewing Co. Columbia MO English-Style Mild Ale 2017
Pumpkin Ale Schlafly Beer/The Saint Louis Brewery Saint Louis MO Pumpkin/Squash Beer or Pumpkin Spice Beer 2017
Maman 2017 Perennial Artisan Ales Saint Louis MO Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Stout 2017


Bronze Medal 

Working Title Perennial Artisan Ales Saint Louis MO Belgian- and French-Style Ale 2017

 

Northtown Native Cinder Block Brewery North Kansas City MO Dortmunder or German-Style Oktoberfest 2017
Barrel Aged Barleywine Charleville Vineyard & Microbrewery Sainte Genevieve MO Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer 2017

 

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