The Great American Beer Festival, held every fall in Denver, Colorado, is the premier U.S. beer festival and competition. Organized by the non-profit Brewers Association, more than 2,800 different beers from over 600 breweries across America are served, one ounce at a time. Even the Guinness Book of World Records® acknowledges, “There is no other place on earth where a beer aficionado can find more beers on tap.”
The GABF Pro-Am is a competition exclusively for collaborations between homebrewers and a professional craft brewery. This year, out of the 89 beers entered and judged, the gold medal went to Bear Republic Brewing Co and AHA member and homebrewer Michael Kelly with his Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Scottish 80 Shilling. Congratulations to Michael and Team Bear Republic!
Several of our favorite local craft breweries took home medals in one of 90 style categories:
New Helvetia Brewing Co won gold with their Thurston Adambier (a historical beer originating in Dortmund, Germany). Great job Brian and Dave!
Auburn Alehouse took home a silver medal with their Hop Donkey, an Imperial Red Ale
High Water Brewing won a gold medal with their eternally delicious Campfire Stout, AND a bronze with their Aphotic Imperial Porter – nice double play, Steve!
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co won Bronze with their Narwhal Imperial Stout
Tahoe Mountain Brewing Co took home a silver with their Récolte Du Bois Peach Saison
Bear Republic Brewing Co won Bronze with Double Aught, their Bohemian-style Pilsener
We couldn’t be any prouder of northern California craft brewing! Click here to see the full list of this year’s GABF winners.