Minnesota Breweries Win Medals at 2015 Great American Beer Festival

Minnesota has an amazing craft beer tradition and the word has gotten out! Seven Minnesota breweries won medals for their achievements in producing high-quality, true-to-style beer at this year’s Great American Beer Festival… and we’re darned proud of these folks for it!

Congrats to Duluth breweries Bent Paddle Brewing Company and The Fitger’s Brewhouse for representing the North Shore Craft Beer Scene!

Great American Beer Festival

GABF Award Ceremony. Image: Brewers Association

Minnesota Wins Big!

Minnesota breweries that brought home awards include:

  • August Schell Brewing Company, located in New Ulm, won the bronze in the Vienna-style lager category for its Firebrick beer.
  • Bemidji Brewing Co.’s Double Porter took home the silver in the Baltic-style porter category.
  • Bent Paddle Brewing Co., located in Duluth, took home the silver for its 14º ESB.
  • Fitger’s Brewhouse, also located in Duluth, took home the silver for its Procrastinator Doppelbock in the German-style doppelbock category.
  • Fulton Brewery, located in Minneapolis, brought home the bronze for its Lonely Blonde in the English-style summer ale category.
  • Mankato Brewery’s Pumpkin Grinder won the silver medal in the pumpkin beer category.
  • Steel Toe Brewing, located in St. Louis Park, brought home the silver for its Size 4 in the session IPA category.

From Bent Paddle:

Bent Paddle Brewing

DULUTH, MINN. – SEPTEMBER 30, 2015 – Bent Paddle Brewing Co. claimed a silver medal at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition. Presented by the Brewers Association, GABF is the largest national beer competition that recognizes the most outstanding beers produced in the United States. The top three winners in the competition’s 92 beer categories were announced September 26 at the Great American Beer Festival awards ceremony held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado.

“Last year our 14° ESB won Bronze – we are ecstatic that it took home Silver this year. It is a recipe that we worked especially hard on as its success hinges on a delicate balance of flavors. Balance is the key to this beer – just like balance is important while paddling a canoe ” said Colin Mullen, Co-Founder at Bent Paddle.

Bent Paddle was recognized in the Extra Special Bitter beer-style category for its 14° ESB, a well rounded approach to the classic British Ale. 14° ESB is incredibly well balanced with a slight toasted malt flavor, traditional British hop accents with just a hint of pine and citrus from the unexpected Amarillo / Ahtanum dry-hop.

The 2015 GABF competition winners were selected by an international panel of 242 expert judges from the record number of 6,647 entries, plus 91 Pro-Am entries, received from 1,552 U.S. breweries.

“American brewers continue to create innovative, flavorful high quality beers. That was on full display at this year’s Great American Beer Festival,” said Chris Swersey, competition manager, Great American Beer Festival. “The Great American Beer Festival continues to showcase the best this country’s brewers have to offer, with the competition growing and becoming ever more competitive. Congratulations to all participants and especially this year’s winners.”

For more GABF competition information, including the 2015 winners list and photos, visit GreatAmericanBeerFestival.com.
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