Earth Rider Wins Gold At Great American Beer Festival

Local Brewery Wins Big At GABF!

It’s that time of year again – where the best of the best descend on Denver, Colorado to compete for the best beer in the nation. As a result, the craft beer industry sets the standard for their products by establishing the best examples of each beer style in the country.

We are pleased to announce that our friends at Earth Rider Brewing have brought home the gold medal in the Coffee Beer-style category this year for their Duluth Coffee Pale Ale, a mildly hopped pale ale crafted with single-farm sourced beans roasted by The Duluth Coffee Company.

“Our brewing team works tirelessly to brew outstanding beer,” said Earth Rider’s founder and president, Tim Nelson. “Winning national awards is always validating and inspiring for us. We are thrilled to win a second major award in as many years.”

Duluth Coffee Pale Ale

This is what gold medals are made of! Image: Earth Rider Brewing.

Related: Earth Rider Brewery Wins Award at World Beer Cup

What is the Great American Beer Festival


The Great American Beer Festival (GABF) is the premier beer festival and commercial beer competition in the nation. The GABF was founded in 1982 and each year the GABF serves up the single largest collection of U.S. beer in a public beer festival and combines the event with a private beer competition. Basically, it’s the who’s who and what’s what of the commercial U.S. craft beer scene and the competition covers 107 beer categories across 174 recognized beer styles (including all subcategories).

In the 33rd edition of the GABF competition, 9,497 entries were submitted to the general competition, along with 113 Pro-Am and 70 Collaboration entries. The beer was made by 2,295 breweries from across the nation, with entries from all 50 states plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Judging took place over the course of three days, with an international panel of 322 judges from 18 countries.

“This year’s GABF competition was the largest and most competitive to date,” said Chris Swersey, competition manager, Great American Beer Festival. “The beers and talent were as impressive as ever, and I’m thrilled to congratulate this year’s winners for their achievements in brewing.”

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